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    21 Everyday Makeup Hacks That Actually Work (Plus 3 That Don't)

    It's the little things, you know?

    1. Make your lipstick stay on all day with a tissue + translucent powder.

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    After you apply liner and lipstick, lay a piece of tissue over your lips β€” then tap some translucent face powder through it. It'll set the pigment without dulling the color. (For comparison's sake, we tried this trick with just lipstick versus the lipstick and powder combo β€” and the latter lasted half a day longer.)

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    2. Use Vaseline around your nails to catch any stray paint.

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    Dab a thin layer of Vaseline around your nail bed and paint your nails as usual. Once they're dry, wash your hands β€” any excess polish that hit the Vaseline will run right off. (Aquaphor or lip balm would also work!)

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    3. Also, use Vaseline to prevent your nail polish cap from drying shut.

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    Just apply a few spots of Vaseline onto the neck of the bottle. No more stuck caps!

    4. To make DIY tinted moisturizer, mix equal parts of your daily moisturizer + your foundation.

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    To start, try one pump of each. No need to shell out for a separate product.

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    5. If you have monolids, apply eyeshadow upwards, not outwards.

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    Instead of putting lighter eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye (and darker shadow in the the outer "v"), try the vertical gradient technique. Put darker shadow right above your lash line, and gradually get lighter the closer you get to your brows.

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    6. A towel rack can double as a temporary drying station for makeup brushes.

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    This way, the bristles won't warp as they dry. Just loop each brush through a hair tie.

    7. A microfiber sock can work in place of a Beauty Blender.

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    It's not a *perfect* swap but a clean fuzzy sock will do the trick if you're looking for a cheaper alternative β€” and if you take a few more seconds to blend extra thoroughly.

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    8. Blend lipliner toward the center of your lips to help prevent harsh lines from being left behind.

    This is also a more effective way to blend your liner and lipstick if the colors aren't an exact match.

    9. Dry, patchy skin? Prevent makeup from collecting in flaky spots by adding a few drops of face oil directly to foundation.

    The oil will prime your face and allow the foundation to glide on better. It'll also tide over your skin until you're able to do an all-out moisturizing routine at night.

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    10. Test foundation on your neck (not your arm) for a more accurate match.

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    Our arms are often darker than our faces because of sun exposure β€” even if it's just a little bit. For a truer match, swatch on your neck.

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    11. Fake a fan brush with just one bobby pin.

    12. For more effective coverage, apply undereye concealer in a triangle shape β€” instead of in small dots.

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    With the triangle, you're creating a light arrow that draws attention to the brightest part of your eyes.

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

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    Since you shouldn't keep mascara for longer than three months after opening, the smaller size makes even more sense.

    14. Map out your eyebrows with three simple measurements.

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    This works no matter what your brow shape is. Learn more here.

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    15. And nail an easy, no-fuss contour by memorizing these four spots.

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    Apply a cream contour to your temples, the hollows of your cheekbones, and the outline of the bridge of your nose for a simple, sculpted look.

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    16. Blast your eyelash curler with a blowdryer for a few seconds before using for a more effective curl.

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    This even works on short, super straight lashes.

    17. The key to perfect winged liquid liner? Scotch tape.

    Just place a piece of tape parallel to the corner of your eye β€” angling it out toward the tip of your brow. You'll get a sharp, clean edge every time.

    18. Spray hairspray on a clean spoolie (or an upcycled mascara wand) to keep full brows in check.

    This also works well if you're out of brow gel.

    19. Want the staying power of a lip stain without the intensity? Apply a stain as the first step of your makeup routine β€” then wipe it off at the end, and top with balm.

    The balm will soften the overall effect β€” leaving your lips more pigmented, but still natural.

    20. Toilet seat covers can double as oil blotting sheets in a pinch.

    21. Brush your lips as the last step of your morning toothbrushing routine β€” it'll be the perfect quick exfoliator before you apply lipstick or gloss.

    Or exfoliate before bed, top with a hydrating balm, and wake up to fully prepped lips. With temperatures getting colder, either way will help prevent dryness and cracking.

    Plus, a few hacks that DIDN'T work for us at all:

    22. Making a DIY setting spray of aloe vera gel + witch hazel β€” a Pinterest favorite β€” isn't worth it.

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    When we tried it, the spray never really set. It also felt heavy and turned super oily within a few hours.

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    23. The two-for-one of applying eyeliner directly to your eyelash curler is a waste of time. (And makeup!)

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    We were skeptical upfront, but this hack is still all over the internet β€” so we tried it anyway. The results were super uneven.

    24. Vinegar and lemon doesn't work in place of nail polish remover.

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    Not at all, actually. Just buy the remover!

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