Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think we can all agree that the quicker and more efficiently we can put on our makeup the better.
Everyone wants to be able to cut down the time it takes them to perfect their face without compromising on the quality of their appearance.
I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit to skipping breakfasts many a morning because I woke up late and chose to put on my makeup instead; Go into work looking tired and sickly…or a little hungry?
Although, superficial and not exactly the healthiest of decisions, it seemed like a no brainer reaching for my eyeliner over a slice of toast and fruit.
This is why I live for makeup hacks!
They allow for you to take shortcuts so to speak, without it showing in your final look. R
ead on to discover my top hacks for applying your makeup that will not only save you time, but money as well!
1. Set Eyebrows With Hairspray And A Toothbrush
Okay so is it just me or are eyebrow gels like super expensive?
I don’t understand why brands think they can charge like $20 for some sticky clear gel that literally just keeps my eyebrows laying flat?!
This tip is one of my favorite because it incorporates things most of us already own, an old toothbrush (or a new one if you are okay with spending a little extra) and hairspray.
Simply spray your toothbrush with hairspray and then comb those brows down for an all-day hold that will rival any brow gel on the market.
2. Start Baking Your Face
So you may or may not have heard of the “baking” trend, which has basically taken the makeup world by storm in the last year or so.
I personally love baking because it keeps my concealer under my eyes looking smooth and bright all day!
Here’s how you do it, first finish applying all of your face makeup minus any last second powder products, like bronzer, blush, or highlight.
Then with a damp beauty sponge (I prefer a Beauty Blender) dip into a translucent setting powder like this one (or this one here for a more budget friendly option) and apply heavily with a light swiping motion to the areas you want to keep looking bright and keep from creasing, like under the eyes and in areas of the T-zone if you have oily skin.
There is a lot of disagreement about how long you should let the powder sit before dusting it off, but I’ve found that 3-5 minutes works just fine.
If you have extremely oily skin however, you may want to leave it on for 10 minutes or so just to be safe.
This technique has essentially eliminated my need to use so much setting spray and even touch up with a powder while I’m out and about.
3. Lay Down Translucent Powder Under Your Eyes Before Doing Your Eyeshadow
This tip is pretty simple, but can save you a lot of frustration (not to mention makeup remover) when you’re using eyeshadows that have a lot of fall out, meaning they tend to flake down onto the cheek or area right below the lower lash line as you apply them.
Basically all you need to do is apply a generous amount of powder under both eyes as a kind of net to catch any eyeshadow that lands on top.
I use my damp Beauty Blender to bake under my eyes (See Tip #2 above) before doing any heavy eyeshadow looks like smokey eyes so that way my concealer and foundation stays intact!
Don’t be afraid to apply enough that you have a very obvious white cast either.
Once done with the eyes, I simply sweep away the powder and eyeshadow it has collected to reveal perfect foundation and concealer underneath.
4. Use Tape To Perfect A Cat Eye/Sharpen Eyeshadow
Even though I’ve been winging out my liner for like ten years, I still struggle every once in awhile with making the edges sharp and even between both eyes.
I found that using a little bit of tape creates the optimal angle and sharpness that allows me to effortlessly create my wing, while also matching it to the other eye.
This tip also works great for days where you don’t want to use an actual eyeliner, but still want to taper your shadows in a way that gives you that sultry cat eye shape (For reference, Kylie Jenner and her makeup artist go for this effect A LOT).
Just take a strip of tape and apply it the back of your hand to take off the initial stickiness (this avoids it pulling on your skin too much upon removal) and place from the outer corner of they eye up to the brow at whatever angle you desire.
It’s essentially like using a ruler to create a straight edge…just on your face!
5. Enhance the Volume of Your Lips Through Contour and Highlight.
If you’re looking to create the appearance of fuller lips, simply reach for your contour and highlighting products!
Use a dab of your highlighter above the cupid’s bow, this will help to draw light to the center of the top lip where it is the most full.
For the bottom lip, simply blend a little bit of a contour powder or matte bronzer under the center of the lip to create the illusion of a shadow, which will make it seem as if the lip has more volume.
Keep in mind, less is more when it comes to contouring so definitely use a really light hand here, we don’t want it to appear as if you forgot to wipe your mouth after eating!
6. Use White Products To Make Colors POP
If you plan on applying bright eyeshadows and want to get the most pigment out of them, layer a white eyeshadow, creamy eyeliner, or primer underneath to really make the colors stand out.
My personal fav? I love using this white eye shadow pencil by Nyx to create a base that allows colors to pop.
Think of it like this, would a hot pink color pop better on a piece of white paper or tan paper? You get the idea.
7. Set The Dish Soap Down And Invest In An Actual Brush Cleanser
When it comes to caring for makeup brushes and beauty sponges alike, I’ve learned the hard way that you really should only be using a brush cleanser to clean these products.
All those tips and tricks you see on Pinterest about using dish soap to get your brushes super clean? Don’t fall for it.
While friendly on the wallet, dish soap is not friendly on your brushes and actually breaks down the bristles and can lead to both shedding and the bristles feeling stiff and dry, especially in brushes that use natural fibers over synthetic.
Imagine how your hair would feel if you only washed it with dish soap, not so great right?
I would especially recommend a brush cleanser if you have invested some serious money into your brushes; I wouldn’t be caught dead disrespecting my Marc Jacobs and It Cosmetics brushes with dish soap, I can tell you that much!
It just doesn’t make sense financially not to take care of quality brushes.
If you don’t know where to start with a proper cleaner, just know that I love and swear by Sigma’s new Sigmagic Brushampoo because it lasts me like 3 months (Keep in mind, I clean about 50 brushes every other week), leaves bristles feeling like new, and pulls out the makeup super quickly speeding up bath time (They’re like my babies, okay?).
8. Consider Shaving Your Face
You read that correctly, and trust me, it’s not as scary as it sounds.
What I’m suggesting is using a special razor with teeny tiny blades to simply remove unwanted peach fuzz and baby hairs that can affect the way your makeup looks.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with having some hairs on the cheeks, chin, or wherever, some women like myself do not enjoy the look of it.
I personally feel like my makeup on the backs of my cheeks can look a little wonky when I have peach fuzz.
Since I started shaving my face I have noticed that my makeup looks smoother, my contour looks more defined, and my face feels softer.
I would definitely recommend trying this out since it is cheaper than waxing!
9. Tightline The Lower Lashline With A White Eyeliner To Make Eyes Appear Bigger And Brighter
This next tip is for all of you out there who would like your eyes to appear larger or brighter!
Simply use a soft white eyeliner, like this one in the waterline to give the illusion that the whites of the eyes are bigger AND brighter.
If you think a white eyeliner might be too stark for you, try using a nude color like this one for a toned down effect.
This trick really wakes up the eyes quite nicely and quickly!
Simply line the waterline with a white eyeliner, pop on a coat of mascara and BAM! You’ve got bright, wide awake eyes.
So there ya have it! These are some of my absolute favorite go-to tips and tricks I rely on to not only speed up my makeup application process and stretch my products further, but also save a little money!
If you have any time and money saving tips please leave them in the comments! I’m always looking for ways I can get ready faster in the morning or save money, so I would love to hear what works for you!