If you are a makeup wearer, you probably have your go-to look down to a T. You may have been doing that same look for years now. Perhaps you use the same products too.

As great as it is to have your comfort zone, makeup looks can get boring and outdated without a little jazzing up every once in a while.

You don’t have to go from a subtle smokey eye to a winged liner, but there are subtle makeup tricks that can take your go-to look to the next level.

None of this means you need to branch out or feel uncomfortable about new steps in your routine. Just a few simple changes can take a look you’re used to and make everyone take a second look. You may even be more likely to catch yourself on a reflective surface.


You may already be using a primer under your makeup. But, the classic primers fill the pores or make your makeup last longer. There is nothing wrong with them, but they don’t do much for the actual appearance of the makeup on your skin.

Opt for a hydrating or glowy primer, and your makeup will look dewy and gorgeous. Even if you don’t have dry skin, apply a hydrating primer on the high points of the face before foundation, and your cheekbones will stand out. It will be subtle, but it will amp up your everyday vibe and give you a subtle glow.

Liquid Highlighter

Highlighter is a very popular makeup product, but powder highlighter is still the most common. It is lovely and convenient but tends to fade throughout the day and just isn’t as eye-catching as a liquid highlighter. Using a liquid highlighter gives you an almost wet appearance.

It looks more natural, and rather than shimmer particles, you will have a well-blended sheen.

Lash Comb

Mascara is an essential part of any makeup look. It opens your eyes and gives definition. It lengthens and darkens the lashes to make your eyes stand out. But, even the best mascara brush and formula can lead to clumps.

Getting a metal lash comb will define the lashes, even after applying mascara. Separating the lashes will offer you a wispier look that opens your eyes and makes you look more awake.


You’ve, of course, heard of contouring, but it doesn’t have to be the harsh and angular look you’re accustomed to seeing on celebrities. A simple matte bronzer, just a couple of shades darker than your skin tone, can make a world of difference.

Using a cream can look more natural, but a powder is easier for beginners. Applying this into the hollows of the cheeks, outer area of the forehead, and under the jawline will sharpen your features subtly. This can make your cheekbones look more prominent and will bring out the highlighter from earlier.

Brow Gel

Finally, this may seem so subtle it won’t make a difference, but it will. The most commonly used brow product is a pencil. They are readily available, easy to use, and fill in sparse areas of the brows quickly. But, with that, they can be harsh, too dark, and even look fake.

Using a brow gel with some tint will also help fill in the brows and add texture. This will make your brows look naturally defined, fluffed, and not overly filled in.

These small, subtle makeup tricks may seem so minor they won’t offer much. Try them out and see the difference for yourself.