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The Best Beauty Advice

We get a lot of request for beauty advice here at TBF.  So put together our BEST beauty tips and advice into one quick post . From the best way to cover a zit to the fastest way to whiten your teeth, we’ve got solutions for your most pressing beauty problems that won’t break your budget!

What’s the best way to cover a zit?

Currently I have a HUGE zit right at the top of my nose and there’s nothing cute about looking like a rhino . Here’s what I do to cover it up: Pick a concealer that matches your skin tone, either in a stick or cream formula.
Using your finger, carefully pat concealer onto the affected area. Don’t rub or try to blend it, it’s better to almost “place” the makeup on top of your pimple. After it dries, dust a littleloose powder over the zit to set, and voila!

Help! I over-plucked my brows. How can I fix them?

It’s going to take a few weeks for your hair to grow back, but in the meantime, fill them in with an eyeshadow that’s a shade lighter than your natural brows, then go over that with an eyebrow pencil that matches your brows. Be sure to make tiny strokes, not long, sweeping motions!

Now that the weather is changing, what is the best way to keep my skin in control?

With all the changes in weather it can be hard to find the right products to keep your skin glowing and fresh. Try a light moisturizer to keep skin hydrated, but also fight off the grease and oil that come with warm weather. Oil of Olay makes a great moisturizer – Complete All Day UV Moisture Lotion– for combination skin.

What’s the fastest (and cheapest) way to whiten my teeth?

When it comes to whitening your teeth there are tons of options, and luckily, a solution to fit every price range.  Our dentist recommends Crest Whitening Strips. These easy-to-use whitening strips cost between $20 to $40 a box, which may seempricey, but much less expensive than a $1000 trip to the dentist. You only need to use them for about 30 minutes per day. The results appear gradually over time, and dentists swear that they won’t hurt your teeth.

How can I keep my tan going now that I’m not hitting the beach?

If you’re feeling a little pale these days, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s several new odorless self-tanning lotions that combine soothing moisturizers and cost less than $10. Try two of the best: Vaseline
Healthy Body Glow
($5.50) or Neutrogena- Body Glow Body Moisturizer

How can I give myself an at-home manicure that looks professional?

After removing old polish and filing your nails, soak for a few minutes to soften your cuticles. Using a cuticle cream and orange wood stick, push your cuticles back (don’t try to cut them yourself!), then massage hands
with a moisturizing lotion. Apply a bonding base coat and let dry for one minute. Follow that with two coats of your favorite color; use nail polish remover to fix any excess or overflow. Finally, finish it all up with a topcoat. (Quick tip: although fast-drying formulas are easiest, they will make your manicure fade faster.)

Do I have to change my perfume when the seasons change?

What better excuse to buy new perfume than the change in seasons? In the summer, a light, flirty floral works best, as the rising temperatures and moisture on your skin make your scent smell much stronger. In the winter, try a musky or woody perfume that comes off a touch stronger. Just remember, with perfume, less is always more. Don’t go overboard.

Can Vaseline double as a lip balm?

There’s a raging debate on TBF about the powers (or evils) of Vaseline. So here’s my two cents… Yes, you can use it as a lip balm and much more. Use just a touch to moisturize lips, or mix it with the remnants of your leftover lipstick for your very own homemade gloss. However, if you have oilly skin or are afraid of using the product, then try something else (like good old Carmex)

What are some flattering lip colors for women with darker skin?

Highly pigmented shades like deep roses, purples, and pinks are very flattering on darker skin tones. Also browns like apricot and chocolate work especially well when used as or with a lipgloss. There are several drug store brands that offers high pigment colors and cost less than $8. Try Black Opal, Black Radiance, Mizani, L’Oreal, and on the higher end- MAC.

I can’t seem to find the perfect mascara. What are your recommendations?

Depending on the length and fullness of your lashes, different mascaras will look differenton your eyes. One that pulls double duty, though, is Maybelline XXL Volume + Length Washable Mascara. With two wands – one to volumize, one to lengthen – the mascara definitely makes a statement. ($6.69 at

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