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Please note, these tips are given in good faith but have not been tested or researched by Hints and Things. (see Disclaimer)

To hide spots on your face, get a white (or appropriately coloured) eyeliner pencil and cover the spot so it is completely covered, then apply foundation all over your face.

Thanks to Lucia Davis for this one.


The cost of lipstick is sometimes outrageous.  Make sure you use every scrap.  When the "tube" has been used down to the bottom, carefully remove what is left of the "wax", mix it with just a little petroleum jelly into a resealable container.  Now you have lip gloss!

Once again thanks to "Siren" for this tip.

Long lasting lipstick can dry lips.
Lighter colours make lips look bigger.
Dark colours make lips look smaller.
Pearlised lipsticks enhance imperfections, therefore, best avoided by the older generation.
Lick a liquorice comfit and use the end as a lipstick.  The dye actually stays on for hours, is presumably non toxic and comes in a variety of interesting colours (green, purple, red) - possibly not a tip for those important board meetings though!

Thank you Bekki May

Make your lipstick stay on longer by first brushing some talcum powder on your lips, then apply first coat of lipstick (preferably with a brush), blot, then gently brush on more talcum powder, followed by another layer of lipstick.
If your foundation is too dark mix it with a little of your usual moisturiser on the back of your hand and it will lighten.
Before applying a face mask cover your face with a piece of damp, fine gauze, making sure it completely smooth and touching everywhere on your face.  Apply product.  When mask is ready (usually about 10/15 minutes) peel of gauze, leaving skin clean.



To remove nail varnish, add another thick coat of nail varnish !!!, (one nail at a time as you want it to stay wet) and wipe over with cotton wool until nail is clean. I swear by this and it came in handy for me on holiday when I wanted to travel light.

Naomi Young

If your nail varnish congeals try adding a few drops of nail varnish remover to thin it down.

If you can't get the top of your nail varnish bottle? Hold it under a hot tap for 30-45 seconds, the heat will expand the top slightly making it easier to get off.

Catherine Eborall

Got nail varnish that's all gloopy? Stand it in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes before you do your nails, the heat thins the varnish making it easier to apply.

Catherine Eborall

A drop of oil on the end of a dry mascara brush will make it last a bit longer.
Pop your eyeliner into the freezer before sharpening, this gives a sharper point.
When applying mascara, lay your mirror flat on a table, this give the right angle for application.
When plucking eyebrows at home, place a hot flannel (face cloth) on your eyebrow, pull skin taught and pluck.  The heat makes it easier and less painful.
Keep eye cream in the fridge and it will be really cooling when applied and it will help to reduce puffiness and make you feel instantly energised.
Clean mascara brushes thoroughly with a tissue once and week and it will help application.

Both the above have been sent in by Jennifer Butler.

When mascara smudges, use some Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and it comes off straight away and gives you a healthy look!

Sam Williams

Freeze eyeliner or Lipstick Pencils before sharpening them, this reduces too much waste.

Melanie phiskie

If you're concerned about what you're putting on your skin, you need to start by reading the labels on products you're thinking of buying. You'd be surprised at the moisturizers whose main ingredients include alcohol (a drying agent) and things like fruit acids whose main function is to remove minute layers of skin from your face. Additives like camphor, which smells nice but can be an irritant, may be found in skin cleansers, and even cosmetics that claim to be "unscented" are not actually free of added perfumes. In fact, most of them have fragrance added specifically to mask the smell of the other ingredients!

Natural beauty tips can keep your skin healthy by keeping you away from harmful products. One good rule of thumb for buying cosmetics is to buy only cosmetics with ingredients you recognize. Many women are allergic to the artificial colors, scents and flavors in everything from moisturizer to lipstick, and sometimes skin problems will just disappear once the offending chemical is removed from your makeup kit. Many companies specialize in making cosmetics out of natural ingredients like almond oil, beeswax, natural colors and essential oils. In general the simpler and shorter the ingredient list, the less likely it will be to contain inorganic chemicals. If you're looking for makeup without artificial colors, scents, added chemicals and who-knows-what, buy mineral make-up.

This valuable information has been supplied by www.freebeautytips.org 

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Although all views are given in good faith we have no qualifications to confirm or otherwise;  visitors should carry out their own research.



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