Makeup artists know all the secrets to looking great — those little tricks that can be picked up only by living in the beauty world 24/7 as they do. Fortunately, they’re often as generous as they are knowledgeable. Here are few tips from some top make-up artists.
Tips and tricks that will not only change the way you do your makeup, but might change the way you look.
Lips Like Angelina’s
Beau Nelson Chanel makeup artist suggests using a shimmery pale highlighter to create the effect of larger lips. “Trace the outer edge of the top lip with a highlighter, concentrating the product at the Cupid’s bow and fading out towards the outer edges,” says Nelson, adding that NARS Illuminator in Copacabana — a pearlized cream highlighter — is perfect for creating this effect.
“The highlighter is more natural looking than a lip liner and easier to apply,” says Nelson. “The light reflecting off the outer edge of the lip creates an optical illusion of plumpness and definition.” After you’re done applying the highlighter, fill in the lips with color to the edge of where the highlighter starts and voila! You’re ready to pucker up.
Troy Jensen celebrated makeup artist who has worked with Emmy Rossum, Rebecca Romijn, Megan Fox and Kim & Kourtney Kardashian suggests “To get a thicker brow, dust a bit of translucent powder using a small brush over your brows before setting them with a tinted brow gel,” says Jensen. “It immediately boosts the brow hairs and amplifies your natural brow shape even if you have fine or thin brows. Then just fill in any sparse areas with a pencil to get the definition you need.” Jensen says he’s partial to Shiseido’s Translucent Loose Powder for its weightless, sheer finish.
Rodriguez starts with Tilth Beauty Eye Wondrous Serum on the eye area and then finishes the five-minute (max!) process by massaging Pai Organics Rosehip Oil into the rest of the face. “I’ve found that foundation tends to last longer when I’ve massaged a client’s face, probably because the skin is well-hydrated,” Rodriguez says, adding that, when performed regularly, facial massage will also aid in lymphatic drainage.
Makeup artist Sara Glick swears by the all-natural treatment Homeoplasmine (which is not sold in the U.S. but can be purchased online) when she’s looking to add that “extra something special to a look.”
Homeoplasmine has a gentle, smooth texture that Glick uses in several different ways to create a softer, dewy effect on the face. “I’ll mix it with lipstick or combine it with different eyeshadows to create a wash-of-color effect,” she says. “It’s also one of my favorite ways to tame unruly eyebrows and give them a healthy sheen or add a natural glow to your lashes without using mascara.”
For brows, Glick suggests applying a bit of the product — equivalent to the size of a half a pea — on the back of hand and working the ointment into the brow starting from the inside outwards. For lashes, apply a small amount with your fingers and work from root to tip.
L.A.-based makeup artist Sunnie Brook Jones has a foolproof (and fast) way to get there without developing an addiction to Carmex. “Take a clean mascara wand — either recycle your old wands by washing them off or buy new ones at your local beauty supply story — apply lip balm and rub the wand over your lips to exfoliate off dead skin,” says Jones. “After, rub the lips with a clean towel and you’re ready to take the stage.”
Makeup artist Allie Smith says cat-eyes can be easy with the help of one iconic office supply: the Post-It note. “Post-Its are great straight edges to create a really straight, graphic line on the eye,” she says.Smith suggests cutting a standard size Post-It in half to create equal size “sticky” pieces and applying it above the lashline (make sure the lid is concealer and cream-based product-free so the Post-It will stick; powder is fine). “Take a moment to carefully place the Post-It and check for balance,” says Smith. “Make sure that the edges match up on both sides.” Then, start from the outside of the eye and work inwards with liquid liner, using the edge of the Post-It as a boundary. Take a moment to let the product dry and remove the Post-It. “From there you can draw in the rest of the liner if needed and add a flick at the corners,” says Smith. “It’s super easy and effective!”
Dior celebrity makeup artist Ricky Wilson has an easy, quick fix for puffy skin (specifically the pesky pillows that form under your eyes overnight), that helps both reduce swelling and prep the skin for concealer.“I’ll hold a cold can of Diet Coke, or any soda, really, over puffy eye areas before applying concealer to help de-puff swollen eyes,” says Wilson, adding that concealer can only help so much on those rough mornings. “It only covers skin variations, not puffiness,” he says. “Usually I’ll have my client hold the can there for a minute or so under her eye and that’s enough to reduce any swelling.” Wilson suggests Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen for finishing up that “wide awake” look.
Looking for a way to bring out those eyes without going the typical route of applying a few coats of mascara? L.A.-based makeup artist Elle Leary swears by an easy trick using eyeliner and a simple lash curler.“When my clients want that ‘no makeup’ look, my favorite tip is to bring the lashes out with gel eyeliner and a lash curler,” says Leary. First, take the lash curler and paint the liner (such as Smashbox’s Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner) on the sponge area of the lash curler. Wait about 10 to 15 seconds to let the liner dry slightly. Then, place the curler as close to the lash line as possible, hold for a few seconds, and release. After, apply a few coats of clear mascara to finish the look. “It creates the perfect full lash and defined lashline but the look is a bit more natural and edgy,” says Leary.