Thursday, 1 March 2018

Top 5 Beauty Hacks

There's nothing I love more than watching YouTube videos and learning the lastest tips and tricks. Anything that helps improve my make up, or just small hints that make life a bit easier are well worth knowing in my eyes. I get asked quite often if I have any myself, and so I thought I'd share my top five with you all. A lot of you may already be aware of these, but perhaps there's someone somewhere who isn't!

Tip 1: Use An Eyelash Curler

Lots of people are afraid of using an eyelash curler in fear of ripping their eyelashes out. I have used one since I was about 16 and I can tell you, I've all my lashes still intact. If you have naturally straight lashes, no mascara is going to curl them and keep them in place all day. Eyelash curlers are so old school, but they do work, and I never apply mascara without curling my lashes first. Curled lashes make your eyes look wider and more awake, so even if you're not wearing mascara, you'll look a bit more polished. Try it! You'll notice a huge difference in how full, curled and gorgeous your lashes look. 


Tip 2: Use A Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara is an unsung hero because it dries a lot quicker than regular formulas, thus ensuring your freshly curled lashes are held in place. Women are put off because waterproof versions can be harder to remove, but this Maybelline Big Shot dissolves easily with any oil based eye make up remover. I find waterproof formulas are more long lasting and definitely keep my lashes curled for a lot longer. 

Tip 3: Use Face Oil To Bring Dry Brow Products/Gel Liner Back To Life

It's a fact of life that brow pomades and gel liners eventually dry out. However this doesn't necessarily mean you have to chuck it in the bin and buy a new one. I use any face oil I have lying about, and put one drop into the pot. I then swish it around with my brush, and watch the magic happen. The result is a more smooth and pigmented gel that glides on easily and has saved you throwing away a perfectly good (probably quite expensive) product.

Tip 4: Stop Setting Your Eyeshadow Base

Many years ago when I first started being properly interested in make up, I never set my eyeshadow primer. However, after watching countless tutorials on YouTube, I realised I apparently was making life difficult for myself. 

A lot of make up artists set their shadow base with a setting powder to ensure eyeshadows don't stick and can be blended out easily. I went through a phase of doing just that, and noticed how it toned down the colour of the eyeshadow. So now I don't set it at all, and my shadows look more pigmented and most shadows blend just as well. Just make sure your primer has dried before you start applying your shadows as it'll end up quite messy if you don't.

Tip 5: Reverse Contouring

I can't say I was ever a big fan of contouring, especially the kind involving 5 different shades of cream products. I do sometimes use a powder contour kit, to give my cheekbones some extra definition but that's about the height of it.

Usually I just strategically place bronzer around my face and swipe a line of RCMA No-Color Powder on the bottom section of each side of my face. This is technically known as baking, and brightens the area, thus creating a slight shadow in the area above. I then dust it off with my powder brush after a couple of minutes. 

I find it looks more natural than heavy contouring, and you won't have muddy streaks ruining your gorgeous work of art. You can also use this technique to tidy up any contouring if you find you've gone too low down your cheek with your dark powders. 

So there you go! I hope you picked up something new, and if you have any of your own tips that you'd love to share, please feel free to do so in the comments below.

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