It’s not easy being fabulous around the clock. In fact, it’s downright time-consuming for some of us. The good news is there are loads of makeup hacks that will not only save you time in the long run but also improve your makeup techniques and we’ve compiled 8 of our latest faves just for you!
Add natural-looking fullness to your eyebrows by using a combination of an eyebrow powder, eyebrow pencil, and an eyebrow mascara in that order). You can use a clean brow brush or a mascara wand to comb through brows and soften the color if desired. For many of us, “coloring in” eyebrows is the easiest way to get the job done but when doing make sure to apply with a light touch and feather the color to avoid looking over done.
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If you’re pressed for time and relegated to working your magic at a stop light on the way to work (we don’t recommend this but we’ve seen many gals doing it), you can quickly brighten your eyes by using an eyeliner pencil to darken and define your eyelashes. The trick is to work the color into your lash line to create the appearance of thicker lashes.
Whether you’re going for the drama of cotton candy to fire engine red on your eyelids, or something a little more office friendly, mastering the ombre eyelid is not as difficult as you may think. The first thing to remember is you want your color gradient to graduate from lightest to darkest, either from the brow bone down to base of your eyelid or from the inner corner of your eye out to the outer corner of the top eyelid. This, you can master in four easy steps.
Coincidentally, when you use this technique on your car, it’s called an ice cream paint job. Hmmmm.
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You’re lining your eyes and for whatever reason, today you can’t make a straight line to save your life. What do you do? If you’re like most of us, you either pull back the corner of your eye with your fingertip (a definite skincare no-no if you don’t happen to be Elasti-Girl) or you remove your eyeliner and start all over. Again and again.
The fix? Finish your messy line, wink at yourself in the mirror, then use a cotton swab dipped in nature’s greatest makeup remover – coconut oil. Coconut oil is a superb skin conditioner with both anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. That means it cleans and softens your skin as well as works as a great hydration treatment for the delicate skin around your eyes.
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Finally! You can take the guess work out of creating cat eyes (or winged eyeliner). You can now create the perfect cat eye makeup look with the help of a handy little eyeliner stencil to guide you. Fantastic!
Sure, we’d like to think we’re all schooled enough to create this look on the fly, but the truth is, having a map would make things a lot easier. And faster. And cleaner.
For more luxurious lashes without the year-long wait time, you can make your lashes appear to look fuller and thicker by adding a thin layer of powder to your lashes between mascara applications.
You can accomplish this magnificent feat using either a translucent powder or by using talc-free, fragrance free body powder. Simply use a Q-tip to dust a super-thin layer of powder onto your lashes from the base to the ends – then apply a second coat of mascara. And voila! Thicker lashes in seconds, not months.
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You can get a beautiful, dramatic smokey eye look with ease by using a regular kohl eyeliner pencil along your lids and smudging the liner with your finger. Next, add a small amount of your favorite eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eye and use a small, stiff brush to smudge the eyeliner.
Next add a generous coat of black mascara. Apply once in an upward motion, wiggling the wand all the way up to the tips and complete the look by side-swiping your mascara horizontally with your wand to make your lashes just a little messy. If you love drama, you’ll love this look.
In a pinch, it’s perfectly fine to use concealer instead of a highlighter to sharpen your eyebrows. In fact, some experts recommend it. Unlike highlighters, the concealers you choose are usually pretty close to your natural skin tone. The benefit is a little light concealer can sharpen the edges of your eyebrows and make them pop just as well as a highlighter. The only difference is the concealer will look more natural doing so.
So, feel free to grab your concealer the next time you’re shaping your eyebrows.
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