Quick Makeup Tricks
Tips that will improve your looks in no time.
For Your Face
The problem: Lackluster skin.
The boost: Use tinted moisturizer and cream blush to make skin glow. “Apply moisturizer with a sponge right over any makeup you’re wearing,” says Kim Smith, a makeup artist in Fairfield, Connecticut. Try Olay Definity Color Recapture ($25 at drugstores). Then blend a pink or peach cream blush onto cheeks. Consider Stila Convertible Color in Peony ($25, stilacosmetics.com).
The problem: Tired eyes.
The boost: Wake them up with an illuminating shadow and a mascara refresher. Use a concealer under the eyes if needed. Next, sweep a sheer gold-flecked powder over lids and on the inner corners. Try Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Filigree ($18, lancome-usa.com). Also brush on one of the new mascara emulsifiers to rewet and smooth the mascara you applied in the morning.
The problem: Blah-looking lips.
The boost: Apply a berry-colored stain. It requires less precision than dark lipstick (just use a finger), and it won’t rub off. A rosy shade, like Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon ($25, beccacosmetics.com), flatters all complexions. Top with gloss for extra shine.
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