heated lash curler


Misc Makeup





Makeup Basics

Beauty Myths


Makeup Tips:

1) Scotch Tape Eye Stencil~

This unconventional beauty aid will help guide you when applying eye liner and shadows, especially if you’re going for a more daring look such as the “cat eye”. It will also help you achieve an even and balanced look for both eyes.

2) Disguising Under Eye Bags~

Use highlighter in the actual crease of the bag. Then use a darker shade of foundation in the actual puffy area.

3) Eye Highlights~

The placement of highlights is very important when trying to create naturally beautiful eye makeup. Your lighter colors (whites, creams, and pearls) should be applied in the inner corners, the middle of the eye, and just under your brow bone. Apply your lightest colors first, and then move on to your darker shades.

4) How To Fix Clumpy Mascara~

Let’s face it, this happens to every tube of mascara over time. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form unattractive lumps. To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.

Although mascara should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, I use to replace mine much sooner just because it dries out so fast and creates undesirable results. But, there’s an easy fix for that! Add a drop or two of Visine (or any brand of eye drops) into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The Visine softens the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!

5) Lipstick Ready~

Use a baby toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. To really get the job done, you can make a homemade lip exfoliate with sugar and coconut oil, or easier but not as effective, cover your lips in lip balm or petroleum jelly before scrubbing.

6) Make Eyes Appear Bigger~

If you don’t already own a white pencil, invest in one now just for this simple trick! Instead of lining your water line with dark eyeliner, use a white pencil to create the illusion of a bigger eye.

7) Tightlining~

What is tightlining? It’s a way of applying your liner right in between your lashes. This is a great way to appear as though you’re not wearing any makeup at all, yet adding a little bit of color and definition to your eyes, and making the base of your lashes appear thicker.

8) Make Eyeshadows Pop~

Have you ever purchased a vibrant color of shadow that once applied appears rather dull? The key to making those colors pop is a white base. Use a white eyeliner and cover your entire lid before applying the color of your choice

9) The False Eyelash Look~

False lashes can be a pain, not to mention time consuming! Here are a few ways to get the look without the hassle:

1. After curling your lashes, apply a thin layer of powder before applying your mascara. I just sweep a small blending brush across my compact and apply it to the top and bottom of my eyelashes. I’ve also heard that some people use baby powder, although I think they both have virtually the same effect; creating a base that makes them appear much fuller.

2. Apply two coats of mascara to the bottom and TOP side of your lashes, but wait 3-5 minutes in between each coat, otherwise they tend to get clumpy (not cute).

3. When applying your mascara, you don’t want to just move your mascara wand from the base of your lashes up. Make sure you are moving the mascara wand back and forth while going up. The left and right motion will make sure every lash is covered entirely, all the way to the tip.

4. Almost done! Now, check your lashes for any gaps. Use the tip of your wand to apply another coat of mascara to individual lashes where they look sparse. Even better, use a fine tipped liquid eyeliner to fine tune and fill in any gaps.

10) Lash Curling Secret~

Get the most out of your lash curler by pinching at the very base of  your lashes, and then lifting the curler up into an inverted position. This creates double the curl and lasts much longer!

11) Heat Your Lash Curler~

Hold a blow dryer up next to your lash curler for about 3-5 seconds. The heat works the same way as it does with your curling iron, giving you those flirty lashes that will last all day.

12) The Perfect Match~

This is the one thing that no matter how well it’s applied, if it’s the wrong color, it will look terrible! We all dread that our foundation will give us a ghost face or even worse, that dreaded orange jaw line. Because your neck isn’t exposed to the sun as much as your face, it is much better for matching your true color.

13) Secret Eye Lift~

Sweep a light pink matte pencil across the entire length of your brow bone to create the illusion of a higher arch, and then blend, blend, blend! It should not be detectable.

14) Proper Contouring~

When applied right, contouring can define your cheekbones and jaw line, reduce the look of a double chin, minimize a larger nose, and lift sagging eyes. It’s basically using makeup to highlight and accentuate your features. This is especially important for photos, as the camera tends to pick up shadows and highlights better than the naked eye.

There are actual contouring and highlighting powders made just for this, but you can also use a bronzer or powder that is a few shades darker than your skin, and a foundation that is a few shades lighter for highlighting. For the most part, your t-zone and under eye area is where you want to highlight, and the outer portion of your face, underneath your cheekbones, and your neck is where you want to define with a darker color. Keep in mind, blending is key for a natural look! This may take some practice at first.

15) The Line Saver~

I’m always checking my eye makeup in the case that my eyeliner isn’t in its original place. Certain eyeliners are more prone to this, especially those that aren’t water proof, but I don’t like using waterproof makeup because it’s so darn hard to get off! I always feel like I’m ripping my lashes off in the removal process. To keep your liner behaving, sweep loose or pressed powder right under the eye liner on your bottom lid. It creates somewhat of a barrier, preventing your eyeliner from traveling downward.

16) The Lip Cheat~

As it turns out, we weren’t all blessed with Angelina Jolie’s lush lips. Now, there are a few tricks to making them appear larger (a glossy lip being one), but for a more dramatic effect, don’t be afraid to line your lips just outside of your natural line. When I say just outside of your natural line, I mean slightly. You don’t want to look like a clown by over doing it!

17) Downward Strokes~

Although you want to wash your face and apply your moisturizer with upwards strokes to help lessen fine lines and a sagging face, the opposite is true for foundation and powder. Most of us have a little bit of hair on our face, and it tends to grow downwards. If you apply your makeup with upward strokes, it will cause your “peach fuzz” to stick strait up, making it more noticeable.

18) Instant Eye Lift~

This quick and easy illusion will give you an instant eye life. Draw an arch directly above your eyebrow with your favorite highlighter, and blend with your finger. This makes your arch look raised, making the whole eye area look like it has been lifted.

19) Clump-Free Lashes~

It may seem like a waste, but if you want clump-free lashes (so hard to achieve, right?!) , you have to wipe your mascara wand off on a tissue before each application. This way you can apply several coats seamlessly.

20) Blemish Secret~

Instead of using that bulky tube of concealer to cover your blemishes, rub a bit of it on an eyeliner brush for more precise control.

21) Make It Last~

Keep those lips kissable by sealing the deal. After your lipstick is applied, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue. This creates a matte look that lasts much longer.

22) The 3-D Lip Effect~

So simple and stunning! Use your finger to stamp a little bit of frosted blush or eye shadow to the center of your bottom and top lip.

23) When To Toss It Out~

As much money as we spend on our beauty products, it’s hard to let it go, but at some point your makeup becomes unhealthy for your skin and eyes. This is especially true for anything that gets applied around your eyes, so it’s important to give your makeup drawer a good clean out every once in a while.

Happy weekend beauty lovers! My name is Valeria and this is my blog LEARNTOMAKEUP ♥

I’m really excited because this time I will be sharing some basic tips you will be able to apply on a daily basis. 

If you need to get ready early in the morning for work, school, a meeting, go for a walk, have a breakfast with your old friends, this tips and tricks are for you.

Applying this tricks you will achieve a fresh and natural but amazing look, keep in mind that they are easier than you think, they will save you time and money if you decide to include this tips in your makeup routine. Let’s start! 


You don’t need to own a heated eyelash curler to achieve full length lashes anymore. You only need a regular eyelash curler and a blow dryer. Before you curl your lashes, heat up your lash curler with your blow dryer. Then, test the temperature on your wrist so you don’t burn yourself. 

This will give your lashes the effect of longer-lasting, your eyes will look larger, brighter and more open. This trick works on false lashes too. 

2. White eyeliner 

If you do not know, this is one of the most feared eyeliner because most people do not know how to use it. They are afraid it might make them look awful while it make smaller eyes look bigger. 

When applied on inner lash lines, it makes the eyeballs to appear bigger by extending its white color. This use can be applied on people who have asian eyes or deep set eyes or anyone who wants their eyes pop, it will help to transform their looks to be more tad, bigger and nice looking.

For an awake look, you can use it in your inner eye corners. Using white eye liners in this way will make your eyes look much wider. To apply it, make a “V”on your inner eye corners using this eyeliner and smudge it or blend it with other colors.


The fastest way to exfoliate your lips in less than a minute is brushing your lips. If you want soft lips and you want your lipstick to look bold and smooth, brush your top and bottom lips for 30 seconds each everyday  and you will notice the difference.  

Only use a soft or medium bristled toothbrush and warm water to avoid making your lips raw. 


Use scotch tape to perfect your liquid eyeliner. 

Let’s face it: mastering the technique of liquid eyeliner is just plain hard. Luckily, sketching on exotic cat eyes just got a whole lot easier thanks to this one sticky trick. Here, we teach you how to use tape as a stencil. 

Trust us, it’s a game changer! 

Use clear tape as a no-fail cat-eye guide. Place the edge of the tape in line with your bottom lash line and angle the top toward the end of your eyebrow. 


This happens to every tube of mascara over time. The problem is it dries out and then starts to form unattractive lumps. To help prevent this, don’t pump your mascara trying to get more on your wand; you’re basically pumping air into the tube causing it to dry out even faster.

Although mascara should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, I use to replace mine much sooner just because it dries out so fast and creates undesirable results. But, there’s an easy fix for that! Add a drop or two of eye drops into the tube, and then rub the wand around inside. The eye drops soften the mascara liquid, making it apply as if it were a brand new tube!


You can make your lipstick long laster using some powder. If you are tired that your lipstick fades away every single time you drink or eat something here is the solution.

After your lipstick is applied, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue. This creates a matte look that lasts much longer.


If you didn’t have time to pick a gel eyeliner from the drugstore or if you don’t want to spend money buying one, you can use a pencil you already have in your makeup bag. You don’t need about the finish because is similar and it will last the whole day. 

How to do it? So simple. Turn a pencil eyeliner into a gel formula with the help of a match or lighter. Use a tiny brush, dab the brush in the pencil and apply it as you would apply gel liner. You need to put some black or brown eyeshadow above the line you just made to make it waterproof. 


No injections, no harm, no fear. If you are scared of getting injections you can get bigger lips following this steps only using makeup. 

• CONCEAL: Cover your lips with either foundation or concealer to brighten and highlight the lip line. Adding layers of light around the lips will make lips appear fuller. 

LINE: Firstly make sure your lip liner is sharpened before you use it, this will help with creating more precise lines. Using the same liner, overline the natural line of the bow. Line the lip from the underneath to create a shadow.

SMUDGE: Using your finger or a small brush, blend the liner. 

• PUT YOUR LIPSTICK ON: Fill in your lips with the lipstick. You can use any color you want to but remember that a nude colour will create the illusion of your lips being bigger. 

• ADD LIPGLOSS:  Apply a gloss to the centre of the lips to add light. The iridescent sheen from a glossy high shine product will help lips look instantly fuller. This a great tip for enhancing what you already have.


Create the perfect brows using a brow wand and eyeshadow. If you don’t have a brow wand, no problem you can replace it for a mascara spoolie.

To fill your brows use a mascara spoolie and some eyeshadow that fits your hair color. Take the wand, dab it in the eyeshadow and start shaping your brows until you fill all the gaps in your brows. If you need more coverage in the end of the brow, add more product and you are done.

If your brows look too harsh you can brush out your penciled/powdered-in brows to soften the look.

As always I’m open to suggestions and opinions so if you need information about an specific topic don’t forget to ask! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, if you want me to answer privately, I will do it. You can leave all your questions here

If you found helpful this post please like or reblog it so I know that you want me to publish more beauty tips & tricks. 

Last but not least, if you are a makeup lover or if you want to join our family follow LEARNTOMAKEUP to read our posts and stay updated ♥

Love you all, Valeria.

Heat Your Eyelash Curler for a Longer Lasting Curl!

Curling your lashes can really help open up your eyes and make your mascara work a billion times more effectively, but some lashes simply refuse to hold a curl, so what do you do? The same as you do for your hair of course, you use heat!

Step 1. Set your eyelash curler to a medium heat and blast your lash curler for two to three seconds. (I used *VS Sasson AC Pro Twist Mini Salon Professional Hair Dryer)

Step 2. Gently test the lash curler on your wrist to make sure it isn’t too hot.

Step 3. Now curl your lashes. For the best curl start by holding the curler at the base of your lashes and pinch, move it to the middle of your lashes and pinch and finally walk it out to the very ends of your lashes and pinch.

Step 4. Done!

Follow Makeup Tips on: Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Newsletter | Youtube

*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. This does not alter the honesty of this post or this blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own.


Estee Lauder Little Black Primer for Lashes

Happy New Year!

And I’m kicking off 2015 with a review and demo of Estee Lauder’s new Little Black Primer. 

What it aims to be is a lash primer that can work 3 ways.

  1. As a dark tint for light lashes
  2. As a base to create volume under your regular mascara
  3. As a protective top coat to set mascara and make them waterproof, more smudge-resistant and longer-wearing.

The concept is so simple and so logical that I’m actually surprised nobody came up with the idea before this. We always used those white lash primers before, and they’re fine for bulking up lashes, but not everyone knows how to work with those, and if you’re not careful, you end up with grey-looking strands where your mascara hasn’t covered it completely.

So theoretically, this is an EXTREMELY interesting product. The only thing left is to see how well it performs on all 3 fronts.

So I tested it with a cheap (but good) drugstore mascara that I’m using daily. Nothing high-end, nothing waterproof.

The verdict?

  1. As a tint/mascara - GOOD. I have black lashes, so I can’t really tell you how good it would be as a lash tint. What I can say is that it doesn’t look as black as true black mascaras do, but it looks really nice as a soft, hyper-natural mascara on its own for those who don’t want dramatic lashes. I would wear it on its own any day.
  2. As a lash primer - QUITE GOOD. This does lift and bulk up lashes. The water-resistant formula also helps to hold curl a bit longer. But you will have a bit of problems with clumping or thick twig-like tips, although I can’t say this is a problem that is unique to the product as it happens with pretty much every primer. From a distance it does look fab. If people are going to look at you up-close, I think avoid lash primers in general unless you have a lot of time to comb out clumps.
  3. As an overcoat - HIT AND MISS. It does do a pretty great job of making a non-waterproof mascara waterproof but like all other products, it is not magic and can’t resist oil and grease. Also, if you try to build it on top of mascara, you WILL make your lashes look more clumpy than usual.

Tips for use:

  • It builds quite nicely so you can wear two coats of this and just ditch regular mascara.
  • For the most naturally glam look, apply regular mascara, and then apply this just to the lashes nearer the roots. This bulks up the base which is where it’s most needed, doesn’t make the tips clumpy, and should be able to give a bit of extra “hold” to your curled lashes.
  • For best effect if you have straight downward-pointing lashes, finish with heated lash curlers as a last step. These are still the only tools I’ve tried that can make stubborn lashes hold their curl all day.

The Little Black Primer launches at all Lauder counters this month and retails at SGD40.