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.
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).