Contrary to what you might believe, most makeup gurus use more than just the makeup brushes in their kits to perfect a look. One of those tools is actually plain old Scotch tape (that’s right, the thing you’ve used in arts and crafts since you were a makeup-free child), and there are a ton of ways to use it to perfect your eyeliner, face makeup and eyeshadow looks. Ahead, find four tape hacks YouTubers swear by, and prepare to run to your nearest Staples before applying your next makeup look.
HACK 1: Eyeliner + Eyeshadow Precision
In this video, YouTuber Jennifer Chiu shows us her favorite eye makeup tape hack, which involves placing a piece of scotch tape diagonally across the outer corner of the eye. She then builds up her shadow and liners along her upper lash line all while going over the Scotch tape. She then peels it off to reveal a perfect cat eye cut.
HACK 2: Get Rid of Fallout
YouTuber Corine Lauret demos six (!!!) makeup tape hacks in this video, but number three caught our eye and reminds us of our favorite use of tape when achieving a complex eye makeup look: using it to pick up fallout! Lauret takes a double sided piece of tape and wraps it around the top of a Q Tip and gently presses it onto the glitter fallout on her face. This not only picks up the extra flecks, it barely infringes upon her face makeup which is totally 10/10.
HACK 3: Clean Your Brushes in an Instant
AlexandrasGirlyTalk does an awesome job of revealing out of the box makeup tape hacks in this video, but our favorite has to be her hack at the one-minute mark where she cleans her makeup brush with a single piece. She starts by placing a double sided section onto her hand and rolls her brush on top. This takes off layers of shadow that are sitting on her bristles, making it clean enough to apply another color.
HACK 4: Use Tape to Master the Cut Crease
In this two-minute video, Kristen Leanne shows you the easiest cut crease trick you’ll ever lay your eyes upon. Instead of attempting to draw out the half-moon style, she places Shadow Shield tape on her lids (you can also cut up Scotch tape in a half circle shape). This hack allows her to build up the darker crease shadow in a much simpler way — with no freehand required. After removing the tape, she cleans up her bare lids with concealer and she’s ready to finish the cut crease look.