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7 Ridiculously Easy Makeup Ideas That Will Simplify Your Life

Gorgeous makeup for less effort.

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1. Try drawing a double arrow using an eyeshadow pencil (then blending!) to get a fast and neat smoky eye.

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You can blend with your finger, a blending sponge, or a blending brush, depending on the texture of the pencil. Read the full tutorial here.

2. To make your lips look ABAP (as big as possible), try this simple contour map.

3. Take a straight object (a tweezer will do the trick) and map out where your eyebrows should start, end, and how high they should each rise.

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This prevents them from being uneven when you pluck! Read a more detailed tutorial about how to do this here.

4. Prevent any and all mascara clumps by applying it in a couple of layers with a lash comb.

Watch Wayne Goss's full tutorial demonstrating this technique here, and of course, be careful, because lash combs are made of metal! If you don't have a lash comb, you can find them for around $5 at Target.

P.S. If you try this, make sure to clean off your lash comb after each use (you can just wipe off with a makeup or baby wipe, or use a bit of makeup remover). If the mascara dries on, it will be impossible to swipe through your lashes so easily! And it may start growing bacteria in a spot that's really close to your eye on a regular basis.

5. Lightly contour your skin by applying concealer in strategic places over your foundation.

This map makes it easy. To make sure you apply the right amount of concealer, allow it to sit on your skin for a few minutes before you blend (while you do something else, like your mascara!) — the tone of the concealer will change a bit as it melts into your skin, so you can more accurately blend it.

6. Try this two-step push-and drag-technique to make a subtle cat eye easier.

It will still take tons of practice, but if other tricks haven't worked for you, this one might! Here's the full (very helpful!) tutorial.

7. Make sure you're always using the right brush for the job you want to get done.

If you're going for a certain look, using the right brush can make all the difference. Read more about it here.

Looking for more great makeup tricks? Find last week's here!