Every magician has their bag of tricks, and to see some of the before and after transformations at The Makeup Show LA, I'm convinced makeup artists could qualify for entry to The Magic Castle. I asked some makeup artists what magic they hid in their makeup kits, and a few of them spilled. When asked what mistakes most women make when putting on their makeup and one artist said "Do you have three hours?
I whittled down the tips and tricks to make putting on your face a disappearing act for your blemishes and wrinkles, so your makeup works magic.
Sexy eyelashes frame a face, without the use of false lashes.
Curl those lashes first and consider apply a primer. The good people at Alcone hooked me up with the Preo Japanses curler,
a crazy contraption designed to crimp your lashes, not just curl them. It creates a 90 degree bend for lengths that defy logic. Plus, they recommended Fast Lash
to extend lashes. Apply a primer and mascara on top and your lashes will receive "Oohs" and "Aahs."
A flawless canvas makes applying makeup easy, but regular foundation can settle into pores and create fine lines and wrinkles.
Consider a primer
that smooths your skin and sets your makeup all day.
I asked, is primer really a must? Makeup artists told me: Put it on
half of your face and apply your makeup, and then see which side looks
better at the end of the day. I was skeptical, because I hate the look
of a clown face, but primers actually made my mineral powder makeup
appear, well, less "made up." Smashbox Photo Finish
works well to smooth your skin and set your foundation. Makeup artists also rave about Skindinavia Eye and Face Primer
. A pump of Make Up For Ever HD serum
quenches skin so it's ready to take on your layer of foundation.
Makeup artists can make anyone look camera ready - even if that camera is High Def!
Use the best bases and concealers to make sure no one can spot the wires - or your makeup - at work. This year, the battle cry was HD makeup and silicon ingredients. Silicone, you ask? I'm about to put my cosmetics scientist hat on (real scientists, feel free to correct me), but beauty products who use silicon claim that the silicon molecule is larger than the human pore, so foundations that contain silicone hide imperfections. As for HD makeup, try Make Up For Ever
's breakthrough line--it's incredible. (Plus we have a Sephora code for a free MUFE makeup palette!
) On a budget, pick up some from ELF. I use their HD powder
and it feels super fine and silky and costs you only $3!
Keep skin needing less makeup in the future by using makeup now that nourishes it.
The Tools:Korres lip balms
are made with shea butter and no mineral oil, so it can go from lips to cheeks without clogging pores; in fact, this nifty little pot will actually make your skin smoother.
Lipstick and gloss stays and stays without the use of crumbly "long wear" lip color.
Fill in those lips with lip liner
for long wear color. Apply your lipstick and gloss over it.
Dewy skin that looks "lit from within" on someone who got no sleep last night.
Use illuminating products on your cheek bones, brow bones, and the bridge of your nose for a healthy effect. Try Chanel Le Blanc.
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Seamless makeup that is barely perceptible.
The key? Blending! It's the number one tip makeup artists gave me, and, in their estimation, the biggest blunder by the casual makeup applier. Try buffing your face with a Kabuki brush all over after applying makeup to keep those lines from showing. Keep one eyeshadow brush free of pigment to blend your eye makeup as well. No need to spend a fortune: you can score a nice Kabuki brush
for less than $10 at Sally Beauty Supply
So now you've got the tricks and tools to look like you've been hit with a magic wand. Blah-dow!
Got any tricks up your sleeve? Leave em in the comments below!
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