9 Expert Beauty Secrets for Emphasizing Your Favorite Features
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We asked professional hair and makeup artists for easy tips to help us play up our favorite assets. It turns out that emphasizing just one detail can dramatically brighten your entire look.
Brighten with a peach eyeliner.
Makeup artist Renée Loiz, says sweeping a peach eyeliner, like the Makeup by Mario Brightening Eye Pencil, along your waterline (that thin sliver of skin between your lashes and your actual eye) can up the brightness in the whites of your eyes.
Sure, you might have heard the age-old rule of using a true white-colored liner for this, but Loiz says that peach creates a more natural-looking wide-eyed look, and will match the color of your waterline more closely.
Keep your brows full.
Alicia Montgomery, founder of Costal Beauty Bar, says leaving your eyebrows alone in between brow appointments, to keep them looking full, can make your entire eye area appear more youthful. "Fuller brows make your eye area look more lifted," she says.
Frame with a metallic liner.
Want to draw attention to your eyes for, say, your next (virtual) shindig? Loiz suggests reaching for a shimmering, colored eyeliner and using it one of two ways: neatly outlining the top and bottom, or buffing it across the lid to create a one-toned smokey eye. "While a peach eyeliner at the waterline brightens and gives a more wide-eyed look, metallic eyeliner along the eyelids defines your eye shape," she says. "Smudging the eyeliner gives you a quick sexy, smoky eye and can be done in a pinch."
Opt for a red lipstick with blue undertones.
Celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder cautions you to pick your red lipstick carefully. Plain red can bring out the yellowish-orange color in your teeth (which no one wants). "When it comes to picking out lipstick shades, blue-toned reds are better than orange-y ones," Blunder says. "Just look at the color wheel—blue will cancel out orange." Our no-fail picks are MAC's Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo or Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick in Dragon Girl.
Apply a gloss only to the center of your lips.
It's about the strategic placement, according to Blunder, who says gloss at the center of your lips "will pick up light and make your pout look plumper."
De-puff with a face roller.
Blunder spends five to 10 minutes massaging her clients' faces with the ReFa Carat Roller before applying makeup; she says this helps visibly de-puff skin and over time, may even discourage fine lines caused by muscle tension.
Invest in medical-grade skincare products.
Nurse practitioner and skincare pro Nancy Pellegrino recommends medical-grade skin care products to bring out the best of your complexion. "They are highly potent and formulated with gold-standard ingredients that are backed by clinical research," she says. Translation: They're scientifically proven to help promote brighter and smoother skin.
Pelligrino's own The Route skincare line is formulated with medical-grade ingredients to help bring out your natural radiance and help address concerns that might come with aging (like fine lines and dullness).
Install a Filtering Shower-Head.
"Hard water can often-times dry out hair and cause damage," notes Pureology artistic director Jamie Wiley. The pro likes this seven-setting one by Sprite Showers because it helps remove chlorine, dirt, and odors from the tap, which can benefit all hair types from fine to coarse.
Apply a Hair Mask Once a Week.
Pro hairstylist Jill Buck says a weekly hair mask will make your strands look shinier and feel softer. "If you're not washing your hair everyday, it's important to use a hair mask for added strength and nutrients," she says, explaining it can help protect against breakage caused by environmental stressors and heat. Her go-to is Joico's Kpak Reconstructor.
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