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All the practical advice the Fab 5 have given on Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’

All the practical advice the Fab 5 have given on Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’


As anybody who watches Netflix’s new Queer Eye will tell you, the Fab 5 are miracle workers.

Antoni (food and wine), Bobby (home), Jonathan (hair and grooming), Karamo (culture), and Tan (clothes) take people from all walks of life and glow 👏 up 👏 their 👏 whole 👏 damn 👏 existence. 👏

The question is: How do you re-create that experience for yourself?

Much has been said about how Netflix’s Queer Eye is not your typical makeover show. Writing for The Ringer, Alison Herman points out “This Fab Five wants to take on its projects’ inner lives as well as their outer presentation; in fact, Queer Eye now sees improvements to the latter as a means to improve the former, rather than as a goal in and of itself.” And as an Out interview with the new Fab 5 explained, “The goal isn’t to give subjects a makeover, but rather, as the gurus call it, a ‘make-better.’ It’s about tapping into the subjects’ insecurities, playing to their strengths, and establishing a genuine, enduring connection with them.”

All that is to say, Queer Eye sidesteps being a simple “user’s manual” and dives into a much deeper experience. And, if you watch closely enough, Netflix’s reboot is chock-full of practical advice that you, the viewer, can use to glow up your  own life.

Here’s every single tip, trick, and life hack offered on Netflix’s Queer Eye.*

Clothes and Style

  • “Wearing a blazer over [a shirt] will tone down the print. So you’re just getting a pop.” —Tan, on how to add a print to your wardrobe in a subtle way (Ep. 2)

  • “A lot of people think they can’t wear slim [jeans] because they’re not slim. That’s not what that means. Skinny jeans are designed in a way to give you a same look for the size that you are, but a narrow version of it. They’re giving you the room you need [at the waist] and they’re giving you the narrow leg you need down [at the bottom.]” —Tan, breaking the myth of what skinny jeans are (Ep. 3)

  • “When you come to a [suit store], really work with the tailor. Don’t just try it on. They’re there for you.” —Tan, on how to shop for a suit (Ep. 3)

  • “You don’t ever need to button the bottom button of your coat. Keep the top button closed, and when you’re about to sit, undo it, and you can sit comfortably.” —Tan, on how to wear a formal coat to an event (Ep. 3)

  • “I like this because it’s a print, you can wear it with a blue jean, a black jean, a khaki pant. It’s really easy to dress up.” —Tan, holding a white shirt with a light blue print, explaining the versatility of prints in a wardrobe (Ep. 6)

  • “Boots are a good bridge between a super casual shoe and a super formal shoe.” —Tan, on how to mix boots into your wardrobe (Ep. 6)

  • “Every man should have a pair of dark blue jeans, black jeans, and light wash jeans.” —Tan, explaining what should be in a man’s wardrobe (Ep. 7)

  • “Style is not fashion. Fashion is not trendy after a season. Honestly, I could give a shit about fashion. Style is dressing the way that [makes] you feel confident, and what’s appropriate for you, your age, you’re body type.” —Tan, dressing Joe (Ep. 7)

  • “The thing that’s going to be difficult for you is that you don’t hold any weight around your shoulders, but you do around your midriff. So you’re going to have to get a slightly bigger size, and roll up your sleeves, and it’s going to make it like the whole shirt fits you properly. And what you’ll find is, because it’s the right size, it’s now slimming you.” —Tan, explaining how to find a proper fit for a shirt (Ep. 7)

  • QE Hip Tip: “If you’ve got too much jelly in the belly, layer up, make that eye dance, and it’ll distract from your weak spot.” —Tan, explaining how layering your top can slim an outfit (Ep. 7)

Grooming

  • “We have to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, because sun can cause inflammation and flare-ups in people’s lupus.” —Jonathan, on one way to treat lupus inflammation (Ep. 1)

  • “The thing with beards is that you want it nice and neat, but you don’t want to overdo it. You want it to mimic your face shape.” —Jonathan, on how to find the ideal shape for your beard (Ep. 1)

  • “Cold stuff removes puffiness, it invigorates the skin, and it takes inflammation down.” —Jonathan, explaining why you should wear a cold press face mask (Ep. 1)

  • “Put a little [green stick] on your nose. It tones the redness down. The rule with it is if you can see it, you did too much.” —Jonathan, on how to apply green stick to tone down redness in your skin (Ep. 1)

  • “Spray, Delay, Walk Away.” —Jonathan, channelling Kyan from the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, telling Neal how to put on cologne (Ep. 2)

  • “Gorgeous exfoliants are expensive, and you can easily make them. You just need a bit of coconut oil and sugar.” —Jonathan, on how to make a simple face scrub (Ep. 3)

  • QE Hip Tip: “Start off with half a cup of coconut, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a touch of honey, and any essential oil that tickles your fancy.” —Jonathan, on how to make a DIY Lip Scrub (Ep. 3)

  • “When it comes to edge work, for guys who are a little bit uncomfortable and haven’t really done it themselves, the most important thing to remember is… come in and work your way up to the [hairline]. And once you get close to it, let it go. [meaning, pull the clippers up from your head.] —Jonathan, teaching AJ how to shape up his hairline (Ep. 4)

  • “For the base of your beard, put your thumb on your Adam’s apple, and that’s where your beard line should start.” —Jonathan, teaching AJ how to trim his beard (Ep. 4)

  • “There is such a thing as a lash perm.” —Jonathan, explaining to Karamo that yes, your lashes can get a little boost (Ep. 4)

  • “When you’re buying shampoos, one thing you want to avoid is sulfates. It’s just very aggressive for our hair.” —Jonathan, on what to look for when buying hair products (Ep. 5)

  • “Dark colors make things look smaller.” —Jonathan, cutting Remy’s hair (Ep. 6 )

  • “When you have a stressful job, you have to create little pockets of join in your life to take care of yourself.” —Jonathan, explaining the benefit of a spa day (Ep. 8)

  • “Do you know the calming properties of essential oils? Tea tree is antimicrobial, antibacterial, so it promotes healthy skin, which is GORGEOUS. A couple drops will do ya.” —Jonathan, on the benefits of tea tree oil (Ep. 8)

  • “Peppermint oil is energizing. Rub it in your palm, bring your palms up to your face. Then take a really deep breath in through your nose, hold it, and exhale through your mouth.” —Jonathan, on how to use peppermint oil (Ep. 8)

  • “Face masks can be expensive, but you can make one on your own at home. The one we’re making today is egg white and peach. Blend into a gorgeous pudding consistency in the peach. The enzymes in the peach clarify the skin and also encourage your skin to detoxify.” —Jonathan, on how to make a face mask (Ep. 8)

  • “The rule when you put grooming cream on your hair is you always start in the back, and then work your way forward. Rub [the cream] in your hands so it’s evenly dispersed, start on the back, and work your way up.” —Jonathan, on how to apply grooming cream (Ep. 3)

Food

  • “Leeks have a lot of sand in them so you have to really wash the hell out of them.” —Antoni, on how to prepare leaks (Ep. 2)

  • “If you’re cooking something that’s going to get really stinky, like fresh garlic, coconut oil gets rid of the smell.” —Antoni, on how to manage odors while cooking (Ep. 3)

  • “As long as you can press a little bit into [an avocado skin], it’s good to go.” —Antoni, on how to find a ripe avocado (Ep. 3)

  • “Hot dogs are always pre-cooked unless you’re getting a bratwurst or some kind of sausage. So it’s two minutes on each side, and you’re done. It’ couldn’t be easier.” —Antoni, on how to grill a hot dog (Ep. 8)

  • Antoni also teaches you how to supreme a grapefruit in Ep. 8, but that’s a visual explainer

Home

  • “If you have a back problems, sleeping on a soft mattress is murder.” —Bobby, on finding a mattress that’s right for you (Ep. 1)

  • “A way to modernize [an old mirror] is just to frame it.” —Bobby, explaining how to up-cycle an old mirror (Ep. 2)

  • “Most people think that black walls make rooms feel smaller. It’s actually the opposite. (t adds depth to a room.” —Bobby, explaining the perk of a black accent wall (Ep. 2)

  • “Instead of ripping it out, just paint [old] grout black, and it modernizes it instantly.” —Bobby, explaining how he redecorated Neil’s wall (Ep. 2)

  • “The best way to [plant] zucchini and squash is to build a mound because they flower out. So [the mound] supports the plant.” —Bobby, on how to plant zucchini and squash (Ep. 5)

  • “Before painting repurposed furniture, sand it or the paint won’t stick because most furniture has a sheen on it.” —Bobby, on DIY furniture projects (Ep. 6)

  • “When you’re picking out new materials for a room, you always need a contrast to draw your eye around the room.” —Bobby, shopping for kitchen counter materials with Remy (Ep. 6)

  • “I want to do the whole back wall full of bookcases that are tall, that way it draws the eye up and makes the ceilings [look] taller than they are, because they are in a basement, so the ceilings are shorter than normal.” —Bobby, while shopping for a basement apartment (Ep. 7)

  • “I like using dark colors on walls because it controls the light. When you have white walls, the light bounces off everything and nothing looks good.” —Bobby, explaining the perks of dark walls (Ep. 8)

Other Nuggets of Wisdom

  • QE Hip Tip: Make a phone with your hand. Inhale through your right nostril, hold it. Exhale through left. Inhale through the left. Hold it. Exhale through the right. Repeat that same process for about a minute and watch your worries melt away for a gorgeous day.” —Jonathan, on a stress-release trick (Ep. 5)

  • QE Hip Tip: “Stand straight, shoulders back, and don’t forget, eye contact.” —Karamo on how to rock a confident smile (Ep. 6)

*if we missed your favorite tip, please let us know and we’ll add it. (We tried to avoid tips that were incomplete or extremely specific to the individual being made over.)

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