Did you know that scotch tape is capable of many easy-to-do beauty hacks? It may seem like humble office supplies, but clear-sided tape has proven it can be the hero of your makeup bag. For decades, Scotch tape has been the weapon of choice to peel off dandruff and dry skin. Last year, everyone was using it to guide the contour for their cat eyes. These two techniques are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Scotch tape beauty hacks. Scotch doesn’t call its clear-sided product ‘magic’ for nothing. Here are the many ways your makeup routine can benefit from a $2 roll of Scotch tape.
THE ULTIMATE CAT-EYE
Might as well start with last year’s blow-up trend. Painting the perfect cat-eye isn’t easy. It takes a steady hand and lots of patience. If you lack either or both of these like so many of us do, Scotch tape will solve your troubles. Use tape to outline the upper and lower edge of your ideal cat-eye. Then all you have to do is fill in the negative space with eyeliner. Peel the tape away and you’re left with a cat-eye everyone will envy. This technique won’t just save you time. Once you’ve embraced Scotch tape, you can adjust that budget you set aside for makeup removing wipes.
Face it. Crafting elaborate nail polish designs at home is a pain. It takes an unrealistic amount of time and if you make the slightest mistake, you have to go back and fix the whole design. These troubles disappear when you use Scotch tape. Paint your nails with a base coat and then stencil a graphic design with the tape. When your hand slips, the tape will keep the mistake at bay. If you plan your paint job right, you can paint a pretty sexy design in mere minutes.
CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES
If you’re an up-and-coming beauty guru, you may run out of fresh brushes while in the middle of doing your makeup look. There’s a quick way to clean excess powder off your brushes. Roll the brush on top of a clean piece of scotch tape before you switch to a new color. This will remove the first two or three layers of color so the two don’t bleed into each other. While this beauty hack is great when you need to use the same brush to apply multiple shades for one look, don’t overdo it. You still need to wash your brushes with soap and water at least once a month.
PEELING OFF DRY SKIN
This is the tried and true beauty tip that made Scotch tape a beauty tool. It employs the same principles you use when you’re removing dog hair or lint from your favorite dress. Place a clean piece of tape over your flaky skin and peel it off to remove dirt, dust, and dead skin cells. Like the makeup brush cleaning hack, Scotch tape is no substitute for your exfoliation routine. It’s just a handy quick fix if you’re running late.
FIXING MAKEUP SMEARS
You’re almost finished with the perfect Friday night look. Just a few final flicks of mascara and you’re good. Suddenly, there’s an accidental smear of mascara running down your face. Now it’s back to concealer, or worse, and you’re going to be late. Once again, it’s Scotch tape to the rescue. Fold a piece of tape over a Q-tip and dab gently over the smudge. This will remove the mistake without messing up the rest of your look. The trick works with any eye makeup product and you can even use it to fix uneven an uneven lip outline.
What is the secret to the artistic makeup looks plastered all over your Instagram feed? If you’re referring to professional-level edges, the trick is often Scotch tape. If you struggle to paint neat, straight lines on your eyes and eyebrows, use tape as an outline and apply the makeup within. It will make your corners look extra sharp and you’ll appear to know what you’re doing. If you can trick the world into believing you’re an undercover makeup expert, you’ve won.
You need a roll of Scotch tape on your desk and in your purse. The magical tool can mark the difference between sloppy makeup and a salon-quality look. If clear-sided tape can transform you into a beauty pro, there’s no excuse to remain an amateur. Grab some tape and get to work.
— Julie Grossman