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* You don’t need to be a pro to get foolproof makeup looks
* Makeup hacks and helpful tools anyone can use
* Avoid makeup mistakes and take time off your beauty routine
Every now and then it’s important to change up your beauty routine, especially if it’s taking you an inordinate amount of time each day, you’ve been using the same products for the better part of a decade or you just need a refresher course in what is new and now at the stores.
Below are 8 beauty products and hacks (some new and some tried and true) that will shave precious time off your morning makeup routine and leave you with a flawless beauty look — regardless of your skill level.
1. e.l.f. Eyebrow Stencils
No more worrying about filling in the shape of your brows and wondering whether or not they’ve come out symmetrical. The e.l.f Eyebrow Stencil kit contains reusable eyebrow stencils to help you achieve perfectly shaped brows that look fuller, thicker and more detailed while saving you time as well. Choose from 4 different eyebrow shapes, and simply place the stencil over your brow, color in and remove. Voila!
2. Magnifying Makeup Eyeglasses
These Magnifying Makeup Eye Glasses will help with precise makeup application for those who need a bit of magnification to see what they’re doing. They’re complete with adjustable wireframes and 3x magnifying glass lenses, and are designed with two glass specs with hinges that fold down making it ideal for applying mascara, eyebrows, eyeliner, eyeshadow and even contact lenses without straining or squinting.
3. The Pointer Finger Sponge
Blending sponges are a multi-tasking tool to help you apply and even out your makeup. There are a ton of choices available, and one we found particularly useful is Sephora’s The Pointer – Blending Sponges. They have an innovative design that fits over your fingers to deliver efficient control and make applying and blending makeup super easy. Simply wet the sponges, place on your blending finger of choice and start the application for foolproof foundation.
4. Makeup Corrector Stick
Mistakes during makeup application are a huge annoyance, and they’re usually hard to clean up without having to re-do your entire face. Superface’s NG Corrector Stick helps remedy this common beauty problem. This makeup remover pen that will help erase your mistakes easily and precisely so you won’t have to wash your face and start all over again. This handy little stick also doubles as a lip balm when you are in a pinch.
5. A Wing Stamp for a Cat Eye/Liquid Liner
One of the most frustrating things during makeup application is trying to achieve the coveted cat eye or winged liner look, but there products that can help make it easier. This ingenious eyeliner stamp features an eye lining pen with two ends – one end has a “stamp” that is shaped to give you an even and symmetrical wing on each eye, and the other end has a very fine tip for defining the rest of the eye or adding a “flick” to the look that isn’t too thick or chunky.
6. Eyeshadow Shields
Shadow Shields are disposable, moon shaped pieces of high-quality cloth designed to eliminate excess eye-shadow fallout that results in raccoon eyes and a dusty mess. This multi-tasking product not only protects your under eye area from fallout, but it will also create a straight edge for shadow placement, eyeliner looks, and it prevents messy mascara smudges.
7. Magnetic Lashes
The latest trend in the false eyelash space is magnetic lashes. As the leader in the false eyelash market, Ardell has already come out with a few different sets of them. Magnetic Lashes can give you the same voluminous look as regular false lashes, but without the messy glue and lengthy (and difficult) application process. The Accent lashes are made from 100% natural human hair and feature feathered strands knotted in a criss-cross pattern for long lashes that make eyes look super glamorous.
8. Bronzing Moisturizer
For those who don’t want to commit to the dangers of at-home self-tanning or simply just want some temporary color for an event or night out, Charlotte Tilbury’s Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint is just the product for you. Chock full of special pigments that instantly give you a natural bronzed tone as you massage into your skin, this tint also contains a combination of moisture-regulating ingredients to give you dewy finish. It’s great for both men and women, and is foolproof for those who aren’t capable of longer lasting self tanners.