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If you’re anything like us (a.k.a. a total makeup fanatic), we bet you live for finding different makeup hacks. In fact, your motto in life is probably: You want to know it all—and you want to know it now. Well, then today’s your lucky day! We’re spilling all of our favorite makeup hacks that will make your routine easier (and perhaps even more fun!). From how to get fuller-looking eyebrows to tricks to making your lip color last all day long, we’re counting down the top makeup hacks for your lips, face, brows, and eyes. With these in your back pocket, people will really think you have a designated glam squad. Here are 17 makeup hacks every woman should know how to do.
Looking for ways to make your lip color last longer than it usually does? Start taking notes!
Makeup hack #1: Exfoliate and moisturize your lips. Anytime you’re planning on wearing a dark or pigmented color on your pout, you should start by sloughing away dead skin cells from your lip’s surface first to create a smooth canvas. Use a lip scrub to help smooth things out and follow up by apply a moisturizing lip balm afterwards.
Makeup hack #2: Use an invisible lip liner. Prior to applying your lipstick, line your lips with an invisible wax liner. These invisible lip liners are designed to grab on to color to help it last longer and it prevent feathering. Start by lining the outside of your lips with the liner to fill in any fine lines. Then, fill in the rest of your lips with a lip liner in a shade that matches the lipstick color you’ll be using.
Makeup hack #3: Blot and set your lipstick with translucent powder. Another way you can make your lip color last longer is with a tissue and translucent powder. First, outline and shade your lips in with a lip liner that is the same hue as your lipstick. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, available in 12 shades. Then, apply one coat of lipstick using a brush to get quicker and deeper pigmentation. Next, gently blot your lips with a tissue. Repeat the lipstick and tissue process two more times. Once you’ve done that, hold the tissue to your lips and finish off by lightly applying translucent powder onto your lips through the tissue with a powder brush.
Makeup hack #4: Pat and smudge your lipstick. This next hack is especially great if you’re looking for a way to try a bold lipstick shade without it being too extreme. The “pat-smudge” technique is an easy way to get a more natural look and just a hint of color. Using your ring finger (which has a more delicate touch compared to your other fingers), gently pat on your lip color and smudge it slightly. Doing this allows you to have more of a control over the amount of color you apply to your lips.
Makeup hack #5: Prime your lips with concealer. Did you know that your concealer and foundation can also double as great primers for your lipstick? Yep, it’s true! Just use a wet makeup sponge to apply concealer or foundation onto your lips. Then, take a lip brush and apply the lip color of your choice on top. Swiping the lipstick on top of the concealer can make the color look dull or muted, which is why you should use a lip brush to apply your color.
Makeup hack #6: Drink from a straw. This is probably not something you give much thought to, but it can really help if you’re rocking a vivid lipstick shade! The next time you’re sipping a cold beverage while you’re wearing lipstick, drink through a straw. This is an easy way to keep your lipstick on your lips instead of transferring to your cup.
Beauty blenders have a cult-like following when it comes to makeup. These drop-shaped blending sponges are truly the stuff of dreams. For flawless application of concealer and foundation, try one of these makeup blender hacks. And if you’re in need of new blenders, our favorites are the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender.
Makeup hack #7: Clean your makeup sponge by using massaging motions. Using a clean sponge is imperative, since you don’t want anything getting in the way of a smooth finish—and you also don’t want any bacteria or germs being transferred from the sponge to your face. When cleaning your sponge, get all of the makeup residue off by using massaging motions. Use gentle massaging motions with a cleansing solution to help squeeze out any excess product—just be careful not to scrub the sponge (gentleness is key!) since it can cause it to break.
Makeup hack #8: Use your makeup sponge for more than makeup application. Nope, makeup blenders aren’t just useful for applying makeup. Did you know you could use one to apply various skin care products like sunscreen, serum, and moisturizer, too? Just make sure you use a different clean sponge for each product.
Makeup hack #9: Color code your blenders. If you decided to follow our previous hack, it could be a good idea to invest in a couple of different shapes and sizes to make sure your sponges, and more importantly your skin, stay clean. Buy some in various colors so you can keep track of which one you use for each product.
Makeup hack #10: Tap the sponge on your skin. Get an airbrushed finish by tapping the sponge onto your skin. This is called the “stippling” technique. Stippling is when you gently tap the sponge onto your skin and blend using quick patting motions. This allows you to deposit makeup onto your skin and blend it at the same time.
Makeup hack #11: Get dewy-looking skin. All this takes is following one simple step. Combine your sheer foundation or concealer with a hydrating facial oil or moisturizer and apply it with your foundation blender. This will give you a no-makeup makeup feel without having to worry about consistently blotting excess shine away.
Brows are back and bolder than ever. That’s right: Gone are the days that pencil thin brows were on trend. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace the full look!
Makeup hack #12: Figure out your brow shape. Take the time to figure out what your brow shape is before your start tweezing away. Your eyebrows accentuate your facial structure, so it’s important to determine which one suits your face shape best. If you have a square face, the best eyebrow shape for you is gently curved. This brow shape helps soften your facial features. If you have a round face, the best eyebrow shape for you would be angular brows since they can give you the illusion of a more defined bone structure with a strictly styled arch. If you have a heart-shaped face, keep your brows well-groomed. When plucking your brows, only pluck from the underside to help keep the top of your arch in perfect shape. And lastly, if you have a long face, go for slightly extended brows.
Makeup hack #13: Use a brow tint for fuller-looking brows. Get fuller-looking brows with a brow tint. The L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set is a brow pomade that comes with a brush and spoolie. Dip the brush into the pomade and lightly dab to remove excess product before applying it.
Makeup hack #14: Try a brow blender for softer-looking brows. The L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender is a creamy crayon available in three blendable shades that can be used on their own or mixed together to create a custom hue. To use, fill in your brows using the tip of the crayon, build to your desired intensity, and blend with the kabuki blending brush on the other end.
Makeup hack #15: Use a small amount of concealer to help accentuate your brows. Just like your highlighter helps you accentuate all of your best features, a small amount of concealer can help accentuate your brows. Apply just a teeny amount using an angled brush along the outer edges of your arches to create a well-groomed finish.
Upgrade your eye shadow and eyeliner routine and everyone will think you’re a pro!
Makeup hack #16: Always start with primer. Want to help your eye makeup from migrating all over your face? Use an eye shadow primer first—this will also help to create a smooth base.
Makeup hack #17: Tailor your eye makeup to your eye shape. For a look that’s totally you, keep your eye shape in mind when applying eye makeup. If you have almond eyes, just about any shade or style will look absolutely stunning. If you have round eyes, contouring them can help to bring the focus to the center of your eyes. If you have upturned eyes, balance them out with a little dark shadow or liner along the outer lower corners. If you have downturned eyes, shade them in natural colors that brighten them up. If you have monolid eyes, add dimension by applying a gradient effect—start with darker colors near your lash line and gradually work up into a more shimmery tone under your brow bone. If you have hooded eyes, keep your brows well maintained and carry your eye shadow all the way up to your brow bone in neutral colors.