Weird Tricks Women Make When They Apply Makeup

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Who else is guilty? I know I am that’s why I decided to write about it for this week’s chit-chat. You know, those weird facial expressions we make during makeup application. Tell me, were you like that since time immemorial? were you influenced by your favorite youtube guru and gurushh? Okay I invented gurushh; but these are your tweens (10-12 year olds) calling themselves makeup guru, heaven forbid!

So the hot burning question is, are these face contortions really helpful? let’s investigate further.

(1) Contouring to create an illusion of slimmer or well-defined face has to be the trickiest. But see not everyone is born with prominent cheek bones (think Jessica Biel or Kiera Knightly) so locating them isn’t easy. My quickie solution? Say hello to mah duck face!

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Duck face is simply sucking in your cheeks to create a visual guide on where to apply bronzer. I prefer using a matte bronzer that’s two shades darker, and with a contour brush (sometimes a round or domed brush), I apply it just under the cheek bones and then I blend and buff upwards onto the temples for a seamless look. In days I want to glam up, I highlight my cheekbones with a bit of shimmer. 

(2) Next challenge is how to apply blush properly. Old school says you have to smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks. But I don’t want Betty Boop makeup where the color is concentrated on the cheeks. I prefer a more polished and modern look; want to know my easy take on it? 

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If you’ve experienced constipation at least once in your life, then you know how it feels sitting in the toilet for minutes, doing crazy maneuvers here and there to liberate your ass, haha! Push, release, push. Constipated pout simply means pushing your cheekbones up. So with a blush brush, I apply the color just above my cheekbones and blend outwards.

(3) Do you get teary-eyed when you line or smudge your eyes? I used to. But over the years of fooling with eyeshadows and eyeliners, I can handle lining much better now. I’ve seen some of you guys doing this habit though, don’t deny!

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Fish eyes means making your eyes big to help you line or smudge your lower lash line easily. It’s also a mindless way of controlling your tear ducts. I say mindless because you still get teary-eyed nonetheless.

(4) Does opening your mouth help with the blending of the eyeshadow or finding the crease? I’ve seen this many times from youtube gurus and gurushh. What’s up with the mouth-opening? am I missing on something? is there a scientific explanation to this pandemic? I don’t do it myself but here’s a (mis)representation of the weirdest makeup trick in my opinion.

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Call it crazy, baloney, weird tricks. Call it whatever you want. At the end of the day, it will look right, when done right. 

The aftermath.

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Oh makeup, you bring so much joy to a woman’s life!


p.s. do you have any weird tricks you want to share? spill the deets babe.



  1. January 28, 2014 / 8:16 am

    I open my mouth all the way and look all the way up when applying mascara… it makes my face more taut!

  2. January 28, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Rofl! I have to pay more attention to what I do, but I am guilty of applying mascara with my mouth open. I have no idea why, and it always smudges if I consciously make an effort to keep my lips sealed!

  3. January 28, 2014 / 11:12 am

    I used to open my mouth when I applied mascara, but I felt silly, so I trained myself not to do it anymore! Fun post!

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:13 am

      hahaha, it's fun to know there are so many women doing that ha?

  4. January 28, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    What a fun post! I'm guilty of the first two, but I never open my mouth when applying mascara or blending, because I don't think it actually helps with anything 🙂

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:13 am

      hahaha! finally somebody who doesn't open her mouth. welcome to the club of introverts, hahaha!

  5. January 28, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    Haha love this post!

  6. January 28, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    I do all of these! Hahahahaha.

  7. January 28, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    This is a GREAT post!! Also, the "o" of your mouth when you apply mascara. GUILTY over here!

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:14 am

      hahaha! There should be a congregation exclusive to mouth openers, hahaha

  8. January 28, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    I'm probably the most hilarious when I apply mascara. I usually catch myself halfway through and close my mouth. God bless anyone that ever watches me and shoots me a wtf look haha

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:15 am

      hahaha! I can imagine you doing that in front of me and I'm like WTF are you doing Brooke!

  9. January 28, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    omg this is so funny yet so TRUE! I totally do these things plus open my mouth when applying mascara

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:15 am

      LOL! I really can't understand the mouth opening habit, haha!

  10. January 28, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    LOL Love this post, Kath! I pull a realllly funny face when putting on mascara 😛

  11. January 28, 2014 / 10:58 pm

    So funny!! Love your faces–I'm guilty of all of the above!

  12. January 28, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    My brother used to make fun of my sister and I for the faces we'd make putting on makeup. It cracked me up to see your first picture.

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:17 am

      hahaha! My husband laughed too when he saw my 1st pic. Praise women for all these weird tricks!

  13. January 29, 2014 / 1:02 am

    Hilarious post! I am sooo guilty…and so is my husband, and he doesn't even use makeup.

  14. January 29, 2014 / 1:31 am

    I also open my eyes when applying mascara. It helps me concentrate.

    • January 29, 2014 / 6:18 am

      funny how we do all these tricks for the sake of makeup

  15. January 29, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Ha ha ha! You are so funny. I think I would be embarrased to know what I really look like when applying makeup!

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