Makeup Tips and Tricks

January 29, 2012

A woman using an eyebrow pencil.I learned a new really neat idea. If you use bronzer powder or make up, the same thing happens; left over hard to get in corners. Or it is the wrong shade. We all have seen way too dark bronzer at one time or another. Once you use it, it can't be returned. Bronzer can also be a dark face powder.


Take the powder, making it into a fine dust by crushing with a spoon onto something that allows you to add it to your favorite body lotion. You add it to a regular lotion and it then becomes a body shimmer.

If you buy body glows, shimmers or bronzer, it cost twice as much as just regular body lotion. Some of it smells bad, is oily or leaves a streaky color on your skin. This way add it to what ever body lotion you like (or have left over), even ones with a SPF. I love this tip. I always use lotion and need a SPF so now I will have a shimmer to my skin.

Great tip! I don't know why I never thought of it before. As always, you may not want to use a dark powder that is at the Dollar Store but using a body shimmer, gives everyone a natural glow.

By Luana M. from San Diego, CA

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December 8, 2009

When your face powder or blush compact is almost empty, or if the powder breaks into pieces, don't throw it away! I keep all the old compacts until I have a few, then I scrape out all the powder into one compact.

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March 9, 2012

I add a couple of drops of saline solution or sterile water into my mascara when it seems empty. This revives it and it lasts much longer. When I need to I repeat again before discarding.

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March 18, 2010

Recently, a friend and I were talking about cosmetics. She wanted to know how long I thought some of them were usable before bacteria would set in and make them unsafe to use.

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September 28, 2011

Don't buy those clear mascaras to keep your eyebrows in place and looking lovely! Go to your local dollar store and find a clear hair gel that is unscented.

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January 24, 2012

I always love it when something I do is shown on TV (or in a book, etc.) and now it's "cool". When I saw a episode of Rachael Ray showing something I had learned in high school, I thought I'd share.


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July 12, 2005

Here is a collection of tips for applying makeup.

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March 7, 2008

Some weeks ago, I was shopping with my sister, when we entered a beauty shop. They where selling a new kind of washcloth for make up removal without any cleanser, just to be used with water.

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July 16, 2008

When my liquid foundation is down to the bottom, I use Q-tips to get the remaining foundation out. I am able to get every drop out of my foundation bottle!

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February 5, 2009

When using a pressed powder compact which comes with the powder applicator, the top of the powder gets a hardened slick surface on it. This is caused by storing the powder "puff" applicator in the case next to the powder.

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January 17, 2008

Regarding eyeliner and eyebrow pencils: Because both sides have similar caps (one for the pencil liner, the other for a brush or eraser), taking each one off to examine is tedious.

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July 13, 2005

Use cosmetic sponges, the little wedge-shaped foam things, to apply your foundation and blend your blush. They're inexpensive and gentle.

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March 28, 2013

If you put your eyebrow pencil in the freezer for a few minutes prior to using, you always make super sharp tips and cleaner lines while it is frozen.

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October 31, 2005

Having the correct brush really does make a difference to one's appearance. I used to think that almost any brush would do as long as it was more or less the correct size, but have since realized through demos, trial and error that there is no substitute for having the best brush for the job...

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January 6, 2020

Makeup typically has a shelf life. It may also become contaminated from bacteria and viruses. This page has some suggestions for storing makeup, when to discard it, and some possible methods of sanitizing certain products.

Makeup scattered on a countertop.

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March 31, 2019

Freeze your soft tipped makeup pencils before sharpening, so they won't break as easily. This is a page about sharpening makeup pencils.

Sharpening a Lip pencil.

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December 14, 2018

Applying and keeping your liner looking perfect can be a bit of a challenge. Finding the right product and technique are essential. Try some of the tips and tricks found on this page.

closeup of person applying eyeliner

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October 12, 2016

This is a page about finding smudge proof eye makeup. Eye makeup is notorious for smudging. There are brands that are more reliable and resistant to smudging.

Model with heavy eye makeup and wet hair

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