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The Real Woman Beauty Awards: 2014 winners

What gal doesn't want to look in the mirror and say "Dang! I look good!" At SheKnows, we know you want to put your best face forward so our team of Beauty and Style experts have set out to uncover the best beauty and style tips out there...

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We turned the mic over to our readers to crowdsource beauty products they can't live without. Our editors and SheKnows Experts Among Us peppered in some of their picks to help you discover fan favorites, cult classics and new must-haves for the 2014 Real Woman Beauty Awards.

We asked you to tell us your secret tips and the beauty hacks that you have discovered work like a charm. Here’s what you said.

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makeup hacks

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Mix your favorite blush or eyeshadow with Vaseline to make custom lip balm.

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Keep darker shades of pressed powder to use as eyeshadow and bronzer. One reader says, "It’s less expensive than tiny eyeshadow palettes."

3

Dip a dampened, angled eye makeup brush into eyeshadow to use as eyeliner and really make your eyes pop.

4

Put Monistat on your face. No, really. Their anti-chafing gel makes a pretty awesome makeup primer.

5

Apply baby powder between coats of mascara. It will make your eyelashes longer and thicker.

6

Dab lipstick on your cheeks for blush on the go. Stick with rosy or peachy pinks.

7

Apply eyeshadow to your eyebrows to fill them in. Then add a little dab of Vaseline or clear mascara to tame hairs and make them sleek.

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Apply Chapstick or lip balm to your eyelashes for extra curl.

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Put Vaseline on your eyelashes to help them grow. There's no science to support this but our readers say it works like a charm.

moisturizer hacks

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Coconut oil makes an incredible natural moisturizer for parched skin. Use it on your body and face. One reader even confessed she lets her locks soak it up for two days at a time.

2

Grape seed oil will help keep your skin's natural oil production in check.

3

Glycerin makes a great remedy for cracked or chapped lips. Buy it at your local health food store.

4

Apply baby oil in the shower for soft skin. The moisture from your shower will help lock in the benefits.

5

Mix Vaseline into your regular body lotion to give it an extra moisture surge.

6

Keep a spray bottle of water at your desk or invest in a facial spray to use throughout the day to help lock in moisture. Hint: We love Evian's mineral water spray.

hair care

1

When coloring your hair at home, use Vaseline around your hair line so the color doesn't bleed.

2

Got frizz problems? Apply a pea-size amount of argan oil to smooth frizz.

3

Some readers confessed to using mayonnaise in their hair to boost shine and moisture. Tip: To make the smell more tolerable, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

4

Use mascara to cover grays in between salon visits.

skin care

1

Use witch hazel as a toner a couple of times a week to help keep skin clear. Apple cider vinegar also makes a great natural skin toner.

2

Crack open vitamin E gel capsules and apply to your face. You'll wake up glowing. It's night cream in a capsule.

3

Try only cleansing your face at night to conserve your natural skin oils. In the morning just rinse, tone and moisturize.

4

Mix sugar and honey to create an at-home lip exfoliator.

5

Combine olive oil with sugar to purge pores of dead skin cells. You can also make your own body scrub with sugar, olive oil and a couple of drops of your favorite body wash.

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