In this day and age, everyone you see on your favorite beauty blog is a self-proclaimed makeup expert. While we agree on some of their expertise and advice, many times we don’t. We’ve compiled the best makeup hacks that we think every girl should know. These tips are just well—genius. Yes, you’re welcome and you can thank us later.
1. Turn a Pencil Eyeliner into a Gel Formula.
“Hold your black, green, burgundy, etc., kohl eye pencil (which typically creates a thin, harder-to-apply line), under the flame for one second, let it cool for 15 seconds, and then watch the consistency change right before your eyes. Finally, glide on your newly made gel liner for an instantly smudgier formula.”
2. Use a Spoon to Create the Perfect Winged Liner.
“Holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, draw the straight line as the first step for your cat-eye. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect.”
3.Add Saline Solution to a Flaky Mascara.
“You’re only supposed to keep mascara for three months, because beyond that point, it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections. However, if your mascara dries up within those three months, revive it with a couple drops of saline solution.”
4. Cover up Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles.
“Forget about dotting your concealer. Instead, apply it in a triangle shape, with the base at your lash line and the tip at the bottom of your cheek. This will hide redness beneath the eyes, and brighten up your whole face”
5. Use Dry Shampoo Before Going to Bed
“Use dry shampoo just before going to bed. As you move around in your sleep, the shampoo will really get worked into the hair. You will wake up with loads of volume and body.”
6. Princess Leia Buns For Sexy Waves.
“If I want beachy waves in two minutes without using a curling iron, I douse my hair with salt spray, put it into two Princess Leia-like buns, and blast with a blow-dryer. I’ll leave the buns in while I do my makeup or get ready and then take the bobby pins out before running out the door. Shake and go!” —Britt Aboutaleb, Multimedia Director
7. Hand Cream to Control Hair Fizz.
“If your hair starts to frizz and you haven’t got any smoothing serum with you, use hand cream. Just apply it to your hands as usual, then run your fingers lightly through your hair, starting in the back. Don’t overdo it, though, or your strands can get greasy fast.” —Fiona Gibb, Web Editor
8. Bella Elleganze 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Instead of Fake Lashes.
This a real genius makeup hack! Instead of going through the hassle of applying glue and pasting those falsies onto your lids, try Bella Elleganze 3D Fiber Lash to get those coveted long lashes without looking over the top! Best of all, it’s so easy to reply. We believe that falsies are a thing of the past!
9. Make Lipstick Last on your Lips.
“Lipstick tends to rub off, smudge and otherwise not look as great at the end of the day as it does when you first apply it. You can remedy this problem with a tissue and a bit of translucent powder. After you have applied your chosen lip color, just hold a tissue over your lips lightly and dust just a bit of translucent powder over the tissue. This helps to set the lipstick so that it lasts longer.”
10. Get Fuller Lips with Eye Shadow
“Pale, frosted eye shadow is the perfect choice if you want fuller, poutier lips. Just apply your lip color as normal and then go over it with a frosted eye shadow. The frost is a bit thicker in eye shadow so it will give your lips a luscious full look when you just dab it on over your lipstick.”