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14 Insanely Easy Makeup Tips To Master Today

If school's making you sweat, at least your eyeliner will stay intact.

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1. Rub face primer onto your forehead and nose to keep it from getting shiny throughout the day.

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In a pinch, you can pick up Monistat anti-chafing gel ($6) — beauty bloggers love how it mattifies the skin and helps your makeup last longer.

2. Opt for a brow pencil that contains wax so that it won’t rub off.

Wax-based brow products — like this one from NYX ($10) — stay on through moisture.
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Wax-based brow products — like this one from NYX ($10) — stay on through moisture.

3. To make your eyes look bigger in a ~natural~ way, apply a nude eye pencil to your bottom waterline.

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In case you’re all like “WTF is a waterline?” it’s the inner rim of your eyelid. Try Benefit’s Eye Bright ($20).

4. If you use liquid foundation, apply it in crisscross strokes to keep it from looking streaky when you sweat.

Going back to school can be sweaty (summer heat + nerves), so use this trick to keep things looking calm and collected. Also, start applying concealer from the center of your face and work your way out.

5. And dab (don’t drag) a little powder foundation on top of the liquid foundation to set it.

This will keep it from sweating off.
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This will keep it from sweating off.

6. Try a creamy lip stain like Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21) so you don't have to reapply between classes.

This product has the shine of a gloss and the lasting power of a stain, which makes it perfect for a hot summer day. You can also try Revlon’s super creamy Colorburst Matte Balm ($7) or a tinted lip balm like Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6).
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This product has the shine of a gloss and the lasting power of a stain, which makes it perfect for a hot summer day. You can also try Revlon’s super creamy Colorburst Matte Balm ($7) or a tinted lip balm like Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6).

7. Or forgo lipstick altogether and enhance your lips by applying a balm and dabbing a little highlighter at the center of your top lip.

It’s also called the “Cupid’s bow,” and you’ll need a pinhead-sized amount of concealer for this part. This will create a goddess-like glow that emanates from the center of your lips. Get the tutorial here.
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It’s also called the “Cupid’s bow,” and you’ll need a pinhead-sized amount of concealer for this part. This will create a goddess-like glow that emanates from the center of your lips. Get the tutorial here.

8. You can also apply an almost-nude lipstick and then add a dab of gloss in the center of your lips for the same effect.

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Apply a gloss that is a few shades lighter than your lipstick to the center of your top and bottom lips to look like a puckered angel IRL. Watch the tutorial here.

9. Get the dewy look with minimal makeup by just adding a bit of highlighter to your foundation.

Swipe it on your cheeks and collarbones and you’re good to go.
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Swipe it on your cheeks and collarbones and you’re good to go.

10. To make any lipstick look matte and last longer, dab translucent powder on top of the lipstick.

This helps to set the lipstick and prevent it from smudging.
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This helps to set the lipstick and prevent it from smudging.

11. Make your eyebrow *dreams* become a reality with this chart:

Simplify the shaping process and know the parts of your brow. 1. Head of the brow2. Arch3. Tail4. The head and tail lining up
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Simplify the shaping process and know the parts of your brow.

1. Head of the brow

2. Arch

3. Tail

4. The head and tail lining up

12. If you want eyeliner that stays put, use a 24-hour waterproof GEL eyeliner.

It won’t smudge as easily as a pencil and you don’t have to worry about the raccoon eyes you might get with using eyeshadow. Try the 24-hour Sephora brand liner for $12.
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It won’t smudge as easily as a pencil and you don’t have to worry about the raccoon eyes you might get with using eyeshadow. Try the 24-hour Sephora brand liner for $12.

13. ALWAYS nail the perfect look with the right brush.

This is the year you up your makeup IQ while hitting the books. Invest in some specific brushes so that you have the ideal tools to land the perfect cat eye.
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This is the year you up your makeup IQ while hitting the books. Invest in some specific brushes so that you have the ideal tools to land the perfect cat eye.

14. If you're running late for class but you'd rather be caught DEAD than without your eyeliner, just connect the dots.

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This trick makes it a lot easier to get a smooth, straight line. Once you graduate from dots, try to connect dashes. You’ll know you’ve officially made it when you can smoothly draw a complete line.

And there you have it: You've graduated beauty school.

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