12 beauty cheats every bride should know

Baby powder, nappy rash cream and Vaseline are the cheap alternatives to expensive beauty buys, says fashion and beauty expert Carla Challis...


Stop shelling out on expensive beauty buys and heed these budget-friendly tips you can do yourself.


1. Get rid of a random spot with yoghurt

Forget toothpaste as a way to shrink spots and instead, try full-fat Greek yoghurt. Pop a little on the spot to reduce redness and inflammation in just 20 minutes. The ingredients in a yoghurt will help balance bacteria, moisturise and unclog the pores. Genius.

2. Use almond oil on cuticles

Suffering from dry nails and cuticles? There’s no need to buy a pricey product – just head to your nearest pharmacy, pick up a bottle of £1.05 almond oil and massage onto your nails.

3. Pump up the volume with baby powder

Apply one slick of mascara, dip a cotton bud in baby powder and coat your lashes, paying attention to the tips. A second sweep of mascara will attach itself to the powder and leave your lashes looking fuller.

4. Smell sweet for longer

Find your fragrance doesn’t last as long as the day does? You’re not applying it right. Spritz behind the ear, inside wrist, base of throat, inside elbow and behind your knee for the sweet smell of success.

5. Lipstick doubles up as blusher

Use your favourite pink, red or peach lip colour to rouge your cheeks too. Simply dab it on the apples of your cheeks, smudge in with fingertips and blush away to your heart’s content.

6. Apply concealer in a triangle

Nothing is worse than concealing your under-eye bags only to see them reappear a few minutes later. But you could be applying your concealer wrong. Instead of dotting it in the pattern of your eyes, apply in a triangular shape and blend downwards.

7. Make your lipstick go the distance

To reduce the need for lippy touch ups, dust a sprinkling of face powder onto a tissue and press gently between your lips to blot your lipstick. It also helps keep the colour off your teeth too – bonus.

8. Soften with Sudocrem

Any skin complaint – be it spots, wrinkles or dry patches – can almost always be solved with some Sudocrem. That’s right, the nappy rash cream. Apply over spots to reduce redness, or slather a layer on before bed for silky smooth skin or when your skin needs a boost. Only use once or twice a week though or your skin can become super sensitive.

9. Plump with peppermint oil

Skip the expensive lip-plumping products and instead, add a drop of peppermint oil to your favourite gloss. It does exactly the same thing!

10. Extend the life of your nail varnish

Had a manicure? Make it last longer by applying a top coat layer every day. And if your favourite nail polish has gone clumpy and thick, add a few drops of acetone nail polish remover to the bottle. It should make them usable in no time.

11. Try witch hazel for under-eye bags

Witch hazel is a natural skin tightening agent and can be used in the same way as cucumber slices, to de-puff your under-eye bags. Soak two cotton wool pads in witch hazel and apply to each closed eye for five minutes.

12. Vaseline fixes just about anything

A bog-standard jar of Vaseline (£1.50, Superdrug) is something of a superhero. It can smooth hair (just use a small amount like a serum), act as a highlighter (dab onto temples, cupid’s bow and bridge of nose), slather your feet in it before bed for a moisturising treatment and you can even remove your eye make-up with it. Take a small amount, massage onto your eyelids and lashes and remove with a damp muslin cloth or cotton wool pad.


For more tips and trends from Carla, fashion and beauty editor at BT.com, click here.