It’s that time again, for the second installment of Royal Remedies – quick and innovative remedies for all your beauty needs. Without further ado, I’d like to jump right in with my first Royal Remedy: an eye and lip primer duo that I purchased from The Sapphire Salon’s private label makeup line.
It is absolutely amazing; all you need is a flat-top synthetic brush. With one dip per eye and a light buffing motion, it’s the perfect all-in-one, waterproof, smudge proof, oil-absorbing primer that will not only hold your shadow on all day, but acts as a concealer to even out and color-correct your lid.
As an added bonus, I like to put a small amount on the inner and outer corners of my eye on the underside to aid in concealing dark circles and prevent eyeliner from running. With one last dip of your brush into the primer, lightly dust your lips entirely. This will act as a glue stick for your lipstick, and you won’t even need a liner.
For a clean and easy no-fuss makeup application for the girl on the go, there’s one necessary product: a bronzer with a swirl or mosaic of multiple colors. Take one of the lightest colors and dust it over your lid, then take a medium shade and place it into your crease or outer third of your lid. Wet an angled brush and use the darkest color as an eye liner. Swirl your blush brush into the bronzer and apply to your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Finally, with your ring finger, take the lighter color and dust it onto your lips, finishing it with a gloss for the perfect on-the-go touch-up.
Run out of your go-to brow pencil or shadow? In a pinch, use a brown or black liquid liner to make small flicks into your brow for some more definition and a tattooed brow effect. As an added bonus, it’s super long-wearing and virtually smudge-proof.
Running out of space to hold all your makeup? Free up some room by taking bulky lipsticks and putting them into old blush or eye shadow pans. Simply cut the lipstick from the tube, place it into the metal pan, then with low heat and low force, warm it up with your hair dryer. The lipstick will melt and fill the pan. Pop the pans into a flat large palette with a magnet inside to hold the pans and, voilà – you not only freed up space, you also created your own lip palette.
Get dressed too quickly in the morning and now you’re left with unsightly deodorant marks on your clothing? Do what I do and take a sock, put it on your hand inside out, and buff away those pesky white marks.
Own a magic bullet or food processor? Mix coffee, sugar and any nut blend for a decent amount of time, making sure it’s nice and fine. Throw it in with your favorite body wash for the perfect body scrub.
Tea tree oil is the absolute best essential oil for everything; it will seriously cure any type of superficial skin condition with its antimicrobial properties, whether it be an acne breakout, rash, head lice, cold sores, eczema, or athlete’s foot. A small amount applied with a Q-tip to the problem area a few times a day will help you see a world of difference.
Tip: If you run out of shaving cream, don’t hesitate to use your conditioner as a substitute. If it makes your hair feel silky soft, why not your skin, too?
Trick: Try using hair treatment oils, such as Moroccan oil or any other hydrating oils, on your skin and nails as a deep moisture mask.