21 Beauty Hacks
Let’s just take a moment to be thankful for the power and magic of makeup. Ha! As shallow as that may sound I sure am happy that I can whip out my concealer anytime I have a blemish I want to hide or dark circles under my eyes! I think I can speak for most of us when I say that sometimes makeup can be a little difficult to master. Well, I’m no expert but I have been obsessed with makeup since I was a little girl and I’ve picked up some great tricks and beauty hacks over the years. I thought I’d share them with you in hopes that some of these tips will make your makeup application a little easier.
- Turn your eye lash curler into a curling iron by heating it under the blow dryer. This is an old trick that my aunt taught me years ago and I haven’t stopped doing it since. Hold your eye lash curler a couple inches under your blow dryer and turn it on low. Once you think it’s warm enough, test it out on the back of your hand to make sure it’s not too hot. Then curl your pretty lashes as usual and voila!
- Never use only one shade of eye shadow. Using only one shade with create a flat look. By using at least two shades on your lid you will create a 3 dimensional look and make your eyes pop! I find the best combination is to use the darker shade on the outer corners of the lid and the lighter shade on the inner corners. This will create that doe-like look.
- ALWAYS use a transition shade on the crease of your eye lid! This will help add more depth to your eyes and make them appear larger. A transition shade should be a color that’s about 1-2 shades darker than your skin. Use a small fully brush and blend the color out right on your crease. If you don’t have a crease, create one! It should be right above your eye lid and right below the brow bone. You don’t have to be too precise when applying but make sure to blend!
- Is your brow pencil dull? No worries! Just use some brown eye shadow. The key to getting the shadow to stay on your brows all day is to add a very small amount of eye drops to your makeup brush before you run it through the shadow. Make sure you are using a small angled brush! The eye drops will lock this color in. I am a lover of Anastasia of Beverly Hills brow wiz and brow dip pomade, but some mornings, I just don’t have time to spend 10 minutes perfecting my brows. I’ve discovered that by using brown eye shadow, it is MUCH quicker and it makes a much softer look which I’ve been preferring lately. (Big, bold, and overdone eye brows seem to be going out of style anyways. It was fun while it lasted!)
- Make your eye shadow pop by adding eye drops to your makeup brush. Another creative and effective way to use eye drops! By doing this, the shadow will go on wet and then it will dry and look almost metallic or foiled. This is one of my favorite tricks to bring a little extra POW to any boring color of eye shadow!
- Use concealer underneath the tail of your eye brow to clean it up. Doesn’t seem like much but it will make a huge difference! You want your brows to be tamed, defined, and to stay in place all day. I use a teeny tiny brush with a small amount of concealer to clean up the tail of my brow. I don’t recommend doing this on the bushy half of your brows, you want that to look a little more natural. By cleaning up the ends with concealer, your face will look a little more structured and those brows will be on point!
- Create a 3D effect on your lips by using 2 different shades. Now, it’s important that these two shades are similar in color but one should be lighter and one darker. Apply the darker shade on the outer corners and dab the lighter shade right on the center of the mouth. My favorite way to do this is to use a darker lip liner and a lighter lipstick. I line both of my lips entirely and then fill in the outer corners with the liner. Then I smack on that light shade right in the center! This will make your lips look fuller. Make sure you kiss a tissue to take off the excess product and to set the lip color! (Another great tip for making your lips look bigger- add a small amount of bronzer right below your lower lip and a tiny bit of highlight on your cupid’s bow) Look out Kylie Jenner!
- Use translucent powder before applying your bronzer or blush. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when my bronzer looks all blotchy and patchy. I’ve learned that if I lightly dust a little translucent powder (or any loose powder) before I put on my bronzer of blush, it blends so much better!
- Side note since we are talking about blotchy faces. This is the order in which you should be applying face makeup (obviously we don’t have to use all of this makeup so just eliminate what you don’t use): 1. Primer or moisturizer 2. Liquid or cream foundation 3. Concealer 4. Loose powder 5. Bronzer or blush (or both! Hehe) Highlight. Now if you use a cream blush, you should apply that before your powder. I quick and easy rule to remember is to always apply the liquids and creams first and then your dry makeup. NEVER apply a liquid or cream after you have set your face with power. This will make your makeup move throughout the day, set if fine lines, and will be a blotchy mess. You don’t want to ruin all that hard work you’ve done!
- Highlight the inner corners of your eyes. You can use either a highlight powder or a bright shimmery yet neutral eye shadow. Now don’t get too crazy with this one. Just a tiny dot right in that inner corner will make your eyes look more open and awake.
- Use white eye liner on your water line. This is also a great trick to making your eyes look bigger and more awake. You will want to use a soft liner because that area of the eye is sensitive. (A trick to make any eye liner pencil go on a little softer is to hold it under a blow dryer for a few seconds.)
- Use a Q tip and moisturizer to remove any mascara mistakes. If you’re like me, after applying mascara you might look like someone sprinkled black specks all over your face. Even though I’ve been using mascara for years, I still seem to make a mess every time. To remove that mascara from your face just let it dry and then go in with some moisturizer on a Q tip. The trick to this is to make sure that the mascara is dry. If it’s still wet, you’ll make it worse.
- Use eye cream as a lip plumper. This might sound strange but I’ve been doing this for years. I like to apply a little eye cream around my eyes before I put on my makeup and sometimes I swipe some over my lips too. This not only gives them tons of moisture but it also boosts the blood flow and creates a temporary enhancement.
- If you’re wearing a bold lip color, cool it on the eye shadow. Same goes the other way- if you are wearing a nude lip, feel free to color up your lids! If you pair both a bold and bright lip color with bold and bright eye colors, it will look too overdone and almost clown like.
- Use cold spoons for puffy eyes. If you wake up with puffy eyes, pop two spoons in the freezer for a few minutes and then hold them gently press them on your eye lids. This will make the swelling go down drastically. (And it will also wake you up!)
- Exfoliate your lips to make your lipstick go on smoother. No need to go buy an exfoliate for your lips. If you have extra virgin olive oil and some sugar in your house, just mix the two together and there you go! I don’t recommend doing this every day. Any type of exfoliate should only be used a couple times a week.
- Use concealer as eye primer. This will give your eye shadow something to hold on to so that it stays in place all day. It also creates the perfect base color because it covers that redness or those little veins that we all have on our lids.
- Use scotch tape to do a smoky eye with a winged liner. This is another one of my favorite tricks. Anytime you are doing a smoky eye with lots of deep colors, you want to keep the angle of the winged liner sharp and clean. I take two pieces of scotch tape and rub them on the back of my hand to get some of the sticky off (so it’s not harsh on my skin when I pull it off my face) and then I place them at an angle underneath and off to the side of my eye. The angle is what I follow when applying my eye liner. You always want the angle of your winged liner or cat eye to start at the outside corner of your eye and move up towards to end of your eye brow. Obviously don’t extend the line all the way up to your brow (unless that’s the look you’re going for) but just use that as a guide for the direction it should go. This way, both eyes will always match.
- Got a pimple you can’t hide? Wear a bold lip color! When I break out, it normally happens around my chin area and they are always super red and, well…. Ugly! Even if I hide it with concealer, I still feel like that’s the only thing people are looking at all day. A simple trick to fix this is to wear a bright and bold lip color. This is what draws the most attention on a makeup look and it will take the distraction off that little friend that popped up on your face. So now you know, if you ever see me with bright red lips, I probably have a blemish hiding in there somewhere.
- Contour areas of the face that you want to appear smaller or sunken in and highlight any areas that you want to bring attention to. Contouring and highlighting are all the rage right now and rightly so. I mean, you can work some magic with a little contouring. I contour (which means using a dark shade of concealer or powder) right underneath my check bone to make my face appear a little slimmer. I also lightly dust some bronzer on the bottom of my chin to make it look smaller and on my jaw line to make it appear more chiseled. It’s best to highlight (which means using a light shade of concealer or powder) underneath your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to bring attention to the center of your face. I also like to highlight right above my eye brows to make my eye brows appear more arched.
- Use light green concealer or eye shadow to cancel out any redness. Whether it’s a blemish or just redness around the nose area, green will cancel it out. You will want to apply this either under your foundation or under your concealer. Don’t forget to blend!
- Use pink or light red concealer or lipstick to cancel out dark circles under your eyes. If you’re using lipstick, try not to have a heavy handed. Apply this BEFORE you apply your concealer and then blend blend blend! It will cancel out that dark blue ring underneath your eyes.
So there you have it! Those are my tried and true beauty hacks. What are some of your beauty tricks? Comment below!
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