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    32 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.

    On the left panel, it has two magnification mirrors (one 2x and one 5x) and 21 LED lights you can brighten and dim for the perfect setting. You can either use batteries or charge it via USB — AND it swivels 180° for the perfect angle.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in white and rose gold).

    Promising review: "This mirror is so cool. The first time I did my makeup with this mirror I was able to clearly see what I was doing for once. The mirror is built very well. The base of it, which is removable, fits perfectly and is stable. It also folds up so that it doesn’t take up too much space. I love dimming options.. touch the on/off button and the lights will dim... I also like little compartment on the base of the mirror where you can keep things that will easily roll to the ground... overall I’m very happy with this." —Black Diamond

    2. Follow along with this guide to map out where to put on concealer, foundation, and translucent powder for the best photo-ready makeup so it shows up best — without looking flat. 100+ Instagram likes, anyone?

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    Learn more about how to make your makeup look amazing in photos in our handy guide.

    3. Try a popular Etude House Zero Sebum translucent powder to set your makeup for the whole day without cakiness.,

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    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.


    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!

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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 — it has light-diffusing pigments for your brightest under eyes yet. 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.

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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 $14.98 (also available in solid black).

    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.

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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.

    10. Apply a cream contour just one shade darker than your foundation to your temples, the hollows of your cheekbones, and the outline of the bridge of your nose for an easy, sculpted look.

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    Check out "A Pro Makeup Artist Gave Us A Bunch Of Really Good Tips We Can Actually Do" for ideas you can totally recreate at home!

    Looking for a contour shades to get started? This Aesthetica cream contour palette has six silky, blendable shades so you can find the perfect one.


    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    Promising review: "This is my first time using a cream contour makeup kit. I was a bit skeptical, but then after playing with it for several applications, I was able to get the look I was seeking to achieve down really nicely! The instruction manual is FANTASTIC. It gives you step-by-steps on how to apply and in what shades depending on the type of face you have (oval, heart, etc). Though I would never consider myself a makeup artist professional of any stretch of the imagination, I was able to look pretty darn good with the instructions given here. Well done!" —JB

    Learn more about the kit in our closer look!

    11. If you're new to color-correcting, check out this handy guide to figure out exactly what you're looking for. For example, I swear by this peachy NYX color-correcting concealer to help cancel out purplish under-eye circles.

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    And then top with that amazing Nars brightening concealer mentioned above!

    And if you want ~all the color-correcting~, Tarte makes a color-correcting palette with six universal, oh-so-blendable shades. It's one of their bestsellers! Get it from Tarte for $25 (originally $45).

    12. 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.

    13. Or if you're tired of buying a lip liner for every shade of lipstick you own, try a transparent Urban Decay universal priming liner to keep your lips on lock. It also works to hide blemishes, fill in fine lines (so makeup doesn't settle into them), and correct errant makeup marks!


    Farewell, feathering! AAAND it's infused with jojoba oil for moisture!

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    Promising review: "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. This is hands down the best pencil I've ever used. I love crazy lip colors, I use KVD's everlasting stuff. Did not want to figure out how to coordinate a thousand lip liners with all those colors. I was also looking for something to help with the feathering and caking that sometimes happens with the more pigmented colors of KVD. This solves all the things. I may now have purple lips to my hearts content." —fitpixel

    14. 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.

    15. 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 and a top-rated Rimmel concealer from Amazon for $5.32 (available in 32 shades).

    Learn more about this trick at Rebecca Shores MUA.

    16. 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.

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    17. 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.


    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

    18. 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 $26.

    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

    19. If you get that mascara smudge under your eye without fail, try this handy trick to stop it once and for all. Just run your finger across — in the words of Ina, how easy is that?

    Check out the full tutorial at The Beauty Department.

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

    20. Combat clumping and make reapplying mascara in the evening less of a mess with a set of foldable eyelash combs. Keep one in your purse for touch-ups!

    They also work to groom brows!

    Get a set of three from Amazon $7.99.

    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

    21. 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! Our low price point pick is NYX Epic Ink Liner — it goes on sooooo smooooooooth. Get it from Amazon for $6.08.

    22. Or opt for a waterproof, smudge-resistant eyeliner stamp with two sides: a triangular stamp on one end and a felt-tip eyeliner on the other to create the perfect winged liner look in no time flat, i.e., you'll never be late again!, Amazon

    Get a two-pack from Amazon (one for your left eye, one for your right) for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    Promising review: "I loved the product. I usually take 15 mins to do my eyeliner perfectly for my dance recitals which include cleaning and re-doing multiple times. But with this eyeliner, I took only five mins to do it in a single go. It lasted really long even in burning hot weather. It looked so beautiful even from a long distance. I loved the product. It's a must-have for all those who love eye makeup." —rasu

    Learn more about it in Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye.

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


    Get it from e.l.f.. Or get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.05.

    Promising review: "This hidden gem is my secret to perfect eyeliner. It even fixes 24-hour 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

    24. 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.

    25. 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.

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

    27. Catch eyeshadow fallout and/or guide a perfect eyeliner wing or smokey cat eye with a pack of adhesive shadow shields; they stick right to your face and remove easily — without disturbing your foundation or concealer.

    Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $7.

    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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $4.90 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "If I were to write a list of my Top Beauty Products ever used, this would be on it. You don't need to use a lot AT ALL to get great performance out of this. Just light dabs with your pinky finger into the pot, onto your eyelid = all eyeshadow colors pop noticeably well. Not oily, and doesn't crease (I have sort of hood eyelids and always have a problem with creasing — this product reduces this issue for me quite a bit). GREAT GREAT STUFF. Totally worth it." —Steph

    29. 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.

    30. Or try a foolproof eyeshadow contour kit with a primer, three super-pigmented shades, and a shimmer top coat — plus a numbering system to make doing a gorgeous eye look easier than ever.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.76+ (available in eight colors).

    Promising review: "Great pigment, stays on for hours. Better than my Smashbox palette!" —Amazon Customer

    31. 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.

    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

    32. 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 $5.19 (available in matte and dewy finishes).

    Promising review: "INCREDIBLE!!!!! I swear this has changed my life. It makes my makeup last all day....literally 12+ hours. It has even kept my makeup on and smudge proof through a two-hour nap!!! I'm so incredibly impressed. I have very oily skin and the "dewy" finish has not made me look or feel greasy. I seriously love this stuff sooo much!!!!" —JaNaeSyx

    Mulan-level makeup just got easier!


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