A Lemon Is the Key to a Perfect Tan? This & Other Ingenious Tips

We asked some of our favorite beauty bloggers to share their best-ever quick-and-easy tips. Check back each day Monday through Friday to steal their secrets

Lemon = Self-Tan Corrector

Lemon = Self-Tan Corrector

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To lighten self-tanning mishaps, “cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice on the overly tanned area and rub the wedge on it,” says Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot. “Rinse and repeat. The citric acid in the lemon lifts the stain.” Watch the video to test your beauty knowledge with a little game of "Myth or Fact?"

Moisturizer + Foundation = BB Cream

Moisturizer + Foundation = BB Cream

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To whip up a beauty balm that’s genuinely good for skin, Nuy Cho of Nuy Beauty has a simple  trick: “Pump a bit of a your favorite everyday moisturizer — I like CeraVe — in a 3 to 1 proportion of foundation to moisturizer.” DIYing a BB cream lets you customize the formula, adding the perfect amount of subtle color and treating skin. “Use a moisturizer with SPF and you'll have the added bonus of sun protection.”

Vaseline = Hair Color Stain Preventer

Vaseline = Hair Color Stain Preventer

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“I’m the queen of opting out of the salon and coloring my hair at home,” says Shannon Smyth of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! “To avoid getting dye stains on my hairline and face, I apply a thin layer of Vaseline along my ears and all the way around my hairline from the forehead to nape of the neck. (Avoid getting it in your actual hair.) This prevents dye transfer, and you can easily clean it up with a quick swipe of a washcloth.”

Diaper Rash Cream = Skin Salve

Diaper Rash Cream = Skin Salve

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The quickest, most effective fix for dry, cracked elbows and feet? “Use diaper rash cream on parched areas,” says Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey. “The anti-inflammatory ingredients help hydrate and repair the skin, leaving you smooth and soothed.”

Hydrogen Peroxide + Cotton Balls = Acne Treatment

Hydrogen Peroxide + Cotton Balls = Acne Treatment

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“If I'm traveling or on-the-go without access to my best zit zappers, I pick up a cheap bottle of hydrogen peroxide and some cotton balls,” reveals Bryce Gruber of The Luxury Spot. “I just pat my entire face and neck with a thin layer of peroxide after cleansing, let it dry for a minute, and follow up with moisturizer. Easy peasy, and it costs less than $1.”

Hydrogen Peroxide + Water = Tooth Whitener

Hydrogen Peroxide tooth whitener

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“I asked my dentist what she uses for her gorgeous white teeth, and she does the simplest, cheapest, oldest school remedy on the planet — hydrogen peroxide!” says Julia DiNardo of Fashion Pulse Daily. “Use a small amount of 50/50 ratio of water to hydrogen peroxide, swish it around in your mouth for a few seconds, then spit it out. Don't swallow! You can also dip your toothbrush in it, or add some baking soda to the brush for a foamy and clean effect.”

Salicylic Acid = Flawless Tan

Salicylic Acid = Flawless Tan

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“I use a body wash that contains salicylic acid before applying self-tanner,” says Jamie Stone of Queen of the Quarter Life Crisis. “It naturally exfoliates the skin, and exfoliating before you apply self-tanner makes the product go on smoother and last longer. Win-win! My personal favorite is Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, which has 2% salicylic acid and comes in both scrub and gel formulas.”

Blush + ChapStick = Lip Stain

Blush + ChapStick = Lip Stain

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Who knew: “Powder blush applied to lips under a coat of lip balm makes a pretty, long-lasting lip color,” says Amber Katz of Rouge 18.

Hair Conditioner = Shaving Cream

Hair Conditioner = Shaving Cream

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“I'm a champion of forgetting one important toiletry on every trip,” laments Aly Walansky of A Little Alytude. “When I forget shaving cream, I just use regular hair conditioner—every hotel shower has it, it's softening just like shaving cream, and will leave your legs feeling smooth and silky!”

Apple Cider Vinegar + Cold Water = Hair Shine Enhancer

Apple Cider Vinegar + Cold Water = Hair Shine Enhancer

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“I pour apple cider vinegar on my hair once a month, then follow with a cold water rinse,” says Lianne Farbes of The Makeup Girl. “It has to be cold. This gets rid of product buildup and leaves my hair super shiny!”

Lemon = Nail Strengthener

Lemon = Nail Strengthener

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“Acrylics will always leave you with dry, brittle nails,” says Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey. “Strengthen your nails by cutting a lemon in two, then inserting your fingers inside the pulp so that all nails are fully covered by the lemon. Let them sit for 10 minutes, then remove them and, voilà, healthy nails.”

 

Used Matches = Killer Smoky Eyes

Used Matches = Killer Smoky Eyes

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“Find a matchbook, then light and blow out a match,” advises Nadine Jolie of Nadine Jolie. After it's cooled, “the charcoal tip makes an excellent kohl eyeliner and creates a smoky look everyone will think came courtesy of a department store product.”

Hydrogen Peroxide = Grey Hair Brightener

Hydrogen Peroxide = Grey Hair Brightener

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“Heat can cause grey hair to become dull and yellow,” says Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey. To revive your hue, “mix equal parts of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, water and your favorite conditioner in a spray bottle, then spritz the mixture on clean, damp, non-conditioned hair. Comb it through with a wide-toothed comb and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. Repeat once a week to prevent buildup and you’ll be gorgeous in grey!”

Coral Lipstick + Concealer = Dark Circle Eraser

Coral Lipstick + Concealer = Dark Circle Eraser

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Fighting with dark under-eye circles? “Just a tiny touch of orange lipstick or orangey cream blush mixed with concealer will counteract purple darkness under the eyes,” reveals Lauren Dimet Waters of Second City Style.

Ice Water = Nail Polish Setter

Ice Water = Nail Polish Setter

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“After giving yourself a manicure, dip your wet nails into a bowl of ice cold water and leave them submerged for about three minutes,” says Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot. They'll come out dry, smooth and glossy!

Epsom Salts + Essential Oils = Custom Foot Soak

Epsom Salts + Essential Oils = Custom Foot Soak

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“I can wear heels, up to 4.5 inches, all day long if I know an aromatic tub of Epsom salts is awaiting me at the end of the day,” says Julia DiNardo of Fashion Pulse Daily. “Buy Epsom salts in bulk, dump them into a container and mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I'm big on scents of lavender, blood orange, or spiced fig by Palatium). Then you just pour a healthy amount of it into the bath (or footbath) when your feet need it!”

Vaseline + Perfume = Fragrance Extender

Vaseline + Perfume = Fragrance Extender

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Got a scent you love but hate how quickly it evaporates? “Apply some Vaseline apres-spritz to fight fragrance fade,” advises Amber Katz of Rouge 18.

Toilet Seat Covers = Blotting Papers

Toilet Seat Covers = Blotting Papers

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“If you're at an event and your t-zone is beginning to resemble the Exxon Valdez, you can mimic the effect of blotting papers with a toilet seat cover,” says Nadine Jolie of Nadine Jolie. “It might sound gross, but it works flawlessly to fight shine!”

Coffee + Conditioner = Brunette Color Booster

Coffee + Conditioner = Brunette Color Booster

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“Since I'm iffy about chemical and permanent dyes, I like to tune up my hair by adding real coffee to my shampoo and conditioner,” says Bryce Gruber of The Luxury Spot. “I add a teaspoon of freeze-dried grounds to about a tablespoon of shampoo or conditioner, mix until dissolved, and then let it sit on my hair for about five minutes before rinsing. It turns up the mocha-brown factor in my hair for a few solid days, it’s safe, and it smells amazing!”

Flatiron = Fabric Wrinkle Releaser

Flatiron = Fabric Wrinkle Releaser

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“When I’m traveling and my clothes get wrinkled in my bag, I ‘iron’ them with my small travel flatiron!” says Aly Walansky of A Little Alytude. “I love this trick so much I even once made a silly YouTube video about it.”

Olive Oil = Makeup Remover

Olive Oil Makeup Remover

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“Maybe it's the Italian in me, but olive oil is the end-all-be-all of everything,” says Julia DiNardo of Fashion Pulse Daily. “I use the same bottle that I cook with to remove makeup! It's a natural (and delicious) way to remove long-wear lipstick and lip stains: Just dab some onto a Q-tip and move it around your lips until it's all gone.”

Concealer + Sunscreen = Natural Coverage

Concealer + Sunscreen = Natural Coverage

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“A great way to lightly cover your face without looking ‘made up’ is to just use concealer to hide blemishes and imperfections,” says Nuy Cho of Nuy Beauty. “Skipping foundation lets your pores breathe. Just be sure to use a sun protecting moisturizer with at least 30 SPF. Save foundation for the days you need to be picture perfect or date ready.”

 

 

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