So, you already know the fundamentals of proper makeup application. You know that a primer boosts the longevity of your look, and you need to take your time in blending your foundation and concealer.
When you are feeling adventurous, you experiment with vibrant eyeshadow and lipstick colors. And you may have already tried cobalt blue or bright coral eyeliners for your cat-eye.
That’s great. However, there are still a few other ways that you can be more playful with makeup to make your look stand out. Here are eight quick and easy tricks to do just that.
1. Use creamy peach eyeliner on the lower waterline.
This is one trick that works to create the illusion of bigger eyes without looking too ’70s retro. A creamy peach eyeliner on the lower waterline can also make your eyes seem brighter. Plus, it can make the eyeshadow you brush underneath your lower lashes pop even more.
2. Highlight under the lashes.
If you have never tried using any highlighting product under your lower lash line, give this a try. This is all the rage in Korean and Japanese makeup because it can make the eyes more doll-like and awake. You can even use a subtle liquid glitter liner for additional sparkle.
3. Inner eye corner sparkle.
Dabbing the inner eye area with a light shimmery shadow is a fantastic way to draw attention to your eyes. Whether you have an elaborate MOTD on or a natural no-makeup look, adding a little sparkle to that area can make your eyes pop. There’s nothing much to it, just brush a bit of highlighting color on the spot and blend the edges for a pretty glow.
4. Apply concealer over and under the brows.
When you have drawn your eyebrows, polish them up by applying concealer over and under them to fully define their shape. Work with a cream concealer and a brush to clean up the edges and make the lines sharp. Do this before applying eyeshadow to prevent muddying up your eye look.
5. Clean your mascara spoolie before using it.
To separate your lashes more effectively so building up for volume will not result in a clumpy mess, use the makeup school trick. Clean the mascara spoolie with a cleansing wet wipe before dipping it again in the mascara bottle for application. This will get rid of product buildup between the bristles that make combing through the lashes less effective and inefficient.
6. Use pink or peach lipstick as blush for a fresh face.
If you gravitate toward the faux all-natural look, use pink or peach lipstick as blush. After applying the protective base for your face, place three dots of the lipstick on the high points of your cheeks, and blend with your ring finger. This will create a subtle flush that naturally becomes more opaque when your skin heats up.
Extra tip: If you want a sunkissed flush, dab your nose bridge with the lipstick color as well and lightly connect it to the blush on your cheeks.
7. Apply highlight color at the center of your lower lip.
If you want your lips to look juicy and plump, dab a bit of highlight powder on your lipsticked lower lip. This glow from the highlighter creates the illusion of added dimension to your puckers. Here’s a quick guide on the best highlight colors for certain hues of lipstick:
- Cool red – periwinkle or silvery-blue highlighter
- Warm red and peachy corals – cream or light yellow highlighter
- Mauves and plums – lilac or light taupe highlighter
- Browns – champagne or beige-gold highlighter
8. Highlight your Cupid’s bow and the center of your lower lipline.
This trick is an excellent way to define the shape of your lips even more while also giving them a plumper appearance. Using your ring finger, sweep your face highlight on these areas and diffuse the color by blending it outwards.
There is no limit to the creative possibilities with makeup. As you experiment with it even more, for sure, you will find new and fun ways to elevate your makeup looks further.
And, if you want tried-and-tested professional tips, you can always sign up for a professional makeup artist course. The course will cover all the unique ways top makeup professionals achieve stunning looks every single time.
Toni Malt is the Middle East’s leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic creations, Toni’s creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper’s BAZAAR, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.