Specific beauty needs are highly individual, but there are universal makeup tips and tricks that can help anyone look their best by faking the features you wish you had and covering up those you’re not so fond of. From the surprisingly simple way to get fuller lashes without lash extensions to how to minimize the appearance of hooded eyelids, the five tips and tricks in our gallery will boost your makeup regimen and help you achieve maximal results.
Fake Believe: 5 Makeup Tricks You Need to Know
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Fake a Brighter Complexion
Cream highlighters are the ultimate pick-me-up product. When your complexion is looking a little worse for wear, dab the tiniest amount of highlighter over your concealer to draw light to your eye area or apply it under your foundation to create a subtle radiance. Remember that when it comes to shimmer, less really is more.
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DIY Your Way to Fuller Lashes
Try as you might, sometimes mascara just doesn’t get lashes as full and as long as you’d hope for. Baby powder is one multi-purpose product that can help. Apply one coat of black mascara, then while it is still wet coat a clean mascara wand in baby powder. Close your eye and dust the powder over your lashes, focusing on the tips. Finish with a final coat of black mascara. The baby powder will add volume and length for a false lash effect.
Reduce the Appearance of Hooded Eyelids
Before you rush into that lid lift surgery, try these simple makeup tricks. Keep your eye makeup on the lids rather than below the eye. Avoid applying eyeliner and mascara on your lower lashes as this will draw the eyes downwards and make you look tired. Blend your eyeshadow just over the hooded area and flick your eyeliner upwards to lift the eye. Stay away from shimmer eyeshadows as these will make your eyelids look even fuller.
Make a Long Face Look Rounder
A rectangular face is longer than it is wide. To make a long face look more oval, you need to make the cheeks the center of attention. Use a matte bronzer to shade along the hairline and on the tip of the chin to give the appearance of a rounder face. Next, apply blush to the apples of the cheeks in a circular motion and finish with an illuminating highlighter on the highest points of the cheekbones to bring them forward.
Cover Up All Manner of Sins
Concealer can cover a multitude of sins; from late nights and lazy skincare to angry blemishes, this magical cream gets rid of it all. Choosing the right shade depends on where you’re planning to use it. To erase dark under-eye circles, go for a peach-based shade that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone. When covering blemishes, it’s best to opt for a concealer that’s exactly the same shade as your complexion to avoid the polka-dot effect.