Beauty Tips & Hacks

#1 Use Vaseline for a smudge-free manicure.

To keep your at-home manicure on your nails (and not the skin surrounding your nails), apply a little Vaseline around the boundary where your nails end and your skin begins. Wait for your manicure to dry, then wash your hands — any polish that’s landed on top of the Vaseline will wash right off.

#2 Apply dry shampoo before bed.

Dry shampoo is a last-minute life-saver when you have to be somewhere, but you don’t have time to wash your hair. But you may actually get more out of your bottle of dry shampoo if you apply it before going to bed. “I like using it before bed,” says Good Housekeeping‘s Beauty Director, April Franzino. “Hair will absorb it as you sleep and you’ll look refreshed in the morning.”

#3 Fix a broken nail with a teabag.

#4 Remove a mascara smudge with a makeup brush.

There are few beauty missteps more frustrating than getting a mascara smudge on your eyes just after finishing your eye makeup. Don’t just wipe it with your finger — or, worse, take it all off and start over. “Just dip small concealer brush in a soft micellar water to remove the smudge without ruining your eyeshadow or liner,” says Laramie. Your makeup will be back on point in no time!

#5 Pluck stubborn stray hairs.

Everyone has one, two, or more stray hairs on their face and body. If you want to remove them, don’t just blindly stab with tweezers. Instead, dust a little loose powder over the hairs to make them easier to spot, snag, and pluck — no stabbing required.

 

#6 Break in your shoes with your dryer.

If those new shoes don’t have quite the “give” you’d like, wear them in a bit with this solution: First, put on a thick pair of socks, then put on the shoes. Turn on your blowdryer and point it at the shoes until the material becomes softer and more pliable. One heads up: Not all materials will bend to your blowdryer’s will and, frankly, it’s smarter to buy a pair of shoes that fits comfortably from the start (but, yes, we know sometimes a really cute pair on sale is hard to resist).

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