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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

30 Makeup Hacks That Will Change Every Girl’s Life

30 Makeup Hacks That Will Change Every Girl’s Life

You don’t have to spend hours in front of a mirror to get your makeup perfect. There are all kinds of little tricks you can use that will make applying cosmetics much easier and ensure that you always have the look you are going for. Here are the top 30 makeup hacks that will change your life:

1. Turn Eyeliner Pencil Into Gel

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    This will make eyeliner easier to apply because it makes it softer. Simply place the tip of the eyeliner pencil over a flame for one second. Wait about 15 seconds for it to cool down, and apply.

    2. Check Your Makeup Under Different Light

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      You may not have the best light when you are applying makeup. When you get into your car, check your makeup before going anywhere. The bright outside light will help you to see any spots you may have missed.

      3. Remove Glitter Nail Polish Easily

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        Skip the base coat, and use white glue (Elmer’s works well) instead. Follow with coats of your favorite glitter polish. When you are ready to remove the polish, it will peel right off.

        4. Skip the Clear Base Coat

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          Use a coat of white nail polish instead of a base coat. This will make your nail color stand out more. It will still protect your nails from becoming stained by colored polishes.

          5. Make Your Eyes Look Wider

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            Sweep your mascara towards your nose instead of upwards. This will help make the lashes look fuller. It will also help to make your eyes look bigger.

            6. Proper Perfume Application

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              Don’t spray yourself with perfume. You will smell like a perfume factory at first, then it will wear off and you won’t smell anything. Instead, apply it to your pulse points.

              7. Get More Out of Liquid Makeup

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                Don’t throw away makeup in tubes just because it seems like they are empty. Cut them open, and scoop the makeup into plastic pots. This is a great way to save money on makeup.

                8. Get More Mineral Makeup

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                  Just because it seems like you can’t get any more out of your mineral makeup, it doesn’t mean that you need to buy more. Simply use a penny to remove the bottom part of the container. You will see that there is still a lot of makeup left underneath.

                  9. Make Eye Shadow Stand Out With White Eyeliner

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                    If you really want your eye shadow color to pop, use this trick. Apply white eyeliner all over your eyelid. Then apply your favorite shadow. The white will help to intensify the color.

                    10. Winged Eyeliner With Just a Pencil

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                      Draw the cat eye with the eyeliner. Then, fill in the open space with the liner. You will have the perfect wing every time.

                      11. Achieve Perfect Winged Eyeliner With a Spoon

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                        To get that winged effect everyone loves so much, you only need one common household item: a spoon. Start your eyeliner as you would for a cat eye look, press the rounded side of the spoon against your eyelid, and move the spoon outwards to create the winged effect.

                        12. Reuse Mascara Brushes

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                          Sometimes you get a mascara brush you really like. You don’t have to throw it away when the mascara is gone. Clean it off, and use it with other types of mascara.

                          13. Easy Smoky Eye Makeup

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                            With your eyeliner, draw a slanted hashtag at the outer corner of each eye. Blend it in with the rest of your eye makeup. You get that smoky look without a lot of work.

                            14. Easy Eyelash Glue Application

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                              Applying eyelash glue can be so tricky. Make it easier by putting the glue on a bobby pin. Apply the glue with the tip of the bobby pin for a more even and quicker application.

                              15. Make Lipstick Stay On Longer

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                                This old trick really works. Put on a coat of lipstick, then lay a tissue across your lips. Dust translucent powder on to make the color set so it stays on longer.

                                16. Make Your Own Lip Gloss

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                                  Don’t throw away your broken eye shadows. Instead, turn them into lip gloss. Crush the eye shadow into powder, then mix with petroleum jelly to make any color lip gloss you like.

                                  17. Create Natural Contouring

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                                    It can be difficult to figure out where to put blush or bronzer for contouring. The easy way is to use your eyeliner pencil, or even a makeup brush handle. Place the straight edge directly below your cheekbone to get the right angle.

                                    18. Create a Perfect Cupid’s Bow

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                                      Use your lip liner (same shade as your lipstick) to draw an “X” on your upper lip. Apply your lipstick, using the “X” as a guide. You will have the perfect pout.

                                      19. Cover Up Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

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                                        Forget about dotting your concealer. Instead, apply it in a triangle shape, with the base at your lash line and the tip at the bottom of your cheek. This will hide redness beneath the eyes, and brighten up your whole face.

                                        20. Use Gel Eyebrow Pencils for Contouring

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                                          Mark the areas to contour with a dark-colored gel eyebrow pencil. You can easily smudge and blend this makeup for perfect contouring. Finish the look with an all-over cream highlighter on your cheekbones, the center of your forehead, and the Cupid’s bow.

                                          21. No More Lipstick on Your Teeth

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                                            After applying your lipstick, put your finger in your mouth. Close your lips around your finger, then pull your finger out. The excess lipstick will get on your finger, and not on your teeth.

                                            22. No More Mascara on Upper Eyelids

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                                              Use your spoon for this hack. Hold the rounded part against your upper eyelids while applying mascara. The excess mascara will go onto the spoon and not your eyelids.

                                              23. Remoisturize Mascara

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                                                Don’t throw away mascara just because it has dried up. Instead, add a few drops of saline solution. This will make it moist and it will work as well as it did when you first bought it.

                                                24. Curl Your Lashes Faster

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                                                  Use your hairdryer to heat your eyelash curler. Let it cool a bit, then use as you normally would. The heat will set the curl so it lasts longer.

                                                  25. Use an Unusual Item for Blotting

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                                                    Toilet seat covers are ideal for blotting makeup. They are made from similar materials as blotting papers. So, if you are out of blotting papers, reach for a toilet seat cover to blot away excess skin oils.

                                                    26. Plump Up Your Lashes

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                                                      Don’t bother with expensive lash-pumping mascaras. Instead, dust some translucent powder on your lashes between coats. This will make your lashes look much fuller.

                                                      27. Get Rid of Split Ends

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                                                        If you have split ends, but are not ready for a trim, try this hack. Twist sections of your hair together. Then, trim the little pieces that are sticking out to eliminate split ends.

                                                        28. Apply Dry Shampoo at Night

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                                                          Use dry shampoo just before going to bed. As you move around in your sleep, the shampoo will really get worked into the hair. You will wake up with loads of volume and body.

                                                          29. Fix French Manicures with a Rubber Band

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                                                            This is so easy, and saves you from having to go back to your manicurist. Wrap a rubber band around your finger so it lies straight across the nail. Then, use some polish to fix the part of the nail that is sticking out at the top.

                                                            30. Eliminate the Frizzies

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                                                              Forget the towels for drying your hair. Use an old tee shirt instead. Unlike towels, tee shirts will not create friction. You will have soft curls instead of frizz.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Shandi-lee Cox via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                              It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                              If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                              One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                              Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                              In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                              Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                              The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                              Stress

                                                              If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                              Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                              We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                              While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                              Eating close to bedtime

                                                              Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                              Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                              Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                              Medical conditions

                                                              In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                              The vicious sleep cycle

                                                              The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                              Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                              You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                              –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                              –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                              –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                                You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                                How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                                To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                                1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                                What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                                Here are a few suggestions:

                                                                • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                                • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                                • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                                • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                                • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                                2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                                What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                                • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                                • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                                • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                                • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                                3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                                Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                                Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                                Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                                Sleep better form now on

                                                                Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                                I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                                As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                                Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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