27 Beauty Tricks Everyone Needs to Know

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Whether you're in search of an easy way to look less tired or a trick to getting extension-worthy lashes, we've got you covered with these makeup, hair, and nail hacks.

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Designed by Dana Tepper
Go easy on the concealer for a natural look.

Contrary to popular belief, loading up your under eyes with concealer won't erase those dark circles — in fact, using a ton of cover up looks really unnatural and can make you . Instead, use a thin layer of a sheer concealer that evens out your skin tone without covering up your complexion completely.

We used: Glossier Stretch Concealer ()

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Designed by Dana Tepper
Flick your liner downward for a rounder eye.

A cat eye will always be cool, but this has got us hooked. Rather than flicking your eyeliner up at the end, drag it downwards towards your cheekbone for a rounder, wider-looking eye.

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Designed by Dana Tepper
Use this map for your makeup.

Knowing what each part of your eye is called is half the battle when it comes to following along with beauty tutorials. Be sure to add this to your Pinterest beauty board so you can master your makeup.

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Set your lipstick with powder through a tissue.

Tired of your lipstick smearing, smudging, or fading throughout the day? Set it with translucent powder — but don't put it directly on your lips. Instead, blot through a tissue so just the right amount of powder accesses your pout. And follow the rest of so your color will stay gorgeous as long as possible.

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Use multiple face masks to maximize your results.

Skincare is not one-size-fits-all, so customizing your routine can help get you the best results for your complexion. "Multi-masking is when are used or layered simultaneously on the skin to combat different skin concerns at one time," explains New York City aesthetician Cecilia Wong. If you have an oily T-zone but dry cheeks, for example, you can use a hydrating mask on the sides of your face and a charcoal one on your forehead, nose, and chin. It's just like you're at a spa!

We used: LUSH Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask (), Dr. Jart+ Dermask Spot Jet Cheek & Eye Lift ().

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Stamp your lashes to make them look fuller.

A quick way to add depth to your eyes without using eyeliner: . Gently pressing your mascara against the underside of your lashes gives them a fuller, darker look — almost like eyeliner, but more natural.

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Choose a blush formula based on your needs.

Understanding which type of blush you need can help you get the perfect results for your face. Powder formulas work great on folks with larger pores, while creams offer a dewy finish and last longer. Gels are great for a nice healthy glow but don't typically have high staying power, whereas stains are perfect for those who tend to sweat a lot. Here's !

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Kathryn Wirsing/Designed by Dana Tepper
Pick a blush hue that flatters your skin tone.

Blush can make your skin look radiant, but if you're using the wrong color, it can actually clash with your complexion. Check out our so you can get glowing.

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Pick an under eye concealer for your needs.

Got dark circles? Puffiness? Fine lines? Everyone's under eye issues are different, so be sure to take your skin concerns into consideration and .

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Kathryn Wirsing/Designed by Dana Tepper
Use face gloss for a natural-looking highlight.

Tired of your typical highlighter? Give a go. Rather than contouring your face, all you need to do is dab a little light-reflecting gloss along the tops of your cheekbones, on your brow bones, and in the center of your lips.

We used: Milk Makeup Face Gloss ()

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Designed by Dana Tepper
Get effortlessly groomed brows in no time.

If you're so over filling in your brows with heavy pencils, powders, and gels, you might want to try instead. It only takes 10 seconds to apply, and it fills, fluffs, and shapes — all while looking totally natural.

We used: Glossier Boy Brow in Brown ()

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Kathryn Wirsing/Designed by Dana Tepper
Apply blush according to your face shape.

When applying blush, using your bone structure as your guide will give you the most flattering look. For example, oval face shapes should start the application on the cheekbones, sweeping lightly up the temples. Follow our guide on figuring out the to make the most of your rouge.

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Kathryn Wirsing/Designed by Dana Tepper
Make blush the ultimate multi-tasker.

Streamline your makeup look by using a sheer watermelon blush (or whichever color is your perfect shade) on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. Here's without looking like a clown.

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Designed by Dana Tepper
Use powder to enhance your lashes.

Want extension-like lashes? Between layers of mascara, try fluffing on a little translucent powder to add thickness and length. Use our to master this sweet technique without looking dusty.

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Kathryn Wirsing/Designed by Dana Tepper
Contour a round face in three easy steps.

Got a round face and feel like sculpting your cheekbones and jawline? Try this cheek contouring technique that's as easy as 1-2-3! Follow along with .

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Fix a broken nail with a teabag.

We've all had it happen: Just when you've finally grown out your nails so they're healthy, strong, and all the same length, you get a snag. But don't reach for the scissors right away — a teabag plus a little nail glue is the perfect fix. Wait a few minutes and you'll be ready for once more.


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Ben Ritter
Use a diffuser for more defined curls.

Taking your blowdryer at face value is a big mistake if . If you're sick of frizz and heat damage, it's time to try a diffuser, which is "a blowdryer attachment that minimizes a lot of the frizz that comes when curly hair is naturally air dried," explains hairstylist Britt White.

Twirling your hair, then plopping it into the diffuser attachment, and blowdrying it on low can make all the difference.


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Designed by Sarah Baugh
Use lip liner for a longer-lasting look.

Lip liner is an easy way to make your lip color last all day. "Make sure you sharpen the pencil first for precise application," recommends makeup artist Laramie. "And always choose a color that will — the undertones should be the same." Need help getting the right shape? Try for a perfect Cupid's bow every time.

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Ben Ritter
Remove a mascara smudge with a makeup brush.

There are few beauty missteps more frustrating than getting a mascara smudge on your eyes just after finishing your eye makeup. Don't just wipe it with your finger — or, worse, take it all off and start over. "Just dip small concealer brush in a to remove the smudge without ruining your eyeshadow or liner," says Laramie. Your makeup will be back on point in no time!

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Designed by Sarah Baugh
Flat iron your collar.

If your collar is crinkled and you don't have time to pull out the ironing board, just heat up your and press it around your collar. Voila! You've got a smooth shirt in no time.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Look more awake with nude liner.

Want to instantly brighten up your eyes, making them look wider and more awake? Apply a nude eyeliner pencil to your lower waterline. The muted neutral shade is less harsh than white eyeliner (a for the same purposes), but it still makes your eyes appear larger.

We used: Skinn Cosmetics Bright Eyes Eyeliner ()

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Kathryn Wirsing
Soften your cuticles.

Getting your cuticles cut can be painful — and can potentially put you at risk for infections. If you want nicer-looking cuticles, simply apply a drop of cuticle oil to them each day and massage it in. You'll have covet-worthy cuticles in no time.

We used: Gelish Nourish Cuticle Oil ()

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Kathryn Wirsing
Plump up your lips in a snap.

If you want your with zero injections or sting-y glosses involved, try this simple trick: Apply a dot of highlighter along your Cupid's bow (the little dip in your upper lip) and in the center of your bottom lip.

We used: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ()

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Kathryn Wirsing
Pluck stubborn stray hairs.

Everyone has one, two, or more stray hairs on their . If you want to remove them, don't just blindly stab with tweezers. Instead, dust a little loose powder over the hairs to make them easier to spot, snag, and pluck — no stabbing required.

We used: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ()

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Kathryn Wirsing
Quickly amp up your hair with dry shampoo.

If your hair is falling flat, bring it back to life with a spritz of dry shampoo. Part your hair, spray dry shampoo along the roots, then tousle and go.

We used: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Refresh ()

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Kathryn Wirsing
Break in your shoes with your dryer.

If those new shoes don't have quite the "give" you'd like, wear them in a bit with this solution: First, put on a thick pair of socks, then put on the shoes. Turn on your blowdryer and point it at the shoes until the material becomes softer and more pliable. One heads up: Not all materials will bend to your blowdryer's will and, frankly, it's smarter to buy a pair of shoes that fits comfortably from the start (but, yes, we know sometimes a really cute pair on sale is hard to resist).

We used: Panasonic Nanoe Moisture Infusion Hair Dryer ()

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Kathryn Wirsing
Add matte highlight to open up your eyes.

Highlighting your eye area is a great way to , but if shimmery shadows aren't your thing, you should skip all those pearly and iridescent products. Instead, try using a concealer a couple shades lighter than your skin tone, applying it under the arch of your brow, at the inner eye corner, and in the center of your lid, then blend.

We used: Bodyography Skin Perfecter Concealer ()

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