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10 Latin American Beauty Brands You'll Want to Add to Your Vanity

Growing up Latina, there’s a good chance that the women in your family taught you the ways of beauty early on, passing on their lists of tried and true products they can’t live without and their impressive DIY secrets , and maybe even telling you to replace your favorite drugstore and Sephora buys with brands that they knew and loved back home.

While you may be too attached to your Urban Decay Naked Palette (we don’t blame you) to abandon all your usuals cold turkey, we rounded up some favorite Latin American brands that are hands-down worth a try and could easily become your new beauty go-tos. Grandma will be so proud!

Additional reporting by Alessandra Foresto

Say Goodbye to Pesky Dark Circles and Spots With This Makeup Routine

The following post was originally featured on Love, Grey Skies and written by Tiffany Diana Torres , who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina .

Who knew that adult acne was a thing? Not me.

Up until about a year and a half ago all I had to worry about was the occasional break out from Aunt Flow and the dark circles under my eyes. Boy how things have changed. A year and a half ago I developed adult acne which has really taken a bit of a toll on my self esteem. Hey, I’m a work in progress. Since then I’ve learned ways to cover and conceal not only my dark circles, but the scars left behind from the acne and I’m going to share it with you!

Step 1: Start with a clean & moisturized face. After that, apply a thin layer of primer. This allows your makeup to stay on all day and go on smoothly. I used the MUFE hydrating primer, because it’s my favorite! Glides on nicely and really makes my skin feel nice and plump.

Step 2: Apply an orange/salmon colored concealer under your eyes. This will cancel out the dark purple/blue shade and help neutralize the “bags.” Plus, this little trick makes you look fresh faced and wide awake!

Step 3: If you have any fresh acne that is irritated and red, then it’s best to go in with a green concealer . This will help cancel out the redness and allow the foundation to do its job by covering up afterwards.

Step 4: For the under eye area, I take my ring finger and blend, but I’ll use the beauty blender for the other spots.

Step 5: Apply foundation. This is one of my favorite foundations because of the finish and coverage!

Step 6: Apply a thin layer of concealer. I used the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye first in the shade Light, but I felt like it was too bright so I went in with my favorite; Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral. I concealed under my eyes but I also highlighted areas in the center of my face such as my nose, cupid’s bow, and forehead.

Step 7: Set your face! I use the Laura Mercier Translucent powder which allows everything to just stay in place.

Now it’s time to just glam up!

These are steps that I take every time I do a full face of makeup, because I like to look as even-toned as possible. This definitely helps those days when my face isn’t in the best condition, but remember that it’s really important to have a skin regimen and to drink lots of water. Your makeup only looks as best as your skin does, so remember to take care of it.

11 DIY Beauty Remedies Your Grandma Always Talked About That Actually Work

Every abuela has one: that wild concoction she whips up from ingredients in her kitchen and swears by every time you have a pimple, dry skin, unruly hair – you name it. As kids, most of us rolled our eyes and went along with it, but we’ve done a little digging, and it turns out maybe Grandma wasn’t so crazy after all. Many of those beauty recipes actually work! Warning: do try these 11 practices at home for smooth skin and silky hair – or get these beauty buys that are also grandma-approved .

1. Using mayonnaise as a deep conditioner for healthy hair.

According to hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins, this old-school method works because of the fat to protein ratio. “The oil softens the hair, making it shinier – and the protein in the eggs will make strands stronger.” He recommends applying the treatment to dry hair, and leaving it on as a mask for 15-20 minutes. Shampoo twice, and condition afterwards. But, Hawkins notes, this treatment works best for hair that isn’t fine or limp.

2. Dabbing nails in olive oil for a healthier look.

Nail expert Stephanie Stone debunked the myth (common in Dominican culture) that rubbing garlic on nails will make them strong (according to studies, it has no benefit). But, she says, applying olive oil (a popular DIY beauty ingredient in Puerto Rico) on nails and cuticles throughout the day is a great way to improve their health. “Keeping your hands and nails moisturized is key, especially if you’re trying to repair damaged nail beds. I’d also recommend applying it lightly throughout the day instead of a full on soak. But consistency is key!”

3. Coconut oil as a body moisturizer.

“This one 100% works,” says dermatologist (and Sofia Vergara’s derm!) Dendy Engelman, M.D., of coconut oil for soft skin, a popular technique in many Latin American countries. “Coconut oil is mostly made up of saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids, which help repair the skin barrier, trap water to hydrate skin, and also reduce inflammation. And recent studies show it’s also a great treatment for eczema.”

4. Adding honey to hair conditioner for softer tresses.

A custom common in Caribbean Latin America, honey is a natural moisturizer, which Hawkins says does work to help rehydrate your locks. And using unprocessed honey will give you an extra bonus: it’s full of enzymes that will help create a healthy scalp and prevent dandruff.

5. Agua maravilla to fight blemishes.

Also known as witch hazel, this is common in many Latino families, especially from Puerto Rican and Dominican backgrounds. Engelman says it works because the mixture contains anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antibacterial properties. Engelman also recommends Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Towelettes ($6) to control blemishes and calm bug bites.

6. Washing hair with Coca-Cola for shine.

This is a long-time favorite technique among not just Latino families, but celebrities like Suki Waterhouse . Hairstylist Nunzio Saviano gives this traditional trick the thumbs up: “The acidity closes the hair cuticle, which makes it look healthy and shiny. But be careful: the sugar can leave your hair sticky, so you might need to rinse it out quickly. Apple cider vinegar is an alternative that might not be as messy!”

7. Beach sand as a skin exfoliant.

“Sand is essentially finely granulated rocks, so it’s perfect to remove excess dry skin cells,” Engelman says. “But because it’s so abrasive, I’d only recommend you use it to exfoliate feet. It might be too harsh for other parts of your body.”

8. Manzanilla grisi shampoo to lighten hair.

Saviano says that this traditionally Mexican and South American product – which contains Flor de Manzanilla and claims to both wash and lighten hair – does work, but he would use it sparingly. “This will maintain your tone and even lighten it at times, but if you use it too much, your color might become dull or even fade.”

9. Grape skin paste for glowing skin.

Grapes are a gold mine, says Engelman. “They’ll have a brightening effect over time because they contain vitamins B6, C, and A, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, selenium, and flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and remove toxins from the skin.”

10. Sugar and lemon juice as an antiaging exfoliant.

According to Engelman, the sugar crystals act as an exfoliator, sloughing away dead skin, while the lemon juice helps peel away dead skin cells because of their content of alpha hydroxy acid (which is found in many antiaging treatments). Exfoliating is important, Engelman says, “because as we age, our skin doesn’t shed as effectively. Plus, getting rid of dead cells helps your moisturizers penetrate better.”

11. Avocado for healthy cuticles.

“Actually, rubbing avocado oil on cuticles is more effective than actual avocado,” says Stone. But good news for avocado lovers: “Avocados in a healthy, balanced diet will help you see overall improvement in your hair, skin, and nails, too.” Bring on the guacamole!

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3 Kitchen Staples That'll Transform Your Beauty Routine

The following post was originally featured on HipLatina .

A well-stocked pantry isn’t just a plentiful source of delicious and healthy meals – it’s an endless supply of at-home, do-it-yourself beauty that won’t break the bank. Here are a few ways to produce your own concoctions in su cocina, one pantry ingredient at a time.

12 Sheer Sunscreens That Blend Right In

Listen, I get it. I have dark skin, too. But not being easily able to find a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a gross white residue on your skin isn’t an excuse to skip the SPF . Sunscreen formulas have gotten lighter and sheerer, and there are now more options than ever to try.

Yes, it might be annoying to have to date your way around different SPF to find “the one,” but with sun rays getting stronger and a rise in skin cancer cases among Hispanics , it’s worth it. This list of 12 sheer formulas is a great start. They promise to blend right in, and from my experience, they do just that. Scroll ahead to find your Summer shopping list, and don’t forget to reapply every two hour !

5 No-Fail Beauty Tips I Learned on the Set of Telenovelas

Singer, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer, and mom of two Thalia shares her parenting, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty tips as POPSUGAR Latina’s contributor.

After appearing in so many telenovelas and working with so many different makeup artists, makeup brands, and hairstylists who changed my look for each role and sometimes several times in one day, I walked away with a few tricks up my sleeve. Here are five of my favorite and most useful ones.

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This Ingredient Is the Secret to Making Your Cellulite Temporarily Disappear

We have bad and good news. The bummer: cellulite is practically impossible to get rid of . The picker-upper: there’s one readily available ingredient that, according to some studies , might make its appearance less noticeable, and that is coffee.

No, we’re not telling you to up your Starbucks runs , but to rub it directly on your skin by using a scrub in the bath or shower right before getting in a swimsuit or wearing supershort shorts. See, the antioxidants and caffeine in coffee, combined with the scrubbing motion, can dilate blood vessels and stimulate circulation to reduce the puckered appearance of skin. So just in time for Spring break and Summer, we give you a few shopping options that might do the trick.

7 Dangerous Sunscreen Mistakes Not to Make This Spring Break

You know about sunscreen, of course. You walk down the aisles full of them in the supermarket. You see the commercials. You read about new formulas when they launch. Maybe you’re still making excuses not to wear it every day or maybe you’re following the rules and slathering on SPF without fail. But are you confident you’re doing the best you can to protect your skin?

With an increase of 20 percent in melanoma cases among Hispanics in the past two decades, it sounds like Latinas might be making more mistakes that we think we are. Keep scrolling to find out what the most common blunders are and how to avoid them from Flor Mayoral, MD, a dermatologist and L’Oréal Paris ambassador.

This Is Jennifer Lopez's No. 1 Beauty Secret

Jennifer Lopez just revealed the beauty secret she swears by, and it’s totally not what you think. The multitalented singer and actress, who recently blew our minds with all her sexiness at the American Music Awards and really doesn’t seem to be aging at all, told Entertainment Tonight that her top beauty and mommy essential is – drum roll, please – sleep.

“Sleep is very important,” she said, “I get my seven to eight hours sleep no matter what.” J Lo has been busy filming Shades of Blue in New York, but snoozing is still high up on her list of priorities – not just for herself, but for her kids, Max and Emmy, too. “There is a limit. You will fall down at a certain point, and mommies can’t do that. Mommies have to be good for the babies at all times. They need to know that you’re solid and strong and good.” And there you have it! Whether you’re a mom or not, it’s called beauty rest for a reason, right?

5 Mom-Approved Beauty Secrets You'll Want to Follow ASAP

Singer, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer, and mom of two Thalia shares her parenting, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty tips as a POPSUGAR Latina contributor.

My mom was my guide, my best friend, my confidant, and my biggest fan. I miss her every day, and I think of her constantly. I am very grateful for everything that she always did for me and for all of the support she gave me. I am also thankful for all of the knowledge she instilled in me. She made it a point to take great care of herself and strived to look good at all times. Among all of the amazing things I learned from my beloved mother, these are five of her beauty tips that I took to heart.

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These Are Adriana Lima's Best Beauty Secrets – Straight From the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show taped on Nov. 10, and as we expected, our favorite Brazilian VS Angels killed it on the catwalk – especially Adriana Lima. It was the supermodel’s 16th – yes, 16th! – fashion show with the brand, and (as expected) she looked hotter than ever. Of course, we wanted to know everything about what went on to get Adriana ready for the sexy night , but the secrets we were dying to know the most related to that gorgeous skin and supershiny hair. POPSUGAR Beauty editor Lauren Levinson went behind the scenes at the show to get us the scoop. Keep reading for Adriana’s best beauty tips , then check out her sexiest VS moments of all time.

Additional reporting by Lauren Levinson