It turns out you don't need to spend hours in front of a mirror to perfect your makeup or spend more than you should. The following list is a compilation of the best makeup hacks and tips out there to make the process simpler but still effective.
Use baby powder on lashes to lengthen them
Thin, skimpy lashes got you down? Using mascara by itself, coat after coat, is only going to lead to one thing – clumps. To learn how to add a bit of volume and length to those lashes, try powder. Powder works to thicken and lengthen lashes when applied in between coats.
Tip: You need to work quickly to make sure the powder adheres to the first coat, so you may want to put powder in a small dish before starting.
Put your mascara in a cup of water to prevent clumps
Clumpy mascara is not a good look for anyone. Prevent clumps before they even start with this amazing hack that calls for just a cup of hot water. Simply place the mascara into a cup of water and let it sit for a few minutes.
Use tape to create the perfect winged eyeliner
Tape may have to be a new staple in your makeup drawer. Take a piece of clear tape and angle it upward across your eye like the picture below, and see how it can act as the perfect way to trace a winged eyeliner.
Use a Q-tip to fix mascara mistakes
Applying mascara requires a steady hand, and no matter how long you've been doing makeup, you can still make a mistake. The trouble, though, is not the mistake itself but how to remove it without wiping off the rest of your eye makeup. Try using a Q-tip to work on the coverup like the image below. Tip: Make sure the mascara has fully dried before attempting the fix.
Instead of traditional lipstick, try a lip stain for amping up color
The benefit of using a lip stain is that lip stains can enhance your natural lip color and be long-wearing at the same time. Plus, as demonstrated in this video, stains won't rub off as easily, especially if you are kissing your significant other.
Draw two lines down the sides of your nose when contouring
Use a darker shade (to your skin tone) when using this technique. You'll want to take a brush and a cream contouring color (generally more blendable), and draw two lines down the bridge of your nose, as shown below. Next, take another larger brush to blend this color out for the perfect nose contour. This creates the effect of a longer, more defined nose.
Correct dark circles under eyes with lipstick
This one's a little out there, but if you're dealing with dark under-eye circles, then anything's worth trying at least once. The key is putting the right amount of concealer over the lipstick. Get the full tutorial here.
Draw a hashtag for a quick smoky eye
This technique for creating the smoky eye look is definitely going viral, but is it a hack or whack? This particular trick gets put to the test in this tutorial.
Dunk your face in cold water for longer-lasting makeup
This trick is bizarre but it works. Essentially you'll want to put on foundation and concealer. Next, you'll want to seal your face and makeup with baby powder. Lastly, dunk your face in cold water for 30 seconds before applying the rest of your makeup. The cold water washes off the baby powder but locks in the foundation and concealer.
Warm up the eye curler ahead of time
Love the effect you get from an eyelash curler but hate how it doesn't last long? Try using a hair dryer to warm up the eyelash curler before use.
Bend your mascara brush for a more controlled application
A straight mascara brush can inhibit your ability to really get in there. Instead, try the technique below, which show how much easier it is to apply mascara with a bent brush. Get the full tutorial here.
Try mood-changing lipstick for a colorful, long-lasting lip
These fantastical lippies are not only colorful, but they're also long-lasting. Once the stain sets, it's fairly budge-resistant and won't transfer onto your coffee mug or your sweetie's cheek. To see how different colors transform, check out this video. It was amazing how long they remained vivid on the lips when put through a lip scrub test.
Apply concealer in a triangle shape for a brighter face
To get an even brighter face, a triangle shape application of concealer is best. In the picture below, because the concealer shade is lighter than the model's skin tone, when it gets blended out, it acts a highlighter, in addition to a coverup.
Use highlighter for fuller lips
Use white highlighter in the center of your lips, being sure not to forget outlining your cupid's bow. When light hits these spots, it will make your mouth appear fuller.
Keep your lips soft with a tea bag
Simple grab a green tea bag and let it soak under some warm water. Press the moist teabag against your dry lips and hold it their for 5 minutes. The antioxidants from the tea will soothe your lips, and after 5 minutes they'll feel soft and refreshed!
Alleviate razor burn
Hold a wet tea bag against a razor burn to relieve the pain. This hack is safe for both nicks and bumps.