7 Beauty Hacks That Save My Life

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Those of you who know me in real life know that I watch a lot of beauty bloggers (I think the kids today call them “vloggers,” sorry) on YouTube. I am sort of addicted to the whole thing, and I especially love watching videos that include makeup tutorials. I’ve picked up some really great beauty hacks over time, and thought it would be fun to share some that I actually use in my daily life.

Where I can, I will credit the YouTuber for the tip, although I don’t remember where most of these hacks came from. I will say that none of these hacks are my original idea–I’ve definitely taken them from someone else. Which reminds me–do you want a post on my favorite beauty bvloggers? Not sure if that’s something you’d be interested in, but let me know. Now, onto the hacks…

Do your eye makeup before your face

You know how, when you do your eye makeup, you get fallout from eye shadow all over your cheeks and your eyeliner gets messed up and you smudge your foundation and then have to reapply everything and it looks like hell? That’s not just a ‘me’ problem, is it? Um Well, doing your eye makeup before you put on your face products prevents all that mess! I do my eye shadow and liner (not mascara) first thing, before foundation or concealer. When I inevitably have to use 10 Q-tips to fix my liner, I don’t have to worry about messing up my foundation!

Use translucent powder to blend your face and neck

One of the most embarrassing things is when you leave the house and realize that your neck is a completely different color than your face. To fix this, take a big fluffy brush (I use the Make Up For Ever 126 Medium Powder Brush) and blend the two together with translucent powder. This takes a few seconds and is a lot better than putting foundation all the way down your neck. I use NYX Professional Makeup HD Finishing Powder for this, but any translucent powder should do the trick.

Invest in a good brush

This is advice from Samantha Ravndahl, who recently did a whole video on her favorite makeup brushes. Sometimes you can’t get your eye shadow to blend right, or your concealer not to look cakey, because you’re using the wrong brush. Investing in a few high quality, professional makeup brushes will ultimately save you time and hassle. One of my favorites, which Samantha mentions in her video as well, is the Sigma Beauty F82 Round Kabuki Brush. I use this to apply my foundation.

Begin applying your eye shadow where you want the most color

This is another beauty hack from Samantha Ravndahl. It sounds like common sense, but it’s an easy mistake to make. When applying eye shadow, your brush is going to have the most dense amount of color at first touch–so start applying in the place you want the most pigmented color. If you want dark color in your crease, start there. If you don’t want dark color in your crease, maybe start at the outside and work your way in once the brush isn’t as packed. This helps you avoid those hard-to-fix dark spots of color in the middle of your eyelid.

Brush foundation down, not up

If you use a brush to apply your foundation, always apply using downward strokes. Upward strokes will cause the brush bristles to catch on tiny hairs/peach fuzz, blemishes or dry patches and make your foundation to look splotchy. This tip comes from the lovely Jaime Paige. This tip has literally changed my life.

Let mascara dry before fixing it

No matter what, I always get mascara on my eyelids. Seriously, it happens every day. So annoying. But something I’ve learned is to wait about 5 minutes for it to dry and then scrape it off. I use a clean spooly to do this, not a Q-tip! Waiting is hard, but if it’s dry and you use something to scrape (not rub!) it, it will flake right off instead of smudging in.

What are some of your best beauty hacks?

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