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The 5 Best Beauty Tricks

1. Keep your eye cream and nail polish in the fridge.

The reason some eye creams are sold in tubes with metal tips is that the metal helps deflate puffy areas by cooling the skin, which theoretically constricts blood vessels. But you can get the same exact effect by just stashing any old eye cream in the refrigerator. The fridge is also a great place to stash nail polish, as it keeps it from thickening over time.

2. Always layer your skin-care products from thinnest to thickest texture.

If you think about your skin as if it were a sponge, you want it to soak up all the good stuff you’re applying to your face and body. Therefore, it’s important to layer properly. Use the thinner, more watery products first in your skin routine and finish with the heaviest creams or oils. Oils help seal in any products applied prior.

3. Don’t touch your face unless you have to. Your hands are GRUBBY.

And hand sanitizer totally doesn’t count—at all. As someone who is oddly scared of others touching my face, perhaps I take this tip a bit too seriously. But your hands are REALLY dirty. Anytime you’re just cradling your chin in thought, putting your hand to your cheek or the like, you’re actually leaving germs behind, and creating a potential zit minefield.

4. Wiggle your mascara wand horizontally through your lashes to create definition and separation.

While this may seem counterintuitive if you’re looking to lengthen your lashes, the only way you’re going really get clump-free coatings is with this badass makeup-artist trick. By simply wiggling the wand back and forth, slowly working your way up, your eyelashes get coated with just enough formula to define, lengthen, and volumize without it looking like you’re an extra from the new Spiderman.

5. A few drops of essential oil on the shower floor—plus a few minutes to let the steam really develop—makes for a spa-like experience.

Because I’m all about that self-care life, I like to make my showers as experiential as possible. Sometimes I’ll do a specific shower meditation to get rid of negative energies before hopping in, but the one consistent is that I’ll always let the shower run for a few minutes after I’ve dropped a bit of whatever essential oil I’m feeling that day to create a spa-like steam shower. When I’m half asleep, I’ll reach for energizing oil or two. Regardless of the oil you choose, take a few deep breaths, use caution to avoid slipping, and chill the hell out.

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