In a world full of brilliant beauty gurus, incredible influencers, and master makeup artists, it's easy to get intimidated about your everyday makeup routine. If your makeup looks caked on, oily, or too dry, getting discouraged is almost unavoidable.
Luckily, there's an abundance of helpful hacks that will take your makeup from gloomy to va-va-voomy in no time! Read on to discover 10 makeup tips (in no particular order) that will give you a sickening beat for the gods.
If you're looking for a flawless, smooth finished product after you're done with your makeup, one way to guarantee that is to prep your face beforehand. If you don't, you may have leftover makeup or extra oils and dirt from the day on your face, making for a finished product that could use improvement.
The foundation that you use in your routine is, well, the foundation of your makeup look. From the primer you use to the tool you use to blend your foundation, there are many factors that go into creating a flawless finish.
Primer creates a layer between your skin and makeup products that help them last longer, smooth your skin's surface, and even out your skin tone. Some types of primers include mattifying, tinted, silicone-free, and color-correcting.
A mattifying primer works best for oily and combination skin. It's lightweight and silicone-based formula minimizes pores for a flawless end result. A tinted primer works best on normal skin with small powers and have a dewy finish, while a silicone-free primer works best for dry skin and helps keep make-up on for long periods of time. Lastly, a color-correcting primer neutralises your skin and reduces the need for large amounts of foundation. As you can see, there's multiple types of primers on the market, so be sure to do your research find the best one for you!
The same goes for the type of foundation that you use as well as the shade. To find your perfect fit, ask to be color-matched at your local beauty supply store to avoid looking too pale or orange. As far as blending the foundation into your skin, we recommend a beauty blender for an airbrushed, natural look. Practice makes perfect, so find what works for you and roll with it!
There's a famous saying that "brows are sisters, not twins." But, that doesn't mean you should avoid sprucing them up altogether. Your eyebrows frame your face and give it structure, making it crucial to give them the attention the deserve.
The first step to letting your brows live their best life is to find the best product for them. With various pencil, powder, and gel products on the market, it can be hard to narrow down what's best for you. Brow pencils are used for filling and refining your brows, powder is used for filling in sparse or light brows, and gel is used for holding and defining hairs. Find the best one that works for you and practice, practice, practice!
After finding your best fit, there's several things to keep in mind when creating your best brows. First, you want to make sure to use a flick of the wrist when filling in your brow to obtain realistic-looking hairs. Use small, flicking motions in the direction your hair is growing for a natural, full look for your eyebrows.
Next, be sure to keep the tail of your brow in check. A good way to do this is by holding a brow pencil diagonally at your nostril, and line it up with the side of your eye. Once you see where the pencil is hitting your brow bone, that's where your eyebrow your should be extended to for a natural look.
Lastly, be sure to brush off harsh lines to avoid that freshly-drawn-on brow look. The best way to do this is to take a spoolie brush to buff out any harsh lines once you're completely done with filling them in. Voilà! You have your brows are on fleek.
The 'correct' order of a makeup routine has been debated online for years. Some say it should be foundation before concealer, bronzer before blush, or eyebrows before eye makeup. The way that you do your makeup is completely up to you, but there are quite a few benefits in doing your eye makeup before your face makeup.
Waiting to apply your face makeup until after your eye makeup is done allows absolutely no fall out to be left on the face, keeping your canvas clean. With pigmented eye shadow and flaky mascara, it's almost inevitable that fallout will happen, causing a mess on your clean face. But with a simple swipe of makeup remover, all that can be fixed without taking off your makeup since your foundation comes afterwards.
If you have shaky hands, this routine of eyes before face makeup is perfect for you. Doing your face makeup after your eyes lets you rest your hand upon your face for stabilization, without rubbing off any of the makeup.
In the end, it's best to go with what works for you, but the benefits of doing your eye makeup before your face makeup are hard to deny.
If you're an avid subscriber to the countless number of beauty gurus on YouTube, you've probably heard of "baking" your makeup. The term has been used in the drag community for years, as "baking" their makeup allows queens to have flawless, crease-less makeup even after they break a sweat on stage.
Baking involves letting translucent powder rest on your face for 5 to 10 minutes so the heat from your face sets your base foundation and concealer, then dusting the excess off for a flawless finish. For a successful "bake" of your face, there are a few steps to keep in mind.
First, you want to make sure that your eye area is hydrated so you don't dry it out with the translucent powder. You can hydrate the area with your favorite eye cream or a normal face moisturizer will do just the trick. After you plump up the under eye, apply your favorite concealer and blend it with a damp makeup sponge.
Now comes the fun part. Take a fluffy makeup brush of your choosing and apply your favorite translucent powder over the entire patch of concealer to set your makeup. Then, take a damp makeup sponge and apply more in order to pack the loose powder generously. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes to see the long-lasting effects of the process.
Once you've let the powder sit on your face, dust off the powder and bingo, you're baked.
We've all been there. You apply eyeliner to one eye and think, "Wow, I really did that." But when it comes to the other eye, you notice it's a little uneven and it doesn't match the other one. So you apply a little more to it in order to even it out, thinking there will be no harm done. But soon after, you suddenly have an entire eyelid covered in black liquid eye liner that makes you look like you got into a wrestling match. Sound familiar?
Not to worry—it's quite common. Even with years of practice, professional makeup artists make mistakes and learn from them. We're all human, after all. But the best part about makeup is that it's always a learning process. Through trial and error, you figure out what works best for you and what you should avoid at all costs.
When you goof up while doing your makeup, take a q-tip or a makeup remover wipe and simply wipe away your mistake and try again. You can't rush perfection, so don't give up, try again!
Whether you want to be spotted from outer space or you want a my-skin-but-better kind of glow, highlighter can give you either of those looks you desire. Once only heard of in the film industry, highlighter exploded into the mainstream beauty world in 2017 and hasn't simmered down since.
In order to achieve the lit-from-within look you crave, apply highlighter under your brow bone, on the apples of your cheeks, on the bridge of your nose, the inner corner of your eye, on your Cupid's bow. . . the options are endless. But with a plethora of highlighters on today's market, how do you find the right one for you?
The best way to narrow down the best fit you is to apply a highlighter to your face, then go outside and see it in the natural light. It's a trail-and-error process that will take testing to see if it has the desired effect you're looking for in order to find your perfect match. But it's worth the process in the end.
"The proper highlight can be as powerful as walking into a dark room wearing a bold-red, statement lipstick," says Jennings. "It's the 'little black dress' of makeup; it is always there to make you feel confident and never goes out of style," said Janes.
If you've always wanted plumper, fuller lips but wanted to avoid lip fillers, there's an easy solution: overline your lips. It's time to take the lip liner out of your makeup bag and put it to use to achieve the lips you've always dreamed of. Although overlining your lips can be a daunting task, the payoff is incredible when done correctly.
In order to overline your lips correctly, start with a neutral-toned lip liner that has the same undertones are your skin. This will make the contrast between the color and your outer lip area look less obvious. After choosing your desired color, start by filling in the corners of your lips first to deliver a more natural-looking result.
When overlining the rest of your lips, be sure to use caution. While you shouldn't be directly on your lip line, you should still be wary of venturing too far to avoid looking the most natural. Get the Angelina Jolie pout you desire with this useful trick!
In 2012, Kim Kardashian tweeted a before-and-after photo of herself pre- and post-contour. From there, the world exploded when the beauty community realized they, too, could accomplish the sculpted, perfectly chiseled look that Kim portrayed. But believe it or not, the art of contouring dates back way further than the reality star's tweet.
As early as the mid-1500s, stage actors contoured their face with chalk so the audience could identify their facial expressions more clearly. Flash forward to today, a lot of the world has contour as a part of their daily makeup routine. If you want to get razor-sharp cheekbones like Kim, we've got you.
First, start by swiping a line of contour powder from your ear to the apple of your cheek. This can be best accomplished using an angled contour brush for extreme precision. Next, define your jaw. Tap more powder on the brush and blend along your jaw line from the base of your jaw to your chin.
For a natural-looking contour, be sure to blend to your heart's content. Swirl the bronzer beneath your chin and down to your neck to create a seamless transition. Next, define your hairline. Swirl the brush along your forehead and over your temples, staying near your hairline, to shape your face with the bronzer.
Finally, snatch your nose with a small blending brush and trace a line down each side of your nose, down to the tip of your nose, making sure to blend while you apply the powder. Enjoy your newly chiseled look and remember, when in doubt, blend it out!
Blush is often the most over-looked part of a makeup routine. While most of the world either wears blush religiously or not at all, there's serious benefits in incorporating it into your makeup routine. Blush gives your face a flush of color that makes your makeup look come alive. With a full face of foundation, it can often lack definition and depth, which is where blush comes into play. If you're never used blush before, don't worry: a natural-looking glow is within your reach.
There's four main types of blush on the market: powder, cream, stain, and gel. When choosing what blush is right for you, it's important to consider the differences. With powder blush, it gives you a softer, seamless look and it's also great for oily skin. When you use cream blush, it gives off a dewy finish once you apply it with a brush or your fingers. A blush stain provides a natural look and lasts longer than most other blush products. Lastly, a blush gel requires a sponge for application and is water resistant.
Next time you do your makeup, be sure to add a fresh, youthful look to your finished product with your favorite shade and type of blush product!