10 Makeup Artist Tips You’ve Never Heard Before
What are your secrets? It’s the question I get asked most often as a professional makeup artist. People always want me to tell them something groundbreaking—something that will shake up their whole routine and help them have that aha moment. While I can’t promise anything game changing, I have put together a list of some everyday tips that most makeup artists keep on hand. Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
Hansderma Skincool Ice Roller ($42)
Chances are, you’ve heard of putting cold spoons over your eyes to alleviate puffiness. But, sometimes you wake up and your entire face is puffy (long night?). There’s a solution for that—ice rollers. Using an ice roller before applying any product to your face will instantly firm and tighten the skin, creating the perfect surface for application. Ice rollers can also alleviate irritation from peels and abrasive products if you find yourself in need of relief.
Tinkle Eyebrow Razor ($6)
Do you know what else creates the perfect surface for product application? Smooth, hairless skin. That’s right—shaving your face could make that slight difference you’ve been looking for. Dermatologists call it “dermaplaning” and it can be done at home every so often to really offer that flawless finish for foundation.
Does your favourite foundation provide too much coverage, yet your tinted moisturiser doesn’t offer enough? Try adding a bit of facial moisturiser, drop by drop, to your foundation. By diluting the mixture, you can custom create the perfect amount of coverage for your preference (with the added bonus of hydration). The brand Cover FX has capitalised on this fool-proof makeup artist trick with their product Custom Cover Drops ($62). You can save yourself a lot of product while customising your coverage by adding the drops to anything emollient (moisturiser, primer, or pre-existing foundation). Brilliant!
Inika Inika Light Reflect Creme ($39)
To amp up your glow without the addition of a fancy primer, mix a liquid or powder highlighter into your foundation. The iridescence will create a dewy finish with minimum effort and product. If you have a shimmery, natural-colored eye shadow lying around, mixing that in will work just as well.
Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Colour Stick ($31)
For that radiant and natural lit-from-within flush, try applying cream blush before foundation or tinted moisturiser. The application of foundation on top of the blush diffuses the makeup look and creates the illusion that the color is coming from your skin. It’s the perfect way to seem beautifully and naturally flush.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil ($38)
The best way to fill in your brows is to brush them down first. You can then fill in the upper edge or line of the brow with your favourite product, following the natural growth of hair and exaggerating where need be. Then brush your brows back up and continue to fill. Don’t fill up past the upper line you’ve created. When brushed out, the natural hairs will cover the upper line, retaining the shape while looking as natural as possible.
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder ($25)
To create dimension, always finish your routine by dusting bronzer on what I call the halo of your face. Bronze your temples, rim of your forehead, hollows of cheeks and jawline to build depth and liveliness in your look. This is the perfect technique to really awaken and round out your look.
Covergirl Professional Loose Powder ($15)
Never use finishing powders or products containing a lot of silica to finish or set your foundations. These products were created specifically for film and moving picture. The ingredients in these products can reflect light (specifically a bright flash in a dark room or at night) and create the illusion of thick white powder on your skin. It’s the “amateur” move that even a lot of professionals have mistakenly made.
If you’ve finished your face and you find yourself looking a bit too made up (or cakey), try spraying a finishing spray like MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ ($27) lightly over your face. The spray penetrates the foundation and helps to create a skin mimicking look. Basically, your skin will look more like skin and less like makeup. I use this technique often while creating the no-makeup makeup look. Plus, your face may stay in place a bit longer as an added bonus.
If you’re out and about and find yourself a bit too shiny, grab a toilet seat cover and dab your T-zone. You don’t always need to have expensive oil blotters on hand. As long as there’s a bathroom in reach, consider yourself mattified.
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