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TikTok has become the it platform to transform your makeup routines from ordinary to time-friendly. This corner of the app has even been pegged as #BeautyTok, where content creators, beauty gurus, and even makeup novices share extraordinary hacks to use for all those getting-fab times — whether you’re just getting ready for school in the morning or prepping to hit the town with your besties. On the app, many hacks have even become so popular that they have earned trends of their own where average creators try them out (anyone remember the underpainting trend?). 

So if you’re tired of makeup problems like fading, smudging, and creasing, worry not, my friend! Whether you want to learn some new tricks for your next Saturday night out or simply want to stop making the same old makeup mistakes, here are five simple TikTok makeup hacks you’ll wish you had known sooner.

Blush and Face Shape Hack

TikTok creator and beauty guru @lenkalul reveals how where you apply your blush on your cheeks can actually change the perception of your face shape. Strategically placing your blush can make your face look lifted, shortened, enhanced in your cheek bones, and even add fullness to your face. It all depends on what area of your cheeks you brush your blush on — who knew?

For example, to achieve that enhanced cheekbone-look, brush your blush on only the bones on the top of your cheeks, just below the corner of your eyes in a diagonal. Or, if you want more fullness in your face, your blush should be spread on the apples of your cheeks (to find the apples of your cheeks, just smile!).

Eyeliner Tape Hack

This is a classic hack that existed even before the existence of TikTok, but some creators have gone above and beyond, even going as far as to wrap their entire face with bandages and creating innovative ways to get those cat eyes to die for. For instance, check out how beauty guru @hayleybuix rocks them! 

First, tape your face in a V shape, starting with a single long piece of tape that will start from the end of your cheekbones (nearing your ears) all the way to your nose, covering your nostrils and ending in the same spot but in the other side of your face. Then, apply two pieces of tape at the corner of your eyes, with the first corner of the tape roughly starting in the center and border of your eyelids and stretching it out in a diagonal exactly where the first tape starts. There will be the space of the wing that you will be filling up with eyeliner — apply your eyeliner and then remove the tape at the end! The result? The perfect cat eye or eyeliner wing! 

Tweezers For Nose Contour Hack

Want to get the perfect nose contour? Then go get a tweezer, because it’s time for pinching.

To try the hack, pinch your whole nose with your tweezer (gently!) and let the parallel lines serve you as a guide for shading and highlighting. It totally works and user @sashinspires thinks so, too! 

Dental Floss Lipliner Hack

While dental floss is normally used for your pearly whites, it can actually be used for your lips, too (once again, who knew?). For a slick and perfectly symmetrical lip makeup look, try doing what creator @kimmakeup.1 does, which is using dental floss for structuring the shape of your lips.

To try the hack, color with lipstick the string with the color you’d like to apply, make a cross on your upper lip and finish off by tracing the rest of your lips with the floss. 

The Mascara Hack

You may have been taking for granted the way you apply your mascara, but this last hack is a game changer for sure. For longer and broader lashes, just follow @juliarosemondbeauty’s simple steps. 

To try this simple mascara hack, grab your favorite mascara. Then, wiggle the base of your lashes with your brush for thicker lining, blink, and brush your tops lashes. Lastly, when your mascara is still wet, press and hold them to your fingers for a bolder curl.  

Claudia S. Colon Rosa is the Chapter Leader at the Her Campus at UPR chapter. In addition to overseeing all chapter affairs, she manages the magazine’s editorial and contributes to it as a fellow writer, mainly crafting articles under wellness, life, and entertainment. Beyond Her Campus, Claudia has worked as assistant editor for the English department’s academic journal, Sargasso, where she managed the journal’s printing press and distribution. She has also written for Rebeldia magazine and was part of the Her Campus National Writer program where she published an array of articles. She is currently a senior at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, majoring in English Literature and pre-medical studies. When she’s not writing an essay or overwhelmed with chemistry formulas, Claudia loves to watch anime and exercise to dance parties on YouTube. She gets the best of both worlds and she wouldn’t want to have it any other way.