10 Easy Makeup Steps That Will Have You Standing Out

1. Don't Touch Your Face

Perhaps the most simple but at the same time, the most difficult tip to keep your makeup and face looking great is to not touch your face. Your hands come into contact with countless germs and oils throughout the day, and touching them to the sensitive skin on your face will only do it harm. The impulse to touch your face is very real, but believe us””not touching it can do wonders for your skin.

2. Use Dark Eyeshadow to Create Depth

A touch of dark eyeshadow toward the outer corners of your eyes can add incredible depth and drama with just a little effort. This is a perfect look that will make your eyes pop. Use your different brushes and pencils (pictured above) to gain the desired effect.

3. Embrace Thick Eyebrows

Put down that tweezer! Thick eyebrows are all the rage these days, and they look much more natural than pencil-thin, over-plucked ones. So go thick, baby! You can fill them in to give them a natural, full look as well.

4. Clean Your Brushes

It seems simple, but so many people don't do it! The build up of oils from your face mixed with makeup residue can make your brushes a petri dish of clumpy grossness that you definitely don't want on your face. Making sure you clean your brushes every two weeks will have an expected effect on your skin, making it healthier and more radiant. (Not to mention, you brushes will last much longer.)

5. Go For a Natural, Moist Lip

To achieve a natural-looking moisturized lip, choose a lipstick that closely matches your natural lip color. Then, top it with a layer of clear lip balm or lip gloss for a glowing, healthy sheen.

6. Un-Clump Mascara

This picture says it all (and not just because it has words on it). You too can have beautiful, smooth lashes like the ones in the photo. Use your eyebrow brush to achieve this envious effect.

7. Highlight Your Cupid's Bow

Make your lips look plumper by highlighting your cupid's bow and the center of your bottom lip. Your lips will gain instant volume and voluptuousness!

8. Use Your Ring Finger

Use your ring finger to apply makeup! It's the weakest of all the fingers, so it ensures a light touch, whereas if you use your pointer finger, you may end up unintentionally going a little heavy (handed!).

9. Exfoliate Your Lips

For ultra smooth, radiant lips that won't let your lipstick clump, go over them with Vaseline and a toothbrush. Trust us. It works wonders.

10. Trick Your Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara can be a godsend, but it can also be a pain to remove. So we suggest tricking your waterproof mascara. First, layer on a coat of regular mascara, then cover that with your waterproof kind. That way, it still won't run while you're out partying or crying or whatever, but it'll cling to the regular mascara rather than your eyelashes, so it will be much easier to remove. We know. You're welcome.