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Here Are ALL The Makeup-Artist Approved Tricks You Need To Know

How to look your best, every day

Here Are ALL The Makeup-Artist Approved Tricks You Need To Know

Whether you want to look your best on your big day, need some make-up tips for a summer party or just want to enhance your everyday routine, these tips and tricks from make-up artists will help you on your way. Professional make-up artists are finally spilling their secrets so you too can achieve A-list perfection at home with no fuss and no extra cost. Read on to discover how to be red carpet ready in no time at all and what ever you do – don't tell...


Test lipstick on your fingertip

"Test lipstick on the inside of your fingertip, rather than on the back of your hand. The pad of your finger closely resembles your own lip colour, so see which one looks best there, then move to the lips."—Kerry Cole, style director of Becca Cosmetics 

Look inside for lip colour inspiration

"Pull your bottom lip down and look at the inside colour. Pick a lipstick shade that's either lighter or a bit deeper but along the same tone as the inside of your lip. Oh, and don't do this in public."—Maggie Ford Danielson, Benefit global beauty authority

Make lips look bigger

"Apply highlighter all around your lips to make them look bigger – it'll enhance the contour. You can also use highlighter under the eye to make your eyes look wide awake. Simply add it under the lower lashes" - Tom Pecheux at Derek Lam

Go au natural

"The best way to get a natural lip shade that'll suit you is to buff your lips with a lip scrub – it'll bring all the colour to the surface giving you the perfect rosy tint," Val Garland at Monique L'huillier


Apply everything backwards for a natural glow

"Add your favorite blush to the cheeks before you apply foundation for a glow that looks like it's coming from beneath the skin. A bright, warm pink at the apple is perfect for any complexion."—James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

Opt for a two-tone blush

"Apply two shades of blush for the perfect flush of youth. Pink, or anything in the red family should be placed on the apple of the cheek; it will give the effect of blood coming to the surface. Peach, coral, or anything in the orange family should be applied to the highest point of the cheekbone; that gives the effect of heat rising. Finish by bringing a matte bronzer to the skin where sun hits the face (forehead, cheekbone, bridge of nose, and chin)."—James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

The best way to apply foundation

"For light coverage apply your foundation with your fingertips, for a medium coverage use a brush and for a full coverage finish use a make-up sponge." Tom Pecheux, make-up artist

Don't be afraid to experiment

"For a luminous skin effect, mix your foundation with a golden or a pearly white eyeshadow. It gives your complexion a radiance beyond compare."—Nicolas Degennes, creative director of Givenchy beauty


Dry shampoo isn't just for greasy hair

"Dry shampoo is the best product to add texture, but in a really understated way. You'll look like you've just woken up and looked fabulous rather than looking totally polished"- Hairstylist at Noon by Noor using Fredrick Fekkai


Make your lashes longer and thicker

"On my clients, instead of pulling the lashes outward, I pull the mascara brush toward the bridge of their nose. This actually fans the lashes open to give the eyes a starburst effect." Mally Roncal, make-up artist

Apply highlighter instead of eyeshadow

"To make matte skin look glowing, add a highlight to your eyelids. I like to use a slick of Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm. It’s a great backstage trick because it’s so quick and really effective. There’s no need to add eyeshadow – just a slick of mascara will do." Yadim, Make-Up Artist 

Draw on fuller brows (literally)

"No. 2 pencils are the perfect graphite shade to sketch in natural eyebrow hairs. Sharpen one to a point and draw in lightly for a finished brow."—James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn

Fake Feline Eyes

"Apply mascara before liquid liner to create a guide for the perfect cat-eye flick."—Sarah Lucero, global director of education and artistry for Stila


Felt tip pens create perfect mini nail art

"Use an eye liner felt tip pen to create minimal nail art - just make sure you seal it with a top coat" - Jenny Draper, for Loreal Paris at Julien Macdonald

Magic Mani Extender

“To make your manicure last even longer, make sure you take the polish over the edge of the nail. This seals the tip to avoid chips and flakes.” Michelle Saunders, Nail Expert

Find the right nail shape

"The sexiest nail shape? It's the one that matches the shape of your cuticle" Nail Guru, Deborah Lippman's Husband, Jude

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