Spending hours on TikTok can feel like a colossal waste of time. And it is! But, sometimes, you might learn something. For all its faults, TikTok is an enthusiastic teacher covering all manner of topics from houseplants to hair. And, whatever the final result of the tip itself, it’s always trying them at all that’s the funnest part. To that end, here are the best TikTok makeup hacks.
Apparently marshmallows are just as effective at applying foundation and concealer as actual makeup sponges. Whether you eat them afterwards is your choice.
If this TikTok is to be believed, eyelash curlers aren’t so much eyelash curlers as Swiss Army Knives for makeup artists. Use them to create a cut crease when applying eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, the perfect eyebrow arch and – obviously – to curl your eyelashes.
While some of TikTok’s makeup community have taken to drawing on eye bags in recent months, the rest of us are unmoved: we want them gone without a trace. This TikTok recommends lightly applying translucent powder (also known as ‘baking’) to the whole area, applying a solid concealer to the inner corner of the eye and a liquid concealer to the outer corner, blending and then ‘baking’ again for complete coverage.
Some of us are blessed with defined cheekbones and some of us aren’t. One way to cheat the system, however, is with bronzer. But apparently drawing the number three from the centre of your forehead to your jawline is not the best technique. As this TikTok demonstrates, what you should actually do is swipe diagonally in a downwards motion three times before blending upwards and then applying a small amount at your hairline and under the jaw.
Acne is a bastard that can make even the best of us feel unsure of ourselves, but – mercifully – it can be covered. According to TikToker Mikayla Nogueira, the best way of doing this involves ‘sticky’ serum, ‘sticky’ primer and solid concealer.
Dewy skin is one thing, but glass skin? That’s God tier. You can achieve it in a single application by mixing moisturiser, foundation, primer and liquid highlighter together.
Wipe that smile off your face. The best way to apply blusher is actually to place the brush under your eye, lightly pat and then diffuse the pigment into your temples to lift those aforementioned – and at times evasive – cheekbones.
How are you supposed to give your eyelashes a good seeing to without inflicting your eyelids with the same fate? Grab your wallet.
You almost definitely have everything that's required for this at your disposal, so we guess angrily throwing broken blusher and bronzer in the bin is now a thing of the past.
Who says concealer is just for covering bags and blemishes?
Patchy foundation? Never heard of it.
If using an eyelash curler to created winged eyeliner is not for you, try this instead.