Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What are the best makeup tips and tricks you’ve gleaned from makeup artists? Share your favorites!

Temptalia's Answer.

Always take care of your skin, wear blush/lipstick with your eye makeup, and makeup hygeine.

Thanks to Kim for this question!

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32 thoughts on “What are the best makeup tips and tricks you’ve gleaned from makeup artists?

  1. Miss Payne

    Primers galore! Primer’s are verrrry verrrry useful little devils!

  2. AlyxVeee

    Add some moisturizer to your eye concealer, so it blends in and doesn’t cake and look unnatural. I really love that bit of advice.

  3. AnnaS

    I’ve learnt how to use facial oils for radiance and how to steam clean my face daily. I use a warm muslin cloth with a few drops of lavender oil and place it over my face, breathe in deeply and let the steam do its work.
    I apply facial oil daily and the combined results have been amazing.

  4. Always wash your face before you go to bed, even if you don’t wear makeup… and even if it’s with a makeup wipe!

  5. Mora

    i learnt using concealer from bobbi browns book “makeup manual”.

    I was surprised by the effect. I look more awake and quite healthy without these dark circles under the eyes.

  6. virgg

    How to apply creme blush and to wear lip liner under lipstick :)

  7. Avatar of T Violet tremorviolet

    I’m not sure if these count as tips or just advice but here goes:

    1) Where you first place the brush is where the most color is deposited so think carefully about how you apply your eyeshadow. Sounds obvious but it made a huge difference in how I apply my eye-makeup.

    2) You can wear almost any color, no matter how bright, even to the office, if you surround it with the right neutrals.

    3) You can’t just put on the eyeshadow (no matter how skillfully applied) and expect a polished look. It takes a lot of products and attention to detail to get a nice, finished overall look.

    4) It’s a make-up brush, not a magic wand. Make-up enhances your features but won’t change them, work with what you’ve got. (I gotta admit this one bummed me out, I used to think that if I just got good enough at make-up, I’d magically look like Cate Blanchett. Nope. :( I look like a more polished version of me but it’s still me. )

  8. I don’t know, how to do a cateye/different liner tricks with a nice gel or liquid liner?

    Most of the skills i’ve seen makeup artists use are ones i see here, or on some other beauty blogs. Actually having someone make me up usually doesn’t breach anything i haven’t seen somewhere else.

    Apologies if i’m incoherent. my boss is threatening my job right now so i’m still so angry I’m shaking.

  9. Mirna

    Use a matte eyeshadow to fill in eyebrows.

  10. Sally

    Use a lipliner that matches your lips underneath your lipstick to avoid the dreaded ring around your lips.

    Waterproof mascara holds curl better than non-waterproof.

    and

    To contour your eyes by putting a darker shade in the crease in order to create depth. (If you have very flat eyes like I do!)

  11. Avatar of Jenni Jenni

    Blend blend blend!

  12. Avatar of Schara Thincspot

    Putting concealer and foundation on AFTER my eye makeup. I apply eye cream under the eye and eye primer on the lid to a freshly washed face and do my eye makeup. After it’s done (and I wipe all the little mistakes up with a q-tip and EVOO, I apply my primer, foundation and concealer. This way I don’t have to try and even out my (re-applied) concealer and foundation with any mistakes I’ve had to wipe off.

    • I have heard this too by many. No matter how hard i try i always get splothes of mascara on my already made face! My makeup routine is changing as i type this. lol

    • Mithi

      yes, I love this advice! no fun fixing your mistake AND rubbing off your foundation.

  13. Hiromi

    Mix pigments with clear lipgloss. Use Fix+ as mixing medium. Do eye make-up before applying foundation.

  14. Rosanna

    Fill in your lips with lipliner, add lipstick, then gloss for an overall trick to keep your lipstick colour on for hours. Learned from the Chanel makeup artist that did my highschool graduation. :D

  15. Avatar of aradhana aradhana

    i suppose it wasn’t really a ‘trick’, but the best advice from an mua would be the one mac artist who recommended me my first proper makeup brush (239 of course) and ricepaper/saddle shadows…all staples for me…
    after that it’d be brush related again, with the pencil brush and smolder eye kohl…
    i guess both examples are tools/colours/products that work really well for me.

  16. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Learning how to contour the face and eyes. I hated blush until I realized how much better my bone structure was with it.

  17. Kaye123

    Shimmer above the crease makes you look like a crystal ball. Matte go above the crease and then you use a shimmer under brow to break the shimmer up.

    Blending is key.

  18. Haylie

    Skin care. Always use moisturizer and eye creams. Always, period.

    Your makeup looks better when you have better skin. So true.

    • I think skincare comes before makeup too. Where I live people hardly wear makeup on a daily basis, so I would automatically look out of place if I ever wear a full made up face anyway. Also, someone told me once taking care of your skin means regularly taking a break from make up, and also primers are really bad for your skin. And if you take care of your skin, you wouldn’t need a ton of makeup anyway.

  19. Aida

    For a sexy pout, apply highlighter (like MAC’s cream color base, Shell) above the upper lip on the “V” section ;-)

    • Rengirl

      How to apply liquid foundation with a duo-fiber brush. I really hated liquid foundation and it always looked awful on me until I learned how to stipple it on. Now I hate leaving the house without it.

  20. Avatar of Linda Linda

    Use a good shade of eyeshadow and a nice eyebrow brush for doing your brows…specifically Bobbi Brown Blonde for me, with the BB eyebrow brush.

  21. Salvinia

    The BEST tip I ever learned was to use eyeshadow base!
    I have pretty oily eyelids and any shadow I put on will inevitably crease within a few hours if I don’t use base, so who knows how I ever got along before learning about it…

  22. Em

    It’s better to use matte eyeshadow for matured skin, just use the shimmer ones for brow bone or tear duct.