25 Beauty Skills Every Woman Should Master

25 Beauty Skills Every Woman Should Master
Alexei Kiselev for Vogue Russia

Ask any woman who has (finally) perfected a cat eye or found just the right shade of highlighter how she feels afterwards, and she’ll most likely say one word: powerful. In an effort to create more of these world-conquering sentiments, we’ve put together an extensive list of the 25 beauty skills we think every woman should learn and master.


Keep flipping to see what they are—and if you’re still shaky when it comes to some, we’ll show you the ropes!

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    Skill #1: Applying Bronzer Without Looking Like An Oompa Loompa

    In case you need a guide, we’ve got you covered.


    Pictured: Dolce & Gabbana The Bronzer Glow Bronzing Powder ($51)

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    Skill #2: Contouring In A Natural Way

    Contouring is an art—learn how to perfect it.


    Pictured: Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate ($75)

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    Skill #3: Highlighting All The Right Places

    For example: above your cheekbones and below your brow bone. Lauren Andersen shows us the step-by-step here!


    Pictured: Chantecaille Liquid Lumirére Highlighting Fluid ($39)

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    Skill #4: Applying False Eyelashes Without Screaming In Frustration

    Perhaps one of the greatest feats of all time, we know—but this makeup artist’s tip might just change your life forever.


    Pictured: Ardell Natural Lash ($4)

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    Skill #5: Executing A Perfectly-Flicked Cat Eye

    The most sought after beauty skill, perhaps? Luckily, we’ve got a step-by-step guide and seven hacks to help you perfect your technique.


    Pictured: Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Eyeliner ($19)

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    Skill #6: Creating A Daytime-Appropriate Smoky Eye

    Celeb makeup artist Joey Maalouf says you only need—wait for it—three products.


    Pictured: Givenchy Magic Kajal in Brun D’Exception ($24)

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    Skill #7: Tossing Your Hair Into A Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun

    Anyone can do a haphazard messy bun—a slightly textured ballerina bun, however, will easily take you from the office to evening.


    Pictured: Sarah Potempa The Wrap Up Hair Styling Sponge ($12)

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    Skill #8: Creating A Smudge-Proof Bold Lip

    Hint: lip liner and concealer are involved. Need more cloues? Here’s our handy-dandy guide.


    Pictured: MAC’s Lipstick ($16) in Candy Yum Yum

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    Skill #9: Covering Panda-Reminiscent Under Eye Bags

    Because faking a good night’s rest is one of our specialties.


    Pictured: Eve Lom Light Illusion Concealer ($40)

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    Skill #10: Rocking A No-Makeup Makeup Look As Well As Beyoncé

    Okay, getting to Queen Bey’s level might be a stretch, but these tricks will help you get close.


    Pictured: Jouer Crème Eyeshadow ($20) in Feather

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    Skill #11: Mastering “I Woke Up Like This” Hair

    Because you might as well take advantage of the fact that bedhead is chic, if only for now.


    Pictured: Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($45)


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    Skill #12: Wearing Lip Gloss Like An Adult

    Because not all shine is bad. Scared you’ll look like a teeny-bopper? Just follow our grown-up guide.


    Pictured: Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss ($20) in Lovechild

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    Skill #13: Faking A Plump Pout à la Scarlett Johansson

    Before you go for the needle, why not consider one of these tricks?


    Pictured: MAC Lip Pencil ($15) in Spice

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    Skill #14: Banish A Shiny Face In One Fell Swoop

    Here’s what you can do other than blot the shine away.


    Pictured: Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers ($12)

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    Skill #15: Curl Your Lashes—And Get Them To Stay Curled

    Our tip? Heat your eyelash curler before curling—it’s like a DIY perm for your lashes!


    Pictured: Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19)

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    Skill #16: Staying Within The Lines

    We know it sounds like a crazy feat, but we’ve got one super-effective tool on our side: Vaseline. Here’s how to use it for a perfect mani every time.


    Pictured: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly ($5)

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    Skill #17: Knowing What Foods To Put On Your Face

    It’s not as crazy as it sounds—we like Greek yogurt because it’s filled with acne-busting probiotics and honey because it's clarifying. 


    Pictured: Fage Yogurt

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    Skill #19: Applying Perfume The Right Way

    Or rather, knowing which unlikely spots you’ve been missing all these years.


    Pictured: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum ($90)

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    Skill #18: Getting A Streak-Free Faux Glow

    First things first: always exfoliate before putting anything with the words “self-tan” on it. If you look down and see streaks, try one of these tricks to even it out.


    Pictured: James Read Tanning Mitt ($10)

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    Skill #20: Removing Gel Polish At Home

    Our love-hate relationship with gel polish has a simple, pain-free conclusion.


    Pictured: SpaRitual Sanitizable Eco-Nail File ($7)

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    Skill #21: Grooming Your Brows Correctly

    Trust us—they make all the difference (proof here).


    Pictured: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil ($23)


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    Skill #22: Mastering Beachy Waves

    Need help? Use one of these products if you don’t near an ocean.


    Pictured: Davines This Is A Sea Salt Spray ($27)

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    Skill #23: Knowing How To Polish Up Your Look In A Pinch

    So you’ve been at the beach all day and now have to jet to a fancy dinner (lucky you). Save yourself a trip home and employ these tricks to take your look from beach to street.


    Pictured: Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20 ($34)

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    Skill #24: Adding Instant Volume When Your Hair Looks Flat

    Because everyone deservers to have bombshell volume.


    Pictured: Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray ($25)

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    Skill #25: Picking The Right Hairbrush

    If you’ve been using the same plastic hairbrush since your middle school years, it might be time to consider swapping it for one of these.


    Pictured: Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Hair Brush ($150)


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