We all assume that we’re applying our makeup like experts, until we learn a better way. The truth is that there’s always more to learn, whether you want to know how to execute a killer smoky eye or better, more natural foundation application. Here are 10 tricks from the world’s most famous professional makeup artists:
1. Fresh face
If you find that your foundation is looking unnatural and mask-ish, try a technique from the world’s most famous makeup artist Pat McGrath: after applying foundation all over the face, use a tissue to wipe some off of the cheeks before applying blush – this will keep you face looking natural.
2. Lash love
Has your mascara been failing you lately? Celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua advises throwing out any mascara that’s older than a month – fresh mascara glides on easier and will flake less.
3. On the run
Are you caught without your favorite product? Makeup can be an excellent multi-tasker. Makeup artist Gucci Westman recommends, “Everyone should have a great fuchsia cheek color that they can pop on their lips and cheeks…Choose a creamy, opaque pink with a bit of gold in it to brighten the face. Mix it with some moisturizer and blend on your cheeks,” she says.
4. Dark to light
There are lots of techniques to conceal under-eye circles. The world renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown advises, “Prepare the under eye area with a hydrating, fast-absorbing eye cream, which will allow products to go on smoothly. Apply a corrector to cover the purple or green tones in the skin, then follow with a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Finally, set the under-eye area with a pale yellow powder to help it last longer and prevent creasing.”
5. Lips for days
Every girl wants to master the art of a perfect red lip look. Collier Strong tells us how: “Start with a very sharp lip liner, in the same color as your chosen lipstick. As you apply, smile a little so the lips are tight and the liner goes on easier. Fill in the lips using the side of the liner, then take a lip brush and apply the lipstick for precision. If you make a mistake, take a little concealer on a small brush and ‘erase’ it.”
6. Cheekier than nature
We’d all like to have supermodel-grade cheekbones, but we weren’t all blessed at birth. Who cares? Now, you can create the illusion of cheekbones with a sculpting trick used by makeup artist Mally Roncal. All you have to do is brush some shimmer powder along the top of your natural cheekbone line, just beneath your temples. Next, dust a deep nude blush in the hollow of your cheeks. Last, while smiling, apply a peach-colored blush with circular motions, outward from the apple of the cheek. You’ll soon be the recipient of many an envious glance, with your DIY cheekbones.
7. Sparkle Neely!
While we all love glitter makeup, it can be a bit much after a certain age. Keep it classy by following the advice of makeup artist Diane Kendal to keep glitter confined to the middle of the eyelid, while using a matte shade on the rest of the eye. “It’s literally just in the center, within the brown eye shadow so it doesn’t take over the eye – you just get a hint of it when the eyes open.”
8. Bad eye day
If you roll out of bed in the morning to find that your eyes are especially puffy, avoid your light-colored concealer. Instead, take the advice of makeup artist James Vincent and use a darker concealer to hide under eye puffiness. “A darker color will recess something, or make something appear deeper and smaller.”
9. Finger paint
Makeup artist Nico Guilis teaches his clients that foundation should look smooth and well-blended. While brushes might be a great tool, she advises using your fingers to finish off the job; the warmth of your body can heat up the product and help it blend and the precision of your fingers will make for a more natural look. “I always apply foundation to my skin with my hands, as if it is a moisturizer – it allows me to really press it into my skin without looking streaky or spotty.”
10. All eyes on you
Every women would like to know how to get the smoky eyes we see in celebrity makeup jobs. Makeup artist Jake Bailey starts by lining the inner rim of the lower lash-lines with eyeliner. He advises to then close your eyes and line the upper lash-lines, pushing the liner into the lashes, minimizing the space between lashes and line. Then, use a fingertip to smudge the eyeliner, and afterward sweep eyeshadow across lids and up into the creases of the eye, blending outwards and upwards.