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30 Easy Makeup Tricks and Tips

Whether you’re brand new to wearing makeup or you’ve been wearing it for years, it always helps to have a few tips for better makeup application that brings out the best of your beauty.

In this report you’ll find 30 beauty tips that will help you to get the most out of your makeup and love what you see in the mirror each day. You’ll learn everything from how to prepare your skin for makeup to finishing your makeup so it will last all day.

1. Cleanse and Exfoliate

Before you even really begin to think about applying makeup to your face, it’s important that you prepare your skin properly. Your skin is the canvas on which your makeup will be applied. If it’s not in the best shape, your makeup won’t go on smoothly.

The first step is to cleanse your skin. That helps to get rid of excess oil, old makeup, and helps get rid of the pollutants with which you come in contact. It’s a good idea to cleanse your skin morning and night with a formula that’s right for your skin type.

Exfoliating is a process that removes dead skin cells. This should be done a couple of times a week with a product designed to exfoliate. Some products are chemical exfoliants and use gentle acids to do the job. Others are physical exfoliants that include microbeads to scrub off dead skin.

2. Moisturize

Perhaps the most important step of skin care is moisturizing. Even if you have very oily skin a moisturizer can help bring balance and slow down your skin’s production of oil. After cleansing your skin, it’s important to moisturize before you begin applying makeup.

Moisturizer helps to plump up your skin and gives you the best possible surface for makeup. It will also help slow down aging and prevent wrinkles from popping up in the future. Some moisturizers also fight the wrinkles that you already have.

3. Choose the Right Shades for Concealer and Foundation

The first makeup that you’ll apply is concealer and foundation. These can help your skin to appear flawless and give you an even skin tone. But the wrong shade can make you look unnatural and ruin your look before you’ve even really begun.

Your best concealer color depends on how you’re using it. You’ll want to choose one that’s one or two shades lighter than your actual skin for covering up under eye circles. But when it comes to covering a pimple or other blemish, you’ll want one that matches exactly.

The best spot to test your color is just below your jawline below your ear. Apply concealer here and check for the color.

When it comes to foundation, you need a shade that exactly matches your skin. Using the same area apply a line of foundation and blend it in. If you can see the line, the foundation isn’t the right shade. Go up or down a shade as necessary until the line disappears into your skin.

4. The Best Formula for Foundation

Not only do you need to worry about the color of your foundation, but it’s also important to choose the right formula for your skin type. If you have normal to dry skin, you’ll be able to use tinted moisturizers if you want a light, sheer formula.

Normal to dry skin also works well for creams and sticks that give a more full coverage. If you have normal to dry skin that’s also aging, you might consider mousse that gives a light to medium coverage but won’t settle into wrinkles and fine lines.

For oily skin types, try going with a cream to powder or mineral powder foundation that doesn’t add oil to your skin and even soaks up some of it. All skin types can handle liquid coverage, but you’ll need to check the formula and choose the one that’s best for your skin type.

5. Highlight to Add Contour

Highlighting is a quick step in your makeup routine that can provide dramatic results. If you’ve never highlighted your face, you’ll love the results when you give it a try.

To do this you can use a highlighter – there are many brands at the cosmetic counter and even in drugstore brands. If you don’t have an actual highlighter, try using a very light iridescent eye shadow as a substitute.

Start by sweeping the highlighter across your cheek bones and blending it in. This helps make cheek bones stand out. To get your eyes to pop, apply highlighter just under your eyebrow, on the inside corner of your eye, and just above your lash line in the center of your eye.

You can also apply highlighter just above the center of your top lip and just below the center of your lower lip. This helps your lips to look a little bit bigger and gives that pouty look that you want.

6. Give Yourself a Natural Glow

Many women shy away from blush because they just don’t know how to use it correctly. But it’s much easier than you think – and every woman can do it. But how you do it depends on your face shape.

If you have a heart-shaped face, you should apply blush below the apples of your cheeks in the area below the cheekbones and then blend it all the way to your hairline. If you have a round face, you should apply it directly to your cheekbones and blend it toward your temples.

If you have a long face, you can apply it to your cheekbones, but don’t blend it all the way to your temples. This can help to give the illusion that your face isn’t quite as long. If your face is very square, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and keep the blush in a circular shape. This will help to soften the angles of your face.

7. Prime Your Eyes

One of the biggest problems with eyeshadow is that it tends to fade and end up in the creases of your eyes by the end of the day. It’s also sensitive to rain and humidity. But you can battle these problems by adding an eyeshadow primer to your routine.

This type of primer prepares your eyelid for makeup and helps shadow to stay in place all day. It’s an extra step that just takes a few seconds for hours of help.

8. The Perfect Line

After your lids are primed, it’s time to create the perfect line with your favorite eyeliner. Liquid liners and pencils are both appropriate. Line your eyes on top from the inside corner to the outside corner as close to your lashes as possible.

It’s best to use short strokes rather than trying to attempt one continuous line. You’ll be smudging your line later anyway. Once you’ve finished the top lid, start from the middle of your eye at your lower lashes and then move to the outside corner.

Once you’ve finished applying eyeliner, use a cotton swab or even your finger to smudge the line. This keeps it from looking like a perfect line and is more natural.

9. Apply Basic Eyeshadow

There are lots of ways to apply eyeshadow, but here you’ll learn about a way that works every time and can be used every day. If you skipped the eyeliner, make sure you still prime your entire lid to keep shadow out of the creases.

Next, start with a neutral shadow and sweet it across your eyelid up to the crease. This is the foundation for building the rest of your shadow color. Always use a brush to apply eyeshadow rather than the little foam applicator that often comes with shadows.

Next, use a darker color and blend it into the crease of your eye. Blend it so that you don’t see a line as you move from one shade to the next. Above the crease of your eye you need to add a lighter shade that will highlight this area of your eye.

As an accent, you can add a lighter shade to the inside corner of your eye. If you highlighted your face already, you’ve already done this step.

10. Choosing the Best Eyeshadow Shades

You want to choose eyeshadow shades that complement your eye color so that your eyes pop. If you have blue eyes, you should stick to colors that are brown or gold to give contrast and show off your eye color.

Brown eyes look beautiful with blues, greens, purples, and rich jewel tones. Green eyes pop when you add a touch of pink and brown. Tan neutrals and lavender shades will work with any eye color.

11. Create Perfect Lashes with Mascara Application

If you weren’t blest with thick, dark lashes you can create them using your favorite mascara. When you open the bottle, avoid the temptation to pump the wand up and down in the bottle.

This adds air which will eventually cause your mascara to get dried out and clump. Instead, twist the wand in the bottle to coat your wand without adding air bubbles to the formula.

After you pull the wand out, make sure to scrape off excess mascara – if you don’t you’ll end up with more clumps. It’s occasionally a good idea to use a tissue or paper towel to wipe the wand and get it clean.

Most people start with the top lashes, but then when they get to the lower lashes they end up getting mascara on their eyelids. Instead, start with your bottom lashes and work your way upward.

Place the wand at the base of your lashes and apply some pressure while moving the wand back and forth and sweeping toward the ends of your lashes. Repeat this two more times to get 3 coats of mascara. Then move to the top set of lashes and repeat.

12. Make Your Eyes Look Bigger with This Optical Illusion

If you’d like to make your eyes look a bit bigger, try lining the water line of your eyes (that’s the innermost part of your eyelid) with a white pencil. The white eyeliner gives the illusion that the whites of your eyes are bigger.

You can still go ahead and line the rest of your lids in the usual way with your preferred color. Try doing this with one eye at a time and you’ll be able to see a noticeable difference right away.

13. Keep Your Mascara off Your Face

There are a couple of different methods for applying mascara without getting it on your upper or lower eyelids. Even the most careful people can have slips. One method uses a business card.

You simply cut the index card small enough to fit the width of your eyelid. Then on the bottom, you cut a curved area that matches the curve of your eye. You can hold it up to your eye and sketch the curve before cutting it.

Once you’ve prepared the card you can hold it against your lashes on both your upper and lower eyelids as a shield to keep mascara from getting on your lids. Another method for this is to use a plastic spool. It’s already in a curved shape and you can simply hold it over and under your eyes as a shield.

14. Give Your Brows Some Extra Hold

Don’t forget to give your brows some attention as part of your makeup routine. Even after you pluck or wax, it can be helpful to use a brow pencil or shadow to give your brows some additional definition.

If you have brows that tend to get unruly throughout the day look for a brow pencil or brow wax that you can lightly add to your eyebrows. These include a waxy ingredient that keeps your eyebrows in place and gives a little extra color.

Years of waxing and tweezing can also leave brows looking thinner. Adding a touch of brow pencil or shadow can fill in the gaps and make it look like you have full brows again.

Avoid “drawing” on your eyebrows in a solid line. Instead, lightly stroke your eyebrows with the pencil to create the illusion of more brows without making a line. You can use shadow specifically designed for eyebrows that can be found in a wide variety of shades.

15. Get Perfect Lips Every Time

You’ll get the most wear from your lipstick if you apply a liner first. Outline your lips first and then fill it in with the lip liner. If you’re using a light shade of lipstick, go for a nude pencil. For darker shades choose a liner that is similar.

Then you can apply lipstick with whatever method you prefer – straight out of the tube or with a lip brush. Some women prefer to use a sponge applicator to apply lipstick (the kid of applicator that typically comes with eyeshadow).

Once you’ve applied the lipstick, you can blot your lips on a tissue to remove the excess. You can also place a tissue over your lips and apply powder to your lips through the tissue to set your lipstick. This will keep it set for many hours and prevent it from coming off on your coffee cup.

16. Play Up Your Eyes or Your Lips – But Not Both!

When you’re headed out for a glamorous night out, you want to look your best. This is the perfect time to play up your eyes with a smoky treatment or use your favorite red lipstick with high gloss – but you shouldn’t do both.

To achieve balance in your look it’s best to choose just one of these features to play up. You don’t want them to compete with each other. So if you go for a heavy eye, keep your lips neutral or play them down.

If you want your lips to pop, keep your eye makeup subdued and neutral. This way you’ll make an impression without coming across harsh or overly made up.

17. Make Thin Lips Fuller

There are a few different tricks you can do to help make your lips look fuller. First, remember to apply highlighter to the top and bottom centers of your lips. This will help create a pouty look that makes lips look a little fuller.

You can also line your lips just slightly outside of your natural lip line. Fill in the area and then apply lipstick. You’ll give the illusion that your lips are bigger. Don’t go too far outside of your natural lip line – if you do you can look a little clownish.

Finally, you can create a 3D lip that accentuates your lips and makes them look fuller. For this effect you’ll apply your lipstick as you normally would. Then, take a highlighting powder such as a white frosted eyshadow and dab it in the center of your bottom and top lips.

The highlighter helps to make your lips look fuller with an optical illusion. You can combine this with lip liner to create the perfect pucker.

18. Set Your Makeup to Stay All Day

After you work so hard to apply flawless makeup you want it to last. Using a makeup setting spray can help you to achieve that. You can purchase many different makeup setting sprays but you can also stick with a simple spritz of water.

This is particularly helpful if you’re in a humid climate or know that you’ll be in a warm environment. You can purchase aerosol sprays of water that you simply spritz on your face for a few seconds to set your makeup for the rest of the day.

19. Clean Out Your Makeup Bag

You already clean out your refrigerator and pantry, but you should also be cleaning out your makeup bag. Makeup is something that you apply directly to your skin and it has a shelf-life.

Once you’ve opened up your makeup, use these general guidelines to decide when it’s time to throw it out:

  • concealer –1 year
  • powder – 2 years
  • mascara – 4 months
  • eyeliner and lip liner pencils – up to 3 years (but sharpen regularly to reveal new liner)
  • eyeshadow – 3 years
  • foundation – 12-18 months
  • lipstick – 2-4 years (if it smells bad, it’s time to throw it away)

Make it a habit to go through your makeup collection every month and get rid of expired products. It’s a good idea to write the date you opened your makeup on the container with a permanent marker. This will help you to keep track.

20. Use Every Bit of Lip Gloss

When you have a tube of lip gloss that’s reaching the end, it can be difficult to use every bit of it. But you don’t want to throw money away by tossing it when there’s still perfectly good lip gloss inside.

One way to make sure you get all of it is to heat your lip gloss tube in warm water to make it pourable. Then pour it into a small, shallow container. If you have leftover lip gloss pots they will work. You can also use a case made for contact lenses as a container.

This will allow you to use a brush or your finger to extract every last drop of your favorite lip gloss before heading to the cosmetics counter to replace it.

21. Keep Brushes Clean

Your makeup brushes get daily use and will pick up dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils from your skin as well as old makeup. Every two or three months you need to clean your makeup brushes to keep your skin healthy.

You can use a very gentle detergent such as baby shampoo or ivory soap to do this. Get your brushes wet under running water and rinse out all the excess makeup that is trapped in the bristles.

Next, fill up bowl with warm water and detergent and give your brushes a swirl in the soapy water. Gently scrub brushes with your hands then rinse under running water. Use a towel to blot them dry and then lay them flat on your countertop to air dry the rest of the way.

22. Fix Broken Eyeshadow

It can be very frustrating when you travel with your eyeshadow or you drop it on the floor only to find that it has turned into a crumbled mess. Don’t throw that eyeshadow out! You can actually fix it and it will be as good as new.

Here’s what you need to do:

If you still have large pieces of shadow, go ahead and break them up so that all of the eyeshadow is a powder
Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the shadow (not too much – you don’t need it to be watery)
Then press the shadow down into the compact with your finger or you can use a small coin if you want a perfectly pressed surface
Allow the shadow to dry and voila – you can use it again

You can do this same thing with any kind of pressed powder makeup such as blush or bronzer.

23. Invest in Good Brushes

Most professional makeup artists will tell you that you can use just about any makeup to get good results – but the brushes are what make the difference. Invest in a set of high quality brushes so that you can have flawless makeup application every time.

If your budget is tight, invest in one brush at a time until you have the collection you need. Another option is to look for paintbrushes at an art store. They come in similar shapes and sizes to makeup brushes and are made from similar materials, but are often much less expensive.

You’ll never have to replace a great set of brushes as long as you store them upright to protect the bristles and you wash them regularly.

24. Extend the Life of Your Mascara

Mascara that’s fewer than 4 months old and begins to become clumpy can be saved. Add a few drops of saline solution to the tube and then mix it up using the wand. You’ll thin it out enough to get rid of clumps but not so thin that it doesn’t work anymore.

You can buy saline solution at any drugstore or supermarket that sells supplies for contact lenses.

Another tip for thinning out clumpy mascara is to place your mascara in a bowl of warm water. This will help the makeup to melt a bit and get rid of dry, clumpy areas.

25. Look Like You Have False Lashes without the Hassle

False eyelashes have become very popular, but they’re not that easy to apply and can be uncomfortable. But you have another option if you want to look like you have false eyelashes.

Before adding any mascara to your eyes, use a brush to coat your eyelashes with powder. Then apply your mascara to the powdered lashes. Some people use baby powder for this, but you can use any type of loose powder.

The mascara will adhere to the powder creating much thicker looking lashes without having to glue falsies to your face.

26. Use a Common Office Supply for the Perfect Cat Eye

Making a cat eye requires liquid eyeliner and a little artistry. You’ll start by drawing a fine line across your lid as you would any other day. Then create a little “wing” by starting at the end of your lashes and drawing a line that extends past your eye and is angled upward.

Next, you’ll draw a line from the top of your “wing” all the way back to your upper lash line. This will make a triangle shape that you need to fill in with your liner. In order to keep your liner from getting out of bounds, you can use a small piece of scotch tape as a ruler.

Place the tape against your skin at the desired angle of your “wing”. Then you can use your liquid liner without worrying if you make a mistake. When you’re finished, simply remove the tape and voila! Perfect cat eye. Don’t forget to add a healthy dose of mascara.

27. Create Your Own Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer usually provides a light coverage that’s shear and pretty for summer. But when it comes to actual moisturizing, it might not always be great for your skin. One solution is to create your own tinted moisturizer.

Just take some of your favorite moisturizer and add a concealer that matches your skin tone. This will create a tinted moisturizer that’s the right shade and has your favorite form of hydration.

28. Create Picture Perfect Look

You may have noticed that photographs can wash out your skin and make it look like you’re not wearing very much makeup. That’s because the flash creates such a bright light.

When having pictures made, be sure to wear lipstick that’s a shade brighter and wear heavier eye makeup than usual. You may feel a little too made up but it won’t show in the photos.

29. Keep It Seasonal

If you’re stuck in a rut and wearing the same type of makeup year round, consider changing it up for different seasons. In the summer you can stick to lighter coverage with tinted moisturizer, neutral eyshadows, and light colors of lipstick.

But in the winter, you’ll need heavier foundation coverage, eye makeup, and a darker lipstick to stand out against the winter landscape.

30. Change as You Age

The makeup look you wore as a teenager won’t be as appropriate in your 40s. The purpose of makeup is to help you enhance what you have in the best way possible. As you get older, you’ll need to reevaluate problem areas and make changes.
For example, metallic eyeshadows can look great. But when you begin to have fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes those metallic shades can actually begin to make you look even older. As you get older, stick to matte eyeshadows.

The same is true for lipstick. Frosted lipstick and lip glosses look great on younger women, but as you get older it’s best to go with a creamy or matte shade. Wearing the wrong makeup can age you further.

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So maybe I’m weird, but I wear waterproof mascara every day. Most women I know wear regular mascara every day and just save the waterproof kind for special occasions. Maybe I have watery eyes, but I find that regular mascara “bleeds” too much even on a non-crying day.

I hate having raccoon eyes so I opt for waterproof mascara for my daily routine.

But that comes with a whole other set of problems. Most waterproof mascaras are a pain to get off. Even cleanser and eye makeup remover is still a tough go.

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This mascara makes my lashes look great, it stays put, and then when its time to take off, I just wash with cleanser or with shower gel, and poof – its gone!

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