THE BEST BEAUTY SE­CRETS YOU’LL EVER HEAR

Of the hun­dreds of tips we hear from Cosmo girls ev­ery month, here are the ones that re­ally wowed us (and will amaze you too)!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BEAUTY - By Me­her Ba­jwa

“Be­fore dab­bing con­cealer on your skin, warm it in the palm of your hand—the heat will thin the tex­ture of your prod­uct so the cov­er­age is smoother.” —Juhi Jamba, 20

........................................................................................ ““Mix your liq­uid con­cealer with a light mois­turiser at a ra­tio of about one to three. I use that around the eyes, the nose and just about any­where. It blends eas­ily and makes the skin look per­fect.”

—Ram­neek Kaur, 20

........................................................................................ ........ “When I want to cre­ate a nat­u­ral pink-nude lip I wear the bright­est pink lip­stick, then dab on a cream con­cealer and blend.”

—Ni­tika Gupta, 21

........................................................................................ “Sun­screen S is ex­tremely im­por­tant dur­ing sum­mer and win­ter, but what’s even more im­por­tant is tak­ing it off! Your skin needs to breathe ev­ery seven to eight hours.”

—An­chal T Chaud­hary, 26

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“I have dry skin and I hate heavy lo­tions and creams. My trick? Af­ter a shower, I mix a few drops of apri­cot oil in a bowl of warm wa­ter and rinse my face with it. It’s a quick and ef­fec­tive way to keep my skin mois­turised throughout the day.”

—Wasiqa Soni, 28 “I wear false eye­lashes of­ten and re­mov­ing them can be a pain with the eye­lash glue tug­ging at your real lashes. I soak a ball of cot­ton in rose­wa­ter (it dis­solves the eye­lash glue) and let it rest on my eyes. The lashes come right off.”

—Ro­hini Choudhury, 27

....................................................................... “I deepen the colour of pow­der eye­shad­ows by dip­ping a small brush in wa­ter be­fore ap­ply­ing it over the shade. The in­ten­sity of colour also helps the shadow last longer. Just don’t blend shades, it’ll make a mess.”

—Shruti Sodhi, 25

.................................................................................. “What’s the best way to get a nat­u­ral flush? I rub an ice cube on my face for a minute and then ap­ply a mois­turiser. This helps smoothen lines and gives me a light, rosy flush.”

—Parul Sawh­ney, 35

.............................................................. “For per­fectly lined eyes, start at the outer cor­ner and draw a se­ries of dots or dashes with your eye pen­cil as close to the lashes as pos­si­ble and then con­nect the dots.”

—Farheen Ah­mad, 27

........................................................................ “If you brush some al­mond oil onto your lashes ev­ery night be­fore go­ing to bed, you will not need your mas­cara any­more!”

—Sam­rid­dhi Sehgal, 24

..................................... “Ever had a com­pact/ blush/ eye­shadow shat­ter to bits inside its case? Break it all up and put it in a mix­ing cup, add a few drops of pure al­co­hol (avail­able at a chem­i­cal sup­plies store) with a drop­per, mix it all up and pour it back into the orig­i­nal case. Cover lightly with a small tis­sue pa­per and leave to dry. The al­co­hol will evap­o­rate and your prod­uct will be fixed!”

—April Sher Bhaika, 26

........................................................................................ .................. “Who needs lip plumpers and fillers when you’ve got a good old tooth brush? I

give my lips a gen­tle scrub with a brush to re­move dry skin, and am left with with a plump, gor­geously pink pout! I fin­ish off with a lip balm to seal in the mois­ture.”

—Wamika Sunda, 22

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—Un­mana Bora, 20

........................................................................................ “AAny­thing fresh from the gar­den is the best to ap­ply on your skin. Mix a few crushed pa­paya seeds to a pa­paya-ba­nana mash for an amaz­ing spot re­mover and scrub. Use the seeds ju­di­ciously though, they can sting!”

—Isha Singh Sawh­ney, 28

............................................................................ —Shreya Bhalla, 21

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—Ankita Joshi, 23

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—Isha Tikku, 23

........................................................................................ “How can you keep bangs straight when you have wavy hair? Hon­estly, I don’t use a straight­en­ing iron! Ev­ery­time I wash my hair, I comb through my fringe su­per fast while the hair is still wet, us­ing a blow dryer to shape locks. This leaves me with a beau­ti­fully styled, straight fringe.” “For a gor­geous take on the smokey eye,w use light, medium and dark gra­da­tions of pur­ple eye­shadow. Ap­ply the dark­est shade along your lash line, the medium shade on the crease and the light­est shade on the eye­brow bone. Blend care­fully so that the hard lines be­tween colours fade away.” “You can turn a tra­di­tional lip­stick into a lip stain by ap­ply­ing three coats of a deep shade, leav­ing it on for a few min­utes, and blot­ting it with a tis­sue. This way, only the pig­ment re­mains.” “I want my cheeks to look nat­u­ral with a slight flush at all times. How­ever, most pow­der blushes tend to dis­ap­pear quickly. A great al­ter­na­tive is a cheek tint that is long last­ing and gives you that nat­u­ral fin­ish.” “Aloe vera is my beauty hero. An Aloe vera gel works as a bril­liant base right be­fore my make-up. It’s nei­ther too dry, nor greasy.y I use

it as a re­place­ment for a mois­turiser that I ear­lier used as my base coat. The best part? It works well on all skin types!”

—Pooja Parekh, 20

........................................................................................ .... “I have ex­tremely dry skin, so I use a bath oil in­stead of a body cream af­ter a shower—it leaves my skin sup­ple and soft. I also use only luke­warm wa­ter to wash my face. This helps keep the skin mois­turised.”

—Yakuta Sarkari, 36

........................................................................................ ................... “To pre­vent eye­liner from do­ing a dis­ap­pear­ing act, trace over it with a short, stiff eye­shadow brush dipped in a sim­i­lar shade of pow­der.”

—Prakriti Tha­par, 23

........................................................................................ ................... “If you have straight lashes, curl them and im­me­di­ately brush on wa­ter­proof mas­cara. It holds lashes up much bet­ter than a reg­u­lar for­mula.”

—Shruti Rathi, 19

........................................................................................ “TTo re­move a make-up smudge with­out start­ing over com­pletely, dip a cot­ton swab in mois­turiser and wipe it over the spot. Then blend in any re­main­ing cream.”

—Oin­drila Sengupta, 21

........................................................................................ “To find the most nat­u­ral­look­ing blush colour for your­self, pinch one of your cheeks when you have no make-up on, and ap­ply blush to the other side. If your cheeks match, it’s the right shade.”

—Tan­ima Khosla, 21

........................................................................................ “In­stead of lin­ing your lower lids with white/nude pen­cil, which is usu­ally done to make eyes look big­ger, just line the up­per lids. This looks a more nat­u­ral, and has a sim­i­lar eye­open­ing ef­fect.”

—Apoorva Singh, 23

............................................................................................................. “When you’re run­ning out of time but still need a state­ment look, do a ‘solo’. Ei­ther wear only a deep lip­stick, or a bright blush, or only winged liner.”

—Jaya Sharma, 29

Lakmé Ab­so­lute Matte Lip­stick in Co­coa Pink, ` 375 Mary Kay Con­cealer in

Beige 2, ` 450

The pout looked

hot, yes, but it wouldn’t make her

nails dry fater

Lakmé Fruit

Mois­ture Peach Milk Mois­tur­izer,

` 139 M.A.C Daphne Guin­ness for M.A.C Pow­erpoint Eye Pen­cil, ` 1,000 Clin­ique Eye­shadow Brush, ` 1,200 M.A.C 31 Lash False Lashes, ` 850 Some­times, she even sur­prised her­self with how good she looked Khadi Sweet Al­mond Oil,

` 240

Avon Color Last Lip­stick in Scar­let, ` 229 Even Whiskers had per­fected

the per­fect pic­ture pose The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain, ` 575

Lancôme Ombre Absolue Minérale Eye Shadow Pal­ette in A60, ` 2,200

The new lip­stick launch stopped them in their tracks Estée Lauder Pure Color Eye­liner, ` 1,000 Ori­flame Beauty Per­fect Blush in Fresh Pink, ` 479 May­belline The Colos­sal Volum’ Ex­press Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara, ` 260

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