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    31 Little Makeup Tricks That Make A Big Difference

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    1. Test foundation shades on your neck *not* your arm. Chances are your arm is actually darker than your face due to consistent sun exposure (and yes this applies to even us indoor cats).

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    Check out even more game-changing beauty charts for more info.

    2. Play a game of connect the dots if liquid eyeliner has always seemed intimidating. It'll help you get more precise results than just *winging* it.

    Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner ($5.60+ on Amazon) was created with beginners in mind (but could definitely come in handy for all of us). It features an ultra-precise felt tip that's only 0.4 millimeters for higher definition. Its formula was designed to be exceptionally smooth and give you an application that has continuous flow for smooth, even lines. It even has an easy-to-control grip so you're always in charge. Did I mention it's waterproof, smudge-proof, and will last up to 12 hours?

    3. Hide any cracking or unevenness from your lipstick by layering on an extra coating of a similarly shaded lipgloss. Plus, the added shine will make your lips look fuller!

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    Get the Fenty Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick from Sephora for $19 (available in two shades) and the Fenty Cosmic Gloss for $19 (available in one shade).

    4. Put skincare first — literally! Apply a soothing treatment lotion, vitamin C serum, and moisturizer to reduce redness (especially helpful for acne), tighten pores, and protect your complexion from future breakouts.

    I only listed the three most crucial steps so you know what to start with, but Ubi here (a Sephora beauty store manager and makeup artist) has a full pre-makeup skin care routine! Check out below for why these products actually serve a purpose:

    Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion ($34 on Sephora) is light, soothing, watery lotion specifically for sensitive skin. Its formula boasts reishi, fermented chaga, and coprinus mushrooms to hydrate and soothe your skin. Tldr: this is great if you want to tone down any redness (or facial stubble post-shaving) before applying foundation. And it's cruelty-free!

    Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum ($80 on Sephora) should be used directly on any red areas. If you're wondering why this comes with a hefty price tag, it's because this does it all. It brightens the skin thanks to its powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, fruit enzymes, and a chronopeptide. Plus, it visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles thanks to ingredients like vitamin E. AND it even improves your skin over time: pumpkin ferment extract and pomegranate enzyme dissolve dead surface skin cells for an overall brighter complexion. Oh, and it's all natural and cruelty-free!

    Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38 on Sephora) is an ultra-lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that gently cools and revitalizes your skin while intensely moisturizing. Its formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs to neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, improve skin elasticity, and minimizes the appearances of pores.

    5. Define your brows while still looking au natural by using a Maybelline eyebrow pencil that features a teardrop tip to precisely fill in hairs and a spoolie brush to softly blend. Can you claim you woke up like this? ABSOLUTELY.

    Promising review: "I have little to no eyebrows. Penciling them in with something like the brow wiz with the tiny tip is pointless and takes forever and I run out in a month or less. This makes it easy and my brows look BOMB!!! I will buy this over and over and over" —Duchess

    Get it from Amazon for $6.55+ (available in four shades).

    6. Highlight your features with a shimmery shade that directly compliments your skin tone by using Becca Cosmetics pressed highlighter. It features 12 shades (currently the biggest shade range for highlighters!) that adjust to your skin's undertones.

    Plus its formula blends pigments with liquids to create a creamy feel that applies smoothly and doesn't cake. And it's cruelty-free! Check out more from Nordstrom's The Thread for application tips!

    Promising review: "I have this in shade Opal and love it. Used on the cheekbones, nose, cupids bow, and chin, it gives off a beautiful glow which I think would suit most skin tones. The powder seems very finely milled so looks natural on the skin. It is a small version, but I find this will last for ages as a little goes a long way. Mine barely has a dent after a few uses a week after buying it a couple of months ago, but I will definitely buy again once it runs out." —keri92

    Get it from Nordstrom for $19+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors).

    7. Expand into a wider range of color when it comes to eyeliner to achieve different effects. Need a smokey eye? Turn to brown. Going for a softer look? Gray is the answer.

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    Check out even more for makeup charts you should save forever!

    Marc Jacobs ($25 on Sephora) has all of these colors and more! Not to mention they've received 2,526 five-star ratings for their intense pigmentation, 12-hour waterproof wear, and matte finish.

    8. Mix a dime-sized amount of Urban Decay translucent powder into a drop of your regular liquid foundation to achieve a DIY velvety, matte finish.

    Or you can use it on its own as a setting powder!

    Promising review: "Being an Urban Decay fan i had to try this product !! I have oily skin. I mixed with this with foundation and had literally what you call flawless skin!!! It really does do what it's called — VELVETIZE! Highly recommend you try this product, especially if you're an Urban Decay fan like me." —AnniMani

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    9. Cover dark circles with bright red-orange lipstick. Yes, you read that right. It neutralizes darkness and minimizes the appearance of circles. Just apply your concealer directly on top!

    Check out more from Birchbox for how to cover up dark under-eye circles!

    Smashbox Cosmetics true red cream lipstick ($21 on Birchbox) offers a super-pigmented, satiny finish that'll easily cover your under eyes in just a couple swipes! Plus, it boasts major staying power so it'll last all day, and won't ever dry your skin out thanks to its ingredients like shea butter and vitamins C and E that'll actually *nourish* while it works! Comfortable wear AND effective? Take. My. Money.

    10. Discover all the surprising uses of white eyeliner: Want to brighten your eyes? Check. Bold brows? Done. The subtle effect will highlight the features you want to show off.

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    This L'Oréal white eyeliner ($5.61 on Amazon) has 462 five-star reviews speaking to its ability to brighten eyes, its precision, and its ease of use!!!

    11. Combat shine in photos by creating a matte, full-coverage base makeup to make your face look smooth and even. The flash of the camera will bounce off your makeup, so blending concealer and foundation is key!

    For this technique, you'll want to apply your foundation *first* and then layer concealer on areas that still stand out (usually around your nostrils, the shallow area underneath your eye and into any laugh lines). Don't forget to top it all off with a transluscent powder to remove all shine!

    Regan Rabanal, senior artist at MAC cosmetics, came to BuzzFeed to show us how to finally cancel shiny photos. Check out all his tips and tricks!

    Need some suggestions? Maybelline's Fit Me collection all specialize in achieving a matte finish and have earned thousands of Amazon reviews from happy beauty lovers who definitely now take shine-free selfies.

    Get them from Amazon: Maybelline matte-finish liquid foundation for $5.64+ (available in 35 shades), Maybelline concealer for $5.29+ (available in six shades), and Maybelline transluscent powder for $7.04.

    12. See how just a few tweaks really amp up your photo!! Double the likes? You know we want them.

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    13. Master the cat eye at long last — or at least make everyone *think* you did. Simply stamp in the winged tip with a double-sided eyeliner to put an end to frustrating mornings. Your secret is safe with me, I promise.

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    One side has a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look.

    Check out how a BuzzFeed editor kissed broken dreams of sharp cat eyes goodbye.

    Promising review: "I love, love, love these! I have very oily skin so liner never stays on. I have spent a lot of money on high-end liner and this stuff stays on just as well. The stamp makes it so much easier to get the job done quick. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is new to winged liner, or even if you are a pro and are just in a hurry. I will be buying again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two styles).

    14. Turn to a color-correcting concealer if foundation isn't doing enough. The trick is knowing which color will neutralize your concern! For example, green has long been known to cancel out red pimples.

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    Check out more makeup tricks everyone should know!

    This Sephora Correct-and-Conceal Palette ($25 on Sephora) has all the colors you need.

    15. Use a kabuki brush to evenly apply powder, mineral foundation, or bronzer in light circular motions. This simple technique helps give off an airbrushed effect.

    Check out more from Birchbox for how to use makeup brushes.

    Promising review: "I used to use a beautyblender before trying this brush. Now this brush is the only thing I use. My foundation blends in so nicely it looks flawless. The important thing is wash the brush often! Amazing makeup brush hands down!" —Sarah

    Get a Sigma Beauty Kabuki brush from Birchbox for $25.

    16. Forget about complicated eye makeup techniques and tools. Glossier's liquid eyeshadows can be applied with nothing but your fingertips, but their super-pigmented formula still brings the ~drama~.


    Plus, their cream formula dries down to a sheer veil, locking onto lids with no creasing (aka no need for primer).

    Promising review: "I've owned an eyeliner pencil since I was 16 and I've done the cat-eye look to death, but I've always been afraid to try shadows because I thought they would make me look too 'made up'. I liked that I didn't have to get any brushes for these, they're so easy to blend with a finger and the colours mix together wonderfully. They're sheer, definitely more sheer than the swatches show, but they're buildable and I can confirm they stay put all day. I just love the subtle, shimmery look to these, they're simply perfect for casual everyday use and so lightweight. I really think I might be putting away my eyeliner for good." —Mo

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    17. Draw attention to your eyes by highlighting your central points: under-eye, nose, and chin with a Fenty Matte Skinstick to direct all the focus to your gorgeous peepers.

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    Hector Espinal, the Global Makeup Artist for FENTY Beauty by Rihanna, came to BuzzFeed to show us makeup tips for every skill level! Check out all his step-by-step tutorials.

    Hector uses Fenty's Matte Skinstick as a highlighter, but you can use also use it as a concealer! Its cream-to-powder formula is made to layer, blend easily, and stay put. Plus there's no creasing or caking so you can use it on your under-eyes.

    Get it from Sephora for $25 (available in 19 shades).

    18. Buff chapped, dry skin away with a lip exfoliator before applying lipstick so it always goes on smoothly (and stays smooth).

    This organic lavender mint lip exfoliator is crafted from a blend of organic ingredients to leave your lips smooth and silky!

    Promising review: "This lip scrub does not dissolve too quickly, the mint flavor is perfect and gives off a euphoric scent. Unlike many others this scrub has a very moist finish, preventing any after-scrub drying." —danahutchinson77

    Get it from Free People for $24.

    19. Choose your mascara based on your natural eye shape. Each formula is designed to accentuate specific features, so it's best to know which one has you in mind. For example, almond eyes benefit most from a mascara with a rubber comb for the best lengthening effect.

    Check out more from Birchbox for how to pick mascara based on your eye shape! Want their suggestions? See below!

    Benefit They're Real! Lengthening Mascara ($24 on Birchbox) is best for ~almond eyes~. It features a rubber comb and staggered bristles to help grab even super-small lashes and create major volume and length.

    Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara ($24 on Birchbox) is best for ~round eyes~. It combines a triple-ball brush with a thickening formula to seriously elongate your lashes. Bonus: focus on the outer corner of your top lash line to create a cat-like appearance.

    W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara ($21.99 on Birchbox) is best for ~downturned eyes~. It lends a subtle lift, thanks to a wand that's thicker at the center. It builds up a dramatic finish in the center of your lash line to really accentuate your features.

    Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara ($15 on Birchbox) is best for ~monolids~. To get the best effects, apply gentle pressure to your lash root and glide upwards to the lips. This will make sure they curl!

    Benefit Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara ($24 on Birchbox) is best for ~hooded eyes~. It avoids any *sticky messes* on your upper lids by combining a water resistant formula with a curling wand. It even lasts for 12 hours flake-free!

    Stila HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara ($23 on Birchbox) is best for ~small eyes~. It boasts a well-loved lengthening formula, plus fibers and waxes (like rice bran and carnuba wax) to really extend those lashes. Not to mention the brush adds major texture, as well!

    Smashbox Cosmetics Indecent Exposure Mascara ($23 on Birchbox) is best for ~big eyes~. Its straight brush has spiral bristles to help define your eyes by adding head-turning volume. Try putting on an extra layer to your upper-center lashes and using the wand's defining tip to the lower corners of your eyes for a dramatic effect.

    20. Prime your eyelids with NARS eyeshadow base before experimenting with fun looks like *glittery lids* so the sparkles actually stick.

    *Though you should always start your eye makeup look with primer to increase pigmentation and lasting ability! It also helps to dampen your eyeshadow brush!

    Check out more from Nordstrom's The Thread for bold makeup looks.

    Get the look from Nordstrom: Obsessive Compulsive cosmetic glitter for $15 (available in two shades), Nars pro prime eyeshadow base for $26, and Sigma Beauty medium sweeper brush for $16.

    21. Ensure a flawless, creaseless finish when doing a full makeup look by "baking," or letting transluscent powder sit on your face for five to 10 minutes in order to create a solid base for foundation and concealer. Tldr: your makeup stays all day and your skin looks EXTRA perfect.

    Check out Huda Kattan's (makeup artist and founder of Huda Beauty) full baking tutorial.

    Huda's baking and setting powder is specifically made for this technique. Its formula has all skin tones (each shade recommends which undertones are the best fit) in mind to ensure an airbrushed, long-lasting complexion. It blurs the appearance of pores and keeps makeup PUT. Plus it blends smoothly into your skin for the perfect blend of matte and sheen.

    Promising review: "This powder is amazing! It’s so finely milled. I leave it for 10 minutes and it doesn’t accentuate any fine lines or dry patches! I have very oily skin and enlarged pores, and this powder helps blur out my pores and make my makeup last for a very long time! My foundation ends up looking so silky, smooth, and it lasts for 11 hours on my very oily skin!" —Sh00

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in eight shades).

    22. Fill your whole lid with a vibrant eyeliner first when going for a bold eye look. It creates a saturated base coat so the rest of your eye makeup really pops.

    Taylor Miller / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Celebrity makeup artist (hello, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Serena Williams), Sir John, gave us step-by-step tutorials for unique yet totally achievable makeup looks. Check out all his easy-to-follow tutorials!

    Get L'Oréal cobalt blue eyeliner from Amazon for $5.74.

    23. Repeat after me: I 👏will👏 not 👏forget👏 my 👏neck! Don't let all your hard work go to waste because of foundation marks on your jawline. Including this *finishing touch* with a foundation brush makes your makeup seem far more seamless!

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for how to properly apply your foundation.

    This cruelty-free foundation brush ($5.49 on Amazon) has earned 1,296 five-star reviews on Amazon for its seamless application, luxuriously soft feel, gentle touch, and ability to last long. Plus, it's made from recycled and sustainable materials!

    24. Add a drop of Tarte maracuja gold oil into some of your foundation to achieve a ~dewy glow~. It's easy to blend, looks more like your natural complexion, and can cheaply let you experiment if you're looking to veer from matte.,

    Plus, Tarte's maracuja gold oil ($50 on Tarte) not only makes your skin care routine feel luxurious (oh hey there, gold flakes), but is a true game-changer for your complexion. It's loaded with brightening vitamin C and moisturizing fatty acids to give you a naturally glow, and its lightweight oil thoroughly hydrates dry skin. It even balances acne-prone skin without clogging pores, thanks to its non-greasy formula!

    25. Explore different ways to show off your lashes by applying your mascara with new techniques. The way you angle the wand makes a huge difference. For example, holding the brush horizontally and making zigzag motions creates the appearance of false lashes.

    Btw, using a lash curler ($8.99+ on Amazon) beforehand always gives you the best results!

    Check out more from Nordstrom's The Thread for the four best ways to apply mascara!

    26. Avoid eyeshadow fallout with minimal effort thanks to adhesive shadow shields. This is especially helpful if you prefer to do your eyes after foundation. Raccoon eyes? I don't know her.

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I found these! I've always had trouble with fallout under my eyes, even with good brushes and quality makeup. Some palettes have colors with fallout, some don't. Now I don't have to worry at all. Now when I use these I can do my foundation first and then my eye makeup. I would hate having to wipe away shadow from my cheeks and apply more concealer. I'll be buying more boxes of these." —Tasha

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $7.95.

    27. Show off a full face of striking makeup, but with just one product (saving time AND money? Yes please). A subtle cream blush works well on all parts of your face!

    Check out more from Beautylish for easy monochromatic makeup tips.

    Kjaer Weis cream blush is super-blendable, moisturizing, and actually *improves* your skin over time! It's packed with jojoba seed oil to hydrate, rosa rubiginosa seed oil to fight fine lines, and gardenia florida fruit extract as an antioxidant to work as a natural preservative. Plus, it's certified organic!

    Get it from Beautylish (available in ten shades) or Revolve (available in six shades) for $56.

    28. Hit the refresh button at any point in the day by misting some Thayers rose petal toner. It'll bring your makeup back (goodbye cakey powder) to life and even leave you with a subtle glow.

    It's GREAT for your skin, too! This alcohol-free aloe vera formula toner is made with rose-petal water, vitamin E, and witch hazel extract to moisturize, cleanse, and improve your complexion!

    Promising review: "I love the combination of rose water and witch hazel. I used to never use witch hazel or any kind of face toner because I hated having to get a towel/cotton pad and spend the time wiping it on my face. Now I love that I can easily just spray a few spritzes, and be on my way feeling refreshed!" —Becky

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    29. Map out your eyebrows with a tweezer to know where they should begin and end on your face when you fill 'em in. This works whether your brows are twins, sisters, cousins twice removed, WHATEVER. Now they'll appear more symmetrical!

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    By the way, this tweezer ($9.97 on Amazon) has 4,968 five-star reviews that speak to its ease-of-use, ability to work on even fine hairs, and precision!

    Check out more for how to fill and shape your eyebrows.

    30. Complete a (seemingly) full look in just one minute by covering the three most important bases: foundation, concealer, and lipstick. Even with only these, you'll look put-together!

    Get them from Amazon: Maybelline matte-finish liquid foundation for $5.64+ (available in 35 shades), Maybelline concealer for $5.29+ (available in six shades), and Maybelline matte ink lipstick for $7.54.

    31. Conquer highlighting and contouring (it's not so scary, I swear!) by simply drawing out triangles with a concealer stick. It saves time and makes it extremely easy to memorize steps.

    What you'll need: angled kabuki brush ($12.94 on Amazon), small angled brush ($5.99 on Amazon), concealer stick ($6.59 on Amazon; available in eight shades), and lowlight sculpting cream ($30.38 on Jet).

    Check out more from The Beauty Department for how to do this highlight and contour trick.

    32. Extend your eyeshadow slightly past the corner of your eyes then finish off with a winged tip to subtly elongate your eyes.

    Promising review (for the eyeshadow palette): "You really can do so many looks with this palette. In my personal opinion, I could take this one palette with me and have all I need for my eyeshadow. The colors are great and the formula is what you expect from Urban Decay: so amazing! I really love the packaging. It's a somewhat large palette, but it is very thin and I think it will travel well. The packaging quality is outstanding. I don't know how anyone can be anything but impressed with this palette!" —TheMACIsBack

    Get them from Sephora: Urban Decay eyeshadow palette for $49 and Urban Decay waterproof eyeliner for $22.

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