You don’t have to be a beauty pro to look great. Try these sneaky insider tips. By Yuen Yi Ying
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After testing a ton of products and working with beauty pros, we’ve picked up some nifty look-good tricks. Some of them might seem odd, but they make such a big impact with barely any effort.
Curl Stick-Straight Lashes
Trying to bend stubborn and stiff Asian lashes can be a challenge, and most ladies are doing it wrongly. Instead of holding the curler right under your eye, go at lashes from a 45-degree angle instead. Give the handle several squeezes, then clamp down for half a minute to create a more dramatic curve with better lift.
Create Big Dolly Eyes
After applying mascara, add a touch more to the lashes in the middle. This makes your eyes appear rounder and gives you a youthful, sweet gaze.
Help Perfume Last Longer
Scents tend to evaporate more quickly if your skin is really dry, so apply a moisturiser first, then spritz on your fragrance.
Condition Fine Tresses
If you have limp locks, conditioning after you shampoo can make hair seem even flatter and more lifeless. But if you don’t want to miss this hydrating and reparative step, do it before you shampoo. Not only will it be easier to foam up your mane afterwards, your tresses will be bouncier and feel less weighed down.
Fake Perfect French-Girl-Hair
To get sexy rumpled locks, spread a pea-sized amount of moisturiser (yes, body moisturiser) on your palms, then run your hands through towel-dried but still damp hair. As your strands dry, the product will create a light hold gives tresses texture and a light wave.
Get Really Soft and Smooth Hands
If air-conditioning or cold weather overseas is seriously drying out your skin, regular hand creams might not cut it. This sounds weird, but you might want to try foot cream instead. They’re way more moisturising – think of what they do for cracked heels! – and since they were formulated to prevent feet from sliding around in shoes, they’re absorbed more quickly and are a lot less sticky.