There are those of us who are fairly skilled with concealer and know our way around a mascara wand. And there are others (unicorns, mainly) who seem to come from another planet with their glowing faces, rosy cheeks and perfectly flicked eyeliner (that never, under any circumstances, seems to smudge). Here, the six secrets of ladies with next-level makeup game.
THEY PREP LIKE PROS
The more hydrated your skin is before you apply foundation, the better it will look—and ultimately last. The best way to do this is to take a few extra minutes to really massage the moisturizer into your face using small, circular motions and allow it to fully absorb before going in with your makeup.
THEY LAYER THEIR BASE
Much like smart dressing in the winter, the trick to getting your base to look smooth all day is to build in lightweight layers. Start by applying your concealer wherever you need it most (typically under eyes, over any blemishes and around the nose and mouth). Then use a sparing amount of foundation to even everything out. (Tip: Always blend in downward strokes to prevent it from catching in peach fuzz.)
THEY LAYER THEIR BLUSH
The key to getting that just-jogged glow? Two different blushes. Tap a creamy pink blush onto the apples of your cheeks first and then go in with a powder blush afterward to really set things in place. (Better yet, use two different shades like a cool pink and a warmer coral to create a more dimensional and natural-looking flush.)
THEY LAYER THEIR EYE MAKEUP
Sensing a theme here? OK, so this is what we’ve all been waiting for—the secret behind eyeliner that doesn’t smudge. It’s setting the line with a shadow in a similar shade on top. (And if you have really oily skin, use an eye shadow primer beforehand. It will basically change your life...or at least your makeup routine.)
THEY’RE NOT AFRAID OF SETTING POWDER
Stick to a translucent powder and use a powder puff instead of a brush to apply it (so you really lock things in instead of just sweeping more makeup on). Keep the application to your forehead, nose and chin (but skip the cheeks) so you don’t completely zap your face of that glow you just created.
THEY KEEP LIPSTICK ON HAND AT ALL TIMES
Listen, no amount of skill or prep or long-lasting formulas can keep lipstick looking fresh through sips of coffee and lunch. Ladies who always look flawless know this (and know the transformative powers of lipstick). Which is why they keep a tube of the stuff on hand and reapply as needed (like seconds before walking into a meeting).