Achieving the perfect makeup doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. Thanks to these handy tips and tricks you’ll never have to feel frustrated in front of the mirror again. Whether you’re wondering how to nail the perfect cat-eye or make your lipstick stay on longer, you’ll find the best advice right here. So, no matter if you’re a beginner or somewhat of a pro, you’re sure to learn a thing or two from these helpful hints.
1. Using a Spoon to Easily Apply Mascara
Every lady has been through the pain of finishing her eye makeup only to realise she’s somehow ended up with mascara on her lids. Well, thanks to this hack, you can banish that pesky problem for good. All you need is a spoon from your kitchen, and you’ll soon have perfect mascara every time. Just place the end of the spoon underneath your lashes before applying your mascara as normal. Now, any residue or excess product will end up on the back of the spoon instead of on your face.
2. Concealer on Your Eyelids
Although you may be tempted to apply concealer or foundation to your eyelids as a base, you should always refrain. While using concealer under your eyes is a great way to mask dark circles and under-eye bags, applying it to your eyelids can ruin your eye makeup by causing it to become creased.
3. Using Tape or Spoon for Cat Eye Look
Creating the perfect cat-eye look with eyeliner can be tricky. Not only is it hard to get the ideal flick and shape, but you also need each side to match. For an easy way to nail the perfect feline flick, try using a spoon or some tape. Start by creating a straight line from the outer corner of your eye following the edge of the spoon. Then, trace around the curved edge from the end of your flick back down to your lashes and fill in the wing.
4. Shape Your Eyebrows
Shaping your brows needn’t be difficult, just follow these steps. Start by brushing your eyebrows with a spoolie, so the hairs sit naturally. Then, use a soft, waxy brow pencil to shape the outside of your brow with the thinner side of the tip. Using the flatter angle of the pencil, fill in your brows using short, hair-like strokes. Finally, blend some highlighter just below your brow bone for lift.
5. Heating Up Eyelash Curler
If you find that curling your lashes the regular way only keeps them lifted for a short amount of time, try heating up your curler before using it. Just as your curling wand helps your hair hold its shape with heat, so too can your eyelash curler. Just use your blow-dryer to hit your eyelash curler with a blast of hot air. Once heated, allow it to cool slightly, so you don’t burn your eyelids. Then, clamp your lashes as per usual.
6. Match Lip Colour with Cheeks
Matching your lip colour with your cheeks creates a lovely, coordinated, and natural appearance. To achieve the look without a dual-purpose product, you can easily turn your favourite lip crayon into a cream blush. Just apply some to the back of your hand before using your finger to blend it across your cheeks.
7. DIY Gel Eyeliner
If you’re ever in desperate need of some gel eyeliner and don’t have time to run to the shops, you can create your own. All you need is a regular kohl eye pencil and a lighter or match. Then, hold the pencil under the flame for one second before allowing it to cool for 15. The consistency of the pencil will change before your eyes as it becomes softer and easier to apply. Your new smudgier, gel eyeliner should now simply and smoothly glide onto your eyes.
8. Quick Smokey Eye
While a lot of smokey eye looks require several different shades of eyeshadow and a whole lot of blending, there is a fast and easy alternative. Simply use an eye pencil to draw a slanted hashtag above the outer corners of your eyes and blend with a smudger. Doing so will instantly create a killer smokey eye that’s dark and light in all the right places.
9. Make Your Lipstick Last Longer
Whether it’s a wineglass or your husband’s cheek, lipstick has a knack for ending up everywhere but on your lips. If you find that yours keeps disappearing before the end of the day, try employing this handy trick to give it a longer life. After swiping on your lippy, place a tissue over your lips and dust on some translucent powder. Doing so will help set your colour and make it instantly longer-lasting.
10. Fake the Cheekbones
Although not everyone is born with killer cheekbones, we can all fake it. All it takes is some simple sculpting. Start by puckering to find the hollows of your cheeks and apply a deep nude blush or contour powder in the sunken area under your cheekbones. Next, apply a peachy blush starting from the apples of your cheeks and moving outwards while lightly blending with the nude blush beneath. Finish with a sweep of shimmer along the top of your cheekbones and under your temples.
11. Exfoliate Your Lips
To easily achieve soft and smooth lips that are lipstick ready, exfoliate by gently rubbing them with a baby toothbrush. To make the process even more efficient, use a simple homemade lip exfoliant and brush on in circular motions. All you’ll need is some brown sugar and coconut oil to create an easy, useful, and natural exfoliant.
For ladies who love a natural makeup look, tighlining is a great trick to learn. The process involves applying eyeliner right to the base of your lashes to create a fuller and more defined appearance without it looking like you’re wearing makeup. To nail the tightlining technique, use a brush to gently push gel eyeliner into the roots of your upper eyelashes.
13. Lighter Coverage Trick
To create lighter coverage with your foundation, try adding one or two drops of argan oil before applying. The mixture will create a lovely, light formula that’ll easily glide onto your skin for a great result. As the oil will create a glow and help even out light reflectance from your skin, it’s also an excellent trick for looking good in pictures.
14. Fuller Lips
For ladies with a little pout, overlining can be the key to achieving big, luscious lips. All you need to do is follow Kylie Jenner’s lead and apply lip liner just outside your natural lip line, focusing on the Cupid’s bow and centre of your lower lip. The extra line will make your lips appear instantly bigger and plumper.
15. Luminous Skin with Your Foundation
Luminous skin appears youthful and radiant. To fake a glowing complexion on days when your skin’s looking a little dull, try this useful tip. Mix a small amount of golden or pearly white eyeshadow into your foundation before applying. You’ll quickly notice the incredible lift it gives your face.