Apr 22nd, 2017, 12:13 PM

DIY Beauty Hacks 101

By Anabel Bachour
Image credit: Huda Beauty
Here are some cheap and easy beauty hacks for flawless skin and a healthy body.

My mother used to tell me that, when she was a child, some mothers bathed their new-born baby girls in bat's blood to prevent their body hair from growing. Back in those days, this and other terrifying things were the beauty hacks.

But trust me, this article won't recommend anything so terrifying. You will find below some cheap and easy DIY hacks for flawless skin and a healthy body. 

1) Eyebrows speak louder than words

Have you ever thread, waxed, or plucked your eyebrows the wrong way and wondered if the hair you plucked will grow back fast enough? Well now you can be reassured that it will. Just follow these hacks, step by step, and you'll have your eyebrow back in no time. 

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil has a formula that is rich in Vitamin E and is recognized as the best essential oil that nourishes hair follicles. It removes sebum and build on the brow skin, and also conditions the hair to grow out thicker.

Application: Pour a few drops of olive oil on a cotton ball or the tip of your finger. Apply it to your eyebrows, massage the area and leave it for 5 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can leave it overnight if it doesn't bother you.

2. Vaseline:

As most of you know, Vaseline is rich with petroleum jelly which makes hair grow stronger. It also keeps it moisturized and helps grow your plucked eyebrow back.  

Application: Rub some Vaseline on the area and leave it on for the entire night. It conditions your brows just like you condition your hair. Brows grow back healthier, thicker, and faster. 

3. Coconut Oil

As for coconut oil, it is the richest formula and the one that worked best for me. it has many essential proteins, nutrients (like vitamins and iron), and saturated fatty acids which are essential for healthy hair growth. It promotes the healthy, thick, and dark eyebrows. The lauric acid in the oil acts as an antimicrobial agent that prevents the infection of hair follicles and thus protects the brows from further damage and stimulates the hair to grow quickly. 

Application: Place some drops of warm coconut oil to your finger tip, apply it to your eyebrow and massage it for few minutes, then rinse your eyebrows with water. I personally leave it overnight and the next morning it will be absorbed by the skin. 

2) You might not be perfect. But your lashes should be.

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Although this ad is dedicated to a mascara, it illustrates how attached women are to their lashes — and they should be. What is better-looking than thick, long, and dark lashes? And if you don't have them, well you can now. The two things I have tried on my lashes are: 1) olive oil; and 2) Vaseline. Since I've already talked about their rich formula, I think you know they're good for thick and long hair.

The application of these product is different from the brow process. First it would be ideal if you had an eyelash brush; if not, your fingers will do the trick. Jjust put a little Vaseline on the tip of your fingers, rub your fingers together so it would warm up a little, and then apply it slowly to your lashes. As for oil, no need to warm it up, just apply one drop on your finger tip and place it on your eyelashes. I strongly advise you to do this just before bed or else you'll feel as if your eyes are heavy and it will be annoying. And don't forget, you should always apply them on clean lashes/brows.

3) Flawless skin is always in

Seriously though, who doesn't wish for a flawless skin? If you think it needs a lot of work to achieve that perfect flawless skin, you're wrong. It just needs commitment. It's really easy and simple, and you'll have fun doing it.

First of all, ALWAYS moisturize your body. It doesn't need to be a brand moisturizer or €100 lotion, any lotion will do. Try to exfoliate your body twice a week. You don't need to spend more than €3. French coffee, coconut oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a jar are all you need. Mix one cup of coconut oil with one cup of coffee and one cup of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon, and voilà! — you've got your body exfoliating scrub.

Same thing goes for the lips, except here you only need brown sugar and olive oil, or Vaseline. If you're the type to wear matte lipstick a lot, I advise you to exfoliate your lips before every application. One more thing, don't go and buy shaving cream anymore because coconut oil is your heaven when it comes to shaving, no stubble, no burn, and smooth shaving. You're welcome. 

4) May your day be as great as your makeup

They say leave the best for the last. if you know me, you'd know I am obsessed with makeup (it is even written in my bio below). So here's all you need is flawless makeup application.

First of all, wash your face when you wake up. You might not feel like you have anything on your face in the morning, but there's a lot of grease from sleeping 6 to 10 hours. Begin your day with washing then moisturizing, your key to a great smooth makeup application is a well hydrated face.

Two more things that will change your makeup life. Your highlighter (glittery stuff on the cheeks in case you don't know) can pop to the beyond, just apply a little Vaseline on your finger tip and apply it where the highlighter stays, then apply the highlighter above it. People from outer space will be able to see your highlighter. And the last thing you can use a DIY for would be the setting sprays, they are essential, especially if you want your makeup to last a full day without smudging, and they can be really expensive. Luckily for us, Huda Kattan (aka Huda Beauty) shared with us a recipe for a DIY setting spray. All you need is a bottle, rose water (eau de fleur d'oranger in French) and water. Put 3/4 water with 1/4 rose water, and there you have your setting spray (it helps with acne too).  

And please, oh please, clean your makeup brushes, you have no idea how many bacteria you are putting on your face when you don't clean them. It will literally be the worst thing you do to your face.

You're welcome.