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The Best Beauty Tips from Every Country in the World Cup Quarter-Finals

  • We've been glued to the TV for weeks now, watching 32 countries battle it out in Brazil for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. But we've also been keeping an eye on the fans -- the women of these countries continue to WOW us with their flawless skin and shiny hair -- and we never miss an opportunity to uncover new beauty secrets.

    Click through the gallery to find these must-try tips and tricks from around the world.

  • Brazil

    Babassu oil, extracted from the babassu palm (a native tree of Brazil), has protective, soothing and moisturizing properties that make it ideal for the skin.

    Don’t have a bottle of babassu oil on hand? No sweat. Choose a vegetable-based beauty oil that you can find stateside.

    By the way: If you didn’t catch JLo’s Opening Ceremony Brazil-inspired Nail Art, you need to start following L'Oréal Paris Nail Expert and JLo’s main mani-guy, @TomBachik on Instagram. You won’t regret it.

  • Germany

    From what we’ve seen, most German women don't cake on makeup (excluding World Cup face paint, of course); instead, they opt for a more natural look. This also means they’re laser-focused on protecting their skin from the sun’s rays. You can’t do that without a UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen.

  • Colombia

    Want to know the secret behind many a Colombian woman’s soft, radiant strands? It’s avocado! This fruit is rich in essential acids that make for an über-hydrating hair mask.

    But because we prefer our avocados in guacamole, we’re all about using a man-made moisture mask to revamp dull locks.

  • France

    According to several French magazines, French women love to shock their pores -- switching from hot to cold water in the shower -- to help “shrink” them.

    While it’s true that warm water will open your pores, making them easier to clean, and that chilled water will close pores, reducing the amount of dirt that gets in, you can achieve nearly the same results, sans frostbite, with a pore minimizing cream.

  • Netherlands

    Dutch-born model Doutzen Kroes has enviable beauty but admits to keeping her everyday makeup routine simple, telling Elle Canada she uses "just a little L'Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara and a bit of concealer."

  • Costa Rica

    Here’s a beauty trick we’re thinking might not stick in the states: Costa Rican women use honey to hydrate not only their hair, but their skin as well.

    If you're looking to keep your skin hydrated without attracting a swarm of bees, a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer is your best bet.

  • Belgium

    We’re still reeling from Belgium’s win against the U.S. in the “knockout round,” but we have to hand it to the Belgians -- they know their fútbol. They’re also pretty crafty with their beauty tools -- beer (yes, the beverage) is what they use to thicken their hair.

    We’d rather toast with this hoppy drink than bathe in it, so our thickening go-to is volumizing shampoo.

  • Argentina

    While most people might apply aloe to a bad sunburn, Argentine women reach for the ingredient when they want to soften their hair and combat frizz.

    You may want to hang onto your aloe (just in case), so we recommend a long-wear anti-frizz serum that really delivers, like Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum.

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