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RealSimple.com: Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems

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After: Elizabeth Jamieson

What does Elizabeth think of her new pumped-up but professional look? “I feel natural but more put-together,” she says. “[Melissa] gave me the confidence to try more looks and step out of my comfort zone.” Two key tips she picked up: to use primer on her eyelids (it works not only as a base shadow but to brighten the eyes and help eye makeup stay on longer; it can also act as a shadow on days when Elizabeth wants to keep her routine pared-down but polished) and to use a small makeup brush to soften the color under her eyes. “I was lining my eyes straight,” says Elizabeth. “But smudging the shadow a bit makes my eyes look bigger.” Though she tends to reserve eyeliner for evenings out, her new lipstick is a daily must, she says: “Two Ton Tomato has become my favorite go-to lip color.”

How-Tos:

1. Brush primer over the lids. 2. Apply eye shadow in Ivory Slipper just under the brows and at the inner corners of the eyes to brighten the skin, act as a highlighter, and add some dimension to the eyes. 3. Line the upper lids as close as possible to the lashes with pencil. Using a small brush, smudge the liner a bit at the corners of the eyes, extending the natural line of the eyes to add drama. 4. Apply tinted moisturizer. 5. Dab highlighter under the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, in the cleft of the chin, and above the brows. 6. Using a big, fluffy brush, dust pressed powder over the face. 7. Fill in brows with pencil. 8. Under the eyes, use a small brush to apply Smoky Ember eye shadow; the line should be thick but diffused and soft. 9. Curl lashes; coat with mascara. 10. Apply blush. 11. Color in lips.

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

(Elinor Carucci)
RealSimple




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