Makeup tricks of the trade

Makeup Tricks Of The Trade (With Step-by-Step Photos)

by Elke von Freudenberg

Ever wonder how top makeup artists get their models looking so perfect in the magazines? There are so many great makeup products out there, but a little tip or trick can take an ordinary look and make it more polished.

Here are just a few tricks that we use behind the cameras that you can use to create a one of a kind look for yourself.

For Perfect Skin:

When tweezing eyebrows, make sure you don’t miss this crucial step. Make sure that the eyebrow starts and ends on the same horizontal line. If one end is too high or too low, it can make the structure of your eye look uneven. Use a spatula or your tweezers to make sure the eyebrows start and end on the same straight line.

SHOWN: Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
When tweezing eyebrows, the easiest way to make the process ouch-free is to lay your tweezers so it’s against your face. As you pull the hair, pull along the face, not up or out. This prevents the hair from breaking and keeps the sting to a minimum.

When applying concealer, don’t just concentrate underneath the eyes. Make sure to apply concealer on the eyelid as well. This keeps the eye shadow color looking even.

For a perfect concealer color match, mix a drop or two of foundation into the concealer to blend perfectly into the skin. A tone lighter only makes under eye circles appear “muddy” and “raccoon-like”.

Apply concealer close to the nose. This also brightens up the eyes as well as making close-set eyes appear wider-set.

A great photo trick: Once concealer and foundation have been applied, fold a Kleenex into squares and lightly press into the skin. This helps to absorb oils from the foundation and leaves just pigment on the skin. This is a great trick for oily skin, hot summer months or when extra coverage is needed, without the cakey look.

SHOWN: Makeup Brushes by TAKE ONE
To finish, apply a light application of loose powder down the middle of the t-zone, across the eyes and lips. If too much powder is applied in the beginning of the makeup, your skin appears shinier quicker.

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

4 Responses to Makeup tricks of the trade

  1. Jennifer C.

    I would love to have a pro teach me in person the tricks of the trade for a quick, natural look!

  2. Tina

    I over-tweezed my brows when I was 12 and they never grew back thick and full like they were before my mishap.

  3. Anna S.

    after a horrible experience with tweezing and waxing, i only use threading…

  4. Vanessa Flores

    Tina, I did the smae exact thing , If I could go back and just have left them alone they would be ok. Maybe a little hair here and there but not all the way to my eye lid. LOL i do not have a unibrow yet but that is only because I never shaved there

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