14 life-changing makeup hacks EVERY woman should know – by Cosmopolitan

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  1. Turn a pencil eyeliner into a gel formula with the help of a match or lighter.

Hold your black, green, burgundy, etc., kohl eye pencil (which typically creates a thin, harder-to-apply line), under the flame for one second, let it cool for 15 seconds, and then watch the consistency change right before your eyes. Finally, glide on your newly made gel liner for an instantly smudgier formula.

  1. Draw your cat-eye.

It’s much easier this way.

  1. Use a spoon to create the perfect winged liner.

Holding the stem of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, draw the straight line as the first step for your cat-eye. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged effect.

  1. Draw a slanted hashtag at the outer corner of your eye, and then blend it for an instantly smoky effect.

To create a super-easy smoky eye, draw a hashtag symbol right before the outer corner of your eye and then blend it out with the smudger at the other end of your eye liner.

  1. Use that same spoon to avoid mascara marks on your upper eye lid.

Hold the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and then apply your mascara like you normally would. As you sweep the mascara wand against your lashes and back of the spoon, watch as the residue coats the back of the utensil rather than your skin.

  1. Add saline solution to a flaky mascara formula to re-wet it.

You’re only supposed to keep mascara for three months, because beyond that point, it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections. However, if your mascara dries up within those three months, revive it with a couple drops of saline solution.

  1. Hit your eyelash curler with a hair dryer to heat it up, so your lashes curl easier.

Blowing hot air on your eyelash curler will help your lashes curl easier and stay curled longer; it works the same way heat changes the pattern of your hair and holds a curl with a curling iron. To do it, hit the lash curler with your blow dryer until it heats up, wait until it cools slightly but is still warm (you want to be sure not to burn your eyelid), and then clamp down on your lashes to curl them.

  1. Dust on translucent powder in between coating on mascara to plump up your lashes.

The translucent powder helps grip the mascara in between coats, leaving you with fuller lashes.

  1. Apply eyelash glue to false lashes with the tip of a clean bobby pin.

Use the tip of a bobby pin to evenly disperse the glue along the base of your falsies. Then, wait a few seconds for the glue to get tacky and apply!

  1. Mix loose pigments with a salve or petroleum jelly to make your own custom lip gloss.

If you have loose eyeshadow pigments that you’re obsessed with and want to wear as a lip shade, blend it with a little bit of a salve, or petroleum jelly in a spoon and swipe it onto your lips. Voila!

  1. Perfect your Cupid’s bow by drawing an „X” on your upper lip first as a guideline.

To make the Cupid’s bow part of your pout look perfect, the easiest and quickest way is to take a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick and create an „X” at your Cupid’s bow. Then, apply your lipstick as you normally would and voila!

  1. Conceal dark circles and puffy eyes the right way by creating a triangle with your cover-up.

You might be a fan of dotting on your concealer in the spots you need it, but the best way is it to actually apply it in a triangular formation with the base of the triangle directly under your lashline and the point toward the bottom of your cheek. This shape helps conceal any redness at the bottom of your eye and at the sides, and then instantly creates the illusion that your face is lifted, since the brightest point is the most intense under your eye.

  1. Make contouring look more natural by using a pencil, pen, or makeup brush handle as your guide to finding exactly where your cheekbone is.

Not everyone’s face is created equal, so where your BFF might be applying her bronzer might not be the best place for you to contour. To tell where you should be dusting on bronzer, roll a pencil, pen, or makeup brush handle right below your cheekbone (directly in the pocket underneath the actual bone) to find the right angle for your face. Once you’ve found the correct placement, dust some bronzer on your face using a contouring brush, and then diffuse the colour so it looks natural.

  1. Map the contours of your face with a gel eyebrow pencil, since it’s easier to apply precisely and blend in.

After you’ve applied your base, mark the areas you want to contour — the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eyes — with a deeply coloured brow gel pencil. Brow gel pencils are really concentrated, yet very smudgeable, and it’s easy to control the placement of their dark pigment, making them perfect for contouring. Next, use an all-over cream highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, on the centre of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the centre of your chin, and on your Cupid’s bow.


  • kohl – a dark substance that some people put around their eyes, especially the edge of their eyelids, to make them more attractive – kohl pencil – kredka do oczu
  • instantly – immediately – natychmiast
  • smudge – a dirty mark – smuga
  • winged – with wings – skrzydlaty
  • stem – the long, thin part of a plant that the leaves and flowers grow on – łodyga, pień (tu rączka, trzonek)
  • to flip – to turn or make something turn onto a different side, or so that it is the wrong way up – przewracać
  • to hug – to stay very close to the edge of something – biec wzdłuż, trzymać się (blisko)
  • to slant – to slope in a particular direction, or to make something slope in a particular direction – nachylać (się), być nachylonym
  • to sweep – to clean using a brush – zmiatać, zamiatać
  • wand – a thin stick that someone who performs magic tricks holds in their hand – różdżka
  • lashes – the small hairs on the edges of your eye – rzęsy
  • residue – something that remains after most of a substance has gone or been removed – osad, pozostałość
  • coat – a layer of a substance such as paint – warstwa
  • utensil – a tool that you use for doing jobs in the house, especially cooking – urządzenie = przybory
  • saline – containing salt – solny
  • solution – a liquid which a substance has been dissolved into – roztwór
  • flaky – coming off easily in small, flat, thin pieces – łuszczący się
  • revive – to make something from the past exist again – ożywić
  • pattern – a design of lines, shapes, colours, etc – wzór
  • clamp down – to do something strict to try to stop or limit an activity – podejmować zdecydowane działania
  • translucent – if something is translucent, light can pass through it and you can almost see through it – półprzezroczysty, prześwitujący, przejrzysty
  • grip – control over something or someone – kontrola, panowanie
  • bobby pin – a small, thin piece of metal, used to fasten a woman’s hair in position – spinka do włosów
  • to disperse – to separate and go in different directions, or to make something do this – rozpraszać
  • tacky – slightly sticky – lepki
  • salve – a liquid or cream used to treat an injured, sore, or dry place on your body – maść
  • petroleum jelly – a clear substance made from petroleum, used as a base for medicines that are rubbed into the skin, and also for making parts in a machine move easily against each other – wazelina
  • lip gloss – a type of make-up that is put on the lips to make them look shiny – błyszczyk do ust
  • Cupid’s bow – if you have a Cupid’s bow, you have an upper lip with two strong curves in it – łuk kupidyna
  • to conceal – to hide something – ukrywać
  • puffy – if the skin around your eyes is puffy, it is slightly swollen – opuchnięty
  • cover-up – an attempt to prevent people finding out the truth about a crime or a mistake – zatuszowanie (korektor)
  • BFF – Best Friends Forewer
  • underneath – under something – pod, pod spodem, poniżej
  • to diffuse – to spread, or to make something spread over a large area, or to a large number of people – szerzyć, rozcierać
  • hollow cheeks/eyes – if someone has hollow cheeks/eyes, their face seems to curve in around these areas – zapadnięte policzki/oczy
  • temple – the area on each side of your head in front of the top of your ear – skroń
  • crease – a line on cloth or paper where it has been folded or crushed – zgięcie, zagniecenie
  • brow – the front part of your head between your eyes and your hair – czoło, brew

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