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RealSimple.com: Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems

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After: Ivy Pittman

“Who would have known? Something as simple as mascara!” says Ivy about her new look. While the ramped-up, eye-focused routine Silver created for her involves more products and steps than she was used to (“I find it easy but it takes me about 20 minutes as I take caution in applying the makeup correctly,” says Ivy), she likes the results, and “the fact that I have [almost] everything is an incentive.” And though she’s still getting used to the process (and prefers her usual gold lipstick), she’s experimenting more with makeup—and using mascara daily.

How-Tos:

1. Brush primer across the eyelids and up under the brows. 2. On the lids and in the creases, brush on the bronze shade from the Anastasia eye shadow palette. 3. To help minimize wide-set eyes, apply a second, darker color (Silver used eye shadow in Saddle) over the entire creases. 4. Line the top lids with pencil; smudge it slightly. 5. Lightly run a dampened makeup sponge over the face to apply foundation. Dab some on under the eyes, too. 6. Using a big, fluffy brush, set the makeup by lightly dusting the face with loose powder. 7. Fill in brows with eyebrow pencil. 8. Line the lower lashes with eye-liner pencil. 9. Brush on mascara. 10. Color lips with lip gloss. 11. Line the upper lip with pencil (when you have a natural lip line, as Ivy does on the bottom, you don’t need liner). 12. Pat blush on the high point of the apples of the cheeks, above the eyebrows (to give face and skin tone a lift), and a tiny bit on the bridge of the nose. This will add warmth and color: “Foundation takes away color to even out the skin tone, then you have to add some back,” says Silver.

See Ivy's own photograph of herself, post-makeover.

(Elinor Carucci)
RealSimple




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