Just like there are important things to know in life – like unicorns are real and don’t leave your straighteners on – there are also important things to know about makeup. You know, like how to have the most amazing foundation that looks like skin, and how to make your eyeliner snatch your face. So, we’re giving you the rundown on five must-know makeup tips so your makeup will be always be flawless.
1. Know your wing shape!
Drawing the perfect wing is a struggle at the best of times – but even if you managed to make them identical, is your wing working for you or against you? We’ve all drawn that dodgy wing where it’s made us look tired and our eyes look droopy. We.feel.your.pain!!
By knowing the shape of wing that suits your eye, it actually makes the process so much easier, and you can help to make them look bigger and more awake. Whether you have round, almond, hooded, or deep-set eyes, check out our guide to finding the right wing shape for you. Of course, you can adapt the style and make it bolder depending on different occasions, but by having an idea of the shape you should draw, it makes the whole process so much easier.
P.s. We love the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner, $22, for drawing a wing; it makes precision application beyond easy, and it glides on SO smoothly!
2. Apply false lashes like a pro
Everyone loves the idea of wearing false lashes for a night out or event, but the reality of getting yourself to the fluttery finish is more difficult! Fortunately, if you’re not a seasoned pro, there’s an easy way take the stress out of applying false lashes.
Instead of applying the whole lash strip in one go; once you’ve trimmed it so that it fits the width of your eye, cut the lash into three pieces.
We know this sounds like a bad idea, but applying the tiny blocks of lashes makes it so much easier to apply. Start at the outer corner of your eyes and place each piece of lash next to your lash line, working your way in. Not only does this make application so easy, but the fit is so comfortable and conforms to the shape of your eye perfectly. Try it and thank us later!
3. Have flawless foundation, always!
First things first, make sure your foundation is working for your skin tone. Do you have red, yellow, blue or pink undertones? Make sure you know yours and find a foundation that matches. Similarly, try to match your skin tone – there’s nothing worse than your face looking like it matches someone else’s body. This means you may need to mix two shades; having two shades also means you can mix them to match your skin as the seasons change – you’re likely to be fairer during the winter months.
Now you’ve got the shade right, application is everything – we already know you know step one is to prime your skin before foundation!
Step 1. Use your fingers to apply the foundation to the three main points of your face: your cheeks, forehead, and chin.
Step 2. Blend it out with a stippling brush or flat foundation brush using stippling motions. By applying the foundation with your fingers first, it means that the brush doesn’t get heavy with foundation and is less likely to look cakey or streaky.
Step 3. Next, apply concealer to any areas that need extra coverage, and under your eyes to brighten and lift the area. Blend everything again with a damp makeup sponge. Our fave is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $6.
By using a foundation brush first, it means you get the most coverage from your foundation while finishing with a damp sponge ensures it will be perfectly airbrushed.
Tip: Once you’ve washed/ wet your blender, ring it out and then gently squeeze it in a towel. This makes sure the sponge isn’t too wet and doesn’t lift off too much foundation.
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4. Give yourself a lip job!
If you’ve ever debated having lip filler but never wanted to commit or always wondered how you’d look with larger lips, then this is how you can fake it in just a few minutes. The technique of lining your lips also helps define the lips and make your lipstick last longer, so even if you don’t want to overline your lips, this technique is great to know! Here’s how we line, overline, and contour our lips for a voluptuous, plump pout:
5. Make your makeup last all day
We’re talking about baking, and we don’t mean a cake, we mean setting your face with powder so that it looks crease-free, flawless and poreless for the rest of the day. The process involves applying a thick coat of setting powder to areas that could crease or need brightening, like underneath your eyes and smile lines (you can even bake your chin and T-zone). After leaving this on your skin for 2-10 minutes, not only will it set your makeup in place, it will also help smooth out your complexion and prevent any eyeliner smudging. It’s perfect for big events or nights when you need your makeup to stay perfect for a long time.
How to Bake:
Step 1: Start by applying your foundation or concealer – to bake, the powder needs some kind of liquid formula to grip.
Step 2: Once your base is down and fully blended, dip a damp makeup sponge or dense brush into a finel-milled loose setting powder (we love the Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder) and apply a thick layer of setting powder (using a dabbing motion) on the areas of your face you want to brighten and set.
Step 3: Once you’ve let it set for two to ten minutes (whatever you have time for), you can simply dust away any excess powder using a fluffy brush.
Tip: We recommend letting the powder sit for up to 10 minutes if you know you’ll need your makeup to last from dawn to dusk, or just three to five minutes for a lighter bake.
Let us know if you liked these makeup tips and if you’re going to try any of them, in the comments below.