#15daystoDDG: The 6 best makeup tricks you need to master (day 12)

Welcome to the 15 days to DDG challenge (#15daystoDDG)! Every week-day for the next three weeks we are going to throw down a fashion, beauty or lifestyle challenge to help you Spring-clean your wardrobe, update your style and live your most amazing Drop Dead Gorgeous life. Are you ready to start (read day one here!)? It’s week three and we are all about fine tuning your beauty routine, fixing your beauty woes, and just generally helping you look and feel as gorgeous as possible. Lets do this! 

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Easy Makeup: The 6 best makeup tricks you need to master!

Okay, now that you’ve given your beauty cupboard a good old fashioned spring clean, it’s time to make sure you’re putting the products you did keep to good use, and that means mastering the makeup basics. It’s so easy to fall into a beauty rut when you’re repeating the same old routine every day, and unless you’re a professional makeup artist, then it stands to reason that you have gaps in your makeup knowledge that could do with some filling (mine are entirely centered around applying eye-shadow — it just never works!).

Every gal worth her mascara wand should be able to master these makeup styles at some point in her life — especially because they can all be mixed and matched to always give you a completely flawless look no matter the amount of drama you’re going for. Sure, they may take a little bit of practice (although we’ve found the most straight forward how-tos around!), and the first few times you might find yourself looking a bit like the Joker, but hey — that’s what makeup remover is for. So schedule in a couple of nights to stay home and practice your beauty game, and prepare to emerge from your hibernation as a perfectly made up butterfly.

Perfect winged liner

Once you’ve mastered the art of winged eyeliner, your life will be changed. Seriously, it’s like you’ll feel naked without a slick of eyeliner. The look is super flattering on literally everybody and comes in so many varieties (we’ve even got a moodboard dedicated to them!)

For more winged liner, check out these picks for the best liquid eyeliner on any budget or a fab makeup tutorial featuring a bold winged eye.

Classic smokey eye

Your feelings about the Kardashian clan can greatly affect how you feel about the smokey eye (also known as Kim’s signature look!), but even if you’re not big on bold eyeshadow, the technique behind the smokey eye is something you should know. It’s the basis of practically every eyeshadow look and can be darkened or lightened depending on the event.

For more smokey eye love, check out this awesome tutorial for a bronze smokey eye as well as 10 of the best eyeshadow palettes going around.

A bold lip

No matter how chaotic your life is, you’ll always look pulled together with a bold lip. Plus, as an added bonus, your lips are way easier to do than your eyes because you don’t have to worry about blinking or not being able to see anything — and beauty should be about making your life easier. To prime yourself, you should also be sure to check out how to find the right bright lipstick for yourself, plus our moodboard of super bright pink lips.

How to apply bronzer

Bronzer is one of those strange beauty products that everybody owns but hardly anyone really knows how to use. Whether you just want to impart a nice summer glow or want to use it to add a bit of definition to those cheeks of yours, there’s a bronzing technique for you to master.

For further reading you should check out our picks for 8 of the best bronzers to get your glow on.

How to apply false eyelashes

False eyelashes might appear to be firmly in the camp of the advanced, but they’re actually way easier to apply than you think. The first time you nail your falsies, you’ll be doing a happy dance because all of a sudden your eyes will be like Zooey Deschanel’s. Think of it this way: if the girls of Geordie Shore can apply false eyelashes, then you can too!

For some extra credit check out Penny’s review of the Hedkandi Ultimate Party Lashes by Eylure or check out 10 types of fab falsies. Still want more? Well then take your doe-eyed inspiration from Ms Deschanel herself with this try it tonight tutorial.

How to fill in your brows

Are you filling in your brows yet? Because you totally should be. Even if you’re like me and have brows as dark as a muppet (Just call me Oscar), you won’t believe the difference a little bit of definition can make. Have you ever noticed how much more polished you look after you get your eyebrows done? Well, filling in your brows does this every single day. It’s a total game changer in the beauty department. Once you’re done you should check out these great grooming prods to keep your brows in top condition or check out the Spring/Summer eyebrow trends hot off the runway.


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<< BACK TO DAY 11 

Give these looks a try and snap a pic and share it here below, or on Instagram (tag #15DaystoDDG @ddgdaily). 

Which one of our best makeup tricks are you going to master this week? Tell us in the comments below!

Larissa Thorne (Deputy Editor)

Larissa Thorne (Deputy Editor)

When I'm not working on getting my first novel finished you'll find me buried under the great wall of credit card debt that I've collected over the years. I am a hoarder of shoes, jewellery, books and Disney DVDs and am physically incapable of restricting my chocolate intake.

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Yep. I wish I was better at all of these! They eyeliner and brows are probably my biggest problem areas though. Better start practicing!


I have the brows down pat! But oh gosh the winged eyeliner was a mess this morning hahaha!


Great tips and videos - thanks.

Amanda Hart

that's actually one of the best brow tutorials I've seen. Very informative.


Oh okay! LOL well thank you! it has been very helpful to me this year!! 🙂

Larissa Thorne (Lifestyle Editor)

No problem! Let us know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to hunt more things down for you!