In 2020, we learned that TikTok is an absolute treasure trove for comedy, dance routines, and bite-sized beauty tutorials that truly anyone can follow. Here are ten of our favorite makeup, hair and skincare videos that have seriously upgraded our routines.
10 Genius Beauty Tips We Learned on TikTok
1. How To Lift Your Entire Face Using Just Concealer
Traditionally we only used concealer to, well, conceal. Which is why we mostly use it under our eyes (to cover up dark circles) and over any splotchy areas (like around our nostrils) to neutralize redness. This tutorial shows that we can get so much more out of our concealer by adding it strategically to key areas like the outer corners of our eyes and mouths to lift the entire face. Seriously, it's mind boggling.
Get the look: Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer ($14); Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer ($19)
2. Rethink Your Makeup Brushes
Always overdo it on the blush? If you want to get an even wash of color, choose a brush with less density. Think fluffy bristles that are super soft to the touch, as opposed to firm and tightly packed. This will ensure that you get that diffused airbrushed color that makes you look naturally flushed and less like a clown.
Get the look: Sephora Collection PRO Blush Brush #96 ($30)
3. How To Contour Your Nose
Here's the thing about contouring: when done correctly, it can really bring out your features and give you a sharper looking profile. This tutorial gives helpful pointers on contouring your nose in a way that looks natural—like depositing color along the front of the brow bone, which is often neglected, and using some foundation to buff out any obvious lines to finish.
Get the look: NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick ($12)
4. Refresh Your Foundation
You know when your foundation starts to look dry and cakey after a few hours of wear? There's an easy fix for that. Just mist a makeup setting spray onto a sponge and dab it over any patchy areas to refresh your overall complexion.
5. Quickly Add Volume To Limp Roots
All you need is a rat-tail comb (a pen or chopstick will also work). Use the end to create a zig zag part down the center of your head to quickly add volume to flat roots before you head out the door.
Get the look: Diane Ionic Anti-Static Rat Tail Comb ($3)
6. How To Apply Your Skincare Products
Whether you're rubbing cleanser into your face or applying moisturizer afterward, make sure you're always using upward strokes to avoid dragging down and tugging on your skin.
Get the look: WLDKAT pH Balanced Patchouli + Cherimoya Gel Cleanser ($24); BYBI Beauty Night Nutrition ($34); Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum ($54)
7. Nail Your Cat-eye Flick
Need help drawing that perfectly crisp and angled flick? Rather than (ahem) trying to wing it in one swoop, break it down into three smaller sections: the outer corners, the middle and the inner corners.
8. Overdoing It On The Acne Products
If your skin is dry and blemish-prone, your acne-fighting products (i.e., any astringent toners, peels, spot treatments) might doing more harm than good. Less is more in this case and you're better off sticking to just one acne treatment than throwing the kitchen sink at it, which can compromise the all-important skin barrier and cause further inflammation.
9. Enhance Your Lips With Liner
This tutorial shows that just by switching up the placement of your lip liner, you can change the shape of your pout.
Get the look: MAC Selena La Reina Lip Pencil ($18); Lancôme Le Lipstique Dual Ended Lip Pencil with Brush ($27)
10. Where To Place Your Highlighter
This tutorial shows you exactly where to apply highlighter (and how much) to make your features go from "flat to popping." Most notably, you want to concentrate the highlight right above where your cheeks protrude from your face when turned to the side and blend out the shimmer to create a sort of ombré effect.