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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.

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                                                              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                                              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                                              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                                              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                                              1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                                              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                                              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                                              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                                              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                                              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                                              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                                              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                                              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                                              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                                              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                                              3. Jumping Jacks

                                                              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                                              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                                              4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                                              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                                              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                                              5. Balancing Table Pose

                                                              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                                              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                                                6. Leg Squats

                                                                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                                                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                                                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                                                7. Push Ups

                                                                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                                                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                                                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                                                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                                                8. Bicycle Crunches

                                                                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                                                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                                                9. Lunges

                                                                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                                                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                                                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                                                10. Bicep Curls

                                                                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                                                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                                                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                                                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                                                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                                                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                                                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                                                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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