1. Add eyedrops to dry eyeliner
Don’t be in a hurry to throw away that dry, ancient gel eyeliner that you discovered behind the toilet. You may be able to save it. By adding a few eyedrops and stirring, you can revive the driest of eyeliners. Just be sure to add only a drop to avoid making the liner too runny.
2. Clean up nails using a flat-brush and nail polish remover
It’s almost impossible to avoid getting nail polish on your skin when painting your nails. It’s even harder to remove the polish once it’s there. The easiest solution is to dip a flat brush in a small amount of nail polish remover and lightly run it across the polish on your skin. Use a paper towel to clean the brush before starting on a new section.
3. Vaseline and Broken Blush
It’s a devastating sight to see a broken blush or eyeshadow, but it’s not the end of the world. By adding vaseline to a broken blush or eyeshadow, you can convert it to lipstick.
You can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to the mixture to give it some lip plumping action.
4. Heat your eyelash curler with a hair dryer
If your eyelash curler doesn’t seem to be cutting it, try heating it up with a hair dryer. The heat gives a stronger, longer lasting curl. Just make sure you test the temperature to avoid burning your eyelid.
5. Use Tape to Clean Brushes
Whether we forgot, ran out of time or are just lazy, we occasionally don’t clean our makeup brushes. A quick way to remove old makeup from brushes is to tear off a piece of tape, roll it into a circle, stick it to a paper towel and rub your brushes against it. This will remove loose eyeshadows and powders and prepare the brushes for immediate use.
6. Use lipstick as blush
Matching your lipstick to your blush is a great way to bring your look together, but it’s often hard to find just the right match. By adding a small amount of lipstick to the apples of your cheek, you can add some color that looks just as good as blush. Tip: It’s best to avoid matte lipsticks or lipsticks that are too glossy.
7. Turn glossy lipstick matte
Matte lipstick is a popular choice, especially when wearing heavier eye makeup. Unfortunately, we don’t always have our favorite colors in matte formula, but don’t worry! You can turn your glossy lipstick matte by placing a piece of tissue over your lips and dabbing the tissue with a translucent or setting powder.
8. Use mascara as eyeliner
If you’re running low on eyeliner, mascara can be your fallback. Simply dip an eyeliner brush in your mascara and use it just the same as a gel eyeliner. Mascara also lasts longer than most eyeliners.
9. Use tape for winged eyeliner
It’s difficult to get winged eyeliner straight, especially if you’re new to the makeup game. By laying a piece of tape from the corner of your eye outwards, you can achieve a straight, clean line. Some helpful tips: (1) Reduce the stickiness of the tape by sticking it to your hand a few times. This way it’ll hurt less on your sensitive eye skin. (2) Allow the eyeliner to dry before peeling the tape. Wet liner can smear or become crooked if the tape is removed too quickly.
10. Use a spoon for contouring
Contouring has been around for a long time, but its popularity among women has increased over the past few years. Still, it’s a difficult technique to master. One way to get your cheekbone contours just right is to use a spoon. First, angle the handle of the spoon near the top of your ear then rest the spoon on your cheek. Finally, run your contouring powder or bronzer on the underside of the spoon. Don’t forget to blend outwards when you’re done.