We all know that eye makeup has the power to transform a look, but you don’t have to spend loads of time and money for perfectly defined brows and luscious lashes. There are plenty of simple makeup shortcuts that are easy on your purse and will have your eyes looking amazing in a matter of moments. Here are our top 10 eye makeup tips and tricks that are sure to make your usual beauty routine so much quicker and easier.

1. Classic cat eye

Love a classic cat eye but cursed with unsteady hands? For perfect eyeliner every time, place a tape diagonally along the outer corner of your eye and draw along the edge of the tape. No more wonky wings! Hurrah!

2. Eyeliner pencil to gel

Make your eyeliner pencil work harder and turn it into gel with a lighter or a match. For just two seconds, place the tip of the eyeliner pencil over a flame then let it cool down. Before you apply, test it on your hand to make sure it’s not too hot.

3. Clump mascara

Is your mascara flaky and clumpy? Simply add a few drops of contact lens solution or eye drops to the tube and it’ll be good as new. But don’t forget, mascara should be thrown away 3 months after it’s opened.

4. Base coat

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Bought a gorgeous new eye shadow that you want to show off? Apply white eyeliner all over your eye lid as a base primer to make sure the new colour really stands out.

5. Mascara mess

  There’s nothing worse than excess mascara ending up on your eyelids, ruining that carefully blended smoky eye. To avoid this, hold the curved part of a spoon against your upper eyelids when you’re putting on mascara.

6. Mascara wand

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Fallen in love with a new mascara but hate the wand? Simply swap the wand for one you prefer – make sure to rinse the old mascara off before you make the switch.

7. Volume boost

  To boost lash volume, lightly dust some baby powder onto your lashes after your first coat of mascara. Now, apply a second coat for extra thick lashes.

8. Unruly brows

In-between brow appointments? A quick spritz of hairspray on an old toothbrush controls unruly brows and keeps stray hairs in place.

9. Put an end to lumps

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A new mascara often means excess product on the wand, causing clumpy lashes. The clumpy look might be in, but if it’s not your style, wipe off any excess from the wand or brush onto a tissue to put an end to lumps.

10. False lashes

Are you having trouble applying glue to your fake eyelashes? Apply the eyelash glue to the tip of a clean hair grip or cotton bud and run it along the base of the lashes. Easy! Give these handy hacks ago for look-at-me eyes in little to no time.