Everyday Makeup Tips

(Not my quote but it sure is funny!)

As a makeup artist, I really enjoy speaking with clients about their makeup routines and trading tips for better application. Sometimes I'll offer a tip that is totally second nature for me, but it's like a lightbulb went off for them. So I thought I'd share some with you today! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably seen a few of these already. For those who don't follow me (what are you waiting for!?), I hope this list helps make your beauty routine a little easier!

  • If you don't have a clear brow gel, you can spritz hairspray onto a spoolie and run it through your brows to help them stay in place all day.

  • Ahh crap! You smudged your mascara while applying your makeup! Don't wipe it off immediately. Wait for it to dry, then use a Q-Tip to gently flake off the mascara mark. Works with most mascaras, although some formulas might need a little more rubbing than others.

  • Always double cleanse your face if you wore makeup that day. Take your makeup off with a remover wipe or oil, then use your regular face wash to get the rest of the grime left behind.

  • Make your own "BB Cream" by mixing your foundation with your moisturizer.

  • Dip a pointed Q-Tip in makeup remover and use it to clean up your winged liner for an extra-crisp line. I would suggest doing your eyes before your face if you're going to do this!

  • For an easy "no-makeup makeup" look, tightline your upper lashline. This will open up your eyes without having to go through the process of doing full liner. Get in between all the lashes for a full lash look.

  • To tone down harsh lines on your eyeshadow, take a light or skin tone shade on a small fluffy brush and use it to blend out the very edges of your shadow. The lighter color diffuses any harsh lines without muddying up the rest of your look.

  • For an everyday look for small eyes, don't take your lower eyeliner all the way in toward your tear duct. This can close off your eyes and make them appear smaller. Instead, take the liner just to the outer edge of your iris.

  • To brighten up your eyes, use a nude colored waterproof liner on your lower waterline.

  • For a smoother lipstick application, exfoliate your lips using sugar and coconut oil, followed by a moisturizing lip balm. Blot lips dry before applying lipstick.

  • Don't rely on layers of foundation to cover up blemishes or spots. Dab concealer on the area and then blend out the edge of the concealer with a very small brush or your finger. This way, the spot stays fully covered by the concealer but the edges are not obvious, and you don't have to use multiple layers of foundation.

  • If you're not sure where to place your contour, start at the top of your ear and angle down to the corner of your mouth.

  • You can mix liquid highlighter in with your foundation for a luminous "lit from within" glow.

  • To cancel out dark circles, keep the color wheel in mind. Yellow and orange cancel out blue and purple, respectively, so typically a peachy shade will work for most people with fair skin, and a coral or deep orange shade works better on deeper skin tones.

Okay, I hope that gives you some ideas! I know there's a ton more tips but I need to finish my coffee and put on some makeup. If you have any tips, share them in the comments!