At this point, it feels like if you’ve read one article of beauty tips, you’ve read ’em all. Of course, it’s for a reason—tried-and-true hacks like using a bobby pin for eyeliner and swatting down frizz with a dryer sheet do work—but they don’t exactly leave us excited nor do they inspire to go out there and make things easier. So we went back to the drawing board, and grilled the Glamour editors we see looking consistently fabulous to learn just how they do it. The words “Tell us your secrets” may have been used (it wasn’t overtly aggressive, but we got answers). Here, we’ve stockpiled the tips that will actually change your beauty routine for the better, and that you haven’t read 200 times before.
The Best Hair Tips
Tuck straight hair behind your ears while it air-dries.
“I picked up this trick from Harry Josh, the stylist behind Gisele’s iconic waves, years ago and haven’t looked back. My hair is flat and fine and rarely holds a bend, but doing this makes it air-dry into an easy wave with just the right amount of movement—it doesn’t even need any product to stay. It’s saved me on countless mornings when I run out of time to do my hair.” —Lindsay Schallon, senior digital beauty editor
Swap an old T-shirt for your hair towel.
“Teddi Cranford, who cuts my hair, once told me I needed to start using a clean T-shirt (instead of a regular towel) to wrap my hair after I shower; it cuts down on frizziness and breakage. I employed that trick (with much success) until I got my hands on this genius Aquis microfiber turban towel. While one is $30 and the other one is waiting for you in your closet, they deliver the same end result.
The Best Makeup Tips
Dust powder on your eyelids twice to help makeup stay.
“I have what very well may be the oiliest lids in the land, and on my hooded eyes, that means even waterproof liner ends up smudged on my crease. I’ve dubbed it the banana look. I’ve tried every shadow primer, but the only thing that’s made a difference is sweeping on a shadow brush of loose powder before and after I start my eye makeup. It doesn’t alter the colors at all, but soaks up oil—and keeps it that way.” —R.N.
For natural-looking lashes, try a tiny brush.“Thick mascara brushes just don’t work on my lashes. Meaning, they always, without fail, make the product clump and stick together, no matter what formula I use. Still, I like the look of a tint, so I’ve taken to using Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara on my top lashes. The brush is tiny and thin, and it deposits a little product without making me look spidery or overdone.” —Perrie Samotin, digital deputy editor
Instead of brushing mascara on, wiggle the wand.“I apply mascara by wiggling the brush across my lashes from the bottom and working my way up with the same motion. It sounds silly, but I noticed a big difference in my lashes after I learned this tip on a shoot. My mascara used to clump; now each lash looks fluttery and defined.”
The Best Skin Care Tips
Caffeine on your makeup sponge is just crazy enough to work.“I drink a black iced coffee every morning, and sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little on my Beautyblender to dampen it while I’m applying foundation. The following claim is obviously self-substantiated, but I swear the caffeinated liquid wakes up my skin and gives me a glow. Whatever works, right?”
Put eye cream around your lips.
“So many people have told me they think eye cream is bullshit, but I’ve spent enough time around aestheticians to know better: The right eye cream in the right spots can make a world of difference. I put it on with my ring finger (it has the lightest touch and won’t drag your skin) all around my eye area including the skin between my eyes on the sides of my nose, right between my eyebrows, and around my mouth. The latter sounds weird, but your skin there is also delicate and prone to wrinkles, especially if you smoked for years, like me.