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From tried-and-true beauty insider secrets to the makeup techniques celebs rely on (we see you, highlighting and contouring), we’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks recommended by makeup pros and makeup junkies alike. Whether you’re looking to fix common makeup problems like creasing, smudging, or fading, or you just want to change up your look, here are the best makeup hacks that you need to try ASAP.


1. DIY your own tinted moisturizer.

When you want something lighter for the summer, you don’t have to ditch your foundation — you can turn it into tinted moisturizer. “Use equal parts foundation and moisturizer — apply a penny size amount of each and mix in your palm,” says Ashburn-McKissock. “For a summery, tan glow, add a few drops of gel bronzer. For a glowy, dewy effect, add a few drops of liquid highlighter.”


2. Don’t test foundation on your wrists.

While it’s certainly easier to swipe some foundation or concealer on your inner arm to see if it matches your skin tone at the store, it’s not that accurate. “Color test foundation and concealer on your face or neck, not your arm or hand,” says Teich. “Your hand is likely a different color from your face, so this is the only way to get an accurate color match!”


3. Set lipstick with translucent powder.

This old-school hack has been around since your grandma’s generation. And for good reason — it works. Apply your favorite lipstick as you normally would. After, place a tissue on your lips, and apply translucent powder over the tissue onto your lips. You’ll be left with matte pout that will stay put all night.


4. Use your thumb to keep lipstick off of your teeth.

Nobody wants their smile to show off a set of lipstick-stained teeth. To keep your lipstick on your lips, simply pucker up and put your thumb in your mouth, then quickly pull it out. That way, you’ll wipe away any lipstick on the inside of your lips before it makes its way to your teeth.


5. Make your own lip stain.

Wear your favorite lipstick color without worrying about it smudging or fading by turning it into a lip stain. “Apply your favorite cream or liquid lipstick, and leave it on for a minimum of 10 minutes,” says Ashburn-McKissock. “Then, use a wet cotton round to ‘remove’ it and apply your favorite lip balm after for a hydrated, stained look.”

6. Use lip liner to create the illusion of fuller lips.

Lip liner doesn’t just keep your lipstick in place — if you draw just over the natural lines of your lips, you can make your pout appear larger. “Use lip liner to fill in your lips in the same color as your lipstick for the longest-lasting coverage,” says Teich. “You can also overline lips this way.”

7. Brush your brows into place.

If you’re out of brow gel, try this DIY method to keep even the most unruly brows in place. “Apply a small amount of hair gel or hairspray on to a clean spoolie or toothbrush and brush your brows into place,” says Ashburn-McKissock. Quick and easy!

8. Curl eyelashes more than once.

If you’re looking for long, full lashes, don’t make the common mistake of just pressing down once with your eyelash curler.
“When curling eyelashes, pulse a few times up the whole length of your lashes for the most natural-looking curl,” says Teich.

9. Apply nude or white liner to your waterline to widen eyes.

While dark liner on your waterline will close eyes in, white eyeliner has the opposite effect. “Find a liner that is a few shades lighter than your skin tone. Apply the liner to your bottom waterline,” says Ashburn-McKissock. “This will give the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes.”

10. Don’t line your entire eye with dark liner.

After you finish applying any kind of eyeliner to your upper lashline, stop there or else your eyes will look smaller. “Avoid rimming your entire eyes in a dark color, unless you’re going for a full-blown smoky eye,” says Ashburn-McKissock. “Covering anything in a dark color is slimming, so you want to keep dark colors on the top and outer corners of the eyes to lift and accentuate.”
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