23 Simple Makeup Techniques That Make All the Difference

1. Don’t Touch Your Face

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Perhaps the most simple but at the same time, the most difficult tip to keep your makeup and face looking great is to not touch your face. Your hands come into contact with countless germs and oils throughout the day, and touching them to the sensitive skin on your face will only do it harm. The impulse to touch your face is very real, but believe us””not touching it can do wonders for your skin.

2. Use Dark Eyeshadow to Create Depth

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A touch of dark eyeshadow toward the outer corners of your eyes can add incredible depth and drama with just a little effort. This is a perfect look that will make your eyes pop. Use your different brushes and pencils (pictured above) to gain the desired effect.

3. Embrace Thick Eyebrows

Put down that tweezer! Thick eyebrows are all the rage these days, and they look much more natural than pencil-thin, over-plucked ones. So go thick, baby! You can fill them in to give them a natural, full look as well.

4. Clean Your Brushes

It seems simple, but so many people don’t do it! The build up of oils from your face mixed with makeup residue can make your brushes a petri dish of clumpy grossness that you definitely don’t want on your face. Making sure you clean your brushes every two weeks will have an expected effect on your skin, making it healthier and more radiant. (Not to mention, you brushes will last much longer.)

5. Go For a Natural, Moist Lip

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To achieve a natural-looking moisturized lip, choose a lipstick that closely matches your natural lip color. Then, top it with a layer of clear lip balm or lip gloss for a glowing, healthy sheen.

6. Un-Clump Mascara

This picture says it all (and not just because it has words on it). You too can have beautiful, smooth lashes like the ones in the photo. Use your eyebrow brush to achieve this envious effect.

7. Highlight Your Cupid’s Bow

Make your lips look plumper by highlighting your cupid’s bow and the center of your bottom lip. Your lips will gain instant volume and voluptuousness!

8. Use Your Ring Finger

Use your ring finger to apply makeup! It’s the weakest of all the fingers, so it ensures a light touch, whereas if you use your pointer finger, you may end up unintentionally going a little heavy (handed!).

9. Exfoliate Your Lips

For ultra smooth, radiant lips that won’t let your lipstick clump, go over them with Vaseline and a toothbrush. Trust us. It works wonders.

10. Trick Your Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara can be a godsend, but it can also be a pain to remove. So we suggest tricking your waterproof mascara. First, layer on a coat of regular mascara, then cover that with your waterproof kind. That way, it still won’t run while you’re out partying or crying or whatever, but it’ll cling to the regular mascara rather than your eyelashes, so it will be much easier to remove. We know. You’re welcome.

11. Powder Your Lips

Powdering your lips before you apply lipstick will make it last so much longer! It’s a stupid easy trick that can make a world of difference.

12. Moisturize!

We can’t say it enough: Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Get a great body lotion and make it a habit to use it after showering. It will make your skin so healthy and silky smooth and ready to conquer the world! Just do it. You’ll feel great and look great.

13. Make a 3

When applying blush or bronzer, a great rule is to make a figure 3 with your brush on the side of your face. The top point should be your temple, the middle point””your cheekbone, and the bottom point should be your jawline. This makes for a perfectly contoured look every time!

14. Go Orange-Red

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An orange-red lipstick is a quick, easy way to achieve an immediately sexy, sultry look! This look doesn’t require much more to look totally great. Take the time to find the perfect color (or the perfect mix between colors), but then from there, it’s a total one-two! And BAM! You’re smokin’!

15. Do Neutral Nails

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A fancy manicure is great, but we don’t always have time for those! If you want to keep your hands and nails looking fresh, opt for a neutral nail color, like nude or light pink. Not only will it definitely look classy and clean, but it also gives the illusion of lengthened fingers, making your hands look quite elegant.

16. Wear an Ombre Lip

This super hip ombre lip (rhyme INTENDED) is way easier to achieve than it looks. First, line your lips and use a dark liner in the corners. Fill in your lips and blend the colors together. Then, dab the color on the centers of your lips, and fill that area with a lighter colored lipstick. And that’s all it takes to come up with these totally awesome ombre lips!

17. Use White Eyeshadow

Some subtle white eyeshadow in the corner of your eyes will make them brighter and bigger, illuminating your whole face in an instant! It’s super easy to achieve this look, so why not go for it!?

18. Use Sunscreen

The sun can have damaging effects on your skin and can also cause skin cancer. Throw that tanning oil away and make sunscreen a part of your daily life, especially if you live in a perpetually sunshine-y place (but also just in general). You skin will stay fresh and healthy for much longer if you protect it. Even using lotions and lip balms with SPF can make a huge difference.

19. Go with an Edgy Eye and Natural Face

An easy cat eye or winged eye is a cinch to pull off, but it’ll give you an instantly badass, awesome look. You don’t have to do much more once you’ve achieved your perfect eye””in fact, a natural face will highlight your eye and keep you looking effortlessly cool.

20. Use Mascara

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Even if you don’t have time to do your whole face, a touch of mascara will brighten your face instantly! Your eyes could use a little intensity””they’re the first things people take notice of when they look at you. So take that extra second or two and make them shine!

21. Get Bold

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If you’re getting ready for a night out on the town, or you just want to do something a little different, pick one area and GO BOLD. Pick a funky eyeliner for your eyes, or a dark plum lipstick. Make yourself stand out and look endlessly cool. We do recommend sticking to one area of the face…we want to avoid the “circus clown” effect.

22. Go With a Smoky Eye

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This simple technique can give you a quick and easy super sexxxy smoky eye. Three lines is all it takes to create the effect you want. Soften it up with the use of your finger, and you’re fierce and ready to rock n’ roll!

23. Use Light or White Eyeliner

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Instantly make your eyes look bigger with the use of white or light colored eyeliner on the bottom of your eyes. It’ll make for a totally bewitching look!

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