We’ve seen online-sourced lifestyle and hairstyle hacks put into action, but what about beauty hacks? I decided to put some of Pinterest’s most popular beauty hacks to the test, to see if I could master the art of giving myself fuller looking lips with just a pencil, whiter teeth using baking soda and the perfect feline flick with the help of a spoon.
First up I decided to try whitening my teeth with baking soda, toothpaste and mouthwash. I had to leave out suggested ingredient hydrogen peroxide as I didn’t seem to have any in my bathroom cupboard…
So, to start off, I added one teaspoon of mouthwash, one teaspoon of baking soda, one drop of toothpaste and half a teaspoon of water to a small bowl and mixed the ingredients together with my toothbrush. Once I could see that it had formed a paste I then used a small amount of mouthwash to clean my mouth before brushing my teeth with the mixture for around two minutes – any longer and I think I would have been sick.
After this, I rinsed my mouth thoroughly with water until the remaining mixture had been washed away and my teeth felt clean and not gritty.
The verdict: I think this is something that perhaps needs to be repeated a few times before you start noticing any huge differences in the shade of your teeth. I’ll most likely be giving it another try though.
Feline flicks with, er, a spoon…
Next up was applying winged eyeliner using a spoon. I’m forever googling and Youtubing videos on how to create the best cat eyeliner, and photos of Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese wearing it perfectly only add to my despair of not being able to get it right. I’ve tried using tape, closing my eyes, opening my eyes, putting it on first, putting it on last… nothing ever seems to work. Needless to say, the spoon idea definitely caught my attention.
Both ends of the spoon got put to use: the handle helped me to draw a straight line, and the curved edge acted as a stencil for shaping flick.
The verdict: I don’t think I’ll be adding this technique to my makeup routine. Whilst I can see the idea behind it, I ended up looking less Perry-Teese and more Winehouse.
Last but not least was the fuller-lip trick using a lip liner pencil. Whilst my bottom lip is quite full, my top lip always looks like it could do with a little help and a bit of plumping. I’ve never been a fan of menthol lip glosses and wouldn’t consider fillers, so this tutorial seemed like a relatively easy way to help me achieve my desired look.
To make sure the results looked natural I used a lip shape guide, which helped me to figure out which way to use the pencil. After this I lightly penciled around my lips, taking extra care to emphasize my cupid’s bow. Once completed, I drew vertical lines on my upper and lower lip, which is meant to give the effect of a larger surface area. All that was left was to fill in the rest with the pencil and lipstick/gloss to finish off the look.
The verdict: I think that any added colour or shading will make your lips look bigger. But after eating and drinking it didn’t stay on and I don’t think I could be bothered to reapply all day.
Images via Sophia Chettleburgh / Vogue Italia