The holidays are a busy time of year, and you may not have all the time in the world to perfect your makeup and hair. Or, you may not have time to go replace that die-hard product you ran out of. Well that’s where this list comes in handy! Here are some holiday beauty hacks that can save you time and show you some new methods.
1. Get a cut crease with a spoon.
Cut crease shadow looks may have been growing in popularity lately, but they’re unfortunately not always that easy to achieve. If you have trouble with eye shadow and carving out your crease, try using a spoon! Place the spoon on your lid and simply run the shadow over the curve of the spoon. Then you’ll have a perfectly rounded crease, a great look for any holiday party!
2. Create the perfect wing with tape.
Okay, tape near your eyes might seem scary, but this is a great trick for make up lovers of all levels. Take a small piece of scotch tape and place it on your face along your lower lash line while applying your shadow and liner. Take off the tape and voila! A perfectly straight line. This can definitely help you create that ever-impossible wing with gel or liquid liner.
Try these liquid eyeliners to help achieve the look:
3. Contour your nose with a fork.
Yes, there’s another utensil you can use with make up! Chances are that if you’re contouring your cheekbones and face, you’re going to want to contour your nose to match. Sometimes getting the lines down your nose perfectly straight can be tricky, so using a fork can help ensure sharpness! Just place the fork on your nose and place your bronzer between the outer two prongs of the fork. Then highlight down the middle one, and voila! A perfectly snatched nose.
Try this affordable contour palette by NYX to help achieve the look:
4. Ombre your lips to make them look fuller.
To make your lips look fuller, you can use an ombre technique with your lip products. Put a darker color on the outer corners and a lighter color in the center to make your lips appear more pouty. The NYX Ombre Lip Duo is perfect for creating this gorgeous pout.
Try these lipsticks for the perfect ombre lip:
5. Plump your lips with Peppermint oil.
For a natural – and festive! – pucker this holiday season, you can use Peppermint oil. Apply on top of your lipstick or natural lips and your pout will fill out perfectly.
6. Make your teeth look whiter with lipstick.
If you wish your teeth were whiter but aren’t into whitening products, try experimenting with different colors of lipsticks. Blue-based colors, like a true blood red, can make your smile pop and look much whiter!
Try these lip colors for a whiter and brighter smile:
7. Brush your way to smoother lips.
If you brush your teeth – which hopefully everyone does – you can put down your wallet and stop buying lip scrubs. You can exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush! Simply apply a lip balm to your lips and then brush away the dead skin. Not only will this make your lips smooth and ready for lipstick, but it will also stimulate blood flow and cause a plumping effect!
8. Set your lipstick.
There’s nothing than worse than your lipstick fading and having that gross ring around your lips, and if you’re a lipstick lover then you know all about this problem. But this can be avoided! One of the best beauty hacks for the holidays is to set your lipstick with a translucent setting powder. Just place a tissue over your lips, dust some powder on, and then remove the tissue. You’re good to go! NYX and Maybelline both have really good options.
Try these translucent setting powders to create the look:
9. Filter out the oil.
Forget buying those packs of oil blotting sheets. Instead, save your money and buy some coffee filters! These filters can blot just as well as oil sheets can and can save a great deal of money considering the size and price.
10. Less liner can be more.
If you’re in the mood to pack on the eyeliner or you just don’t have the time, have no fear. You can fake it ’til you make it! Just tight line your eyes. Tight lining, or lining the upper waterline under your top lashes, gives the appearance that you’re wearing more make up than you actually are.
Try these eyeliners for a great “less is more” effect:
11. Coat your lashes in baby powder first.
Do you love wearing fake eyelashes, especially around the holidays or for certain events? Coat your eyelashes in baby powder before you apply your mascara and your eyelashes will be instantly volumized and appear fuller. It’s as easy as that!
12. Lighten your foundation with moisturizer.
By the time the holidays roll around, your tan will probably (unfortunately) be gone. This means that if you’re still trying to use your summer shade of foundation, it’s probably too dark. But this can be fixed! Mix in some of your favorite moisturizer to lighten the shade, and then you’ll be perfectly matched and hydrated!
13. Save your dying mascara.
Now you can revive your drying mascara instead of taking the time to run to the store for a new one. When you see your mascara start to flake and clump up, mix some contact solution in the tube. However, keep in mind the lifespan of a mascara is only three months, so if it’s dried up because you’ve had the tube for three years… it’s time to say goodbye.
14. Remove makeup with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is all natural and therefore is already better for your skin than any chemical-filled, artificial removers. Because it’s an oil, it’s extremely gentle as well! You can get it at any grocery store or online in a big jar, so it’ll last a long time.
15. Overline your lips (the right way) for a plumper pout.
Overlining your lips can sometimes be a tricky task. No one wants to look like they just got the worst Botox injections ever. To do it the right way, slightly overline your lips at the cupid’s bow. Slightly overline the outline of your bottom lip, narrowing the line to your natural lip line as you meet the crease. Line your natural lip line at the creases to avoid looking botoxed.
Try these affordable lip liners for the perfect plump yet natural pout: