Like magicians for the face, makeup artists know how to trick the eye into seeing an ageless facade. Here, their savvy sleight-of-hand secrets to gorgeous!
Plump lips with ‘disappearing’ concealer.
Before applying lipstick, dot a concealer in your skin tone (like L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer, ($3.49, Buy at Ulta, which comes in 43 shades) all around the top and bottom borders of lips; blend it out with a makeup sponge. The concealer blurs the outline of lips so you can apply lipstick above and below lip lines to create the illusion of a fuller yet still natural-looking pout.
Lift eyes with an eyebrow color ‘gradient’ trick.
Dip an angled brush into a matte eyeshadow one shade darker than brow hairs (we like Ulta Eyeshadow Singles, Ulta.com) and draw soft, hair-like strokes from the brow’s inner corner out to mid-brow, then use heavier strokes to add color from mid-brow to tail. The ombré effect pulls focus up and out to “thicker” ends, giving eyes a lifted look.
Smooth lines with an illusion primer.
Mix three drops of liquid foundation with three drops of a pearlescent primer (like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Booster Primer & Serum, $14.97, Buy at Walmart), then apply all over the face with a sponge. The primer thins foundation for a sheer wash of color that won’t settle into lines, while its illuminating particles deflect light from the face to visually diminish wrinkles.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.