Who doesn’t want to make their lives just that little bit easier? We’re with you on that! And when it comes to makeup, especially during the hotter months, we like to be as efficient as possible. So we’re here to offer you our top 10 handy makeup hacks for easier and more successful application.
1. Make Your Eyeliner More Pigmented
Most people don’t want to spend a fortune on an eyeliner pencil, but unfortunately if you don’t you often end up with one that just doesn’t quite get the job done. How many times have you tried to line your waterline to no avail because the pencil isn’t pigmented enough? Well no more, we say. For a creamier, more concentrated eyeliner simply hover the nib near a flame for 30 seconds or so (just enough for it to look a little bit melty). Wait for it to cool (test it on your hand if you’re nervous) and then apply as usual! You should end up with a much more pigmented, better quality liner without having to spend a penny more.
2. Make Your Perfume Last Longer On Your Skin
For most of us, perfume is a luxury, so when you find yourself having to reapply it 10 times a day, you might find your supplies diminishing a little too quickly. If you want to make perfume last longer on your skin, thus making your bottle go that bit further, simply follow this handy trick: Apply a thin layer of Vaseline (other petroleum jelly based lip balms should do) on your wrists, neck, elbow crease and wherever else you usually apply perfume, before spritzing as usual. The Vaseline will help the scent stick to your skin, meaning you can smell great all day long without constant reapplication.
3. Make Any Lipstick Matte
If you want to change up your lipstick but aren’t prepared to buy a new one, why not try this simple trick to make any lipstick matte? Apply your favourite lipstick as usual, place a thin layer of tissue over your lips (as if you’re about to blot) and then dust a small amount of powder on top. This will act as a mattifier for your lipstick, without looking powdery or strange!
4. Avoid Lipstick On Your Teeth
Lipstick on your teeth is never a good look but it shouldn’t mean that you’re afraid to wear bold colours. Red lipstick can be empowering and sexy, purple lipstick can be fun and black lipstick makes a statement – so you shouldn’t let such an easily fixed problem hold you back! To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth throughout the day, blot your lips before putting your index finger in between your pursed lips and taking it out. It really is as easy as that!
5. Get Brighter Under Eyes
Let’s be honest, all of us need a little help shifting those pesky under eye bags from time to time. So if you want to appear more awake be sure to apply a brightening concealer in a triangle beneath your eyes, rather than only in the affected area. This will draw the brightness down and give you a more natural, luminous look! P.S. Peachy toned concealers are usually best for concealing dark circles whereas brighter/lighter concealers will give your face more dimension.
6. Keep Your Lashes Curled
This handy trick is for those of you who need a little more help in the lashes department. Whether they’re short, straight or barely there, this makeup hack will do wonders! To get a greater pay off from your eyelash curler simply heat it with a blow dryer for a minute or so, before testing if it’s cooled enough on your arm. Once it’s usable, curl your lashes as normal. This will help to maintain curl throughout the day! P.S. Use a waterproof mascara to lock in luscious lashes for even longer.
7. Volumise Your Lash Game
Instead of wasting money on a lash primer that promises the world but may or may not deliver, try this makeup hack instead. After curling your lashes but before mascara, pat a small amount of translucent powder on them. This may sound strange but by doing this before mascara application you’ll be creating a thicker base for the mascara to latch on to, thus giving you the appearance of thicker lashes.
8. Fake Fresh Hair
Arguably, dry shampoo is one of the best inventions in modern day beauty. How else could you make your hair look fresh for 6 days straight without washing it? That being said, little is more embarrassing than someone pointing out the grey patches in your hair from using it. To avoid this and make your hair look extra fresh, apply dry shampoo before bed. This way it will get worked in throughout the night as you move around. For extra volume, spritz dry shampoo before twisting your hair up into a bun!
9. Eradicate Frizz
Most of us have been drying our hair with towels for as long as we can remember but it’s time to switch out the towel for a t-shirt. To avoid excess frizziness simply dry your hair with an old t-shirt just as you normally would! The material should be softer and create less friction, meaning less frizz. It may feel a little unnatural at first, but trust us – this trick will work wonders on stubborn untamed hair.
10. Make Your Shadow Pop
There are two simple ways to make any eyeshadow pop. Firstly, simply spritz your brush with a setting spray or even just with plain old water before application. This will intensify pigment, especially when you’re packing on a lid colour. Secondly, before applying a brightly coloured shadow to your lid, colour up to your crease with a creamy, black eyeliner. Again, this will intensify the colour of your shadow, really making it pop!