Top beauty tips: Look like a million bucks for less

Gala season is upon us, so it is time to get the arsenal of outfits, makeup and hair accessories out of their various hiding places. Expensive treatments and products can really add up, or you could find yourself out of crucial items when you are already one foot into the shower.

Here are some tips and tricks to get you out of a jam or help you save some money.

Shave with conditioner

If you’re out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap.

Curlier lashes

For curlier, flirtier lashes, heat your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.

Pepto your skin

Pepto-Bismol can also be used as a facial mask – who knew? Spread two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then let it dry for 15-30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Apply sunscreen daily

Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine; even when it’s cloudy.

Raw potatoes take the puffiness away

Use raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. Wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you’re done.

Use a brush rather than a sponge to apply foundation.

No more makeup sponges

Makeup sponges help you apply makeup, but not without a cost. They usually soak up more liquid foundation than what ends up on your face. Get a foundation brush instead.

Toothpaste zaps pimples

Apply a bit of toothpaste to a pimple before bed and wash it off with warm water when you wake up in the morning. It draws the impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin. Opt for organic toothpastes rather than gel toothpastes.

Lotion removes the makeup

If you’re out of makeup remover, use body lotion to get rid of makeup.

Create fuller lips

If you’re tired of having thin lips, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top.

Know your foundation shade

When choosing a foundation, test a product on the skin near your jawline. And be sure to do it in natural light.

Camouflage grey hair

If you want to camouflage some strands of grey hair on the go, use mascara if you have dark hair. For blondes or redheads try dusting your roots with bronzing powder.

Don’t pump your mascara

You should never pump your mascara (i.e., moving the wand up and down in the tube really quickly) because it will only allow air into the tube which will cause your mascara to dry (and ultimately shorten its lifespan).

Remove nail polish without remover

If you run out of nail polish remover, you can remove cracked or chipped nail polish by applying a clear top coat to the nail and removing it promptly with a cotton ball.