8 Game-Changing Secrets to Steal From Makeup Artists
These pro tips will take your look to the next level and help you put your best face forward every day.
The Right Way to Apply Foundation
"The more makeup you apply, the more there is to slide, smudge or smear," makeup artist Rachel Goodwin says. This is especially true of foundation. Goodwin always applies foundation with a synthetic brush, which deposits a thinner layer than your fingers. She then gently presses a damp nonlatex makeup sponge into the skin to remove any excess. What you're left with is perfect coverage that won't pull a disappearing act. —Jenny Bailly
Contouring—It Isn't Just for YouTube and Instagram Stars
Anyone can easily create instant cheekbones through the art of contouring, says Oprah's makeup artist Derrick Rutledge.
Step 1: Keep three products in your arsenal: a base foundation, a contour shade and highlighter. The contour color should be only a shade or two darker than your base.
Step 2: Highlight what you want to accentuate, like cheekbones, and use the contour shade to define the hollows of your cheeks, just beneath your jawline, and around your temples.
Step 3: Blend well with a damp sponge, and finish by dusting your entire face with loose powder. The key is to see subtle definition, not streaks—especially when you want a natural daytime look.
Your DIY Tan
Transform your favorite face or body moisturizer into a gradual self-tanner with Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body
. Combine three drops of the oil with your face lotion or add four to six drops to your body cream for natural-looking radiance.
The Smudge-Proof Eyeliner That Can Stand Up to the Heat
The most long-lasting eyeliner option: a waterproof pencil, like Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner
. Even on the inner rim of the lower lashes, these pencils deliver pigment that won't slip away. "Waterproof pencils used to be chalky and difficult to apply, but now they're just as easy to use as regular formulas," Goodwin says. —Jenny Bailly
The Perfectly Amped-Up Eyes
After your last eye makeup step, trace your top and bottom waterline with a nude pencil (such as Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Walk of Shame
)—it'll make the whites of your eyes appear brighter. Then use a flat brush dipped in brown gel liner to lightly outline your lower lashes.
Easiest Custom Lip Color
For a lighter version of your lipstick, press it into the center of your lips with your finger. Then swipe on a balm with SPF, such as L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm
, to spread the color.
Another Way to Get Plump Lips
"When you want to make your mouth appear fuller, trace the outer ridge of your lips with a pencil one shade darker than your natural lip color, blending so the line is soft. Then fill with a nude lipstick one shade lighter than your lips. Finish with a touch of gloss in the middle of the bottom lip." —Billy B., consulting makeup artist for L'Oréal Paris
Makeup That Lasts All Day (Really)
Two ways to avoid having to touch up your makeup throughout the day: Use products that contain a primer (Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer
and Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer
are both great options) or mist your complexion with a makeup-setting spray (such as Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
) before you walk out the door.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.