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Are you looking to step up your makeup game but don’t know where to start? We’re sharing four game changing makeup artist secrets that are easy enough for anyone to try. Even if you don’t have a ton of time, you can easily incorporate these tricks into your beauty routine — whether it’s for everyday or just for a special occasion.
Just because you may not be a makeup artist doesn’t mean you can’t know their secrets! Here are four secrets for you to try that are easier to execute than you think. These tricks are perfect for makeup beginners and experts alike.
1. Get Symmetrical Angles for Eye Makeup
If you’re intimidated to create a cat eye with eyeshadow or winged liner, give yourself a guide to make the process a little easier. This will ensure your angles are symmetrical on both eyes before it’s too late to try and fix a mess up. There are a couple different ways you can do this, depending on the look you’re going for.
If you want a sharp cat eye makeup look, use tape to create your angle from the outer corner of your eye up to the tail of your brow. Be sure to stick it to the back of your hand a few times before putting on your delicate eye area; this will prevent it from pulling on the skin too hard when you’re finished with your eye look. You can adjust the tape to make sure you’ve got your angles even on both sides before you begin your look. When you’re done with your eyeshadow or eyeliner, gently pull off the tape to reveal a perfectly sharp angle.
If you’re looking for a more blended out makeup look, use loose powder to create your guide line. Grab a flat brush and create your angle the same way you apply the tape — from outer eye corner up to the tail of your brow. When your angles are even, you can begin applying your eyeshadow or eyeliner. When you’ve completed your eyeshadow or eyeliner, you can dust away the loose powder with a fluffy brush.
2. Shave your face
I’m sorry, what? Did we really just suggest you shave your face? Yes. Yes, we did. It is a process more sophisticatedly known as dermaplaning — a method of exfoliation that uses a 10 gauge scalpel to gently remove the top layer of dead skin. Along with skin, it removes peach fuzz and facial hair to make your face super smooth. With no hairs to clog pores or cake your makeup, foundation will glide on smooth and make your face look flawless. You have two options for dermaplaning your face — you can see a professional to get this procedure done, or you can do it yourself using the Tinkle Eyebrow Shaper. This razor is sharp enough to shave your hairs, yet it still remains difficult to cut yourself. Just run the Tinkle over clean, dry skin at a 45 degree angle using short, downward stroke motions. Be sure to pull your skin taut and just take your time. If you’re nervous about shaving your entire face, start with areas like along your side burns or on your upper lip. Keep in mind your face will be sensitive afterwards and possibly a little pink, especially if it’s your first time. We suggest doing it before bed to give it time to settle down, or applying sunscreen after if you’re doing it during the day. You should apply a gentle facial moisturizer afterward and be sure to drink plenty of water so your skin stays hydrated. You won’t believe how soft your skin will be sans peach fuzz! Keep in mind, it’s important to wait another three weeks before Dermaplaning again — this exfoliation process removes 21 days of dead skin, so you want to allow your skin time to renew again.
3. Cocktail your foundations
To make the perfect foundation for your skin type and tone, you can mix different ones to create the perfect concoction. Want a dewy look but an illuminating foundation is a little too glowy for you? Mix it with a regular foundation to lessen the effect. Or maybe you want a mattifying effect but you feel pure matte foundation dries out your skin; you can mix a bit into your regular foundation. The same applies with color matching your skin. You can mix foundations together to get your perfect shade, using either the same foundation in different shades or different foundations altogether. If there is a foundation you love that you wish had more or less coverage — mix in a bit of full coverage foundation to give your skin more coverage, or mix in some primer or face moisturizer to sheer it out. The possibilities are endless with this mixing method! Play around with different foundations to come up with your perfect foundation cocktail.
4. Fill in Your Hairline
Everyone has areas of receding or thinner hair along their hairlines. Some have it more noticeably than others, and if you’re a mom, chances are you’ve lost some hair postpartum. No shame, mama! This simple trick fakes thicker hair and makes a thinning hairline less noticeable. There are a few options, so you can see which one works best for you.
Option 1: Eyeshadow or Eyebrow Powder
Find an eyeshadow similar to your natural hair color. Use a small makeup brush to draw strokes on your hairline, the same way you’d fill in your eyebrows. Along the very edge of your hairline, be sure to use a soft hand as you don’t want it to look drawn on. Give a quick spray with hairspray to make sure it stays in place and you’ll be good to go.
Option 2: Hair Mascara
Hair mascara, like En Root by theBalm, comes in the same tube as a typical mascara with a wand, which makes it easy to apply. You can deposit the product right where you need it for a precise application. They come in different shades so you can get one that matches your hair.
Option 3: Hair Building Fibers
Hair building fibers are a great option to conceal thinning hair. Try TOPPIK Hair Building Fibers — they don’t make your hair greasy or oily and they stay in place all day, washing out easily with shampoo. These fibers are Keratin proteins which bind to your hair follicles. Like baby powder, you can just sprinkle some on your hair in your problem area and use a makeup brush or your fingers to press them in. Remove any fallout on your face with a cloth; it doesn’t stain and comes right off.
Another thing to keep in mind when wearing your hair pulled back is to wear it more loose. Thin hair is more obvious when it’s pulled really tightly. Soften the look and disguise the thinning spots by pulling hairs in that area a bit more loose and relaxed.
Simple as they may seem, these game changing tricks will step up your beauty game and elevate any look. Anyone can incorporate these into their makeup routine for any occasion. Now that you know these makeup artist secrets, which ones will you test out?
For more makeup tips, check out our post on Choosing the Right Shade of Lipstick For Your Complexion and 7 Simple Makeup Tricks Every Mom Should Know.
Photo credits: Kristen Love