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Tips and tricks ... Australian women are keen to share their beauty secrets.

"What's your secret?'' is one of the most flattering questions that can be asked and a survey's shown that Australian women are not backward about divulging it if it's related to beauty. If women discover beauty secrets that make them look better than other women, 94 per cent would share them, a survey of 701 women has shown. Our tips and tricks fairly trip off our tongue - Australian women court no mystery. Possibly, we're over-sharers. Or sisterhood is alive and kicking. In this spirit, please tell: what are your beauty secrets?

I'll share three of mine with you right now:
1. I always try to leave something on my plate.
2. I apply sunscreen to the upper eye area as well as the rest of my face and neck.
3. I've found that eye makeup remover is the most efficient way to clean off heavy makeup.

Our tips and tricks fairly trip off our tongue - Australian women court no mystery. Possibly, we're over-sharers. Or sisterhood is alive and kicking.  

Some secrets revealed in the Nivea Skincare Secrets Report were a little more quirky. Here are some of my favourites, all submitted independently by women in Australia and New Zealand as part of Nivea's survey in April:


- I always wear perfume to bed even if I'm sleeping alone.
- When my skin is feeling oily, I cut a tomato in half and swipe it over my T-zone. The lypocene antioxidants are fabulous for skin and it clears up my shiny forehead in seconds.
- I shave my legs with shampoo.
- I mix lemon with sugar to scrub off patchy fake tan.
- I tap lip balm on my cheekbones for instant faux radiance.
- My skin get very, very dry when I fly so I always apply a moisturising mask before taking off or midway throughout the flight.

The survey also found that 90 per cent of women agree that being called ''naturally beautiful'' is far more flattering than people commenting on their clothes, hair or makeup. But we all know that looking naturally beautiful takes some effort - and most of us need all help we can get. What are your top three (or five or 10!) beauty tips? Join the sisterhood of sharers!