5 DIY Makeup Hacks to Upgrade Your Beauty Routine

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If you’re a makeup aficionado, you probably think you’ve seen, heard, and tried it all. You already know about the wonder of primer, the importance of exfoliation, and the value of natural oils.

But even a professor of cosmetic science can continue learning! These five makeup hacks can change your morning routine forever.

1. Apply Eye Makeup First

If you hate the mess that eye makeup creates on your freshly made-up skin, here’s a novel trick that can save you time and frustration: apply your eye makeup before your face makeup. You’ll easily be able to sweep away any fallout when you apply foundation.

However, leave mascara for the very end to achieve the darkest lashes possible. If your mascara tends to flake off, refer to the mascara-renewal tip above. Mascara shouldn’t flake; if it does, it’s a sure sign that it’s dried out a bit too much.

 2. Give New Life to Dry Mascara

Love your mascara but hate how quickly it dries out? The more frequently you use it, the more likely it is to die an early death. The problem is that each pump of the brush traps air in the tube, drying out the product.

Fix the problem with a drop or two of lubricating eye drops. Far cleaner than tap water, the solution rewets your mascara, saving you time and money.

4. Heat Your Eyelash Curler

Softly curled lashes open up your eyes, helping you look happier, healthier, and more alert. But as with hair curlers, few lash curlers will add lasting bend without some heat.

Solve the problem by blowing your lash curler with a hairdryer for five to 10 seconds. The curler should feel warm, not hot, to the touch. Otherwise, you risk a painful burn to your eyelid.

 5. Create Your Own Gel Eyeliner

Love the look of smoky eyes? Hate the mess that blending with your finger creates? A gel eyeliner is the perfect solution. If you’re travelling, in a time crunch, or short on money, you don’t have to dash to the store and pay for a brand-new eyeliner.

Instead, create your own in a flash. Simply hold the point of your pencil eyeliner in a flame for one second—any longer and the liner will melt. Touch the lead with your finger to ensure it’s not too hot, and then quickly apply. There you have it: smoky eyes with no mess or effort.

6. Apply Concealer After Foundation

You’ve heard it a million times: “Concealer goes on first.” Nope! The process of applying foundation can sweep away your concealer and erase the extra coverage you’ve worked to achieve. And if you use a creamy concealer, foundation can cause it to settle into fine lines or look cakey.

Instead, dab on a concealer such as Dr. Hauschka Coverstick after you apply foundation, only where you need it. Then use a small brush or your fingers to blend any edges for seamless skin perfection.

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