25 beauty hacks you need to know

Tried and tested by our team of editors

From makeup and skin care to hair and body, the marie claire team reveal their best ever beauty tips and tricks.

#1 / Speed styling

“For a chic updo in seconds, create a high ponytail, twist your hair and wrap it around the elastic, then pin into place. Muss up your makeshift bun with your fingers, and accessorise with a cute clip.” – Bianca

#2 / Mascara replacement

“Left your eyeliner at home? Run an angled brush along the rim of your mascara tube and sweep across your lash line – the creamy, gel-like consistency is perfecting for creating a budge-proof feline flick.” – Jessica

Try: M.A.C Angled Brush 266

#3 / Curled lashes

“Every morning I blast my eyelash curler with a hairdryer before applying to lashes- the heat holds the curl, which makes the eye appear wider. A few swipes of mascara and I’m ready for the day.” – Nicky

Try: Shiseido Eyelash Curler

#4 / DIY scrub

“I like to make a scrub from one cup of coconut or body oil and two cups of raw sugar. Use in the shower starting from your feet, working your way up in circular motions.” – Jenna

Try: Sodashi Crystalus Body Oil

M.A.C Angled Brush 266

M.A.C Angled Brush 266

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

Sodashi Crystalus Body Oil

Sodashi Crystalus Body Oil

#5 / Calming cleanser

“For a soothing facial cleanse before bed, place a few drops of lavender oil in the bathroom basin with warm water and remove the day with a face washer.” – Chloe

Try: Jurlique Lavender Pure Essential Oil

#6 / Quick dry polish

“To set a manicure, I dip my digits in ice water for one minute, post paint job.” – Kimberlee

#7 / Easy beach hair

“For beachy waves without a heat styler, apply a sea salt spray, twist hair into two buns and blast with a hairdryer. Finish dressing and doing your makeup, remove the buns and ruffle with your hands.” – Tara

Try: Evo Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray

#8 / Sunscreen primer

“Make mineral sunscreen mandatory after skin care: a physical formula wears really well and it’s a great base for your makeup.” – Jessica

Try: Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Shield Mineral Defence SPF 50+

Jurlique Lavender Pure Essential Oil

Jurlique Lavender Pure Essential Oil

Evo Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray

Evo Salty Dog Cocktail Beach Spray

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Shield Mineral Defence SPF 50+

Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Shield Mineral Defence SPF 50+

#9 / Wing colour combo

“For a simple statement look, I like to match coloured winged liner to a pair of earrings. Turquoise is my hue right now.” – Bree

Try: Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo in Turquoise Infini

#10 / Fix fly-aways

“When I was a ‘bottle blonde’ I had a lot of breakage, so I would spritz hairspray onto a toothbrush and use that to smooth down fly-aways.” – Erin

Try: Matrix Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray

#11 / Lush lashes for less

“Splurge on an expensive mascara you love and when it runs out, wash and reuse the wand with a budget-friendly option – it’s all about the wand!” - Robyn

#12 / Post-shower moisturiser

“To get more moisture into dry skin, I apply a body or coconut oil after stepping out of the shower – the steam helps it absorb better.” – Liz

Try: NIVEA 4 in 1 Body Oil

Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo in Turquoise Infini

Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo in Turquoise Infini

Matrix Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray

Matrix Style Link Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray

NIVEA 4 in 1 Body Oil

NIVEA 4 in 1 Body Oil

#13 / Makeup remover

“I replace makeup remover with coconut oil – a small amount dissolves makeup and softens dry skin.” – Melissa

#14 / Multi-masking

“I like to double up on masks – I start with an exfoliating, clarifying or refining mask (depending on my needs), and follow up with a hydrating or brightening one.” – Sherine

Try: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify

#15 / Smooth strands

“Tame unruly strands by smoothing a pea-sized dollop of hand cream over ends.”  – Bianca

Try: Natural Instinct Softening Hand and Nail Cream

#16 / Softening scrub

“I put a dollop of sugar- or salt-based exfoliator on an exfoliation mitt to buff away dryness. The oils from the scrub replenish skin, too.” – Daniela

Try: MOR Sugar Crystal Body Scrub in Marshmallow

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify

L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify

Natural Instinct Softening Hand and Nail Cream

Natural Instinct Softening Hand and Nail Cream

MOR Sugar Crystal Body Scrub in Marshmallow

MOR Sugar Crystal Body Scrub in Marshmallow

#17 / Night-time layering

“Layer a vitamin A serum underneath a replenishing overnight mask – the barrier will trap the actives, allowing for more effective ingredient absorption.” – Aimée

Try: Philosophy Time in a Bottle Daily Age-Defying Serum

#18 / Hint of tint

“To get some colour on my legs, I mix liquid bronzer with a body lotion and slather.”  – Monica

Try: NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer

#19 / Shiny hair

“After conditioning, rinse hair with cold water to close the cuticle and boost shine.” – Jana

#20 / Big eyes

“To accentuate smaller eyes, cut fake lash strips in half and apply only to the outer half of each eye for a more natural look.” – Larissa

Try: shu uemura Natural Volume False Eyelashes

Philosophy Time in a Bottle Daily Age-Defying Serum

Philosophy Time in a Bottle Daily Age-Defying Serum

NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer​

NARS Liquid Laguna Bronzer​

shu uemura Natural Volume False Eyelashes

shu uemura Natural Volume False Eyelashes

#21 / Overnight hair

“To refresh hair while you sleep, spray roots with dry shampoo and fasten lengths into a high ponytail using the waistband of a pair of tights as a hair elastic. You’ll wake up with voluminous clean hair due to the absorption of oils overnight.” – Anne-Marie

Try: TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo

#22 / Multi-task

“For a fast beauty look when I’m on the go, I blend my favourite rosy lipstick onto lips, cheeks and across my lids – the heat from your fingertips makes blending a breeze and it nixes the need for extra products.” – Lisa

Try: Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color

#23 / Soft hands

“It’s my Michael Jackson tip: to keep hands hydrated I apply hand cream and balm and then put cotton gloves on overnight.” – Anjelika

#24 / Anti-frizz

“For a frizz-free finish, I dry my hair with a clean cotton T-shirt rather than a towel – the smooth fabric causes less friction and makes for the sleekest, silkiest blow-dry.” – Kathryn

#25 / Contouring formulas

“When contouring, stick to matte formulas for shading and iridescent for highlighting.” – Anita

Try: Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit

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