Exact secrets to look pretty overnight

Here are the best beauty hacks and products I’ve ever known, secrets to look pretty overnight, with or without makeup – definitely don’t knock them until you’ve tried them, you will be amazed! When I wrote my ‘how to glow up’ guide I realised there are so many useful tips I didn’t include that I use and swear by every day.

Here are some beauty tips that pack serious power, how to look pretty, even if you only have 5 mins to scrub up and get ready! I will be sure to add extra products and tips I learn as I go 🙂

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Looking pretty in five minutes: 

1. Wear the Nars Orgasm lip shade 👈🏻 it really is proven to be the number one lip product that ‘gets you hit on’, for a good reason! Applying a red lip is scientifically said to make you look more attractive but it doesn’t have to be a stark red, this is proven to be the shade that gets the most attention!


2. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in shade Pillow Talk 👈🏻 this lip liner goes perfectly with Nars Orgasm and makes your lips look insane, it’s an incredible product!


3. An acne safe full coverage concealer 👈🏻 this is a gamechanger and gives such great coverage, it is so, so worth it! It is perfect to ‘spot treat’ any areas of the face you want to cover (like popping plasters on) so you can even go without foundation.

It is so kind to skin too and perfect for sensitive and oily skin types, as well as being vegan and cruelty free, I can’t recommend this one enough!


4. To give your skin that incredible flawless airbrushed look, set makeup with this genius translucent powder 👈🏻 sweep it under the eyes and around the face to create that velvety, poreless finish, it’s so beautiful and finely milled.


5. For the most perfect ever finish, use this incredible matte setting spray, spritz all over the face and then coat a beauty blender/sponge with it. Press it gently on to the undereye area, or anywhere your makeup tends to crease or settle in to fine lines. It will ensure your makeup remains flawless all the time, every day!


6. Use a gamechanging paddle brush on your curls 👈🏻 when brushing them out, to gently transform them in to glossy, old hollywood waves and avoid the frizzy craziness that normally comes with brushing out curls haha!


7. Curl hair away from your face 👈🏻 to get curls to stay, wind them in this direction!


8. Pony Popper to get the illusion of longer, thicker hair 👈🏻 this genius tool is everything! You simply clip it around the base of your ponytail and it gives your hair extra volume, making it look thick and luscious and like there is so much to tie back. It changes how the ponytail sits on your head, it’s like extensions without the extensions! This is the best hair hack in the world!

9. Another illusion to try is to make a braid. Then where it gets thinner and thinner towards the end, gently pull apart the plait and loosen it, to make the end as thick as the top of the braid. A ‘bubble braid’ works really well for this too!

This is perfect for anyone wanting an easy style as it requires no actual braiding. Just make a pony tail and secure multiple bobbles a few spaces apart. To make the hair look thicker, just make sure the end part of your pony is as thick as the top, by gently pulling the sections apart a bit wider. The wider the braid, the thicker the hair looks! This is perfect for fine hair.


10. This wonderful hydrating lip plumper 👈🏻 simply apply before bed to wake up with pillowy soft and visibly larger lips, it’s amazing.


11. This liner for when you want to wear makeup while repairing your lashes 👈🏻 this amazing eyeliner stays put like magic, it’s waterproof and also contains ultra nourishing ingredients like castor oil, biotin and ginseng to beautifully condition your lashes and repair them while looking stunning at the same time. This is everything I ever wanted, it’s a must try!


12. Line your eye from the outside in 👈🏻 when using an eyeliner pen like the above! So you are starting at the very end of the wing and drawing inwards. The point will look super sharp and not blunt at all and it should feel so much easier, to glide the line along your lash line in almost one swipe. Using eyeliner feels so much easier and quicker!


13. Use concealer to make your eyeliner nice and sharp 👈🏻 or to correct any mishaps or blobs super easily! Often the eyeliner looks we see haven’t ended up that perfect just by a steady hand, it’s all to do with applying that high coverage concealer where we want it, to really make an eyeliner wing stand out and make it how we want it, to better imitate our lashes. Now we can use brow pomade for our eyeliner, to make it super natural and achieve that famous ‘foxy’ liner look. We could even use eyeshadow for this. Just use concealer to carve it out afterwards, to make it look how we want.


14. For the perfect dewy skin look, try liquid highlight or illuminator under your foundation or BB cream for an effortless glow. The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless filter is absolutely golden for this. We can use a heavy duty concealer delicately on any places on the face we want to cover, like popping little plasters on.

Use the highlight or illuminator on the higher points of the face, like the inner cheekbones, the brow bone, the bridge of your nose, anywhere the light might naturally touch. Pop highlight on the eyelid, dot just above the iris to open the eye up. I love the glowy, dewy look as it helps me to look and feel much more put together.

Pop these on before bed, skincare hacks:

15. Use the watermelon and white tea cleansing milk 👈🏻 give your skin a refreshing swipe and cleanse it with this beautiful cleansing milk, it’s an absolute dream, plus try using with these adorable reusable cotton pads too! 


16. African black soap and honey gentle cleanser 👈🏻 the easy way to follow those glow up skin routines of the internet! African black soap is regarded as a holy grail substance and the essential ingredient for glowy, glass skin and you can reap the benefits of it with this clever cleanser, uber gentle and sure to clear any breakouts!


17. Glow Recipe watermelon sleeping mask 👈🏻 glowing summer skin in a bottle, this comforts your skin and makes it feel unreal, so silky and soft. This works wonders on your skin, it creates a glass-like, glossy complexion. It’s 90% watermelon too, the Watermelon range is heavenly and I can’t stop feeling my face after using it.


18. Use a gamechanging Lash conditioning growth serum 👈🏻 create a pamper routine for your lashes, this is perfect to nourish and condition your lashes and help them to grow thick, long and strong. Just apply as a dreamy ritual before you sleep, a little bit goes a long way to growing them!


19. Try skincare products with a x day guarantee 👈🏻 so you can feel more confident to try new things, especially high end skincare, it’s lovely to have that guarantee. With many skincare and face products you see optimum results around and after 28 days. Check for skincare products that carry a 30 or even a 60 day guarantee!


The softest skin I’ve ever had!

20. The Soap and Glory Breakfast body scrub is everything!👈🏻 It’s the ultimate sugar fix and leaves your skin beautifully soft, glowing and smelling like honey and chocolate for ages after! It’s such a powerful scrub too so you don’t need to work much to get super silky, glowy legs. It’s the equivalent of eating chocolate in shower form haha


21. Lather yourself with the in-shower Soap and Glory Whipped clean moisturiser 👈🏻 perfect for moisturing in the shower when you’re on the go, but also feels like whipped silky marshmallow. It makes my skin softer than I’ve ever known – it feels like pure silk afterwards – and smells incredible, like french desserts! Nothing compares to this, seriously.


22. This honey and chocolate whipped body lotion 👈🏻 is insane! It’s like dessert for your body, it smells so delicious and is a dream to wear. It’s rich, soothing, gentle and creamy and makes your body glow. The honey makes it sweet so it almost smells like white chocolate. It makes the perfect glow up gift to yourself!


23. Glow Recipe watermelon sleeping mask 👈🏻 glowing summer skin in a bottle, this comforts your skin and makes it feel unreal, so silky and soft.


Extra get pretty tricks:

24. Natural bamboo exfoliating brush 👈🏻 its bristles are so much coarser than those brushes you find that are super soft, meaning it’s so much easier to exfoliate and also reach any tricky bits that are hard to get to. Exfoliating is possibly one of the best glow up tips, as it removes the dead and dull skin, revealing the new, glowy, baby soft skin underneath!


25. Dream lengths no haircut cream and Dream lengths rapid reviver 👈🏻 I love love the Dream Lengths range, most of all as it gives such quick results. I have ‘Hagrid hair’ on the first day of washing, my hair goes to instant frizz.

These are really intensive conditioning products, like those really nice conditioners you get with at home hair colour. They transform the ends of your hair, especially this cream and the rapid reviver conditioner and my hair always goes so, so sleek and silky, it looks great on the first day of washing and I never experience frizzy ends anymore!


26. Schwarzkopf dry shampoo 👈🏻 Use dry shampoo on the roots to help your hair to last longer between washes. Washing it less means it gets stripped of oils less. I swear by this particular dry shampoo as it utterly transforms my hair with no chalk white finish or powder at all! It’s my best kept beauty secret.


27. Shape your brows to open up the face 👈🏻 an amazing tool for this is some small, sharp scissors like hairdressing/craft scissors as you can be really precise and exert a lot of control over the area. Towards the end of the brow, brush the hairs down and towards the opposite direction to make them all bushy and crazy. 

Then, along the inside of the brow, trim any hairs that are sticking outside of the brow and neaten them all in a straight line. It might take several goes to trim the hairs that are ‘misbehaving’ and never clip too much at once. Take breaks to reassess and keep a brow pencil handy, just in case of emergencies!


28. Brow tips for your particular brow 👈🏻 for smaller eyebrows, put emphasis on the very front of the eyebrow. Let the hairs there grow natural and long and put more attention on them than any other part of the brow. Try gel to emphasise the individual strands at the start of the eyebrow. This will make the brow automatically look voluptuous, however light your hair is.

For eyebrows on the larger side, fill out any areas you are conscious about but keep them as natural, soft, fluffy and light as possible, sharpening them up too much can steal the attention from the rest of the face and make the eyes look smaller.

Focus more on bringing out the eye instead and the brow will compliment them perfectly. I always think, the eye takes the centre stage and the brow is the backing dancer supporting it haha.


29. Try out a new hairstyle for every day 👈🏻 alternating hair styles allows you to show off different sections of your face. Some styles will lengthen and give the illusion of a longer face and some will soften your face and make it look rounder.

For all face shapes I love-love the half ponytail, it’s versatile for everyone as you can choose how much hair to tie back, and is a sophisticated kind of look that helps you look put together. It really helps my round face to appear more angular. To soften a strong face or strong look, gently pull down wispy pieces of hair to frame it.

30. Pamper all parts of your body 👈🏻 treat yourself by indulging every part of your body, omega3 for your brain, but also hair, nails and to help along blemishes, treat your muscles to some work outs, add things to your diet that your body will enjoy, treat your eyes to pretty things.


31. Check out and follow my glow up tips 👈🏻 to help you with confidence and to feel like an ‘it girl’ every day! Surround yourself with things that you love and that help you to feel your best. I love the Marie Kondo method and how it can be applied to so many aspects of life… home, relationships, your closet, your confidence… the secret is surrounding yourself with things that spark joy and make you feel powerful and good about yourself.

As I put in my glow up post, you are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l and absolutely have the potential to become the person you always wanted to be. It is not about having ‘perfect’ features, or looking like someone else, it’s all about how your features come together to compliment each other. Have fun with your features and try different trends, be curious about your features as if you were looking in the mirror for the first time. I hope you liked my tips! Let me know yours in the comments below ♡

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  1. Natalya Amour
    April 1, 2019 / 11:21 am

    That Essie shade is so pretty

    Candice x


    • elizabeth
      April 14, 2019 / 12:40 am

      Thanks so much Candice! ♡

  2. Renee
    April 1, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    SO many great tips Elizabeth! Dry shampoo is something I've always wanted to try but haven't yet for some reason? Using it at night before bed is something I've never heard before but now I'm intrigued haha! I'm going to pick up the one you've suggested 🙂

    Renee @ Maritime Mama

    • elizabeth
      April 14, 2019 / 12:43 am

      Thank you so much Renee! Haha I was the same up to recently, I tried the Batiste ones and couldn't understand the hype but I'm so so happy with the Schwarzkopf ones 😀 ♡

  3. Julia
    April 1, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    This is such a fun and informative post! The work you've put in this is incredible Elizabeth. I should definitely do more than I currently do to feel my best in the morning, but I feel like having good skin is a great start – so having the right night cream is indeed necessary!

    Julia x
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    • elizabeth
      April 14, 2019 / 12:45 am

      Thank you so much Julia! Awww that is so kind, I am sorry I am late to reply! Haha any little counts, I am often too tired in the morning to do anything so I try to follow a short night routine haha 😀 ♡

  4. Jules on the moon
    April 2, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Interesting post!


    • elizabeth
      April 14, 2019 / 12:45 am

      Aw thanks Giulia! ♡

  5. Danielle Alexa
    April 3, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    Lots of no makeup days is so important for me!

    Danielle xx

    • elizabeth
      April 14, 2019 / 12:46 am

      Ahhh same! My skin is very finicky haha! Thanks so much Danielle 😀 ♡

  6. Gemma Etc.
    April 5, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Ooh I love the sound of that Caudalie gem, I really need to try more of their products xx


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    April 6, 2019 / 4:49 am

    been trying bb cushions and they look amazing on my skin!

    ~ trynyewthings!

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    You're always have interesting things to say! I'm blown away every time, babe! xx

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    April 10, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    Definitely agree on more makeup free days!


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