Makeup artists always have tricks up their sleeves that they use to create a perfectly made-up face. Sometimes, such tricks help artists to save a lot of time and money. We decided to learn more about the tricks they use in their work. We are sure that you will find them useful.
We want to share non-obvious, yet effective tricks from professional makeup artists.
1. Wash your sponges before you put any product on them.
Wash your sponges right before using them and pat them dry with a towel. Spread the product on your face with a patting motion. This tip will help you to not only save a lot of money on cosmetics (because less of it will be absorbed by the sponge) but to also create a more natural look. Additionally, the highlighter will be more resistant if you put it on the face with a wet brush.
2. Don’t keep your cosmetics in the bathroom.
Aside from the fact that bacteria reproduce in warm and wet conditions faster, humidity and high temperature that can’t be avoided in a bathroom, worsen the quality of cosmetics. Professional makeup artists put special absorbents into their bags with cosmetics (the same ones that are used in shoe boxes to avoid extra humidity).
3. Make your eyebrows look more natural.
Put any eyebrow pencil against your arm first and choose the color that matches your eyebrow shade. Use a flat brush to put the product on the eyebrow to make it look thicker. In order to style the eyebrows, you can use men’s wax for mustaches: it is completely invisible. Put the wax on the tip of the eyebrow. This makeup will look more natural.
4. Hide little wrinkles.
If you have little wrinkles on your eyelids that you would like to hide, use matte shadows. If you still want the eyelids to glow a little, put some color on top of the matte shadows, but only on the center of the eyelid.
5. Use a palette.
Makeup artists often mix different products to get the effect they need. To do this, artists use special metal palettes, but you can simply use a mirror or a plastic cream lid. Unlike an arm, such a surface won’t heat the product or absorb it. You can mix shades of lipsticks, foundation, shadows, or anything you want. Like an artist, you can create the color and texture you need at that particular moment.
6. Every blush shade should be where it belongs.
Put pink and red colored blush on the cheeks, peach-colored ones just over the cheekbones, and bronze-colored shades should be under the cheekbones. Makeup artist, James Vincent says that this is how you can recreate the natural blush that appears when the blood flows to the face. If you put the blush on this way before the foundation, they will look even more natural.
7. Choose the color of your cosmetics carefully.
We are often disappointed by the way a new lipstick looks on our lips. That’s because when we first tried it on our palms, the color looked completely different. It’s all about the difference in skin color on various parts of the body. The skin on the lips is way brighter than the skin on the hands. So, when choosing the color at a store, it’s best to try it on the tips of your fingers where the color is almost the same as on the lips.
When choosing a foundation, you also shouldn’t test it on the hand where the color is darker than on the face. Put a little bit of cream on the inside of the forearm or on the spot where the neck starts.
8. Don’t forget about the insides of the eyelids.
When putting makeup on your eyes, don’t forget about the insides of the lower eyelids. Usually, this is the spot that gives away a look of tiredness. A dark pencil will make the eyes look “cat-like” and more expressive, and a lighter one will make your look more voluminous and open.
9. Remove makeup without spending extra money.
Hollywood makeup artist, Tony Fleshman is sure that her favorite makeup removal product after years of searching is regular baby shampoo. It’s great for removing even the strongest makeup and it doesn’t make the skin dry. You can also use shampoo to wash your brushes.
10. Change the color of your concealer.
In order to hide imperfections on your skin, professional makeup artists use different colors of concealers: if you have dark circles, you can use a pink color, if you have redness, you can use a green color. Together, the colors make a neutral gray tone that is easy to hide. If you don’t have a concealer of the necessary color, you can use a red lipstick to hide dark circles and matte shadows to conceal acne. Just mix them with your regular concealer.
11. Put the concealer on correctly.
If you spread concealer around your eyes in circular motions, you won’t get the optimal coverage. Instead, make an inverted triangle with the product and spread it with a brush. This way, you can cover the dark circles more naturally.