The Best Beauty Tricks You Aren't Doing — But Should Be
1. Oil up your moisturizer
It's time to stop fearing face oils for good. Makeup artist Janessa Paré claims that they're miracle workers — especially when it comes to curing your winter skin woes. "Add one drop of your favorite face oil into your day moisturizer during the winter and before you travel," she says. "You will see your skin looking supple and smoother in a couple of days." Rodin Luxury Face Oil, $170, available at Barneys New York.
2. Put a mask on it.
If you've recently lightened your hair, there is one trick you absolutely can't forget. "It's mandatory anytime you lighten your hair to follow up with a weekly hydrating mask," says Matrix celebrity stylist George Papanikolas. It will help keep your strands in optimal condition after the wear-and-tear of a coloring process.Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Mask, $19, available at Ulta.
3. Get your lids glossy.
If you're not a fan of eyeshadow, but want to play around with a different look on your peepers, makeup artist Gina Brooke has a handy trick. "To create a glossy lid, I love applying Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream," she says. "It doesn't crease and looks timeless in pictures." She also suggests swiping the stuff across your cheekbones for a pretty glow.Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $21, available at Macy's.
4. Rethink your finishing powder.
Translucent powders tend to collect dust in the winter, simply because our skin isn't as dewy as it is in the summer. Paré has a genius way to put this old standby to work. "Use it on the lashes," she says. "Lightly dust it on between coats of mascara. This will create a lengthening and thickening effect each time." bareMinerals Mineral Veil, $21, available at Bare Escentuals.
5. Rework your concealer.
Concealer isn't just for covering up zits and undereye circles. You can use it for a whole host of beauty purposes. "I use Urban Decay's 24/7 Concealer Pencil to accentuate facial features," Brooke says. "I use it down the bridge of the nose, the philtrum (which is that little dip above the center of your top lip), and the browbones." Brooke also suggests using concealer on the waterline and in the inner corners. "It makes [your eyes] appear wider and brighter," she says.Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil, $19, available at Ulta.
6. Think of your flat iron as more than a styling tool.
Your flat iron can do more than just take your strands from curly to straight. "Think of your flat iron as a polishing tool, rather than a styling tool," says Nick Stenson, the artistic director of Matrix. "Touching up only the ends and top layers of your style will retain its body and add extra bounce, while still giving you the polish it needs." Sounds like the perfect recipe for woke-up-like-this hair. GHD Classic 1-inch Ceramic Styler Iron, $139.99, available at Overstock.com.