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4 Makeup Hacks That Actually Work!

The makeup industry is one of the biggest in the world and is perhaps bigger than ever right now. The advent of sites like Youtube and Instagram have made it easy for influencers to advertise new makeup products in a manner that is both demonstrative and aspirational. New discoveries have allowed cosmetic companies to create products that are easier to use and flashier. Whereas once it was common for women to keep a few different tubes of lipstick in basic colors, perhaps a red, a nude, and pink lipstick, now there are so many more shades for people to choose from. It's not uncommon to see people wearing purple lipstick, and there is a new understanding of what "nude" shades really mean for people with varying skin tones. Eyeshadows too have become collectors' items, with different eyeshadow palettes being released each month from some companies.

But whether a person is using luxury makeup products or cheaper products, there is always a bit of a learning curve for those trying new products or even getting into makeup for the first time. Luckily, there are plenty of different hacks for new users to try. While these may not work for everyone, there are plenty that can make a big difference regarding not only the performance of the makeup, but the appearance of an individual's skin underneath. With that being said, below are four makeup hacks that actually work.

1. Skip Water When Removing Your Makeup

A lot of makeup newbies attempt to remove their makeup much like how they initially washed their faces, often with soap and water. There are a number of problems with this approach. For one thing, it tends to cause people to waste water; as the typical family already uses over 300 gallons of water per day at home, it's important that individuals attempt to save as much water as possible. Furthermore, water just doesn't remove makeup effectively, even when combined with soap. Remember that many types of makeup are designed to be at least partially waterproof. Makeup often ends up being smeared around the face when water itself is used. Fortunately, there are a number of products that serve as excellent alternatives. This includes, of course, cleansing pads and wipes, which often come with different ingredients to suit different types of skin. For example, some are oil-free, while others use natural oils to break down makeup. In fact, some also choose to do away with cleansing pads or wipes entirely, and cut down even further on waste creation by using products like coconut oil, or other oils, to remove makeup. The drawback of oils is that as everyone has different skin conditions, there is also the matter of reactions being caused by some products compared to others. There are also different cleansers available, which can remove makeup and nourish the skin. Some are mineral-based, like the Purminerals cleanser, while others are creamier, like the Olay Total Effects cream cleanser. Liquid products, like rosewater and cleansing milks have also successfully been used to remove makeup. The face must be completely cleansed of makeup before it can be properly washed, so this is all key for skincare.

2. Use Mixing Mediums

A lot of people want to experiment with more dramatic types of makeup; perhaps they want to try their hands at colorful eyeliner, or a bright blush. But they don't necessarily want to invest in a full product, as they don't know if they'll like it. Fortunately, there is one product that can turn others into a multitude of products. A good mixing medium can essentially allow a user to mix a little bit of a powder product with a liquid or creamy mixing medium. This way, an eyeshadow can be turned into a liquid eyeliner or a cream blush. A highlighter can be used as a remarkably reflective eyeshadow or lip topper in the same sense. One mixing medium purchase essentially allows the user to have all of these new products. Mixing mediums are available from a variety of different brands; Inglot has its somewhat more high-end Duraline product, while the more affordable Nyx brand offers its own mixing medium that is quite inexpensive.

3. Remove And Store Liquid Products

A lot of liquid products, in particular foundations, are thrown away prematurely. This causes people to buy more products than they really must. While, of course, liquid products do have a shelf life, with their expiration dates usually found on the product packaging, it's wise for individuals to use every bit of product that they can. This can be done in a couple of different ways. For squeeze tubes, it's simpler; they can often be cut open, and the foundation can be poured into separate jars. There are also small spatulas for sale, which can reach into plastic containers and scoop out excess foundation that cannot be shaken out. This way, products can be most effectively used, and waste can be cut down significantly.

4. Get Staying Power Out Of Your Lip Products

While roughly 42% of women report preferring natural beauty products over more synthetic products, lipstick is definitely an important part of most women's makeup looks. But it can also be somewhat frustrating, as even natural-looking lipsticks tend to wear away quite visibly. While some matte liquid lipsticks last longer, they're often quite drying, causing chapped lips, and when they do break down they are even more noticeable. Fortunately, there's an easy solution to these problems. All makeup users need to do is lay a transparent tissue over their lips after applying their lipstick, and apply a layer of translucent powder over the tissue. This helps seal the lipstick, though it can take some degree of sheen from the lipstick.

There are plenty of reasons why people love makeup, and they should feel free to use it however they want. But with a few different hacks, they can better use their makeup, get the most out of it, and take care of their skin at the same time.

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