7 Ingenious Makeup Hacks Artists Won’t Tell You

7 Ingenious Makeup Hacks Artists Won’t Tell You

November 8th, 2021 | by

Unless you’re a makeup pro, you probably don’t know the hundred things that go behind achieving that perfect look. The trick to working with glitter without spreading it all over your face or getting the winged liner right takes equal amounts of patience and practice. But if you don’t have prior experience yet want to get all the latest trends right for the upcoming festive season, fret not. We’re here to help.

With these makeup tips and tricks, you’re bound to ace every look this festive season. Psst… some of them come straight from makeup artists themselves!

7 ingenious makeup hacks artists won’t tell you

You know how you come across these flawless makeup looks while scrolling through your Instagram feed and can’t help but wonder to yourself how some people manage to achieve celebrity makeup artist hacks? Well, we’re here to spill these common yet often overlooked beauty secrets. 

1. Winged Magic

Winged Magic

The winged liner has come to your rescue as the perfect excuse for being late to a party, more than once. But if you, like most others, still struggle with getting your winged liner just right, here’s an artist-approved hack you can try next time. The key to achieving the perfect winged liner is to stick a piece of white surgical tape at the edge of your eye diagonally upwards (or the angle in which you want the winged liner to appear). Apply the liner, let it dry and peel off the tape. Voila! You’re all set in no time.

2. Contour Queen

Contour Queen

Any makeup artist would tell you that contouring is a task. And while you probably won’t be able to get it right at the first go, here are some tips to keep in mind to give your face the ultimate chiselled look. For prep, you’ll need a bronzer two shades darker than your skin tone and a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone. Sweep the bronzer onto parts of your face that you’d want to draw attention away from. Contouring lets you achieve strategic shadows to make your cheekbones appear sharper and your chin more narrow. Blend it out with a wet beauty blender or a dense angled brush in back and forth motion to achieve your desired look. Lastly, don’t forget to lock in your makeup with a setting powder.

3. Hi Shine

Hi Shine

A highlighter is used to highlight the high points of your face – the T-Zone, your cheekbones, jawlines and even the inner corner of your eyes. If you’re looking to ace that goddess-like glow, we’re here for you. For beginners, we suggest you start with a strobe cream and then dust on powder highlighter for a blinding glow. If you want to keep it subtle, leave it at the strobe cream. You can mix foundation with your highlighter for an all-round luminance.

4. Full Pout

Full Pout

Creating Insta-worthy pouts doesn’t come easy and if you’re among those who want their selfies to be just perfect, acing your lipstick game is key. We show you how it’s done. The trick is to line your lips – and while it may seem like an easy task, it’s quite the contrary. Place your liner pencil at the highest point of your cupid’s bow. Draw a diagonal line that extends down from that point, following your lip line. Repeat the same on the other side to create an X in the centre of your top lip. Draw a line at the bottom of your lip and fill in with your desired lip shade. Or just watch this video for a plump pout!

5. Glitter Game

Glitter Game

If you decide to go glam for your festive looks, getting glitter to stick on your face could prove to be a challenge. However good the quality of your product claims to be, the trick to getting glitter to stay is the prep before application. For instance, if you’re going for bold and shimmery eyes, apply lip balm or petroleum jelly on your lids, which act as adhesive to the glitter, preventing it from spilling on your face. You could alternatively, try an eyeshadow primer like in this case. But we’d suggest the former for the long haul.

6. Natural Flush

Natural Flush

Getting a naturally flushed look is no cake walk. But if you’re looking for the perfect amount of rosy on your cheeks – the kinds that only winters bring – here’s a trick you could use. Dab some red lipstick on your cheeks using your finger for a long lasting effect. Not only will you get your desired flush but it’s also a great hack for when you don’t have a brush handy. Remember to smile during the application, so you get the high points of your cheekbones right. Here are 4 different ways to apply blush for that natural glow.

7. Fresh Face

Fresh Face

How many times have you struggled to get the desired ‘no makeup’ makeup look right? Well, the flawless look in fact takes a lot of effort to create. The key here is to achieve the perfect base for that dewy finish or glossy skin. Use the right primer to keep your makeup intact for longer. Apply a matte foundation and concealer to cover spots or blemishes. Blend well and pick a nude shade for eyeshadow and lipstick – and you’re all set!


With the upcoming festive season, use these makeup tips and hacks to create celebrity artist-approved looks. Whether you’re heading for an office party or a get together with the fam, these beauty secrets will go a long way in enhancing your overall festive look. What’s more? It’ll save you a lot of time, effort as well as money – as opposed to going to the parlour to get dressed! Don’t forget to share your looks with us!

Meghana Ganeshan

Meghana has about 4 years of experience as a content writer, having previously worked at leading publications such as Condé Nast (GQ Magazine) and World Wide Media (Grazia Magazine). She writes about fashion, beauty, wellness, food, and lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction or learning foreign languages online.