5 Makeup Tips That’ll Make Doing Your Makeup Infinitely Easier


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With all the beauty influencers, YouTubers, and 13-year-olds who could pass for 20-year-olds out there, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one in the world who can’t do makeup like a pro. But don’t believe the lies you tell yourself! Anyone (yes, even you) can be good at doing their own beat with a few makeup tips and a little guidance. Whether you’re looking to tackle the cat eye or finally figure out how to contour and highlight, I’ve got 17 must-try makeup tips for you below. So grab your makeup bag and that one product (err, products?) you never learned how to use, and keep scrolling.

Makeup Tip #1: Melt Your Pencil Liner to Help It Glide

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Fact: Creamy makeup products blend better when they’re warmed up. So if your kohl eyeliner pencil skips or tugs on your eyelid or takes multiple coats for a decent color payoff, melt it down slightly before you start lining. To do so, hold the tip of your kohl liner under the flame of a lighter for a second or until it gets tacky, let it cool slightly (swatch it on your hand to make sure it’s not too hot or melted), then watch the consistency change right before your eyes.

Makeup Tip #2: Use White Eyeliner to Make Your Eyeshadow Pop

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To make a sheer or less pigmented eyeshadow appear more vibrant on your eyelid, blend a white eyeliner pencil over your entire eyelid first. Then, put your eyeshadow right on top. The opaque coverage of the white liner will intensify any eyeshadow shade and make it pop.

Makeup Tip #3: Outline Your Cat Eye First

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ELIZABETH GRIFFIN

If you’re struggling with nailing your winged eyeliner look (also, hi, same, I feel you), try drawing the outline of the shape first and then filling it in. Extend a line beyond your lower lash line to create the bottom of your cat eye first. Then, decide on the thickness you want for your wing, and trace the top line from the end point of your flick to your upper lash line. Once you have the shape mapped out on both sides and everything looks symmetrical, fill in the open space.

Makeup Tip #4: Use a Spoon as a Stencil Winged Liner

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KATHLEEN KAMPHAUSEN

If freehand drawing your cat eye just isn’t gonna happen for you, grab a spoon and use it as a stencil. Holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, use a liquid eyeliner to draw a straight line as the first step for your cat eye. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect.

Makeup Tip #5: Hack a Smoky Eye With a Hashtag

 

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smoky eye can go from sultry to sloppy real fast if you don’t know what you’re doing. To keep it simple, use a creamy eyeliner to draw a slanted hashtag symbol on the outer third of your eyelid, then blend it out with the sponge or a smudging brush. This will not only ensure that both eyes are symmetrical, but also prevent you from getting a little too crazy with the eyeliner.