101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know

I found this on Pinterest…my new Google.  Not every tip is meant for every girl or woman, and not every girl needs all or even any of these.  These are just ideas, which I found interesting  and some that actually make good sense and I thought perhaps I need to do or follow.   Of course, we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s much more important to be pretty on the inside rather than pretty on the outside.  Ok, enough disclaimers, I now present to you 101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know…or at least should peruse over! 🙂

101 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know

In the world of beauty, there are endless tips and rules to keep you looking fabulous. In the list below Beauty High breaks down all those tips to make the industry less scary from makeup artists, hair stylists, skin care gurus and of course, our beauty staff. Remember, beauty should always be fun!

101. “Always keep your summer makeup minimal. Minimal and sheer makeup is the way to go when it’s hot and muggy outside.” – Mary Greenwell, celebrity makeup artist

100. “The best thing to do when you go to a makeup counter is be armed with what it is you want to do.”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

99. Use excess eye cream on cuticles.

98. For smudge-proof eye makeup, take blotting tissue to remove any oil or any excess makeup from the eye area.

97. “A good perfume should consist of balanced blend of notes arranged in a way that creates harmonious accord.”- Alexis Bergman, P&G’s Global Flavor and Fragrance Trends

96. To prevent hair color from fading in the summer months, use a conditioning treatment weekly or bi-monthly.

95. Breakout before a big event? “Take oral cortisone a few days before the event to clear your skin”- Ava Shamban, dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin.

94. “In order to keep eyeliner from running and smearing, opt for liner formulas that offer stayproof wearability.”- Robin Schoen, Urban Decay Makeup Artist
93. Always allow about two fingers from your nose to where blush starts.

92. “Make sure you hydrate the skin and put on a primer”- Jessie Powers, makeup artist and national educator for Make Up For Ever

91. “Balance out your shimmer. If you’re doing a shimmery eye, do matte lips”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

90. Brush out your curls with your fingers to give your hair a more tousled look.

89. To make your manicure last, apply a thin layer of clear every two days.

88. Wear white eyeliner to make eyes appear less red.

87. “Take a shimmery gloss to the center of your lips, top and bottom – this will attract light to your lips, making them look pouty.”-Katrina Barrion, makeup artist for Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics

86. For slicked back hair, use a serum.

85. For the perfect cat-eye, “select a thin liner brush that is tapered to the point”- Pamela Taylor, makeup artist

84. To make your cheek bones appear higher, use bronzer under the cheekbone and highlighter on the actual cheekbone.

83. Before you blow dry, start with a volumizing spray or light gel to give the roots some lift.

82. For fuller lips, extend the lip line using a flesh tone lip liner. Be careful not to go overboard!

81. The #1 reason for flaky mascara is that the formula is too dry or old. Make sure to close mascara after use to help keep its moisture.

80. To fake clear skin when you notice a pimple, “Apply tea tree oil as soon as you spot it”- Stephanie Flor, makeup artist

79. During summer, “Its easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM

78. For clear skin, look for a cleanser with salycilic acid.

77. When choosing a red lipstick, you just want to remember to get one that looks good with your undertone. If you have a warm undertone, then go for warmer reds, and if you have a cool undertone, then go cooler.
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76. Sunscreens that claim to provide “all-day protection” and “water resistance” are not reliable; don’t be fooled by these claims and reapply all sunscreens at least every two to three hours.

75. When self-tanning, use a tanner with a guide color. “It will give you instant color before the effect and it will show you exactly where you put the color and where you may have missed”- Sinead Norenius, founder of Beautisol

74. “If you’re afraid of red lipstick, I love putting it on and then blotting it off to wear it as more of a stain”- Pat McGrath, makeup artist

73. For the summer months, you don’t want to be caked down in foundation so try a tinted moisturizer instead.

72. Use blotting papers to manage oil and shine in your T-Zone “which are also great for cleaning up around the eyes”- Rebecca Restrepo, makeup artist

71. The antihistamines in allergy medicine dry out the skin, so skip heavy foundation during allergy season. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer.

70. To make curls last, make sure hair is completely dry before you begin with the curling iron.

69. To make a zit go away faster, don’t pick at it. The bacteria on your fingers will create more redness.

68. Use an exfoliater to get rid of dead skin but limit yourself to 2-3 times a week so you don’t dry out your skin.

67. Always wash your makeup off before bed. “That morning-after look has never been a good one, for anyone”- Rachel Adler, beauty director Beautyhigh.com

66. “Too much bronzer is a nightmare for pale skin”- Jason Ascher, resident beauty expert for Barneys New York. Opt for an illuminating cream or light powder to get a glow.

65. Pick a sulfate-free shampoo, as sulfates can be harsh and drying on the hair cuticle.

64. If you have greasy hair, avoid directly conditioning roots and condition from your ear down to ends.

63.”When you wear a red lip it’s important that it stays exactly where you put it. Using a long wearing lip pencil to create the perfect shape and a lip color are key to having a perfect red lip.”-Kristofer Buckle, celebrity makeup artist

62. To make volume last all day, avoid running your fingers through hair. “Oil from your hands can weigh down your roots leaving your hair flat at the end of the day”-Tatum Neill, Arrojo Studio

61. Try to avoid washing your hair everyday. Constant shampooing leaves hair dry and your scalp will create more oils to compensate for the loss of moisture.

60. Always use a moisturizer with SPF in the morning. Even in the winter!

59.”Go for a trim every 6-8 weeks to ensure you have no damaged ends making your hair look unhealthy”- Nick Arrojo, Arrojo Studio (and the man who worked for seven years changing lives on What Not To Wear)
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58. Remember, clean brushes to fight against potential bacteria and breakouts!

57. Clean out your makeup bag at least once a year to get rid of old products that may be expired or you no longer use.

56. Winter can be especially harsh on your hair leaving it extra dry. Eugene Davis, celebrity hair stylist suggests using an Avocado Oil Hair Mask.

55. If you don’t have nail polish remover, apply clear nail polish over and then wipe off. It will remove old polish.

54. During the summer, wear chapstick or lip gloss with SPF.

53. To add volume to clean or unwashed hair, use a dry shampoo spray.

52.Change your beauty routine for Spring/Summer months. Your skin needs less coverage during the spring so you can swap the heavy products for lighter ones.

51.”I always think that less is more, there’s a point where you look in the mirror and say ‘Is this too much?’ and if you even have that inclination then it usually is.”- Kim Catrall, Sex and the City

50. When applying bronzer, “first start by applying it around the perimeter of your face and follow with a light dusting on your forehead, nose and chin”- Mally Roncal, Mally Beauty

49. To get curls when you have straight hair, use the following, “a volumizer or volume thickening agent, a curl enhancing product, light holding finishing spray”- Vicktor Stevenson, Hair Stylist

48.”Foundation should never be heavy”- Aura Schwartz, makeup artist

47.”The right red [lipstick] will light up your hair, eyes and skin immediately, the wrong one will not.”-Poppy King, Lipstick Queen

46.Use a shimmer eye shadow to compliment a bold matte lip.

45.To revive curls mid-day, “Take a very small amount of pomade and put it in the palms of your hands. Rub them together. Next gently smooth the pomade over your curls and scrunch just a little bit”-Eugene Davis, celebrity hair stylist

44.”You should always go to a hair-removal specialist, where waxing, laser etc. is their main business – don’t go to a nail salon for a wax”- Cindy Barshop, Completely Bare and Bravo’s RHONYC

43.”A little silvery-blue eyeliner on the lower lid is very flirty”- Dimitri James, makeup artist, author and creator of Skinn Cosmetics

42. “Use your concealer as a base on your eyelids”-Melissa Silver, Maybelline makeup artist

41. If you’re not a fan of liquid liner, get the look of liquid eye liner by using a gel instead.
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40. Exfoliate before applying self tanner to get rid of dead skin. Tanning products tend to cling to dryer areas.

39. If you straighten your hair with a flat-iron, cause less heat damage by letting hair air-dry. The less heat, the better!

38. To minimize pores, use a pore-minimizing facial wash followed by a toner. Make sure the toner is alchohol-free so it won’t dry out your skin.

37. The healthier you are, the healthier your hair! Take a daily multi-vitamin with Biotin to help hair grow.

36.To mask split ends, use an iron to straighten ends and then apply a hair repair cream.

35.There are always cheap, natural and effective homemade beauty recipes.

34.To fix brassy hair color, use a color-depositing shampoo with purple tones. For unwanted redness, use a color-depositer with a green tone.

33. To cover up roots in a hurry, use a dry shampoo spray for your hair color. If you don’t keep this product around, use eyeshadow (in a shade closest to your hair color) for a quick fix.

32. Get a “dewy glow” using a highlighter or illuminator above your cheekbones and on the browbone.

31. To contour cheeks, use a matte powder (a few shades darker than your skin tone) with an angled brush. Blend on temples and under cheek bone.

30.When using a cream product, lock it in by using a translucent powder over it.

29. Get quick volume by using a root lifter, then use hairspray to set hair. This will prevent it from fall flat during the day.

28. For makeup that lasts all day and night, use a makeup-sealing product.

27. To help you find the right shade of foundation, choose the product you think is closest to your color and try it on your jawline in natural light. You will be able to easily compare it to your neck’s color to see if you need to go for a different undertone, lighter or darker.

26. Try out the funky hair color trends without dying your hair. Instead, dust bright blush in your ponytail for the same effect. (Refinery29)

25. “Foot perspiration is typical in the summer and can lead to fungal infection and unwanted odor. Wash feet daily, and let them dry thoroughly before putting shoes on”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM

24. Splurge on items that are important to you.”If mascara is really your thing and you fall in love with a mascara that ‘s $40, buy the mascara.”-Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

23.”Don’t be too serious: It’s only Makeup! “- Francois NARS insists you play around with new colors

22. To reduce unwanted shine, use a moisturizer that mattifies, that way you get the moisture your skin needs without looking greasy.

21. To create a lived-in look for your hair, use thickening or sea-salt mist before you blow-dry. Follow by running a volumizing or texture cream through hair.

20. When using an eyeshadow primer, only place the primer where you’ll be adding color.

19.”Cream rouge [blush] should be the first thing that touches your cheeks when you want to project an image of healthy and pinched cheeks”- Pablo Manzoni, former creative director for Elizabeth Arden

18. If you choose to use false eyelashes, remember to use the dark glue as it will blend in with the lashes.

17.When buying “organic” beauty products, make sure to check if they are FDA certified organic. This will prevent you from getting scammed.

16. Use a facial exfoliater bi-weekly to get dead skin of dead skin. Makeup will look better on a clean, smooth canvas.

15. After using a hair conditioning mask, follow with “a cold water rinse to close the hair cuticles”- Ursala Stephensen, Motions celebrity stylist

14. To get your braid to last all day, try styling hair that’s “dirty with product”. This will make the style stick longer.

13. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any product build-up that may have occurred during the week.

12. If you have chipped nail-polish, add crackle or glitter on top to disguise the look of chipping.

11. Use a pumice stone on your feet after the shower to get rid of calluses on your feet.
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10. Hydrate your under-eye area with an eye cream to prevent puffiness and bags.

9. If you have light hair,”put a lotion over the eyebrows and hair-line” when self-tanning the face. Also remember to “apply it in circular motions and blend down to the neck”- Sinead Norenius, founder of Beautisol

8. If you often find yourself being too tired to wash your face at night, keep makeup removing wipes in your night stand to prevent a runny mess or morning break out.

7. Pop 1-2 Advil before going waxing to prevent pain.

6. The best way to get rid of ingrown hairs is to exfoliate,”which rids the skin of dead cells and allows the hair to break through the surface”- Marlena Ramoy, Bliss Spa Esthetician

5. Carrots are good for the hair. A healthy diet leads to a beautiful you.

4.”The best time to apply creams is after the shower, as the skin has been de-oiled.”- Dr. Stephen P. Bracci

3. Replace mascara and liquid eyeliner after three to four months.

2. To keep hair color vibrant longer, use shampoos and conditioners formulated for colored hair.

1. Use a cream or milk cleanser to wash your face. Creams are less drying than gels

(Source:  http://www.beautyhigh.com/101-beauty-tips-every-girl-should-know/)

For Low-Maintenance girls (like me 🙂 ) – I found more tips (since 101 can never be enough 🙂 ) and these touched upon different areas, plus I really want to try using a Cleansing powder, because I wash my hair every single day…and I’m getting tired of doing so!
1. Let your hair get dirty. I used to wash my hair every other day but I’ve been stretching it out to three or four days. I just use dry shampoo liberally. I love Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo but I’ve started using Ojon Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Powder which is supposed to actually cleanse your hair. I also find it gives it a bit of extra heft. Dirty hair is amazing because you can literally make your hair do anything you want when its a bit dirty, the natural oils totally change it’s structure and capabilities. It gets so full and you can make it hold any shape, just get a teasing comb and start sculpting. Wash your bangs if you need to. Audrey Hepburn only washed her hair once a week! I don’t know if I could go that long. You also spend less time in the shower, and keep your hair color longer if it’s dyed.
2. Use toner, it helps with acne and oil production in hot climates. I read several times that they don’t do anything, but I have noticed such a difference since I started using one, I have clearer skin and my makeup lasts longer. I use an astringent from Neutrogena.
3. If you normally use eyeliner or shadow during the day, try going without it for a week and see how you like it. I used to use a lot of liner out of habit but I decided to try a fresher look and I much prefer it. One thing I can’t live without is a ton of mascara…I can’t give it up. I probably literally wear about five coats on my upper and lower lashes for night-time.
4. Get Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel so you don’t have to spend so much time filling them in. It’s two in one, it gives your brows a defined shape and it makes them stay in place. Mine gets crazy without gel…
5. Drink ginger tea if you get an upset stomach often. I tried it at the recommendation of a friend and I like it because it helps with nausea and also because it’s very spicy and warming. My favorite is Triple Leaf Ginger Tea.
6. Stop using moisturizers that come in pots–they accumulate bacteria. How very gross!! Use stuff that comes in tubes and pump dispensers. My mom and I got rid of some products we were using that were in pots and noticed we now get fewer blemishes.
7. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your forearms and your ears. Just make sure your rub it in really well on your ears!
8. If you are travelling and forgot to bring a scrub, you can exfoliate with Vitamin C powder. I always travel with Vitamin C powder, in case it wards off colds…
9. To give your hair lots of body without using heat, make a ponytail on the very top of your head, really get it up high! Twist the ponytail around itself to make a bun and secure it with bobby pins.Wear it like that all day and take it down at night for nice big hair, or you can even wear it to bed and take it out in the morning.
10. Flick your eyeliner up at a dramatic angle and put your blush very high on your cheekbones, then pull all of your hair back very tightly to give your face a new dimension. Alternatively to soften your features you could tease all of your hair into a soft cloud and pin it abstractly on top of your head, and leave some tendrils hanging down like they did in the seventies. Trying new things is fun.

(Source: http://seaofshoes.typepad.com/sea_of_shoes/2011/08/practical-beauty-tips.html)

VODKA isn’t just for breakfast anymore! It actually has plenty of other uses — including some beauty treatments.
Vodka astringent

To tighten your pores, get rid of grime and refresh your skin, use straight vodka as an astringent. Apply with a cotton ball both morning and night.

Vodka shampoo

Put a shot of vodka into your bottle of shampoo to help cleanse your hair and scalp. Some say that vodka can also stimulate hair growth.

Vodka mouthwash

I’m not sure why you’d want to make your own mouthwash, but if you do, you can use vodka. Mix 1/4 cup of cinnamon with two cups of vodka. Seal in an airtight container for a week. Strain through a coffee filter, then mix the liquid with an equal part of warm water to create the mouthwash.

Vodka dandruff treatment

Put three teaspoons of crushed rosemary into a cup of vodka. Let it set overnight and then strain through a coffee filter. Massage the liquid into your scalp and let it dry. Rinse with cool water.

Vodka foot wash

For foot odor, wash your feet in straight vodka or add a little to your foot bath when giving yourself a pedicure or soaking your feet after working out.

And if all that fails to beautify, or at the very least amuse you, make a Vodka Martini or Vodka Cranberry!  Cheers!


In adding to my best summer ever, I’d like to offer up a  new favorite pastime:  nighttime swimming, with your kids.  Not sure why we waited till Night 5 of our trip (where it’s been 110 each day) to partake in this happy activity, but trust me…Nights 6-14 will also include nighttime swimming.  Note to Kevin, please pack your swim trunks!




  1. Hey TO, great tips, I had other ideas for the vodka but will consider these. We swam tonight with the kids and had some laughs playing HORSE with a basketball net. Glad to hear you’re staying cool in the pool. Talk to you soon.

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