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Budget-Friendly Beauty Tips

You don’t have to pay a lot to get a lot of payoff from your beauty products. Try these budget-friendly beauty tips to get maximum results while keeping spending to a minimum.

Brush your way to bodacious volume

As you blow-dry, use the round Ion Ceramic Thermal Concave Gradient Brush to sweep hair in the opposite direction from where it usually sits, working a 2-inch section at a time. Start at the roots and roll through to the ends, drying as you go. Poof, instant volume.

DIY hair color

Use professional-grade at-home hair color (like Ion Color Brilliance) for salon results at a fraction of the price. Our luxurious formulas deliver serious shine and let you play with a whole range of amazing colors.

Got milk?

Put a clean washcloth soaked with cold milk on your face for about 10 minutes. The nutrients in milk calm redness and irritation while the lactic acid exfoliates the skin, leaving a soft, glowing complexion behind.

Go native

Do what the Pacific Islanders do for dry and cracked skin—rub in a little coconut oil. This miracle oil is gaining some serious press in the beauty and health food world.

Contour for a slimmer look

Visually drop multiple pounds—in seconds. Use bronzer to shade along under the jaw and under the cheekbones to instantly create a slimmed-down look.

Make thinner lips look plump

Want to draw attention away from thin lips and fine lines? Wear a natural-looking light pink lip color that’s a similar shade your lips were when you were younger.

Whiten teeth on the cheap

Make a baking soda paste to brush your teeth with a few times a month. It will gently remove stains and whiten your teeth a shade or two.

Wear dark or cool-tone lipstick

Blue undertones in lipstick make teeth appear whiter, while darker shades make them appear brighter.

Add a touch of white

This simple Hollywood secret makes a huge difference. Dip the tip of your little finger in matte white eyeshadow, then dab it into the inside corner of your eye. The white reflects natural light, making your eyes appear brighter and under-eye circles look lighter.

Depuff with tea

Caffeine constricts blood vessels. Soak black tea bags in hot water for a minute and then either store them in your refrigerator for later or plunge them in cold water to instantly cool them down. Put them on your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. The coldness does double-duty by reducing puffiness.


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