As I begin my second beauty internship, I started thinking about why I love beauty. At the end of the day, it’s all just a bunch of pigments and powders, right? Not so much. To me, what makes beauty such a unique field is that there are seemingly infinite ways to easily tweak your look and transform your image. Just a few of my favorites:

1. Use a shimmery white shadow in the inner corners of your eyes to instantly look wide-awake and make your eyes pop.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow in Iced Latte

2. Apply undereye concealer in an inverted triangle shape – rather than dotting it under the eyes – and blend. It’ll fully cover bags and dark circles much more effectively.

1536662_583733351716914_1018179957_n3. Use a powder foundation to cover blemishes rather than a liquid concealer. Fuller coverage and longer wear: win, win.

bareMinerals Powder Foundation

4. Don’t splurge on expensive eyebrow waxes and powders. A matte brown from your favorite eyeshadow palette can do double duty.

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“Tease” from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette is the perfect eyebrow powder.
5. To create the perfect cat eye, create the flick by making it an extension of your lower lash line.

orig6. Dip your eyeshadow brush in water before applying color for an instantly brighter, more vibrant shade.

Beauty blogger Miss Beauty Adikt demonstrates two eyeshadow shades with and without water.
Beauty blogger Miss Beauty Adikt demonstrates two eyeshadow shades without and with water.

7. Hold your pencil liner in the flame of a lighter for five seconds before applying for a totally smudgeable texture.

Eyeliner-and-candle-on-wood-stump8. After applying lipstick, hold a tissue over lips and dust translucent powder over the tissue. The powder provides long wear, and the tissue prevents the powder from affecting the lip color.

59. Clean up any manicure flaws with an eyeshadow brush dipped in polish remover.

CK Calvin Klein Eyeshadow Brush
CK Calvin Klein Eyeshadow Brush

10. Apply bronzer in a three shape on either side of your face to contour flawlessly. Start at the temple, curve into the cheekbone, and finish under the jaw.

e.l.f. Studio Bronzer
e.l.f. Studio Bronzer


Have you tried any of these before? What are some of your favorites?

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Kate Foster

NYC-based writer. Beauty Assistant at Seventeen Magazine.