Take a look at your makeup arsenal and think of all the masterpieces you can create with it. What if we tell you that your eyeshadow palette can be used for a lot more than just adding color to the eyelids? Or, let you in on some tricks that would make sure that your cat eyes and wings are on fleek every single time? It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a pro at makeup, tips and hacks always come in handy. It is smart to get your money’s worth by using the same product in multiple ways. Here are 50 makeup tips that will make sure you look your best at all times.
Top 50 Makeup Tips And Tricks
Makeup Tips To Apply Primer
1. Make Sure Your Primer Complements Your Foundation.
Whether oil or water, your primer and foundation should share the same base; otherwise, they will repel each other or just slide off your face, making it difficult to blend.
2. Make Crow’s Feet Disappear.
Dabbing a little amount of primer around your eyes dramatically minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet.
Makeup Tips For Applying Foundation
3. Right Application For Right Coverage.
While putting your foundation on, if you want sheer coverage, use your fingers. But, if you want a full coverage, use a foundation brush.
4. Avoid Peach Fuzz.
Always apply foundation using downward strokes. Most of us have a thin layer of hair on our face, and applying foundation in an upward stroke will make the hair strands stand out. Looking fresh and pink like a peach may be your goal, but highlighting your peach fuzz definitely shouldn’t be.
Makeup Tips For Applying Concealer
5. Create A Conical Shape.
Most of us are used to applying concealer in a semi-circular pattern under our eyes to reduce the appearance of the bags or puffiness. However, for best results, apply the concealer in a conical pattern under the eyes and extend it to almost where your nose ends. It not only does a better job at concealing because it is easy to blend, but it also helps in contouring the sides of your nose.
6. DIY Color Correcting Palette
You probably, by now, have heard about the wonder called color correcting palette. These concealers of various hues are used to cancel out flaws on your face. For example, a green concealer is used for canceling out any redness, lavender for yellow toned discolouration, peach for bruises or blue toned under eye circles, etc. But if you suddenly find yourself without your color correction palette or just want to save money, just mix an eyeshadow of the color you want your concealer to be with your normal concealer – and voila! You have your smart and cheap color corrector concealer palette.
7. Know The Important Focal Points.
This hack is for those days when you are running late or just feeling too lazy to apply your concealer properly. Just dab on a little concealer, preferably with a brush, under your eyes, on the corners of your mouth, and near your nose, and you are good to go.
Face Powder Application Tips
8. Know The Correct Function.
There are mainly two types of face powder – loose powder and pressed powder, and both come in dewy and matte finishes. It is important to know which one to use for what purpose. Loose powder is basically used to set the makeup in place and make it long-lasting. Though it comes in both tinted and translucent forms, it is best to use the colorless translucent one for setting the makeup as it will not disturb the color of your foundation and concealer. Pressed powder, however, is best suited for touch-ups on the go. Also, a dewy finish gives a glowing appearance to the skin, and a matte one provides a porcelain look with fine textures.
9. Choose The Right Brush.
The result of any makeup product largely depends on the applicator, and this is especially true for powders. Always use the fluffiest brush you can find to put your powder on for best results.
Makeup Tips To Apply Blush
10. Blush Under Foundation.
This is also a clever way of reversing the order of applying the product to get smashing results. All you have to do is apply the blush first and then apply the foundation over it. The end result looks like you are glowing naturally from within.
11. Use A Tissue Paper For Blotting.
Instead of blotting your blush with a powder, use a tissue paper. Press it lightly over the blush after application and finish off with your makeup sponge or beauty blender for that perfect flush of color on your cheeks.
12. Be Careful With Shimmery Blushes.
It is tricky to pull off a shimmery blush perfectly. In fact, it is a good idea to skip shimmery blushes altogether if you have large pores, pimples or other symptoms of troubled skin.
Makeup Tips To Apply Bronzer
13. Apply In A Triangular Fashion For Better Blending.
Though it’s a common practice to apply bronzer with a fluffy brush on the hollow of your cheeks, it is a better idea to draw two inverted triangles on your cheeks with a bronzer. Blend it out, and you will have the perfectly done bronzer that will give you perfectly chiseled features.
14. DIY Bronzer.
If you are in the mood for trying out something fun, try making your own bronzer. All you need are a few items that are already sitting on your kitchen shelf. Take some cinnamon powder, cocoa powder, some nutmeg powder, and mix with some cornstarch – and there you have your bronzer. If you are a fan of makeup with natural ingredients or want to keep chemicals completely at bay, it doesn’t get any more natural than this.
[ Read: How To Apply Bronzer To Pale Skin? ]
Makeup Tips For Brows
15. Feathery Strokes.
Always use light feathery strokes while filling out your eyebrows with a pencil. It will make them look more natural.
16. Instant Eye Lift.
For an instant lift in the eyes, use your highlighter just above the arch of your brows and blend it out. It will not only define your eyebrows perfectly but also have a dramatic impact on the appearance of your entire face.
Eyeshadow Application Tips
17. Donning Many Hats.
This is one of the most versatile soldiers of your makeup arsenal. Eyeshadow can be used as a blush, bronzer, highlighter and even to slightly alter the color of your base makeup items.
18. Get The Pop.
If you are stuck with an eyeshadow with less pigment or you want that extra pop of color, create a white base by filling in your eyelids with a white eyeliner pencil first.
19. Proxy For Eyeliner.
On the days when another battle with your eyeliner seems impossible or you just want a soft look, take an angular brush and use eyeshadow instead of an eyeliner on your upper lash line. It gives a natural and breezy look, absolutely perfect for summers.
[ Read: How To Apply Eyeshadow Perfectly? ]
Makeup Tips To Apply Eyeliner
20. Dots And Dashes To The Rescue.
It might sound lame to a few, but there are people (like me) for whom drawing a straight line on paper is a task difficult enough, let alone exhibit such mastery on eyes with an eyeliner. Fret not, just draw small dots or dashes with your eyeliner on the lashline and join them. Perfectly done eyeliner in a jiffy.
21. Scotch Tape Method.
For a perfect wing, use the scotch tape method. Just stick a scotch tape in an angular fashion on the sides of your eyes and let the ends guide you to achieve that killer winged eyeliner every single time. You can also use a spoon, business card, debit card or basically anything with a straight edge as a guide.
23. Go Natural With Tightlining.
Try tightlining for the perfect no makeup look. Instead of putting the eyeliner on the lashline, apply it beneath the line. Make sure you use a waterproof variant for this one.
24. Use A Shadow To Lock It In.
Use an eyeshadow of the same shade as the eyeliner to set the liner in place.
Makeup Tips To Apply Kohl/Kajal
25. Prevention From Smudging.
When it comes to smudge prevention, kajal is not the easiest product to work with. However, to ensure your kajal stays put for hours, simply dab some eyeshadow over it once you are done. You can also use an eyeliner. Simply draw a line with the liner over your kajal. It will lock the kajal in place and also look super neat.
26. Hassle Free Smokey Eyes.
For a quick smokey eye, apply kohl on your upper and lower lashlines and waterline and then smudge it. Finish off by drawing a sideways ‘V’ on the outer corner and blend well. Rock the sultry smokey eyes for a night out.
27. Easy Removal Of Kajal
Removing kajal from your eyes can be quite a task. Simply dip a Q-tip into a cleansing lotion and carefully remove the kajal with it. Avoid poking yourself in the eyes.
[ Read: How To Apply Kajal Perfectly? ]
Mascara Application Tips
28. Use Tissue Paper To Eliminate Clumping.
To prevent mascara from clumping, wipe off the excess product on a tissue paper before every application.
29. Use Baby Powder For Thicker Lashes.
If you want your eyelashes to plump up, follow this technique. First, apply a coat of mascara and then dust some baby powder on it. Then, apply a second coat. It will instantly give your lashes dramatic volume.
30. Contact Lens Solution Is The Solution.
Instead of scrapping your flaky mascara, add a few drops of the same solution you clean your contact lenses with to it. The formula would be back to a usable consistency. You can also put the tube in a glass of warm water to liquefy the formula.
31. Preserve Your Mascara Applicator.
Once you are done with a tube of mascara, do not throw away the applicator. You can use the applicator as a spoolie for your brows.
Lip Liner And Lipstick Tips
32. Start From The Middle.
For a defined cupid’s bow, draw an ‘X’ where your cupid’s brow should be, and then apply the lipstick normally. Even if you do not plan to highlight your cupid’s bow, start applying the lipstick from the middle of your lips and move outwards for a flawless finish.
33. Practice Overlining With Caution.
If you want your lips to appear slightly bigger, you can consider overlining your lips, that is, putting your lipliner outside your lips. However, be careful while doing this. If you go overboard, it will look too obvious and exceptionally tacky. For best results, apply along the outer margins of your lips.
34. Make It Last Longer.
To make sure your pout looks perfect for the longest time, dab a little translucent powder onto your lips after you apply your lipstick. You can also use a colorless eyeshadow for the purpose. If you use a shimmery eyeshadow, it will also act as a highlighter and give your lips that extra dimension.
35. Apply The Lip Liner After Lipstick.
I know it sounds a little odd, but according to some experts, if you put lipstick first and then go for the lipliner, you will know exactly how to line. Also, when they start fading, they will fade together.
36. The Thumb Rule.
Getting lipstick on your teeth is surely not a look you were aiming for, but it happens more often than we care to admit. In order to avoid it, put your thumb inside your lips, pucker up, and pull the thumb out.
37. Know Your Brushes.
No matter how exclusive your products are, everything depends on the application. Thus, brushes are of extreme importance. Know which brush to use for what purpose. Yes, with a number of options at your disposal, remembering which brush does what can be daunting. Take time to figure all that out, and till then, remember that fluffy brushes are good for diffusing products like powder or blush, and small brushes are used for products that require precision, like eyeliner and lipstick.
38. Clean Your Brushes.
There is absolutely no excuse for not cleaning your brushes, unless a serious skin breakout is the look you are going for. Unclean brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria and makeup residues impact their performance as well. Clean them with a mild shampoo at least once a week.
39. DIY Fan Brush.
Brushes can be expensive, and the plethora of varieties can be daunting to choose from. So, if you have been eyeing that perfect fan brush but your pocket has been looking at the other side, don’t lose heart. Simply take a bobby pin and fix it where the bristles of your blush brush start, and there you have your perfect fan brush to nail than contouring.
40. Wet The Tip Before Application.
To get the best out of your intense or shimmery shadows, gently spray your brush with a little makeup setting spray. If you do not have a setting spray handy, just dip the tip of the brush into water for the desired intense effect.
Smart Tips And Hacks
41. Follow The Correct Order.
It is important to follow the right order of applying makeup to ensure you get the best finish. Though it is a common practice to start base makeup first, beauty experts suggest that you start with your eyes and brows. In fact, it is also a good idea to do your foundation, concealer, and powder in the end, so that you can easily cover up all the mistakes for an end result that is flawless.
42. Do Your Makeup Under Natural Light.
Try to do your makeup in as much natural light as possible. Makeup looks different under different artificial lights. It is only in natural light that you can understand the real deal.
43. Cool, Warm or Neutral?
Know your color tone. There are basically three tones – warm, cool and neutral, and it is important to know yours to find makeup products that have undertones to suit your color tone. An easy way to tell which tone you are is to check the color of your veins. If you have bluish or purplish veins, you have a cool tone. If they appear green, you have a warm tone, and if you have trouble telling, you are probably of a neutral tone.
44. Walk Into The Mist.
Your makeup is usually incomplete without a dash of your favorite perfume. However, don’t empty the bottle on yourself. If it’s a strong fragrance, instead of directly spraying it, spray it above your head, a little away from your body, and walk into the mist. It will distribute the fragrance evenly and linger on.
45. Make Your Own Palette.
Whether it a concealer palette or an eyeshadow palette, there are always only a few colors that we use. Palettes are usually expensive, so buy refill eyeshadows of the colors you like and set them in an empty box to make your own palette comprising of products you will actually use. It can save you a lot of money as single colors or refills cost way less than palettes.
46. Heat Your Eyelash Curler.
Blow your hair dryer on the eyelash curler before curling your lashes. The heat will help you to get perfectly curled lashes instantly. However, make sure the dryer is on low heat mode and test the temperature on your hand to avoid getting burned.
47. Use Waterproof Products Carefully.
Although water resistant products are good for long wear and stay put, extended exposure to such products can cause harm to your skin. As water resistant products require a lot of rubbing or special products to remove, wear and tear of the protective layer of the skin is highly possible.
48. Rubbing Alcohol Miracle.
The next time your compact, blush or eyeshadow breaks, don’t worry. Just add some rubbing alcohol and hold it in place. Let the alcohol evaporate and say hi to your restored cosmetics.
49. DIY BB Cream.
Mix your own primer, foundation, sunscreen, and compact powder to make your DIY customized BB cream.
50. Sharing Is Not Caring.
It is not hygienic to share makeup items, even with your closest friends. There is a huge chance of infection spreading. Especially refrain from sharing eye and lip products.
The world of makeup is huge and full of wonders. Explore the world and keep discovering new ideas to express yourself through makeup. Hoping these 50 makeup tips will help you to look at the multitude of possibilities and keep the makeup adventure junkie in you alive.
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Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions
Does wearing makeup damage your skin?
No, makeup normally doesn’t have any major negative effects on the skin, but it depends on the skin of the person. There can be different types of skin reactions due to a common ingredient present in the products. These reactions are most commonly caused by things like fragrances or preservatives present in the makeup products. Following a proper skin care regime every day will help prevent skin damage.
Does makeup cause wrinkles?
The makeup and the environmental pollutants that get accumulated on your skin through the entire day slowly seep into your pores and break the collagen and elastin. This speeds up the aging process and can cause fine lines and wrinkles. This is the reason it is very important to cleanse and moisturize your skin every night before going to bed.
Does makeup make you look older?
No, it doesn’t. In fact, wearing the right products for your skin and using the right techniques to apply makeup will make you look younger and fresher. Less is always more, so use less makeup and wear shades like pinks and corals on the eyes and cheeks to look more youthful.
Does mineral makeup help acne?
Yes, mineral makeup is considered as the best product to use if you have acne as it contains only natural minerals. Also, the benefits it provides are numerous. Mineral makeup does not contain oils, fragrance, and preservatives that cause irritation and aggravate acne. Most of the mineral-based products are non-comedogenic, which means they don’t clog your pores.
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