Ladies, gents, and everyone in between gather ’round! We’re about to reveal the 30 most mind-blowing makeup hacks that’ll have you slaying your makeup game in no time. If you’ve ever struggled with winged liners or questioned the best order for foundation and concealer, this is your lucky day. We have makeup tips and hacks that really work. So, without further ado, let’s dive into these makeup secrets that are about to rock your world!
Foundation makeup hacks
Foundation First, Concealer Second
Flip the script! Apply your foundation before concealer to create a flawless canvas, then use concealer to cover any stubborn spots. Say goodbye to caking and creasing! Applying foundation before concealer isn’t just a tip. It’s a revolution! By starting with a layer of foundation, you create a smooth base that minimizes redness and discolouration. Did you know that ancient Egyptians used foundations made from clay and essential oils? Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then. Your concealer will only need to target any remaining imperfections, and you’ll avoid that dreaded cakey look.
Conceal, don’t feel
Use a concealer in a shade lighter than your skin tone to brighten up your under-eye area and make you look more awake. Fun fact: Did you know that the term “concealer” was first used in the 1920s to describe a product that helped to conceal blemishes and scars?
Blend it like Beckham
Apply foundation with a damp beauty blender for a more natural finish. Remember, a good foundation blends seamlessly into your skin, just like David Beckham blends into any football team. Fun fact: Beauty blenders were invented by makeup artist Rea Ann Silva in 2007 and have since become a staple tool in the beauty industry.
Set your makeup with a translucent powder to prevent it from smudging or sliding off. As RuPaul once said, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag,” and setting powder can help you keep your drag on all day. Fun fact: Powder was first used in ancient China to create a porcelain-like finish on the skin.
Blush on, baby, one more time
Apply blush to your temples instead of just the apples of your cheeks to create a more youthful and lifted appearance. As Britney Spears once said, “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman,” but with this trick, you’ll look like you’re somewhere in between. Fun fact: Blush was first used in ancient Egypt to enhance the appearance of the cheeks and was made from crushed berries and minerals.
Get your glow on
Use a highlighter on the high points of your face (such as the cheekbones, brow bone, and Cupid’s bow) to add a natural-looking glow. Someone once said, “I glow differently when I’m happy.” With the right highlighter, you can glow like a happy goddess all day. Fun fact: The first highlighter was made by Ben Nye, a Hollywood makeup artist, in the 1960s.
Brush Handle Contour Guide: Contouring Made Easy
Find your perfect contour placement by rolling a brush handle under your cheekbone. Then, dust on bronzer, blend, and bask in your newly sculpted glory! To determine the correct placement for your contour, roll a brush handle, pencil, or pen right below your cheekbone. Once you’ve found the correct spot, dust some bronzer below it with a contouring brush, and blend to soften. Contouring made easy!
Brow Pencil Contour: Improvise and Slay
No cream contour stick? No problem! After applying foundation, use bronzer and smaller brush to mark the areas you want to contour. Did you know that contouring has been used by stage actors since the 1800s? This concentrated yet smudge-able pencil is perfect for defining your features.
White Eyeliner: Eyeshadow’s BFF
For an eyeshadow that pops, lay down a base of white eyeliner. Your colours will shine like never before! Use a white eyeliner pencil to boost the vibrancy of your eyeshadow. This trick dates back to ancient Egypt when women used white pigment to make their eye makeup pop. Apply white eyeliner on your entire eyelid before layering on your eyeshadow to see your colours genuinely shine.
Spoon Stencil: Winged Liner’s Secret Weapon
Can’t freehand your winged liner? No worries! Use a spoon as a stencil, and you’ll have flawless wings. If freehand drawing your cat’s eye is too challenging, use a spoon as a stencil. Hold the spoon’s stem against the outer corner of your eye and draw a straight line with liquid eyeliner. Flip the spoon and use its rounded edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect. Now you can slay that cat eye with ease!
Blend, baby, blend
Blend your eyeshadow well to avoid harsh lines or patchiness. As Bob Ross once said, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents,” With the correct blending technique, your eyeshadow will be a happy little masterpiece. Fun fact: Eyeshadow was first used in ancient Egypt to ward off evil spirits.
Hashtag Hack: Smoky Eye Magic makeup hack
Achieve a sultry smoky eye with just a hashtag. Draw a slanted hashtag on your outer eyelid and blend, blend, blend. Hello, gorgeous! The secret to a sultry smoky eye without the mess? A simple hashtag! Use a creamy eyeliner to draw a slanted hashtag on the outer third of your eyelid, then blend with a sponge or smudging brush. This trick ensures symmetry and keeps your smoky eye from turning sloppy.
Triangle Trick: Brighten Those Under-Eyes
Swap dotting for a concealer triangle under your eyes to banish shadows and create a brightening effect. Your under-eye area never looked so good! Next, brighten your under-eye area by applying concealer in a triangular shape. Did you know that using light and dark shades to create dimension on the face dates back to the 1500s? This technique conceals redness and shadows, creating the illusion of brighter under-eyes.
Saline Solution: Mascara CPR
Revive dried-up mascara with a few drops of saline solution. It’s like magic (but please, still toss your mascara after three months)! Did you know mascara should only be used for three months max? But if it dries up within that time, a few drops of saline solution can bring it back to life. Just toss it after three months to avoid bacteria and potential eye infections.
Cat Eye: Outline and Conquer
Master the elusive cat eye by outlining first, then filling it in. Voilà! Perfect wings every time. Struggling to perfect your winged eyeliner? Fun fact: Winged eyeliner dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used to protect the eyes from the sun’s glare. Once you’ve outlined and filled in the shape, you’ll have symmetrical and stunning cat eyes.
Pencil Liner: Melt Your Heart
Want your pencil liner to glide like butter? Hold the tip under a lighter for a second, let it cool, and marvel at its new creamy texture. Did you know that creamy makeup products blend better when warmed up? Hold the tip of your kohl eyeliner under a lighter’s flame for a second, let it cool slightly, and watch the consistency change. This trick will make your eyeliner glide smoothly and effortlessly across your eyelid.
Brow game strong, life game strong
Fill your eyebrows with a pencil or powder to define and shape them. Was it Lily Collins that once said (someone smart anyways), “Eyebrows are the one thing you can get into shape without exercising,” and a good brow can elevate your entire makeup look? Fun fact: The ancient Greeks considered unibrows to be a sign of intelligence and fertility.
Spoolie Brush: Your Brow BFF
Don’t let messy brows ruin your day. A quick swipe with a spoolie brush will keep them in line and look fabulous. Whether in a rush or prepping for a complete brow treatment, a spoolie brush is your secret weapon. Fun fact: The first spoolie brushes date back to the 1950s when they were used to groom brows and lashes. Today, these little wonders help keep your brows looking neat, ensuring each hair is in the right place before you go in with additional products.
Less is more, except when it comes to lashes
Use individual false lashes to add volume and length to your lashes without looking overdone. As Marilyn Monroe said, “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and, at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best,” With the right false lashes, you can handle anything life throws at you. Fun fact: The first false eyelashes were made in the 1910s by a wig maker for a film director who wanted his actress to have more dramatic eyelashes.
Mascara, because life is short, but lashes shouldn’t be
Apply mascara from the root to the tip of your lashes to add volume and length. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. And I believe in mascara. Lots and lots of mascara.” Fun fact: The first mascara was invented in the 1910s and was made from coal dust and petroleum jelly.
Spoon Shield: Mascara’s Bane
Keep mascara smudges at bay with a trusty spoon. Hold it against your eyelid while applying mascara, and the smudges will be history. Avoid mascara smudges by holding a spoon against your eyelid while applying.
Translucent Powder: Lash Plumper
For fuller, more voluminous lashes, dust on some translucent powder between mascara coats. Va-va-voom! Want fuller, more voluminous lashes? Dust some translucent setting powder between coats of mascara. The powder helps grip the mascara, resulting in thicker, more dramatic lashes. It’s a simple trick that makes a huge difference.
Bobby Pin Glue Hack: Lash Saviour
Ditch the mess and apply eyelash glue with a bobby pin. You’ll get just the right amount right where you need it. Messy eyelash glue is a thing of the past with this tip: Use a clean bobby pin to apply a few glue dots to the lash band. Did you know that bobby pins were invented in 1899 by a man named Luis Marcus? The handy hair tool now doubles as a precise eyelash glue applicator.
Lip liner, but make it fashionable.
Layer lipstick with a lip liner for a longer-lasting and more defined look. As Coco Chanel famously said, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself,” Using lip liner can help you enhance your natural beauty. Fun fact: Lipstick has been around since ancient times, and women in ancient Greece used to crush beetles to make red pigment for their lips.
Petroleum Jelly: DIY Lip Gloss
Transform your favourite eyeshadow into a custom lip gloss by mixing it with petroleum jelly. Pucker up, buttercup! Mix your favourite eyeshadow with petroleum jelly for a custom lip gloss. Did you know that petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 by a chemist named Robert Chesebrough? Mix your eyeshadow pigments with a little petroleum jelly, and voilà. Your one-of-a-kind lip gloss is ready to wear.
Cupid’s Bow “X”: Lip Perfection
A perfectly defined Cupid’s bow is achieved by drawing an “X” with a lip liner. Then, fill in the rest, and watch your lips steal the show! So what is the quickest way to define your Cupid’s bow? First, use a lip liner to create an “X” that lines up with your natural lip line. Then, fill in the bottom three sections of the “X” with lipstick and complete your look. This tip dates back to the 1940s when women used this technique to perfect their lip shape.
Tissue + Powder: Lip Lock
Keep your lip colour in place by setting it with a tissue and translucent powder. It’s extra, but oh-so-worth it. To make your lip colour last for hours, swipe on your shade, lay a tissue over your mouth, and put translucent dust powder over the top. Fun fact: This technique dates back to the 1920s when women used a similar method to set their lipstick. Now you can rock that lip colour all day long.
Lip Exfoliation: Smooth Moves
Banish chapped lips with a gentle scrub before applying lipstick. Your lips will thank you, and your colour will shine like a dream. Exfoliate your lips with a gentle scrub for a perfectly smooth lipstick application. Did you know Queen Elizabeth I made her lip scrub using sugar and honey? Stick to once-a-week exfoliation to avoid irritation, and enjoy your beautifully soft, lipstick-ready pout.
Toothbrush Tamer: Flyaway Hair Fixer
Flyaway hairs can be a nuisance, but a toothbrush and hairspray can come to the rescue. Did you know that toothbrushes were invented around 3500 BC? Spray a clean toothbrush with hairspray and gently comb down those stubborn hairs to tame them.
DIY Dry Shampoo: The Kitchen Cabinet Saviour
Run out of dry shampoo? Fear not! Mix equal parts corn starch and cocoa powder for homemade dry shampoo. Did you know that the Aztecs were among the first to use cocoa beans for their beauty benefits? Apply the mixture to your roots to absorb oil and add volume, and you’ll be good to go.
And there you have it, friends: 30 makeup hacks that’ll have you looking fabulous and turning heads. It’s time to put these tips to the test and elevate your makeup game to new heights! Happy blending!