Here, we’ve collected some gems you may not have seen or thought of – maybe it’s time to experiment!
Of course, not everyone is into a red pout or perfectly curled lashes – and that’s ok! We’ve also snuck in a few au naturel tricks for hydrating your skin in summer or making sure you lock in moisture in winter (even in places like lashes, which really do get dry!).
But if you’re a fan of color and coverup and contour, we have some great tricks to try at home to make your routine easier, cheaper, and more fun.
1. Keep your lipstick on your lips
If you mix food coloring (let’s say red) together with a peel-off face mask (or even PVA glue – it’s safe!) and apply it carefully to your lips. Once it’s dry, you can peel it off and it leaves a stain behind that will stay in place all day but come off your a good makeup remover at night!
Check out Bustle’s tutorial here.
We promise this is less weird than it sounds. In fact, companies even make peel-off lipsticks – check out the #peelofflipstick hashtag on Instagram if you don’t believe us!
2. DIY brow stencil
Well, now you can make your own!
Using a marker, an X-Acto knife, and some transparency film (or any firm plastic that you can cut!), you just need to draw on your desired shape, cut it out, and it’s good to use over and over again!
The beauty of this trick if you can try it over and over again until you get it right – maybe during one of your self-care evenings when you’re watching binge-watching Netflix or even a girl’s night (just finish up with the sharp implements before you pour your second glass of wine!).
There’s a tutorial available from The Makeup Files here if you want some more guidance.
3. Apply mascara with your lash curler in place
One major problem for those of us with straight lashes is getting them to stay curled throughout the day. It doesn’t matter how long your lashes are if they stick out straight!
The makeup gurus at Cosmopolitan Magazine have a ton of lash hacks, but our favorite is to apply your first coat of mascara while your lashes are in your eyelash curler. That will help them hold the curl in place (but will require you to rinse it off after each application).
4. Clean brushes with a strainer
While brush sprays promise to get them clean with minimal effort, that’s rarely the case, especially on big, poofy brushes where bacteria have lots of places to hide.
If it’s time to clean your brushes (and c’mon, you know it is), you can simply use antibacterial soap, but it’s also wise to invest in a cheap little strainer that allows you to really agitate those bristles. The strainer allows some to poke through and really scrubs them off.
See here for a run-down of the process and how well it works.
5. Perfect your winged eyeliner with tape
Next time you want to go for a dramatic look, try using tape as a guide – it doesn’t even have to be fancy tape. There’s no need to wing it when you have an easy tool in a nearby drawer!
6. Use olive oil to remove makeup in a pinch
Simply head to the kitchen and grab your olive oil.
Dab some on a cotton pad and watch your eye makeup (or any other makeup for that matter) slide right off.
Many makeup removers are oil-based, which makes makeup melt away, so it’s a cheap easy trick to try when you can’t head to the store right away.
Check out Beauty Something for other olive oil hacks as well.
7. Create instant eyelids
Frankly, it’s not a problem that needs fixing unless it bothers you, but a simple trick can save you the pain of the plastic surgery thousands of people undergo every year to get a bigger lid.
You can use a small piece of clear tape or a product like Instant Eye Lift to put a clear boundary between your lower and upper lids. It may not be the most comfortable option, but if you’re dying to try a smoky eye, this could be just the thing you need!
8. Contour your nose with tweezers
Simply run the instrument through your dark contouring powder, and run it down your nose. Then blend it out for a perfectly even look.
Her tutorial can be found here (she does her brows first – another great hack – so the nose trick is halfway through).
9. Q-Tip your lipstick
One way to avoid coloring outside the lines is to bite down on a Q-Tip as you apply your lip color. This keeps you from getting too far into the crease and getting those little clown lines in the corner of your mouth that only feather out throughout the day.
10. Hack your makeup brush
But sometimes you just need the smooth application of a contour brush. If that’s the case and you’ve just invested in a blush or kabuki brush (the most popular types), try using a bobby pin to create a new shape temporarily.
11. Double the life of your foundation
On days when you just need some light coverage, try adding a facial moisturizer to your concealer bottle, shaking it up, and creating your own tinted moisturizer!
It won’t pack quite the punch of your original foundation, but there are plenty of times you don’t need all that coverage. You could even use sunscreen instead for a day at the beach and some SPF protection!
12. Beet juice lipstick
Follow this tutorial that involves heating the beet juice and adding beeswax and glycerin, then enjoy a lip stain that stays in place all day.
13. DIY cooling spray
1/4 cup of witch hazel combined with 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel and a few drops of essential oils makes for a great and super-cheap DIY substitute at a fraction of the cost.
For the oils, use scents like peppermint to pep you up during the day and lavender to chill you out at night.
Click here for more info.
14. Fix broken lipstick
Instead, repair it by smoothing out the broken edges of both pieces, then using a match or a lighter to heat the lipstick remaining in the tube and (carefully!) the base of the broken off piece, then twist them back together, heat the seams, and voila! All fixed!
You can see a video of the maneuver here.
15. Condition your lashes with Vaseline
While there’s no evidence that petroleum jelly will help your lashes grow longer (though some people swear by it), it can help them appear longer and plumper, especially on no makeup days. And it can also help them stay in place if they like to go wonky.
Buy a separate spoolie to give it a try!
16. Contour your lips with liner
Start by marking your cupid’s bow with an “X,” then line your bottom lip and add lines as shown in the photo. Not only will this give you a more precocious pout, but it’ll also keep you from getting the dreaded lip line all around your lips if your lipstick wears off.
17. Revive your liquid liner
It turns out you haven’t been using all the product inside all these years!
Grab some tweezers and pull the liner tip out of the tube. Turn it around and reinsert. The other side should still have some product and be ready to go until you can get to the store to buy a new one (and you can whittle it down with a blade if it doesn’t have a tip).
If that’s not a possibility, simply soak it in some warm water for a few minutes and see if you can get one more use of out of it. There’s more information here.
18. Get the most out of your lipstick
Just take a Q-tip or other implement, scoop out every last bit from the original packaging, and store it in a different container. You’ll need to dab it on with your finger or a lipstick brush, but there’s probably at least a few days or a week left of lipstick in there that you would have otherwise thrown away!
You can also recycle old containers from samples if you want to be really sustainable!
19. Use a straw to dig out the last of your foundation or concealer
A great trick for getting that last of your investment out of the bottom of a foundation or moisturizer bottle is to cut the bottom of a straw in half lengthwise and use it to scrape all around the inside of the tube.
There’s a video here if you want to see it in action.
20. Prep your eyelash curler so it lines while curling
You might have to practice a few times before you get the hang of it, so don’t do it for the first time when you need to rush out the door.
But once you have this trick down, it’ll save you plenty of time! See instructions here.
21. Heat your eyelash curler
But if you heat up your eyelash curler with your blowdryer (or even some hot water) right before curling your lashes, the heat will make the curl stay longer.
Just make sure you touch it with your finger before putting it anywhere near your eye. You want it warm, not hot!
22. Repair your compact with rubbing alcohol
But if you need to keep it in your handbag or use a pad to or puff to apply it, then simply gather up the pieces in the original container, crush them up completely, then add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact, and let it soak in.
Then, use the back of a spoon to rub and smooth down the makeup back into its original shape and let dry.
Specific instructions are here.
23. Lay off the lash glue by using a bobby pin
Applying it straight from the tube often results in too much glue getting on the lashes and if you’ve ever experienced that sticky nightmare, you certainly don’t want to repeat it.
Instead, apply glue from the tube onto a bobby pin, which you can then drag across the edge. This helps you apply less glue more evenly and avoiding pasty looking eyelids.
24. Avoid lipstick teeth with the finger trick
The best way to avoid this is to get off some of the lipstick that gets on your inner lip during application.
After you apply your lipstick, simply stick your clean finger in your mouth, purse your lips lightly, and pull it out. That’ll get off the excess lipstick from the inside of your lips that would normally end up on your teeth.
25. Make your mascara last longer
But if you find your product drying up before it’s time, the best way to extend its life is to add a few drops of saline contact solution to the tube and shake it up.
It’s just the right texture to bring your mascara back to life. But add only a little at a time to avoid creating runny mascara!
26. Seal in your lip color with powder
This seals in a bottom layer of color that should stay in place throughout the day.
You can then add a bit more color or a gloss to get back that shine – unless you were going for a matte look to begin with.
27. Don’t let hot showers dry out your skin
While you might think shower humidity is enough to keep your skin supple, hot showers often do result in dry flaky skin.
28. Use concealer to tidy up lipstick
It happens to the best of us.
If you’re not keen on the idea of getting out the makeup remover and possibly taking off some of your foundation along with a lipstick smear, you might just reach for a small brush and some concealer to tidy up those lip lines.
If you’re using a liquid lipstick, try dabbing it first and then waiting for it to dry before covering it up, lest you smear it even more.
29. Use baby powder on lashes to make them look plumper
Just be careful to apply a little at a time and really separate those lashes so you don’t end up with cakey clumps or mascara that flakes off.
Click here for a how-to.
30. Color correct using red and green
But color correction is all about applying colors on the opposite ends of the color wheel to neutralize skin tone.
That means green will cover up red blemishes and an orangey tone will help you cover up the dark circles under your eyes. Just remember that you’ll have to blend it all out so you don’t end up looking like a Christmas tree!
31. Clean small brushes with bar soap
Give them the night to dry and you’ve got a bacteria-free brush ready to go in the morning!
32. Make your liquid liner more liquid
If you notice your product drying out and it’s not yet time to replace it, consider dunking the tube in a cup of warm water before applying it. This will make it glide on easier.
33. Double the life of your makeup sponges
You can even revive an older blender but cutting it in half and using the newly exposed inside to do your blending.
34. Turn a pencil liner into liquid liner
Instead of stabbing yourself with a sharp pencil, try heating it up with a match or lighter first (just for a few seconds) and watch it go on smooth without that unpleasant poking feeling.
35. Make your eyes pop with highlighter
Just make sure to blend it in or apply lightly.
36. Keep those blenders clean
Don’t simply stick them in your makeup drawer where they can get all sort of gunk on them that you don’t want to rub into your face later. Store them somewhere airtight and be sure to rinse them out every now and then too to avoid breakouts.
37. Check your lighting
Double-check your makeup job in either natural light or with your phone flashlight before heading out the door. This will let you know if there are any areas you didn’t blend properly or missed altogether so you don’t get any surprises later.
38. Use eyeshadow to cover thinning hair
Simply grab an eyeshadow in the brown or auburn family (depending on your hair color) and use a brush to dab it over the area.
This won’t solve all thinning hair problems, but it’s a great trick when you need some quick coverage.
39. Keep your active ingredients active
Refrigerating natural products is a good idea as well since those tend to actual spoil (think products from lines like Juice Beauty).
Finally, refrigerating things like eye creams might be a good idea since the extra cooling sensation can help reduce any puffiness you may experience first thing in the morning.
Just make sure you keep those lids tight if you’re going to put your cosmetics near your food!
40. Protect your hairline in summer
If you have dark hair, mix in some eyeshadow to tint it the right color before you apply.