I have a confession to make: I spend an unhealthy amount of time watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. But it’s not my fault. If my mother hadn’t let me parade around like a clown when I was in the 7th grade, I probably wouldn’t be as obsessed with trying to look normal.
But that’s a post for another time.
The good news is that, throughout the many (many) nights I have sat at this desk searching for the best tips and tricks to help me fool people into believing I’m not a troll, I stumbled upon Wayne Goss’s channel, and I immediately fell in love.
Wayne has this amazing way of breaking down the wonderful world of makeup into bits and bites that I can actually understand, and he is constantly sharing the best kept secrets of makeup artists, which make a huge difference when you’re trying to make yourself look good in minimal time.
I’ve learned so many fantastic makeup tips and tricks from his tutorials, and decided I had to share my favorites with all of you. These clips will teach you everything you need to know – how to hide acne scars, how to make your nose look smaller, how to cover dark circles – and more!
Of course, makeup artists tend to recommend products that are a little on the pricey side, so I’ve included suggestions on more affordable options I’ve tried and tested myself so you can give these makeup artist secrets a try without breaking your bank account. Most of these items are available at your local drugstore, but in the event that you prefer to order everything online like me, I’ve included affiliate links as well!
1. MAKE YOUR FOUNDATION LAST
If your foundation has a tendency to disappear from your face by the end of the day, give this trick a try. It goes against everything I’ve ever learned about applying dry make-up before wet make-up, but it really, really works! Here are affordable product alternatives I used when testing this makeup hack out – you can click the image or the links below to find out more and/or purchase each item!
2. HOW TO APPLY PERFECT EYELINER
Want perfect eyeliner, but can’t seem to master how to apply it properly? Then this trick is for you. It took me a few tries to figure out – I started with a charcoal eye pencil and worked my way up to a gel eyeliner like Wayne suggested – but it really does work!
3. MAKE ACNE SCARS DISAPPEAR
If the teenage years were unkind to you and left you with acne scars, this quick trick on how to smooth your skin and make acne scars disappear will change your life! Remember not to use makeup that will make your face glow as it will draw attention to your problem areas.
4. MAKE YOUR NOSE SMALLER
This quick tip on the relationship between the positioning of your brow and the size of your nose has been a game changer for me. In fact, the first day I used this trick, someone actually stopped to tell me I have a nice nose. I’m not kidding.
5. HOW TO GET RID OF UNDER EYE BAGS
I’m fortunate enough not to have puffy bags (yet), but I am amazed at how easy and effective this tip is. Give it a go and you will be amazed at how much it transforms your face! The only challenge I have when it comes to using under-eye concealer is that it often dries out my skin and looks unnatural. I’ve tried a bunch of different options in the last several months, and the only one I ever have luck with is the Smashbox High Definition Concealer. I use it very sparingly and never apply power overtop, and I’m always pleased with the results.
6. HOW TO MINIMIZE PORES FAST
If you have large pores like I do, and find applying foundation can sometimes make them look MORE noticeable, this easy and awesome tip will give you that flawless look you’ve been looking for. It has made a HUGE difference in my look, but I do need to exfoliate and moisturize my skin beforehand or it causes my skin to look flakey and dry. I’ve featured the products I use to successfully pull this genius trick off below – you can click on the images or the links to find out more!
7. GET BEAUTIFUL EYELASHES THAT LAST
If you hate clumpy mascara as much as I do, you will LOVE this trick. I actually had an eyelash comb in my makeup drawer from a gift set a friend gave to me a couple of years ago, but I never knew what to do with it. But after giving this idea a try, I am amazed at how beautiful and curled my lashes look and I’ve never looked back. Give it a go!
8. PREVENT EYE CONCEALER FROM CREASING
For whatever reason, my undereye area has always been problematic for me. The skin is always too dry, and concealer always creases and/or settles into my fine lines and looks cakey and unnatural. But after using the products below to ensure my skin is moisturized and primed, and then following up with this genius tissue trick, my concealer looks AMAZING.
9. HOW TO FIX EYESHADOW MISTAKES
If you have a tendency of botching your eye shadow like I do, this trick will save your life!
10. HOW TO COVER DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES
If you’re a tired mom like me, these tips for applying concealer are JUST what you need!