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    Mar 28, 2020

    I Tried A Bunch Of TikTok Makeup Hacks And Some Of Them Are Actually Game-Changers

    Look great while social distancing.

    Hello! I'm Natasha and I have a confession to make: I've had the same beauty routine since I was 16. Foundation, filled-in brows, a ~lot~ of eyeliner, and I'm done!

    However, I kept seeing makeup artists share beauty hacks on TikTok, and honestly, I was inspired to learn something new. What if there was a whole world of makeup I had been missing out on? So, I decided to try out some TikTok makeup hacks to see if they actually worked.

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    First, this makeup hack by @Ridaaaamat has a cool 2.6 million views, so I just had to try it. It’s supposed to make your makeup last longer, stay crease-free, and generally look ~amazing~.

    Let's break down exactly how it's supposed to work:

    TikTok: Ridaaaamat
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    Yes! Admittedly, I didn't have any setting spray, but my foundation still went on smoother and more evenly than usual. Plus, although it wasn't 100% resistant to wear (what is?), it seemed to stay on better throughout the day.

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    Not that you can tell at all, but I promise I am very happy about this.

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    I suck at cut creases, so I was very excited to try this hack from @Mannymua733, which promises to make 'em look nice and sharp.

    @mannymua733

    can’t get those lines perfect? I got you 😌 who enjoys little makeup hacks? ##foryou ##fyp ##makeuphacks

    ♬ Falling - Trevor Daniel

    Plus, it's pretty simple:

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    Kind of! Working with the glitter liner was definitely a little finicky. Plus, I'm slightly concerned that the glitter highlighted, rather than concealed, where I messed up the shape. That being said, it's definitely a cool look that I'll be trying again.

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    Get the Alinice glitter liner I used here from Amazon for $13.99.

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    I thought that staying inside without wearing makeup for a few weeks would make my skin super clear — but my skin had other plans. Enter this hack from @Glamnanne1 that promises to help cover up zits.

    In short, this involves putting on a lot of makeup:

    TikTok: Glamnanne1
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    In terms of the zit itself, yes! The only issue was that I was a bit liberal applying makeup to the area around the zit, which ended up looking quite cakey — so be precise.

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    Taking the "before" picture was not exactly a high point for my self-esteem.

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    I was mesmerized by this hack from @Chrisellelim which is supposed to help shift your hairline down — or give the illusion of it, anyway.

    @chrisellelim

    How I fix my receding hairline (forehead) with makeup! My trick when I pull back my hair! ##makeuphacks ##getthelook ##makeup ##beauty ##asmr ##beautyhacks

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    Plus, it looked a lot less painful than hair plugs:

    TikTok: Chrisellelim
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    In short, no. Filling in the line was a total disaster, as the darker tone highlighted the pasty whiteness of where my scalp begins even more.

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    My roommate told me that it looked quite natural from about 10 feet away, so at least that's something.

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    I've seen so many brow tutorials that seem to require about a thousand different steps and products, so I was very skeptical about this two-step eyebrow hack from @Soprimp that fills in your brows perfectly.

    Seriously, it's only two steps:

    TikTok: Soprimp
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    Yes! Not caring about being neat really lets you pack the product in there. It seems a bit wasteful to do this everyday, but it's definitely good for a quick fix.

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    I usually use tape when I want a strong eyeshadow wing, but this easy hack from @Jayiziahbeauty uses concealer instead.

    Plus, it gives you a new use for any spare loyalty cards lying around:

    TikTok: Jayiziahbeauty
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    Yes! I had to touch it up with a little more concealer afterward because the eyeshadow color I chose was so dark — but I still got a nice, crisp line.

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    Finally, I clean my beautyblender super rarely, so I was intrigued by a quick cleaning hack from TikTok user @Bizzu12. Of all the hacks, this one made me the most nervous — I have only one beautyblender and one microwave, and I wanted both to be in tact afterward.

    That being said, everything looked in tact in the video:

    TikTok: Bizzu12
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    Not really. It did look cleaner, but not exactly spotless.

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    To ensure that my beautyblender wasn't a lost cause, I tried washing it with hard soap — which did work.

    Do you have any makeup hacks that you swear by? LMK in the comments!