The Little Things Make All the Difference: Five Easy Ways to Up Your Makeup Game in Five Minutes
Most of us have a basic, everyday makeup routine down, but sometimes you want to take it to the next level for a special event. Some of us just aren’t smoky eye or red lip girls, so I thought I’d suggest some subtle but powerful ways to add some oomph to your look. The goal here is to add definition to your face. These are my favorite kind of makeup tips because they just make you look better overall. No one is going to tell you your lipstick is amazing or that your eye shadow looks cool; you’re much more likely to get compliments about how great you look.
Check out the difference between the two sides of my face in the photo above. It’s subtle, but the side on your right looks better to me. It looks slimmer, more defined, and less flat than the left side. On the left side, I’m just wearing the basics (foundation, concealer, blush, mascara, and a little translucent powder). On the right side, I’m wearing the same basic products and these few extras:
Waterproof Black Liner
- I lined my top waterline with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray to create the illusion of thicker, darker lashes.
Black Liquid Liner
- I used liquid liner to draw a thin line along my upper lashes. Don’t draw a flick or wing anything fancy, just follow your lash line. This may not look like it makes a huge difference on me, but I promise it’ll be worth it for you if you don’t have hooded eyes like mine. I used L’Oreal’s Blackbuster liner.
- If your brows are naturally defined, you can skip this step, but mine look really ashy if I don’t fill them in. I didn’t even change the shape much, I just added pigment. I used Senna Cosmetics Form-A-Brow Kit here.
Contour and Highlight Powders
- This step makes the biggest difference. See how the left side of my face looks kind of flat compared to the right? I used powders to contour and highlight to give the right side of my face a slimmer, lifted, and defined appearance. You might think you don’t need to contour if you have great cheekbones or a super defined jawline, but I would argue that most women could benefit from some strategic contouring. I used the powder contour and highlight shades from Senna Cosmetics Beyond Bronze here, but you can read this post about contouring and highlighting with creams for more application techniques and product recommendations.
Adding these products to your routine will make you look like a better version of yourself and you won’t need to worry about looking too ‘done.’ Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for when you have a few extra minutes to spend on makeup! If you have any other simple tips like these, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!