Ten Tips

I’ve got a busy month ahead of me, so I wanted to get a quick blog post out while I can.  Since I’ll be gone ’til November, just like Wyclef, I thought I’d leave you with a few makeup tricks I’ve picked up or learned over the years.

1) When you’re applying any kind of cream product, let it sit on your hand for a minute so your body heat can break it down. It will apply much more smoothly if it’s warmed up.

2) But do the opposite with your nail polish. Believe it or not, keeping it in the fridge slows down the clumping/gunking up process that often happens. I actually have more nail polish than food in my fridge, but don’t tell my mother.

3) If you like a foundation but find it to be a little too thick, simply mix it with moisturizer before applying. This will make the product lighter, which will also give you less coverage.

4) Rule number 4, I know you heard this before–never pump a mascara wand in and out of the tube.  All that does is allow air in, which will dry the formula out.

5) A little off-white pencil eyeliner will brighten tired eyes when applied to the waterline.

6) When doing a smoky eye or any other heavy eye makeup look, do your eyes first. Wipe away the shadow fallout that will likely occur under your eyes, on your cheeks and/or on your cheekbones with a cotton ball, then apply the rest of your makeup. This way you won’t to have to re-do any foundation or undereye concealer.

7) For long-lasting lip color, outline and fill in your lips with a pencil that’s the same color as your lips or the lipstick you plan to wear. This gives the lipcolor something to grab onto, and when the color starts to fade, you won’t have a telltale outline underneath.

8) If you overdo it with your blush, don’t try to remove it. Just go over it with some translucent powder on a buffing brush.

9) Speaking of blush, unless you’re specifically going for an 80s or similar look, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and lightly blend up and outwards.  Applying straight across the cheekbones gives a dated look.

10) If you’re worried about, as my friend’s daughter Katha would say, “old-ish” eyes, keep the bottom lashline eyeliner minimal and blended. A harsh line will make your eyes look more…old-ish.

Hope these tips get you through the month! I’ll try to post more if I can, but I’ll be working long days on a movie set and will probably be pretty fried when I get home every night.

Have a beautiful day 🙂