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20 Genius Makeup Tips That Will Change Your Life

These artist-approved tricks for eyes, foundation and more will save you time and money.
Most of us have mastered the basics when it comes to makeup.
Things like how to remove waterproof mascara, where to apply blush, and how to cover pimples with the right concealer. But even if you've been using eyeshadow and foundation for decades, ask yourself, "How did I not know that?" There are some next level tricks that will make you ask. That's why we're sharing a few smart beauty tips that will save you time and money.
From tried-and-true beauty secrets to makeup techniques that celebrities trust, we've rounded up the best tips and tricks recommended by professionals and makeup junkies alike. Whether you want to fix common makeup problems like wrinkles, smudging or fading, or just want to change your look, here are the best makeup hacks you should try as soon as possible.

Powder your lashes.

The key to fluffier and fuller lashes is a little sheer powder. After the first coat of mascara, dust your lashes with a light coat of powder, this will add volume by making your lashes look thicker. Apply a second coat of mascara to cover the dustiness and you will see the difference yourself.

Apply concealer in a triangle shape.

Instead of applying concealer under your eyes, apply in an inverted triangle to brighten dark circles and draw attention to your pupils.


Learn how to apply eyeliner to complete your eye shape.

Everyone's eyes are different, which means everyone's eyeliner needs to be drawn a little differently too. First determine your eye shape (hooded eyes, downturned eyes, single-lid eyes or round eyes), then learn the best eyeliner to make your eyes stand out and the right way to apply it.

Take the time to wear false eyelashes.

When applying false eyelashes, do not rush to apply the glue after adding it. "Allow the lash glue to dry for about 30 to 40 seconds before applying false lashes to prevent the strip from slipping and the lids drying out faster," says Good Housekeeping editor Jessica Teich.

and don't forget to look down.

After giving your glue a minute to dry, hold a mirror below your line of sight as you put on your false eyelashes. "Look in the mirror as you apply reflection," says Teich. "Makes it easy to place the strip close to the lash line."

Refresh your lumpy mascara.

If the tube of your favorite mascara is starting to clump a bit, add a few drops of salt water and swish your brush, it will add moisture to the mascara formula and extend its shelf life.

Use eyeshadow as eyeliner.

No eyeliner? No problem, your eyeshadow palette can do the trick. "Wet the angled brush with water or setting spray. Dip the wet brush into your eyeshadow, then line your eye as you would with a traditional liner," says makeup artist Dana Rae Ashburn-McKissock. "For a smoky look, let the wet shadow line dry and then lightly dab a Q tip along your lash line and blend for a softer finish."

Do not line your entire eye with the dark liner.

Once you've finished applying any eyeliner to your upper lash line, stop there or your eyes will look smaller. "Avoid framing all of your eyes with dark color unless you want an all-out smokey eye," says Ashburn-McKissock.

Apply nude or white liner to your waterline to widen the eyes.

The dark liner on your waterline covers the eyes, while the white eyeliner has the opposite effect. "Find a primer that is a few shades lighter than your skin tone. Apply the primer to your lower waterline," says Ashburn-McKissock. "This will give the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes."

Use white eyeliner to highlight your eyebrows.

Keep the white eyeliner because you will need it for your eyebrows as well. Draw a thin line of white or nude eyeliner and blend it directly under your brows and it will dramatically accentuate the natural curve of your brows.

Get the last drops of your liquid makeup.

When your liquid makeup is "empty," here's a secret: It's not really empty. There is definitely a concealer, foundation or liquid highlighter in the bottle that you cannot spray on your own. Before discarding the tube, buy an inexpensive makeup spatula like The Spatty to scrape off the last drops.

Curl the lashes more than once.

If you're looking for long, full lashes, don't make the common mistake of pressing just once with your eyelash curler. "When curling lashes, lift the entire length of your lashes up several times for the most natural-looking curl," says Teich.

Brush your eyebrows in place.

If you're out of brow gel, try this DIY method to hold even the most unruly brows in place. "Apply a small amount of hair gel or hairspray to a clean roller or toothbrush and brush your brows," says Ashburn-McKissock. Quick and easy!

Highlight your cupid's bow.

Highlighter draws certain points on your face to make them appear larger – and you can use this basic principle to make your lips appear fuller. After applying the lipstick, apply some highlighter to the cupid crease of your lips and you will be able to see the difference right away.

Use lip liner to create the illusion of fuller lips.

Lip liner doesn't just hold your lipstick in place. If you draw just above the natural lines of your lips, you can make your face appear larger. "Use lip liner to fill in your lips with the same color as your lipstick for longest lasting," says Teich.

Make your own lip stain.

Turn your favorite lipstick color into a lip stain and wear it without worrying about smudging or fading. "Apply your favorite cream or liquid lipstick and let it sit for at least 10 minutes," says Ashburn-McKissock. "Then, use a wet cotton swab to 'pull' off and apply your favorite lip balm for a dewy, blotchy look."


Use your thumb to keep your lipstick off your teeth.

No one wants their smile to show off their lipstick-stained teeth. To keep the lipstick on your lips, pucker and insert your thumb into your mouth, then quickly pull it out. This way, you will wipe the lipstick from inside your lips before they reach your teeth.

Set lipstick with translucent powder.

This old-fashioned hack has been around since your grandma's generation. And it works for good reason. Apply your favorite lipstick as you normally would. Then put a tissue on your lips and apply a translucent powder to your lips on the tissue.


Do not test foundation on your wrists.

While it's certainly easier to apply some foundation or concealer on the inside of your inner arm to see if it matches your skin tone at the store, it's not quite as accurate. "Try it on your face or neck, not on your arm or hand," says Teich. "Your hand is probably a different color than your face, so this is the only way to get an accurate color match!"

Make your own tinted moisturizer.

When you want something lighter for summer, you don't have to give up your foundation. You can turn it into a tinted moisturizer. "Use equal parts foundation and moisturizer. Apply a dime-sized amount of each and mix in the palm of your hand," says Ashburn-McKissock. "Add a few drops of gel bronzer for a summery, bronze glow. Add a few drops of liquid highlighter for a luminous, dewy effect."


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