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RealSimple.com: Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems

After: Elizabeth Osterhoudt

True to her word, Silver made only small corrections to Elizabeth’s regular makeup, but they had big impact. “I added eye primer to my routine,” says Elizabeth, listing the tips she picked up. “It makes a difference in how long my eye shadow lasts and gives my skin tone a consistent look. Melissa switched out my usual taupe eyeliner for a chocolate one, which made a big difference in how my eyes look. Wetting the makeup sponge helps the foundation glide on and blend easier. Using the eyelash curler opens up my eyes.” At first, she says, the new routine seemed a bit cumbersome (“I’m not a makeup girl, so I fumble around”), but now she has it down cold. “I’m still using the same amount of time, but I’m getting results that are 10 times better.”

How-Tos:

1. Brush primer across the eyelids. 2. Brush Truffle eye shadow in the natural crease of each lid, then extend the shadow to the outer corners of the eyes and onto the upper portions of the eyelids. “This will give more warmth and shape to the eyes,” says Silver. 3. Line upper lids with pencil, drawing it as close to the lash lines as possible. 4. Dab on foundation, then, using a damp sponge, blend into skin, including under the eyes, with additional dabs where more coverage is needed. 5. Dab corrector under the eyes, at the outer corners of the eyes, around the mouth, and at the outer corners of the nose: anywhere there’s redness. 6. Fill in brows with Cake Powder, using small, quick strokes. 7. Dust face with pressed powder. 8. Add eye pencil to the bottom lash lines. 9. Curl lashes, then stroke on mascara. 10. Apply blush on the upper parts of the cheeks; brushing it up toward the sides visually “lifts” the face. Dust a bit at the temples, too. 11. Line the lips with pencil, then finish with lip color.

See Elizabeth’s own photograph of herself, post-makeover.

(Elinor Carucci)
RealSimple




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