Four Tips Every Makeup Artist is Keeping From You

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had makeup insiders spill out their secrets for us regulars, and help us achieve our full makeup potential? Sure it would! Well, we’ve got good news, people – we’ve gathered some of the best info from a few top esteemed experts in the field, so brace yourselves and note down everything you find useful!


An easy way to lighten your coverage options is by mixing foundation with moisturizer; this applies to when you already have a fuller coverage foundation. If you are looking to make foundation thicker, the best thing to do is mix in a touch of loose powder. To create a fresh look, add a light dusting of blush to the crease and around your temples to pull everything together.

A pearly white or golden eye shadow mixed with your foundation is perfect for a luminous skin effect and a radiance beyond compare.

Maggie Ford Danielson, Benefit global beauty authority advises that our complexion products (foundation, concealer, etc.) should match the inside of our arm, not the back of your hand, for us to get the perfect on-point shade and not look dirty. Isn’t it amazing how many makeup tips you can find online these days? We love it!



We all hope for some Cate Blanchett cheek drama but unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with such genetics. Still, good news is that there are tricks to achieve the high cheekbone thrill easily, that is – if you know how to apply the right product in all the right ways.

Celebrity makeup artist James Vincent says that the key is to “add your favorite blush to the cheeks before you apply foundation for a glow that looks like it’s coming from beneath the skin”. Apparently, a touch of warm pink blush at the apple works with every complexion and gives the face a perfect flush of youth.

To highlight your cheekbones you can experiment with anything in the red family by placing it on the apple of the cheek; it will imitate blood coming to the surface which is always super exciting.

Coral, peach or anything in the orange family gives the effect of heat rising and should be applied to the highest point of the cheekbone for the best effect.

A matte bronzer works perfectly as a finishing touch and is best applied to the skin where sun hits the face (cheekbone, forehead, bridge of nose and chin).


You know those days when your eyes look so puffed that you give away the impression of having spent the whole night before out drinking? Eeeek, we hate it when that happens! Luckily, the perfect trick to reduce puffiness is to pop eye lotion in the icebox and apply to lids before eye makeup. It will immediately give you the freshness you needed.

Kerry Cole, style director of Becca Cosmetics shares her favorite advice on mascara longevity, and we absolutely love it! Apparently, “to extend the life of your mascara, add a few drops of saline solution to the tube and swirl the brush around. This will reinvigorate and add moisture to the formula.” Cool, no?



Wouldn’t you love to find that perfect red that matches your complexion? Experts advise to use a color that has the same undertone as your complexion: cool uses cool, warm uses warm.

When you wish to neutralize the lip tone and make the lip color more vibrant, dab a color corrector all over your lips and reduce the effect of all layers that feel off.

The most awesome tip ever is probably the one Kerry Cole, style director of Becca Cosmetics taught us – to test lipstick on the inside of our finger rather than on the back of our hand – that way we’re able to see what the colour will actually look like on our lips as this part of the arm is the closest to the lip colour.


Peter Minkoff is a guest writer.