To­tal Awe­some Beauty Tricks

Not that we’re bossy or any­thing, but we to­tally reckon you need to try these in­ge­nious lit­tle gems.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BEAUTY -

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.”

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