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—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.
Contouring is an art and even we have trouble perfecting it.
For example, above your cheekbones, and below your brow bone.
Perhaps one of the greatest feats of all time, we know—but this makeup artist’s tip might just change your life forever.
The most sought-after beauty skill, perhaps? Luckily, we’ve got seven hacks to help you perfect your technique.
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.
Anyone can do a haphazard messy bun and it will easily take you from the office to evening.
Hint: Lip liner and concealer are involved. We know, bold lips can be quite tricky to master.
Because faking a good night’s rest is one of our specialties.
Okay, getting to Queen Bey’s level might be a stretch, but we sure can try.
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.
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.
It’s not as crazy as it sounds—we like Greek yogurt because it’s filled with acne-busting probiotics and clarifying honey.
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.
Our love-hate relationship with gel polish has a simple, pain-free conclusion.
Everyone wants brows that wow. Curious about tinting your own? Our editor shows you exactly how to DIY at home.
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.
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.
What do you think? Are you a pro at these? What other beauty essentials do you swear by? Tell us in the comments!