15 Creative Fashion and Beauty Hacks That Changed Our Lives
Take the stress out of your beauty regimen and avoid wardrobe malfunctions with a few expert tips on everything from old-school hair hacks and anti-aging skincare. Keep reading to learn 15 style and beauty hacks that problem-solve concerns with outside-the-box thinking. Your life just got so much easier.
Accessorize your bra for a better fit. You can buy clips and extenders to improve the fit of every bra you own. This one helps you get a slimmer silhouette and added lift, minus any "side boob bulge." Brit + Co Pick: Bra Bridge ($20)
Give old clothes a makeover by switching out the buttons. Fashion designer Adrienne Kronovet, founder of Amerliora , revamps items with subtle tweaks. She explains, "New buttons create an entirely new garment for a fraction of the cost. It's [also] easy to release the hem and adjust the length." Brit + Co Pick: Nakpunar Pearl Bridal Buttons Dome, White ($11)
Loosen too-snug denim waistbands using a hair elastic. Tight waistbands due to bloating won't be a problem anymore. When your jeans become a wee bit snug, this ah-mazing DIY hair tie hack makes for a much more comfortable fit. (Photo via Pinterest user @saltspoon) Brit + Co Pick: Scunci 4mm No Damage Elastics ($2)
Boost your confidence in a matching bra and panty set. Our expert on French-girl style, Adrienne Gaskell of Simone Pérèle, revealed that the French girl derives her je ne sais quoi from her romance-ready undergarments. She considers the effects of sultry lace skivvies to be like a mood-boosting affirmation, whispering, "I'm worth attention to detail!" Brit + Co Pick: Implicite Talisman Sheer Demi ($54) and Boyshort ($32)
Buy versatile swimsuits that pass as stylish tops to save room in your suitcase. Reach for stylish swimwear, like this buy from Jade Swim, that can pass as an RTW bodysuit. Two birds, one travel-friendly stone! Brit + Co Pick: Jade Swim Wrapped One Piece ($150)
Use cranberry extract to make your skincare products more effective. Use cranberry extract as a regimen booster, making skin extra-absorptive and your beauty products more efficient. Tina Hedges, founder of the luxury green skincare company, LOLI Beauty, provides this simple overnight remedy for dullness with the ingredient. "Mix three drops of cranberry seed extract with three to five drops of Tea Seed Elixir ($68) to DIY an overnight sleeping pack for a glowing complexion." Brit + Co Pick: LOLI Beauty Cranberry Seed Extract ($20)
Cool beauty products to calm skin. Soothe patchy or irritated skin by popping your gel products — face masks included — into the fridge before use. This moisturizer is perfect for hormonal skin, while refrigerated aloe vera does wonders for burns. Brit + Co Pick: Knours Skin Meditation Gel Cream ($36)
Create a flawless smokey eye using translucent powder. Hard-to-mix pigments can put the kibosh on our smokey eye dreams — but Paris Manning, makeup artist and founder of Velvet 59 has the answer. She recommends using a blending brush to combine shadow with untinted setting powder, creating a buildable shade with an airbrush-like finish. Brit + Co Pick: RMS Beauty Un Powder ($34)
Fake a fresh blow-out with dry shampoo. Carolyn Aronson, founder of It's a 10 Haircare, shares that dry shampoo and a quick blow-dry will leave your slept-in locks looking freshly styled. Lived-in hair? Yes, please. Brit + Co Pick: It's A 10 Haircare Miracle Dry Shampoo and Conditioner in One ($21)
Correct brassiness with a purple shampoo. Celebrity hairstylist and Ouai founder, Jen Atkin, points out that purple shampoo isn't just for blondes. If your brown hair turns too coppery this summer, a purple-hued wash will help correct it by working like an at-home toner. Brit + Co Pick: DPHue Cool Blonde Shampoo ($24)
Protect your polish from chips, dents, and imperfections instantly. Even if you have sworn off damaging gel manicures, your future manis can still be chip-free. Apply nail treatments and top coats that protect your digits from chips, or better yet, ones that fill-in and cover the dents and gaps in your mani. Brit + Co Pick: Kur by Londontown Instant Smudge Fix ($14)
Use an oil-rich scrub before shaving your legs. A textured exfoliant scrub prepares skin for hair removal, while the oil-slick finish allows for an extra-close shave. The end result? Unbelievably soft stems. Palermo Body Coffee Body Scrub ($18)
Soften desert-dry hands with eczema ointment. If your hands are crazy dry, ointments that are formulated to penetrate and soothe damaged skin barriers will do the trick. Try an eczema ointment on your hands, elbows, knees, and feet for a silky surprise. Brit + Co Pick: Freedom Naturals Eczema Power Ointment ($26)
Get rid of B.O. with an acid exfoliant on your underarms. Using an exfoliating acid — like AHAs, BHAs, glycolic, etc. — will get rid of body odor. It doesn't stop sweating like an anti-perspirant will, but it helps make your natural deodorant work better when applied to your pits. Brit + Co Pick: Replenix Gly-Sal 2-2 Pads ($22)
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