What Makeup Artists Always Do (That You Don’t)

Faith Xue


We imagine the mind of a makeup artist must swirl with brightly coloured lipsticks and creamy (but never cakey) foundations, shiny glosses and powdery shadows, crisscrossing and intertwining into a kaleidoscope of shimmering colours. We imagine that’s what it’s like because we’ve seen this vision manifest via a slew of jaw-dropping makeup masterpieces IRL (like this one or this one)—hence, the “artist” moniker. But unlike other artists, makeup artists tend to be a generous bunch and are happy to share their trade secrets with those less brush-adept (e.g., never-satiated beauty editors). And like eager disciples, we lap up the wisdom, taking careful notes and even tentatively trying out their teachings on our own—albeit in the safety of our own bathrooms and not on an A-list celebrity, thankfully. Curious what this wisdom might consist of? We’ve got 10 perfect examples for you ahead. These are things that makeup artists have revealed to us they do that that we—in our blithe naïveté—had never even considered. Suffice it to say our lives have changed for the better since learning them. The question is are you ready for this life change? If so, keep scrolling to learn from the masters.

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