As we continue to face so much uncertainty in our daily lives, there’s no doubt that keeping up a healthy at-home beauty routine can help. Not only can doing some kind things for yourself like an at-home manicure or a good facial do great good for your pores it can also be a mental health saving grace.
Still, for every beauty routine that some of us might have mastered already, there are plenty that some of us have not. Whether it’s knowing how to wash your hair on your own, do a facemask, tweeze your brows or even give your lower Latin America region a good grooming, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up the best tips and items from the internet to help you keep up your salon beauty routine at home.
Doing the Brazilian.
No one who has ever had hair ripped from their crotch has called getting a bikini wax easy. Still, if you’re staying at home all day to combat Coronavirus and you’re feeling like you need a wax, experts say it is doable.
According to an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and Natalie Ismiel, a brand ambassador for the hair-removal brand Nad’s it’s important to “be sure to look for a product that specifically says Brazilian on the packaging, as not all formulas are suitable for this sensitive area. For a first timer, it might be easiest to use a hard wax, as strip waxes are a little bit more difficult to do on your own and take practice.”
Going full-on mani-pedi.
A good mani-pedi will require some tools you might not have at home but plenty you already will have available. To start, you’ll want to soak your feet and hands in bathwater. You can buy cheap epsom salt to soak and soften your skin. Use a hard foot brush to slough off any skin, and then apply a cuticle serum to your toenails before you polish your nails. Don’t forget this last part! It will do wonders for ensuring the longevity of your paint job.
How to give yourself the ultimate facial.
Not all of us have the resources to invest in professional skin treatment. Still, gifting your skin regular facial care is a long-proven way of ensuring the health of your skin and you can give yourself an at-home facial that have the same results as a spa session. Start your facial by creating a clean canvas to start on by cleaning your skin with a cleansing lotion or gel. Then apply a thin coat of an exfoliating peel with exfoliating acids like lactic, glycolic, or salicylic. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash off thoroughly. Once the peel has been removed go in with a second exfoliator by applying a facial scrub to your skin. When you’re done be sure to apply a moisturizer!
Just about everyone who loves makeup has heard the infamous adage about a cat-eye: “Never ask a woman with a cat-eye why she’s late.”
The thing is that it’s true. For most of us anyway, learning how to apply the perfectly drawn cat-eye takes years and years of practice. And even then we don’t always get it right the first time! To get the best secrets about applying the best cat-eye we asked our FIERCE readers for the best advice on how to apply a good cat-eye and boy did they deliver!
Check out the answers below!
“Approach with confidence. Winged liner can smell your fear.”- hichewlove
“Kat Von D Tattoo liner CHANGED MY LIFE.”- zimmyloo
“My secret is a brow brush! It has the best shape and gets really precise tips.” –lianakayarr
“You will need any eye liner, a q-tip and a pack of makeup remover wipes Draw the wing, doesn’t matter if it looks neat or even matches at first. Take the q-tip and press the cotton into the makeup remover pack. You now have a eyeliner corrector without using a whole sheet or concealer 💥 💥💥. Erase away the part of the wing you don’t want and shape to your liking. Re-dip if you need more. I use this every time I want a smaller wing.”- n.a.t.t.y_b
“I start by outlining the wing and then fill it in.”- jesstaco_food
“I use Milani’s Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner (it’s kind of like a fine, felt tip marker) to outline on the lid then go in and outline the wings and fill in everything with Milani’s Stay Put Matte Eyeliner (which is a liquid).”- la_savanita
“Use eyeshadow to trace and then go in with your favorite eyeliner.” –artsyannaart
“I’ve been putting liquid liner since I was 15. Kat Von D tattoo liner is the best hands down!!! I see a lot of people start from the wing 🚫 don’t do that. If you want that perfect swish at the end. You gotta start from the inner corner of your eye. Start thin and gradually apply pressure to thicken the line. Once you get to the end of the eye, stop and continue your swish. I always follow the crease of my eye for where to position my angle. Always make sure to go back and get that bottom outer corner for the full swish effect. ✨ In fewer words, as said by Hermione Granger, ‘swish and flick!’”- primalys
“Put concealer around it it give you that sharp nice looking effect.”- jetsemanytamayo
“Rest the end of your hand against the side of your eye by your cheekbone and dont stop until you made the full line.”- bori_bomba
“Practice and a steady hand! Acceptance that one eye ALWAYS looks better than the other and it must be a brush tip! My top two are @kvdveganbeauty tattoo liner is a game changer 🙌🏼 @nyxcosmetics Epic Ink Eyeliner does not budge and if you’re on a budget this is a great option!” –just_caro66
“Follow the waterline and set with eyeshadow.”- ainhoanegro
“One little bottom line on one eye. Then another line on the other eye. Make sure theyre even and then fill it in starting from the lash line. If the lines arent even then its a lot easier to just erase the line instead of the whole wing you just did.”- mariela_romero_
“Lots of practice and a slow strokes if you have a shaky hand like me.” –xtina_ace
In Mexico, traditions are sacred and family is everything. So when the Coronavirus pandemic hit Mexico and threatened to take away many of the country’s prized traditions, people sprung into action to think outside the box so that communities could continue celebrating the year’s many traditions but in a low-risk way.
It’s this commitment to tradition and ingenuity that is helping Día de Muertos traditions live on this year, despite the surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.
Día de Muertos is usually celebrated across Central and Southern Mexico with large celebrations that include people from the entire pueblo. Well, obviously this year that isn’t exactly possible (or at least safe) so authorities are creating new ways to bring the important celebrations to Mexicans (and others) around the world.
Thanks to Covid-19, our Día de Muertos celebrations will look a lot different this year.
Typically at this time of year, Mexico bustles with activity and cities and pueblos across the country come to life full of color and scents. The cempasúchil – the typical orange marigolds associated with Día de Muertos – are everywhere and the scent is intoxicating.
However, things look exceptionally different this year. Mexican authorities have said cemeteries will remain closed for the Nov. 2 celebration, meaning that people aren’t buying up the flowers as in years past. In fact, according to many growers, less than half the typical amount have been grown this year.
Along with the cutback in flowers and typical holiday purchases, nearly all of the country’s major events have been cancelled by authorities. However, officials say that families can still celebrate but in more private ways or by tuning into online, virtual events.
Mexican authorities are urging people to practice sana distancia and avoid large family gatherings – including for Day of the Dead.
For many Mexicans, however, this year is especially important to celebrate the holiday in honor of the loved ones they’ve lost to the pandemic. Mexico has been one of the world’s hardest hit countries as there have been more than 855,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 86,338 deaths. Although those numbers are said to be highly skewed thanks to one of the world’s lowest testing rates.
“This year is very special because my family members died of COVID-19,” said Dulce Maria Torres in an interview with NBC News, who was buying flowers at a traditional market in the Mexican capital. “It’s important to me and we want to make them a beautiful offering.”
However, authorities are pleading with people to help contain the virus’ spread by avoiding the traditional family gatherings associated with the holiday.
As Mexico works to curb the spread of Covid-19, most events are going virtual this year.
Authorities across Mexico are working to maintain a balance between tradition and safety as they work to bring Día de Muertos celebrations to an online audience.
In an interview, Paola Félix Díaz, Director of the Tourism Promotion Fund, said that “Events such as the Day of the Dead are an opportunity to generate a tribute to all the people who have left because of this disease but also as a reminder of all the traditions that cannot be stopped.”
Officials are working an app called “Xóchitl, Mexico’s virtual ambassador for the world” that will work as an interactive digital platform featuring AR (Augmented Reality), which will include content related to Mexican traditions, culture, and entertainment.
The platform will give access to virtual events, live streaming for the promotion of beautiful Mexico City in a safe way without putting anyone at risk. The parade will be held inside a stadium or a recording studio, without public and following all COVID-19 protocols. The event will be broadcast in many different online platforms”
Even Mexico City’s famed Día de Muertos parade is going virtual this year.
Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade is one of the country’s biggest tourism draws. Just last year the city had more than 2 million people at the parade. In addition, it’s a widely sponsored event by large companies such as Apple and Mattel. It brings in millions of dollars of revenue to the city.
Félix Díaz said that the possibilities of a virtual parade or “looking for these new trends such as drive-ins or a car tour are in talks. We are planning it.”
Cancun’s Xcaret park will be hosting an online festival to celebrate the holiday.
Although the sustainable park based outside Cancun has suspended all of its events and activities for 2020, in accordance with WHO recommendations, the park will host a virtual celebration for Día de Muertos.
Although the official date hasn’t yet been confirmed, the group says that they are excited to bring the event (now in its 14th year) to people around the world via an online celebration.
Events in the U.S. will also be taking place online – from California to New York.
One of the country’s largest Día de Muertos events, held in LA’s Grand Park will take place with 12 days of virtual celebrations. You’ll find arts workshops, digital ofrendas and storytelling online, as well as in-real-life art installations at the neighboring Downtown locations. Self-Help Graphics & Art—which hosts its own Day of the Dead event—has curated 11 large-scale altars for socially distant viewing, with audio tours available online.
Downey moves its annual Day of the Dead celebration from the city’s civic center to the internet with this virtual celebration. In the lead-up to the event you’ll be able to find recipes and crafting tutorials, and on the day of you can expect a mix of movies, music, ballet folklorico performances, shopping opportunities and a pair of art exhibitions.
And for those of us who can’t wait and/or want 24/7/365 access to Día de Muertos events, there’s always Google. The platform brings tons of Day of the Dead exhibits and information to users around the world through its Google Arts & Culture site, which you can view here.