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18 Little Makeup Tricks That Actually Work

Tried and tested!

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the best makeup hacks or tricks they have ever learned. Here are some of their super-smart suggestions.

1. Apply loose powder before applying foundation to help it hold onto oily skin throughout the day.


2. And use loose setting powder to prevent your lines from creasing your foundation.

I furrow my brow a lot, which makes lines in my foundation. I have found that heavily baking my forehead really helps. After applying foundation and concealer, I dip a Beautyblender into some loose setting powder and stamp it on the areas that crease. I let it sit while I do my brows and eyes, and then I use a big powder brush to wipe the excess off of my face.


Get a tutorial for this trick here.

3. Wet your Beautyblender with setting spray to actually mix it into the foundation.


It's also a great way to only apply the spray to the areas that need it. Read more here.

Get the setting spray from Amazon for $18.74 and get a Beautyblender for $20.


6. Apply setting spray before using your highlighter to make it really *pop.*

8. And use green concealer to hide redness.

If you're all blotchy from crying, press a cold towel to your face to reduce the flushed look. Use green concealer to hide red spots that didn't fade. This hack served me greatly whenever I cried over a "crush" or was just having a bad day.


Learn how to effectively apply green concealer here and get green concealer from Amazon for $3.99.


12. Angle tape under your eyes to get the perfect smoky cat eye without getting black shadow all over the place.


15. Apply NYX Glitter Primer if your eyelids keep creasing your shadows.

It keeps the shimmery shade where you place it and reduces transfer and creasing. It also works great as a base for flakier shimmer shadows.


Get it from Amazon for $10.74.

18. Buy travel-size mascara instead of full-size. For some brands, you'll actually save money in the long haul.

Natalie Brown /

I get the benefits of a high-end mascara without having to worry about throwing out excess. It's usually enough for three months, which is when you should toss mascara, anyway.

Deanna Starnes

Get it from Sephora for $12 (the full size is $23).

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