Simple DIY beauty projects to try right now
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Makeup Mash-ups1 of 7
By Naomi Jaul
Sure, you could buy a product for every single beauty need you have…or you could just make your own bespoke solution with what's already stuffed into your makeup bag. We're fans of the latter: Save storage space—and cash—with Glo's guide to blendable beauty.
Brow-Tamer2 of 7
What you'll need: An unscented lip balm, some matte-brown shadow and a clean mascara wand.
How to: In a half-ounce container, mash together one part eyeshadow to three parts lip balm.
The result: Easy grooming in a bottle—simply brush the gel upward onto brows.
Pro tip: "Go easy on the balm to avoid a greasy brow," says makeup artist Melissa Silver for Maybelline. "Mist brush with hair spray and comb through for extra hold."
Soothing Body Concealer3 of 7
What you'll need: A thick body cream and a pot of concealer that matches your skin tone.
How to: Blend one part concealer and one part cream on the back of your hand until you have a smooth paste. Blend over any scars or discoloration.
The result: Flawless skin—just in time for summer.
Pro tip: "If your skin is sensitive, choose an oil-free moisturizing product," says celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau.
Matte Nail Polish4 of 7
What you'll need: Baking powder, clear topcoat polish and a toothpick.
How to: Pour a teaspoon of topcoat onto a piece of aluminum foil, then add a dash of baking powder and mix. Using a clean brush, paint a thin layer on top of your dry colored polish and set for five minutes.
The result: The latest nail trend for mere pennies.
Pro tip: Hollywood nail pro Tom Bachik says, "Make sure to use a brand-new container of baking powder to get the proper consistency."
Body Camo With SPF5 of 7
What you'll need: Your foundation (liquid works best) and some mineral-based sunscreen.
How to: Blend a squirt of foundation with a small dollop of sunscreen in the palm of your hand, and use a sponge—or your fingers—to cover up scars and veins.
The result: Mineral sunscreen reflects light to camouflage flaws, and the combo will melt into your skin—more natural-looking than a standard concealer.
Pro tip: "Just apply a light dusting of loose translucent powder to blend and seal the deal," advises Silver.
Custom-Scented Lotion6 of 7
What you'll need: A bottle of perfume that's almost empty and some fragrance-free body milk or cream.
How to: For a moisturizing milk, pop the top off your fragrance and fill the bottle with lotion. If you've chosen a cream, add the scent to the moisturizer and mix well.
The result: A custom, long-lasting lotion.
Pro tip: "Spot-test the fragrance for allergic reaction first," says dermatologist Howard Murad, M.D.
Instant Tanner7 of 7
What you'll need: Your favorite powder or liquid face bronzer, and a body lotion.
How to: Mix one part body lotion with one part bronzer (if you have a very sparkly brand, take it easy) and rub the concoction wherever you want to look sun-kissed.
The result: A glowy, natural tan that you can custom-blend to the color you want.
Pro tip: "Apply light layers to avoid going too dark," says Silver. "Keep a small bottle once you've made the formula so it's always ready to go!"
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