Most of the celebrities and models we see on television or in feature films often seem to have skin and hair that appears radiant and flawless. Their makeup looks pretty spot on as well, be it the shimmer or the contouring highlighting their cheekbones. There might be some fashion and style divas that you idolize as well, trying to imitate their looks and appearances from time to time. However, no matter how hard you try or how many tutorial videos you watch on YouTube and Instagram, getting that look perfectly right seems like an impossible task. There’s always some or the other thing missing and even finding out what that is, becomes another task in itself.

Some of these beauty tips and tricks are so sub rosa, you might think that only the inner circles of the beauty and makeup world are privy to it. Well, not anymore! We talked to some of the experts and bigwigs in the business and they revealed to us a few of the beauty secrets that help them stay on the top of their game.

There have also been certain beauty secrets that have been in employment by the fashionistas of every generation. Right from the glorious Romans and the glamorous Egyptians to the Mughals and the Victorians, these tips and tricks have helped much of the nobility set the standards for beauty over a period of time. We did some searching on our own as well and came across a few beauty tips and tricks that have been in use for centuries now but have still managed to somehow stay under the radar, unbeknownst to most of the population.

Our glam squad at BeBeautiful decided to compile them in equal measure and as a result, we present to you 8 beauty secrets from the past that just about every beauty expert swears or has sworn by. Read on to take a glimpse at beauty secrets that will help you understand the finer details of makeup magic and the best beauty routines of the world.

 

Aromatic oils and massages

Aromatic oils and massages

There is perhaps no better feeling in this world than to pamper yourself and your skin to a nice massage using aromatic oils and balms. Also known as essential oil therapy, the process is one of healing wherein natural plant extracts mixed with herbal oils are used to deal with both, your physical as well as mental stress.

This beauty secret has a long history, having been in frequent use in the ancient civilizations of China, India, and Egypt, and thereafter moving through Persia before finally landing up in the hands of French and German doctors, who were chiefly instrumental in popularising it as also in introducing it to the modern world. Not only do the oils used in aromatherapy help moisturize your skin, but they are also useful in relieving stress, anxiety and even in improving your digestion, all of which result in you looking healthy and radiant. 

 

Henna, beautiful and intricate

Henna, beautiful and intricate

Henna, also known as Mehendi, is basically a dye prepared from the Henna tree (Lawsonia inermis). While being a beauty secret in use since antiquity, whether for the dyeing of hair or for decorating one’s hands, the use of Henna has only recently spread to the entire world from certain regions of the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Northern Africa.

There are a number of benefits that the dye has for both, your skin as well as your hair. Not only does it nourish your hair back to its original health and shine, but it can also help restore the acid-alkaline balance of your scalp, thereby ensuring that your roots are stronger. As for the skin, the cooling properties of henna can be used to relieve headache, reduce inflammation and even detoxify your body to an extent.

 

A solution made from clay!

A solution made from clay!

Clay masks and baths have been used as a beauty secret since ancient times now, both for your hair as well as for your skin. Some of the most commonly used types of clay in these times would be Kaolin, Bentonite and Fuller’s Earth. The latter (also known as ‘Multani Mitti’ in the Indian subcontinent), for example, finds extensive use in the beauty industry, especially since it can be extremely effective in treating acne and other skin issues. Most of these clay types are used either as clay masks or in mud baths (we’d definitely recommend that you try this one out), and help clean the oil, dirt and other impurities from your skin and from your hair.

 

Honeyed since the beginning of time!

Honeyed since the beginning of time!

Honey is another such ingredient whose healing and moisturizing properties have been utilized by us since the beginning of time. And while the antiseptic and antibacterial benefits of honey are pretty well known (as also is its use as an antioxidant), the beauty secret that not many people are aware of is that honey can be used to reduce the cellulite in your body as well. All you’ve to do is apply some honey on the region you wish to get rid of the cellulite from and keep using your palm as you would a waxing strip.

 

Layering your Liner

Layering your Liner

Well, if you’re a professional makeup artist, you should have no problem layering the eyes using a liquid liner. Yes, the one that stays on an entire day and yet does not smudge. However, not all of us are exactly professionals when it comes to makeup and can end up struggling with the liner. One beauty secret or tip that we could pass on to you would be to use a pencil liner to layer your eyes before you go at it using a liquid liner. It makes the entire process a whole lot more convenient.

 

Warming the Curler

Warming the Curler

Who doesn’t love curly lashes? They’re not that easy to get through, even if you have an eyelash curler at your disposal. How do the makeup artists do it then? The beauty secret behind curly eyelashes is to warm up the curler a bit before using it, either by keeping it in warm water for a while or by using your blow dryer on it. If you don’t have a curler with you, pressing the lashes with the warmed up back of a spoon should do the trick as well.

 

Mixing it up!

Mixing it up!

Do you love how your favourite body lotion smells and feels on your body? What if we said that we could make it a whole lot better? There are quite a few things that you can mix with your body lotion. For example, mixing just a teeny-weeny bit of olive oil with the lotion will give your skin a lovely soft sheen, while adding a bit of bronzer to it is the quickest and most convenient way to bathe yourself in the colour.

 

Making the most out of your mascara

Making the most out of your mascara

Does the mascara that you own begin to clump up or flake after a while? Well, there are a few mascaras in the market that never really do but not all of us can afford them. How do we make our not-so-fancy mascara work then? Well, the beauty secret or tip that makes a normal mascara work like an exceptional one is to hold a card (a simple business card should do just fine) against your lashes while coating it from the other side with your mascara brush. Works like magic, this one!