Makeup Artist Val Garland Shares Her Beauty Tips

Makeup tips you can actually use.
Michelle Villett
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Makeup tips you can actually use.

So yesterday we took a look at YSL's newest makeup offerings, which are making me want to get all glammed up a la Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. (Visuals here—kind of a similar look, isn't it?)

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
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    —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
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    —it feels more sexy and modern. When it's too perfect, it looks old-fashioned.

Missed Part One? Check out YSL's Autumn Look and more visuals here.