Total Awesome Beauty Tricks
Not that we’re bossy or anything, but we totally reckon you need to try these ingenious little gems.
Rx for that patchy back? Swap your usual body lotion for one that has whitening properties. The essential ingredients in the moisturiser will work to erase pigmentation, blemishes and even out the overall skin tone, giving you a perfectly radiant (and clear) back! (Try the Nivea Whitening Cell Repair and UV protect Body Lotion, ` 195).
“Facial massage will change your skin!” says Nichola Joss, skincare expert for Sanctuary Spa. Massage cleanser into your skin daily, and facial oil at night to ensure skin stays super hydrated for a dewy complexion. (We like the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery
Concentrate, ` 2,990). Does your foundation ‘disappear’ after a few hours? Switch to a longwear formula (like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Foundation, ` 835). To
keep it from looking heavy, layer a hydrating serum under your face cream, then apply the foundation using a brush.
“For a smooth and streamlined look for a bun or ponytail, use a dry sponge to smooth down strays and pesky flyaways,” suggests Brad Ngata, L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador. “Simply press the sponge on the crown and wipe in the direction of the hair.”
Sensitive girls, listen up! “Before you get in the shower, put a few drops of oil on your face to protect
it from the hot water, which can aggravate and redden,” says Junia Kerr owner of Sage Beauty, Sydney. “The same goes for swimming.” Try Gloria Garcia Rose Hip Oil, ` 2,500.
Smashed avocado is perfect for enriching hair that is starved of lustre and softness,” says Sofia Basile, owner of UNICO Hair, Australia. “Apply and leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with water.
GET CRAFTY IN YOUR KITCHEN. “FOR AN EASY HOME EXFOLIATOR, MIX BRAN, OATS AND NATURAL YOGHURT TOGETHER, AND APPLY TO THE SKIN. LEAVE FOR 15 MINUTES AND RINSE,” SAYS KRISTINE COLEMAN, DERMAL THERAPIST AT VITRUVIUS DIVINE COSMETIC CLINICS, AUSTRALIA.
Whiten your teeth! It makes your face appear clearer. Slick on a berry balm for contrast. And on weekends, use a primer for extra glow. We like Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, ` 400, and Guerlain Terra Ora Primer, ` 3,600.
Wince at the ouch-factor of a wax? “Avoid coffee before any waxing appointment,” says Svetlana Burckhardt of Sydney’s Eyebrow Experts. “It’s a stimulant, and makes hair
removal more painful.”