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31 Tips And Tricks For Getting Your Makeup To Look The Best It Ever Has

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1. Perfect your makeup in a magnifying mirror with LEDs that mimic natural daylight so you don't step outside and see unblended blush and splotchy foundation.

It pivots 360° and suction cups right to your bathroom mirror so it doesn't take up any counter space. Plus, it folds up so you can even take it on vacation!Get it from Amazon for $16.99.Promising review: "Wow! I never noticed the sun damage on my face until I looked in this mirror! The bright light mimics daylight so I can see every pore and hair on my face! I'm 46...half the time I can't even see what the I'm doing! My makeup (and eyebrows) are seriously looking good now that I can finally see what I'm doing! Sticks well to a mirror and has a simple on/off button up top on the back. Gonna get my husband one for shaving! 👍" —Deborah Perry
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It pivots 360° and suction cups right to your bathroom mirror so it doesn't take up any counter space. Plus, it folds up so you can even take it on vacation!

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

Promising review: "Wow! I never noticed the sun damage on my face until I looked in this mirror! The bright light mimics daylight so I can see every pore and hair on my face! I'm 46...half the time I can't even see what the I'm doing! My makeup (and eyebrows) are seriously looking good now that I can finally see what I'm doing! Sticks well to a mirror and has a simple on/off button up top on the back. Gonna get my husband one for shaving! 👍" —Deborah Perry

2. Map out where to put on concealer, foundation, and translucent powder for the best photo-ready makeup. 100+ Instagram likes, anyone?

Learn more about how to make your makeup look amazing in photos.
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3. Try a popular Etude House Zero Sebum translucent powder to set your makeup for the whole day without cakiness.

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Get it from Amazon for $6.55.

Promising review: "Ladies ohhhhh my god, I'm two weeks in with this products and let me tell you. My skin is so oily to the point where I've been asked on multiple occasions if I'm hot because my face looks sweaty. When I apply this powder, I look like a perfect matte china doll. Then after two hours STILL MATTE. Four hours mostly matte (light amount of oil) But ladies, after I blot, my face is sooooo matte still that it looks like I put on a fresh face of makeup. No sticky after oil blotting feeling, no having to reapply, and still kicking ass for a full eight hours. I've tried all kinds of matting sprays, setting powders, face washes & toners with empty promises. But this WORKS. P.S I'm black soooo if you are darker put this on under your make up to prevent a slightly ashy look." —Zhanna

4. Or mix e.l.f.'s Make Me Matte Foundation Adjuster into your usual formula for a smooth, flawless, and shine-free finish that lasts and lasts — no touchups required.

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Get it from e.l.f. for $8.

Promising review: "I tried it with Too Faced Born This Way, IT CC Cream and UD Naked Skin. It mattified every one of them and kept my skin beautiful all day! The foundations didn’t transfer and my skin was so soft....ALL DAY. This stuff is a definite game changer and seriously an almost exact dupe for the Urban Decay Velvetizer....for $8!!!!! I think I’m going to stock up on back ups before people realize it. LOL." —Debi1208

You can get a ~handy palette~ (as in, it straps to the back of your hand for easy application) for mixing your foundation from e.l.f. for $2.

5. Apply your under-eye concealer in a triangle rather than little dots — it'll draw attention to the brightest part of your eyes!

Get more tips from 19 Ways To Deal With Dark Circles And Under-Eye Bags.Looking for an amazing concealer option to beat those dark circles once and for all? NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my personal holy grail — get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 shades).
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Get more tips from 19 Ways To Deal With Dark Circles And Under-Eye Bags.

Looking for an amazing concealer option to beat those dark circles once and for all? NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my personal holy grail — get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 shades).

6. Set your under eye concealer and say goodbye to creases with a baking technique — press on a generous amount of setting powder, let it "cook" for a few minutes, and brush it off.

Check out Karina's full baking tutorial for all the tips and tricks. Find even more inspiration on her Instagram.
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Check out Karina's full baking tutorial for all the tips and tricks. Find even more inspiration on her Instagram.

7. Seamlessly blend all your products from foundation to concealer to eyeshadow with a set of brushes that have tightly-packed fibers for an airbrushed finish.

Get a set of 10 brushes from Amazon for $13.99 or a similar set from Walmart for $14.99.Promising review: "Seriously, I don't know how these brushes are being sold at this price. It makes me question every other makeup brush I've ever bought. Very soft, thick brushes, in sizes from foundation to contour/highlighting and blush to a couple of more precise liners and two tiny round brushes I use for spot concealing and glitter application. I've been using these for over a month now, and so far no fiber fall out. Love these!" —Sarah
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Get a set of 10 brushes from Amazon for $13.99 or a similar set from Walmart for $14.99.

Promising review: "Seriously, I don't know how these brushes are being sold at this price. It makes me question every other makeup brush I've ever bought. Very soft, thick brushes, in sizes from foundation to contour/highlighting and blush to a couple of more precise liners and two tiny round brushes I use for spot concealing and glitter application. I've been using these for over a month now, and so far no fiber fall out. Love these!" —Sarah

8. And for an easier blending experience and smoother finish, handle your brushes like a pro — hold them like paintbrushes (aka loosely from the bottom) rather than like pens.

Check out more advice in A Pro Makeup Artist Gave Us A Bunch Of Really Good Tips We Can Actually Do.
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9. Apply skin care and makeup in the right order for a flawless finish (and less wasted product) every time.

For example, apply concealer *after* foundation so you don't waste it on places foundation has already covered!Get all the details and the reasons behind this order at Wake Up For Makeup.
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For example, apply concealer *after* foundation so you don't waste it on places foundation has already covered!

Get all the details and the reasons behind this order at Wake Up For Makeup.

10. Blend your lipliner through the inside of your lips to avoid that liner-with-no-lipstick look.

It's also a great way to blend your liner and lipstick if the colors aren't an exact match.Learn more at Ms Quinn Face.
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It's also a great way to blend your liner and lipstick if the colors aren't an exact match.

Learn more at Ms Quinn Face.

11. Or if you're tired of buying a lip liner for every shade of lipstick you own, try a transparent universal liner to keep your lips on lock.

Farewell, feathering!Get it from Sephora for $10 (originally $20).Promising review: "I bought Ozone as a hopeful solution to save me from owning a zillion lip liners! I was looking for a universal liner that would prevent feathering and keep products on my lips. This product does exactly that and more! This product felt a bit waxy on my lips but not to the point of feeling uncomfortable or drying. I applied cream lipstick at 8:30am and it lasted me till 5pm with no reapplication, and the lipstick really didn't budge even through a meal. I love matte liquid lips but hate the dry feeling, and having this under it helped my lips feel less dried out. I mistakenly thought this was retractable and am pretty disappointed — it isn't that's the only thing I think would make the product better for the price." —Bellachip3
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Farewell, feathering!

Get it from Sephora for $10 (originally $20).

Promising review: "I bought Ozone as a hopeful solution to save me from owning a zillion lip liners! I was looking for a universal liner that would prevent feathering and keep products on my lips. This product does exactly that and more! This product felt a bit waxy on my lips but not to the point of feeling uncomfortable or drying. I applied cream lipstick at 8:30am and it lasted me till 5pm with no reapplication, and the lipstick really didn't budge even through a meal. I love matte liquid lips but hate the dry feeling, and having this under it helped my lips feel less dried out. I mistakenly thought this was retractable and am pretty disappointed — it isn't that's the only thing I think would make the product better for the price." —Bellachip3

12. Brush on translucent powder between layers of your favorite lipstick to help it last alllllll damn day.

Take a peek at all the info at The Blondeshell.
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Take a peek at all the info at The Blondeshell.

13. Perfect your pout by tracing the edges of your lips with a dab of concealer on an angled brush.

This'll keep your lipstick from feathering, too!Get a highly-rated Maybelline angled brush from Amazon for $4.18 and a top-rated Revlon concealer stick from Amazon for $5.50 (available in six shades).Learn more about this trick at Rebecca Shores MUA.
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This'll keep your lipstick from feathering, too!

Get a highly-rated Maybelline angled brush from Amazon for $4.18 and a top-rated Revlon concealer stick from Amazon for $5.50 (available in six shades).

Learn more about this trick at Rebecca Shores MUA.

14. Prime your lips with Too Faced's Lip Insurance primer, a vitamin E–infused formula that'll keep your lips hydrated, smooth, and keep your lip color or gloss from transferring, feathering, or fading.

Ruby Woo, I love you, but you're drying me out.Get it from Sephora for $20.Promising review: "This is definitely holy grail status for me. I've been looking for a lip primer to wear with my creamiest of lipsticks and nothing (before this product!) has helped from feathering and long wear. This is a must have and has saved my looks from looking like hot messes!" —Emjay84
Too Faced

Ruby Woo, I love you, but you're drying me out.

Get it from Sephora for $20.

Promising review: "This is definitely holy grail status for me. I've been looking for a lip primer to wear with my creamiest of lipsticks and nothing (before this product!) has helped from feathering and long wear. This is a must have and has saved my looks from looking like hot messes!" —Emjay84

15. Use a tweezer or eyebrow pencil to line up where your brows should start, arch, and end before filling them in for your best and most natural-looking forehead caterpillars ever.

Learn more from How To Fill In, Shape, Tweeze, Trim, And Transform Your Eyebrows.
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16. Try Benefit's Browvo conditioning primer both at night and underneath your makeup to help your eyebrow powder, pencil, or pomade last longer AND to help your brows grow in fuller.

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Get it from Sephora for $28.

Promising review: "I have brow goals because of this primer. My brow hairs grow faster and thicker!! I have been using this since it launched and it has lasted me months. I use it before I fill in my brows with the Precisely My brow pencil & Brow Zing Kit. It makes the color richer. I can't live without this!!" —Meegn

17. Layer eyelash primer (like this top-rated Lancôme one) under your mascara for long and clump-free lashes for days (it conditions to keep them healthier, too!).

Get Lanôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base from Sephora for $25.50.Promising review: "This makes any mascara better! It makes the lashes appear thicker and longer, and the mascara won't ever flake. I use this every time I use mascara! Worth the money!" —Maggie714
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Get Lanôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base from Sephora for $25.50.

Promising review: "This makes any mascara better! It makes the lashes appear thicker and longer, and the mascara won't ever flake. I use this every time I use mascara! Worth the money!" —Maggie714

18. If you get that mascara smudge under your eye without fail, try this handy trick to stop it once and for all.

Check out the full tutorial at The Beauty Department.And check out our pick for the best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Check out the full tutorial at The Beauty Department.

And check out our pick for the best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews!

19. Combat clumping and make reapplying mascara in the evening less of a mess with a set of eyelash combs.

They also work to groom brows!Get a set of three from Amazon $8.99 or a similar set of two from Walmart for $8.99.Promising review: "I'm a professional makeup artist and I've always used the Tweezerman version of these. The pins in those were getting loose so I needed a replacement. I tried these on a whim as the price can't really be beat. I think these are fantastic and actually superior to the Tweezerman ones. They are more comfortable to hold, they snap open and closed nicely and the pin tips aren't as sharp, which makes them feel safer to use on myself and on models. Major thumbs up!" —JJ
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They also work to groom brows!

Get a set of three from Amazon $8.99 or a similar set of two from Walmart for $8.99.

Promising review: "I'm a professional makeup artist and I've always used the Tweezerman version of these. The pins in those were getting loose so I needed a replacement. I tried these on a whim as the price can't really be beat. I think these are fantastic and actually superior to the Tweezerman ones. They are more comfortable to hold, they snap open and closed nicely and the pin tips aren't as sharp, which makes them feel safer to use on myself and on models. Major thumbs up!" —JJ

20. Dot your eyeliner, then connect the dots to make doing a cat eye with liquid liner so much easier.

Watch the full tutorial on Deepica Mutyala's YouTube channel.And check out our pick for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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Watch the full tutorial on Deepica Mutyala's YouTube channel.

And check out our pick for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

21. Or opt for a cat eyeliner stamp to get evenly matched wings in approximately five seconds.

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Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: "I always wasted so much time trying to get my eyeliner as precise as I wanted it to be. With the Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp I am finally able to get my eyeliner done super quick and it never looked any sharper. It gives my eye so much definition and the pen is super handy. I absolutely love it!" —Nadja Wildi

Check out my full review for all the info (it's #3 in this post)!

22. And erase any errant eyeliner or mascara marks with a remover pen for the most precise strokes.

Get it from e.l.f. or Walmart for $3.Promising review: "This hidden gem is my secret to perfect eyeliner. It even fixes 24 hr lipstick when it gets out of line. The key is to clean the tip after every use and store with the tip down! Simply draw over lines and watch the mistake disappear. I usually follow erasing with a little powder on a concealer brush. Gently wipe or roll the tip across a clean dry cloth or towel and it's clean and ready to go next time. Lasts for ages. Buy several and give as little gifts to your girlfriends; they will thank you!" —Leftoutknitter
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Get it from e.l.f. or Walmart for $3.

Promising review: "This hidden gem is my secret to perfect eyeliner. It even fixes 24 hr lipstick when it gets out of line. The key is to clean the tip after every use and store with the tip down! Simply draw over lines and watch the mistake disappear. I usually follow erasing with a little powder on a concealer brush. Gently wipe or roll the tip across a clean dry cloth or towel and it's clean and ready to go next time. Lasts for ages. Buy several and give as little gifts to your girlfriends; they will thank you!" —Leftoutknitter

23. If your eyeliner isn't perfectly pigmented or turns splotchy, fill it in with a matching eye shadow for a bolder line.

This trick is also perfect for touching up your eyeliner later in the day without risking a liquid eyeliner malfunction.Get all the info at Hair and Makeup By Steph.
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This trick is also perfect for touching up your eyeliner later in the day without risking a liquid eyeliner malfunction.

Get all the info at Hair and Makeup By Steph.

24. Tightline your eyelashes (that is, use a pencil or brush to line the spaces between hairs) to avoid having that annoying space between your liner and your lashes.

Learn more about this technique at Painted Ladies.
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Learn more about this technique at Painted Ladies.

25. Create a shadowy cat eye on monolids (that won't disappear into the crease); just move it up higher on your lid.

Check out the full tutorial at Working With Monolids.

26. Catch eyeshadow fallout or guide a perfect eyeliner wing with a pack of adhesive shadow shields; they stick right to your face and remove easily.

Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $7.77 or a box of 14 from Walmart for $4.78.Promising review: "These are awesome and very simple to use. I use this these on my clients all the time! They have become my best friend when creating a perfect winged eyeliner. Ladies are who getting into beauty really would benefit from this a lot. I don't have to worry about being perfect with my eye shadow. Tip: Cut the shadow shields in half to increase longevity. If you're doing a more drastic look, use a whole shadow shield." —Awesome Blossom
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Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $7.77 or a box of 14 from Walmart for $4.78.

Promising review: "These are awesome and very simple to use. I use this these on my clients all the time! They have become my best friend when creating a perfect winged eyeliner. Ladies are who getting into beauty really would benefit from this a lot. I don't have to worry about being perfect with my eye shadow. Tip: Cut the shadow shields in half to increase longevity. If you're doing a more drastic look, use a whole shadow shield." —Awesome Blossom

27. Layer a white priming base under your eyeshadow to keep your pigments true to color.

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Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or Walmart for $6.97 (available in four colors).

Promising review: "A must-have for shadow enthusiasts. I apply once in the morning, and it lasts the duration of long days (16+hrs). It makes your shadow really pop, especially lighter/brighter colors. Although it does not make it 'smudge-proof,' it certainly helps avoid smudges when you accidentally rub your eyes. I have sensitive skin, and this product does not irritate my skin. It works with all brands of shadows. Applied every day, one capsule usually lasts 6-9 months. I will be a long time user of this product!" —Trish

28. For a quick and effortless eyeshadow look, draw a hashtag in the outer corner of your eye with an eyeliner or shadow pencil and blend, blend, blend.

It'll create a perfect ombre effect.Learn more at Beauty Editor.
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It'll create a perfect ombre effect.

Learn more at Beauty Editor.

29. Or try a Revlon eyeshadow quad with super-pigmented shades and a numbering system to make doing a smoky eye easier than ever.

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Get it from Amazon for $5.75+ (available in 10 colors) or Walmart for $5.97 (available in 11 colors).

Promising review: "Stunning colors, easy to apply. Does not cake or crease. Fabulous price for a name brand product. Very happy." —Kindle Customer

30. Fully remove one pigment from your brush before applying another; just wipe it on this brush-cleaning sponge so your eye makeup is blended without errant marks.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or Walmart for $7.99.Promising review: "Everything by Docolor is just amazing. I have been five-star satisfied with every purchase I've made. This really does take the makeup off of your brush so that you can immediately use it for another color. That helps speed up your makeup process and also saves you time and money, since you aren't washing your brushes every day! I am a customer for life!" —Jennifer
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Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or Walmart for $7.99.

Promising review: "Everything by Docolor is just amazing. I have been five-star satisfied with every purchase I've made. This really does take the makeup off of your brush so that you can immediately use it for another color. That helps speed up your makeup process and also saves you time and money, since you aren't washing your brushes every day! I am a customer for life!" —Jennifer

31. And finish off your whole look with NYX's cult-favorite setting spray with a lot of staying power for not a lot of money.

Get it from Amazon for $5.59 or Walmart for $7.97.

Promising review: "This changed my life! It is just amazing! I'm a waitress, constantly surrounded by food, always sweaty from running around, and I NEVER get a shiny forehead with this stuff. My eyeshadow doesn't move. I mean this is just amazing!" —Erynn

Mulan-level makeup just got easier!

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