Monthly Archives: February 2016

Beauty with simple and easy tricks

1. Freeze two spoons, and sweep them under your eyes to get rid of under eye bags.
Put two metal spoons in the freezer at night, and in the morning, place the backs of the cold spoons under your eyes and as close to the inner corners as possible. Apply a little bit of pressure and slowly glide the spoons toward the outer corners. The gliding movement will help drain the fluid that’s pooling underneath your eye, while the cold spoon will help minimize any puffiness.

2. Use the handle and the rounded edge to create the perfect winged liner.
Hold the handle of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, and draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved, winged tip. After you’ve made your outline, fill it in, and draw a line across your lashline to finish the look.

3. Hold a spoon underneath your eye when applying mascara on your lower lashes to avoid marks on your under eye area.
Place a spoon below your eye with the curve out and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way the residue will land on the back of the utensil rather than your skin. This also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes if you place the spoon on top of your upper eyelid.

4. Fix broken eyeshadow by adding drops of rubbing alcohol and pressing it together with the back of a spoon.
If your eyeshadow, blush, or any kind of compressed powder product 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 as normal.

5. Curl your lashes with the edge of a spoon.
If you don’t have an eyelash curler nearby, grab a metal spoon instead. Place the curved edge right above your top lashes with the back of the spoon against your eyelid. With your finger, lightly press your lashes against the edge to mimic the clamp of an eyelash curler. Move the edge of the spoon out along the lashes and continue pressing. For a more dramatic curl, heat the spoon up a bit with a blow dryer first.

6. Align the curve of the spoon to your brow to get the perfect arch.

The curve of a large spoon is the perfect shape for an eyebrow arch. Line up the curve of the spoon underneath your brow, and lightly trace around it with a brow pencil. Use this line as a guide, and begin filling in your brows above it with light strokes.

7. Mix loose pigments with a salve to make your own custom lip color.

Grab one of your favorite eyeshadow pigments, and blend it with a little bit of a salve, such as VMV Hypoallergenics Boo-Boo Balm, or petroleum jelly in a spoon. Use a finger or a brush to apply your new custom lip color.

8. Make contouring easier by using a spoon to find exactly where the hollows of your cheeks are.
If it’s difficult for you to find the hollows under your cheekbones for contouring, grab a spoon, and cup the apples of your cheeks so that it fits comfortably inside. The area just below the spoon is where you should apply contour powder.

9. Use the cup of the spoon as a palette for nail art projects.
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.Tip via Nail artist Simcha Whitehill aka Miss Pop

10. Give your nails a marble effect by swirling two polishes together and rolling your nail over the edge of the spoon.
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 spoon, and roll your nail on top of the paint. Clean up the messy edges to finish the look.

11. Prevent the polish from getting on the skin around your nails by holding the tip of the spoon underneath your nail.
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.

12. Reduce the size of a hickey or a bruise by rubbing a cold spoon on top.
Put a spoon in your freezer, and once it’s cold, rub the back of it against a new bruise or a hickey to slow the blood from rushing to the area and help it fade.

13. Place the back of a hot spoon on a pimple to help heal it.
This is an old trick to help a new zit heal faster. Run your hand under sink water to find a temperature that is hot but does not burn to touch. After you find a good temperature, fill a cup and soak the spoon in the water. Once the spoon is hot (test it on the back of your hand first to make sure it’s not too hot) place the back of the spoon against a pimple, and hold it there until the spoon cools off.

Tips if you want to change the make up

1. Turn a pencil eyeliner into a gel formula with the help of a match or lighter.
Hold your black, green, burgundy, etc., kohl eye pencil which typically creates a thin, harder to apply line , under the flame for one second, let it cool for 15 seconds, and then watch the consistency change right before your eyes. Finally, glide on your newly made gel liner for an instantly smudgier formula

2. Cover your eyelid with white liner to make any eyeshadow shade pop.

To make a sheer or less pigmented eyeshadow appear more colorful on your eyelid, take a white eyeliner pencil, like Make Up For Ever Kohl Eye Pencil in White, and run it over your entire eyelid. The opaque consistency of the liner will intensify any eyeshadow shade and make it pop instantly against your skin.

3. Draw your cat-eye first, and then fill in the open space for a perfect winged liner application every single time.
It’s much easier this way. Use this tutorial as your guide.

4. Use a spoon to create the perfect winged liner.
Holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, draw the straight line as the first step for your cat-eye. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect.

5. Draw a slanted hashtag at the outer corner of your eye, and then blend it for an instantly smokey effect.

To create a super-easy smokey eye, draw a hashtag symbol right before the outer corner of your eye and then blend it out with the smudger at the other end of your eye liner.

6. Use that same spoon to avoid mascara marks on your upper eye lid.
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 back of the spoon, watch as the residue coats the back of the utensil rather than your skin.

7. Add saline solution to a flaky mascara formula to re-wet it.
You’re only supposed to keep mascara for three months, because beyond that point, it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections. However, if your mascara dries up within those three months, revive it with a couple drops of saline solution.

8. Hit your eyelash curler with a hair dryer to heat it up, so your lashes curl easier.
Blowing hot air on your eyelash curler will help your lashes curl easier and stay curled longer; it works the same way heat changes the pattern of your hair and holds a curl with a curling iron. To do it, hit the lash curler with your blow dryer until it heats up, wait until it cools slightly but is still warm (you want to be sure not to burn your eyelid), and then clamp down on your lashes to curl them.

9. Dust on translucent powder in between coating on mascara to plump up your lashes.
The translucent powder helps grip the mascara in between coats, leaving you with fuller lashes. Try out this tip by following this tutorial.

10. Apply eyelash glue to false lashes with the tip of a clean bobby pin.

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!

11. For long-lasting lip color, swipe on your shade, lay a tissue over your mouth, and then dust translucent powder over it to set the color.
This process may seem extensive, but the payoff is worth it. Not only does the translucent powder set a bold shade, like Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Lipstick in Rouge, making it instantly long-wearing, but the tissue acts as a shield to your lip color, protecting it from lightening or losing it’s vibrancy. (Translucent powder, even though it’s supposed to be clear, still has a subtle white tint to it that can alter your lip shade.) (Tip via makeup artist Lauren Cosenza.)

12. Mix loose pigments with a salve or petroleum jelly to make your own custom lip gloss.

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 a salve, like VMV Hypoallergenics Boo-Boo Balm, or petroleum jelly in a spoon and swipe it onto your lips. Voil!

13. Perfect your Cupid’s bow by drawing an “X” on your upper lip first as a guideline.

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

14. Conceal dark circles and puffy eyes the right way by creating a triangle with your cover-up.

You might be a fan of dotting on your concealer in the spots you need it, but the best way is it to actually apply it in a triangular formation with the base of the triangle directly under your lashline and the point toward the bottom of your cheek. This shape helps conceal any redness at the bottom of your eye and at the sides, and then instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted, since the brightest point is the most intense under your eye.

15. Make contouring look more natural by using a pencil, pen, or makeup brush handle as your guide to finding exactly where your cheekbone is.

Not everyone’s face is created equal, so where your BFF might be applying her bronzer might not be the best place for you to contour. To tell where you should be dusting on bronzer, roll a pencil, pen, or makeup brush handle right below your cheekbone directly in the pocket underneath the actual bone to find the right angle for your face. Once you’ve found the correct placement, dust some bronzer on your face using a contouring brush, and then diffuse the color so it looks natural. Tip via makeup artist Lauren Cosenza

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

After you’ve applied your base, mark the areas you want to contour — the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eyes — with a deeply colored brow gel pencil, like IT Cosmetics Brow Power Perfector Gel Pencil in Auburn. Brow gel 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, like Mac Cosmetics Cream Colour Base in Luna, on the tops of your cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the center of your chin, and on your Cupid’s bow. Tip via makeup artist Lauren Cosenza and this tutorial

17. Blot your face in a pinch with a clean toilet seat cover.
Initially, yes, 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 a pinch and headed to the bathroom to freshen up anyway, grab one of these covers and pat it over your skin to decrease any excess oil on your face.