10 Amazing Makeup Tips And Tricks Every Girl Should Know
“Okay,” you say to yourself, “today is the day I’m going to do a perfect winged eyeliner.” You begin with your left eye, slowly and carefully pulling across for a thin, perfect line. You exhale in relief, and start to wing your right eye. Your hand shakes, and suddenly your right eye has a line twice as thick as the left. You sigh, and return to the left eye to thicken it. Five minutes later, you stare at your face in the mirror, and two wobbly, fat black caterpillars stare back at you. How did this happen? More importantly, how does this not happen to everyone else? Not to worry, makeup aficionados. We’ve come up with 10 fail-proof makeup tips and tricks so that you can have flawless, Instagram-worthy makeup every single time.
The tape trick for winged eyeliner
If you haven’t heard of this trick, it will truly change your life (or makeup routine, but let’s embrace the hyperbole here). Here’s what you do: first, grab some scotch tape – any brand will do. Apply a piece to the backside of your hand; this is to remove some of the stickiness. After it has loosened a little, apply it to your lower waterline, and outwards towards your temple – in exactly the direction you want the lower portion of your eyeliner to be. Now, using the tape as a guideline, use a liquid or gel liner and wing outwards. If your hand shakes, not a problem – the tape will keep your line straight and crisp, every time. Once you’re satisfied with the result, remove the tape and admire your perfect wing!
Extend the life of your mascara
If you’re anything like us, you tend to procrastinate when it comes to buying new mascara. Your old mascara is still good for another few uses, right? Well, maybe not – but we have a trick that will get you a few more days out of it. We’ve discovered two possible mascara-reviving tips here. First, add a few drops of saline solution to the bottle. Mix gently, and apply as normal. Option numero dos: run the (firmly closed) bottle of mascara under warm water for 15-20 seconds. The heat will melt the dry mascara still left in the tube, and hopefully keep your struggling mascara on life support for another use (or three).
Put lipstick under your eyes
This is one of the most unusual makeup tips ever. No, we’re not kidding, but give us a chance to explain ourselves before you start smearing on the clown face. According to color theory, colors on opposite ends of the spectrum will cancel each other out. As a result, purple or blue discoloration under the eyes can be theoretically cancelled out with a red or orange pigment. And in practice? Prepare to be amazed. Very lightly apply an orange-red lipstick minimally on all areas of under-eye discoloration. After blending as thoroughly as possible, apply concealer over top. The red will have magically disappeared, and your eyes will look fresh and vibrant – ta-da!
Wash your brushes!
It’s a vicious cycle: you conceal the blemishes, which create more blemishes to conceal. And repeat. Those who suffer with acne have a hard time giving their skin the proper breathing room, but we have a tip that can help. Many people know that applying makeup with hands can result in uneven coverage, as well as bacterial transfer from your fingers. As a result, brushes are often the go-to tools. However, how often do you clean your brushes? Likely not enough. A quick wash with antibacterial soap or spray will suffice, but there are many brands that sell brush shampoo as well, if you really want to commit. Cleaning your brushes after every use is ideal – the more often, the better!
Bring on the heat
We’re all aware of the difference an eyelash curler makes – but what if you could turn your eyelash curler into a mini curling iron? Well you can, sort of. Direct your blow-drier stream onto your eyelash curler for 15-30 seconds, and then touch lightly with your fingers to make sure it’s not too hot. Now, try curling your lashes, and marvel at the results. Why is a heated lash curler so much more successful? Heat temporarily restructures hydrogen bonds in your hair, just like when you use a curler or a straightener.
DIY brow gel
Are your eyebrows feeling a little too tarantulan? All out of brow gel? In a pinch, you can seal your eyebrows with clear Chap Stick, or use a spoolie and a bit of clear bar soap. In fact, even a little hair spray directly applied (carefully) to your brows will keep them in place for hours. We’ve tried it, and can attest to the success of all of these methods. Some people even claim that stick glue can be used as a brow gel, and although it sounds a little shady, we encourage experimentation – rummage through your nephew’s pencil case, and let us know how it goes!
Believe it or not, this is our holy grail of beauty products – Grandma was right! Cold cream serves a variety of purposes: it removes the hardiest of makeup, deep moisturizes, it’s absurdly cheap, and one jar lasts for ages. Apply liberally every light, and whenever you feel in need of a deep face conditioning. Cold cream is generally non-comedogenic, but as with all products – don’t forget to patch test first.
Anti-chafing gel as a face primer (don’t knock it until you try it!)
There are rumors swirling around on the deep, dark, Internet forums. According to lore, anti-chafing gels such as Monistat can be used as a perfect dupe for expensive face primers, such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer. The truth? Monistat has the same ingredient list as Smashbox, at only a third of the price. We think it’s worth looking into!
Gone fishin’ (for brushes)
Got a lot of makeup? Like, a lot of makeup? We understand the struggle. And, we have found the ultimate makeup tool kit for you, but it’s not available at Sephora…try using a fishing tackle box! It has tons of compartments, comes in great colors, and has a carrying handle – so, why not?
Lipstick as a cream blush
This beauty hack is a classic, but should never been underestimated. Try applying your favorite lipstick lightly on your cheeks as a cream blush. It will keep your skin glowing, and you’ll only have to buy half the amount of products!
What are your favorite makeup tips and tricks?