You probably already have a number of beauty bloggers bookmarked on your computer (their tips are super helpful when you’re having a DIY makeup malfunction!). We’re fans as well, so it was a no-brainer to reach out to some of the best in the biz to get their favorite hair, makeup, and skincare tips and tricks for our October issue — from makeup application tweaks to hair styling help to at-home DIY products. Below, nine life-changing beauty hacks from the pros.
1. Use white eyeliner as a shadow base
We’ve heard of using white eyeliner on the lower lash line to make eyes appear larger, but we had no idea it could be used as a base coat, as Kara Manos, of Politics of Pretty, suggests. “Brighten up eye shadow and really make it pop by applying white eyeliner all over the lids before you put on shadow,” Manos said.
To try at home, we recommend: NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, $4.50; nyxcosmetics.com
2. Refresh mascara with Vaseline
Re-applying mascara mid-day usually leads to a clumpy mess of eyelashes. But thanks to this helpful hack from YouTube vlogger Elle Fowler, we’re bidding adieu to crunchy clumps forever. “Give eyelashes a boost from day to night by putting a tiny bit of Vaseline on them with your finger or a Q-Tip before you re-apply mascara. It softens the mascara you’ve been wearing all day, so it won’t get crunchy or clumpy when you add another coat,” Fowler recommends.
To try at home, we recommend: Vaseline Original Jelly, $3.69 for 7.5 oz.; at drugstores
3. Contour your ABC’s
When it comes to contouring, Kim Kardashian‘s professionally chiseled cheekbones immediately come to mind. So when Annie Atkinson, of She’s In Glow, explained that the process is actually quite simpler than having a pro shape your face with bronzer and illuminator on the daily, we were hooked. “Contouring is simpler than you think—just understand that you apply illuminator on in the shape of the letter ‘C,’ and you contour in the letter ‘E,'” Atkinson told us.
To try at home, we recommend: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in Intensity One kit, $75; nordstrom.com
4. Create your own lip exfoliator
Exfoliating doesn’t have to be fancy and expensive—just take Ann Colville Somma’s, of Cult of Pretty, advice! “Smooth and soften lips by cutting up Buf-Pufs with Vaseline to scrub your pout. It’s better than a lip scrub since it’s finer and the Vaseline hydrates, too,” Colville Somma recommends.
To try at home, we recommend: Buf-Puf Facial Sponge, $4.09; drugstore.com
Vaseline Original Jelly, $3.69 for 7.5 oz.; at drugstores
5. Start a skin diary
When using any many products as we do on a daily basis, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of how our bodies react. But now we can, thanks to Manos.
“If you like to experiment with skincare or makeup, keep a diary on what you put on daily and how your complexion reacts to it. That way you’ll be able to pinpoint if a specific cream or foundation is causing irritation, or if it’s working,” she recommends.
6. Invest in a cuticle does-it-all
Cuticle care doesn’t seem like something that should be taken so seriously, but, according to Maria Vlezko, of SoNailicious.com, it totally should—you just need to find the right product to do it all. “Orly’s Cutique works wonders. It softens and removes cuticles while also removing stains. Just leave it on for a minute, wipe off and then apply cuticle cream,” Vlezko said.
To try at home, we recommend: Orly Cutique Cuticle & Stain Remover, $10; orlybeauty.com
7. Follow these five steps to healthy, long nails
And to get your healthiest nails yet, Vlezko recommends following these five tips to protect and strengthen your nail beds and cuticles:
1. Protect—Use a base coat that contains calcium and proteins to strengthen and thicken
2. File and buff—File once a week to keep nails healthy. It’s like trimming split ends to prevent future damage
3. Moisturize—Hydrate hands and cuticles daily to keep them soft and moisturized
4. Prevent—Wear gloves when you’re doing house and yard work and never use your nails to pick or pry things
5. Supplement—Eat vitamins and eat well to keep nails strong
8. Perfect your braid with a styling cocktail
Were all about using volumizing products to add shape to our ‘dos, but we never thought to mix them with wax. That is, until Stephanie Brinkerhoff, of Hair and Makeup by Stephanie, mentioned it. Now, we’re never looking back. “Make your braid look more voluminous and keep it in place by adding a volumizingpowder to the roots and adding a spray wax to the ends. It’ll create pretty texture without flyaways,” Brinkerhoff said.
To try at home, we recommend: Sexy Hair Big Sexy Powder Play, $16.95; sexyhair.com
Redken Wax Blast 10 High Impact Finishing Spray Wax, $18; redken.com
9. Research products on message boards
When thinking of making a major purchase, you should always do your homework on the brand and read through customer reviews to find out if the product truly is right for you. And according to Keiko Lynn, of KeikoLynn.com, the same goes for makeup! “Look up reviews of products you’re considering buying to see what the general feedback is. Always look for the longer reviews since they tend to cover all the important aspects: how long it lasts, is it true to color, etc. Makeupalley.com is one of my favorite sites,” she told us.