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Big-Brain Life Hacks From People Who Are Just Too Smart To Struggle

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From struggles, inconveniences, and sometimes, short tempers, stem really great ideas… The kind that change the world and make life a little (or a lot) easier for everyone. It lessens complications, saves time, and just does so much for your patience and satisfaction. The masterminds behind these ingenious tips and tricks don’t always realize how impactful their bright ideas are. After all, for them, these little hacks were simply born from frustrating situations.

Thankfully, they were also smart enough to document the whats, hows, and whys.

Sheer genius, really. You’ll love how inventive these are!

Never lose a bobby pin again.

Don’t toss out the container once you’ve finished all your Tic Tacs. The small, transparent case is perfect for storing bobby pins, and the flip lid makes it easy to get bobby pins in and out, too! You’ll appreciate this hack even more when traveling. No more misplaced/lost bobby pins!

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Source: Organize Your Stuff Now

Say hello to hands-free movie time.

When you’re stuck waiting and the only thing left to do is watch a few videos (or a movie) on your phone, it can get pretty tiring to hold the device up with your other hand. Thanks to this guy, we can watch hands-free now! All you need is a charger plug to prop your phone up safely while you watch. It definitely makes all the difference.

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Makeup always on point

… even when you’ve totally spaced and forgotten to wash your hair! Don’t worry about wasted time or messed up makeup – this Tumblr user just thought of the perfect workaround: goggles! Of course, we’ll have to figure out how to avoid that straight line across the forehead, though…

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Proper grocery bag storage

If you’re not one to toss out grocery bags but aren’t too keen on seeing them stuffed in a drawer or piled up in a cabinet, there’s a much easier way to store them. All you’ll need is an old, oval wipes container. You can even get crafty and decorate the outside if you’re up for it! Leanne from Organize Your Stuff Now shows us how in this quick and easy tutorial. We love an organized kitchen!

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Party at my place!

Jokes aside, this isn’t really genius genius but you have to admit it’s pretty sly. When dad pulls out all the stops before going on vacation, the ideas start coming in. This involves working around the cameras your parents have installed. I guess this is for the happy-go-lucky, party-now care-later crowd?

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Keep your iced coffee tasty.

Ice cubes tend to dilute the coffee and turn it bland. Well, there’s a simple solution that we all wish we’d thought of: coffee ice cubes! Enjoy your coffee cold and tasty with this easy hack.

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A safe place for valuables

Keep your valuables safe by hiding them in a clean, disposable diaper. Thieves… They’ll rummage through drawers and bags but they won’t think of inspecting diapers, will they? While there are a ton of other foolproof ways to store your valuables safely and properly, this is great for moments when you’re rushing or don’t have time to look for a better place.

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Clutter-free cords

Cords that are tangled and scattered are such an eyesore. Thankfully, there’s an easy and inexpensive way to deal with the mess. Use a basket to store extension cords in so they won’t be in the way. The basket adds a nice, decorative touch to any room, too.

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Source: Organize Your Stuff Now

Cardboard tubes for organizing cords

Fishing a cord out from a box of other cords will only give you a big, tangled, frustrating mess. Waste no more time untangling cords and get what you need easily with the help of these toilet paper cardboard tubes. Simply prop them up alongside each other in a box and see it make all the difference.

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Overhead bins for a neater garage

When done properly and secured safely in place, these overhead bins are great for decluttering your garage and keeping it clean and organized. No one wants a garage floor covered with boxes and what-not. With enough patience and the right tools, you can DIY overhead storage in no time. Pretty neat, huh?

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Balls in place!

Whether for the attic, garage, or the basement, these bungee cords will come in handy for keeping your sports equipment in place. We love how the balls stay neatly stacked up in place as opposed to just stuffing them in a closet or having them roll around the floor.

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Wine didn’t I think of this sooner?

Wine lovers, rejoice! This clever hack allows you to enjoy your comfort drink straight from the bottle. Give off major Captain Jack Sparrow vibes with this drink spout.

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Never miss a moment.

Ever had to rush through using the bathroom just so you wouldn’t miss too much of the movie? Twitter user Nick__Frady came up with a simple yet genius idea: to have mini screens in movie theater bathrooms!

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Ice cream in a cone minus the mess

There’s nothing more annoying than enjoying an ice cream on a cone and having it drip out of the bottom. Your hands get sticky, it gets on your clothes, the floor, etc. Amazingly enough, moms found a brilliant way for kids and grownups to enjoy the ice cream minus the mess – stuff a marshmallow down the bottom before scooping some ice cream on the cone to plug the small hole! We love, love, love this.

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Keeping bath toys clean

You know how most squeaky bath toys have holes on the bottom? Well, when water and soap get stuck inside the toys, it’ll eventually get grimy. But there’s nothing a glue gun can’t fix! Seal the hole with a dot of hot glue. The toy will still float and you won’t have to worry about mold and mildew. Awesome hack!

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Sturdier grocery bags

Saggy grocery bags and products knocking against each other or flipping sideways and upside down is pretty annoying. And since many others share the same frustration, quite a bright idea that stemmed from it: sturdier, DIY shopping bags! A small cardboard box that fits perfectly in a canvas bag does the trick. Like many other creative ideas on this list, you can go all artsy and decorate this, too.

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Just in time for gift-wrapping season!

No tape dispenser at home? Then you know that there’s nothing more annoying than not being able to find the end of a roll of tape right you need it. Turning the roll around and around and squinting just to find it is honestly such a waste of time. Fortunately, a simple paper clip can make it much easier!

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Locked out no more

Doors accidentally closing and locking behind you can cause quite the hassle. You’re lucky if you keep things organized and know where spare keys are, but what about the ones who don’t? You’ll have to call a locksmith. Luckily, getting locked out can be prevented with the help of a rubber band. This will surely come in handy when you have kids and pets around.

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No more rusty tools!

Don’t be so quick to toss out the gel packets that come with your shoes and bags. These are actually great for keeping your tools in tiptop shape! Toss one in the box and let it keep your tools from rusting. Kudos to the brilliant individual who discovered this nifty hack!

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Source: One Good Thing by Jillee

DIY after-sun care

Those refreshing dips in the pool and hours spent baking under the sun will eventually take its toll on your skin if you’re not using the right products. In case of sunburn, don’t stress. Make aloe vera ice cubes! Aloe vera gel freezes nicely and brings instant relief. We love hacks that are inexpensive, easy, and effective!

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Lighting candles the easy way

Instead of using matches that could burn your fingers or burn up even before you’ve lit all the candles, try using an uncooked spaghetti noodle. It’s great for taller candles, too. Light your candles with ease with this simple trick.

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Source: One Good Thing by Jillee

Stack ’em up!

Here’s a genius idea for keeping your board games organized: use a hanging shelf! That way, you can keep puzzles and board games together and not worry about pieces lying around. It’s a great way to enforce the “put things back in their proper place” rule, too!

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Clever Barbie collection storage

Over-the-door shoe organizers can be used for many other things, too, like Barbies! There are compartments you can store Barbie clothes and shoes in, and perfect-sized pockets for the actual dolls. Kids will love how it looks, too.

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Easy bath time clean up

Bath toys are great for keeping kids entertained – especially the ones who tend to act up a bit when it’s time to get in the bath. No matter how many toys get tossed in the tub, don’t worry about putting them away after you’ve rinsed them. A simple DIY hack will speed up the cleanup process and teach your kids to put away the toys themselves. Moms are just so smart, aren’t they?

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Pack your shoes minus the mess.

Who knew using a shower cap would come in handy for packing shoes in suitcases or keeping them in closets? If you don’t have time to clean your shoes just yet but don’t want them dirtying up the closet floor or your bags, use a shower cap!

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Hairstyling devices packed right

Don’t have time to let your styling tools cool before packing them in your bag? Use a potholder! That way, you won’t accidentally burn your hands or any other items in your suitcase. This helps cushion the tools, too, so they don’t just knock around.

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No more lost earrings.

Thanks to this smart and simple hack, you don’t have to lose earrings when you pack them in your bags. Use a button so that you can easily locate your earrings. Practical, right?

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How to pack charger cords neatly

Use an eyewear case to neatly pack your cords in. This will keep them from getting tangled with other items in your bag – a dilemma that will definitely result in damage. With an eyeglass case, you won’t have to worry about misplacing your charger or having to dig through a whole lot of other items before you can retrieve it from your bag.

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Colorful toy storage hack

Teach your kids to organize toys by kind with the help of these cute drawstring pouches that have clear windows. The clear windows can help the kids find what they need easily. It’s organization, creativity, and fun in one! What a smart hack.

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Labeled toy bins

Organizing has never been this easy or satisfying. This is an inexpensive way to keep playrooms clean, and it gives you an excuse to tackle a fun project. This smart idea comes from a mom who’s a whiz at toy storage. Worth trying, don’t you think? You can draw inspiration from this idea and use it for your bedroom or garage, too.

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Q-tips packed right

Old pill bottles are just the right size for Q-tips. They keep the Q-tips clean and you don’t have to worry about them spilling. I guess this clever hack stems from situations wherein Q-tips ended up all over the bag, huh? Well now the rest of us don’t worry about that happening, thanks to this helpful hack.

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Source: She Finds

No smudge mascara

Putting mascara on your lower lashes can sometimes result in raccoon eyes and delay you further. If you want to keep this from happening, grab a spoon before heading over to your makeup table! It’s an easy way to apply your mascara without the mess.

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Brows always on fleek

Instead of awkwardly tracing around your brows, achieve a clean, natural look with the help of a spoon. The spoon allows you to create an even line. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?

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Busted slipper? No problem!

It’s not always beyond repair! A quick fix would be to use a bread bag clip. This mommy blogger shares just how easy it is!

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Multipurpose drawstring bags

When you shop for shoes, they sometimes come in washable drawstring bags. Don’t be so quick to toss those out as they’ll come in handy for when you travel. Whether it’s a long trip or a short drive, these are great for packing dirty clothes or footwear in. That way, you won’t have to worry about your other items getting dirty or smelly on the way home. Best part is, these are environmentally friendly, too! Sustainability is always smart.

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Not your run of the mill jewelry box.

But it’s not going to attract tempted eyes and it’s definitely going to keep small items like jewelry in place! Thanks to these mint tins, you won’t have to lose earrings and bracelets ever again. They won’t get tangled up with your other items and you can easily retrieve the tin whenever you need to.

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Elevated morning walks, anyone?

A stroll around the block with a baby is calming but for some adults, it can get pretty boring. Thankfully, this neat contraption lets you have fun while you’re at it – provided you always exercise caution, of course. If a need for speed runs in the family, then check out this roller buggy! What a smart and fun invention. We can already imagine mom’s or grandma’s eyes widening in horror. But kidding aside, this will come in handy when you’ve forgotten your umbrella and it starts to drizzle, or when you need a bathroom break real quick.

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No more stolen lunches!

Seriously, what is up with people stealing other people’s lunches at work? Aren’t you all getting paychecks? This clever invention will definitely cause hands to jerk back once they see what type of sandwich is inside: a moldy, possibly smelly one! Well, that’s the disguise. We’re definitely adding this to our carts!

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No microwave? No problem!

What do you do when you’re hungry but you have nothing in the kitchen to heat food with? You plug that iron in, that’s what! It does work. We love when cleverness meets resourcefulness. Just don’t leave it unattended and be sure to unplug it right after.

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Well played, smart guy.

I guess he found a way, huh? We wonder what the traffic officers are going to say when the owner of this motorcycle explains how he’s in a perfectly good spot. Street smart takes on a whole new meaning with this guy!

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Well, it’s not wrong.

You would notice all the lines on the page, and the instructions did say to encircle the longest one. We love the combination of innocence and intellect!

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Sausages save lives.

At least, that’s what this person thinks. His idea does make sense when you think about it. I guess this means everyone’s going to have to stock up on sausages from now on.

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Rice for first aid?

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Rice grains and a sealable plastic bag are all you’ll need. Aside from serving as a great ice pack, it can also be used as a DIY heating pad.

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The many uses of disposable diapers

If your kids are already through with diapers but you’ve still got some left over, you’ll be glad to know there are many ways you can make use of them. This illustration shows the many interesting things you can do with clean disposable diapers.

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Nothing an iron can’t fix!

Ironing clothes, heating up pizza, what else? You can smooth out dents in wooden surfaces, too! Macgyverisms shows you how in a few easy steps. We love this smart DIY hack!

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No highlighter? No problem!

Make those cheekbones pop with Vaseline! Apparently, it can double as an inexpensive highlighter dupe, too! Who knew Vaseline had a thousand uses? Hats off to those who discovered tricks like these!

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Keep apples from rotting.

If all you’ve consumed are a few slices, keep the rest from rotting with the help of a thick rubber band. Hold the slices in place and you’ll still have fresh fruit to enjoy when you’re ready for more.

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How to dab off excess paint

Avoid wasting paint and use only the amount you need by tying a rubber band around the top part of an open can. That way, you can use it to get rid of excess paint from the brush.

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Keep clothes on hangers in place.

A rubber band helps thin or silky straps from sliding off the hangers and falling on the floor. Instead of using pegs that leave marks on the clothes, simply tie a rubber band around the ends of the hanger to keep your clothes in place. Genius.

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Bye, fuzzballs!

Pills on clothes are pretty annoying. Before heading out in your favorite sweater, you have to spend time trying to get rid of the small balls of fibers. Thankfully, The Burlap Bag discovered a way to get rid of these pills faster: shave them off!

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Organizing your food container lids

De-clutter your kitchen with a smart hack like using dish drying racks for food container lids. Now you won’t have to rummage through drawers or look through cabinets for containers and lids.

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Keep those wires in place.

Organize your living room and home office with the help of bread clips! These are great for separating wires and keeping each one in place. No more tripping over wires or wasting time detangling – just clip away and enjoy the results!

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Baby proof with cookie cutters!

Toddlers just love cabinets and drawers, don’t they? Fortunately, you don’t always have to invest in expensive baby proofing items to keep your house and your kids safe. This cookie cutter trick works wonders! Doesn’t hurt that they look pretty cute, too.

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DIY French tips!

French tips only look pretty when they’re done neatly. Fortunately, you can achieve this with the help of a rubber band. Secure the band around the nail you’re currently painting and achieve the French tip you’ve always wanted.

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Floating drinks, anyone?

Make pool parties more enjoyable with floating drinks! Pool noodles will do the trick. A few easy steps are all it takes to come up with a beverage boat.

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Keep fabrics neatly in place with pool noodles.

Wrap cloths and other fabrics around pool noodles so you can store them together in one area of your crafts room. It’s easy and inexpensive, and it keeps your supplies organized.

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How to store canned food

Stack ’em? Nah. Line them up on a shelf? So so. Use a wire rack and save space? YES! This brilliant kitchen hack means no more forgetting about certain canned food or having to reach far just for one.

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DIY Office supplies organizer

This is another smart hack that gives you an excuse to get creative. Take a dish carrier and decorate it any way you want, then use it as a crafts supply organizer. It holds scissors, pens, and markers well. Now you’ll only have one place for these materials instead of searching all over the house when you need them.

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Source: Organize Your Stuff Now

Gift wrapping paper storage

No spending for this hack! The brilliant and organized have come up with a simple solution to storing gift wrapping paper neatly: use the cardboard rolls from toilet paper! No more wrinkled or torn wrapping paper lying around the house. Thanks to this idea that encourages recycling, you have a more organized way of keeping leftover gift wrapping supplies neatly in place.

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A simple yet effective home office hack

Nothing organizes cables better than paperclips. Work smarter in a space kept clean and organized, thanks to easy hacks like this one. You’ll realize how functional some office supplies truly are!

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While this interesting (and entertaining!) list combines “Well played” with “Why didn’t I think of that?”, there’s no denying how much thought and wit were put into each idea. We’re grateful these brilliant folks decided to share their discoveries with the rest of us. Who knew everyday household and office items could play such big roles in making things so much easier?

So the next time you get a lightbulb moment from a time-consuming or frustrating situation, don’t hesitate to share it with everyone else! Amazing ideas are always welcome.

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35+ Hilarious Relationship Things That You Should Send To Your Significant Other Right Now

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Couples can make the rest of us roll our eyes.

From their gooey-eyed looks at each other, to being forced to listen to the story of how they met for the fifth time, people in love just have to show it off.

If you’re that couple, you might recognize some of these moments, even if you don’t always find them the cutest parts of being in a relationship.

Here are some of the more wholesome moments you’ve likely shared with our partners:

1. You’re each other’s cheerleaders

Being in a relationship means you have a built-in cheerleader for when you do anything remotely impressive.

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2. You suck it up and accept that you’re in love, even when you’re mad

Being a little annoyed doesn’t mean you’re going to withhold your affection completely.

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3. You feel a little overprotective of your partner

Sometimes friends don’t understand that you’ve already picked your person and so you overreact a little when they remind you there are plenty of other people out there in case you want to jump back into the dating pool.

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4. Love can make you feel all melty

Sometimes you catch yourself looking at your partner just because.

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5. Date nights start to look a lot different

Netflix and chill is a perfectly acceptable date night.

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6. You love having your partner right there, all the time

Couples don’t always feel this way at the same time, but it’s ok. There are worse things in the world than trying to sleep while someone just wants to remind you how much they love you.

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7. You understand that food is a necessary componenent of happiness

Ya gotta eat, even when you’re mad. A hangry partner is not a happy partner.

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8. You start to look like the other person

Just take a deep breath before you launch into the matching track suits part of your relationship. Your friends are never going to let you forget it.

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9. You tell everyone the story of how you met

You get two times to tell the story while the other person looks on like a lovesick puppy, then pack it in.

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10. Expensive doesn’t necessarily equal romantic

It’s the thought that counts and not every date night needs to drain the bank account.

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11. You get a little possessive

Love can do some weird things to our brains. As long as you keep it respectful towards your partner, admitting that you can still get jealous can make them realize just how stong your bond is.

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12. You get that warm tingly feeling

That’s why they say loves makes you glow.

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13. Food is love

When you know you found the one because they not only want you to have the large fries, but know it’s a good way to keep you from eating all of theirs and causing a fight.

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14. You don’t always need to be made up to be beautiful to them

That doesn’t mean you should just give up, but it’s nice to get to that moment when you don’t need to hide until you’re hair or makeup is done so they only see you at your best.

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15. You don’t worry about cheating

Your significant other can go out for a night with friends or appreciate someone else’s beauty and you have the confidence to know that that’s all it is.

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16. You accept one of you is a bed hog

Lots of couples still disagree on who it is, but most of the time this can just be solved with an extra backup blanket and a little nudge. Pets are another story.

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17. You give in and buy stuff you don’t need

Sometimes your other half just finds something they really have to have and you should just be glad it’s not a whole box of puppies.

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18. You catch each other up on important pieces of pop culture

That feeling of being shocked and then overjoyed that you are going to get to introduce them to a song or movie that you love. Just don’t talk through it or demand that they love it. And if you’re the one being introduced to something new, you work up at least a little bit of enthusiasm.

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19. You try to look adorable before asking for things

Just never let it get to the point where you’re shouting requests at each other.

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20. You try your best on things that aren’t your strong suit

Again, it’s the thought that counts, and doing something nice for your sweetie, even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly, can turn into a great moment – as long as you both keep a sense of humor.

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21. You have a favorite food

And that food plays an integral role in your relationship.

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22. One of you tells cheesy jokes and the other one puts up with them

Just start making Valentine’s Day cards out of them and they’ll serve a purpose other than to make you pretend to laugh.

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23. You’re ok being away from each other

Everybody needs some space. When you’re significant other is away, you can handle youself, even if you really miss them.

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24. You want to kiss them every time you see them

It’s cute as long as they don’t mind that you see their face as a kiss magnet.

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25. You put up with it all

When you’re around someone a lot, you’re bound to get annoying (or annoyed). Just take it in stride.

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26. You find love cartoons for 6-year-olds funny

This one definitely doesn’t require being in a relationship.

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27. You still get butterflies when you look at them

It’s always amazing when couple who have been together a long time still get that feeling when they see each other. Now that’s a good life goal.

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28. You put up with each other’s singing

It might hurt your ears, but it warms your heart.

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29. You don’t want to let them leave without a goodbye kiss

Sometimes it feels like bad luck to let them go without a kiss and an “I love you.”

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30. You can picture being the same couple in 50 years

Growing old together requires a lot of patience, but if you’re really in love, you know you can make it work.

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31. You don’t withold respect

You might be annoyed or mad, but that doesn’t mean you let your loved one walk in the rain.

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32. You tear up when you remember how lucky you are to have found your person

Love can overwhelm you in the best ways.

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33. You’re proud of how long you’ve been together

Not everyone can make it work. There’s nothing wrong with being proud if you did.

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34. You work around them

If you can stay in love afer an airport delay, you’ve definitely got a good thing going.

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35. You always remember birthdays

You don’t need a Facebook reminder to remember their special day. Extra points for remembering the week before so you can ask if there’s a special way they want to celebrate.

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36. You’ve got wedding goals

Ok, goals and expectations are two separate things, but if your relationship has gotten this far and is healthy, you know the emotion will be there.

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37. You are committed to being adorable forever

Because if you got it (a great relationship, that is), then flaunt it.

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50+ Tips And Tricks Revealed By Makeup Artists

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New year, new you! Maybe one of your resolutions this year is to get more enthusiastic about applying your makeup every morning or to try a new eyeshadow shade, or maybe you are just looking for new ways to get the best bang for your buck.

We did the research for you and found a bunch of makeup hacks revealed by actual makeup artists themselves. Hopefully one of these tips will come in handy!

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1.) Use the right foundation for your skin type

Use a water-based foundation if you have oily skin. Use an oil-based foundation if you have dry skin. Everyone is different.

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2.) You don’t need a lip liner with your liquid matte lipstick

And if anyone tells you that you do, they are a liar. Almost all liquid lipsticks do just fine on their own.

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3.) Let your eyelid primer dry before adding eyeshadow

And after the primer dries, coat them with a light, neutral color all over your lid. This will act as a base and will make it easier to blend colors together. If you want a dark color, slowly build it – first with light colors, and then darker. Don’t just go straight from light to dark.

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4.) Save your mascara brush

Fun fact: most of the mascara magic actually comes from the brush. So if you found one that really works for you, save the brush when you’re done, clean it, and try using it with a cheaper bottle! It’s really not necessary to spend big bucks on this.

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5.) Make your matte, full-coverage concealer look more natural with primer oil or coconut oil

Use just a drop of the oil of your choice and it will make your heavy concealer more radiant, easy to blend, and natural. It also helps with creasing!

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6.) Use hairspray to tame full eyebrows

First, spray hairspray on a clean, disposable mascara wand. Then brush your brows up and into the shape you’re going for. If it makes the hair on our head stay in place, it definitely works for the hair on our face!

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7.) Wet your brush before applying highlighter

It will instantly give it a little more glow.

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8.) Don’t apply primer with your fingers

It can cause micro-exfoliation, which causes clumps.

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9.) Use a matte bronzer to make your eyes look bigger

If you’re doing a full face of makeup but want to keep your eyes bare, put a little bit of matte bronzer in your lid crease and bottom lashline. That way, they will still be bare, but they will also appear bigger.

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10.) Never use face soap with sodium laureth sulfate

Makeup artists swear that it dries out your skin.

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11.) Stick to matte eyeshadows and powders if you have fine lines on and around your eyelids

Using something shimmery usually accentuates those lines.

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12.) Always do your eye makeup before your foundation

That way, you will have an easier time cleaning up any fallout from your eyeshadow.

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13.) Always exfoliate and prime your lips with a serum

Especially when using a liquid matte lipstick. Cracked lips will show!

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14.) Use scotch tape for the perfect eyeliner wing

Angle it from your eye to your eyebrow for the crispest, cleanest eyeliner wing you’ll ever see. Boom, magic.

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15.) Use eyeshadow primer on the lash line

Then sweep eyeshadow on top with a fine liner brush to create a smudge-proof eyeliner. Now if you’re out of eyeliner, you can use your shadows for the same effect!

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16.) You can also use a cotton pad

If you use cotton pads to apply your face makeup, use those same pads for your eyeliner! Simply fold it in half and use the straight side to line up with your eye for the perfect sweep. No tape needed.

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17.) If you accidentally get mascara around your eyes, let it dry

Wait 5 minutes or so and then swipe it away with a Q-tip. At that point, it should flake off and not smudge.

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18.) Never share makeup brushes

It’s super unsanitary.

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19.) Tarte’s Timeless Smoothing Primeris an absolute must

It’s soft and it doesn’t clog pores. What more could you want?

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20.) Imagine a line from the outer corner of your eye to the tip of your brow. This is where your eyeshadow should stop.

A lot of times, people make the mistake of not bringing out their eyeshadow far enough. This can actually make the eyebrow look smaller.

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21.) If you’re just starting out and want to learn how to contour, put the contour color on a brush or sponge first

It will be harder to blend if you draw it on directly like lines.

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22.) Don’t sleep in your makeup

“Skin needs time to breathe and when you’re sleeping, your body is repairing the most. Sleeping in makeup is not only messy, but it causes breakouts, premature aging, and stained bedding. Take care of your skin, loves!”

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23.) Don’t recreate the celebrities

“Those looks are made for them, their skin type, skin tone, and face shape. People always come into my shop and request to look like Kim Kardashian and I have to explain to them that it might not work on them and sometimes they even get upset when it doesn’t turn out. Yes, I can do it, but it won’t look good on you. Instead ask for something dramatic like Kim Kardashian or whatever you want but do not ask to look like them!”

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24.) Invest in good skin care products

“Your makeup, no matter how much you paid for it, will not look its best when it’s added on top of dry, scaly, splotchy, oily and just plain unhappy skin. Want to get makeup optional skin? INVEST in skin care.”

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25.) Don’t start from the top lash line if you’re doing winged eyeliner, use the bottom lash line for a smoother, straighter line

And look at the wing you drew first while drawing your second one.

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26.) Never store your makeup in a bathroom cabinet

The humidity can cause it to alter and go bad before its time, plus toilet germs.

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27.) Blend your foundation out onto your neck

“When wearing foundation please blend it out. Put product on your jawline, and blend it out into your neck. Also blend the foundation along the edges of your face out. It’ll help create a natural look and make it less obvious you’re wearing foundation, plus it will visually improve your color match.”

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28.) Don’t use stark white concealer under your eyes

“Use an under-eye concealer one shade lighter than your face concealer, not two or three shades. It will give you a naturally bright effect instead of a contrasting white effect, which looks super unnatural.”

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29.) Apply setting powder with a damp beauty blender or brush

This does wonders for people with dry or textured skin and gives a smooth, airbrushed finish.

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30.) The same foundation that works for you in the summer might not work for you in the winter

For example, I use a more moisturizing foundation in the winter (Too Faced Born This Way) and prefer a more matte coverage in the summer (Hourglass Stick Foundation).

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31.) For eyeshadow, tap the excess eyeshadow off the brush

Also hold the brush farther from the handle for more control.

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32.) Blend your foundation into your hairline and make sure to contour that too

Everyone knows to drag their makeup down their neck a little bit, but too often I see people with a line between their makeup and hair. Not a good look!

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33.) Stop blowing on your makeup brushes

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people do this and it makes me cringe. Brushes already harbor bacteria if not cleaned and taken care of properly; you blowing on your brushes and getting saliva particles all over it isn’t helping considering you’re applying it directly to your face therefore causing breakouts, clogged pores, etc. If you’ve picked up too much product, just tap it off or give your brush a little shake.”

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34.) Use a foundation one shade darker on the outer edge of your face to add depth

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35.) If your skin is very oily, apply a light layer of powder after you apply your primer and before you apply your foundation

It’ll give you a smoother look. Also, baby powder works great for baking your face. I use it for everything!

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36.) Glowing cheeks that look natural

“”Add your favorite blush to the cheeks before you apply foundation for a glow that looks like it’s coming from beneath the skin. A bright, warm pink at the apple is perfect for any complexion.”

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37.) Multi-colors on the cheeks is important

“Apply two shades of blush for the perfect flush of youth. Pink, or anything in the red family should be placed on the apple of the cheek; it will give the effect of blood coming to the surface. Peach, coral, or anything in the orange family should be applied to the highest point of the cheekbone; that gives the effect of heat rising. Finish by bringing a matte bronzer to the skin where sun hits the face (forehead, cheekbone, bridge of nose, and chin).”

– James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

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38.) Lighten your coverage

“Mixing foundation with moisturizer is an easy way to lighten your coverage options if you already have a fuller coverage foundation.”

– Caitlin Wooters, makeup artist

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39.) Make sure those lashes get coated

“Use the handle of a brush to lift the eyelid at the base of the lashes to roll your lashes up and back; this allows you to wiggle the mascara wand against the base of the lashes and pull through any clumps in a clean and precise manner.”

– Kara Yoshimoto Bua, Chanel celebrity makeup artist

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40.) Don’t be afraid of red

“If you want to find the perfect red for your complexion, try applying one lip color that has the same undertone as your complexion all over the lip: Cool uses cool, warm uses warm. Apply a red with the opposite tone just to the center for a lip that looks full and fantastic.”

– James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

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41.) Reach for the school supplies

“No. 2 pencils are the perfect graphite shade to sketch in natural eyebrow hairs. Sharpen one to a point and draw in lightly for a finished brow.”

– James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

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42.) Thicken up watery foundation

“To make foundation thicker, mix in a touch of loose powder. (Be careful not to add too much or it will cake.)”

– Cecilia Muench, creative director of Inglot

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43.) Chill out and reduce puff

“To reduce puffiness, pop eye lotion in the icebox and apply to lids before eye makeup.”

– Petra Strand, creator of Pixi by Petra

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44.) Find the right lip shade

“Test lipstick on the inside of your fingertip, rather than on the back of your hand. The pad of your finger closely resembles your own lip color, so see which one looks best there, then move to the lips.”

– Kerry Cole,style director of Becca Cosmetics

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45.) The power of gold

“Gold powder pigment is a great way to lengthen lashes or brows. Use a clean spoolie brush, toothbrush, or mascara wand, and brush a bronze or yellow gold pigment through a mascared lash or brow for a beautiful effect that adds dimension without looking hard.”

– James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

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46.) Who knew?

“Halloween is the perfect time to stock up on some unexpected essentials. Fake blood is the ideal blush shade. Add it to the apple of the cheek for any skin tone—it looks like a natural flush of color coming though the skin.”

– James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

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47.) You better stock up on your next visit!

“Starbucks napkins and disposable toilet-seat covers work just as well as blotting papers.”

– Kerry Cole, style director of Becca Cosmetics

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48.) If it works, it works!

“As a little girl, I would watch my mother apply egg whites to her face (especially around her eyes) about an hour or two before going out to a special event. She would take one egg, separate it, whisk it until it was frothy, and apply the egg white all over her face and leave it on for 20 minutes. After, she would wash it off with lukewarm water and immediately apply her makeup. The egg white tightens the skin and wrinkles to give you a temporary facelift.”

– Niki Metz, director of artistry for Jouer

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49.) Who doesn’t want to look younger?

“My favorite ‘look younger’ makeup tip is to first use a luminizer in the inner corner, then swoop it with a fan brush underneath the eye. This brightens the face.”

– Deanna Melluso, celebrity makeup artist

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50.) Pucker that pout

“Use a flesh-toned eyeliner to outline the lips along the Cupid’s bow. This reduces the chance of feathering and makes lips appear fuller.”

– Petra Strand, creator of Pixi by Petra

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51.) Better safe than sorry

“If you can’t find a perfect shade, buy one that’s slightly darker than your skin and one that’s slightly lighter, then fine-tune the color yourself.”

– Lora Arellano

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52.) Strange but effective

“Pull your bottom lip down and look at the inside color. Pick a lipstick shade that’s either lighter or a bit deeper but along the same tone as the inside of your lip. Oh, and don’t do this in public.”

– Maggie Ford Danielson, Benefit global beauty authority

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53.) Buff, buff, buff!

“Buff, buff, buff foundation into the skin — quickly, like a whirlwind — with a brush. It ensures the coverage won’t look heavy-handed.”

– Vincent Oquendo

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54.) Instant lip lift

“Apply concealer to the outer corners of your lips to give your lips a lift.”

– Niki Metz, director of artistry for Jouer

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55.) Fuller brows while you sleep

“Apply a nourishing balm to your eyebrows before going to bed. This will guarantee extra strength and growth—thicker eyebrows in two weeks.”

– Terry de Gunzburg, founder of By Terry

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“What A Dreamboat!” Makeover Transforms Shy Teen After Dramatic Weight Loss

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Christopher Hopkins, aka “The Makeover Guy” is known for transforming men and women over 40 into the best selves. But in 2019, he took on the task of a teenager.

Little did he know that Phoenix’s makeover would be one of his most powerful.

Teenage trauma

Phoenix found himself in Hopkin’s Minneapolis “appearance studio” after a big weight loss. The previous school year, he weighed in and 250 pounds.

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His transformation wasn’t easy.

He managed to lose 100 pounds by counting his macronutrients (think of it as going a step farther than calorie-counting) and working out every day with a personal trainer

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That’s a big commitment for a teenager!

But Phoenix is dedicated and fearless. Hence his desire to put his head in the hands of Hopkins for a whole new style.

He’s already a handsome young man (with hair most people covet), but he decided it was time for a change. And if you’ve seen The Makeover Guy’s popular videos, you know his studio is the place to go.

The big chop

It seems pretty obvious that Phoenix is going to end up with a major haircut. After all, why waste your time going to a makeover guru if you’re not going to let him go crazy with the scissors?

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And that’s precisely what Hopkins does. Gone is the shoulder-length wavy hair of the “before” Pheoenix. But is he happy?

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There’s a big smile on the teen’s face as he runs his hands through his glossy mane. He’s still got hair to die for!

It’s long on top and makes the perfect wave in front. The only problem is that it’s a little too neat for the teen.

We cringed a little when he messed with perfection, but it’s his hair, not ours after all! And the modelesque look just wasn’t entirely jibing with him.

After getting a tousel from Hopkins, things end up in largely the same place, just not so catalog-model-ready. And it still looks great!

Personal style is just that – personal – so Phoenix has to be able to pull off whatever hairstyle he walks out the door with. And we were really impressed with him for speaking up.

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A good day

“I had fun today,” Phoenix says after getting a little ribbing from Hopkins.

He admits that he’s normally shy in front of people and we believe it since when he first walked in he seemed less outgoing. But after agreeing to trust his stylist and seeing the results of the makeover, he lives up to his name. Phoenix is reborn!

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After one more tweak by Hopkins, the transformation is complete.

It’s a cute moment when the teen keeps messing with his hair only to have Hopkins walk by and “fix” it one more time.

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Commenters were over the moon about Phoenix’s makeover.

“Omg that jawline! He’s stunning and what an adorable personality,” said one fan.

Of course, there were lots of comments about his Bart Simpson shirt, but frankly, we think it adds that perfect reminder that he’s still a “kid.”

And like most commenters, we wish we could see him waltz back into high school with his new look!

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