“Lashes often point straight out or down,” which can make them appear shorter than they actually are, explains Andrew Sotomayor, celebrity makeup artist. “Curling lashes upwards makes them look longer, lifts the eyes, and makes you look more awake.”
“The reason it can be hard to find the one perfect shade of concealer is because you really need two shades,” explains Sotomayor. “Use a shade that matches your skin to first neutralize the grey or brown undertone around the eyes. Then, layer a lighter concealer on top, and carry it out across the cheekbones for a brighter, more lifted look.”
The best antidote to a tired-out complexion is cream blush, says Rea Ann Silva, celebrity makeup artist and creator of the famed Beautyblender sponge: “Just a touch makes a huge difference!” Want to replicate a great look? “To apply, first find the apples of your cheeks by smiling. Then, using a makeup sponge, apply a dab of the blush, blending the color upward toward your temples until the edges are diffused. This results in a natural-looking rosy glow.”
Celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau’s top tip for banishing “bacne?” Make sure hair conditioner isn’t leaving an oily residue on your back – a little-known cause of many outbreaks. “After rinsing out your conditioner in the shower, put your hair up in a clip and wash your back, shoulders, and upper arms. I like using an exfoliating body cloth with a gentle shower gel for this purpose.”
A supple complexion might feel like an impossibility for sufferers of severely dry skin. “Many women with the condition resort to thick, chemical-laden creams”, says renown dermatologist and VMV Hypoallergenics founder Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell. “But these formulas can irritate and sting. Instead, try organic virgin coconut oil, an ingredient that prevents water loss and contains fatty acids that are native to human skin, so it goes so far as to help replace skin’s lost natural oils.
Tired Looking Eyes
Feeling envious that celebs manage to look well-rested no matter how busy they are? When even the most stalwart concealer in your makeup arsenal can’t keep you from looking tired, it might be time to give your skin a vitamin boost. “Massage topical vitamin C into under-eye area. When used in an eye cream, this ingredient has been shown to assist with capillary repair, constricting blood vessels under the eyes to make dark circles appear less noticeable,” says Renee Rouelau, who recommends a product like her signature Vitamin C Eye Serum. “When applying it – or any eye cream – use circular motions to stimulate stagnant blood flow that can contribute to darkness. Over time, the area should appear lighter.”
Jet-setters have mastered looking fresh-faced, however long their flight. “Traveling can be torture on the skin, so it’s really important to stay hydrated,” says Benefit’s Maggie Ford Danielson. “On long flights I always take a small plastic bag with some essentials for the flight: travel-sized eye cream, travel-sized face mist, moisturizer and tinted lip balm, and slap them on as much as possible throughout the flight. Also, skip the alcohol, which depletes moisture levels.”
As we age, our lips lose volume, but there’s a way to turn back the clock hidden in your spice cabinet, says Physicians Formula celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip. “I like to add a bit of cinnamon to my lip balm,” she reveals of a natural way to keep pouts full. “Cinnamon’s essential oils increase blood flow and imitate the mucosa of the lips to temporarily plump and turn out the lips, which is why the ingredient is used in expensive lip plumpers.”
Sleeping in Makeup
Whether it’s a red-carpet event or a long work day, exhaustion can leave some of us so beat that we sometimes head straight to bed without washing our face. If this sounds like you, try this tip for changing up your nighttime ritual. “Leave your cleanser by the kitchen sink instead of in the bathroom,” advises beauty expert Annie Ford Danielson. “That way, taking off your makeup will be the first thing you do when you come home rather than the last thing you do before you go to bed.”
Moisturizer That Won’t Sink In
Applying flawless makeup is virtually impossible if your cream or moisturizing oil hasn’t fully absorbed – but sometimes you just don’t have time to wait. “To speed up the process, lie on your bed and tilt your head all the way back while you massage the cream into your skin,” says Annie Ford Danielson. “This increases circulation, which in turn helps absorption.”
Nothing kills skin’s natural glow like overdosing on foundation–something fresh-faced celebs are well aware of. “To ensure you don’t use more than you need, apply concealer before liquid or powder foundation and you’ll find you won’t need as much,” says Maggie Ford Danielson. “I dab on concealer wherever I want coverage, let it settle into skin for a few minutes, then sparingly add a bit of foundation if more is needed.”
Makeup that Slides Off
Two extra little steps can add hours to the longevity of your look, whether you’re heading from event to event or simply don’t want to have to reapply after work. “Prep is key if you’ll be out ’til the wee hours,” says Annie Ford Danielson. “Using both a foundation primer and a shadow primer will really help skin grip onto the makeup and stay true to color all night long.”
“To avoid flakes, you want to exfoliate often — but gently,” says Renee Rouleau. “Just one use of a facial scrub can give you instantly smoother skin by removing dry, surface skin cells – but too much exfoliation can create irritation, inflammation, and dryness, negating the positive effects you saw in the first place.” The perfect dose for flake-free skin? “Use a mild facial scrub two to three times a week,” says Rouleau.
Sheer, luminizing foundations and tinted moisturizers may be popular right now, but Laura Geller, makeup artist and creator of the eponymous cosmetics line, recommends skipping them if you are trying to cover up redness or rosacea in your quest for flawless skin. “When you want to color-correct your whole face, it’s best to use a thicker, more putty-like formula. The more matte it is, the better the foundation will cling and conceal.”
A Pimple You Can’t Hide
“Blemishes notoriously show through concealer, negating the whole point of cover-up,” says Urban Decay Cosmetics creator Wende Zomnir. One red-carpet trick that works wonders in replicating spot-free skin? “For better camo, dab an eye shadow primer, like Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, on the blemish as your very first step. Then apply your concealer, which will cling to the primer and stay put.”
Too Much Blush
Going overboard on blush is easy to do – and the results can be aging, not to mention garish. But you don’t have to start all over if you’ve applied too much. “Press some loose powder into the cheek with a soft puff,” suggests consulting makeup artist Collier Strong of back-tracking to a softer look. “This will dilute and soften the color without removing your foundation.”
Slapdash Sunscreen Application
Most celebs are clued into the importance of protecting their skin from the sun, especially when they’re fair. To ensure an even layer of SPF protection from your facial sunscreen, apply it with a nylon-bristle foundation brush instead of your fingers! “Foundation brushes are designed to help products absorb into skin, making them perfect for sunblock,” says Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, consulting dermatologist for L’Oreal Paris and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The technique: Simply stipple and swirl.
“While face wash wipes are popular, they’re generally not effective at removing makeup and cleaning pores,” says celebrity makeup artist and facialist Wei Lang. “That’s why I always do ‘double cleansing’ at home and at the spa. “Use a wipe or cleaning oil first to remove makeup, then follow up with a gentle nonstripping gel cleanser to deep-clean.”
As any doctor will tell you, sunburns cause skin damage down to the cellular level, especially in fair complexions– but you can minimize the effects by taking immediate action. “First, head indoors right away,” says VMV Hypoallergenics founder Dr. Verallo-Rowell. “Then, as long as you’re not allergic, take two aspirin to reduce inflammation. Next, wrap the area with damp towels cooled in the fridge or cold compresses, which will prevent swelling and reduce blisters.”
To add warmth to skin and get an effect, Joanna Schlip recommends bronzer – but not just any formula. “Use a multidimensional bronzing powder that has multiple shades in one compact. It will read as more natural than a one-dimensional shade. You can also start with a matte bronzer in key areas, and then use a slightly shimmered bronzer all over the face for extra luminosity.”
Create a clean natural looking glow by customizing your own tinted moisturizer. The process is quick and simple. Just “add a drop of aloe” to your foundation, says celebrity makeup artist and Vanitymark cosmetics founder Brett Freedman. “The new formula you’ve created will thin out and adds just a tint of color and enough coverage,” he explains.
Getting dewy skin is all about skipping powders that will dull your glow–while still combatting shine. The secret? “Oil blotting papers, [which] remove the oils off the skin to give you the feel of freshly washed skin,” says celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau. In a pinch? “The type of paper used for toilet seat covers in public restrooms is similar to expensive oil blotting papers. Tear off a piece of this and press firmly on the skin. Voila!”
Unflattering Hair Color
“Hair color should make you look more beautiful,” says celebrity colorist Louis Licari. The easiest way to tell if a new color flatters your skintone? “If you find yourself wearing more makeup to keep your new hair color compatible with your complexion, then you have picked the wrong shade.”
6 ways to improve your body image
“Women are their own worst enemies,” says Christine Gerbstadt, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. We’re constantly judging ourselves and trying to measure up to some impossible, media-driven ideal. How do we change the negative self-talk? Read on.
Ditch the scale
If the number on the scale affects the quality of your day, it’s time to toss your scale. Anything that has the power to deflate you at just a glance should not be in your bathroom. “The scale does more harm than good for most people,” says Gerbstadt.
Still can’t rid yourself of your daily weigh-in? Focus on staying within five or ten pounds of your target weight instead of hitting an exact number.
Nix the negativity
Pay attention to the way you talk to yourself: “I’m fat, I look terrible, I hate my body.” “You wouldn’t say those things to a friend or a loved one,” says Leslie Goldman, author of Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-Imagining the “Perfect” Body. Start treating yourself the way you would treat someone you love and you’ll begin feeling better about your body.
If you’re secretly pining for Jennifer Aniston’s svelte physique: Stop. Striving to achieve a starlet’s body is fruitless, not to mention depressing. Instead, try to become the best version of yourself.
“Refocus on being healthy, fit, and as good as you can be, rather than trying to measure yourself against someone else,” says Gerbstadt. “Take a picture of yourself when you looked fabulous and measure yourself against that ideal – the way you looked when you were at your best.”
Censor the media
We’re constantly bombarded with images of physical perfection from billboards, television, music videos, and magazines. “It’s crucial for women to remember that these images aren’t real. They’re digitally edited and airbrushed,” says Goldman. “If you see an ad featuring a woman with a smooth, dimple-free tush that you haven’t had since you were 3 years old, turn the page.”
Focus on the positive
“The next time you look in the mirror, try to remember it’s just your body,” says Goldman. Then focus on your talents, the people who love you, and all the things you achieve every day. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including things you do that make your life satisfying, like making great chocolate chip cookies or making your kids laugh.
Grow into your own
As we grow older, we tend to become more accepting of the skin we’re in. “You start appreciating the sagging boobs, stretch marks, and protruding pooch and recognize that your body is a roadmap of where you’ve been and a reminder of how much you lived,” says Goldman.