We love a beauty hack. Anything that makes it easier to get that on-point smoky eye, or a simple trick that makes lips appear plumper is fine by us. Beauty bloggers are forever using them to create their camera-ready looks, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t join in too…
Apply lipstick in an ‘X’
If there’s one thing that’s going to make your lips look fuller instantly, it’s drawing on lipstick or lip liner in an ‘X’ shape to really enhance your cupid’s bow. Starting at the highest point of your lip, etch on a straight, diagonal line that goes downwards, then repeat on the other side until you’ve formed a cross on your top lip.
We love Exaggerate Lip Liner, £3.99, for this. The fine tip makes quick work of drawing on the ‘X’, while the long-wear formula means you can use it to fill your pout for a lasting finish.
Blush cheeks the right way
To get a natural-looking flush, bloggers use the same trick every time: they smile so they can target the colour on the fleshiest part of their face. Always pull the colour upwards in order to lend a lift, and opt for a cream (like Royal Blush, £5.49) to cheat a natural-looking finish that’s ultra-blendable.
Dot-to-dot your liner
With a liquid liner pen like Colour Precise, £5.99, lining your eyelids is pretty much foolproof. Still, a clever hack can’t hurt to get the job done quicker. To do it like a beauty blogger, apply the pen in dots along your lashline first, then join them up like you’re doing dot-to-dot for grown-ups.
Use white nail polish as a base
To up the intensity of your nail polish, swap your usual clear base coat for a white pigment, like 60 Seconds Nail Polish in White Hot Love, £2.99. By layering it beneath your favourite brights and pastels, you’ll block out your natural nail colour, resulting in a brighter, punchier final look.
Boost your blusher
For the lit-from-within look of someone who actually gets their eight hours of sleep every night, this blusher and highlighter hack is perfect – and just requires some layering. Basically, instead of dabbing your Good to Glow Highlighter, £4.99, just along the tops of cheekbones, you smooth it all over the cheek area as a dewy base for your blusher. Then pat that Royal Blush, £5.49, on top, and your wide-awake glow will look next-level good.
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