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.
6. Use lip liner to create the illusion of fuller lips.
7. Brush your brows into place.
8. Curl eyelashes more than once.
“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.
10. Don’t line your entire eye with dark liner.
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