17 Beauty Tips That Will Change Your Game
The Best Hair Tips
Tuck straight hair behind your ears while it air-dries.
"I picked up this trick from, the stylist behind Gisele's iconic waves, years ago and haven't looked back. My hair is flat and fine and rarely holds a bend, but doing this makes it air-dry into an easy wave with just the right amount of movement—it doesn't even need any product to stay. It's saved me on countless mornings when I run out of time to do my hair." —Lindsay Schallon, senior digital beauty editor
Swap an old T-shirt for your hair towel.
", who cuts my hair, once told me I needed to start using a clean T-shirt (instead of a regular towel) to ; it cuts down on frizziness and breakage. I employed that trick (with much success) until I got my hands on this genius . While one is $30 and the other one is waiting for you in your closet, they deliver the same end result: softer, shinier curls." —Simone Kitchens, associate beauty director
But for beachy waves, try paper towels.
"When I went to get my hair, the hairstylist told me to use a paper towel to help air-dry my hair and keep my curls intact. Instead of crushing the curls with a heavy towel or blasting them with hot air, I scrunch up my damp curls with a paper towel, and they spring to life. In the mornings I wet my hair a bit and do the same thing, then let it air-dry. I hardly ever use a blow-dryer now." —Erin Reimel, weekend writer
For more defined curls, master "squishing."
"I read through the most nuanced curl regimens ever while doing a story on, but the one thing that's stuck with me? Move your hair products to the shower and get them in right after you turn off the water. It doesn't seem like it should make a huge difference to put product in when your hair is still wet—or as Reddit calls it "squish to condish"—but I notice a marked change when I do it. Bouncy, defined, frizz-free curls always follow." —Rachel Nussbaum, beauty writer
A strainer works surprisingly well as a diffuser.
"Since I don't drag myself out of bed on time with enough consistency to drop money on a diffuser, I use a pasta strainer whenever I want glossy blow-dried curls. It's crazy-easy: Just flip your head over into the strainer (wash it first or spaghetti residue will make it look like you've got dandruff) and blow dry up into the strainer. Just pile sections of your hair into it and boom: shiny, frizz-less curls." —Amber Rambharose, beauty editor
The Best Makeup Tips
Dust powder on your eyelids twice to help makeup stay.
"I have what very well may be the oiliest lids in the land, and on my hooded eyes, that means even waterproof liner ends up smudged on my crease. I've dubbed it the banana look. I've tried every shadow primer, but the only thing that's made a difference is sweeping on a shadow brush of loose powder before and after I start my eye makeup. It doesn't alter the colors at all, but soaks up oil—and keeps it that way." —R.N.
Wing your cat eye upward, not outward.
"This may seem obvious to fellow liner lovers, but it didn’t really register for me until I metDaniel Chinchilla, who's Ariana Grande’s makeup artist. He explained that a common is drawing a line that goes out straight toward your ear—which can make your eyes look droopy—rather than up toward the ends of your eyebrows. Since making this slight adjustment to my technique, I’ve gotten my cat eye down to a science. I just follow the upward direction of my lower lash line, instead of the downward direction of my upper." —Jennifer Mulrow, assistant beauty editor
The Best Skin Care Tips
Put eye cream around your lips.
"So many people have told me they think eye cream is bullshit, but I've spent enough time around aestheticians to know better:in the right spots can make a world of difference. I put it on with my ring finger (it has the lightest touch and won't drag your skin) all around my eye area including the skin between my eyes on the sides of my nose, right between my eyebrows, and around my mouth. The latter sounds weird, but your skin there is also delicate and prone to wrinkles, especially if you smoked for years, like me. Yeah, I know…." —L.S.