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17th Nov 2023

Five makeup hacks we learned from TikTok – and actually use

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TikTok has taught us a lot of things, some very useful and others not so much.

Yet the one thing we can always count on the platform to do is give us some stellar makeup hacks to help speed up and perfect our routines.

Luckily for you, we’re not ones for gatekeeping so here are five TikToK makeup hacks we actually use.

Connect the dots for fab brows

@slaybyjess Simple way to have your brows always be symmetrical ✅ #makeuphacks #makeupforbeginners #simplemakeup #eyebrowtutorial #makeuptips ♬ Me Porto Bonito – Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone

That’s why Jess Carrasco (@slaybyjess) swears by this hack for getting symmetrical brows every time and now so do we.

The makeup influencer recommended drawing three small dots in line with your nose: one dot from the side of the nose, one in line with your pupil, and the last dot at the end of your eye.

From there just connect them up and you’re ready to go.

Outline your eyeliner

@xo.xo.darlin Reply to @keepingupwith_kalli Try this trick🥰 Hope it helps #makeuptricks #wingeyelinertutorial #eyelinertok #eyelinertutorialforbegginer #beautytips2022 ♬ original sound – 𝓓𝓪𝓻𝓵𝓲𝓷|Beauty Content|

Darlin Lantigua (@xo.xo.darlin) says creating an outline using eyeshadow and a thin brush prior to applying liquid liner is the trick for getting awing sharp enough to leave a mark.

Why? It’s much easier to clean up or fix eyeshadow than it is liquid liner, we speak from experience on this one.

Makeup, not cakeup

@jaylayahj It seemed obvious to me but my nose was EVERYWHERE 😭 #fyp #makeuphacksforbeginners #makeuptipstiktok #greenscreenvideo ♬ original sound – ROMAN ZOLANSKI

Cakes are for birthdays and other celebrations, no one really wants to walk around with cakey-looking makeup.

Beauty creator Jaylayah (@jaylayah_) suggests removing some of the product build-up with a clean brush in an upward motion.

Fixing sealed-up powders

@joellephillips #stitch with @briannaxrenee grab your Spooly ❤️ #makeuphackseveryday #promua #phillymua #fy #fyp #tiktokmakeup #beautypro #makeuptiktok ♬ original sound – Joelle Phillips

Have you ever dipped into a powder eyeshadow or blush and picked up zero pigment? Well, it might be sealed in, basically, the top layer gets so compacted you can’t get any colour on your brush.

Makeup artist Joelle Phillips (@joellephillips) says there’s a simple solution to the problem of sealed-in powder: Grab a spoolie to flake off the top layer of the product to reveal a usable layer. 

Lashes without the struggle

@kyleedethier Reply to @kyleefleekmakeup this is another one for my hooded eye queens!! 👀✨ #eyelashes #makeuptutorial #makeuptips #beauty #nz ♬ original sound – ✨ Kylee De Thier ✨

False lashes are probably the hardest part of any makeup routine.

They get slip, stick to high or too low and by the end you might just settle for plain old mascara.

Kylee Fleek (@kyleefleekmakeup) suggests (especially to those with hooded eyes) applying lashes at an angle in line with winged liner. He also recommends adding glue to the top of the outer edge of the false lashes line to keep the lashes upright.