Bet You Never Knew Your Makeup Could Do THIS

At this point in our lives, patting on eyeshadow or smoothing on foundation is a no-brainer. Once you learn the technique, it all boils down to muscle memory. But, just as you can hack even the simplest things in life — say, the coolest way to tie your shoes or cuff your sleeves — there are clever ways to get more out of your everyday beauty products. You just need some tips from the pros, which is why we tapped makeup artist Anna Webber for the superhero-like transformations. 

Get ready to see how dental floss is the secret weapon behind a perfect winged tip and find out what bareMinerals product hydrates, covers all, and leaves your skin looking positively glowy. And, you bet there are more beauty hacks where those came from. We have seven, in fact.

So, how does the line go — ask not what your makeup products can do for you, ask what you can do with your makeup products...right? 

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
You can't go wrong with a classic cat-eye — unless it looks uneven, that is. And, we'll be the first to admit that perfecting the flicks takes a ton of practice. Instead of drawing, redrawing, and redrawing yet again, Webber suggests using your regular ol' dental floss as a guide.

Coat a piece of dental floss in a soft-white or flesh-toned eye pencil, and hold it taut from your lower lashline to the outer corner where you want the winged tip. This'll stamp a line, so you can gauge the angle of the flick. Do the same on the other eye. Once you’re satisfied that both angles are even, just draw over the floss lines like a stencil for the perfect cat-eye.
Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
There isn't a shortage of brow products out there — pencils, powders, gels, waxes...we could go on. But, you can actually just use regular eyeshadow to do the filling. You probably already have a matte brown shadow that matches your brow color. Just fill in your arches for natural definition, then add some polish by brushing them with an old toothbrush or clean mascara wand spritzed with a bit of hairspray.
Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
You have a go-to foundation, BB cream, CC cream, tinted moisturizer, and sunscreen. But, why not trade 'em all in for just one product, like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue™ Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream? With hydrating marine botanicals, buildable coverage, and non-chemical SPF 30 (meaning the sunscreen consists of natural minerals, which reflect and block the sun's rays, instead of a chemical formula, which absorbs rays), it covers all the bases without the need for five different tubes and bottles. Plus, it leaves your skin looking glowy and, if you use it with a foundation brush, provides an airbrushed finish. Who can say no to that?
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Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
We like to be prepared for any beauty emergency, but having moisturizer, lip balm, frizz serum, and makeup remover all at the ready will effectively turn us into bag ladies — and not the cute kind.

Webber's answer to cutting it down to just one product that does it all: coconut oil. Keep a travel-size squeeze bottle of the oil to help treat dry skin, soothe chapped lips, smooth hair flyways, and clean up runaway eyeliner. Just remember that a little goes a long way with this super-rich oil.
Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
When you're in a time crunch, the last thing you want to do is hunt down your eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick. Well, you can stop looking and just use your lipstick for a modern monochromatic look.

First, choose a lip color that has a warm beige tone instead of red so that it's flattering for all three areas of your face. Use your fingers to pat on the color rather than applying it with a brush — the heat of your fingers will warm up the product and transfer a light application of color.
Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
We've been using the same soft-rose blush since college — a BIG indicator that we need to do a 180 and switch it up. A quick hack to work a bright blush into your look without the clown vibes is layering it underneath foundation, says Webber.

Now's the time to use the fuschia cream blush you bought and never opened or the bright lipstick that's been sitting in the back of your drawer. Just dab the color onto the apples of your cheeks and blend out. Then, apply foundation with a damp sponge, patting it lightly over your cheeks so you get a hint of color without moving the product around.
Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
Dark circles — we all got 'em, we all want to get rid of 'em. But, if you’re noticing that your regular concealer isn’t covering the telltale signs of last night's Netflix-and-wine marathon like it used to, Webber says to correct the dark tones first.

You don't have to buy a whole range of color concealers to properly cover up the effects of a once-in-a-blue-moon late night. Instead, pick an orange-toned cream product from your stash — be it an eyeshadow, lipstick, or blush — and apply just a dab into your under-eye circles. Then, apply concealer under your eyes. The orange hues will neutralize the blue tones in your dark circles, says Webber, and the texture will melt into your skin rather than sit on top.
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