Do Your Makeup Like A PRO! The Secret Tips, Tricks & Hacks You Didn’t Know

A few cosmetics tips can never hurt whether you’re a seasoned beauty pro or a pure newbie. Why, for example, fight with your cat’s eye or contour when there are so many simple tips that make the procedure 100 times easier? So, in the spirit of giving, here are the 21 finest beauty tips and techniques of all time, including when (and where) to apply concealer and how to finally master your winged eyeliner (spoiler: it includes a spoon), and so much more. So grab your cosmetic bag and that one product (uh, products?) you’ve never used before, and keep scrolling.

1. Use foundation before concealer.

Hot tip: The most straightforward approach to improve your makeup regimen is to apply foundation before concealer. Consider this: Starting with a layer of foundation can assist in reducing any redness or discoloration, almost as if you’re laying down a smooth foundation for the rest of your products. You may then use your concealer to spot and treat any zits or lingering redness, using far less product. Another advantage? Applying foundation before concealer is a brilliant solution for reducing caking and creasing.

2. Maintain your eyebrows with a spoolie brush

When I don’t have time to fill in my brows, I do the next best thing: comb up my arches fast with a spoolie brush (aka those little mascara wands). Even when I have time for powders, gels, and pencils, I prefer to prep my brows with a spoolie—it just takes a few seconds, and it’s a quick method to ensure all of my brow hairs are in the proper place before I apply my products. Makeup pro tip: You can get spoolie brushes in quantity for a meager price (I prefer the Cuttte Disposable Mascara Brushes) or opt for something reusable (I like Uoma Beauty’s Brow-Fro Baby Hair, which also has a precise pencil on one end).

3. Before applying lipstick, exfoliate your lips.

Okay, you know how sometimes lipstick doesn’t go on smoothly? Prep your lips with a light lip scrub (I prefer the Beauty Bakerie Sugar Lip Scrub or the KNC Beauty Lip Scrub) – the physical exfoliation will help buff away any dry skin on top of your lips, creating a smoother, softer canvas for your products. Keep in mind that lip scrubs should only be used once a week at most, and you risk discomfort (aka the opposite feeling you’re hoping for).

4. Don’t sleep on blush

Although it may appear to be a simple step in your beauty regimen, blush is, in my opinion, the most underestimated product. A few swipes of cream or powder blush around the high points of your cheekbones can instantly brighten and warm up your overall look. “I use blush on all of my clients—it gives the complexion that fresh, revitalized appearance and adds the ideal amount of depth to the face,” makeup artist Lakeisha Dale told Cosmo. No, it doesn’t mean you have to go for a bright-pink blush or anything; instead, try something delicate and glowy, like one of the options below.

5. Melt your pencil liner to help it glide

Warming up creamy cosmetic items helps them blend smoother. So, if your kohl eyeliner pencil skips or drags on your eyelids, or if it requires numerous coats to achieve a satisfactory color payoff, melt it down somewhat before you begin lining. To do so, hold the tip of your kohl liner near the flame of a lighter for a second or until it becomes sticky, then let it cool somewhat (swatch it on your hand to ensure it isn’t too hot or melted), and watch the consistency change right before your eyes.

6. Make your eyeshadow pop with white eyeliner

Blend a white eyeliner pencil over your entire eyelid first to make a sheer or less pigmented eyeshadow seem more bright on your eyelid. Then, apply your eyeshadow on top. The white liner’s dense coverage can bring out the best in any eyeshadow tint.

7. Outline your cat eye

If you’re having trouble mastering the winged eyeliner look (also, hello, same, I feel you), try sketching the form and then filling it in. To begin, create the bottom of your cat’s eye by extending a line beyond your lower lash line. Then, choose the thickness of your wing and trace the top line from the tip of your flick to your upper lash line. Finally, fill in the free area once you’ve planned out the form on both sides, and everything appears symmetrical.

8. Use a spoon as a stencil for winged liner

If sketching your cat eye freehand isn’t working for you, take a spoon and use it as a stencil. As the first step in creating a cat eye, hold the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye and draw a straight line with a liquid eyeliner. Then, flip the spoon over and utilize the rounded outside edge to produce a flawlessly curled winged look.

9. Hack a smoky eye with a hashtag

A smokey eye may quickly go from sexy to messy if you don’t know what you’re doing. To keep it basic, draw a diagonal hashtag symbol on the outer third of your eyelid with creamy eyeliner, then smooth it out with a sponge or a smudging brush. This will not only guarantee that both eyes are symmetrical, but it will also keep you from going overboard with the eyeliner.

10. Use a spoon to protect your mascara.

Nothing is more aggravating than applying perfect eyeshadow, swiping on mascara, and destroying the job with smudges. The fix? Hold a spoon on your eyelid and apply mascara as you usually would. The residue will cover the back of the utensil rather than your skin when you sweep the mascara wand against your lashes and the back of the spoon. Genius.

11. Use saline solution to revive mascara

A word of caution: Only use a mascara tube for three months. Beyond that, it can gather bacteria and cause eye infections, which you don’t want to look up on Google Images. However, if your mascara dries out during the first three months, add a couple of drops of saline solution to the flaky mixture to restore its silky consistency.

12. Use a hair dryer to warm up your eyelash curler.

You may make your heated lash curler by blowing hot air on your eyelash curler. The extra heat will help your lashes curl faster and hold their form for a more extended period. Heat your lash curler with a blow dryer, wait until it cools somewhat but is still warm (test it on the inside of your arm to avoid burning your eyelid), and then clamp down on your lashes to curl them.

13. Plump your lashes with translucent powder

To fatten up your lashes, use some translucent setting powder between layers of mascara. The translucent powder holds the mascara in place between applications, resulting in bigger, more voluminous lashes.

14. Use a bobby pin to apply eyelash glue.

If you’re always making a mess with eyelash adhesive and wind up with clumpy-looking artificial lashes, try this beauty tip: Apply a few droplets of glue on the lash band using the tip of a clean bobby pin and evenly distribute it. Before applying the lashes, wait a few seconds or until the adhesive is sticky.

15. Set your lip color with a tissue and powder

Swipe on the desired shade, place a tissue over your mouth, then sprinkle the translucent powder over the top to prevent the color from fading or bleeding. This procedure may appear unnecessary, but the result is well worth it. The translucent powder alone may change the color of your lips, but utilizing the tissue as a screen will keep them from lightening or dulling.

16. Mix your own lip color with petroleum jelly

If you have a favorite eyeshadow that you want to use as a lip color, mix the loose pigments with a bit of petroleum jelly (Aquaphor or Vaseline works well) on a spoon and swipe it onto your lips. Boom. Make your lip gloss. The best cosmetics advice ever.

17. Use an “x” to define your Cupid’s bow.

To define your cupid’s bow, use a lip pencil in the same shade as your lipstick and draw an “X” that lines up with your natural lip line. Then, to finish your appearance, fill the bottom three portions of the “X” with lipstick and apply it as usual.

18. Conceal under your eyes with a triangle shape

Stop dotting your concealer and consider applying it in a triangle form to brighten your under-eye region. Draw a triangle with the base right beneath your lash line and the tip pointing toward the apple of your face. This helps to completely mask any redness and shadows, giving the appearance of brighter eyes.

19. Use a brush handle as a contour guide

Because everyone’s face is different, where your BFF contours may not be the perfect location for you to contour, roll a pencil, pen, or cosmetic brush handle just beneath your cheekbone (in the pocket underneath the actual bone) to establish the appropriate angle for your face while applying bronzer or contour powder. Once you’ve determined the best spot, use a contouring brush to apply bronzer directly beneath it, then smooth the color out to soften it.

20. Map your contours with a brow pencil

Do you lack a cream contour stick? No worries. After applying your foundation, use a profoundly colored brow gel pencil to contour the hollows beneath your cheekbones, temples, hairline, jawline, sides of your nose, a tip of your nose, and crease of your eyes. Yes, you read that correctly. Brow gel pencils are highly concentrated but smudge-resistant, making them ideal for contouring.

21. Blot your oil with a clean toilet seat cover

Yes, this sounds disgusting, but bear with me! Blotting sheets and toilet seat covers are both constructed of comparable materials and will absorb excess oil on your skin. So, if you’re in a hurry and going to the restroom anyhow, take one of these covers and pat it over your T-zone to reduce extra oil on your face.

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