Things I’ve Learnt from Cosmopolitan

If you’re new round these parts you may not have heard me talk about Cosmopolitan magazine before; the US-based Hearst Communications’ fashion-centric publication, a.k.a ‘The Best Damn Magazine Ever’. If you’re a G&M old-timer then you’ve probably just sighed a ‘not again Gauri’ groan. It’s OK. I’ll make this one quick. It dawned on me the other day while having a flick through their latest issue that this mag is one great learning tool. For someone who’s loved beauty for donkeys years and has slowly chipped away at practically every beauty tutorial on YouTube ever made over the years, discovering something brand-spanking new isn’t always easy. So here’s my top five tips and tricks that I’ve absorbed from the pages of Cosmopolitan that may be fresh fodder for you too:

  • You know those scratchy sponge tipped applicators that nuzzle up in your favourite eyeshadow compacts? They actually soak up and slick on lip stains perfectly. Time to stop tossing them out.
  • Apparently the original authentic beach babe lock look is rooted in the method of pairing sea water and sunscreen through the lengths. Sea water for wave and texture and sunscreen for the finish and shine.
  • Primer should always be paired with a powder over the top of whatever base you choose to use. That way the water in your makeup and the silicons in (most) primers won’t repel each other. Who knew?

See I told you I’d be quick.

P.S) Where can you get Cosmopolitan from? I get mine from the Crosswords Mag section, but you can spot it sometimes in larger independent newsagents. In the past I’ve also had a subscription from them – but the delivery is slow. You can also subscribe directly to Cosmopolitan for paper copies or the digital edition (the latter works out the cheapest method).