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First there was Contouring 101. Then there was the dewy glow. And of course, we can’t forget about the Kylie Jenner lip challenge. Honestly, we don’t know what we would have done without this new wave of makeup tutorials that social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram have blessed us with over these past few years.

But now we’re ready for a whole new game changer: the bottle cap lid.

That’s right, one beauty vlogger has put her creativity to good use and upped the ante on smoky lids everywhere, all thanks to a little old bottle of pop. Juliana Leme has nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram and we’d wager she’s about to gain even more.

In a tutorial posted a few weeks ago, Leme shared her secret weapon when it comes to achieving the perfect, balanced eye shadow: a bottle cap from the top of a discarded bottle of Coke. By placing the cap over her closed lid, she creates the perfect ruler for outlining her crease with a brush.

Then, once that colour is applied she removes the cap and is able to fill in the lid itself with a darker hue, going back with the bottle cap to touch up the crease once more after the lid is complete. Then she blends it all in with a couple of smudges from her finger and voila: the perfect eye shadow application.


Pretty genius, right? We especially love that Leme has made a product of sorts out of the caps by adding some pretty gems. And here we thought bottle caps were just for collecting and flinging across the room at each other during frat parties.

Be warned though: while a water or pop sourced plastic bottle cap is smooth and makes for a great homemade beauty tool, beer bottle caps should be avoided at all costs. No matter how strapped you may be in the makeup moment, no smoky eye is worth a trip to the ER thanks to a jagged, metal rim accidentally lodging itself in your eyeball.

And here we thought using a credit card to help etch the perfect liner, or tape to stencil in more precise nail art was genius. It just goes to show you that when it comes to beauty products, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to get massive results.

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