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5 Essential Tricks To Make You Look Like a Beauty Genius + A Sephora Giveaway

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You watch the videos. You buy the magazines. You spend hours in front of your mirror trying to get it right. Who has time for that? Not many of us. Luckily, there are awesome tricks and products that can make you look like a beauty genius, even if you aren’t (yet).

This post is sponsored and inspired by the release of Penguins of America, a new hilarious book by James Patterson and his son Jack. Yes, I just combined penguins and makeup. Why? Because even these feathered gals understand the struggle!

Penguins of America
via Penguins of America

Catch more info about this creative and funny book at the end of the post – along with our $50 SEPHORA GIVEAWAY

5 Essential Tricks
To Make You Look Like a Beauty Genius

1. Master The Cut Crease – with a Spoon

2. Scotch Tape = Perfect Cat Eye

I can’t count how many hours I spent cursing at my vanity mirror because I couldn’t get cat eye liner to look right. It never cut clean, always looked wonky, and I was fed up! Then I found this super simple, super amazing trick: Use tape to create a stencil that is flawless every time. You can also buy sticky eyeliner guides. Get this tutorial & more at: Beauty Point Of View

tape cat eye
Full tutorial at: Beauty Point of View

3. Easy Nose Contour Lines

Yet another way to use household tape: straight nose contour lines. Make your nose slimmer and more straight in a flash. Try a contour kit and follow the full tutorial here.

Nose Contouring trick

4. Flawless, Light Coverage in Minutes

Are you feeling a little lost with all of the foundation tips and rules? Powder or liquid? Sponge or brush? Maybe just smear it on with your fingers? Don’t waste time trying to blend like Picasso. Airbrush makeup has been on the scene for a while, but is still vastly underrated. Imagine spritzing on a flawless, natural coverage in minutes. You can with a system like Luminess Air.

luminess airbrush makeup system

5. Use Translucent Powder

Go grab your outdated “flesh tone” powder right now…and throw it away! All the pros will tell you translucent powder is your best friend. Less cakey-fakey, a subtle glow, and your natural skin tone can shine through. MomSkoop recommends a soft brush and high quality powder like Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. Check out a fantastic highlight & powder tutorial by Heidi Hamoud on YouTube.

powder tutorial
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About Penguins of America

Penguins and makeup? Absolutely. Not to mention work, riding the subway, going to the salon, grabbing a coffee, shoe shopping, and more. It’s a lavishly illustrated, humorous book from the world’s #1 bestselling writer and his son that shows how humans and penguins really aren’t that different after all.

Penguins of America
via Penguins of America

PENGUINS OF AMERICA is James Patterson’s first book with his son, Jack. His son’s love of penguins was the original inspiration for the book. When Jack was 5 years old, he told his father he should write a book about penguins. Twelve years later, we have PENGUINS OF AMERICA, a collaborative creation between father and son.

Penguins – our lovable, cute, flightless friends who are constantly dressed for a formal occasion – have always fascinated humans. As we shuffle through life one day at a time, it’s easy to take things far too seriously, but when we see penguins taking a walk in our shoes it’s impossible not to recognize how silly we can actually be. Featuring humorous illustrations with captions that show penguins in the day-to-day situations that we’ve all experienced – from a relaxing day at the beach to a stressful morning commute – PENGUINS OF AMERICA is a hilarious and charming send-up of daily life.

Connect with James Patterson: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram #PenguinsofAmerica  


  • One (1) MomSkoop reader will win a $50 Sephora Gift Card + a copy of Penguins of America
  • Giveaway ends June 3rd, 2017 @ 11:59 ET / Open to US Residents who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry.
  • Prizing provided and shipped by Little, Brown & Co.  By entering, you agree you have read & agree to our Giveaway Terms

Sephora & Penguins

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