Thankfully, makeup application isn't rocket science—or even geometry for that matter, but that doesn't mean it's always easy either. From getting a perfectly natural foundation finish to creating a fierce extended liner look, here are six genius (yet, totally doable) makeup tricks I've picked up over the years.
Tip 1: Blend your liquid foundation with a fluffy powder brush in order to get an uber natural finish.
Tip 2: Apply a vibrant rosy-colored cream blush to the apples of your cheeks before you apply foundation in order to get a lit-from-within-looking flush. Try Stila Convertible Color in Poppy.
Tip 3: Press a business card up to the corner of your eye before trying to create a sultry extended eyeliner look. As you reach the outer corner of your eye with your liner, glide it right along the edge of the card to get a perfectly straight finish.
Tip 4: Get an eyeliner effect without having to apply it by wiggling your mascara wand deep into the base of your lashes. It will create the illusion of liner while saving you precious getting-ready time.
Tip 5: Before applying liner to your lips—if your goal is to make them appear larger than life—scribble your lip liner on the back of your hand to dull the tip first. This way, when you overdraw your lips, the finish will look softer—never harsh or drag queen-worthy.
Tip 6: Make a bold or dark lip color really last with this trick: apply a coat of lipstick then hold a thin tissue over your lips. Dust a translucent loose powder (try L'Oreal Paris Hydra Perfecte Powder in Translucent) on the tissue so it coats your lip color with just a touch of powder. Apply a second coat of lipstick and finish with one more coat of powder applied through the tissue. Mwah!
What is your personal perfect-makeup-every-time tip?