8 DIY Beauty Tips to Try (+ Win a FREE Gift!)

Hello, beautiful! Ever since I can remember, I (Emma here!) have been obsessed with beauty tips, tricks, and secrets. I’ve been known to concoct my own at-home beauty experiments trying out home remedies like honey, brown sugar, and coconut oil to get shiny hair and glowing skin. And, I’m always looking to try the next hot new mascara, eyeliner, or blush – or makeup tutorial to try. Today, I’ve rounded up eight of my favorite new DIY beauty tips to try including a special video that shows you how to achieve a perfect DIY bridal makeup look. And, as a special thank you for stopping by, we’re giving away a FREE beauty gift to THREE lucky readers! Read on to find out more + enjoy!

DIY Beauty Tips to Try

1. DIY Lip Exfoliator

Three ingredients is all it takes to get glowing, winter-ready lips. Slough off dead skin cells with ingredients in your home thanks to this DIY here from the ModCloth blog.

2. The DIY Dressed-Up Ponytail

The always incredible Stephanie of Hair and Makeup By Steph shows 10 Ways to Dress Up a Ponytail with two of my favorites: the wrapped pony and the braided wrap-up. Check it out here.

DIY Beauty Tips - Dressed Up Ponytail

3. How-To Winged Eyes with SCOTCH TAPE

Um, hello? Why haven’t I thought of this? I always struggle with a perfect line of eyeliner. Now, you can get perfectly lined lids thanks to the lovelies of The Beauty Department. Get the full how-to here.

DIY Beauty Tips - How-to Winged Eyes

4. DIY At-Home Spa Treatments

Bring the spa to your own home with these clever ideas by Lulu’s. This is just a teaser: get the full beauty treatment with five clever ingredient combos here.

DIY Beauty Tips - At Home Spa Treatments

5. DIY Banana Hair Moisturizer

Revitalize your dry hair with a DIY banana hair moisturizer using a few easy-to-find ingredients. Get the how-to here.

DIY Beauty Tips - DIY Banana Hair Moisturizer

6. No Makeup Makeup Look

I’m not a heavy-on-the-makeup kind of girl for everyday, so this tutorial is great for glowing on a daily basis, sans heavy application. Check out this tutorial from Thirty Handmade Days.

DIY Beauty Tips - No Makeup Makeup Look

7. How to Naturally Remove Blackheads

Pesky blackheads – who needs ‘em? Get rid of them quickly with this natural tutorial by As We Grow.

DIY Beauty Tips - How to Naturally Remove Blackheads

8. DIY Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Sam from Real Techniques shares how to do your own Bridal Makeup in the video below. She uses a set of professional brushes which is important when achieving your look. Watch the video and scroll down for a chance to win a set of brushes (our special giveaway!)

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Giveaway Winners Announced! Congratulations to Allison, Liliana, and Emily C, our winners for the brush giveaway! Please check your inbox for details on claiming your prize.

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Enter below for a chance to win a set of professional makeup brushes AND a set of professional eye makeup brushes for FREE (as used in the above video) by Real Techniques! Simply comment below on why you’d like to win these brushes. Enter by November 14th, 2012 at 11:59pm. We’ll randomly select three lucky winners on November 15th using random.org and announce the winners in the blog. Share the giveaway on Facebook*, Twitter*, and Pinterest* (one time daily per method: comment, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest per person).

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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  • http://bbakeca.com/ BBakeca

    Thanks for the tips…the banana hair moisturizer is the best!

  • Jennifer

    I’d love to have a nice set of makeup brushes, right now i just make due with my fingers and cotton swabs.

  • http://twitter.com/ZayZay111309 Zahedah Maria

    I love experiancing with makeup..but cant really afford proffesional brushes

  • Alice McElroy

    I would love to win this because I love expressing myself through make up and I am a advocate for healthy beautiful skin

  • Ruth Arevalo

    I would love these brushes so I can achieve a professional look for my wedding!

  • Rachael

    I really want to win these because then I can practice more with my make up skills and get better :) My brushes are all hard and don’t work well to use anymore and I don’t have the money to buy loads of new ones……
    Lot’s of love, Rachael x

  • Katie

    I would love to win these brushed to further practice my makeup skills so I can one day go one day into the profession

  • Kirsten Snider

    I would love win this giveaway because my family doesn’t have the money to buy these brushes. I would really appreciate it if I could win the brushes so I can better my makeup techniques.

  • Astrid Nembo

    I would love to win those brushes, just because as a college student, I can’t afford professional brushes, even though I love makeup and trying new things — which would be easier with the correct brushes.

  • Naomi Rowley

    Would love to win these :)

  • madmoodster

    I plan on doing my own make up for my wedding and these brushes would be amazing!!

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  • Michelle Rohrs

    Wpuld love to win!!!

  • Kerri Labrie

    Id love to win this – I’ve always been a bit tomboyish and with my upcoming wedding I’m finally learning the lovely side of being girly :)

  • Rose Robinson

    I would love to win because I cant afford to buy make up brushes and I find it hard to do my make up without them. I would really appreciate winning these because it would mean a lot to me and save me a lot of money that I dont have. I would be able to do my make up so much better and I would be able to experiment and try new techniques that you can do with brushes. It would mean soo much to me! :) p.s I love your blog.0

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  • Michelle Rohrs

    Would be awesome to win!!!

  • ralph-lauren-luv

    Id love to win! tahnks for the great post

  • Allison

    I’d love to upgrade my current (cheap!) brushes!

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    love these, id love to update my makeup tools before im a bride!!

  • Michelle Rohrs


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  • Michelle Rohrs

    It would be nice to have new brushes!

  • Van Tran

    These make up tips would be great for my wedding and every day use. I would love to win this giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/CarricoWedding Hannah and Bradley

    I will be doing my own makeup for my wedding, and the brushes that I have now are falling apart! Each time I use them, I end up with black bristles all over my face. I’d really appreciate it! Thanks :)

  • Emily C

    I’m doing my own makeup for my wedding, and since I hardly ever wear more than mascara and lipgloss, I still need most of the materials to do so!

  • Liliana

    I would love to win this giveaway! I am planning on doing my own makeup for my wedding day (!!!) but I don’t have all the tools I need for it yet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cmccormack86 Caitlin McCormack

    I would love these brushes so I could do my own wedding make-up :)

  • Michelle Rohrs


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  • Michelle Rohrs

    Would love new brushes

  • Allison

    I really need to upgrade my makeup and makeup supplies..

  • Lynsy Meyer

    I’d love to be able to replace the brushes I have. They old!

  • Alyce Che

    Some many things to try with the new equipment if I win.

  • http://www.amyistheparty.com Amy Cluck

    Awesome giveaway! I need these brushes so I can do my own makeup on my wedding day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marta.luniewski Marta Luniewski

    I really don’t have any professional make up so these would be very handy! :)

  • Monica Wile

    I would like to win because I don’t have brushes like these! :)

  • Kelly Nash

    I would love to win these! I think I’m doing my own make-up for my December 1 wedding and these would make that much easier!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/noelle.vialoux Noëlle Vialoux

    Would love to win these, my makeup brushes are hand-me-downs :(

  • Melissa Ohlfest

    I would love to win these. They would be an addition to my makeup arsenal since I currently don’t have anything like this!!

  • http://twitter.com/S_Pubs S. Pubs

    Love to win these, since I don’t think I’ve purchased a new set in at least 5 years!