If you want to get the most out of your beauty routine — and maybe liven up your look — these tips and tricks are a great place to start.
From haircare hacks to time-saving skincare advice, there’s something to solve some of the most common makeup and beauty issues. Try them out for yourself — then spread the word!
Pause Before Fixing A Mistake
If you make a mascara or liquid eyeliner mishap, take a breath before removing the product. Rushing in to fix it before the makeup has dried risks smearing it further.
“Wait a few minutes until the product has dried,” says Erika Picardo, founder of Preim Beauty Inc. “You’ll notice it’s so much easier to lift off from the skin.”
Use A Bobby Pin For Your Cat-Eye Wing
There are lots of techniques to achieve the perfect cat-eye wing, and one of them makes use of an essential hair accessory: the bobby pin. Simply put some of your liquid eyeliner onto the triangular end of the bobby pin, angle that part onto the skin and create the perfect cat-eye.
Create An Eyeshadow Primer With White Eyeliner
The best beauty products are the ones that do more than one job. If you have a white eyeliner pencil, you don’t need to splash out on a pricey eyeshadow primer. The white eyeliner will help the eyeshadow stick to your lids and it’ll also make the color pop.
Use Tape For Your Eyeliner
Another way to get a professional-looking cat-eye or other eyeliner effect is to use tape. Simply place the edge of the tape in line with your bottom lash line. Farewell, wonky lines!
Condition Your Hair While You Work Out
Before exercising, apply a conditioning hair mask to your entire hair, then secure it in a bun. The body heat generated while you work out will help the mask penetrate even deeper. Then just rinse it out during your post-workout shower.
Use A Mini Spatula To Get Every Last Drop Of Product
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If you’ve spent $50 on a foundation, you don’t want to waste a single drop. Licensed esthetician Theresa Novicky, who has been doing makeup for film, weddings and special events for 10 years, swears by mini spatulas.
“Cut off the top of the bottle and use the spatula to scoop out the rest,” she says. Her personal favorite is the Spatty, available for $5.49 on Amazon.
Apply Your Makeup In Natural Lighting
Novicky says it’s best to avoid artificial lighting when you’re applying your makeup because it changes the color of your skin.
“That’s why I stopped doing my makeup in the bathroom,” she explains. If you really can’t apply your makeup in natural lighting, Novicky advises investing in daylight bulbs for your bathroom.
Revive Your Mascara With Saline Solution
You’re only supposed to keep mascara for three months because beyond that point, it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections. But if your mascara dries up before that time, Novicky recommends reviving it with a couple drops of saline solution.
Make Your Own BB Cream
If you’re out of BB cream — or don’t want to spend your money on it — Picardo shares her simple recipe.
“Take one pump of foundation and one pump of moisturizer (1:1 ratio),” she says. “Mix and apply to the face for a natural, dewy finish.”
Wash Your Makeup Brushes While You Shower
Dirty makeup brushes are packed with bacteria that you really don’t want anywhere near your face. But cleaning them might not be high on your to-do list. To help you get into the habit of washing your brushes on the regular, take them into the shower with you! A little regular shampoo and water will have them looking as good as new.
Test Foundation And Concealer On Your Neck
It’s natural to test makeup products on your face — that’s where they go, after all. But it’s best to test them on your neck for a true reflection of how well the makeup suits you. Novicky also recommends testing it out in different lighting, which is why doing it at the makeup counter isn’t always best.
“I only buy foundation and concealer from retailers that have a no-fuss return policy — I need to try it on at home and be able to return it multiple times.”
Put Oil On Your Lips At Night
If you want perfect lipstick application in the morning, Novicky recommends putting oil on them the night before. She rates Monat Rejuveniqe over regular lip balm, which dries your lips out and only provides temporary relief.
“Be sure to drink plenty of water so you are hydrating your lips from the inside out,” she adds.
Heat Your Eyelash Curler With A Hair Dryer
Your lashes will curl easier and stay curled for longer if your eyelash curler is warm, so give it a quick blast with your hairdryer first. Just be sure to let it cool slightly — you want beautiful lashes, not burnt eyelids. Clamp down as normal and enjoy the results.
Store On-The-Go Beauty Essentials In Contact Lens Cases
Instead of taking a whole bottle of foundation, sunscreen or moisturizer in your bag while you’re out and about, transfer a small amount of product into a clean contact lens case. It’s small enough to fit in even the daintiest purse, meaning you won’t ever need to worry about going without your favorite beauty products.
Dust Eyeshadow Along Your Part For Thicker Looking Hair
A great trick to make your hair look thicker is to dust eyeshadow along your part to shade your scalp. You can do the same along your hairline if you like to wear your hair tied back. Just make sure you stick to the same color family as your hair, of course.
Turn Pencil Eyeliner Into Gel With Heat
Eyeliner pencils typically form a thin, defined line on your lid, and this can be tricky to apply. If you want more of a smudgy gel effect, simply hold your kohl under the flame of a match or lighter for a moment. Let it cool for 15 seconds before applying it to your eye.
Give Your Ponytail Height With Bobby Pins
If you don’t have long, thick locks, you might struggle to achieve a ponytail that doesn’t sag within an hour. Step forward, trusty bobby pins! After creating your pony, place two or three bobby pins halfway inside the elastic underneath the pony, facing downward towards your crown. Next, fluff your ponytail and flip it over for all the volume you could ever want.
Use A Teaspoon To Create Winged Liner
Look no further than your kitchen drawer for an essential winged eyeliner tool. Grab a clean teaspoon, hold the handle of it against the outer corner of your eye, then draw a straight line. Next, turn the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid and use the rounded outer edge to draw the curved, winged tip. Finish it off by filling it in and drawing a line across your lashline.
Brighten Your Nails With Toothpaste
If you don’t have time for a manicure, reach for your toothbrush and toothpaste. A gentle brush will buff them to a lovely shine, and a dab of whitening toothpaste will give them sparkle. When you’re done, massage in some hydrating cuticle oil.
Use Lotion To Remove Makeup
Out of makeup remover or don’t know which one to buy? (There are so many choices out there!) Well, you might not need it at all. Body lotion works great at removing foundation, lipstick and mascara. Simply apply it all over, then wash your face with soap and water. Bonus: The lotion rehydrates your skin after wearing makeup all day.
Use Liquid Latex And A Makeup Sponge For Glitter Nails
For a glitter nail polish hack that will blow your mind, you need liquid latex and a makeup sponge or blender. Simply apply the liquid latex around your cuticles and fingertips, then use the sponge or blender to dab the glitter polish on to your nails. The sponge absorbs the “polish” part, leaving the glitter to work its sparkly magic.
Use White Eyeliner As A Brow Highlighter
For an instant eye lift, apply thick white liner below and above your eyebrows. Then take a sponge brush and smudge it. The result? Perfectly defined brows.
Soak Your Nails In Ice Water To Dry Your Polish
Hate waiting for your nail polish to dry? All you need is a bowl and ice water. After you’ve painted your nails, soak them in the water for a few minutes. This sets the paint and accelerates the drying process.
Use A Spoon To Avoid Mascara Mess
If you have long eyelashes or deep-set eyes, you might find your mascara ends up on your skin as well as your lashes. But a teaspoon provides a simple solution to this problem. Simply hold it over your eyelid while you’re applying mascara to your upper lashes, and under your eye when you’re working on the lower lashes.
Apply Vaseline On Your Pulse Points
Do this before spraying on your perfume and it will make the scent last longer. Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is occlusive, which means it creates a physical barrier to moisture loss. As a result, the skin’s moisture levels stay high. The same goes for your fragrance, if you spray it directly onto the Vaseline.
Apply Concealer In The Shape Of A Triangle
Try applying concealer under the eye in the shape of an upside-down triangle. The result will help to brighten any dark circles and draw attention to your pupils.
Use A Tissue To Get Lipstick To Stay On Longer
This is a pretty old trick. After applying your lipstick, lay a tissue over your lips. Then, dust translucent powder on it to make the color set. This will make your lipstick’s shade last much longer.
Keep Excess Lipstick Off Your Teeth
Speaking of lipstick, this is a pretty simple way to keep it from staining your teeth. After applying the lipstick, close your lips around your finger, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will form a ring around your finger. Then all you have to do is wash the lipstick off your finger.
Toilet Seat Covers Make For Excellent Blotting Tools
If you find yourself out of blotting papers, try to see if you have any toilet seat covers. They’re made from the similar materials, so they make for excellent tools to get rid of excess skin oils in a pinch.
Eradicating Split Ends
If you have split ends, but can’t get your hair trimmed professionally, try this. Just twist sections of your hair together. The split ends will stick out around the side. Just trim the frayed bits of hair and you’ll be rid of your split ends.
Catch Stray Paint With Vaseline
When applying nail polish to your nails, try putting some vaseline around the nail itself. After your polish has been applied, wash off the vaseline, and any excess nail polish will be washed off right along with it.
Use Your Neck To Find Your Foundation Match
Most people use their arms to check if their foundation is a proper match, but arms are often darker than someone’s face due to sun exposure. Use your neck and look in a mirror to get the proper color mach for your foundation.