Clumpy mascara? Uneven eyeliner? Unruly eye brows? Makeup can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. These are a few simple tricks I’ve collected over the years from my friends, in magazines, and from a little experimentation. These clever hacks will take your makeup to the next level and make the application process infinitely easier.
Fix clumpy mascara with eye drops
Dry, clumpy mascara got you down? Put a few eye drops in the tube. Like, seriously. It works. The eye drops help remoisten the mascara which gets rid of the clumps. Now you can make that expensive mascara you bought way back in high school last even longer.
Blot lipstick with paper
I use this trick every morning. It’s important to blot your lipstick so the color is even and there’s no excess waiting to smear when you eat or drink. Using tissues to blot isn’t the best method because they can stick and leave fuzz on your lips. The solution? Paper. I’m talking note cards, printer paper, anything (although I wouldn’t recommend paper with ink for obvious reasons). Simply cut the paper into 3”x2” strips and keep in your bathroom drawer or makeup bag.
Line inner lid with white eyeliner
Getting enough sleep is hard, if not impossible. If you’re looking a little tired in the morning, try applying a white or nude eyeliner to the inner rim of your lower lash line. It will instantly make your eyes appear larger and more alert. This is also great for a nighttime makeup look to give your smoky eye an even larger effect.
Use a tape barrier to blend eyeshadow
Blending eye shadow is a must, but it can be really annoying when you blend it too far down to the side, especially if it starts collecting specks under your eye (which is the worst, by the way). To avoid this, apply tape starting at your outer corner in a diagonal line to keep your shadow precise. Be careful to avoid getting your lashes in the tape or using too strong of a tape in this sensitive area. This is also a great trick for liquid eyeliner because it gives you a stencil barrier for the perfect wing.
Use toothbrush to comb eyebrows
If you have really long eyebrows, you know the struggle of getting the hairs to lay evenly and stay in place. An old toothbrush works great for grooming them, and you can even sweep a SMALL amount of hairspray through them to keep hairs in place!
Heat up your eyelash curler
I have really straight eyelashes, so just the thought of doing my makeup without an eyelash curler makes me anxious. Sometimes, I want to add even more height to my eyelashes. I’ll blast my amazing Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler with a hairdryer for 3-5 seconds before using it on my eyes. The heat helps curl your lashes in the same manner that a curling iron affects your hair. Important: make sure the curler is only slightly warm. Please do NOT apply hot metal to your eye area because you risk burning the sensitive skin there. Ouch.
Warm up your pencil eyeliner and brow pencil
I’m not a big fan of pencil eyeliner and brow pencils, because the application never seems as smooth as I would like. However you can fix this problem by heating up the pencil if you rub it on your hand or blow a hairdryer on the tip for a few seconds. This helps soften the pencil to allow smoother application.
Set mascara with finishsing powder
Apply mascara can be tricky. If you blink or look the wrong way, suddenly you have a massive black mess. This is especially true if you have long lower lashes. I like to set my mascara with my face finishing powder (I use Bare Minerals Mineral Veil). Simply coat a fluffy eye shadow brush or Q-tip with translucent powder and press lightly to coat and seal your lashes.
Using shadow as an eyeliner guide
There is nothing more frustrating than winged eyeliner that isn’t even. To master the angle of the wing, try tracing a line with dark eye shadow as a guide. I use a damp angled brush. It’s an easy, noncommittal way to make sure both your eyes will match. This way when you draw the wing with your liquid eyeliner, you’ll know where to trace to master that angle.
Create your own tinted moisturizer
Some days, you want a lighter, sheer look for your foundation instead of your full-coverage formula. Good news! You can mix one pump of your liquid foundation with one pump of your facial moisturizer to create a light-coverage, tinted moisturizer! It’s basically magic! You can even add a pump of your facial sunscreen for extra SPF protection, or add liquid highlighter for a luminous finish!
Do you have any other daily makeup hacks? Let me know in the comments below!