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These 20 Makeup Hacks Will Change Your Life

It’s time to step up your makeup game! Whether you’re a makeup newbie or a seasoned pro, these 20 underrated makeup hacks are bound to change the way you approach your beauty routine.

Prime with Aloe Vera Gel

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BATCH by Wisconsin Hemp Scientific

Aloe vera gel isn’t just for sunburns, people! It’s a great, natural primer that hydrates your skin and creates a smooth base for your foundation. Plus, it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

Lip Balm as Highlighter

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Opollo Photography

If you’re in a pinch and need a quick glow, dab a small amount of clear lip balm on the high points of your face. It will instantly give you a natural, dewy finish.

Heat Your Eyelash Curler

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Ali Shoaee

Run your eyelash curler under warm water or blast it with a hair dryer for a few seconds, as the heat will help create a longer-lasting curl. Just make sure to test it on your skin first to ensure it’s not too hot!

Foundation as Eyeshadow Primer

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Tom Swinnen

If you’re out of eyeshadow primer, a bit of foundation is the perfect solution. Not only will it even out your eyelid color, but it will provide a base for your eyeshadow and help it to stay put longer.

Layering Mascara

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Carlos Martinez

For fuller lashes, layer two different types of mascara on top of one another. Start with a lengthening formula, then follow up with a volumizing one.

DIY Lip Scrub

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Melissa Di Rocco

Stop buying overly expensive lip scrubs! Just mix a little sugar with honey or coconut oil to create a simple — and cheap — lip scrub. 

Use Tape For Perfect Winged Liner

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Simply put a piece of tape at an angle from the corner of your eye to use as a guide for a perfect winged eyeliner. This will ensure you get the perfect line that looks the same on both sides!

Revive Dry Mascara

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Ashley Piszek

Is your mascara on its last legs? Add a few drops of saline solution and it will help thin the formula and make it usable again without clumping.

Make Eyes Look Bigger 

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Ladislav Stercell

Apply a nude or white eyeliner on your lower waterline to make your eyes appear larger and more awake.

Lipstick as Blush

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Andriyko Podilnyk

Whether you’re in a rush or you simply forgot your blush at home, use your lipstick as a cream blush! Dab a small amount onto your cheeks and blend it out with your fingers and voila, you’ll have perfectly rosy cheeks. 

Set Lipstick with Powder

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Rosa Rafael

After applying your lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and dust a translucent powder over the tissue. This will set the lipstick and help it to last longer!

Use Concealer to Clean Up Eye Makeup

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Kelly Sikkema

If you’ve messed up your eyeliner or eyeshadow, simply dip a small brush in concealer and use it to clean up any mistakes. 

Eyeshadow as Eyeliner

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Kelly Sikkema

If you’re out of eyeliner, or you’re wanting a softer look, use a damp angled brush with dark eyeshadow to line your eyes. You can also buff it out with a fluffier brush.

Enhance Your Brows with Multiple Products

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Amanda Dalbjörn

For natural-looking brows, use a combination of pencil, powder, and gel. Pencil for defining the shape, powder for filling in, and gel for setting!

Set Makeup with Rosewater Spray

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Chalo Garcia

Instead of using a traditional setting spray, try rosewater instead. It not only sets your makeup but also adds a refreshing, hydrating boost to your skin.

Bobby Pin for Perfect Contour

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Tamara Bellis

Struggling to place your contour? Use the straight edge of a bobby pin to help map out your contour lines on your cheekbones, jawline, and nose, as it will ensure even and precise application.

Hydrate with Sheet Masks Before Makeup

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Yulissa Tagle

Apply a hydrating sheet mask for 10-15 minutes before your makeup routine. It plumps and hydrates your skin, creating a perfect canvas for makeup application!

Powder for Fuller Lashes

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Want fuller lashes? Just dust a bit of translucent powder on your lashes between coats of mascara and it will add volume and thickness without clumping.

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Custom Lip Color

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Zyanya BMO

Create your custom lip color by mixing eyeshadow pigments with clear lip balm or gloss. This is also a great way to experiment with new shades without having to buy new products!

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Ice Cube Primer

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Scott Rodgerson

Feeling a little puffy? Rub an ice cube over your face before applying makeup to reduce puffiness and minimize pores. This is also a great trick to do first thing in the morning!

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