10 Makeup Tricks Every Woman Should Know
There's a lot to learn about makeup and beauty out there—even we'll admit that it can be overwhelming at times.
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Whether you're a veteran who executes a killer smoky eye on the regular or a beginner who struggles with foundation application, these 10 makeup tricks are absolutely key.
Read below for the tips everyone should master like a pro. And if you're looking to channel a younger you, watch the video above.
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Tired of your foundation looking cakey and unnatural? To get fresh-faced, flawless skin like Emma Stone, CoverGirl Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath has a nifty trick: Put foundation all over your face, then use a tissue to wipe it off of your cheeks. This makes it easier to layer your blush on without it looking fake. "It brings life back to your cheeks and realness back to your skin," she says.
When you've got long, lush lashes like Blake Lively, you don't need a ton of other makeup to stand out. To get an enviable fringe, Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua says to first be sure your mascara is no more than a month old—fresh mascara glides on easier and won't flake. "Wiggle mascara in at the base of the lash and sweep outward and upward," says Bua. "The trick to sexy natural lashes is to get the thickness into the base of the lashes and taper them naturally to the ends, as opposed to chunky, thick ends."
Mastering a multi-use product will not only give you a pretty look, it will also help save you time and money on your makeup routine. "Everyone should have a great fuchsia cheek color that they can pop on their lips and cheeks," says Revlon global artistic director Gucci Westman. Whether you're fair, or have a darker skin tone like Jordana Brewster, Westman promises that pink works on everyone. "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.
Dark circles can make you look tired. To get a wide-awake look like Ginnifer Goodwin, try this tip from makeup artist Bobbi Brown: "Prepare the undereye 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 undereye area with a pale yellow powder to help it last longer and prevent creasing."
Racy Red Lips
There's nothing more seductive—or feminine—than a bold red pout, as demonstrated here by Gwen Stefani. "A hot, red lip is an essential part of every girl's bag of tricks," says L'Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist Collier Strong. "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.