Today’s post is about some beauty hacks that I personally find really useful and wanted to share with you to make your lives that little bit easier when it comes to makeup.
Vaseline as brow gel
Vaseline is such an all-round versatile product, it has so many uses. If you’ve run out of brow gel, petroleum jelly works wonders and is a great substitute. Simply take a Spoolie and brush the product through the brows and this will keep them in place for the day.
Using tape as a guide for your winged eyeliner
Us girls know how annoying it can be when we don’t get our eyeliner right. Using tape is a great way to ensure your winged eyeliner is a perfect, sharp shape. When applying the tape, place it level with your lower lash line and angle it towards the end of your brow. Using your eyeliner pen/brush, draw a line along the edge of the tape and once the shape is created, fill it in. If the product gets on the tape then its fine as you will be peeling it off anyway.
(Excuse the state of my brows and lack of foundation)
Get the illusion of plumper, more defined lips using concealer
Everyone wants full lips so for those who wish they could make them look bigger, this one’s for you. Highlighting the central part of your lips gives them dimension, this can be done using a light shade of concealer. Apply a tiny dab of the product to the middle section of your top and bottom lip and blend outwards with your fingertip (this works best when your hands are warm!). Using your finger provides a natural application and blend although a lip brush works well too. Finish with a nude lip gloss or if you’re wearing a lipstick, apply that first and then do the concealer on top. Voila! Beautiful plump looking lips!
Avoid lipstick teeth
It’s an embarrassing feeling when you’ve put on your lipstick, someone makes you smile and then they tell you that you have lipstick all over your teeth. Doh! To prevent this from happening, put your thumb about halfway into your mouth after applying your lippy then close it. Pull your thumb out with your mouth still shut, this will take off the colour on the inside of your lips, stopping it from getting on your teeth. I’d recommend probably doing this hack in private…
DIY gel eyeliner
After some time, some kohl eyeliner pencils can become dry and lose their ability to give a nice, smooth finish on the waterline, turning rather thin and hard to apply. Using a lighter (please be careful!), heat up the tip of your liner for about 2 seconds and let it cool for 15 seconds. This warms up the formula and gives it a thicker consistency, gliding onto the waterline of your eye a lot easier.
Eyeshadow as highlighter
Yes, that’s right! Using a shimmery eyeshadow acts as a great highlighter. Make sure you choose an eyeshadow that isn’t glittery as this won’t give that glowy effect that a highlighter should. Apply the eyeshadow with your fingertips onto the cheekbones, brow bone, bridge/tip of nose and Cupid’s bow and then blend in with a brush. Opt for gold, white or peach colours to really make your face glisten! Below, I used the shade Vermeer from my ABH Modern Renaissance palette which gave me a poppin’ highlight! Primavera is another shimmer eyeshadow that can also be found in this palette; it is golden toned and provides such a gorgeous glow to your face.
Make your own custom lipstick with eyeshadow and Vaseline
Found that perfect eyeshadow shade that you wish could be a lipstick too? Well you can make it yourself! ‘How?!’ I hear you say! Using a Spoolie brush, scrape a few layers of the eyeshadow you’ve chosen (a bit heartbreaking, I know) into a spoon, take a little bit of petroleum jelly and mix it in with your pigment. Use a lip brush to apply to lips and there you go! This is fun to do with duo-chrome shades if you wanted to try a different kind of look. Here I’ve taken the shade Angelic, a beautiful pink and gold pigment, from the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Palette and made a lipstick from it.
Hope you enjoyed this post and find it useful!