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Makeup Tips Every Woman Should Know---Part Four

Jan 15, 2018

Downward Strokes

When you put on foundation, it may be tempting to apply it as quickly as possible and not pay much attention to the movements of your brush.

If you have peach fuzz on your face, applying it in downward strokes can make a huge difference, as it sticks the hairs down.

With a sponge, try to use patting motions while downward stroking. This gives an even blend while still pinning down the fuzz.

Lowered Coverage

If you’re going to be out in the sun, full coverage foundation may not be appealing.

To prevent having to buy a new foundation for hot days, just play cosmetic chemist and make your own do-it-yourself tinted moisturizer.

Just mixed some foundation into your favorite moisturizer and voila! You’re all set.

Save Your Mascara Wands

Have you ever found the absolutely perfect mascara wand that was paired with an awful mascara?

Save the wand to use with your favorite formulation!

Also, saving random wands over time can prove to be a very smart practice.

They can be used as brow spoolies, for special effects, to pin down baby hairs around your face, and a host of other uses.

Just rinse them off then clean them with alcohol.

Halfie Lashes

Do you struggle to apply false lashes?

Chop them in half!

Cutting lashes in half gives you more control, allowing you to better place your corners to prevent them from peeling up.

Proper placement ensures they will look natural and feel comfortable all day.

Check Your Expiration Dates

Did you know that most cosmetics expire?

Cosmetics come in contact with your skin, brushes, and the air, exposing them to a host of bacteria.

The average rule of thumb for most common products is currently:

Mascara: Three Months

Liquid Liner: Six Months

Liquid Foundation: Six Months

Concealer: Six Months

Lipgloss: Twelve Months

Lipstick: Twenty Four Months

Cream Eyeshadow: Twelve Months

Brow Gel: Twelve Months

Lip + Eye Pencils: Twenty Four Months

Powder Products: Twenty Four Months

Some products may last longer so always read the labels on your products.

Use Lipstick As Blush

If you want a natural, glowy blush, check your lipstick bin!

Lipsticks give a sheer, brightening cheek color and are perfect for more natural days.

Always check your ingredients but if you’re all clear of pore cloggers or breakout triggers, definitely give it a try!

Cover Those Dark Circles

If you find yourself battling dark circles, grab a salmon color corrector!

Anything peachy or orange toned will help mask the purple and blue of a dark circle.

If the concealer clashes with your skintone, apply a thin layer of your normal concealer over top and foundation.

You will have flawless under eyes in no time!

Go Red

Red lips are timeless. They’re the epitome of vintage glam while also being so on trend.

Finding your perfect red can be a truly revolutionary experience.

Once found, your red shade can be thrown on with any outfit, hair, or look to give a touch of bold sass.

I personally lean towards blue based reds, as they make your teeth appear very white and bright.

Invest In Your Brows.

Your eyebrows frame your entire face.

Invest time and money into them above most other things, as a good brow can save everything while a bad brow can cause your other makeup to fall flat.

Research brow shapes for your face and either do it yourself or pay someone to pluck them down.

Learn what products work best for you and stick with them, form an arsenal of brow slaying tools.

Your brows can truly make a huge statement, choose them wisely.

Get Sexy, Wet Looking Lashes

On natural days, you can still amp up your lashes and make them really play into your look.

Use a clear brow gel lightly to give definition and a “I just returned from the ocean” vibe.

This tip is super understated and sexy while also finding a second purpose for a usually unitasking product.

Pat Magrath’s Natural Blush Hack

Pat Magrath is renowned as one of the greatest makeup artists of all time. If she recommends something, you know it's going to be good.

Magrath recommends blotting away foundation from your cheeks before applying blush to give a natural, real life look without caking up.

This hack gives you the essence of a youthful, fresh face, with less work and product used.

Color Coordinating

If you like natural, fresh-faced flush makeup, this tip is perfect for you.

Match your blush to your lipstick for a perfect touch of cohesion.

It is a great way to look put together and public ready without much thought.

Fill Them First

Shaping your brows can be a daunting task; one wrong move and you’ve gone from artfully arched to dreadfully thin.

An easy way to ensure you do not pluck too much or leave a bit more than you planned behind is to fill in your brows first.

Using your usual product, fill in your brows normally.

Pluck whatever stray hairs remain.

If you are still struggling with getting everything in line, fill in your brows heavier than usual with a strong, dark outline to clearly show where desired brow line ends and scraggles begin.

Eyes Appear Small?

If you are doing a smokey eye and notice your eyes look closed off and small, do not worry!

A simple tweak in your usual routine could make all the difference in the world.

Instead of lining your eye entirely with black, try just shading the outer corner. This in tandem with a inner corner highlight will brighten and open up your eyes, making you look awake and bright.

Skin Discolored Or Dull?

Try an illuminating primer!

The illuminating agents in the primer will catch the light, making your skin appear glowy and not at all dull.

The same light catching technology will help direct attention away from discolored areas.

Plus you will look positively lit from within.

Vintage Lash Tricks Sometimes Actually Work

For an instant lash boost, place a clean cotton bud or brush handle under your lashes near the base.

Keep it there as the mascara dries. The added lift will stay when the product is set, giving you plump, bold lashes in seconds.

This tip is not for everyone but it definitely does work!

Highlight Too Glittery?

While glittery, intense highlights may be stunning, some prefer a more low key look.

If your highlighter appears too glittery on the skin, maybe consider that it could possibly have an overspray.

A lot of brands will spray glitter in a thin layer over the top of a product to make it look prettier in the pan and encourage sales. The glitter does not translate well to the skin, but fear not!

With a steady hand, you can scrape away the glittery top coat and reveal a stunning product below. Many lower price bronzers do this as well; removing this glitter often reveals pretty lovely results.

Is Your Liquid Lipstick Not Drying?

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now, especially the matte ones that are kiss proof and dry down for a long wear time.

The only issue is that sometimes they can feel and look incredibly dry on the lips.

Do not apply balms before application!

Applying a balm directly before your liquid lipstick can prevent it from drying down and drastically reduce its longevity.

Instead, start a nighttime routine of exfoliating with a sugar lip scrub and applying balm before bed. Your lips will look and feel better than ever, making application much easier without compromising the product.

Want An Instant Face Lift?

When applying contour to your cheeks, try using a cream.

Apply the cream just below your cheekbone and blend upwards instead of down.

The upward blending will create a soft contour without dragging your face down, giving the illusion of youthful skin.

Love Cheek Stains?

Cheek Stains (think Benefit’s Benetint) are incredibly popular in many areas of the world. Ranging from liquids to creams to sticks, there truly is something for everyone in this realm of products.

When using cream or stick stains, you may find it hard to apply the product smoothly.

To fix this issue, try mixing a small amount of product with a carrier oil (like sweet almond, jojoba, etc) then blend it in layers over the skin. The oil will help ensure a smooth consistency and help alleviate any patchiness.

Oils will also improve the skin’s texture over time and help disguise any skin texture to give a flawless finish.

Check Your Texture

If you find that products often crease into your lines, wrinkles, or scars, consider that it may be time to swap your cosmetics.

Thin, watery foundations are more likely to slip into lines while stiffer products will fill them.

Using a filling primer will also help a lot, as pore fillers use silicon to bridge uneven textures in the skin and give a smooth base for other products.

Stiff Pomade?

Brow pomades are all the rage right now.

Many are super creamy, pigmented products but some options may be a bit harder to work with.

If your pomade feels waxy or stiff, try warming it on the back of your hand. Scoop out a bit from your pot with a spatula or brush and knead it on the back of your hand with your utensil of choice. From your hand, apply it to your brows as normal.

Your body heat will warm the product, making it easier to apply.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Written By Jen Reviews