10 Handy Makeup Application Hacks Everyone Should Know About…

Beauty Makeup Hacks

Regardless of whatever level we’re at when it comes to make-up application, it’s fair to say that there’s nothing quite as satisfying than finding a nifty little tip that really helps make life a whole lot easier. Thankfully the internet is awash with beauty secrets and handy hacks, some a little more surprising than others – in fact in some cases I often wonder who the heck was drunk enough to give them a go in the first instance. But hey, why ask questions if it works a treat, right ladies? 😉

So for those of you who love uncovering the simple solutions in life then check out these 10 handy make-up application hacks that every make-up maven, beauty blogger and cosmetic craver should know about…

#1: Embrace Your Inner Scrubber…


Using a lip scrub before applying your favourite lippy will help get rid of all the nasty dead skin, make your pout feel softer and in turn help your lippy to apply much smoother and stay on a whole lot longer.

I would personally recommend Lush Lip Scrub (the bubblegum flavour is deeeelish) as a prep and putting a light coat of Lip Cote over your lipstick after application to help keep your pout looking perfect for as long as can be. If you’re a fan of wearing bright red or dark plum shades it’ll also minimise any messy colour transference too!


#2: Bye Bye Concealer Crease…


If your concealer is prone to settling into the creases under your eyes try mixing it with a little eye cream before applying. Once mixed, smooth it out with a concealer brush for perfect coverage. This helps to add hydrating to under the eye area, hopefully minimising the effects of creasing!


#3:  Keep Your Head Up…

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eye Shadow Palette

To help make your eyes look bigger, tilt your head back and slightly raise your eyebrows when applying shadows. Applying a shadow right on the crease can actually make your eyes look smaller so aim for the tilted area just above the crease and it will make your eyes appear that little bit bigger & brighter!


#4: Lay It How It Is…


If you find yourself a bit of a slow starter in the mornings or quite often pushed for time, then get into the habit of laying out your makeup the night before. It’ll only take a few minutes but will shave precious time off in the morning so you ultimately avoid groggily rummaging around your stash at the break of dawn. It’s a simple tip but surprisingly one heck of a time saver!


#5: Get Your Nude On…

nude liner

Are you often intimidated by some of the more intense lippy shades in your collection &  find yourself quite often avoiding using them? If so, invest in a simple nude liner. Applying this as a base will help tone the colour of your boldest lippies down but it’ll help keep your finished look fresh for so much longer!


#6: Milk It…

Milk of Magnesia

Oily skin affecting your foundation? Word has it that applying a light layer of Milk of Magnesia over your moisturiser before applying your makeup actually helps to mattify your foundation by soaking up excess oil. I personally haven’t tried this one yet but it’s something I’m oddly curious to give a go pretty soon!


#7: Keep It Neat…

Copper and Gold Metalic Eye Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 2 Palette

Are you prone to smudged panda eyes under your lower lashes? Apparently the secret to avoiding this is by not using oil based moisturising eye creams but switching to a gel instead which helps eliminate the messy transference of mascara & liner running down to under your eye area!


#8: Blurred Lines…


Avoiding nasty un-blended lines when it comes to wearing bright eye shadow shades by applying a nude/skin tone shadow to your crease and brow bone as a base. This will help make those eye-poppin’ colours blend seamlessly together without any obvious lines.


#9: Dot To Dot…

  Liquid Eye Liner Step by Step

Are you still finding it hard to master the perfect liquid liner? Find your flicks regularly more keek than on fleek? If so try using a series of little dots, starting with where you want your flick to end and then working your way towards the lid. All you have to do is simply join them once your done = viola, perfect liner!


#10: Powder Perfect…


Has your favourite powder compact developed a strange hard coating in areas making it pretty much ineffective? If so it’s more than likely a transference of natural oils from your fingers or make-up brush. To remove this hardened layer simply take a strip of clear sticky tape, place it over the hardened patch and rub the back (non sticky side) down with your finger. Peel the tape off the hardened area and it should restore your caked powder back to normal!

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Have you got any top beauty or makeup hacks that you’d like to share? Have you tried any of the above hacks out? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂 Wishing y’all a fabulous weekend!

Cheerio Chums…

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33 thoughts on “10 Handy Makeup Application Hacks Everyone Should Know About…

  1. I love your tip on how to remove the hard coating on powders. This has happened to a few of my powders and eyeshadows and I’ve always ended up throwing them away! I wish I knew this a long time ago! I will definitely be trying this out 🙂 xx

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    • Aaah me too sparkle and it’s so annoying as it makes the product hard and very ineffective 😦 Hope it works for you too – certainly beats throwing them out huni, thanks for stopping by!!! ❤ XXXXX

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  2. Lovely post full of handy tips Karen! I particularly agree with #4, I like to plan my makeup out in my head the night before so I’m not spending ages trying to decide which products to use 🙂 x

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  3. I absolutely love this post, Karen! I think I am going to start putting out my make-up the night before from now on. The draws of my make-up container tend to get stuck when I am in a rush. It is likely because I am being too rough with them but not having to struggle will save a ton of time! 🙂 xxx

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  4. I do sometimes lay out at least my eye shadows, blush, or lipstick the night before – especially when I’m trying to rotate through my collection.
    A tip to AVOID getting that hard layer is 1) wash your brushes regularly! 2) wipe off the brush in between applying to the face and re-dipping into the pan (I know this sounds excessive but it really does help!)
    Awesome tips as per usual! Have a fantastic weekend!

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    • Brilliant tip Stashy!!!! Oddly enough from I’ve been using my bottle of B spray Brush Cleanser every day (after use) it hasn’t happened… must be removing the oils that build up!! Totally makes sense now! Thanks for that huni 🙂 Hope you had a fabulous weekend too, and thanks so much for stopping by, lovely to chatter and read your tips too!!! XXXX


  5. This is a wonderful list, Karen! I had no clue about the gel vs oil based eye creams and the tip to use tape to remove hardened product sounds genius! I also got a kick out of “keek” vs. “fleek” lol.

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    • lol lol – I should’ve known you’d get a giggle outta that huni hehe 😀 Glad you enjoyed the post, and yep the gel vs oil makes a difference though I didn’t realise it until recently either huni. Amazing what benefit little changes can make that we’d never normally think about 🙂 XXX


    • It sure does Anne, yesterday I forgot to lay mine out the night before and the fumbling I had to find things – especially as I was in a rush! Won’t forget from now on… streeeesssss lol Yes, me too, bizarre that laying out clothes makes things so much quicker. Even if you were just to reach into a drawer, there’s nothing quite as fast as having them sitting ready to step into 😀 XXXX

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  6. I do tend to have raccoon eyes so I avoid certain makeups. I have older skin so I do need more moisturizer. I wish I could just do gel. Your makeup is always flawless. You have a very skilled hand. Well done. 🙂

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