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Beauty Hack: How to Remove Makeup With Precision

Also handy for making fancy eyeliner designs.

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

If anyone knows a thing or two about taking makeup off, it's Kat Von D. The tattoo artist turned makeup artist turned entrepreneur (she launched a makeup line that's been going strong at Sephora since 2008) favors a dramatic look, to say the least. 

When you're blearily doing your makeup in the morning, you're invariably going to make a less-than-perfect flick once in a while. But don't wipe it all off! Whether you want to fix a small mistake or purposely erase some eyeliner for a geometric look, pointed Q-tips are exceptionally useful. Kat wraps a makeup remover wipe around a Q-tip, then erases what she needs to. It's better than dipping the Q-tip in water  or makeup remover, because that can be drippy. (I've ruined a perfectly concealed under eye bag this way.) 

 "My crazy high-coverage foundation works so well that it covers up the stars tattooed on my face, so I use this trick to wipe a bit off," she said at an event this week.  "I also do it for geometric eyeliner, for cutting [shapes] into it." (See the tutorial demonstrating one such triangular eyeliner  here.)

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I actually used this precision remover trick the very next morning when attempting to paint on bright orange lipstick, which ended up weirdly lopsided on one side. After I fixed my lips, I used the rest of the wipe to clean up all the eye shadow powder that somehow ended up all over my bathroom counter. Waste not, want not. 

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