Being a make-up rookie myself, I understand the hardships that come with the sudden influx of make-up tutorials and “rules” that we are meant to abide by. As if being a woman was not hard enough, we now have to deal with expensive make-up brushes that cost more than a month’s grocery bill. Lucky for you, though, being a rookie means I manage to find the easiest, fuss-free ways of achieving the star-studded looks which you are encouraged to steal 🙂 Follow me on Instagram for more #MakeMeUp tips and tricks – @Mz_Seri

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Winged eyeliner perfection

Most make up sites go on about using a spoon to get the perfect eye liner wing, I however find it a tad odd and for the most part a little inaccurate. Instead opt for a tape of any sort. First stick a piece of tape on your hand, to remove tha harsh residue that could damage the sensitive area of your eye, then place it at the desirable section of your eye.

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Mascara without the mess

Before you throw out all those business cards you accumulated at the latest conference you attended, why not keep a few for the sole purpose of using it as a mascara backing. Place at the top of your eye (being careful not to press onto your freshly prepared eye shadow) and easily apply mascara to your bottom lashes without getting any on the skin under your eyes.

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Eye highlighting

The placement of highlights is every bit as important as the colour you choose to do it especially when trying to achieve a natural look. Your lighter colours (whites, creams, golds and pearls) should be applied to the inner corners, the middle of the eye and just under your brow bone. Apply your lightest colors first and then move onto the darker shades.

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Speaking of eye shadow

Always start with a base shadow without any shimmer that matches the lightest skin tone on your face and apply all over your lid up to the brow. You should use this base shadow to make sure the darker shadows used on your lid up to the crease are properly blended.

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Hashtag the fuss out of the smokey eye

We all know how stunning and timeless the smokey eye is, the problem, however is trying to achieve it without looking like a ghost. I recently found a simple trick that takes the immense frustration out of creating your own smokey eye effect; draw a slanted hashtag at the outer counter of your eye and then blend it for an instantly smokey effect. Remember to use your eye primer, light matte base and then the dark eye shadow (in that order)

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The line saver

One of the things that make me the most conscious is my eyeliner smudging at an event. Without wanting to look like something from a horror movie I found that applying a little loose or compact powder over the eyeliner assists with setting it. Opt for a flat headed brush so you do not get powder in your eyes.

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Easy eyelash glue application

False eyelashes bring with it a false facade of how “easy” it is to use them. A nifty tip though for preparing your false lashes would be to use the tip of a bobby pin to evenly disperse the glue along the base of your falsies. Then wait a few seconds for the glue to get tacky and apply it on. Followed by an even coat of mascara to blend both your real and false lashes, and you are good to go.

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And there you  have it….easy hacks to assist you in becoming a make-up wizard 😉