7 Unusual Makeup Tricks That Deliver Major Results
Have you ever observed a friend’s beauty routine? We have, and we highly recommend it. Occasionally there are parts where you see something so wrong you feel it’s your friendly duty to step in and say, “Psst you’re doing that wrong.” Other times, you may see a technique so unusual—a step you’ve certainly never included in your beauty routine—that you simply must make an inquiry as to what it is. These are the tricks we either get asked about all the time or have asked someone else about. Scroll through for our most unusual yet effective makeup techniques!
MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara ($42)
Most people take their mascara wand, push it into the base of their lashes, wiggle it back and forth through their lashes, and call it a day. We, however, have discovered if you want impossibly long lashes, your first coat of mascara should be applied not to the base of your lashes but the tips. Run the brush through the topside of lashes, coating the tips from above, and then go through your typical application. You’ll be surprised at how much longer your lashes look.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer ($46)
We’re firm believers in only applying concealer where you need it. You just didn’t know you needed it around your nose (to conceal redness) and the outer corners of your lips (to lift your smile). But brightening up those areas makes your whole face look more alive and your skin tone look more even.
Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick ($33)
By now, you’ve got highlighting figured out. You know all the usual spots to hit, and you probably start with your brows—highlighting your orbital bone, that C-shape that frames your eye. A wise decision if you want to open up your eyes, but if you stop there, you’re missing an opportunity. Take your highlighter and apply it directly above the highest point of your arch and blend. The result? Instant eye lift.
Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour ($37)
There’s a recipe for getting a barely there, natural flush, and it’s basically the opposite of everything you’re doing now. First, stay away from the apples of your cheeks. Instead, press the colour onto to the hollows of your cheeks. Next, switch up the order in which you apply it. Tap in cream blush before foundation, not after. You’ll look like you were born with glowing skin—never like you had to work for it.
You’re probably familiar with tightlining, but there’s a trick to lining your waterline that makes the application so much better. First, don’t carry the colour all the way into your inner corners. Concentrate the colour on the outer corner, and gradually soften the application as you move in. Keeping the colour solid throughout closes off your eye. Secondly, switch your black liner to navy blue: It brightens the whites of your eyes. You get all the definition of black, but with a little extra sparkle.
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow ($42)
No matter what eye makeup look you’re going for—clean, smoky, or something in between—you can make it better by starting your application by blending your contour powder or a taupe eye shadow into the crease of your eye socket. This gives your eye definition, creating the perfect base for whatever is next (even if it’s just a swipe of mascara). Be sure to find your crease with your eyes open—look straight ahead (not up, not down) to find the right placement.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Liner ($9)
Never struggle to get the perfect lip liner application ever again. Shapely lips start with an X. Create one straight line extending down from the highest point of your cupid's bow. Then, repeat on the other side, creating an X. Next, make two sideways Vs, one in each corner of your lips. Finally, connect all of the lines—et voilá, beautiful lips.
What makeup tricks make you do a double take? Tell us below!