Bright (but super wearable) summer lips
When he’s prepping beauties like Lupita Nyong’o for the red carpet, makeup artist Nick Barose loves layering a sheer nude lipcolor over a lipstain in either bright fuchsia or punchy orange. “That way you get fresh nude lips with a pop of color,” he says. His trick: Apply Armani Lip Maestro (try Red Fuschia or Tibetan Orange) to stain lips with bright color, then top with Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in a nude shade (try Heaping Hazelnut or Whole Lotta Honey).
Smokey eyes with shimmering dimension
Sometimes smokey eyes tend to look a little flat, no? Barose (who also counts Emma Roberts and Kerry Washington on his A-list client list) has the perfect antidote: “Apply matte powder eyeshadow first, then dab metallic creamy shadow just in the center of your lids so it looks more 3D,” he says. Dust on L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Eye Shadow in Lush Raven first, then use your fingertip or a brush to dab on the shimmery Lancome Color Design 24H Crease Free Luminous Shadow in Forever Noir.
Luminous skin with (practically) invisible pores
Tinted moisturizer with subtle shimmer is brilliant for evening out skintone and adding a natural glow. But as anyone with visible pores (i.e. anyone who’s human) knows, the dewy effect can sometimes make pores look bigger. Counteract the effect with this genius tip from Barose: Prep skin with a pore-perfecting primer first, then layer on a glow-boosting tinted moisturizer. His favorite combo: Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector underneath Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint.
Wish your skin could have that romantic-restaurant glow anytime? Try this combo from Barose (who’s behind Alicia Keys’ radiant look). “Layer liquid blush underneath liquid highlighter to create a candlelit glow,” he says. Start by smoothing Armani Maestro Fusion Blush on cheeks, then blend a dab of Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust on top. Doubling up on two softly luminous liquid formulas is what’s key for believable glow.
Beautifully bold brows
Unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock, you know that brows are having a serious moment. Makeup artist Fiona Stiles uses this combo to give Elizabeth Banks a gorgeous, strong brow. “Bold brows require a one-two punch,” she says. “You need to fill them in just so, and then lock them into place with a brow gel. I prefer a pencil to shape brows. Make sure it’s nice and sharp so you can draw the hairs on in feathery hair-like strokes, then use a brow gel to set them.” Fill in skimpy brows with Anastasia Brow Whiz pencil, then set in place with Anastasia Brow Gel.
Long (and lush) lashes
Two is better than one, especially when it comes to mascara. Stiles always uses two different formulas on her A-list clients to give them enviable lashes. “The key is to use a volumizing formula and a lengthening formula,” she says. “Push the volumizing formula deep into the lash line, and then use the lengthening formula to draw out the lashes. One formula and one brush type just can’t do it all!” Her picks: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes to plump and Lancome Hypnose to lengthen.
Ever wonder why your concealer just isn’t getting the job done? Layering to the rescue. Makeup artist Georgie Eisdell (who counts the always-radiant Carey Mulligan as a client) tops concealer with a two-product combo to fake the look of impeccable undereyes. “The under-eye area is so delicate and fine. Too much concealer can cake and age the skin,” she says. “I use a small amount of concealer where I need it, then I apply an under-eye brightener across the whole area. Then I powder very, very lightly with a soft fluffy brush so not to deposit too much powder.” Apply your go-to concealer, then blend on Dior SkinFlash Radiance Booster Pen and top with a sheer loose powder like La Mer The Powder.