January 12, 2016


Chances are, you have a beauty routin. Many of us are hesitant to try a new product or switch up the way we do something. We’ve gotten used to a certain way of beautifying ourselves, and it works for us. However, there are so many awesome cosmetology tips out there, many of which you might not even know about. Andrew Graham of La’ James International College of Cosmetology has put together a list of 15 of the best lesser known beauty tips and tricks for you below, and make sure to check them out!

Pro Beauty Tips You Won’t Find Everywhere

1. Use scotch tape when applying eyeliner or eye shadow

Creating a flawless winged eyeliner can be tricky, but the scotch tape can be your secret weapon! Grab a piece of scotch tape and lay it strategically to prevent the shadow or liner from going where it shouldn’t. This is especially helpful when you’re doing winged eyeliner. Lay the tape at an angle so you can draw the line along the edge of the tape. This will also help keep both sides even.

2. Easy lip exfoliation

Dry, flaky lips are no fun! Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells, revealing the smoother, softer skin underneath. Use a baby or child toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. You can coat your lips in lip balm or petroleum jelly before you scrub them. For more serious exfoliation, you can also make a homemade lip exfoliation treatment by mixing sugar, salt, and other exfoliating ingredients. Exfoliate your lips no more than 1-2 times a week to avoid irritation.

3. Wash your hair the right way

Make sure your hair is wet before applying shampoo. If you have long hair (hair below your shoulders), condition your ends before you shampoo; this will help protect them from drying out or being damaged more. You only need to lather your hair at the scalp, and in particular the nape of the neck. You only need to condition from the “middle” section of your hair to the ends, and the longer the conditioner stays in your hair, the better it absorbs. And lastly, rinse your hair with cold water; this shuts the cuticle and gives your hair the most shine.


4. Plastic spoons are your friends

Got a plastic spoon lying around? When you’re applying mascara to your bottom lashes, place the spoon directly under your bottom lashes (the underside of the spoon facing up) to avoid getting any mascara on the skin. You can also get a thicker coat this way.

5. Find the right shade

Choosing the right foundation shade is crucial for a natural, flawless look. Forget testing foundation on your wrist! This area doesn’t match your facial skin tone. Instead, apply a few small dots of different foundation shades along your jawline. Blend them out slightly to see how they disappear into your skin. The shade that blends seamlessly is likely your best match. Try to do this in natural light. You don’t want the shade of your foundation to be too different than the natural color of your neck.

6. Make your eyes look bigger

Instead of using a dark pencil or liner in your water line, use a white pencil. This will create the illusion of a bigger eye. Lining it with a dark pencil or liner can close up your eyes and make them appear smaller.  This lighter shade reflects light, making your eyes appear bigger and brighter.


7. Heat your eyelash curler

Ever curl your lashes only to have them droop after a while? Here’s a clever trick to make your lashes hold their curl for longer: Hold a hairdryer to your eyelash curler for about 3-5 seconds. This works in the same way that a curling iron does. The curl will last longer!

8. Use a clarifying shampoo

Styling products like hairspray, mousse, and gels can leave behind build-up on your scalp and hair over time. Clarifying shampoos help remove them. They work by containing stronger cleansing agents that penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and scalp, removing product residue, and excess oil. However, you don’t need to use one everyday; they can be used once a week. They also help prevent dandruff and other scalp and hair conditions.

9. Keep your eyeliner in place

To ensure your eye liner stays where it’s supposed to, particularly under the bottom lashes, apply pressed or loose powder directly under the eye liner on your lower lid. This creates kind of a barrier which prevents your eye liner from moving downward.

10. Compliment that pedicure

Pedicures are great, but it’s also important to take care of your feet—not just your toes! Scrub your feet with a pumice stone in the shower every morning. After you dry off, apply moisturizing cream to your feet. This way, you don’t need a pedicure as often. It also keeps your feet healthy and the fungus away.

11. Enhance those lips

Plump lips are a coveted beauty feature. There’s a clever makeup trick called “overlining” that can create the illusion of fuller lips: line your lips just outside of the natural line. Don’t go TOO far outside of this line! You want it to look natural. Choose a shade of lip liner that is very close to your lipstick color.

12. Nail Color that Pops

Clear base coats are a staple in many nail care routines. But did you know a simple swap can make your favorite nail polishes even more vibrant?  Instead of using a clear base coat under your favorite nail polish, use a coat of white nail polish instead. It will make your nail color pop more, with a bolder, brighter color. It will also protect your natural nails from becoming stained by heavily colored polishes.

lesser known cosmetology tips

13. Perfect Winged Eyeliner

Achieving that winged look around your eyes that everyone loves is really easy, and all you need is your eyeliner pencil and a spoon. Start your eyeliner being drawn from the outer edge of your eye, and press the rounded side of the spoon against your eyelid, moving the pencil around it as a guide. Move the spoon outwards as you draw the shape of your liner, then fill it in with your pencil.

14. That Smoky Look Made Easy

If you’ve wanted to try that smoky eye makeup look but think you lack the skills, think again! With your darker eyeliner, draw a hashtag at the outer corner of each of your eyelids. Make it slanted to follow the line of your lid. Just blend it in as you apply your eyeshadow, and you’ll get a nice smoky look without the hassle.

15. Apply Concealer the Right Way

Instead of dotting your concealer under your eyes, instead apply it in a triangular shape, extending down the side of your nose, across the tops of your cheeks up to the outer corner of your eye, and across the bottom of each eye. This will not only hide redness beneath your eyes, but will also brighten your entire face, instead of making your under-eye area oddly lighter than the rest of your skin.

Take Control of Your Beauty Routine

So there you have it, a handful of tips and hacks you can use to get the most from your makeup routine each day. Just keep in mind that it’s not about using the most expensive products, but more about how you use and apply them that makes a world of difference.

Are you ready to learn more about La’ James International College & the cosmetology program? Contact a LJIC Career Planner today.

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