Style·Posted on 1 Jul 2022PSA – I’m A MUA, And Here Are 14 Makeup Hacks I Just Feel You *Need* To KnowI've got you guys covered.by Devina GohilBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink As a makeup artist, I've tried and tested a LOT of different techniques when it comes to makeup application. Through trial and error, I've stumbled across a few hacks that I now pretty much live by. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Warner Bros. Pictures If you want a little makeup inspiration, or you feel like there's something you might be missing in your routine, these 14 pointers might just be your saving grace. 1. Firstly, as a rule of thumb, you should try to apply all your liquid products and then your powder products. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed If you've ever found your makeup looks a little cakey, it may be because you added a liquid product on top of an area you already powdered. This can end up being harder to blend out and highlight areas of texture on your skin. 2. When it comes to contouring your cheeks, place the product ON TOP of your cheekbones. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed You might be inclined to place the contouring product where you want it to sit, which is in the hollows of your cheeks. What ends up happening with this is when you blend it out, the product moves downwards, creating the illusion of your face dragging down, which is NOT what we're going for here. Instead, place the product higher than where you want it to actually sit. That way, when you blend it out, it'll fall right where you want it. 3. When it comes to using a colour corrector, let me stress that less is more. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed If you've got hyperpigmentation you want to conceal – whether it's under the eyes or anywhere else on your face – you might've tried colour correcting. There are loads of viral videos out there that don't encourage the idea that less is more, but trust me, for real results you only need a hint of product to neutralise the tones you're trying to conceal. Apply a thin layer, and that should do the trick. Leave the rest to your foundation or concealer, and you should notice some pretty good results. 4. There's a little trick you can use to get more coverage out of your concealer, which might even save you from going out and investing in a higher coverage product. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed / Via youtube.com Instead of blending your concealer out straight away, apply it to the areas you want and wait 30 seconds to a minute. The longer you wait before blending, the more coverage you'll get. I know, you're welcome. 5. If you're a fan of blush, try using a liquid one underneath your usual powder one. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed You may or may not have noticed, but blush always seems to be the first makeup product to magically disappear from your face as the day goes on – it's actually infuriating me as I'm writing this! So, if you're a big fan of that super cute blushed cheeks look, a way to work around it disappearing is to apply any kind of liquid blush after your foundation. You can then set in place with your usual powder one. It helps to really lock that colour in place, and will last you way longer when you're on the go! 6. When you're applying liquid makeup products – from foundation and concealer to liquid bronzer or blush – try blending it out using a ~dabbing~ motion rather than swiping. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed Whether your preference is to use a sponge or brush to do your blending, this trick still applies. When you repetitively dab your tool over the product to blend it, it looks super seamless. When you do more of a swiping motion, it tends to end up just moving the product around. You can also disturb the layers of makeup you might've placed underneath it, so you could be moving everything around and undoing all the work you've already done without even realising it. 7. If you ever find that you get creases in your makeup as the day goes on, you might need to switch up the way you set your makeup. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed In general, a loose powder is the most effective product to set those areas, but the key is what you use to apply it. If you don't get many creases, lightly tapping the area with a fluffy brush will do the trick to set your liquid product in place. If we're talking about an area that you know is prone to creasing, use a powder puff to really push the powder into the skin. I tend to do this under my eyes and around my smile lines, and it genuinely never fails me. 8. To create the illusion of fuller-looking lips (and to keep your lip product on through pretty much anything), try using a lip liner to fill your lips rather than just to outline them. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed / Via instagram.com I know it sounds bizarre – and like it could feel really drying – but start by using a little lip scrub to make sure your lips are nice and smooth. Then go in with a super hydrating lip balm and follow up with your lip pencils. If it still feels a little dry, dab a little extra lip balm to the centre of your lips, smack them together, and I can pretty much guarantee you won't go back to using normal lipsticks. 9. Speaking of lips, here's the ultimate technique for how to realistically over line your lips without it looking too obvious. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed I think the key is which parts of your lips to over line. To make your lips appear more puckered, line your cupid's bow just above where it naturally sits and follow your actual lip line when tracing the rest of your top lip. When it comes to your bottom lip, over line the bottom centre of your lip and follow your natural lip line elsewhere. It's the perfect way to add a subtle plumped effect to your lips without feeling like you've gone overboard. 10. Incorporate a chemical exfoliator to your nighttime skincare routine, and you'll notice a huge difference in how flawlessly your makeup applies. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed Over time, you'll notice that your skin will start to feel smoother and less texturised, which creates the ultimate canvas for your makeup to sit on. 11. When it comes to using a beauty sponge, you want to make sure you dampen it just the right amount before using it. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed All the beauty gurus say, "Make sure you dampen your sponge," but let me tell you how to do it to achieve the best results. If your sponge isn't wet enough, it's likely to create a slightly heavier (and potentially cakey) effect. On the other hand, if it's too wet, your makeup can end up looking a little patchy. To get that perfect level of dampness, you want to run your sponge under a tap whilst continuously squeezing it in a pulsing motion – see above. Let it completely soak with water, and then squeeze it entirely dry repetitively. After a few times, turn off the tap and squeeze all the excess water out of your sponge. Now it's 100% ready to use! 12. For the ultimate flawless base, sandwich a hydrating face mist in between different stages of your makeup routine. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed Instead of prepping your skin with a hydrating mist and finishing up your routine with another spritz, add a few more sprays midway through the process. My favourite time to do this is when I've just finished using all of my liquid and cream products, and am about to go in with my setting powder. Just before applying powder, I drench my face with my go-to face mist, and push it lightly into my skin with a damp sponge. After doing that I continue my makeup as normal, and the finish this gives my makeup is *chef's kiss*. 13. Keep your lashes well curled throughout the day by using a lash curler and following it with a waterproof mascara. Devina Gohil/BuzzFeed So the key to this is the mascara. I can't count the number of times I've used a lash curler and applied my regular mascara, only for my lashes to straighten up less than an hour later. The waterproof mascara helps to hold your curled lashes in place, so you won't catch them falling flat! 14. Finally, learn the behaviours of your skin and tailor your makeup routine accordingly. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF TV Land Remember that everyone's skin is different, so everyone responds differently to makeup. For example, if you have oily skin, you'll probably find that it works well for you to pack on a lot of setting powder and let your skin's natural oils set it throughout the day. If you have dry skin and you were to try that technique, you'll probably end up getting dry, and flaky bits turn up when you do your makeup, and it could end up looking super cakey.Instead, you should probably use more liquid based products and only lightly set your makeup with a brush in the areas you really need it. My point is try things out and find a way to manipulate techniques in a way that your skin responds well to. It's not a "one size fits all" kind of thing, so take your time, try out some new techniques, and have fun with it! 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