TOP 5 BEST BEAUTY TIPS

As beauty writers, we're always trying to bring you the best beauty tips, hairstyle trends, makeup how-tos and the like. That means interviewing boatloads of beauty experts. These fine men and women are celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists, skin care aficionados and doctors that lend their industry know-how to our stories by sharing beauty secrets -- the tips and tricks they have learned on the job and have found to be the most useful. 


To be honest though, we hear so many beauty tips through our constant interviewing and testing of tools and products, that some fall by the wayside or never make it into a story. That’s fine for the lackluster tips (i.e. wash your face twice a day), but it is not fine for the really smart tips. The beauty tips that are so great, they deserve to be mined out and brought to their proper light -- those diamond-in-the-rough type beauty tips. 

Some of these tips are classic and have been imparted upon us from generations of women past, friends, and even through the celebrity grapevine. Though many are from the glorious beauty experts mentioned above, and some are even tried and true things we have learned ourselves over the many years of primping and prodding our way through our own beauty careers (some spanning more than 10 years). They come from being on the front lines of it all (well, of the runway and red carpet, that is). They are the ah-ha tricks we swear by. 





Hairstyling tip

Who heard it: Susan Yara, Associate Editor 
From: Chris Megia, a hairstylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Los Angeles

"After applying dry shampoo to day old (or for me, three-day old) hair, blow dry the roots using a round brush. The mix of the dry shampoo and the natural oil will have the same benefits as a volumizer so you'll get an extra day out of your blow-out and have major volume. I now do this every week!"

Anti-aging skin care tip


Who heard it: Kristen Giordani, Executive Editor
From: Various derms including Dr. Heidi Waldorf, Dr. Ariel Kauvar and Dr. Amy Wechsler

"The best way to fight aging and prevent pimples is to use a prescription retinoid. You've likely heard this, but have you tried it? It is honestly the one thing that will make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. I constantly get compliments on how smooth my skin is and I completely attribute that to my religious use of a retinoid. It helps smooth wrinkles, prevent blemishes, keep pore size small and fight sun damage. Just be sure to also use SPF religiously with it -- another tried and true tip."

Makeup tip



Who heard it: Sarah Carrillo, Senior Associate Editor 
From: Celebrity makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian

"Sometimes volumizing mascara formulas can be heavy and weigh down your lashes and take out the curl. She told me her best formula for the best lashes: 'Use a waterproof, lengthening formula first, it will hold the curl up. Then add a coat of volumizing mascara on top.'"

Skin care tip


Who heard it: Susan Yara, Associate Editor
From: A Clinique saleswoman 
"When I was in college, the sales woman at the counter told me never to rub moisturizer into my face, pat it on. Rubbing actually takes it off your skin and disperses it in different places. Patting it on helps the skin soak it up."




Dark circle tip


Who heard it: Sarah Carrillo, Senior Associate Editor
From: Brow expert Kristie Streicher

"You can use your eyebrows to make dark under eye circles less noticeable. Just tweeze your brows so they're more straight-across than arched. When they're arched you get a complete circle effect (your brows and the dark circles below) and that exaggerates the dark circles, but if your brows are straight across, it breaks up that shape and de-emphasizes the circles

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