Ok, so, you know the song “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld? Well, if you don’t, you really should check it out here. The song talks about different types of girls and how we are all beautiful and powerful and fantastic no matter what we are like.
It points out that you don’t have to love to go out clubbing, dress modestly, wear lots of makeup, be the same as your friends, or even like all the same things, to be an incredible, strong, gorgeous, smart, tough and compassionate woman.
Today my mission is to bring a few helpful tips to those “Most Girls” that prefer simple or no makeup and want a quick way to spice it up a little.
A matte lipstick has lots of uses. In this picture, I used the same lipstick for blush, lip tint, and eyeshadow. If you never have time to do your makeup, but you want your complexion to look a little more alive, I’ve got you covered: grab a vibrant pink or rosy lipstick.
Lipstick is such a versatile makeup item. For example, you can use just a dab of super matte lipstick in the center of the lips, blending out for a lip-stained Japanese look or you could blend some on your eyelids for a subtle and quick eyeshadow. You can even apply it a little thicker as an eyeshadow base for a sparkly pink shade!
One of my personal favorite ways to use matte lipstick is as a cream blush. I have a few lipsticks that are my perfect blush shades, so it works out very nicely for me.
Pick a non-menthol or non-medicated lip balm for an immediate glow. Use clean fingers to dab the balm on your cheekbones and blend down slightly onto the outer portion of the face. This creates a naturally glowing and healthy appearance.
Lip balms don’t necessarily relate to makeup tips only! For example, when I have a cold, I use it to soothe a dry and sore nose. I actually use this trick on my son as well. Here, during wintertime, I make sure to apply it on my son’s lips and nose–as well as mine–during our bedtime routines.
Bonus: If you have antibacterial oil-based lip balm handy, it can double as a liniment for cuts, scrapes, or diaper rashes.
Coconut Oil and Cleanser
When you’re out of makeup wipes, don’t skip checking the pantry. Coconut oil is a great choice for removing eye makeup because it doesn’t burn your eyes, and it gets rid of any remaining mascara that typically might linger.
If you have very dry skin, wash it off with warm water and gently pat dry with a hand towel. If you have normal to oily skin or just hate the feeling of oil on your skin, use a cleanser to take the oil off your skin, being very careful around the eyes. You may want to use an astringent after this since the coconut oil is very hydrating. Then just apply your normal moisturizer.
Hopefully you didn’t go through that phase in high school where you used your mascara wand to intentionally create an eyeliner on your lash line like I did. That would have been very unfortunate for you!
This tip is more along the lines of using a small angled brush and the product on your mascara wand to create eyeliner. Then use the mascara on your eyelashes!
You’d be surprised how long I can go without buying eyeliner just by using this trick. Although, I have to repurchase mascara often enough anyway so I really should just go pick up some liner while I’m at it.
Dry Mascara Renewal
Speaking of mascara, if you really need to squeeze one more use out of your dried mascara tube but it seems to be all dried up, I’ve got you, too, girl! (Or boy. You might be a boy.)
Take that wand out of the tube and run it over hot water. Don’t be a wimp. Get that water scalding! Put the wand directly under it and start to loosen the built up product.
Once all the clumpiness is out, you can add some cold water, so it isn’t so hot for your fingers, but get the brush as clean as you can. You can use a mild cleanser to clean it further, if you wish.
Then turn the water to scalding again and stick it in the tube. Usually, you don’t want to pump your mascara wand, but in this situation, it’s ok. This is just a short term solution until you can get a new mascara. Wiggle the brush in circular motions to try to get the product off the walls of the tube. You should be able to get enough product to coat both sets of eyelashes.
I don’t suggest using this method on a colored mascara. They tend to be a lot less opaque than black mascaras, so the slight addition of water to the formula would most likely thin it out too much to get any pay off.
All in all, these are some fun tricks to make getting ready for work, school, or just running errands, an easier practice. We appreciate each and every person who takes the time to read our articles and if you’d like to see more content and sneak peeks at articles coming up, make sure to subscribe to our email list and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
About the Author…
Mica Mackenzie is the founder and CEO of The Quiet Nonsense, LLC. She currently lives in Dallas with her boyfriend, Hunter, and their