Effective beauty tips can cut your time in front of the mirror in half and give you a perfect cat eye with ease.
Do You Struggle With Your Concealer Creasing?
Popular with drag queens, baking is a goof-proof way to ensure smooth, natural concealer all day long.
You simply apply a thick layer of loose powder, such as Coty AirSpun or Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, over top of your concealer before it sets with a damp sponge. Continue doing your makeup as normal, then sweep away the excess powder with a fluffy brush.
The powder traps in your body heat and fills in any lines, setting the concealer and preventing it from settling.
The result is a flawless finish that lasts all day.
Do your eyes appear small or tired?
Black liner in your waterline could be the culprit!
To make yourself look more awake, avoid applying black or other dark shades to your waterline.
Instead, pop a white or nude liner into the area; the light shade will create an illusion of larger, brighter eyes.
You can still smudge black liner or shadow along the lower lashline for a smoky, dramatic look, as the bright liner plays well with comparable darker shades while still retaining its brightening effect.
Clumpy Mascara Is The Worst.
No one wants spidery, clumped lashes.
As a tube of mascara dries out, you may notice your lashes clumping more than usual.
Having to declump lashes is painstaking and one slip up can accidentally result in you ruining your eye makeup entirely.
An easy way to avoid this and make your mascara last longer is to pop your mascara tube into your bra or under a warm cloth for a few moments.
The heat will loosen the product, making it easier to apply.
Be careful though, as sometimes heat can cause bacteria to grow. Always follow the recommended expiration dates on any cosmetic products and use your own judgement on if you feel something is no longer eyesafe.
Winged Liner Can Be A Massive Struggle.
It totally does not have to be, though!
Many people find that they really cannot get their wings straight and even.
A quick cheat to help create a pair of crisp lines that totally sit at the same angles is to use a bit of scotch tape.
Simply tear off a small piece and stick it to your face so that it creates a guide for your wing. Match it up on the other eye, too.
Trace your liner along the tape, carefully, then peel it off to reveal a perfect line.
Fill in the liner along your lashline then repeat on the other side.
Viola! Perfect wings.
This method may take a little practice but it can be a serious time saver. Be careful when using tape, as some may experience a sensitivity to the adhesive. If you find it unsuitable, many cosmetic brands sell skin safe guides that can be used as an alternative.
This method also works to create a crisp shadow line for super smoky eyes.
Sparse Lashes Can Really Put A Damper On Dramatic Looks.
Countless women have been found to describe their lashes as “sparse” and “lacking volume”.
Volumizing mascaras can be notoriously clumpy and unnatural looking while also not living up to their packaging claims.
A cheap and easy way to help pump up your lash game uses a product you likely already have: translucent loose setting powder!
Simply dip a clean brow spoolie or dry mascara wand into the powder and apply a thin layer between swipes of mascara.
By placing powder between each layer of mascara, you’re allowing the product to better grab onto your lashes, creating an illusion of volume.
If you do not have a clean wand on hand, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to lightly dust powder onto your lashes between mascara applications. It will work exactly the same but may take a little more time.
Dark Circles Got You Feeling Blue?
If you’re like me, you were told to apply concealer in light dots.
The dots created a sheer coverage that looks natural but honestly does not do a lot for dark circles.
A way to still retain the natural look but also beef up your coverage is to apply product in a downward pointing triangle under your eye.
The shape allows the concealer to blend further down your face, catching any dark spots you may have missed around your eye and seamlessly blending into the rest of your makeup.
Just layer it up until you’re satisfied with the coverage and you’re all set.
Cannot Find A Brush You Like?
Let’s be real, makeup brushes can be expensive, especially if you’re hoping to do makeup as a career.
It’s also sometimes hard to find brushes that work exactly how you want them to.
Struggling to find a brush that fits your needs at the right price? Follow in the footsteps of many professional makeup artists and just use paint brushes!
Tons of craft store brushes work amazingly for makeup application and are cheaper than traditional makeup brushes.
Stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s all have massive sales too, making it an even more affordable alternative.
Pencil Thin Brows Are A Thing Of The Past
Current trends favor thick, powerful brows.
This is a complete 180 from previous popular styles, which featured thin, narrow, sparse brows.
To achieve this without looking bushy, simply use thin, light strokes with a brow pomade, powder, or pencil.
Setting your brows with a gel will keep them in place all day and help your handiwork last.
Set Yourself Up For Success
It is a no brainer that using primers and powders can seriously up the longevity of your makeup.
One other long lasting savior has recently garnered some attention: setting spray.
Setting spray, also known as finishing mist, goes on as a last step in your makeup and locks in your cosmetics.
Use it through the day to refresh your face or spray your brush before dipping into pigments or metallic shadows to increase the intensity.
The Eyeshadow Order
If you feel like your shadows always end up looking muddy or not cohesive, maybe try following a simple order of placement for a soft, everyday look:
First, swipe a shadow that is close to your skintone but a couple shades darker into the crease of your eyelid.
Second, place a light color to the inner half of your lid.
Then, add a midtone color to the outer third.
Finally, in the outer fourth, add your darkest shade.
Blend all of the shades as you go, creating a seamless gradient.
For an extra pop, add the lightest shade to your inner corner to brighten your entire eye.
Add some liner and mascara and you’re all set!
In a world of Kardashians, luscious, full lips and lip plumpers have gained popularity.
If you do not want to dish out the cash for fillers or maybe just do not want to, simply follow this easy tip for a little oomph in your pout instantly:
Add a white pencil product to the center of both of your lips, blending it carefully so that it retains pigmentation but is not going to show starkly through your lip color.
Apply your lipstick and/or gloss as normal and you’re done.
You should notice an immediate difference. Don’t forget too use a lip scrub and thick balm on your lips regularly to keep your lips soft and smooth.
Keep Your Lip Line Crisp
Sometimes, it feels almost impossible to get a crisp, clean line around your lips.
An easy fix is to use an angled brush and concealer to carefully trace the area, cleaning up any excess product.
The same logic works for brows and winged liner too!
Tired Of Not Having Enough Of Your Favorite Brushes Clean?
Invest in a color switch, a nifty product that allows you to remove excess pigment from your brushes and ensure a clean blend.
If you are not interested in buying any new expensive products, just use a hair donut or bun mold. The fibers are the same and will have similar results.
This does not replace regular cleanings but can work in a pinch if you need to use a specific brush for a look. A makeup organizer can also work wonders to help you keep things neat and tidy.
Add Some Height!
Via highlight! Add some height to your brows by highlighting directly under them.
This practice makes your entire eye area look larger and more awake.
It also helps to make your brows appear more crisp.
Just apply a white pencil or powder thinly under your brows and blend thoroughly.
If you find yourself unsteady while applying eyeliner, there are two possible solutions for you.
One is obvious: stabilize yourself. Rest your hands on your knees or a flat surface before applying the liner.
The other is a great possibility for anyone. Instead of drawing one line for your liner, draw a series of dots then connect them.
The second method gives you more control, allowing any errors to be caught early.
The Plastic Spoon Trick
This one may make you laugh but it really does work!
The plastic spoon trick prevents your eye makeup from being ruined by rogue mascara spots.
Simply hold the spoon against your upper or lower lashline, correlating to which you are currently applying product onto, and apply as normal.
The plastic spoon catches any product that would have potentially ended up on your eye, ruining your makeup.
Learn Where To Highlight Your Eyes
Your eyes are the windows to your soul.
Learning where to highlight them can make a huge difference in your overall makeup appearance.
The typical highlight layout is a trio of placements: your browbone, inner corner, and the center of your lid.
Placing a shadow in the inner corner opens your eyes and makes you appear awake and bright.
The browbone highlight makes your eyes appear larger and your brows appear crisp.
Finally, the center of the lid highlight gives dimension, especially if you use a shimmer shade..
Put Makeup On Your Neck
One key way to create a flawless, natural makeup look is to blend foundation down your neck.
This may sound silly, but applying makeup only to your face can leave a defined line on your jaw that may appear masklike.
Blending down your neck only takes a few seconds and can really help everything meld together perfectly.
When you put on foundation, it may be tempting to apply it as quickly as possible and not pay much attention to the movements of your brush.
If you have peach fuzz on your face, applying it in downward strokes can make a huge difference, as it sticks the hairs down.
With a sponge, try to use patting motions while downward stroking. This gives an even blend while still pinning down the fuzz.
Do you struggle to apply false lashes?
Cutting lashes in half gives you more control, allowing you to better place your corners to prevent them from peeling up.
Proper placement ensures they will look natural and feel comfortable all day.
Check Your Expiration Dates
Did you know that most cosmetics expire?
Cosmetics come in contact with your skin, brushes, and the air, exposing them to a host of bacteria.
The average rule of thumb for most common products is currently:
Mascara: Three Months
Liquid Liner: Six Months
Liquid Foundation: Six Months
Concealer: Six Months
Lipgloss: Twelve Months
Lipstick: Twenty Four Months
Cream Eyeshadow: Twelve Months
Brow Gel: Twelve Months
Lip + Eye Pencils: Twenty Four Months
Powder Products: Twenty Four Months
Some products may last longer so always read the labels on your products.
Invest In Your Brows.
Your eyebrows frame your entire face.
Invest time and money into them above most other things, as a good brow can save everything while a bad brow can cause your other makeup to fall flat.
Research brow shapes for your face and either do it yourself or pay someone to pluck them down.
Learn what products work best for you and stick with them, form an arsenal of brow slaying tools.
Your brows can truly make a huge statement, choose them wisely.
If you are doing a smokey eye and notice your eyes look closed off and small, do not worry!
A simple tweak in your usual routine could make all the difference in the world.
Instead of lining your eye entirely with black, try just shading the outer corner. This in tandem with a inner corner highlight will brighten and open up your eyes, making you look awake and bright.
Want An Instant Face Lift?
When applying contour to your cheeks, try using a cream.
Apply the cream just below your cheekbone and blend upwards instead of down.
The upward blending will create a soft contour without dragging your face down, giving the illusion of youthful skin.
Check Your Texture
If you find that products often crease into your lines, wrinkles, or scars, consider that it may be time to swap your cosmetics.
Thin, watery foundations are more likely to slip into lines while stiffer products will fill them.
Using a filling primer will also help a lot, as pore fillers use silicon to bridge uneven textures in the skin and give a smooth base for other products.