Monday, May 21, 2018

Pull these beauty tricks out of your hat

Not all beauty tips are created equally. Some "tricks" simply miss the beauty mark, so this week I've rounded up the top three tricks you simply must try because they work, beautifully.

Eye poppin'

You may avoid liquid eyeliner like the plague but the truth is, liquid stays put far better than pencil, so mastering liquid eyeliner application is a must. Before applying liquid, use an eyeliner pencil to "trace" the line you'll create with liquid liner. For newbies, this one step can save quite a bit of time (and eye makeup remover).

To apply liquid liner, brace the arm you'll be using for application on a table to keep it steady. Next, apply liquid liner in three segments. Think of it as drawing dashes at the inner corner, in the middle and on the outer corner of the eyelids at the lash line. Then go back and draw connections between the dashes to create a smooth line. (Tip: use a felt tip liquid liner when starting out as felt tips tend to be more forgiving.)

Finally, once the liquid liner has dried, using an angled shadow brush, apply a matching shadow over the line to "set" the liquid.

Smooth skin

You probably already know that starting the day with a cleanser and moisturizer is a must. What many women forget, however, is the importance of exfoliation to keep skin refreshed and glowing. A must-try trick I swear by is regular use of Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant which contains salicylic acid among other key ingredients. (Daily Microfoliant happens to be the best seller from the entire Dermalogica line.)

Use about 1/2 teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant mixed with a 1/2 teaspoon of water to create a fine paste. Massage the product in for 2 minutes, then — and here's the trick — twice a week, create a thick paste using the Microfoliant and water. Leave the paste on skin for up to 10 minutes to create a super-effective skin-renewing masque.

Moisturize for less

A few drops of olive oil is all a girl needs to keep skin smooth and free of dry, flaky spots.

At night, after cleansing skin, dab a tiny bit of olive oil on a cotton ball and apply to dry zones, avoiding breakout- prone areas. Next, drape a towel over your head and steam your face over a hot faucet to help the olive oil penetrate.

Too blemish prone to trust olive oil? Try diluted tea-tree oil instead which is ideal for killing the bacteria that contributes to acne.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.