15 Tips I Learned From Some Great Makeup Accounts On YouTube

15 Tips I Learned From Some Great Makeup Accounts On YouTube

How do I get perfect eyeliner?

A lot of people wear makeup on the regular. As one of those people, I've picked up a lot of tips and tricks, especially from the beauty side of YouTube. Whether you're basically an MUA or just starting out, here's a list of tips that you may have never seen!

1. Primer is a must!

If you want your foundation to stay where you put it, you're probably going to need a primer to do so. A primer will create a barrier between the makeup and your skin, and create a sticky base for everything else to adhere to.

2. Skincare is equally as important as makeup.


My motto is to aim for skin so nice you don't need makeup. This doesn't necessarily mean acne free, but having well-moisturized, glowing skin naturally can make you feel as beautiful even without makeup.

3. Get a beauty sponge.

Beauty sponges can be used in a variety of ways and can replace a lot of the brushes you might have in your collection. You can use it to apply foundation, blend in concealer and cream contour, and even press in powders. Because it's wet, it blends everything better using less product and doesn't leave streaks like brushes can.

4. Set liquids with powders.


You may have noticed that your foundation might disappear over the course of the day. As a general rule, everything liquid should be set with a powder to prevent movement. Finely milled translucent powders will do the trick all over the face.

5. Full contour isn't always necessary.

Although I wear makeup every day, contouring is usually not part of my routine. Instead, carefully placed bronzer can give the same effect while still looking natural.

6. Let concealers dry before blending them.

Well, almost dry. The longer you wait, the better coverage you will get from them (as long as they're still blendable).


7. Want to look put together? Just wear eyeliner.

If I were to add one thing that makes me look like I put effort into my appearance, it would be eyeliner. There doesn't need to be a dramatic wing, but liner will bring attention to your eyes and make them look larger, i.e. more attentive.

8. The eyebrows are the window to the face.


If I don't have my eyebrows filled in, call a doctor, because I'm probably dying. Even just keeping them shaped can transform your face. Anyone can benefit from something as simple as a gel, if completely filling them in isn't for you.

9. Set your face with setting spray.

Not only will it lock in your look for longer, but spraying your face with a mist will melt your products together for a more natural, less cakey look.

10. Apply highlighter right after setting spray.

Adding highlighter on a wet face is going to intensify the product more to get that beaming highlight you want. Also, bring the highlighter up to your brow bone. This will better illuminate your face in a more natural looking way.

11. Stick to liquid lipstick if you hate reapplying.


Normal cream lipsticks and glosses tend to slip and slide and disappear after eating. Matte or satin liquid lipsticks tend to stay around for longer, so you don't have to worry if your lipstick has moved from your lips to somewhere else on your face.

12. How do you get eyeliner to look perfect?Concealer.

There's probably a 1% chance I did my eyeliner perfect on both eyes first try. Our faces aren't symmetrical, so applying eyeliner on one eye is probably going to be different than the other and look uneven at first. Swipe on both lines, then match them up by concealing mistakes, not by overcompensating with extra liner.

13. Apply eyeshadow before foundation.


This is especially true if you are using colorful, pigmented shadows, or powders that have a lot of fallout. SImply wipe away extra product with a makeup wipe before doing your base makeup.

14. Don't forget mascara.

If you're not one of the chosen few who already has thick, black lashes, then mascara is going to be an integral step in your routine. If you do nothing else, at least put mascara on.

15. Always take your makeup off before bed.

If you don't like clogged pores and weird residues, then just follow this step. Take care of your skin and your makeup will look better.

Now go on and glow!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Socialism Doesn't Work, Even In Theory

Socialism is often looked at a Utopian system that benefits all, but this is not the truth.


A phrase uttered often in political discussions is "Socialism works well in theory". Supporters and opponents alike will claim this to be true. However, this is completely false. Socialism is a system in which the people who do well are robbed and are forced to give up sums of money for "the greater good". It robs the people of the fruits of their own labor. The far left would like people to believe that with more extensive taxes and a complete switch in direction to socialism from capitalism is a wonderful idea.

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claim that a surrendering of rights and giving the government more power will provide more economic security. What a socialism does is it takes away incentives to innovate and succeed. Multiple real life cases have proved this such as the crises in Cuba, Nicaragua, and more recently Venezuela. Venezuela had tremendous wealth that was squandered and stolen from the people who work hard and do well. China and Russia have funneled billions of dollars into the failing Venezuelan economy and still it is one of the worst in the world.

The proponents of socialism will cite the Nordic Countries as tales of success in the world of socialism. However, these economies are ranked among the best for economic freedom and the welfare states are built upon the power of open market capitalism. Even more ludicrous is the term Democratic Socialism. The term relies on the idea that democratic is just. Democratic does not always mean just. The platform in North Korea is democratic, but as many of you know, the elections are single candidate with Kim Jung Un as the only candidate.

Famous politicians such as Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez tout that they will do socialism correctly and other systems have been corrupted. If a system is so easily defiled in real life circumstances, then how is it a good economic policy? Under conservative presidents, the United States has seen more economic growth than under liberal presidents and that is not a coincidence. The United States has become the world's sole superpower under the guidance and freedom of capitalism.

So I finally say: no, socialism does not work well in theory.


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