Why a spoon may be indispensable to your makeup routine

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Does a spoon hold the secret to sculpted cheekbones? Vlogger and beauty guinea pig Nicole Skyes puts the technique to the test in this installment of her “Beauty Hack or Wack?” series.

We already turn to the Internet to stay updated on the latest news, catch up with old friends, and read product reviews for potential purchases. For makeup addicts and cosmetics junkies, it’s only natural that we search for beauty secrets from online resources such as Pinterest, Reddit, and YouTube. Of course, in our quest to find the perfect red lipstick or the best fake lashes, we encounter “hacks” promising to save time, money and effort. But do these tips and tricks actually work? One Bay Area-based YouTuber is determined to find the truth.

Rather than take these claims as gospel, Skyes sets herself apart from other beauty vloggers with her series, “Beauty Hack or Wack?” In each of these videos, she puts a popular beauty secret from the Internet to the test and decides whether it’s worth incorporating into her makeup routine. Whether it’s using baby powder to add volume to her eyelashes, applying mascara as liquid eyeliner or powdering her lipstick through tissue paper to make it last longer, Skyes follows the hack’s instructions to the letter and presents her honest findings.

The video below features a hack that supposedly makes contouring easier. The popularity of contouring in recent years shows no signs of stopping, and what was once a Hollywood secret has become part of everyday makeup routines worldwide. For those who are unfamiliar with the trend, the purpose of contouring is to apply makeup that emphasizes hollows and high points in your bone structure, giving the face more dimension. Darker colors recede and light colors come forward, so strategic shading placement can serve as temporary plastic surgery or real-life Photoshop. Depending on the desired look, contouring can give the appearance of lifted cheekbones, a slimmer nose, and even erase a double chin. Aside from standard contouring with powder beauty products, there are infinite techniques out there — like cream contouring, nose contouring, and, on the extreme side, contouring with self-tanner. Across all these methods, one of the most challenging aspects of applying contour lies in where to place the shadows to achieve that coveted chiseled look.

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