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17 Surprising Hair and Makeup Tricks Every Woman Should Know

1. Give your bangs cool-looking texture.
Spritz some volume spray onto your bangs, grab tiny sections, and scrunch them with your fingertips while blow-drying them to set the hairspray.

2. Easily create a straight part every time.
The trick is to zip the comb quickly from the hairline to the crown of your head. The slower you do it, the shakier your part will be.

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3. Tone down super-curly hair with a flatiron.
If you have curly hair and want to create softer waves, slightly break down the curl with a flat iron, bending your wrist forward and backward as you move down your strands.

4. Seamlessly switch up your part from side to middle in four simple steps.
If you have a severe center part and want to wear a side part (or vice versa), first wet down the hair at your original part. Next, create the new part and wet it down (water is key to manipulate and knock out the hold of your previous part). Finally, to lock in your new part, hit it with heat from a blow-dryer.

5. Create chic waves by holding your curling wand horizontally instead of vertically.
First, grab a small 1-inch section of hair. Then, starting at the mid-shaft of your hair, twist and wrap it over the barrel while holding the iron horizontally. Hold the hair in place for a few seconds, and then release for a loose wave. If you want tighter, more spirally curls, hold the wand vertically while you wrap the hair around it.

6. Fill an empty spray bottle with your favorite foaming mousse to de-aerate it, creating a product that’s much easier to use.
Taking the air out of the mousse with a spray bottle makes the product into more of a liquid than a foam, while retaining the same volume-boosting properties.

7. Create messy, slept-in waves by gripping your hair in chunks instead of raking your fingers through like a comb while styling your hair.
Spray your hair liberally from root to tip with a texturizing spray, and then fist your hands over it as if you’re gripping a rope. This will create a piece-y yet sexy look.

8. Prevent your low bun from loosening by tying your hair in two separate ponytails first.
Tie the pigtails as close together as possible in the middle of the back of your head, and then wrap the ends around each other, creating the bun. Secure with bobby pins.

9. For a no-makeup daytime look, opt for a matte lipstick that matches your lip color; for night, choose a glossy version.

10. Tint light eyelashes with a liquid liner for a no-makeup makeup look.
Using windshield wiper-like motions, hold the liner pen vertically and color your lashes from the roots to ends.

11. Make your cat-eye symmetrical every time by marking the ends with a dot before lining.
Once you’ve figured out where you want the dots, draw a small line from the dot inward to connect them to the liner at your lash line. No more having to guess what the angle should be or where the line should end!

12. Give yourself an effortless smoky eye.
First, line your eyes with a kohl liner. Next, gently rub your eyes with your fingertips to messily smudge the liner. Then, use a cotton swab coated in moisturizer to clean up most of the black liner residue, add a subtle sheen, and finish off the look.

13. Test how your makeup will look in different lighting by using the flashlight on your phone while looking in the mirror.
If you apply your makeup in a room with overhead lighting (which can cast shadows on your makeup job), it can look completely different under different lighting, so try this.

14. Use a salve to diffuse your eyeshadow for a more softer smoky eye.
After applying your eyeshadow of choice all over your eyelid, grab a cotton swab and a salve to blend the shadow at the crease, eliminating harsh lines.

15. Lock in moisture on your skin with rose water spray.
Spritz this on after applying moisturizer to make your foundation go on flawlessly.

16. Use a loose tinted powder instead of liquid foundation.
If you’re having a good skin day and don’t want to wear foundation, apply a light dusting of a tinted loose powder to cancel out any redness and give you a photo-ready finish.

17. For the perfect foundation application, start at the center of your face and spread the product outward to blend.
If you apply a lot of foundation around your jawline or hairline, you’ll look like you’re wearing a mask. If you start at the center, the product will fade out around the edges for a more natural look.

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