What makes this sublime look so versatile? It flatters all complexions, and you can do it yourself. Get makeup instructions even shaky hands can't flub.
Our first tip? You'll need more makeup than usual if it's going to last all day and be beautiful in pics. "What seems great in person can appear washed out on film," says Jenna Menard, a New York City makeup artist. Have a friend snap photos, and adjust till you're satisfied.
Smart essentials -- like these Laura Mercier brushes and other problem solvers -- will do half the work for you:
Sponges to calm jittery fingers (beauty.com); Q-Tips dipped in makeup remover to fix smudges (at drugstores); A wide-cage eyelash curler to create smooth curves (shiseido.com); Oil-absorbing papers to lift shine (earththerapeutics.net); Visine Maximum Redness Relief Formula to brighten eyes (At drugstores); Wet cleansing clothes to exfoliate lips and prep them for color (At drugstores).
For your foundation, drop a quarter-size amount of liquid base onto the back of your hand, dip in a damp sponge, and perfect the middle of your face first, where skin is often reddest. Work out toward your ears, skipping eyelids. We like Clinique Even Better Foundation.
For your concealer, Heather Currie, a Los Angeles makeup artist, uses two formulas: a creamy kind for the action-packed eye area, and a drier one to stick to blemishes. She suggests Amazing-Cosmetics Amazing-Concealer (ulta.com) and Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer (barneys.com).
"Both steps open up and frame the eyes," says Daniel Martin, a New York City makeup artist. To fill in brows, hold an ash-toned pencil horizontally (warm shades photograph red) and use short, quick strokes to apply color from the inner eye outward. Then blend with a brush; Martin likes Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil.
Start by dabbing a shimmery beige cream onto your lids that helps brighten eyes with its light-catching flecks. Try Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Glammy Goes To (ulta.com).
Next brush powder shadow from lash to crease. The cream underneath acts like primer, helping powder stay put. Pick a matte hue one tone darker than the base shadow so sparkle peeks through beautifully, not blindingly. We used MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Bamboo.
Cut a clear strip into small clusters of six strands. Skip the tricky tweezers and grab one bunch with your fingers, then dip it in glue. Blow on it, and attach to the outer corner of your lash line. Lay sections side by side until you reach the iris. Ardell Invisiband Lashes in #108 work well (sallybeauty.com).
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