To say that I love makeup is an understatement. It’s one of my favorite things in life (besides the people that I love), and it’s probably where the vast majority of my money goes (besides bills).
That’s why I get super excited when I discover newĀ makeup hacksĀ that could potentially change my entire beauty routine for the better — and I’ve stumbledĀ across a few lately that I just have to share.
5 Genius Makeup Hacks to Try Now
From wonky eyeliner to botched nails, the following tips will help you master the most challengingĀ beauty techniques.
1. Use tape to perfect your eyes.
A few weeks ago, I found myself in the midst of a YouTube beauty-tutorial binge. (This happens to me approximately once per weekend.) What started as a video demonstration of how to do a specific braid endedĀ with a makeup trick I’d seen before but had never tried.
This particular vlogger wrapped up her video by doing a smoky eye, but her application technique included transparent tape.
She had strategically placed an angled piece of tape below each eye in order to catch any eyeshadow residue and perfectĀ her winged eyeliner.
If you struggle with mastering the perfect cat-eye, this one’s for you:
- To begin, take an inch-long piece of Scotch tape and press it to your hand a few times to dull some of its adhesive power. This will help it from sticking too severely to your delicate eye area.
- Place the tape underneath your bottom lashes at the outer corner of your eye and angle it toward your temple. Avoid angling the tape toward the end of your brow, otherwise your wing can take on more of an Amy Winehouse-esque hooked appearance. We’re going for a Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wing here.
- Begin sketching at the middle of your upper lash line, which is where the liquid line should begin to thicken. Draw a stripe to the outer corner of your eye using short, dash-like strokes.
- Using the tape like a straight-edged ruler, continue drawing your line along the tape past the outer corner. Don’t worry if some of the liner bleeds onto the tape — this will all be removed anyway! Messiness isn’t an issue here, but do make sure the liner gradually gets thinner and thinner as you sketch out the line.
- Remove the tape.
- Finish the line by going back to the middle of your eye and sketching short thin strokes over to the tear duct. By the time the liner reaches the inner corner, the streak should hug the lashes as tightly as possible.
2. Use a bobby pin to transform your makeup brush.
I love this technique, because it’s easy, quick, and likelyĀ free. When it comes to stroking and contouring, you need a brush that has a little more precision than your basic powder brushes.
Most makeup artists rely on fan brushes for these very techniques, but if you don’t have one of your own, you can make one with the help of your standard powder or blush brush and two bobby pins.
Simply fan your brush out, adding a bobby pin to each side to maintain the bristles’ flared shape.Ā (And remember to remove the bobby pins after use so that your brush doesn’t loseĀ its original state.)
3. Use a fork to contour your nose.
I admittedly laughed when I first saw this makeup hack on Pinterest. In fact, I sort of assumed it was a joke. But then I spottedĀ the same trick again… and again. Even NikkieTutorials did a video on it.
Is this really necessary in life? Could this possibly be real?
To quote Seinfeld, it’s real… and it’s spectacular. I tried this utensil-enhanced trick for myself and was seriously impressed at how well it works. Curious? Break out the silverware:
- Use the three center spaces as your guide.
- Place the center opening in the middle of your nose, and then use your contour stick inside the outer openings to draw inĀ definition.
- Next, apply highlighter in the center opening.
- You’ll end up with two lines down your nose that definitely need blended, so blend accordingly.
(For the record, I recommend using a light touch. Think Megan Fox, not Michael Jackson.)
4. Use glue for a tidy manicure.
Am I the only one who can’t paint my nails to save my life? I can do my left hand somewhat okay, but things quickly go downhill at an alarming rate when I attempt my right. I can’t even get a pink mani right, let alone attempt the nail art trend.
That’s why I’ve been so anxious to try makeup hacks that involveĀ applying Elmer’s glue to the outside of the nails as a sort of barrier for your polish.
Here’s how it works:
- Start with fresh, clean nails.
- Cover the cuticles (and only the cuticles) with Elmer’s glue. Alternatively, you can pour glue into a dish and paint it on with a small brush (an eyeshadow brush should work just fine.)
- Allow glue to dry ā about two to three minutes.
- Polish your nails as you normally would (aka, as sloppily as a kindergartner with finger paint). You can opt for a second coat and finish off with a top coat. Allow polish to dry completely.
- Finally, just peel away all of your mistakes in the most gratifying way imaginable! It couldn’t be easier… or less toxic.
5. Use baby powder to make lashes look thicker.
Before dry shampoo was a thing, I relied on baby shampoo to make my blonde hair look fuller and fresher in collegeĀ sans shampoo… but I had no idea that this same product could change your lash game.
- To start, crimp your lashes with an eyelash curler at the base and then again about halfway up the shaft. Then, apply your go-to mascara as normal. One or two coats is fine — whatever your usual routine is works.
- Now it’s time for the powder. Shake a bit into the palm of your hand, dip a Q-tip into it, then apply to both the tops and bottoms of your lashes. Make sure you fully cover them! If you’re doing it correctly, your eyelashes should be totally saturated and no longer look black when you’re finished.
- Finally, apply another coat or two of mascara — again, whichever you prefer — from the roots to the tips. And… that’s it! Your lashes should now be fully blackened again and pumped to the max.
Source: Teen Vogue