While we all try to make the makeup-applying process as short as possible, it’s pretty hard to cut corners. To make matters worse, no matter what you do, certain problems, such as chapped skin, sagging body parts, and unmanageable hair, might make this task take even longer.
Luckily, there are some amazing hacks that can make this often-drawn-out process easier. These hacks can help you more easily beautify your looks while simplifying your daily makeup ritual, often saving you valuable time in the process.
For a cheap glam glow look, use cream or dry oil on your cheeks for a similar affect. Apply the dry oil cream to your cheekbones, making sure not to overdo it. If needed, dab away excess product using a tissue.
To easily tame pesky flyaways, apply hair spray and use a toothbrush to work the hair back into place. The toothbrush is small enough to allow you to manage single strands easily, while the hairspray helps to keep the hair in place once you are done.
Yes, you can make your own activated charcoal mask. Mix 2 tablespoons of activated charcoal with 1.5 tablespoons of agar powder. Dissolve them in hot water until the solution turns jelly-like. Then apply to your face for about 30 minutes.
If you have short nails but prefer the long look of a French manicure, then this hack is for you. To create the illusion of longer nails, paint the nail tip wider than it actually is by painting over part of the nail bed. This makes it seem like the nail is longer.
To make the scent of your perfume last longer, apply a little Vaseline to the areas where you apply the perfume beforehand. The Vaseline should keep the perfume from wearing off too quickly, making its scent stick around longer.
To quickly dry long hair, use an old T-shirt. The cotton material is less harsh on the hair and allows the hair to retain some of the moisture from your bath or shower while still allowing you to dry it. Best of all, this hair-drying method can prevent frizzy hair.
This spray will make you look and feel fresh, even after a long day. Mix together 1 part aloe gel and 3 parts purified water. Pour into a spray bottle, and give yourself a spray as often as you want.
If you prefer a brighter smokey eye look, then this method is for you. Start by applying a cream-colored eye shadow to your eye lids. Next, using a long shadow brush, add the color of your choice, buffing it outwards as you apply it. Apply concealer if you need to diffuse the color.
False eyelashes are great if you want to have longer, fuller eyelashes, but they are often a pain to apply. To make this process much easier, cut up the eyelashes into thirds before applying them. Then simply apply the lashes one section at a time.
Strawberries are naturally acidic, which makes them great at whitening teeth. Just use caution: Natural teeth whitening treatments can be hard on your teeth. If you feel sensitivity, stop and consider speaking to a dentist. To whiten your teeth, mix 1 teaspoon of grated strawberries with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then use it as a substitute for your toothpaste about twice a month.
Drooping breasts can result from malnourished skin, so keep your skin hydrated if you want firmer breasts. Some say that by rubbing Vaseline on your breasts every night before bed, you will notice that your breasts are firmer and the skin is more elastic after just two weeks.
If you ever find yourself without your favorite lipstick, you can use this helpful hack. Wet an eye shadow in the color you want, and apply it to your lips. This hack should keep your lips colored until you have time to stop by the store for lipstick.
Sometimes your eyebrows have a mind of their own. If your eyebrows become unruly while you are on the go, apply some lip balm to keep them in place. When applying the lip balm, use a spoolie brush to ensure that the lip balm is worked properly through the brow.
If you want your hair to smell amazing, there are a few ways to do it. The first is to buy a strongly scented shampoo. Another way is to spray perfume onto your hairbrush and brush your hair a few times. This might be too much for people with thin hair, but if your hair is thicker, give it a try.
A common problem with eyelashes is that mascara can become clumped up on your lower lashes. To prevent this, use a fan brush for more delicate application as opposed to a mascara wand, which can often leave smudges or clumps.
If you walk around a lot, you are likely to have calloused feet. Soak your feet to soften them. Mix together 2 cups warm water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup baking soda. Soak your feet for about 20 minutes, and then dry with a towel and rehydrate.
Some days you may want a change in your look. Fortunately, the following hack can give you the look of having bangs even if you don’t have them. To create fake bangs, simply tease your hair into place. Next, clip the bangs into place using a hairclip. If needed, create a zig-zag part in your hair to help hide the clip.
Use dry shampoo to cut down on smelly foot odor. To use this hack, spray the bottom of your foot with the dry shampoo before putting on your footwear. The shampoo should absorb any oils or sweat generated by your feet, keeping down the stinky smell.
When we get sunburned, the pain actually comes from the skin being dehydrated. Rehydrating your skin will soothe the burn and may even prevent you from peeling. Aloe Vera is the best solution when it comes to sunburns.
To create the perfect curl in your hair without having to apply damaging heat, dampen your hair with a hold-and-shine hair product. Next, twist sections of your hair into a long spiral while it is still wet. Secure that spiral in a bun, and hold them in place with a rubber band. Once dry, pull out the rubber bands.
Long, beautiful lashes are usually the envy of many women. Now you can have them too, even if your eyelashes are not very long. To create longer eyelashes, apply talcum powder to your lashes with a brush. Follow this up with mascara.
If the skin on your armpits is too dark, lighten it with potatoes. Grind the potato into a compress, and then place it on your skin for about an hour. Your armpits will be lighter.
If you love glitter and use it in your makeup routine, here is an easy way to apply it to your eyelids. Apply clear lip gloss as an adhesive to stick the glitter too. For shaping the glitter, use surgical tape to remove the glitter in small amounts. Surgical tape is not as sticky as regular tape and is perfect for this task.
Do you want an easy way to remove static from your clothing? Use hairspray. If you notice static in your clothing, spray some hairspray to the inside of the garment. The static should disappear. You can also use hand lotion for this by simply applying it to the area where the static is occurring.
This DIY mask will take care of those pesky blackheads. Mix together 1 teaspoon of warm water, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Dip a cloth into the solution, and then apply it to your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Straight hair can sometimes lack volume, meaning your hair lies flat on your head. To give it some volume, use a rounded hairbrush placed under the hair as you’re drying it. Work your hair up with the brush and then around in a “C” shape. This should raise your hair off of your scalp and give it some volume.
Another way to defeat flyaways is to use a dryer sheet. Simply rub your hair with a dryer sheet to remove any static. Keep in mind, unless you want your hair to smell like fabric softener, look for unscented dryer sheets to use for this purpose.
If your nails could use a little love, try this DIY tincture to make them stronger and more beautiful. Mix equal parts of coconut oil and honey, and then add a few drops of lavender. Pour it into a nail polish bottle, and brush it onto your nails.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, dark lip liner was all the rage, as teens everywhere sought that Goth look. Instead of using a darker lip line to give your lips more volume, consider using a lip liner that is lighter in color than the rest of your lip. So now, instead of looking broody, you look more light and cheery.
This trick allows you to apply your mascara without getting it all over your freshly applied eye shadow. All you need is a business or appointment card. Use the card as a barrier to keep the mascara off of your eye shadow.
Sugar makes a great natural exfoliant and doesn’t irritate the skin like a waxing treatment does. Mix 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 cups sugar, and 1/4 cup water into a bowl. Heat it over low heat until it all melts together; it should look golden. Let it cool, and apply it to the skin. Then sharply remove and rinse.
Looking for an easy way to hide blemishes? Use a small brush to apply your concealer and foundation to the blemish. All it takes is a dot to make the blemish disappear. Then, apply powder on top to set them in place.
If you notice your roots are starting to show and you are pressed for time, use this simple hack to touch them up. Take a little eye shadow, in the shade that matches your hair, and use a makeup brush to blend it into your roots.
If you are going to do a wrap, use caution: This practice can come with unforeseen health risks. But if you are dying to try it, mix together 2 tablespoons of ground ginger, 5 tablespoons of cosmetic clay, and 10 tablespoons of warm water. Apply the mixture to your skin, and then wrap the area in plastic. Leave it on for an hour, and then unwrap yourself and shower off.
This hack can help prolong the life of your makeup. Simply use a tissue to gently rub, or dab away any excess moisture or oils on your face after applying it before you apply any powder. Removing the moisture first allows the makeup to set better and last longer once you apply any powder.
An easy and scrub-free way to remove makeup stains from your skin is to use shaving cream. When removing the stain, apply the shaving cream and massage it into the stained area. Finally, rinse the area with water.
Keep your coffee grounds and use them on your eyes. Mix 1 part grounds and 1 part coconut oil, and then gently rub onto the skin. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, and do this routine three to four times a week.
A green teabag is the perfect remedy for chapped lips. Dampen the tea bag in warm water, and rub it on your chapped lips for about five minutes. The antioxidants in the tea are effective at moisturizing your dry lips.
Greasy hair is THE WORST, but you don’t have to worry anymore. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of sea salt to your shampoo and shake. Now your roots can stay clean longer.