35 Life-Changing Beauty Tips Everyone Should Know

Whether you’re a makeup novice or fanatic, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to your skills. You could be an expert in creating the perfect cat eye but fall flat in the hair styling department. Or, you could be a pro at contouring but can’t give your nails a smooth coat of paint to save your life. To become a makeup master, we’re sharing 35 beauty tips from professional makeup artists that everyone can benefit from below. 

Beauty Tip 1

According to Maybelline New York Global makeup artist Erin Parsons, using a waterproof mascara can help hold a lash curl. It acts like a perm for your eyelashes and seals in the lift. Try the Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara.

Beauty Tip 2

After you finish painting your nails, submerge your hands in ice water to help them dry faster.

Beauty Tip 3 

You can make any creamy lipstick look matte with loose powder and a tissue. Simply fill in your lips with your desired color, place a tissue over the lipstick and brush the powder along the tissue. The powder soaks up the shine and gives your favorite lipstick a smooth, matte finish.

Beauty Tip 4 

Store makeup wipes upside down (with the opening facing down) to keep them from drying out. According to makeup artist Kelli Bartlett, this will help the product thoroughly soak through every towelette, starting with the one you’re going to use next. We love the CeraVe Hydrating Makeup Removing Plant-Based Wipes.

Beauty Tip 5

To master the perfect everyday winged eyeliner, start your line at the outer corner of your eyelid. Then, once you have your desired length, begin to fill in the wing. This is easier than carrying the line through to the inner corner of your eye. An editor favorite is the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner.

Beauty Tip 6

Packing on heavy or glitter eyeshadow? Use tape under your eyes to catch any fallout and keep the color off of your cheeks. 

Beauty Tip 7

Get rid of flaky lips with a DIY lip scrub made of coconut oil and brown sugar. Because exfoliated lips are key in preventing your lipstick from pilling, you won’t want to miss this step in your routine.

Beauty Tip 8 

Sleep on your back to avoid waking up with puffy eyes in the morning.

Beauty Tip 9

Hold a business card, spoon or tissue behind your eyelashes when applying mascara to prevent the product from getting on your eyelids. 

Beauty Tip 10

Braid your wet or dry hair at night before you go to sleep to wake up with beachy waves in the morning. Setting your hair overnight is the perfect way to save a few minutes when you wake up.

Beauty Tip 11

Give your bobby pins a coating of hairspray for a better hold. Also, be sure you’re wearing them the proper way — with the squiggly side down — to ensure your hair stays in place.

Beauty Tip 12

Use a clear or white lip-liner pencil to keep your lip color from streaking. Simply line your lips like you usually would, then fill them in with color. Try the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone.

Beauty Tip 13

Get a dewy glow by mixing your moisturizer with your foundation. It’s the perfect way to make a full-coverage foundation a little more sheer and comfortable to wear throughout the day.

Beauty Tip 14 

Use the connect-the-dots method for perfect eyeliner every time. This is a great way for beginners to nail the elusive wing.

Beauty Tip 15 

Don’t try to wax or thread your eyebrows at home. Instead, pluck them to ensure you’re getting the perfect shape and only remove the hairs that are necessary. According to celebrity brow stylist Joey Healy, DIY plucking is always better because you’re only removing one hair at a time rather than accidentally yanking out too many. 

Beauty Tip 16 

Wet your eyeshadow brush with a setting spray before applying shadow to enhance the pigment and staying power of the product.

Beauty Tip 17 

If you’re in a pinch, you can use clear lip balm to tame your eyebrows. Simply dab some on your finger and press it into your brows. 

Beauty Tip 18

If your skin needs an extra boost of hydration at night or in the morning, apply a face oil over your moisturizer to lock in moisture. We love Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Face Oil.

Beauty Tip 19 

Parsons recommends applying winged eyeliner with your eyes open and facing a mirror. This trick will help you get your wings symmetrical on both sides. 

Beauty Tip 20 

For flawless lip liner application, try this Cupid’s bow hack. It will help you apply even, smooth liner on your first try. 

Cupid's Bow Hack

Beauty Tip 21 

To fake a thick, long ponytail, use two elastics to create stacked ponytails on top of each other. This gives the illusion that your hair is longer than it is. 

Beauty Tip 22

To clean up any makeup mistakes, makeup artist Jonet Williamson recommends using a cotton swab dipped in micellar water. This trick is especially useful around your eyes.

Beauty Tip 23 

If you wake up with frizzy hair every morning, swap your pillowcase out for a silk one. Silk is less aggravating for your hair than cotton.

Beauty Tip 24

For Insta-ready eyebrows, comb brow gel through your brows and then lightly press the hairs down with your fingertips to keep the hairs from popping back out of place, says Healy. The NYX Professional Makeup Thick It Stick It! Brow Gel is one of our current favorites.

Beauty Tip 25 

You can fix a badly broken nail in minutes by using a tea bag to keep the problem from getting worse. 

Beauty Tip 26

According to Williamson, the trick to a great smoky eye is all in the color. She recommends using brown eyeshadow instead of black to get the look, as true black eyeshadow can sometimes look too harsh. Try swiping on Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow in 10 Senso.

Beauty Tip 27

To brush down flyaway hairs, use a clean makeup spoolie with a little hairspray. This will comb the hair down and eliminate frizz.

Beauty Tip 28

Apply eyeliner pencil to your upper waterline to give the illusion of thicker eyelashes in seconds.

Beauty Tip 29

Apply your favorite face mask in the shower to save time in your beauty routine and help your skin better absorb the hydrating ingredients. 

Beauty Tip 30

It can be quite a commitment to apply a foot mask when it means you can’t walk around for the next 20 to 30 minutes. In order to walk around freely, wear a pair of regular socks over the masking booties.

Beauty Tip 31

Ditch a towel and dry your hair with a T-shirt or microfiber hair wrap instead to enhance and protect your style. 

Beauty Tip 32 

If your mascara transfers onto your eyelids, wait until  it dries completely, then use a clean, fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff it off.

Beauty Tip 33

Anchor the palm of your hand under your chin before drawing on your cat eye. This helps stabilize your hand and lines up to your upper lash line perfectly.

Beauty Tip 34

 Makeup on your clothes? No problem. Use a makeup wipe to clean it off in a hurry. 

Beauty Tip 35

If you’re attempting a really dramatic winged eyeliner look, Williamson recommends starting by sketching out the shape with a pale eyeshadow before going over it and filling it in with the actual liner.

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