Over the years, I’ve used a lot of makeup and made a lot of mistakes (bright blue eyeshadow at the year seven disco for one). So I’ve documented the tips and tricks that I use to ensure that my eye and eyebrow makeup look halfway decent! These beauty hacks will prevent you from making the same, regrettable mistakes that I did.

Use Earth Toned Eyeshadows

If, like me, you have sensitive skin, it is be best to use earth-toned eyeshadow* as opposed to bright colours. The high pigmentation used in bright coloured eyeshadow causes irritation. So by using lighter, natural colours with less pigmentation, you’ll see less irritation.

Beauty HacksApply White Eyeshadow

One of my favourite beauty hacks is using white eyeshadow* or eyeliner to cover your lid before applying eyeshadow. Whatever colour I’m using, it makes it look about 100 times brighter! Make sure you apply a good eye primer* first though, to make the look last as long as possible.

You can also put white or light eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes. This makes the main colour really pop!

Heat Up Your Eyelash Curlers

This is super straightforward! Just warm up your eyelash curlers*, and it will be quicker and easier to curl your lashes. You can do this by using a hairdryer on a warm setting. Just be sure to let the curlers cool down a bit so you don’t burn yourself! I’m speaking from personal experience unfortunately…
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Wiggle Your Mascara Wand!

To create a natural look with your mascara*, wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes. The product will be concentrated there, so then you just need to swipe upwards.

Use Lip Gloss On Your Eyelashes

After you’ve applied your mascara, put clear lip gloss* on your eyelashes. This makes it last for a longer amount of time. For me, this is more effective than using clear mascara.

Draw Hair Strokes On Your Eyebrows

If you want your eyebrows to look more natural, draw little hair strokes with an eyebrow pencil*. Then you can fill them in. Using a spoolie brush* is useful for getting rid of excess product.

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Buy Travel Size Mascaras

makeup expiry - beauty hacksThis is one of the most important beauty hacks you’ll read. Most mascara has a short life, and expires after six months. Some studies say that mascara should be binned after just three months! Bacteria build-up in old mascaras can cause nasty eye infections. You should probably throw out all mascaras you’ve had for more than the recommended amount of time.

Think about how long it takes for you to go through one tube of mascara. If it’s a long time, it’s probably better value to buy travel sized mascaras* that you will use up before the expiration date. Otherwise you’re just spending more money on full size mascaras that you’re unlikely to use up before it expires.

To reduce the likelihood of infection, always pay attention to the symbols on your makeup products.

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Draw Triangles Under Your Eyes

I am always incredibly tired and have the biggest eye bags of all time. So it usually takes a lot of work to cover them up. The best method I’ve used is drawing upside down triangles under my eyes in concealer, and blending. First I’ll use a colour correcting concealer*, usually a yellow or orange colour. Then I’ll use a normal concealer that matches my skin tone.

At least this way, I don’t look like a horrifying monster that hasn’t slept for thousands of years. It brightens up the whole eye area!

Put Your Mascara In Warm Water

Is your mascara running out? Put the tube in warm water. This will make the product melt from the edges, so that you don’t waste any of it. However, this should only be used as a last resort. The warm environment is a breeding area for bacteria. You should only do this in a mascara emergency!

Do you have any more tips for doing eye makeup? Comment if you do, or let me know any major makeup mistakes that you’ve made in the past! You can follow me on Instagram for more beauty related content.

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