As a makeup enthusiast or beginner, these 21 tips and tricks will simplify and enhance your beauty routine. From mastering the application of concealer to creating a perfect winged eyeliner using an unexpected tool, these tips cover all your needs. Gather your makeup products, including those you have never used before, and get ready to improve your makeup skills with these helpful hacks.

1.Apply your foundation before concealer

One simple way to improve your makeup application is to start by applying foundation before concealer. By doing so, you create a uniform base to cover redness or uneven skin tone. This allows you to use less concealer to target specific blemishes, reducing the risk of caking or creasing.

  1. Maintain your eyebrows with a spoolie brush

When I am in a hurry and do not have time to do a full eyebrow routine, I use a spoolie brush to quickly groom my brows. This takes only a few seconds, and ensures each hair is in place before I use any other products. Even when I have more time for a full eyebrow routine, I still find it helpful to use a spoolie first. They are very affordable, either in bulk (such as Cuttte disposable mascara brushes) or reusable options (such as the Uoma Beauty’s Brow-Fro Baby Hair, which includes a pencil tip).

  1. Exfoliate your lips before applying lipstick

If you’ve experienced trouble with smooth lipstick application, try prepping your lips with a lip scrub beforehand. Gently exfoliating with a product like the Beauty Bakerie Sugar Lip Scrub or the KNC Beauty Lip Scrub can remove any dry skin, leaving your lips softer and smoother. Keep in mind that lip scrubs should only be used once a week to avoid irritation.

  1. Don’t sleep on blush

Blush is often overlooked, but it can significantly enhance your makeup look. Simply applying cream or powder blush to the high points of your cheeks will bring a brighter and warmer touch to your overall appearance. According to makeup artist Lakeisha Dale, blush provides a fresh and rejuvenated look while adding depth to the face. It is important to choose a blush shade that complements your skin tone, such as a soft and radiant option, rather than a bright pink color.

  1. Melt your pencil liner to help it glide

A makeup tip to remember: Cream-based products blend more smoothly when they are warmed up. If you have trouble applying your kohl eyeliner pencil, try melting it slightly first. Simply hold the tip of the pencil under a lighter flame for a second or until it becomes tacky. Wait for it to cool down slightly, then test the consistency on your hand to ensure it is not too hot or melted. By warming up the pencil, you will find that it glides on more smoothly and requires fewer coats for good color payoff.

  1. Make your eyeshadow pop with white eyeliner

To enhance the appearance of a light or less pigmented eyeshadow, try using a white eyeliner pencil as a base. Start by blending the white pencil over your entire eyelid. Then, apply the eyeshadow on top of the white base. This technique will intensify the eyeshadow shade and make it more vibrant. The white eyeliner provides an opaque coverage that acts as a canvas, allowing the eyeshadow to stand out. This simple step is a great way to make your eyeshadow more noticeable and add more depth to your overall look. So next time you want your eyeshadow to have more impact, try using a white eyeliner as a base for a bold and eye-catching look.

  1. Outline your cat eye

If you are having trouble creating the perfect winged eyeliner look, a helpful tip is to start by outlining the shape. Begin by extending a line beyond your lower lash line to form the bottom of the cat eye. Then, determine the desired thickness for the wing and trace the top line from the end point of the flick to your upper lash line. Once you have outlined the shape on both sides and ensured symmetry, fill in the remaining space to complete the look.

  1. Use a spoon as a stencil for winged liner

If you’re struggling with freehand drawing your cat eye, try using a spoon as a stencil. Place the stem of the spoon against the outer corner of your eye, and use a liquid eyeliner to draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it fits snugly against your eyelid and use the rounded outer edge to achieve a flawless curved winged effect

  1. Hack a smoky eye with a hashtag

A smoky eye look can easily become messy if you’re inexperienced. To keep it straightforward, use a creamy eyeliner to draw a diagonal hashtag on the outer third of your eyelid. Then, blend it using a sponge or smudging brush. This technique will ensure both eyes have a balanced and symmetrical appearance, while avoiding excessive use of the eyeliner.

  1. Use a spoon as a mascara shieldmudging

Having flawless eyeshadow ruined by mascara smudges can be a source of annoyance. The solution is to hold a spoon against your eyelid while applying mascara. This allows you to apply mascara as usual, with the back of the spoon catching any excess and preventing it from smudging onto your skin. This is a simple and clever solution to a common problem.