Beauty

Readers' top 50 beauty tips

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When we asked Stylist readers to share your top beauty secrets, you responded in your droves. Here, we’ve selected the top 50 hints and tips – from how to get super-smooth legs in the shower to a simple recipe for lip scrub.

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    Vanessa Prince

    “For an antiseptic facial steam, place a handful of thyme and sage in a bowl and pour two pints of boiling water on top. Put a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, keeping your head about 12 inches from the surface of the water and remain like this for five to 10 minutes. Wipe your face with clean cotton wool afterwards and splash with cold water. Thyme exhibits valuable antiseptic qualities and works wonders for me when I have blackheads, spots and other skin blemishes.”

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    Rebecca Sherwood

    “Make a face mask of 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts clear honey and three parts olive oil, mix well, apply and relax for 10 mins, for an amazingly clear complexion.”

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    Nikky Pabari

    “To exfoliate your face very lightly brush your face with a toothbrush. It helps get rid of dead skin cells.”

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    Nicola Biven

    “Heat your eyelash curlers with a hairdryer for amazing wide eyes.”

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    Saskia Mestach

    “Lemon juice is great for the skin (undiluted) as it removes dead cells and reduces age spots. Also works absolute miracles for nails – leave them in pure lemon juice and watch those nails get healthy and shiny.”

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    Sarah Bailey

    “Use conditioner as shaving gel for your legs. It helps keep your skin smooth and does a great job.”

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    Rachael Simmons

    “A cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover is an excellent way to correct mistakes without resorting to taking the varnish off the whole nail or buying an expensive corrector pen.”

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    Belinda Robinson

    “I love Vaseline as it makes my lips smooth, can be used mixed with a cheap body lotion to give your legs a nice sheen, or as a way of alleviating dry skin on the hands.”

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    Hannah Bradbury

    “Don't forget to exfoliate lips, especially if you're a lipstick fan. You can make your own scrub at home with granulated sugar and almond oil.”

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    Lyanne Mansfield

    “Manuka honey. I put this on my face for 10 minutes once a week as a nourishing and antibacterial face mask. It also doubles up as a health staple as it helps with sore throats and upset tummies. It's wonderful.”

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    Zara King

    “Change up your haircare products every now and then to notice the best benefits. Switching between different conditioners, for instance, will help hair feel nourished and renewed as it adapts to the new product.”

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    Fiona King

    “Use an overnight hair treatment once a week, covering it in a shower cap and washing it off in the morning before shampooing and conditioning.”

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    Lauren Norris

    “If my skin is feeling dull before an evening out, I put a damp flannel in the freezer until it is crispy and then place over my face until my skin tingles. It wakes up my whole face and my make-up always looks fresher when I put it on after that.”

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    Helen Yendall

    “My top beauty tip is to smile! You instantly look prettier and more approachable.”

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    Julie Benning

    “Always use your finger or brush to smudge kohl for a softer, more flattering look.”

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    Karen Owens

    “Drink green tea to speed up your metabolism and improve skin.”

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    Nicola Downes

    “It's a simple one, but a goodie – comb through your conditioner! The condition of my hair has improved so much.”

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    Samantha Hannah

    “Freeze Tropicana orange juice in ice cube trays and then rub the frozen cubes over your face. The cold ice will wake the skin up, tighten pores and calm spots, and the vitamins and antioxidants in the juice will do wonders for the skin.”

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    Fiona Gregory

    “Try out all the samples you get free in magazines, you might find a great new product to update your look.”

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    Katie Dock

    “Run a little bit of conditioner through your dry hair, then massage it in before you go to bed. When you wash your hair the next morning, it will be beautifully soft and nourished.”

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    Katie Finlay

    “When using dry shampoo, blow dry your hair at the roots. It gives instant volume and shine without having to wash your hair”

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    Leanne Greener

    “I get very dry hands. For an instant fix, use the rind of a lemon – rub the white bit of the rind on the dry skin and voila!”

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    Rebecca Hawkins

    “Before bed, cover your feet in Vaseline and put on a pair of cotton socks. In the morning, you’ll have beautiful soft feet.”

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    Karen Smith

    “The best body is a natural body: lots of exercise, healthy food and sleep.”

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    Jemma Allerton

    “Baby oil is amazing for dry skin and split ends, and also works as a hair serum and make-up remover. And it’s really good value too!”

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    Jan Roberts

    “Use brown mascara on your lower lashes, even if you use black on your upper lashes. It creates a more natural look.”

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    Siobhan McCall

    “For perfect fake tan application, first apply moisturising lotion to bony or prone-to-dryness areas such as ankles, knees and wrists. Use a large piece of cotton wool with a dollop of moisturiser to apply the fake tan itself. Flawless colour, every time.”

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    Hayley Horsfield

    “Put concealer on your eyelid (no powder) and then put your eyeshadow on top. This will keep your eyeshadow vibrant all day and give it great staying power.”

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    Siobhan Melay

    “Mix a cup of apple cider vinegar with your regular hair conditioner. Apply once a week for glossiness.”

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    Jennifer Miller

    “A cold rinse at the end of the shower is painful, but skin always looks better and it will make you feel more awake – plus your hair will be shinier.”

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    Alison Eardley

    “Spray water onto your face lightly with a small spray can to give your make-up a freshen up.”

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    Angela Sandhu

    “Always take your make-up off before bed. No excuses.”

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    Claire Stepton

    “Eat a healthy fruit and veg filled diet – it really helps the condition of your skin.”

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    Jo Maney

    “Always pluck eyebrows after a hot shower – it hurts less!”

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    Katie Brown

    “Wear suncream daily, including on your hands and neck, as these age the quickest.”

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    Stephanie Tsang

    “Drink lots and lots of water and get at least eight hours sleep a night.”

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    Peter Gilby

    “Gently rolling your nail polish bottle in the palm of your hand will help to loosen up the colour. Do not shake it, as this will just cause air bubbles.”

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    Sabrina Levine

    “Any oil, but preferably unscented, will help your lashes and brows grow beautifully.”

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    Hannah King

    “Make your own refreshing body scrub with brown sugar, grapeseed oil, and lemon peel. It is amazing.”

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    Lisa Nevin

    “Facial exercises daily really help to tone your muscles.”

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    Abigail Craig

    “Sudocream for dry and spotty skin – works wonders.”

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    Vicky Kirk

    “SWEF: Sleep, Water, Exercise and Fun.”

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    LJ Norris

    “If your lips are feeling chapped and dry, mix half a teaspoon of sugar with tea tree oil (or your favourite essential oil) and scrub over your lips. Wash off and they'll be super smooth!”

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    Lorna North

    “To prolong your nail varnish, don't paint your nails right to the tip. Leave a tiny space varnish free. This way when you frantically tap your fingers on a desk due to office anxiety, they are less prone to chip.”

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    Ewa Maciolowska

    “The best secret for a healthy complexion is an egg white face mask, which firms the skin and replenishes your pores.”

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    Ms Lesley Derrick

    “Cut open all tubes that are empty. There’s usually another two days’ supply inside.”

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    Hayley Smith

    “Coconut oil. Not only does it do wonders for your skin, it can be used to deep condition and strengthen your hair. Simply massage into your hair and leave for a few hours, then shampoo out.”

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    Geraldine Roe

    “Use a hairdryer (on the cold setting!) to blow dry false eyelashes up.”

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    Grace Hawkes

    “I use exfoliating gloves all over my body every time I use the shower. It leaves my body lovely and smooth.”

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    Lisa Reacord

    “Remove nail varnish by using a jay cloth. It comes off easily, and the cloths are reusuable and last forever!”