Style Cues

Style cuesFlawless foundation!

A flawless foundation alternative to traditional creams and liquids are minerals. They offer ample coverage, a natural SPF factor, and are actually beneficial for your skin. Buff on!

Master liquid liner!

Tilt your head back when you’re looking in the mirror to stretch your eyelid without closing it. Don’t attempt one long line-work in small strokes starting from the pupil.

To wake up sleepy eyes

To wake up sleepy eyes, stay away from dark shadows that will contrast against the white of your eyes making you appear even more tired. Use happy pastel shades, and line your inner rims with a white or beige pencil. This will open up your eyes.

Get wow hair in a jiffy!

After applying dry shampoo to 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.

Get the perfect pout

Opt for a red-orange gloss instead of a true orange lipstick if you’re looking for a less shocking look. The sheerness of the gloss also offers a more kissable touch of colour.

Easiest way to blend foundation

The easiest way to apply foundation is with your fingers. Your warm digits help push the product into your skin. Do it on your face and blend.

Spring’s sexy side sweep

The good, great- news about side-swept hairstyles is that they work for all hair types…curly, straight or frizzy, and suit any face shape! Side-swept hair is a classic, glamorous look that takes no time to put together, but looks like you’ve put in effort. To do, simply part hair and let one side cover a part of your forehead. Done!

Long-lasting eye make-up

To make your eye make-up last throughout the day, pros suggest you use three key products-an eyeshadow base to prevent creasing, a gel liner to prevent smudging and for deep colour and waterproof mascara.

Secret to sexier brows

Drenching your entire face in night cream can sabotage your brows. Moisturisers can build up in the eyebrow follicles, stunting new growth. So make the skin around them a lotion-free zone.

Get gorgeous hair for less

Slash the price of your next cut by having it done at home—that way, your stylist won’t split the bill with a salon. Grab your hairdresser’s business card, and e-mail her this: “I read in Cosmo that house calls can come with a discount. Do you ever make them?”

Silky scrub

Shorts season is here. Time to prettify your legs. Here’s an easy scrub: mix half a cup of salt, two tablespoons of olive oil, and a quarter cup of shower or bath gel. Rub and rinse.

Try this!

For touchable tatas, use this mask: Mix two egg yolks (a natural skin softener) with one cup of beer. Dab the mix on your breasts, and rinse after 20 minutes.

Get silky skin

The dropping temperature does your skin no favours. Before a date with your guy, try this scrub to feel good. Mix 2 tsp sea salt, 2 tsp grape-seed oil (olive oil works too), and a drop of your favourite scented essential oil. Then hop in the shower, and rub it all over your body to slough off dry, dead cells.

Detox yourself

No cellulite means you need to detox your system, so lay off ciggies and excess coffee. Lower your salt and fat intake and do remember to drink plenty of water.

Outshine everyone else!

The newest nail trend is natural and glossy, no polish required. Just push back cuticles and use a buffer in a side-to-side motion. Bonus: There’s no chance of chipping!

Get into fusion mood

Just mix and match a hot top with jeans or a short/long skirt—look festive and keep the compliments coming your way!

Score a free haircut

Upscale salons often have teaching nights for new employees, and they need hair models, for the stylists-in training to practice on. It is supervised, and most places will have a pro change your style if you aren’t totally satisfied. Get in touch with salons and sign up for these nights!

Hair care tip…

Make your hair fuller and thicker. Ask your stylist to give you a few layers around the crown of your head but keep your ends blunt.

We love our blow-dries…

Too much blow drying is bad for the hair. So try and air dry as often as you blow dry. Also, hold the drier away from the hair and apply a little serum before you aim that dryer to reduce the damage caused by heat.

On-the-go tip

Mix a dab of spot treatment and concealer, roll onto a cotton swab, and toss into a bag for touch-ups.

Scent secret

How to find your signature perfume style? It’s simple: Sleep over it. If you wake up happy after wearing your perfume overnight, you’ve got yourself a signature.

Get rid of your tan

Dilute lemon juice with water and apply this to your skin using a cotton pad. To remove the dark areas from your elbows, cut a lemon in half and rest your elbows in each half for 20 minutes. Do the same to lighten the skin around your knees.

Get fab hair!

Eat a handful of sesame seeds every morning. It contains magnesium and calcium that are great for your hair and scalp!

How to wear perfume

For best results, apply perfume right after a shower. Use EDP once a day and refresh with EDT. Apply at pulse points starting from below and don’t rub wrists together after spraying: this breaks the molecular structure, and can drastically alter the scent!

Must-try savvy secrets

Brow shaping: Good news! Full brows are still in for fall. So all you need to do is pluck under your arches and fill in gaps with a brow pencil or cheat with a light kajal to keep things tidy.

Pants just got interesting

From front pleats to the Moroccan style or even the cut-off variety, choose pants to go with your mood. For the vertically gifted, there’s nothing like the fabulous wide legged trend, while those who aren’t should pick up the cigarette slim variety.

Opt for a metal shine look

Metal glow: This lightly textured lotion flows with iridescent shimmer. Dab over your eye shadow, or cheeks for instant bronzing.

Do this for sleek curls…

Roll damp hair and secure each coil with a small piece of regular tape. Set strands with a hair dryer on low heat and gently remove the tape.

Tribal chica

Pair a simple one shoulder dress with a chunky African necklace — nail two looks together!

For summer beauty

Follow the cleansing-toning-moisturising routine more frequently during summer. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid toxic, oily and spicy food.

Try this fab trick

Rub the bristles of your brush with two drops of essential oils like rosemary or lavender, and brush your hair well. Pick up yours from Forest Essentials or The Body Shop.

Puffy eyes?

Pick an eye gel rather than cream, because they dry quicker — the intense moisture in cream formulations can compound the puffy look.

Get a bikini-ready bod

Summer seems here, and the earlier you start prepping for the beach, the better you’ll feel. Skip the usual machines and try the new fitness craze that has hit gyms everywhere. Core-training classes focus on strengthening your abs and back and will whip you into shape. Call friends and have them join you on Sunday for a get-fit session.

Pro-tip for your hair!

Blow-dry your hair, apply serum and clasp your hair into a tight bun on top of your head. Unclasp your hair when you’re ready to go. Work in a little mousse and your hair will look naturally wavy!

Make those locks shine!

Sprinkle a bit of baby powder on your crown and hairline to make it through a day or two without having to wash your hair.