Google 'Makeup Tips and Tricks' and you'll be immediately overwhelmed by hundreds of sources and their "life changing tips." To spare you that research, I developed my own tried and true beauty hacks that I've learned from others and figured out myself. I have TONS of unique tips and hacks, so keep your eye out for more beauty hack posts in the future!
1. Beauty Blender + Primer & Moisturizer
We all know that beauty blenders are amazing for applying foundation and concealer but wait- there's more. Beauty blenders are so effective because they press product directly into the skin, allowing it to fill in lines and wrinkles while creating a smooth and flawless look. Instead of just using your BB for makeup, try using it to apply your face primer and moisturizer (I recommend using 2 different blenders, one for makeup and one for primer and moisturizer). If you're concerned about large pores, this hack will be a game changer. Not only will it immediately make a huge difference in your skin texture, it will allow foundation to settle on your face flawlessly. As for moisturizing, pressing the lotion directly into your skin is the absolute best way to ensure proper moisturization, as opposed to rubbing it in which is essentially just moving the product around on your face.
Beauty Blender, $20
2. Eyebrows First
Eyebrows can completely make or break your entire look, no matter how great your skin is. If you like to fill in or shape your eyebrows, I've learned that one of the best ways to acheive a flawless application is by doing it as the first step in your makeup routine. This ensures that there is no product in your brows, which can cause discoloration and make it much harder to shape.
3. Silk/Satin Pillowcases
As much as I would love to take credit for this, I learned this tip via Lara, at PrettyConnected.com and it's been life changing. Regular pillowcases actually damage our skin and hair due to friction, creating frizz (bed head) as well as wrinkles and fine lines. Since I'm a chronic sufferer of bed head and terrified of wrinkles, this purchase was a no brainer for me. Not only are these pillowcases luxurious, they actually make a huge difference. Now, when I fall asleep with wet hair, I wake up with manageable curls and waves as opposed to my previous pre-silk pillow Hermione Granger style. I also found that my skin feels softer and more moisturized, since silk doesn't absorb lotions as cotton and linen does.
4. Matte + Gloss
If you want fuller lips that require little touch-ups, this tip is for you. Apply your favorite matte lipstick (if you're a fan of overlining, do so slightly less than usual). Pick a complementary gloss ( I usually go for nudes and light pinks) and go over the matte color, making sure to smack your lips and blend the colors. The matte color coupled with the texture of the gloss offers insane staying power, so you can go about your day without worrying about constant reapplication. Plus the pigment is amazing!
5. Perfect Wings
Ah, winged eyeliner. You know once you've mastered this elusive skill that you've truly made it in the makeup world (kidding, mostly). No matter how thin, thick, long or short you make your wings, this tip will help you get a straight and even edge. Using a small strip of tape, place it slanting upward towards your brows from the outer corner of your eye. Then, take your liquid liner or angled brush and trace the line of tape upwards to create a smooth and flawless edge. Finish lining the inner and middle parts of your eye and voila. This tip definitely works better if you do your eyes before your skin makeup, so the tape doesn't peel off any product. Sephora actually has a product designed specifically for this technique, it's a medical-grade hypoallergenic tape that can also be used under your eyes to protect from eyeshadow fallout.
6. White Eyeliner
Here's another great tip that I learned from Lara, and that is the power of a good white eyeliner. Lining the inside of your bottom waterline with white makes your eyes look instantly brighter and more awake (great for hangovers, FYI). What's more is that you can even use it as a base for eyeshadow to increase staying power, pigment, and even lighten up darker colors. This also applies to lips. Line and fill your lips with a white liner to create an ombre effect or to take your favorite dark red and transition it into a vibrant pink.
Maybelline Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in 'Clear' $7.99
7. Layer Your Foundations
Admittedly, I'm a foundation snob. It's the one product in my beauty arsenal that I will splurge on no matter what. It can be tough finding your ideal foundation, so I've found that when I'm in-between products or in search of my next obsession, I mix some existing ones I already have. If you're a full coverage kinda gal (like moi) and covet a matte flawless look but with a subtle glow, this may interest you. It's difficult to find a true full coverage foundation that's not too dewy and not too matte. One of my favorite things to do is apply a matte foundation until I reach my desired coverage and then apply a light layer of a dewier foundation on top of it. If you have super sensitive skin this may not be a good idea to do often. If blended well, the result is a flawless complexion with just the right amount of glow and coverage. One of my all time favorite foundations to use for a layer of dewiness is Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk. I also recommend MAC's Next To Nothing foundation, which is also great under makeup.
8. Wider Eye Shape
Everyone knows about winging your top eyeliner but what most people don't know is that there's a second option. Slightly flicking your liner downward on your eyelid creates the illusion of rounder and wider eyes. This Korean beauty hack as been dubbed 'Puppy Liner' which is clearly a play on the classic Cat Eye look.
9. Set then Highlight
I recently learned that an awesome way to make sure your highlighter pops is by first sealing your makeup with a setting spray, let it sit for 30 seconds, and then apply your highlighter. The setting spray creates a smooth and even layer for highlight application, and ensures that it won't settle into your foundation/concealer and lose pigment.
10. Self Tanner + Moisturizer
If you're feeling the need to be bronzed, try mixing your favorite self-tanner or liquid bronzer into your face moisturizer for an almost instant subtle glow. If you're body bronzing, mix the tanner into your body lotion for a more flawless application and a slightly lighter color, if you're worried about being orange. Tip: I always recommend using a tanning mitt to prevent streaks and orange palms.