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19 TOP SECRET Beauty Hacks You Need to Know

How to fix your broken eyeshadow, create the perfect winged eyeliner, avoid mascara smudging on your lids...

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    Blot your face with a clean toilet seat cover

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    Fix broken eyeshadow

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    Layer waterproof mascara over your regular formula

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    Map the contours of your face with a gel eyebrow pencil, since it's easier to apply precisely and blend in

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    Use a spoon to avoid mascara marks on the upper eye lid

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    Heat up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer to curl easier

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    Make your mascara do double-duty as a gel eyeliner

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    Give your nails a marble effect

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    Use a pen as a guide for contouring

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    Make your own custom lip gloss

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    Prevent polish from getting around your nails by holding the tip of the spoon underneath your nail

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    Use a bobby pin to apply eyelash glue

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    Make your mascara easier to apply.

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    Use the cup of a spoon as a palette for nail art projects

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    get the perfect winged liner

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    Wrap your false lashes around the handle of a make-up brush

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    Draw an 'X' for a perfect Cupid's bow

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    Make your lip colour last longer

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    Wipe off excess mascara

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  • Yes, initially, this sounds gross, but both blotting papers and toilet seat covers are made out of similar fabrics and will help sop up excess oil on your skin. So if you're in your bathroom anyway to freshen up, pat it over your skin to get rid of any excess oil on your face.

  • If your eyeshadow, blush, or any kind of compressed powder is broken, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the crushed product, and press the pieces back together by applying pressure with the back of a clean spoon. Let it dry and then use normally.

  • Waterproof formula is great at holding a curl and keeping your mascara from smearing through the day. But because it's so difficult to remove, try applying your normal mascara first and finishing with a coat of waterproof one to make it last longer.

  • After you've applied your base, mark the areas you want to contour—the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along with your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eyes—with a deeply coloured brow gel pencil. These pencils are really concentrated, yet very smudgeable, and it's easy to control the placement of their dark pigment, making them perfect for contouring. Next, use an all-over cream highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, on the centre of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the centre of your chin, and on your Cupid's bow.

  • Hold the spoon so it's hugging your eyelid, and then apply your mascara like you normally would. As you sweep the mascara wand against your lashes and the back of the spoon, watch as the residue coats the back of the spoon rather than your skin.

  • Just like heat changes the pattern of your hair and holds a curl with a curling iron, heating an eyelash curler curls your lashes better as well. To do this, heat the lash curler a little with your blow dryer. Wait until it cools slightly but is still warm, and then clamp down to curl your lashes.

  • Swipe an eyeliner brush over your mascara wand, and then use the formula on your liner brush to trace your upper (and lower, if you so desire) lash lines for a gel liner finish.

  • Pour drops of nail polish into the spoon, and swirl them together with a bobby pin. After you've created a design you like, let the polish slide to the edge of the spoon by tilting the handle. Align the bottom of your nail bed along the edge of the spoon, and roll your nail on top of the paint. Clean up the messy edges to finish the look.

  • To see where you should be dusting on bronzer, roll a pencil, pen or make-up brush handle below your cheekbone to find the right angle for your face.

  • If you have loose eyeshadow pigments that you're obsessed with and want to wear as a lip shade, blend it with a little bit of petroleum jelly in a spoon and swipe it on your lips.

  • Grab a plastic spoon and hold the tip underneath your nails while you paint to prevent the polish from getting on the skin on the tip of your fingers.

  • Use the tip of a bobby pin to evenly disperse the glue along the base of your falsies. Then, wait a few seconds for the glue to get tacky and apply.

  • If you're down to the bottom of your mascara tube and it hasn't reached its three-month expiration date (you should always toss your mascara after three months to prevent any eye infections), try setting a closed tube of mascara in hot water to loosen the product from the sides so you can use up every last bit.

  • Pour drops of the polish you're using into the spoon. This makes it easier to dip small tools into the paint for nail art designs.

  • Draw a cat-eye first, and then fill in the open space for perfect application every single time.

  • If you can't get the ends of your lash strips to stay glued down, try giving them a little curl first to prevent them from sticking up while you apply them. Try wrapping your lashes on the brush as it gives the strips some curve. That way, they'll form the shape of your eye more easily. Don't go with a medium size brush or you'll tamper the lashes. Who would have thought a make-up brush can be used to curl lashes too, right?

  • To make the Cupid's bow part of your pout look perfect, the easiest and the quickest way is to take a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick and create an 'X' at the given region. Then, apply your lipstick as you normally would.

  • Swipe on your shade, lay a tissue over your mouth, and then dust translucent powder over it to set the colour. Not only does the powder set the bold shade, but the tissue acts as a shield, protecting the lip colour from lightening or losing its vibrancy.

  • A brand new mascara can transfer a lot of extra product on the wand for the first few uses, causing clumpy lashes. So before your first coat, glide the brush over a napkin or a tissue to remove any excess formula.