Different cultures take beauty very seriously in different ways, some swear by beauty fixes passed down from generation to generation, others wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without a slick of lipstick. So we’ve got international to find out some of the top tricks for global beauty…

Naturally nice nails

It’s common for French women to eat cheese, nuts, garlic and onions. They contain vitamins that are good for the hair and nails

Fix dry hands

“My grandfather taught me to rub the pith of a lemon peel on them,” says Greek-born dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D. “It will sting, but they’ll heal up immediately, like magic. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was a child.”

Juicy lips

“Always wear lipstick,” says Terry de Gunzburg, French makeup artist and creator of By Terry. “French women do not wear a lot of lip gloss; they favor lipstick, often red, and never leave their apartments without it.”

DIY masks

“Masks are an important part of Indian culture,” says Indian beauty pro Richa Purohit. For oily skin, she mixes 1 tablespoons of sandalwood powder (at organic markets or online) with a pinch of turmeric and a few tablespoons of orange juice. Apply it to face and neck, let it dry and rinse with cool water. For normal skin, use rosewater, not juice.

Sultry eyes

“Afghan women have beautiful eyes. Traditionally, a kohl-rimmed eye—and nothing else—is the way they adorn themselves,” says Afghan-born Matin Maulawizada, global artistry director. Try it—it’s striking.

Wear sunscreen.

Internationally renowned as a beauty saviour, you heard us and you’ve probably heard the song too. Seriously though, always, always put sunscreen on your face, but don’t forget your hands and neck. They’re just as important as your face, and they show aging the fastest!

Mist you be so beautiful

A spritz of floral water or tonic in the morning to awaken the skin is part of the beauty ritual of every French woman we know – it’s a great way to refresh throughout the day too.

Blend your own foundation

Grandmothers across the globe used to mix a dab of foundation into a tin of Nivea cream to perfect their complexion, it was better than any tinted moisturizer and absolutely undetectable

Fix weak nails

An old trick is to add a peeled and chopped clove of garlic to your bottle of clear base coat,” suggests Tata Harper, a beauty pro from Colombia and the creator of an eponymous skin care line. This surprising bit of wisdom “will actually help to strengthen your nails

Help hair grow faster

“Coconut milk helps the hair grow long and thick,” says Indian ayurvedic skincare expert Pratima Raichur. (The kind from a can is fine.) “Rub it onto the scalp, leave it on for an hour or so, then wash it out.”

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