I have a daily makeup routine that is very fast (well, fast to me – 20 minutes) and just covers the basics. If I am going out to an event or want to step it up a little, these are a few of the extra steps and makeup tricks that I add into my normal routine to make it a more “glamorous”, or at the very least, more photo friendly!
MAKEUP TRICKS #1 – TIGHT LINE YOUR EYELASHES WITH BLACK EYELINER
Daily: On a regular basis, I throw on a few coats of Maybelline’s Colossal Big Shot Mascara or Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and call it good.
AMP it UP: I take a waterproof kohl black eyeliner and tight line right under the eyelashes and slightly extend outward. This really makes your eyelashes look fuller and a little more sultry, if you will!
MAKEUP TRICKS #2 – CARVE OUT YOUR EYEBROWS WITH CONCEALER
Instagram brows, anyone?! Ha! You don’t have to go that overboard with it, but this technique really makes your brows look flawless and lifts them as well – #InstaFaceLift! Also, it covers up any mistakes & stray brow hairs!
Daily: Currently, I use a combination of Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil and Anastasia Duo Brow Powder.
AMP it UP: To AMP up those brows, use a concealer that matches your foundation shade. For this makeup trick, you can get by with using one that is a shade lighter under the brow, but I wouldn’t recommend that for above the brow. Apply precicesly to the full length above and below the brow with a concealer brush and blend out, that’s it!
MAKEUP TRICKS #3 – CARVE OUT YOUR CONTOUR
Daily: Most days I don’t “contour” per say. More so just bronze up the face without being too precise. However, if I’m going to an event and know I’m going to be photographed, I think a sharp contour brings perfect dimension to the face (and makes my face look slimmer – magic!).
AMP it UP: So, to AMP up your contour, technically you are just “baking” right under your contour to sharpen the line. This makeup trick will disintegrate the contour powder where applied and make it really crisp! I love this trick!
MAKEUP TRICKS #4 – MORE HIGHLIGHT!
You know me, I love a good highlight!
Daily: Usually I hit the basic high points of the face (top of the cheek bones and the tip of my nose).
AMP it UP: But, let’s AMP it up and blind some people, shall we! Highlight the inner corner of the eyes, the brow bone and the cupids bow! It brings so much more light to the face!
P.S. Apply a little to the center of the lips too to give them dimension and look fuller – I love easy makeup tricks!
MAKEUP TRICKS #5 – BAKE YOUR UNDER-EYE CONCEALER
I’ll be honest with you, I do this daily if I wear concealer (which is like 75% of the time). First of all, it makes that area bullet proof and won’t crease throughout the day. Secondly, it makes your pores appear way smaller and makes that area look brighter and more flawless! Makeup trick for the win!
AMP it UP: I take my already damp foundation sponge, dip directly into the translucent setting powder and gather a decent amount and apply to the area. Let it sit, and then sweep it away with a fluffy brush! Boom – perfection!
It’s the same makeup tricks I used for this beauty hack!
MAKEUP TRICKS #6 – LINE YOUR LIPS
Daily: I just have a gloss on or an all-over, neutral lipstick on during the day. This is more than sufficient…
AMP it UP: BUT, if you want to AMP up that pout, for this makeup trick put on lip liner first and apply on the outer perimeter of your lips and blend inwards but not all the way. THEN add a lipstick (regular or liquid) that is one or two shades lighter than the liner and behold Ombre, fuller lips! I’ve been loving the Buxom Plumpliners. I used two to create my lip combo in the first picture!
I love easy tricks that add just a little something extra to your look! Do you have any tricks to share? Let me know below!