Tons of new beauty products are popping up practically every day but when it comes to the basics, what’s the point of using beauty products if you’re using them incorrectly?
Below are 6 beauty products you haven’t been using properly, and the simple tweaks for how to get the most out of your products so that you look your best!
1- Mascara. Once you’ve found a mascara wand and formula that works best for your eyelashes, the best way to apply it to your eye is by holding the wand horizontally at the base of your top lashes, gently shaking the wand at the base, and moving upward and out. Putting emphasis at the start of your lashes will ensure maximum volume and shaking the wand will get more mascara onto the lashes. If you’re prone to getting extra mascara on your eyelid, use a plastic spoon (or business card) and hold it over your lid as you’re applying mascara so the excess product goes on the spoon, not your lid!:) If you do get any mascara where it shouldn’t be, quickly run a cotton swab under water, just enough to get it slightly damp, and use the cotton to remove any unwanted mascara.
2- Eyeliner. If you’re using a pencil and it won’t go on smoothly, you can heat up the tip of the pencil a bit with a blow dryer or a lighter, and the heat will make it glide right on. Also, use your eyeliner to make your eyes look larger instead of closing them up by only lining the outer two-thirds of your bottom lash line. Leaving the last third of your lash line unlined will make it appear lighter, and you can accentuate this by lining the inner third with white eyeliner. Apply eyeliner can be a hard task especially when you shiver. I know people who cannot apply eyeliner at all! For those people, as for people who suffer of Parkinson disease, permanent makeup can appear as a great solution in their life.
3- Foundation. Before you apply foundation, remember to moisturize. For those of you who apply foundation on a regular basis, apply foundation before concealer. Use a beauty blender for best application or your hand, but whichever you use, blend from the center of your face out. This way, you’ll have much less chance of getting a foundation line along your jaw that’s a dead giveaway for wearing makeup. The more you blend, the more natural it’ll look.
4- Blush. Often times, our mothers will show us to apply blush all the way to the hairline, but this can make you look harsh and unnatural. Smile as you’re ready to apply blush and lightly apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending just a bit. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have blush, you can use a lipstick as a cheek stain; simply apply with your fingers and blend.
5- Eyebrow Pencil. Bold brows have most certainly been a trend for the past few seasons, and we don’t anticipate them going anywhere anytime soon. Something to note, however, is that there’s a difference between bold brows and overdrawn brows. To enhance your own without looking like you took a permanent marker, use an eyebrow pencil two shades lighter than your own eyebrows. That way, when you fill in your brows, it looks natural and enhanced, not scary and dramatic.
6- Eyelash Curler. First, do not use an eyelash curler once your mascara is on and dry. The force of the curler pushing your lashes together will only make your mascara clump, plus the curler may get stuck to the mascara, and pulling it off your lashes can cause lashes to be pulled out. Instead, use an eyelash curler on clean lashes, before applying mascara. For an extra boost of curl, blow dry the lash curler for about 30 seconds. The heat will help hold the curl, just as a curling iron does for your hair.