20 Cheat Sheets to Help You Up Your Makeup Game

20 beauty cheat sheets

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…and that’s especially true when it comes to makeup. From infographs to pictorials, we’ve rounded up twenty visuals that will help you make sense of your makeup. Whether you’re a newbie who wants to learn the basics or a total beauty addict who wouldn’t mind a refresher course, we can almost guarantee you’ll learn something new! Keep reading to discover these game-changing beauty charts.

brown smoky eye

Brown Smoky Eye: The smoky eye is one of the most popular evening looks: sultry and sexy, it’s a classic. Roya Fadai shows step-by-step how to create it. Start by outlining the crease, outer V and lower lash line with eyeliner. Blend it out quickly before it sets. Then go into the crease and upper crease with a dark shadow. Follow that with a color on the lid. Follow that up with lining your eyes. Smudge the top lash line to add some extra smokiness. You can also add on lashes for an extra pop of glam. Some incredible palettes for a smoky are include Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky, Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eye Contour and Make Up For Ever’s Artist Palette Volume 1.

cat eye

Cat Eye: A cat eye only looks difficult to achieve. Once you master the technique – start with the wing, then fill in the rest – it’s easy as 1-2-3. Gel liner is arguably the best and easiest way to achieve a flawless cat eye. For the best gel liners, click HERE. (Photo via @IHeartMakeupArt)

cut crease

 The cut crease, like this beautiful one by Ely Marino, is all about precision and blending. Use a precision brush to place the dark shadow in the crease, then carefully blend it out.

bigger lips

Make Your Lip Look Bigger: Kylie Jenner lips can be yours, without any daunting injections! It’s all about over-lining your lips slightly: The Beauty Department shows you how in this helpful pictorial.


moisturizing lip stain

Moisturizing Lip Stain: Do you avoid liquid lipstick because of how drying it is? Then you need to try out this hack! Put a solid amount of liquid lipstick into a tiny bowl or the back of you hand, then add a drop of essential oil. This will add some moisture to the product, but not enough to sheer it out. The opacity will remain, while your lips will feel hydrated – win-win! (Photo via The Beauty Department)

lip liner

Line Your Lips Perfectly: X marks the spot indeed! If your lipstick application always look a little crooked, definitely try this lip lining trick. Begin by creating an X in the center of your top lip to outline the Cupid’s bow, then proceed to line the perimeter of your mouth. Follow that up by filling in your entire lip. (Photo via The Beauty Department)

rubber band manicure

Rubber Band French Manicure: This nifty little trick will make it easy to DIY a French manicure at home. Hold the rubber band over your nail and paint over it to get a straight line. Touch up any mistakes with either polish or remover and let it dry. (Photo via Paper Raindrops)

right blush for skin tone

Right Blush for Your Skin Tone: If you get overwhelmed when shopping for a new blush, let this chart by Makeup.com serve as a guide. In general, these colors work well with the corresponding skin tones. Obviously, to find your perfect shade, it’s best to try it on your actual cheeks.

eyeshadow for eye shape

Best Eyeshadow Look for Your Eye Shape: This chart comes along with the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, but you can use it as a guide for any eyeshadow look. It details the most flattering day, evening and glam shadow looks depending on your eye shape.


How to Tightline Eyes: Tightlining is the best way to define your eyes in a subtle way. When you have a complete eye look and don’t tightline, the entire eye seems incomplete. By gently tugging your eyelid up, you can really get in there and not poke yourself in the eye with pencil! (Photo via Beautylish)

apply false lashes

How to Apply False Eyelashes: Applying false lashes takes a lot of practice, but this guide by Beautylish should serve as a good visual to help you get the idea of applying them correctly.


longer lashes

How to Make Your Lashes Appear Longer and Thicker: It’s commonly known in the beauty world that if you warm up your lash curler before using it, your lashes will stay curled much longer. Check out this pictorial by The Makeup Chair, above. It’s important to remember that the curler should be warm, not hot…you don’t want to burn yourself!

makeup brush 101

Makeup Brush 101: This guide to makeup brushes by Sparkle and Mine is so helpful! Love how the brushes are separated by essential and optional, so you know what you should really invest in.

samer khouzami

Cream Contour: Contouring with cream products is all about placement. Apply the bronzing shades on the areas shown in the second photo, then blend it out with a BeautyBlender. Apply the lighter foundation shade to the highlighting areas and blend. Finish it off with a dusting of setting powder. (Photo via contour master Samer Khouzami)

powder contour

Powder Contour: If powder contouring is more your speed, follow this step-by-step guide by Emily Loke. She uses powder bronzer and highlighter to sculpt and define her face. If you’re looking for a good powder contour kit, Kat Von D’s Shade + Light is unbelievable.

face products

Order of Applying Face Products: Memorize this extremely helpful chart by Wake Up for Makeup! For a big night out, most women use a combination of the ten products listed above, but so many people ask questions like, “do I put on foundation or concealer first?!” Let this serve as your definitive guide to the order of application.

color correctors

How to Use Color Correctors: Using color correcting has become a popular way to bring out the best in your skin recently, but most people have no idea what each color means. Use this chart by Destiny Godley to make sense of it all. If you want to try color correcting out, try NYX’s Color Correcting Concealer.

toss makeup

When You Should Toss Your Makeup: Print out this comprehensive guide by BuzzFeed to know when it’s time to toss your beauty products! You should never put expired makeup on your face – it can lead to breakouts and irritation.

guide to face products

A Guide to Face Products: Ever get stuck on whether to use foundation, BB cream or tinted moisturizer? YouBeauty’s chart will help you out. Discover what each product does, and see which one is right for you.

how to paint nails

How to Paint Your Own Nails: Learning how to paint your own nails is one of the best things you can do for your bank account – a weekly manicure really adds up! Using this chart from Daily Makeover as a guide, you can learn how to give yourself a salon-worthy manicure from the comfort of your own home.


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