The 16 Best DIY Beauty Moments Of 2015

Photographed by Winnie Au.
If you haven't noticed, we dig beauty in a big way here at Refinery29. And while we love products and hairstyles in any shape or form, we get especially jazzed if we can create both with our very own hands. When we DIY styles and swag that work for us, it makes our little makeup-obsessed hearts go pitter-patter.

Need evidence? Ahead, we've rounded up 16 of the best things we DIY'd this year. From scrubs to facials and braids, there's more than enough stuff to keep you busy through 2016. So go ahead and click through. And if you've never DIYed, don't fear: There are beginner-level ideas here, too.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Drugstore makeup doesn't have to be #basic. We created seven looks with five on-the-cheap products — not one of them rings up over $10.
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Photographed by Winnie Au.
Even if you're a pro braider, we show you some next-level ways to get the plaits you crave.
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One of our favorite DIY updates to the tried-and-true ponytail came from the runway. At Adam Selman's show, hairstylist Jimmy Paul tied patterned scraps into models' hair, creating the easiest segmented 'do ever.
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Photographed by Winnie Au.
Even if you feel like you're all thumbs, we've got you covered: Beginners can DIY some killer braids that only look difficult to master.
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Are these Pinterest beauty DIYs worth trying? We put them to the test.
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Photographed by Alexandra R. Gavillet.
Contouring can be tricky, especially for first-timers. But with the help of one pro, we teach you how to DIY your own contour — no matter your skill level.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Quinoa isn't just a trendy foodstuff. It can also be whipped up into a pretty stellar exfoliant.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Buh-bye, boring ponytail. Here's how to create five next-level updo styles on your own.
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Photographed by Winnie Au.
So you've nailed your braid — now what? Ace those finishing touches with this step-by-step guide.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Master #wokeuplikethis hair with four styles you can sleep in, no matter your hair texture
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Spend too much time in the sun? Soothe your lobster skin with this beyond-easy DIY post-sun mist.
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Photographed by Atisha Paulson.
Whoever said your gym hair couldn't transition to work didn't have this handy DIY guide up her sleeve.
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Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Wedding beauty doesn't have to be cheesy — especially when you've got three hairstyles you can whip up on your own for the big event.
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Illustrated by Elliot Slazar.
Toss your nasty-smelling mosquito repellent. You can make this stuff at home — and it doesn't reek of chemicals.
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Photographed by Winnie Au.
If you're so-so on the braiding techniques, this tutorial is for you. Here are some mid-level tips and tricks to help you step up your game.
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Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
No cash to plunk down on fancy-schmancy skin treatments? You can give yourself a spa-worthy facial right at home.
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