The 9 beauty hacks every woman should know

Have you ever smudged your mascara? Noticed dark circles under your eyes? Tried five times in a row to draw on that perfectly winged eyeliner? These obstacles and more can make achieving Taylor Swift or Blake Lively's perfectly made faces seem impossible, but there are also tricks to combat these stressors!

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Laura Meredith of online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com reveals nine beauty hacks every woman needs to know to avoid beauty mistakes and cut down the time it takes to get ready.

Scroll below for the full list of tips

Wiggle your mascara brush for longer, fuller eyelashes

Wiggle the mascara brushYou don't need fake eyelashes for a long-lash look – the real secret is applying mascara properly. Instead of applying it through a stroke motion, wiggle the brush from left to right across your eyelashes, to push the lashes up and make the most of their whole length.

Double up your ponytail
Tying your hair up can make it look thinner, so next time you do a ponytail, split the hair in half. Tie the first half in a normal half-updo, leaving the rest down. Gather the remaining tresses and tie into a low ponytail, then tie both tails together for a longer, fuller effect.

Highlight eyeshadow colours
Sometimes a bold eyeshadow looks great in the pot, but loses its brightness when applied directly onto the eyelid. Base your eye with white eyeliner or eyeshadow before applying the colour to make the shades really pop.

Use lipstick to conceal dark circles under the eyes

Tame flyaway brows by using a toothbrush
Trying to get a sleek set of statement brows can be frustrating when flyaway hairs refuse to cooperate. Spritz some hairspray on your brows and use a clean toothbrush to tame those stray hairs!

Make your lipstick last with a tissue
A statement lipstick is a great look but can require lots of re-applying throughout the day. Instead, apply the lipstick and then gently put a tissue over the lips. Lightly tap some pressed powder over the tissue to set the lipstick in place.

Brighten up the inner corners of your eyes
White eyeliner has been on the makeup scene for a while, but using it in the right way is essential. Applying a touch of white liner to the corner of your eyes will brighten up and highlight your other make-up.

Use a tissue and pressed powder to make your lipstick last longer

Use red or orange lipstick to conceal dark circles
Apply the lipstick using a brush under your eye area, then reach for your concealer as normal and apply over the top, blending in with a brush or your fingers. Note: Be sure your lipstick has no iridescent pigments, gold flex or blue undertones.

Use Scotch tape for perfect winged eyeliner
Winged eyeliner is a classic beauty look but it can be difficult to get both eyes to match (read: wonky liner!). One way to master this Taylor Swift-favourite is using Scotch tape – place the tape underneath your outside lashes and angle it towards your temples. Do this on both eyes, then draw the liquid eyeliner across the eyelid as normal, and follow it across the tapeline as far as you want. Remove the tape, and you're good to go!

Apply baby powder to eyelashes
To accentuate long lashes, use a cotton ball and apply baby powder to your top and bottom set of eyelashes. Once this is done, recoat the eyes with mascara for fuller looking lashes.

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