Quick Makeup Tips


Dark lip color makes your lips appear smaller and more defined, lighter colors will make them appear larger.

Blast your eyelash curler with hot air from your hair dryer for 5-10 seconds before using to enhance curling power.

Soften lip and eye pencils under warm water and wipe dry with a tissue allowing for smoother application.

Bronzer should only go where the sun hits your face: nose, forehead, chin and apples of the cheeks.

Concealer should be applied right about 1/2 inch below the bottom lash line. Light reflects upward, so this will brighten dark circles.

Apply mascara to the base of the lash line as well as the tips. If applied only to the tips, beautifully curled lashes will fall under the weight. Blush should be dabbed on the apples and blended outwards with fingertips. Contouring products should be two shades darker then the color of your blush.

Put the kibosh on raccoon eyes when applying smoky eye makeup. Either place a square of toilet paper beneath the lower lash line to catch loose shadow, or dab loose face powder before application then wipe away when finished to reduce staining.

Let your moisturizer penetrate completely before applying foundation or concealer for clean application.

Intensify eyeshadow and make it last longer by wetting the applicator.

Stefanie Payne

I am a product development lead in NASA's human exploration deep space program at headquarters in Washington, DC. When I am not telling the story of human exploration in space, my focus is on writing about travel on Earth—with articles appearing in The Huffington Post, The Travel Channel, blogs for The National Geographic Society, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessInsider, IBTimes and more. ...(Read More)

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