Our beauty editor Chelsea Lowe shares some great homemade facial recipes and insider beauty tips. Watch for Chelsea's new app on how to bring out your natural beauty, grace and confidence coming soon for iPhones and iPads.
For a fast face firmer and revitalizer, mix uncooked oats with water to form a paste. Spread it over your face and leave on for about 15 minutes. Gently wash off. Don't worry about getting the actual oats on your skin: the oaty water should suffice.
For another fast facial, mash half of a small banana and spread it over your face for the same amount of time, then gently wash.
OR: Slather your clean face in pure honey. Rinse off after about ten minutes. Egg facials are another classic. Use just the yolk if your skin is oily. Need to look great in three days? Follow The Perricone Prescription's "three-day nutritional face lift," drinking water and green tea, and eating salmon, tuna, blueberries, green salads and vegetables with olive oil and other healthful things. (See The Perricone Prescription, by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, for detailed info.)
For dead skin on the lips, use a soft-bristle toothbrush with warm water.
A large pin can conceal a permanent garment stain or inappropriate monogram or design.
Roots showing? Apply a little hair spray, then brush on powder eye shadow in a color that matches your hair. (Per Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman, The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets.)
No time to replace a pair of pantyhose with a run? As we say in our interview advice: If you have two identical runny pairs, simply snip the bad leg off of each, leaving waistband intact.
Combine for two flawless legs. (Per Hints from Heloise.) If you've traveled for a party and find you've forgotten a needed necklace, you can draw a design with eye pencil at about where a necklace ornament would fall. Or use a beaded headband or mate-less earring on a double strand of twine. (Per Chelsea!) If you find your neckline's too low for modesty and there's no appropriate scarf on hand, a nylon sock in the same color can--literally--fill in. (Ditto.)
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About the Author: Chelsea Lowe is a writer and a beauty expert. Through her consulting business, she speaks to students, corporate employees, women in transition and individuals. She's health and beauty editor at CommitmentNow.com, and the author of two mental-health books and many published essays and features. Look for her iPhone app soon!