With all the beauty easy to feel like you’re the only one in the world who can’t do makeup like a pro. But don’t believe the lies you tell yourself! Anyone (yes, even you) can be good at doing their own beat with a few makeup tips and a little guidance. Whether you’re looking to tackle the cat eye or finally figure out how to contour and highlight, I’ve got 17 must-try makeup tips for you below. So grab your makeup bag and that one product (err, products?) you never learned how to use, and keep scrolling.
Use White Eyeliner to Make Your Eye shadow Pop
To make a sheer or less pigmented eye shadow appear more vibrant on your eyelid, blend a white eyeliner pencil over your entire eyelid first. Then, put your eye shadow right on top. The opaque coverage of the white liner will intensify any eye shadow shade and make it pop.
Outline Your Cat Eye First
If you’re struggling with nailing your winged eyeliner look (also, hi, same, I feel you), try drawing the outline of the shape first and then filling it in. Extend a line beyond your lower lash line to create the bottom of your cat eye first. Then, decide on the thickness you want for your wing, and trace the top line from the end point of your flick to your upper lash line. Once you have the shape mapped out on both sides and everything looks symmetrical, fill in the open space.
Use a Spoon as a Stencil Winged Liner
If freehand drawing your cat eye just isn’t gonna happen for you, grab a spoon and use it as a stencil. Holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, use a eyeliner to draw a straight line as the first step for your cat eye. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect.
Use a Spoon as a Mascara Shield
Nothing is more annoying than making your eye shadow look perfect, and then swiping on mascara and ruining the whole thing with. The fix? Hold a spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, then apply your mascara like you normally would. As you sweep the mascara wand against your lashes and back of the spoon, the residue will coat the back of the utensil rather than your skin.
Heat Your Eyelash Curler With a Hair Dryer
DIY your own heated lash curler by blowing hot air on your eyelash curler. The added heat will help your lashes curl faster and keep the shape for longer. Just hit your lash curler with a blow dryer until it heats up, wait until it cools slightly but is still warm (test it on the inside of your arm so you don’t burn your eyelid), then clamp down on your lashes to curl them.
Apply Eyelash Glue With a Pin
If you always make a mess with eyelash glue and end up with clumpy-looking fake lashes, try this makeup tip: Use the tip of a clean bobby pin to carefully apply a few dots of glue to the lash band and disperse it evenly. Wait a few seconds or until the glue is tacky and then pop the lashes on.