Even professional makeup artists can sometimes struggle to get a perfect wing or flawless base.
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.
Having Trouble Blending Your Shadows?
It actually may not be your eyeshadow’s fault!
After applying your eye primer, sometimes shadows can feel as if they’re sticking to the base a little too well.
Simply find a matte shade that matches the lightest area of your face then lightly apply it over any area where you originally applied primer.
Your shadows will blend much better while still getting the benefits of the primer.
This works well for those who prefer to avoid eye primers, as well, as the initial layer of powder will act as a barrier between your natural skin oils and the shadow, giving the shadows greater longevity.
If you are prone to acne, get a primer for acne prone skin instead.
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.
Sometimes Eyeliner Pencils Can Feel Hard Or Stiff.
To make the liner softer and easier to work with, all you need is a simple vintage tip.
Run a lighter over the tip of the pencil for just a couple of seconds then allow the liner to slightly cool.
The flame will heat up the product, making it smoother, richer, and easier to apply.
If you do not feel comfortable using an open flame, you can just as easily hold the pencil to a hair dryer, though this make take a few moments longer to achieve the same level of creamy usability.
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.
Is Your New Palette A Huge Letdown?
We’ve all been there, you buy a new shadow palette and are beside yourself with excitement.
You go home, start playing with the shadows and…it’s a huge letdown.
The shadows are dusty, crusty, patchy, and unpigmented.
Though you have every right to be disappointed, there may be a way to salvage your purchase.
Apply a white cream shadow or pencil to your entire lid then set it with a white shadow.
The white will allow the shadows applied over top to pop and just may help with those shades that lack pigment.
The fact that you’re using a creamy product should also help with fallout from powdery/dusty shadows, as it will help them adhere to the eye.
Some shadows cannot be saved, but it’s always worth a shot!
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.
Want To Try The Metallic Lip Look But Cannot Justify Buying A New Product?
The metallic lipstick trend is super hot right now on social media.
Beauty Influencers everywhere are flaunting super futuristic, glowy looks featuring a plethora of products that can honestly be a bit pricey, especially if you do not see yourself wearing a metallic look in your everyday life.
An easy way to be on trend without breaking the bank or requiring you to buy another one purpose product utilizes two things many of us have already: clear lipgloss and a loose eye pigment.
Simply mix a tiny bit of the gloss with lots of the glittery pigment to give an illusion of wet, sparkly lips.
If you want a more pigmented, true metallic look, just apply the pigment directly over a lipstick in a matching or complimentary shade or use a cream liner.
Problem solved with no new purchases necessary!
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.
Credit: Jen Reviews