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If you are a wearer of makeup, you know that there are some makeup inconveniences we just have to suck up and deal with. Your eyeshadow gets creasy by the end of the day. Your eyeliner gets a little smudgy at the corners. Your makeup remover stings your eyes for a few seconds at the end of the day. These are the inevitable battles we must face.

What if there was a solution though? Yes, there are some beauty dilemmas that can only be solved by reapplication or starting over, but there are some things that we grin and bear when we really don’t need to. Here are some almost-painless ways to solve some of those pesky problems you’ve probably just accepted as a permanent part of your makeup-wearing existence.

Unintentional smoky eyes

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how waterproof your mascara is, it still somehow ends up all around your eyes by the end of the day. How does this happen? Well, you might actually be able to blame genetics. If you have particularly high cheekbones or any kind of fatty tissue around your eye, your eyelashes are going to touch your skin and the oils will break down the makeup and leave a black smudge. Sorry.

You can’t really stop your lashes from touching your face, but you can do your best to hold your makeup in place when they do. Use primer on your eyelids to help your eyeshadow stick, but also dab a bit under your eye where your lashes touch your skin. You should also stay away from creamy mascaras because while they may be moisturizing, they are also more prone to smudging. Opt for something that is water resistant rather than waterproof so your mascara has staying power, but doesn’t dehydrate your lashes too much. For eyeliner, waterproof is just fine.

The Herculean task of makeup removal

We all know that you should never, ever, ever, ever go to bed with makeup on, no matter how tempting. So how can we make the task of removing our makeup as painless as possible? Get the right makeup remover and do yourself a favour and get it in wipe form. If you’re known for forgetting to remove your makeup before bed, having a pack of wipes by your bed instead of a bottle of remover and cotton pads in your bathroom might make you more likely to actually take your makeup off.

Bioderma H2O Wipes are a beauty expert favourite and if your makeup is particularly stubborn or you feel like your face isn’t truly getting clean, you can give them a little extra boost by soaking them in Bioderma’s H2O Micellar Water. Micellar water has been popular in France for a while for its ability to remove makeup while also toning the face. We love double-duty products.

Dirty makeup brushes

Be honest, when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Ideally we would all be washing our brushes once a week, but in reality it ends up being more like once every six months or just when we see some mention of it on the internet (you’re welcome). It’s just so much of a hassle!

If you don’t want to do a full shampoo, but you’re noticing your brushes aren’t quite performing like you want them to, a little rubbing alcohol can clean them up well enough and remove the pigment. Then when you actually give them a good wash, don’t waste your money on fancy cleansers, the same shampoo you use on your own hair is just perfect. When you set your brushes to dry, don’t leave them bristles up in a cup because the water will fall back down to the base of the bristles and erode the glue holding them in. Set them flat on a towel, off the edge of the counter or rig them up with elastics to hang upside-down from a towel bar.

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Wasting foundation

If you’re still using makeup sponges and completely disgusted with the amount of foundation they soak up, it’s time to stop. Beauty blenders may seem unnecessarily expensive, but they waste way less of your foundation and last for a long time. You don’t even need to buy an expensive cleanser to clean them. This microwave cleaning hack recently got some attention for being the easiest and cheapest way to completely clean your beauty blender. And it only takes one minute.

The other way we often miss out on precious foundation (that stuff is expensive!) is in the bottom and on the sides of the container. How sad is throwing away a bottle of foundation when you can totally see at least another week’s worth of makeup stuck to the sides? This beauty spatula can help you get every last drop out of your foundation container, no matter what the shape.

Tag a friend who’d try microwave their beauty blender! ___ Would you try this? Full video up on my YouTube channel (link in my bio) I saw this hack on twitter and i had to try it out for myself! All you need to do is: 1. Get your beauty blender or makeup sponge, cup or bowl and some soap (I used dawn but use a soap that doesn’t lather) 2. Put water and soap in the bowl and microwaved for ONE MINUTE only (if you do more you will risk hurting your sponge) 3. After a minute make sure you wait for it to cool down before squeezing the water out. 4. I checked inside the blender and saw there was a bit of dried up foundation in the sponge that wasn’t clean (it’s not for deep stains) 5. Make sure you do this to sanitize your blender but not all the time. I feel like this is mainly deep cleaning! ❤️

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