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

Beauty tips and tricks to bookmark immediately. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

1. Perfect your makeup in a magnifying mirror with LEDs that mimic natural daylight — it pivots 360° and suction cups right to your bathroom mirror.

It folds up so you can even take it on vacation!

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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.

Keith Morrison / Alice Mongkongllite / Via BuzzFeed

Learn more about how to make your makeup look amazing in photos here.


3. Try a popular translucent rice powder to set your makeup for the whole day without cakiness.,

Get it from Amazon for $7. Available in three colors.

Promising review: "This powder works as a great finishing powder. I used to use the Tarte Amazonian clay finishing powder for my oily skin but it costs $30. The lid doesn't screw/twist on and off so you have to be very careful to keep the lid on and not spill everything. Other than that, I love this powder." —Gina M.

4. 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 here for all the tips and tricks. Find even more inspiration on her Instagram.

5. 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.

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

6. 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 here.


7. 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 here.

8. 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 $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 creme 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

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

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This'll keep your lipstick from feathering, too!

Get a highly-rated angled brush from Amazon for $4 and a top-rated concealer stick (available in six shades) from Amazon for $6.79.

Learn more about this trick here.


11. Prime your lips with Tarte's lipsaver treatment that fills in lines, conditions lips, and helps your lipstick stick and last.

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

Get it from Tarte for $12 (on sale from $19).

Promising review: "This stuff is what I have been searching for my whole life. It goes on smooth and dries feeling like its not there. It's similar to a matte finish. So you can put anything over it and it's as if nothing was there. My color lasts longer and my lips feel better using it. I LOVE this." —Jessica

12. 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.

13. Try this 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

14. Layer eyelash primer under your mascara for long and clump-free lashes for days (it conditions to keep them healthier, too!).

Get it 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


16. 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 $9.99.

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

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

Get it from E.L.F. 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


19. 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 here.

20. 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.

22. 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 $7.79.

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


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

Get it from Amazon for $4.89. Also available in three other primer 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

24. 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.

25. Or try an eyeshadow quad with super-pigmented shades and a numbering system that makes doing a smoky eye easier than ever.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99. Available in six color palettes.

Promising review: "I found this quad and figured the price was right to try it. It is perfect for the smokey eye effect. Beautiful color assortment. Great value. The applicator that is included is nice. I do recommend using a primer so it will last longer, but that is typical of nearly all eye shadows." —Shananigans

26. 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 $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

27. And finish off your whole look with a cult-favorite setting spray with a lot of staying power for not a lot of money.,

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

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

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