Beauty and Makeup Hacks Part 2


I received so much positive feedback on part 1 that I decided to continue making these beauty hack posts as a continuous part of my beauty section. I literally write these tips as I learn them, so you can be assured these hacks are not a product of a simple Google search. On that note, enjoy part 2 (of many) of my personal tried and true beauty tips and tricks. 

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1.  Custom Foundation

Adding serums and powders to foundation can help you customize your ideal look. Mixing in a translucent powder makes any foundation have a matte finish, and also can extend the wear. I like to do this with drugstore foundations if I'm running low on my more expensive bottles. If you want a dewier look, add in a moisturizing serum like Josie Maran's Argan Oil

Revlon Youth FX Fill and Blur Foundation

RCMA No-Color Powder - You can mix in as little or as much as you like, depending how matte you want your finish to be. This powder is not cakey in the slightest so feel free to add a lot in.

2. Clean Up Your Brows

Use your concealer to help shape and define your brows. This is also a great tip if you've got some stray hairs that need to be plucked, the concealer will cover them right up. If you like to draw in your brows and have an unsteady hand, outlining the shape with a small angled brush can help fix errors and make brows more symmetrical. 

Tarte Shapetape Concealer

3. Masking After Showering

To make sure face masks are as efficient as possible, only do face masks after getting out of the shower or by using a face steamer to open up pores. This is especially true if you're doing a cleansing or pore refining mask, since pores open up when exposed to steam.

Clinique Pore Refining Charcoal Mask

LL Lang On The Skin Mask Sheet

Gold Bio Collagen Face Mask

4. Custom Pore Strips

Okay so I seriously love pore  strips, I'm that weirdo that gets major satisfaction when I see how many blackheads I was able to pull out of my pores. Biore's strips are like magnets for your pores, they draw out dirty and buildup as well as unsightly blackheads. While most people have blackheads on their nose, I get blackheads on my chin as well. I cut my nose strips in half and they are the perfect size and shape for my chin area. You can really apply them anywhere you have a problem area, which is great. 

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

5. Double Your Liquid Liner Pigment

I love a good cat eye, and since I have such huge eyes, I have to use a substantial amount of product to get the results I want. Even with an awesome liquid liner, I find that the pigment tends to dry out and fade after initial application. To prevent this, I like to apply my liquid liner and then go back over it with a gel, which not only doubles the pigment, but extends the wear. You can use a black eye shadow as an alternative as well.

I applied 2 swatches of the Stila liner and then I applied Inglot gel over the right swatch. This swatch may look duller than the other, but that's because the flash dilutes color. If you have on pigmented eyeshadow, you don't want a liner that is too shiny because it lessens the impact of your liner. I tried to wipe off the swatches with the makeup wipe and you can see how stubborn the swatch was with the gel liner. i literally had to scrub for a good 5 minutes to get it off!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

Inglot AMC Gel Liner

6. Conceal Your Lids

Everyone knows that concealer goes under your eyes, but you should also put a dab on your eyelids as well. This is great if you have discoloration or veins that stand out on your lids, it also can be used as a primer for eyeshadow. There are times when I just use concealer in lieu of primer, it can work just as well especially if your concealer is super creamy. 

7. Lip Stains for Better Color

If you love to wear dark lip colors, especially matte ones, you may run into the issue of the color fading and starting to flake off, especially in the center of your lips. This can create the look of "butt hole lips" and I'm so sorry I had to subject you to that term but I can't think of a better way to describe it. You know, when the dark color of the lipstick fades so much you can see the actually color of your lips in the center of your mouth? Super annoying and definitely not a good look. To help combat this, I've found that using a lip stain in the same color family as your lipstick before application helps immensely. That way, when the color starts to flake off, your actual lip color won't be as noticeable.

I swatched the Kylie Lip Kit (left) and the lip stain (right) to show you how similar the colors are. I let the colors sit for a bit and then applied the Kylie color over the lipstain. You can instantly see how much better the color looks, while still maintaing it's matte properties.

Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Stain in "Pinot Noir"

Kylie Lip Kit in "Kristen"

8. Perfect Body Glow

If you're only using highlighter on your face, you're seriously missing out. Sure you can use glittering body lotions and body bronzers, but I've found that applying highlighter to specific places on the body can have a better effect. I always do this when I go out at night, and people will literally come up to me and ask me what body lotion I use. Here's the secret: If you apply highlighter to the tops of your shoulders, collarbones and your chest, the result is glowing skin that draws attention in a super flattering way. This can make you look skinnier too! Use your normal highlighting brush to apply.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in "Sun Dipped"  ( I like to use the shade Golden Bronze for body contouring and Dripping In Gold for highlighting)

9.  Spray Your Makeup Brushes

If you use a foundation brush to blend your makeup, spray them with a moisturizing face spray, such as Mario Badescu's Rose Water or Ole Henriksen's Facial Water (which I'm obsessed with, btw). This allows the product to blend more seamlessly and gives your skin a shot of moisture.

Ole Henriksen Pure Nurture Facial Water

10. Save Your Dried Out Products

Don't toss that dried out mascara just yet- you can still save it. Drop in a bit of saline solution to any mascara, gel liner or pomade product to get better and longer usage. If you use Anastasia's Dipbrow, you know how the product gets increasingly drier over time, which makes it harder to apply and decreases pigment. Well, here's your solution (bad pun intended). I've found that you can also use eye drops if you're out of saline.

You can see how dried out my Dip Brow was in the first photo and how many drops I added in the second to let the product soak in. Let the liquid absorb for a few hours before attempting to use.