9 hacks for when you have no makeup

No makeup? No problem. Really!
In 2016, beauty hacks are everything and we are seeing them everywhere. You can
get really inventive when you end up caught out there — wherever ‘there’ may be
— without any makeup and the prospect of going barefaced or being a Plain Jane
is simply unacceptable. It doesn’t matter why you are makeup-less. All that
matters is that you can easily remedy the situation in most cases. Here are
nine hacks for when you have no makeup and need to get creative… quick. And no,
none of them involve using a Sharpie as an eyeliner. That would be way too
obvious and lacks real imagination.
tissues to sop up excess oil
Have oily or sweaty skin but
no matting powder or blotting papers at hand? Well, a plain ol’ Kleenex will do
the trick. “If you’re ever in a situation where you have no makeup
products around, I would recommend doing this, depending on what skin type you
have,” said Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge founder Stephi Maron.
“If you have oily skin, I suggest heading to a nearest bathroom and take
any towel or tissue and just apply the tissue to the areas that you’re oily and
just blot and wipe away the dirt and oils that you can see.” See how easy
that was?
those cheeks
If you are desperate for a
little pop of color on your cheeks, but blush or bronzer are MIA, this is a
universal tip that several makeup gurus have suggested to me many times through
the years. “Just pinch your cheeks with your fingers until you see a flush
of pink come to your cheeks,” suggested Maron. Just do so gingerly, since
you don’t want to do any damage to your precious skin or cause welts, red
marks, bruising, or scarring. Pinching with precision, caution, and a light
touch is essential when employing this hack. But trust me — it works.
your lips
If you have chapped lips or
are in need of some ‘oomph’, but are out of balm or gloss, grab any lotion or
oil and apply to your lips for maximum moisture, says Maron. You can heal the
dryness and enjoy a little sheen in one swipe. You can also use said oil on
your face to create an instant dewy look. Just apply with a light touch,
because oil-slicked skin is not the desired effect here.
lashes with your fingers
Maron has another brilliant
and cheap (read: free!) hack. This one makes eyes look brighter and more awake
and allows you to employ one of your digits as a tool when you’re without.
“Wet your index finger just a little bit and push and curl your eyelashes
up using your fingers. Your fingers will almost act like an eyelash curler
tool,” she said. Who knew? You can wet your finger by licking it lightly
or run it under a faucet and shake off the excess.
Bare lips are no bueno, so
this is my own personal tip originally suggested to me by a makeup artist
friend. Gently nibble on your own bottom lip for 25 seconds or so. You are not
looking to draw blood or leave teeth marks, so apply light but consistent
pressure with your top front teeth. This action will cause blood and color to
rush to your lips. It has the same effect as being kissed, when your lips look
all sorts of full and ripe. Sure, this method is not as fun… but the end result
is the same.
can double as brow combs
If you have unruly, untamed
brows, and want to add a little polish and sleekness to your face but don’t
have a brow brush or pencil, try this hack. Wet your brows and push them into
place with your fingers to give them shape, according to Bong Buan, hair and
makeup artist at Brighton Salon. See? Those expensive tools aren’t as essential
as you think.
can double as lip gloss
Buan offered another brilliant
suggestion for keeping lips supple when you are sans gloss. Head over to your
medicine cabinet or dive right into your first aid kit. “Opt for Neosporin
or some household health product that can give you the same effect,” Buan
is your friend
Vaseline or petroleum jelly
are your friends when you are missing emollient products. Singer Alexa Kabazie
of rock band Letters From the Fire is always on tour, meaning she often has to
come up with clever ways to look her best when her makeup bag isn’t on-hand or
when she is without access to some of her go-to products due to the general
chaos that surrounds travel. She relies on Vaseline in a pinch for a variety of
quick fixes. Kabazie suggested using it like a gloss or a balm and as a brow
gel, to keep your eye framers in tip-top shape. “You can dab it on your
cheeks for some highlight, too,” she said. Lastly, she even suggested
mixing it with some cocoa powder for a homemade pigment that you could use as a
brow filler. Vaseline is clearly a hero product when it comes to hacks.
cards or guitar picks can be eyeliner guides
I’ve tried this trick myself
and beautyblender’s liner.designer even demonstrates this concept. If you have
trouble creating an Adele-approved, cat-eye flick with liquid eyeliner pens or
via a brush and a pot of gel liner — or just don’t have the right brushes to do
so, don’t fret. You can totally use the edge of a business card or a guitar
pick as a guide to trace the perfect line. The ‘flick’ is not as easy as it
looks, since it requires a steady hand and you are working with such a small
plot of facial real estate. Using a guide makes plotting that line a lot easier.
Hopefully, these hacks will
help to save the day when you find yourself in dire need. Good luck, and
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.