One thing I love about the Internet is that I hear a new beauty tip almost every day. I am constantly picking up new advice on how to change up my makeup routine, or how to improve my hair. I love trying new things out to find what works for me – and I love sharing these tips with the other women in my life.
Ask Reddit’s Ask Women thread is especially great for getting info on this. I love this thread on beauty tips users wish they had known all their lives. I know what mine is: dry shampoo. I wish I had known about dry shampoo my entire life. It would have saved me so much trouble! I am incredibly grateful for my Blowpro Faux Dry dry shampoo (which is AMAZING), as silly as that may sound.
So, taken from that thread, here are 12 beauty tips you never knew that will change your life… or at least your daily makeup routine.
Apply Blush Two Fingers Away From Your Nosepinkpixy: Always apply your blush 2 fingers away from your nose at the apples of your cheeks. Do a fake smile to see where it is. Then brush/blend it up past your temple into your hairline. I've always used the smiling trick when applying blush. It keeps it looking more natural. Source: ShutterStock
Tap Primer On Pores Instead Of Rubbingkahle: Tap pore-filling primers into your pores; don't rub. Tapping gets the product into your actual pores and fills them in. Rubbing does not. I used to wonder why I'd see my cavernous pores partway through the day despite using Benefit Porefessional. It hasn't happened since I started tapping. I never knew this! I'm going to have to try it. Source: ShutterStock
Roll Your Nail Polish Bottle, Don't Shake Itsockeths: For me it's that I never got why my nail polish wouldn't go on smoothly and I'd get little bumps. I was reading a beauty blog and was told I shouldn't shake the polish bottle to mix up the paint but roll it between my hands to mix without making bubbles! Shaking it can cause air bubbles - rolling it won't! Source: SHutterStock
You Should Fill In Your Brows No Matter How Thick They Aretoxik0n: That anyone can benefit from filling their brows. I used to think that it would be weird to fill in your brows if you didn't have super sparse hairs or an obvious bald patch. Using an eyebrow pencil makes a HUGE difference and really polishes my look. I wish I knew sooner! I have nice, thick eyebrows that require zero maintenance. My whole life, makeup artists and beauty pros have told me not to ever touch my brows because if I did, I would mess them up. I followed their advice and have never gotten eyebrows waxed, threaded, or anything else - they don't need it! I've also never used brow products until recently because I thought I didn't need them. I was wrong! Filling in my brows with a gel or powder does wonders for my face and is super simple! Source: ShutterStock
Use Nude Eyeliner To Brighten Uploverdose: Putting nude eyeliner on your waterline, really helps wake up your eyes. YASSS. I learned about this a year or two ago, and it changed everything. Nude eyeliner along your inner rim is great for waking up your whole face and making your eyes look bigger. I used to use white, but I feel like it's too obvious and can look too shimmery sometimes. Nude is much more subtle while still getting the job done. Source: ShutterStock
Only Apply Dark Eyeliner To Half Your Bottom LidYeastInVagMakesBread: Dark eyeliner doesn't need to go across the entire lower lid, just a bit in the outer corners and blended in to not look so harsh. Ugh this is my life! For years, I used a LOT of black eyeliner all around my eyes. A few years ago, I started only putting black eyeliner in the outer corners of both my upper and lower lids, and then blending the rest of the way. Now that's all I do. Rimming your entire eye in black liner will make your eyes look smaller - it's also a much more drastic, dark look. I wish I knew this through high school and college! Source: ShutterStock
Sometimes The Cheaper Options Aren't Worth ItUnUrbanChelle: At 35 I am finally learning that there really is a difference in drugstore brand products and name brand (Sephora/ ULTA/Macy's) cosmetics. I wish I had not spend so much $ over the years trying different cheap drugstore brand cosmetics and instead just invested it in a few really good ones. I couldn't agree more. I constantly see makeup dupes all over Pinterest, showing cheaper versions of expensive makeup. And while some of these are legit, it is sometimes best to just splurge on something more costly. Some makeup that is more expensive really is better quality. Would you rather get something cheap that will get messed up quickly, or something more expensive that will last longer and feel better? I know there are lots of NARs Orgasm blush dupes out there, but I have to say, I'll spend $30 on the real one any day. I've had it for three years and it's still going strong. Source: ShutterStock
Try Tightlining To Make Lashes Look Longer and More FullMadame-Ovaries: Tightlining! I didn't know it was a thing until I started watching makeup videos on youtube. I feel like my lashes look sparse as hell if I don't tightline now. using a black eyeliner to line the upper waterline of your eyelids! I typically push the eyeline between my lashes rather than going directly onto my waterline. I use a really soft eyeliner to do it. I suggest the marc by marc jacobs eyeliner in black (I got a sample from sephora) or zero by urban decay. I've tried using perversion, but it hurts my eyes; a few other people have said this too. This is an easy way to make your lashes look more full. Once you get the hang of it, it's easier than it seems. Make sure you do it before you apply mascara.
Don't Condition Your Rootskanikkers: That you're not supposed to shampoo your hair every day, rub it between a towel to dry, or condition all the way to the roots. I've always put conditioner in my roots because it leaves them feeling smooth. But a few months ago, a hairdresser basically begged me to stop, saying it was weighing down my hair and making it more oily. Now I never condition my roots except to use a teensy bit just to make things smooth at the top. I've definitely noticed a difference! I also stopped shampooing every day years ago, and it's amazing. Oh, and the towel thing? Totally true. I started using The Curly Tee a few weeks ago and have seen a noticeable difference in frizz. Source: SHutterStock
You Can't Pop A Pimple Until It's Whitethunderling: Proper zit care. When I was a teenager, I would dig at any red bumps hoping to pop them so they'd go away. Wish someone had told me years sooner that you can't pop them until they're whiteheads. I still have very faint scars from digging at my skin. This seems like common knowledge, but a lot of people don't follow this tip. So, even if you already knew it, it's good to have a reminder. I know how tempting it is to feel something under your skin and to want to get it out. But don't even try until it's white at the top. If you do, you'll end up bleeding, with an annoying scab and then scar. Source: ShutterStock
Start With A Dot For Winged Linerjoyb27: How to do wings. They're actually pretty easy and I can do them with kohl now not just liquid eyeliner. Do close to your lid, and make a dot where you want it to end, draw from eye crease to wherever on your top lid and bam. This is a much easier way to do a cateye than to just wing it. Hehe. See what I did there?
Leave Your Brows To The Professionalsazurascoast: Do NOT over pluck your brows. Go to a professional to get a nice shape for your face, and maintain it. Thin eyebrows make you look older and are rarely flattering. Eyebrows change the entire appearance of your face! Unless you are seriously into brows, don't do yours on your own. I know too many people who have over-plucked and are left with a mess. Or they messed up in a different way and went to a professional, who had to over-pluck in order to fix things. Source: ShutterStock