10 Pro Makeup Artist Tricks You Need To Know.

We’ve always wondered how professional makeup artists work their magic. And no matter how hard we try, our own makeup just never seems to come out quite as nice—but that’s not the case anymore! Here are 10 tips the pros use regularly that will make your makeup look more fabulous.


1. Create a Radiant Base With a Good Moisturizer

Your kit must have a rich moisturizer perfect for all skin types that hydrates and preps the skin, leaving a gorgeous, dewy glow.


2. Get Rid of Redness With Eye Drops

Eye drops contain ingredients that constrict the blood vessels in your eyes, therefore making the redness go away. This same principle applies to pimples or other redness on the face as well. Just saturate a cotton swab with some eye drops and dab it onto the specific area. In a few minutes, the redness will be gone.


3. Powder In-between Primer and Foundation

One way to make sure your makeup lasts all day is to set your primer with a powder before applying foundation. It sounds odd (since we’ve always been told to never apply liquids on top of powders), but it actually works. Apply your regular face primer and dust a lightweight translucent powder over top. By doing this, you are locking it in, ensuring that the primer won’t slide around and disturb your foundation. But remember, moderation is key,applying too much powder will make the foundation application cakey.


4. Use a Beauty Blender to Apply Foundation

If you look in any makeup artist’s kit, it’s almost guaranteed you will find a Beauty Blender. This revolutionary makeup sponge’s patent-pending shape allows you to access every contour of your face. It is meant to be used damp, allowing for a flawless application and ensuring that makeup never looks heavy. It also comes in a variety of colors and even mini-sizes.


5. Apply cream blush, bronzer, and highlighter underneath foundation

But doesn’t that defeat the purpose of applying it? Not exactly. By applying a cream bronzer, blush and/or highlight underneath a lightweight foundation, you’re creating that natural “lit from within” glow that we all desperately want.


6. Use HD Powder Only in Small Amounts

Ever seen pictures of celebrities where it looks like someone threw baby powder all over their face? That’s what happens when flash photography mixes with too much HD powder. Some will say that it should be avoided completely in these scenarios, but that’s actually not the case. HD powders are made from 100% silica that reflects light. When they are applied to dry skin and a flash photo is taken, they give off the white cast we’ve seen so many times before. The trick here is to use these types of powders sparingly and in places where there is moisture, such as the T-Zone where we tend to get oily. This allows the powder to dissolve into the skin and assures that flashback won’t be a problem.


7. Color Theory

Color theory is the foundation of good makeup application. Most of the time, we actually use the wrong colors and undertones for our skin. To master color theory, look to a color wheel. Opposite colors, such as red and green, cancel each other out. So if you have a red pimple, applying a green toned concealer first will make concealing it 10 times easier. It’s also important to take into consideration the undertone of your skin or your Client’s skin, your eye color, and what works best with them. For example, purple makes green eyes pop (we are Africans we hardly have green eyes) and golden hues work best on warmer skin tones.


8. Eyeshadow Placement for Larger Eyes

If you have smaller eyes, eyeshadow placement is key in faking a wide-eyed look. Avoid using dark shades on the lid and the waterline, as they close off the eyes and make them look even smaller. Instead, use a light color in the inner corner and a nude pencil on the inner rims of your eyes. Also, when applying your crease color, try blending it upwards in the inner corner towards the front of your brow. This opens up the inner part of the eyes, making them appear larger.


9. Fake Elongated, Feline Eyes

Everyone wants sexy feline eyes, but unfortunately, not all of our eye shapes are naturally like that. However, there are a few ways to fake it. A classic winged eyeliner is the number one way to achieve beautiful, elongated eyes. If you have rounder eyes, try using a dark pencil in the lower waterline, dragging it all the way into the inner corner. Another small trick is to take a dark eyeliner (black for drama or brown for a more natural, everyday look) and create a small, triangular point on the inner corners of your eyes, following their natural shape.


10. Blot and Use Powder to Make Lipstick Last

The key to making any lipstick last is to layer. Start by lining and filling in your lips with a nude lip liner or one that matches your lipstick. Then, apply a light layer of lipstick with a lip brush. Hold a tissue over your mouth, blot the color, and dust a light layer of translucent powder over top. Repeat the process one or two more times for lip color that won’t budge.


Try these few tricks, and work your way to better and longer lasting makeup! You could also browse through our category for Make Up Artists http://www.54artistry.com/Makeup_Artists.html  and try out new Makeup looks!