Ask any woman who has (finally) perfected a cat eye or found just the right shade of highlighter how she feels afterward, 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!
It’s all about the natural glow—key word being natural. Avoid bronzers that veer orange or sparkly, and instead, reach for matte taupe formulas. Here’s exactly how (and where) to apply bronzer in five easy steps.
Contouring is an art—learn how to perfect it.
For example, above your cheekbones and below your brow bone. Lauren Andersen shows us this step-by-step to applying highlighter!
Perhaps one of the greatest feats of all time, we know—but this makeup artist’s tip might just change your life forever.
Celeb makeup artist Joey Maalouf says you only need—wait for it—three products.
Anyone can do a haphazard messy bun (a slightly textured ballerina bun, perhaps?). And it will easily take you from the office to evening.
Hint: Lip liner and concealer are involved. Need more clues? Here’s our handy-dandy guide.
Because faking a good night’s rest is one of our specialties.
Okay, getting to Queen Bey’s level might be a stretch, but these tricks will help you get close.
Because you might as well take advantage of the fact that bedhead is chic, if only for now.
Skill #12: Wearing Lip Gloss Like an Adult
Because not all shine is bad. Scared you’ll look like a teenybopper? Just follow our grown-up guide.
Before you go for the needle, why not consider one of these tricks?
Here’s what you can do other than blot the shine away.
Our tip? Heat your eyelash curler before curling—it’s like a DIY perm for your lashes!
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.
Or rather, knowing which unlikely spots you’ve been missing all these years.
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 things out.
Our love-hate relationship with gel polish has a simple, pain-free conclusion.
Everyone wants brows that wow. To ensure yours are always in tip-top condition, here’s some valuable advice from four top eyebrow gurus. Curious about tinting your own? Our editor shows you exactly how to DIY at home. And of course, there’s always brow queen Olivia Culpo, who told us all her personal secrets for perfect brows.
Need help? Use one of these products if you’re not near an ocean.
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.
Because everyone deserves to have bombshell volume.
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.
What do you think? Are you a pro at these? What other beauty essentials do you swear by? Tell us in the comments!