Top 10 Beauty Hacks

Say hello to ‘Beauty Hacks’ week here on VDM. Seven days crammed with posts and videos filled to the brim with makeup shortcuts, products that make our regimes that little bit more streamlined and tips that will have you nodding along and thinking ‘genius’. Ok, maybe not the last one… 

How could I get through a Beauty Hacks themed week without dedicating a top 10 chart to my favourite cosmetics shortcuts? Yep, I couldn’t. So without further ado:

1. The Cupids Bow Cross. Though I try with lip lining, it more often than not results in an off-centred, slightly wonky pout that I try to hide by just tilting my head to the side for the rest of the night. However, drawing a cross on your cupids bow not only helps to exaggerate your shape ever so subtly, it also helps to keep things symmetrical. Seems simple, works wonders.

2. Why a Spoon is the Feline Flick Secret. Now this is s bit of a beyatch to explain, so I’ll just point you in the direction of this handy, how-to photo. And yep, I’ve tried it and it’s gooood.

3. The Elastic Band Manicure. I know French tipped nails aren’t exactly having a moment right now, but on the off chance that they make a reappearance of their early ’00’s heyday then this tip may come in handy. Screw the little sticky half moons that used to come in your mani packs as a tip guide and instead use an elastic band. And this means you won’t find those little stickers sticking to your feet for weeks on end.

4. How to Remove Glitter Varnish Without Crying. Use PVA glue as base – how very Art Attack, right? It doesn’t feel very luxe to begin your manicure with a layer of the stuff, but it does make the removal process a whole lot easier.

5. Fake Tan Mishaps Be Gone. Again, this isn’t the most luxe-est or nicest sounding of tips, but a quick sweep of a nail polish remover soaked cotton pad over any overly orange concentrated areas does help to tone them down. Just be sure to give the patch a quick rinse once you’re done.

6. Hide Them Nips. This one goes out to all the small boobed gals out there *myself included*. A blister sticker over the nipple helps to prevent any potential Jennifer Anniston-esque embarrassment when going braless with particularly fancy strapped or strapless tops. The only pain is removing. I say hop in the shower to warm them up slightly before whipping them off to avoid pulling something else of with them. 

7. The Key to Cleaning Lip Brushes. Brush washing is the ball ache of the beauty world. Lip brushes even more so; filled with thick, waxy and usually orangey red formulas I find my usual methods to be ineffective at making them look brand spanking new. However, a small dollop of washing up liquid mixed with water is the best thing for ’em and before you know it the orangey red residue is down the drain.

8. What You Can Use Makeup Wipes For. Though makeup wipes have become a bit of a naughty word in the beauty industry, they do have the odd occasion when they come in pretty handy quite literally. A quick swipe on the backs of the hands and the tops of the feet post-tanning should be a good enough insurance policy against the dreaded creosote knuckles. 

9. The Toothbrush Trick. Already mentioned by Daniel Sandler, but I just had to give it another nod. An eyebrow-coloured eyeshadow loaded toothbrush through the brows is the best method for a barely-there face framers.

10……and a weird one to finish it off – Oil Pulling. The latest fad – you heard of it? Breaking up a spoonful of solid coconut oil and swilling the contents around ones mouth for 10 minutes is the act and apparently it comes with a whole host of health benefits. Out of all the aforementioned I must admit that this is the only one I haven’t tried. Anyone brave enough? Go on, I vote you…

Now it’s your turn – what’s your best beauty hacking tip?


  • Hahah I loved them all, they’re all so helpful! Thanks Anna! I think the toothbrush one is my favourite, why haven’t I thought of it before? Xx

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  • Anna Blush

    So many amazing hacks for me to try! Although I think I may give the oil pulling a miss!

  • I’m not brave enough for the oil pulling haha! Great tips!

    xx glamdevils

  • Loved these tips although the oil pulling sounds a little scary! X

  • My favourite hack is to use hair straightener to iron out wrinkles from clothes. Great tips!

  • Such good tips, gotta try the spoon one for liner!

  • I am definitely going to try that spoon eyeliner trick!! It sounds so amazing!!

    Elizabeth x

  • Gemma

    Love the glitter polish one, will have to try that thanks for the tip.

  • Some great hacks, especially that spoon one. However I’m sceptical about the oil pulling. I can’t see anything scientific to back up the claims, though I haven’t tried it. I can get it for oral health, but for everything else? Nah….


  • wow these are so interesting. The spoon idea for eyeliner looks amazing, im definitely going to give that a go, I’m forever having unequal eyeliner. Great post.

    Jess x

  • V.

    Yay to beauty hacks!

    Blister stickers! I will try that. I have been using nipple covers, but am running out.

    I’m a little confused by the first one, though. I’m afraid I don’t really get where the cross needs to be drawn >.<

  • Jessica Rose

    For a moment when I saw the washing up bottle…I thought you were going to show a hair trick!!

  • Zazie Bibi

    Great post! I didn’t know about hardly any of these 🙂 xx

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  • great post!

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  • Jess Child

    I tried oil pulling twice, first with sesame (gag), then with olive oil, which wasn’t so horrendous. I reckon it could be okay with coconut oil but I don’t have any. It’s pretty rank when you spit it out and it is all thick and gloopy from the crap it’s pulled out, but your teeth feel super clean. Apparently the plaque on your teeth isn’t water soluble, but breaks down in fat, so it’s really good for cleaning your teeth. Not sure about the other stuff though…….

  • Oil pulling?! I have never heard of that before – massively intriguied!! I reckon I could do it- my nan makes this herbel powder, a spoonful should be downed with a glass of water – tastes horrible but gets rid of spots! I’m too scared to find out what’s made out of as it will completely put me off!

  • Maquillage Magic

    I really like the spoon trick! I’m rubbish at cat flicks so this will help loads

    Laura from Maquillage Magic

  • Yin

    I’ve done oil pulling with coconut oil. It’s really not bad and I like to do it when I’m doing the dishes or in the shower. The only bad thing is that if you’re doing it right, it’ll turn white… but coconutoil is white. Sooo… But read up on it if you’re trying it, there are supposed to be a lot of benefits. I personally think it has helped my gums a lot because I tend to get cuts for some reason.

  • Lara Proud

    oil pulling is so hard! I popped my first spoon of coconut oil with excitement and gusto and it just turned liquidy really quickly and my mouth was full and I panicked and spat it out – not very Gwyneth of me…

  • Wow is there anything coconut oil can’t do? I seriously have to buy myself a bottle!

  • Daniela

    I’ve tried oil pulling with evoo and it’s disgusting 🙁 I might give it another go with coconut oil… anyway, I love the spoon tip, I’m so going to try this tomorrow!

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  • Amelia Holly

    The spoon trick is great! I have such an unstable hand that liner just never works!

  • Iso Bean

    That spoon trick is really clever! Trying that out later!

  • Barbarella

    Currently oil pulling (with coconut oil) while reading your post. It’s not the most pleasant thing ever, but it’s not horrible as long as you make sure not to swallow some (yuk). I tend to do it while watching youtube videos and reading blogs so the time passes quickly. Hubby and I have been doing it for about a week now and loving it. I couldn’t believe how easily it gets rid of plaque. And it got rid of some horrible mouth sores I’d had had for weeks that Listerine hadn’t managed to get rid of. Needless to say, I’ve stopped the mouth-burning Listerine now.

  • Parisian To Be

    Considering I love coconut oil (although, by itself, it may be another story), I’d be willing to try the oil pulling method. And the tick with blister stickers–I’m too embarrassed to say it–is genius!

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    Eep, the oil pulling makes me gag a little, but I HAVE tried eating a small teaspoonful of coconut oil. As well as being nutritious, it’s supposed to help keep sugar cravings at bay (which I need a *lot* of help with!). Just try to swallow quickly before it melts or eat a piece of bread straight after & it’s really not unpleasant.

    Nic x


  • Oh my gosh the spoon trick! I have to try this, feline flicks are a nightmare for me! 🙂 xx

  • Eleri Roberts

    Definitely going to give the cupid’s bow trick a go – I’m terrible with lip liners! Oh and the nip blister cover ups. Ah-mazing helpful hacks. Thanks VDM xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • ElisabethRilatt

    This weeks Beauty Hacks tips have been bloody brilliant Anna! Hats off to you for coming up with something new and interesting and also really useful! 🙂 x

  • Samantha Erin

    I’ve been oil pulling for a week now, and while I imagine it’s too soon to see any noticeable changes, it has someone managed to keep the morning breath at bay. I’m hoping for more good results to come!

  • Amazing tips! I haven’t tried the one with copout oil either, but definitely will! And that picture for the liner is solo useful, thanks!

  • lc

    I’ve been oil pulling with unrefined sesame oil for a couple of weeks and it definitely does help to get rid of the plaque that the toothbrush and mouthwash doesn’t manage to get. Am still waiting for it to help receding gums though.

  • These tips are brilliant! I’m so trying the spoon one for eye liner!
    Shel x

  • lisa robb

    This is a great post 🙂 love it.
    L x

  • LifeIsBeauty

    Great tips! Thanks Anna 🙂

  • Oil Pulling Fan

    You need to do it for at least 20 mins and DO NOT SPIT IT DOWN THE SINK / TOILET! It will clog your drains. Instead, spit into tissue and throw in the bin.

    It helps whiten teeth (subtle – don’t expect hydrogen peroxide style results…), is great for oral health and helps remove toxins / helps prevent illnesses like colds or throat infections. Some say it’s good for your complexion too.

    Do it first thing in the morning (before you even drink anything) as that’s when you have the most bacteria in your mouth.

  • I’m so curious about oil pulling. It’s all over the web lately. I wonder what dentists think of it. I’ll have to ask mine during my next check up. I’m so curious to try it. Will I gag? Will it work? I think I may experiment at least once.

  • I love these tips! I love cleaning my brushes with dermalogica skin clearing cleanser, as I wouldn’t like to think I’m putting washing up liquid on my face haha x

  • Kaitlin Valentine

    I’ve read a couple articles on oil pulling, and I’m massively intrigued, but still a little skeptical! I don’t like the idea of having coconut oil in my mouth for like 20 minutes, just because I get really anxious haha

    I will definitely have to try the spoon trick and the toothbrush through the brows!

    Lovely post as always

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  • Shahnaz Cola-Wrensch

    Thanks for the toothbrush trick I haven’t tried that yet. Will give it a go when I am on a shoot.

  • alice

    great tips, especially the eyeliner spoon one – ill be trying that tonight!

  • Imogen Stafford

    love these ideas!

  • Ellen P-H

    I love the eyeliner idea!

  • Ellen Findley

    The Cupid’s bow trick is how I apply my NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils. It really does work wonders: I get fairly precise, Dragon Girl–red lips in about thirty seconds.

  • Guest

    Olive oil as a hair mask! I warm it up with some of my favorite essential oils and/or argan oil, leave it in for anything from an hour to overnight, and then directly apply shampoo before rinsing out with water. Works a treat.

  • Molly Watts

    Olive oil as a hair mask! I warm it up with some of my favorite essential oils and/or argan oil, leave it in for anything from an hour to overnight, and then directly apply shampoo before rinsing out with water. Works like a treat.

  • justmissmollyxx

    looks so cool will deffo try some btw i really would love to know where you get your coconut oil in the uk thanks for RTing my blof on twitter it made my day xoxo

  • camila

    I discovered your blog today!! wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww! loving it! THE best e-ver! congrats!!!!!

  • Love these! A teeny bit of orange eyeshadow in your concealer is great corrector! x

  • Allison

    oh goodness I don’t think I have the will power to spend 10 or 20 minutes swishing oil in my mouth! It sounds so awful! Love the tips though, I’ll have to give that glitter polish trick a try

  • Lauren

    definitely going to try the spoon trick!


  • Jade B

    Ooh the spoon and the toothbrush trick sound like life savers! Love this series 🙂

  • I’ve taken a spoonful of coconut oil for energy in the morning a couple times, it’s intense but like apple cider vinegar after a few times it’s old hat. I assume oil pulling would be a similar situation.

  • Daniella




  • I’ve done the oil pulling (back on board with it)- I think I’m ready to stay on board! My mouth actually feels cleaner, and it supposedly will help whiten my teeth? I’m VERY curious, hehe! As for your toothbrush trick…. never heard that one before!

  • Sparkle

    They clinically trialed oil pulling on “health freaks” (channel 4 tv show) last year and the results didn’t show it to be any better than swilling distilled water round your mouth- I’d leave that one off the list to try!

  • Hide the nips! Haha, so great. I’ve wanted to go braless but that has been my primary hesitation. Thanks for the easy removal tip, too. Otherwise, ouch! Haven’t tried oil pulling yet but plan to! Great tips, friend!

  • emilylikesmakeup

    I love the spoon trick, however I won’t be trying the oil pulling!

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  • Anne-Dorthe Andersen

    I do know some of your tips but there was also some new ones. Thanks for the great tips again! 😉

  • rachelle

    These were awesome♡♡♡

  • noodlingalong

    Ah the fake tanning tips are so very helpful,thanks! Nicola Xx

  • Esme

    Really helpful tips, I need all the help I an get about fake tan! <3

  • I actually eat coconut oil. So I can’t understand why one would just want to swill it around there mouth. It is edible after all! And it’s tasty!

  • Lauren S

    the coconut oil sounds interesting, i do nibble a bit hear and there so maybe…possibly…i’m unsure. the cupid brow tip is great thank you !

    Lauren x

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  • Rebecca

    I’ve read a lot about it and oil pulling isn’t just a useless fad! It originates from an ancient Ayurvedic technique for dental and overall health. A lot of bacteria festers in our mouths and especially collects while we sleep, so using antibacterial coconut oil really deep cleans your mouth. The stains on our teeth are also oil-soluble (not water-soluble) so swishing pure water around your mouth is not near as effective. I definitely recommend it! I do it about every other day or every 2 days, since it is time-consuming, but it’s not bad at all! I even mix 2 drops of peppermint extract in with the coconut oil so it has a more refreshing effect.

  • Samantha Calder

    I knew some of these already but the rest brilliant, i cannot wait to try these x

  • Shannon Rebecca

    I love this, totally bookmarked!

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  • Sethrin

    The oil pulling thing I find soo gross! I tried it one night with coconut oil and I felt sick…maybe I’ll try it with another oil though, not a fan of the weird coconut texture and even the smell….

  • Shelby

    Please check out my blog, It is my pride and honestly my baby! This is a great post!

  • I use baby shampoo to wash all my makeup brushes! i have a few other beauty hacks on my blog