There is a lot to learn about makeup and beauty, as the market is continually evolving with new fashions and trends.
Even professional makeup artists can sometimes struggle to get a perfect wing or flawless base.
However, there are some basic and effective beauty tips that can cut your time in front of the mirror in half and give you a perfect cat eye with ease.
We have selected some makeup tricks, which are absolutely key to first rate application as well as keeping your make up drawer in order.
Check Your Expiration Dates
Did you know that most cosmetics expire?
Cosmetics come in contact with your skin, brushes, and the air, exposing them to a host of bacteria.
The average rule of thumb for most common products is currently:
Mascara: Three Months
Liquid Liner: Six Months
Liquid Foundation: Six Months
Concealer: Six Months
Lipgloss: Twelve Months
Lipstick: Twenty Four Months
Cream Eyeshadow: Twelve Months
Brow Gel: Twelve Months
Lip + Eye Pencils: Twenty Four Months
Powder Products: Twenty Four Months
Some products may last longer so always read the labels on your products.
Having Trouble Blending Your Shadows?
It actually may not be your eyeshadow’s fault!
After applying your eye primer, sometimes shadows can feel as if they’re sticking to the base a little too well.
Simply find a matte shade that matches the lightest area of your face then lightly apply it over any area where you originally applied primer.
Your shadows will blend much better while still getting the benefits of the primer.
This works well for those who prefer to avoid eye primers, as well, as the initial layer of powder will act as a barrier between your natural skin oils and the shadow, giving the shadows greater longevity.
Learn Where To Highlight Your Eyes
Your eyes are the windows to your soul.
Learning where to highlight them can make a huge difference in your overall makeup appearance.
The typical highlight layout is a trio of placements: your browbone, inner corner, and the center of your lid.
Placing a shadow in the inner corner opens your eyes and makes you appear awake and bright.
The browbone highlight makes your eyes appear larger and your brows appear crisp.
Finally, the center of the lid highlight gives dimension, especially if you use a shimmer shade.
Clumpy Mascara Is The Worst.
No one wants spidery, clumped lashes.
As a tube of mascara dries out, you may notice your lashes clumping more than usual.
Having to declump lashes is painstaking and one slip up can accidentally result in you ruining your eye makeup entirely.
An easy way to avoid this and make your mascara last longer is to pop your mascara tube into your bra or under a warm cloth for a few moments.
The heat will loosen the product, making it easier to apply.
Be careful though, as sometimes heat can cause bacteria to grow. Always follow the recommended expiration dates on any cosmetic products and use your own judgement on if you feel something is no longer eyesafe.