But no matter what type of makeup application you're after, we can all use some handy tips to make things easier. Before I sat down to write this post, I reviewed my notes from my session back in the spring with Val Garland (YSL's artistic advisor), and I was actually astounded by how much good advice she had.
So without further ado, may I present Makeup Tips You Can Actually Use:
- Do your eye makeup first. To prevent under-eye smudges, use a big blush brush to put powder under your eyes. That way, you can sweep it (along with any stray eye shadow) away after you finish.
- Skin should look like skin. If your foundation feels dry or cakey, you can easily correct it by applying a bit of moisturizer on top.
- Apply your eye liner with conviction! Tilt your head back slightly so that your eyes are half-closed and then sweep the brush across all in one motion. You can always fill in any gaps after.
- Another eye liner tip: do your worst side first. That way, it will be easier to match it on your "good" side.
- For a cat-eye effect (like Angelina Jolie's go-to look here), skip mascara on your bottom lashes—it will look more graphic and modern. (Mascara on the bottom lashes gives you more of a rounded-eye, 60s or 70s look.)
- Sculpting is a huge trend on the runways—but in real life, nobody wants to "look dead." Apply cream blush with your fingertips on the apples of the cheeks and just below the cheekbones.
- Set your makeup with a finishing or setting powder to "bring the look together."
- But then you need to "take something away" for a more natural finish. Use a fan brush to apply a dab of moisturizer on the tops of the cheekbones. It brings light back into the skin.
- Avoid using too much highlighter—it can make you look like the Tin Woman! Moisturizer works better for real life.
- After you apply lipstick, soften the edges with your fingers—it feels more sexy and modern. When it's too perfect, it looks old-fashioned.