11 Makeup Tips That Can Enhance Any Look

Makeup is designed to help us feel like the best version of ourselves, which is why beauty tricks to make you more attractive might seem redundant. You're probably thinking, "Isn't makeup already supposed to make me more attractive?" But the reality is there are so many ways to wear makeup, and certain techniques genuinely work way better than others.

And it's worth noting here that makeup's true power lies in its ability to unlock our confidence — and that's what makes us more attractive. Because at the end of day, it doesn't matter if we opt for the smoky eye over the double wings, or a matte pink lip over a glossy shine; what matters is we notice the difference, and it infuses us with feelings of fun, or flirtiness, or boldness — or whatever it may be. That's what truly makes an impression on others.

So that being said, you're probably wondering what the top tricks are to best unlock those different sides of you, whether it be elegant, sexy, or just ready for some fun with friends. Well, you've come to the right place. Here 11 makeup tricks that will definitely help bring out your inner awesomeness.

1. Line Your Upper Water Line

According to Allure, many of us make the mistake of over-lining our upper lids and completely neglect to line our upper water line — or "tight lining" as it's known to makeup pros. Tight lining instantly creates the illusion of bigger eyes without looking like you're wearing makeup, and also creates the illusion of thicker lashes. Check out the above tight lining tutorial to master the technique for yourself.

Try: NYX Mechanical Eye Pencil, $4, Amazon

2. Know The Importance Of Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, $5.99, Amazon

In an email exchange with Sam and Nic Chapman, professional makeup artists and founders of the makeup brush line Real Techniques, both experts note that mascara is one of the absolute most important parts of the makeup process as it "frames the face." It's definitely not a step to skip when you're short on time.

3. Try Sheer Foundation

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $14, Amazon

A compilation piece for Cosmopolitan on ways to instantly look pretty recommended trying a sheer, instead of a full-coverage foundation. They noted that a sheer base allows your natural unique qualities, like freckles, to shine through while still evening everything out. I've personally found that sheerer products, or even tinted moisturizers, also provide my skin with a super healthy glow.

4. Fill In Your Eyebrows

This is a personal tip that has seriously changed my life. I always used to view eyebrow pencils as way too "complicated," or something that wasn't in line with my more low-maintenance routine. However, I got an eyebrow pencil in a gift bag a couple years ago and have never looked back. Just spending a couple minutes on your eyebrows completely helps to balance the face and just pulls everything together.

Try: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21.50, Amazon

5. Exfoliate

Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant, $28, Amazon

On her website, Sonya Dakar, LA-based skin care expert and founder of the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, noted that regular exfoliation improves your skin's texture by reducing the appearance of large pores and fine lines, as well as helps create an overall healthy glow. And clear, healthy skin is one of the fastest ways to feel beautiful. My personal favorite exfoliants are AHA and BHA daily lotions like the ones sold through Paula's Choice.

6. Use Dry Shampoo For Texture

Bumble and Bumble Prét-å-Powder, $29, Amazon

A piece in Everyday Health noted that thick hair is associated with health and vitality. Not to mention, a good hair day just adds an extra spring in your step. In the same piece, celebrity stylist Oribe recommended using a dry shampoo on the roots to absorb heavy oils and create an instant illusion of fullness.

7. Use The Right Colors For Your Complexion

A compilation piece for noted the importance of making sure you're using the right color palettes for you complexion. This also means making sure you get the right foundation and concealer shades for your skin. This can be the difference between feeling absolutely amazing, and cringing when you later see yourself in pictures because your face is a different color from your neck.

8. Moisturize You Lips Before Applying Lipstick

Coola Liplux SPF 30, $12, Amazon

That same AllWomensTalk piece recommended simply applying a moisturizing lip balm before you apply lipstick. This will ensure your lipstick goes on super smoothly and eliminate any lines or flaking. I always notice a difference whenever I remember to do this step, especially with matte shades.

9. Practice With Eyeliner

Sephora Long Lasting Eyeliner High Precision Brush, $12, Sephora

This one's another tip I've picked up over the years. Eyeliner is one of the products that can be super easy to mess up entirely, so I've learned to always go with a "less is more" strategy for me, personally. Of course, if you like the super heavy eye-liner look, have at it and own it! No matter what kind of eyeliner style you prefer, practice makes perfect to ensure that your makeup routine is as seamless and stress-free as possible.

10. Use A Translucent Finishing Powder

Finishing powders are a total secret weapon when it comes to creating a super flawless complexion. I wear mine over makeup, or sometimes even just by itself, and always notice a subtle, yet totally noticeable improvement in my complexion.

Try: The Balm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder, $18, Amazon

11. When In Doubt, Sport Red Lips

In a piece for The Huffington Post, makeup artist Victoria Barnes noted that, "Red lipstick is about feeling confident and capable. It's a great tool in the boardroom, or for public speaking, because it makes your mouth such a focal point. Red lipstick works if you really want to be listened to." Much like finishing powder, this is also something I'll use when I don't have a ton of time but want to see a huge difference in my look. Plus, it's just freaking sexy.

Makeup is all about giving us confidence and helping us feel like our best selves. Because at the end of the day, it's all about how we feel that will make the biggest difference when it comes to how we're perceived.

Try: Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet, $20, Amazon

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