To share with you the most useful beauty tips, tricks, and secrets possible, we contacted the top makeup artists in our little black book. After separating the wheat from the chaff—or rather, the been-there-done-that from the trying-that-immediately—we present the cream of the crop to you below, organized by cheeks, face, eyes, lips, and brows.
Add your favorite blush to the cheeks before you apply foundation for a glow that looks like it’s coming from beneath the skin. A bright, warm pink at the apple is perfect for any complexion.” —James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn
“Apply two shades of blush for the perfect flush of youth. Pink, or anything in the red family should be placed on the apple of the cheek; it will give the effect of blood coming to the surface. Peach, coral, or anything in the orange family should be applied to the highest point of the cheekbone; that gives the effect of heat rising. Finish by bringing a matte bronzer to the skin where sun hits the face (forehead, cheekbone, bridge of nose, and chin).” —James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn
“When you need your blush to stay put for hours on end, layer a gel formula under a powder or bronzer.” —Petra Strand, creator of Pixi by Petra
“Halloween is the perfect time to stock up on some unexpected essentials. Fake blood is the ideal blush shade. Add it to the apple of the cheek for any skin tone—it looks like a natural flush of color coming though the skin.” —James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and director of artistry for Ardency Inn