My Top 5 Beauty Hacks – Make up Edition

I’m all about making life easier for myself, and as much as I love buying & trying new products, sometime’s it’s nice to use things you’ve already got and experiment with the ways you can use them.

I thought it would be nice to share with you my top 5 make-up hacks, a few tips & tricks I’ve picked up using things you probably have lying around the house already:

Use Baby Powder to “bake” concealer

A fab trick I’ve discovered that requires no more than simply Baby Powder and a sponge! Do you find that your concealer creases and wears off throughout the day? Try this trick. Grab a large amount of powder on a sponge and apply gently to the under-eye – leave to “bake” for 10 minutes then sweep away the excess product with a brush and your concealer will not budge ALL DAY. This is one of my favourite tricks right now – it leaves the under-eye area really soft and smooth, helps to brighten the area and locks it all down. No need for expensive translucent powders now!

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Use Nivea Post-shave Balm as a face primer

Founded by youtuber NikkieTutorials – my second beauty hack will keep your make up on all day long. Tried and tested by yours truly, I have to admit – this traditional men’s medicine cabinet product actually makes a great face primer. It allows make up to go on really smoothly, and the glycerin in the ingredients sticks itself to the products you apply after using it and holds onto them all day. It also has great moisturising properties which is amazing news for us dry skin girls. I sometimes use this alone or with other primers I have, give it a go and let me know what you think!

Hairspray to fix down eyebrows

A classic beauty hack – but a friend of mine when I’ve run out of eyebrow gel, or heading on a spontaneous night out with friends. There are a number of ways to use this hack – my two favourite ways are to spray a small amount of hairspray on your finger and gently run it through the brows, or, if you have a bit more time and a few more tools, spray an old spoolie and comb through gently. Bye-bye bushy brows!

Learn to contour using tape

I’ve had a few questions from beautiful ladies recently asking me how they learn to contour. Don’t panic girls – there is a solution. Hudabeauty  came up with a great way of using tape to help you mark out the line for contouring and how to make it look sharp and chiselled. Place the tape from the top of the ear to the corner of your mouth – try not to take the colour past the outside corner of your eye – and gradually start to apply your contour shade of choice. Remove the tape and blend blend blend (using a clean fluffy brush) and voila! Beautifully chiselled cheekbones. If you don’t get it first time, just keep practising! You will get there 🙂

Hand sanitizer to spot clean brushes

A trick I’ve recently discovered for when you don’t have time to wash your brushes and wait for them to dry. Use a bit of hand sanitizer on a cotton pad or towel and gently swirl the brush in – it will quickly kill any bacteria on the brush and will remove most of the dirty product build-up. Not recommended for long-term use as you don’t want to dry your brushes out but I find it a great way to sanitize when you’re in a rush.

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That concludes my post for today. I hope you enjoyed reading and that you were able to pick up some good tips. Stay tuned for a beauty hacks:skincare edition post coming up soon.

Until next time!

~ Lucy

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