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It is important to apply makeup the right way to look your best. There are numerous tips and tricks that can help you do a better job. This page contains makeup tips and tricks.
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By 14 found this helpful
April 28, 2012

They say to change your eye shadow every six months. I have some favourites I have had for years! Pop your shadows in a sealed bag and pop in the freezer overnight. This will kill off any bacteria and they will be as good as new. I do this about every three months to avoid eye infections.

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Source: I heard of this from a TV program.

By Monique from Somerset, UK

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By 9 found this helpful
January 29, 2012

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.

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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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By 11 found this helpful
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.

I crush it up into a fine powder, add a little rubbing alcohol, stir it (a toothpick works for me), then spread out evenly in the compact. Put it in a safe place and let dry (usually overnight). The alcohol evaporates and leaves behind a full compact!

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You probably always use the same color so you know what you are getting and the savings are great!

By Crazy Amy from Rochester, NY

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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.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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By 9 found this helpful
March 8, 2011

Put your eyeliner pencil in the freezer for 20 minutes before sharpening and it won't break as easily. It will sharpen very well too!

Source: My daughter told me this tip.

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By linn.2009 from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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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.

I told her I put mine in the freezer overnight every couple of months. This will kill any germs that have transferred onto the make-up from using them. This saves me a lot of money. Buying make-up every 3 months or so can get very expensive.

I have family members who wind their lipsticks out and dip them in alcohol. But you can't dip or spray alcohol on everything. I haven't had any problems yet by doing this.

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By Tricia from Ridgeway, VA

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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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By 9 found this helpful
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. Being Thrifty is a way of life for me.

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July 12, 20050 found this helpful

Here is a collection of tips for applying makeup.

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By 1 found this helpful
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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January 14, 20051 found this helpful

Before sharpening eye pencils or lip pencils, place in freezer to firm up a bit. Less breakage.

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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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, 20080 found this helpful

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, 20130 found this helpful

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 12, 20160 found this helpful

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

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December 26, 20130 found this helpful

This guide is about eyebrow pencil usage tips and tricks. When drawing eyebrows or just filling in, you want them to look great all day.

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October 31, 20050 found this helpful

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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