The Top 10 beauty rules for life

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From colour matching foundation to filing your nails, shaping your eyebrows and picking red lipstick, here's 10 beauty rules to forever live by.

Backstage makeup at Elie Saab AW13


Though beauty fads fade and makeup trends change, there are a few things that we should always remember when it comes to daily rituals.

Bookmark it, print it, frame it, memorise it - whatever works for you. Just don't forget these 10 beauty rules and truths!

1. Get the right foundation

In terms of colour matching your foundation, you'll need to consider that most people have either a yellow or pink undertone. So do foundations. When you get it wrong, your colour will look 'off' and skin a bit dull.

2. Keep an eye on white spots on your nails

White spots on your nails rarely indicate a nutritional deficiency, and as for 'milk spots', that's an old wives' tale. White spots on your nails, or leukonychia as the pros like to call it, is normally the result of 'mild trauma'. In other words, it's a form of light bruising that no amount of extra calcium will fix. If you do have bigger streaks on every nail however, get it checked by GP.

3. Always file your nails in one direction

When you file your natural nails, don't move you nail file in a back-and-forth motion. It'll lead to split fibres, leaving you with weaker, damaged or flaky nails. Always file smoothly from one side to the other, then go back and pull again in the same direction.

4. The perfect eyebrow formula

The 'perfect eyebrow' starts above the corner of your eye, has the peak of its arch above the centre of your iris, and ends diagonally opposite the corner of your nose. Ready to start measuring? Here's how to do it.

5. Healthy hair starts with your diet

The hair outside of your head is effectively dead, meaning that the only part of your hair which grows and 'lives', is the root. Though products can of course help to smooth and strengthen, healthy hair starts with what you feed your body.

6. Be gentle with the skin around your eyes

Don't pull on the skin around your eye when applying eye liner. Stretching it in the same way every day, or even just every weekend, is a fast track to saggy skin and wrinkles.

7. Exfoliate to keep your pores clean

Pores don't have muscles so they can't actually perform the contraction that would let them open and close literally. It's true that steaming your face can help loosen underlying grime, making blackheads and dirt easier to remove, but when it comes to a deep clean? Use exfoliator and a gentle scrubbing action.

8. Drink water to hydrate your skin

Creams, serums, masks, lotions and facials can help treat conditions, keep things supple and aid in the ageing battle, but without water you'll never ever rehydrate dry skin.

Woman enjoying a face mask

Healthy hydrated skin starts with drinking more water

9. Colour correctors rule

When using camouflage makeup always consider the colour of what you're trying to hide. Dark circles, for example, contain shades of blue, so you need an orange/apricot corrector. Green creams will neutralise any redness, yellows will cancel out purple shades like bruises or some especially dark circles, meanwhile lavender shades can help lift sallow complexions and dull olive skin.

10. There's a red lipstick for everyone

Always test a few red lipsticks before picking your signature. Generally speaking, you can choose between a blue, orange or brown based red, which will help lift your complexion when you strike upon the right one.

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