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.
Skill #1: Applying Bronzer Without Looking Like an Oompa Loompa
It’s all about the natural glow—keyword 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.
Skill #2: Contouring in a Natural Way
Contouring is an art and even we have trouble perfecting it.
Skill #3: Highlighting All the Right Places
For example, above your cheekbones, and below your brow bone.
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.
Skill #5: Executing a Perfectly Flicked Cat Eye
The most sought-after beauty skill, perhaps? Luckily, we’ve got seven hacks to help you perfect your technique.
Skill #6: Creating a Daytime-Appropriate Smoky Eye
One of the easiest ways to make a daytime smokey eye. Apply it on the lashline, smudge with a brush or your finger, layer on the mascara, and you can ensure your eyes smolder.
Skill #7: Tossing Your Hair Into a Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun
Anyone can do a haphazard messy bun and it will easily take you from the office to evening.
Skill #8: Creating a Smudge-Proof Bold Lip
Hint: Lip liner and concealer are involved. We know, bold lips can be quite tricky to master.
Skill #9: Covering Panda-Reminiscent Under-Eye Bags
Because faking a good night’s rest is one of our specialties.
Skill #10: Rocking a No-Makeup Makeup Look as Well as Beyoncé
Okay, getting to Queen Bey’s level might be a stretch, but we sure can try.
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.
Skill #12: Wearing Lip Gloss Like an Adult
Because not all shine is bad.
Skill #13: Faking a Plump Pout à la Scarlett Johansson
Before you go for the needle, why not consider one of these tricks?
Skill #14: Banish a Shiny Face in One Fell Swoop
Here’s what you can do other than blot the shine away.
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!
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.
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 clarifying honey.
Skill #18: Applying Perfume the Right Way
Or rather, knowing which unlikely spots you’ve been missing all these years.
Skill #19: Getting a Streak-Free Faux Glow
First things first: Always exfoliate before putting anything with the words “self-tan” on it.
Skill #20: Removing Gel Polish at Home
Our love-hate relationship with gel polish has a simple, pain-free conclusion.
Skill #21: Correctly Grooming Your Brows
Everyone wants brows that wow. Curious about tinting your own? Our editor shows you exactly how to DIY at home.
Skill #22: Mastering Beachy Waves
The ultimate cool-girl vibe is achieved when you rock beachy waves on and off the shore.
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 bring a few key products that are full-proof.
Skill #24: Adding Instant Volume When Your Hair Looks Flat
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 a brush that's better for your hair.