As wonderful of a resource it is, it can be tough to separate the brilliant from the BS on Pinterest—hence, why we already called out the so-called “genius” beauty tips that just don't work. But we’d be remiss to ignore the nuggets of beauty wisdom that we have come across in our Internet travels, because there really are some tried and true hacks that have blown our minds. From the only way you should be applying concealer to the secret to voluminous, ultra-defined lashes, keep scrolling to see the 11 very best tips we’ve ever found on Pinterest.
All the praise hands emoji to ELLE.com, who introduced us to this genius hack for perfect winged liner, every time: By strategically placing a piece of scotch tape at the corner of your eye, you guarantee yourself a perfectly defined, mess-proof edge.
No need to modify your makeup look for your all-white getup—all it takes is a spritz of hairspray to rid yourself of unfortunate lipstick smudges.
Pictured: Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray ($21)
A slightly messy bottom lid can look very punk-rock, but smudges are annoying if that’s not the look you’re going for. In this case, a spoon acts as a shield to your skin while you swipe on mascara.
Stop applying coat after coat of mascara—it’s a recipe for clumps. Instead, dust on a layer of baby powder after your first coating, and swipe on the mascara one last time. Boom! Your most high-impact lashes ever.
Pictured: Johnson's Baby Powder ($5)
You wouldn’t use your curling iron on your lashes (we hope), but turn your curler into a heat tool with a quick blast of your hairdryer. By quickly heating the metal, you’ll safely give your lashes an even more permanent bend. (Our tip: Just give the curler a wave for a few seconds so it isn’t scalding.)
Pictured: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($13)
You might be used to tracing the half-moon shape of your dark circles with your cover-up, but the secret to seamless coverage is extending it downwards. Trace an upside-down triangle, so that the bottom point reaches the apple of your cheek and the other two corners stretch from each end of your eye. By doing so, you not only blend the color with the rest of your face, but also highlight the contours of cheeks.
Pictured: RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up ($36)
Fun fact: Caffeine is like dynamite to unsightly dimples. Mix coffee grounds with some coconut oil, and massage the mixture into your problem areas before showering…and watch the cellulite disappear in days. (Seriously!)
Even we were skeptical when we saw that people were smearing lipstick over their dark circles as a base for concealer. But it really, really works, thanks to color wheel logic: Red and orange sit opposite of green and blue (the typical hues of under-eye shadows), so the color helps to cancel out those tones.
Pictured: MAC Lipstick ($17)
There’s nothing more cringeworthy than a lipstick-smudged smile, but the solution is simple (and free!): After applying your lippy, stick your (clean) pointer finger in your mouth, and pull it back out again—you’ll take any risky excess color with it.
You might already know that dabbing a little highlighter in your cupid’s bow is a great way to enhance your lips, but we’d like to raise the ante: By tracing the edges of your lips (as well as the indentation above them) with an illuminating pen, you can fake an even fuller, natural-looking pout.
Pictured: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($42)
It’s simply not fair when sleek hair suddenly has a life of its own, thanks to a little bit of electricity in the air. Rather than just running a dryer sheet over your strands, ensure even distribution by laying it on top of your brush and poking the bristles through. (Try to pick all-natural sheets if possible, to minimize chemical buildup on your hair.)
Pictured: The Honest Company Dryer Cloths ($7)
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