Celebrity Makeup Artist Secrets
Do you ever wonder why celebrities and models always look so good? Of course, they are blessed with good genes and the liberal use of Photoshop, but they also have access to cache of secret beauty products most consumers know nothing about. I’m talking about pro products and niche brands that seldom get press.
Cream blush is my go-to product for giving skins a glowing finish. Unfortunately, most cream blushes at the cosmetic counter tend to be sheer and fade away after a few hours. To the rescue is Ben Nye Cream Blush Wheel – six gorgeous neutral colors that blend perfectly and last for hours. And for around $18, a bargain!
Everyone loves lip-gloss, but it needs constant touch-ups to look crisp and flawless. The secret to a lip-gloss that stays put is invisible lip liner. Simply trace your lip line with a clear toned pencil (I adore Sally Hansen Invisible Lip Liner) and your gloss will stay for hours. Fabulous!
PRO TIP: Use invisible lip pencils to keep eyeliner in place, too.
Brows can make or break a face. To achieve perfect brows, most women need several shades of brow powder as well as a wax to seal the deal – but who wants to lug around all those products in their purse? I love Youngblood Brow Kit that comes with (in four shades) two powders and a matching wax as well as a dual sided angle brush/spoolie and a tweezer – everything you need in one mirrored compact. Perfection.
PRO TIP:Always shape your brows in natural light to ensure you see every hair.
One product that is a staple in every makeup artist’s kit isEmbryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. This miracle cream can be used as a primer, moisturizer or makeup remover. Highly concentrated, this wonder cream is perfect for all skin types and ensures a flawless foundation application.
PRO TIP: I like to use a dab on dry elbows or rough knees before applying self-tanner.
Concealer can be tricky. Every gal needs it, but apply too much or too little and you can have problems. Senna Cosmetics HD Hydra-Cover Concealer is foolproof every time you use it. Each compact has three shades to customize coverage. The light peach shade neutralizes blue/gray shadows under the eyes. The yellow shade conceals any redness around the eyes and face. The deeper neutral beige shade covers all facial flaws, blemishes and pigmentation. And it never gets dry or crusty under your eye.
PRO TIP: In a pinch, this concealer can be used as a full foundation or as an eye shadow primer.
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