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Mally Roncal is one of the most sought-after makeup artists. When she isn't ministering to Queen Bey, she's getting A-listers like J. Lo, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, and Heidi Klum all glammed up. But this frosted-pink, leopard-loving lady is also as down to earth as any girlfriend around. If you haven't caught Mally Roncal talking all things beauty on QVC, really you must, for the entertainment value alone.
Her eponymous products (available on mallybeauty.com) and techniques have one goal in mind: to help every woman look her most "gorgois" (her word). She calls it "bulletproof beauty," having a routine that's user-friendly, multi-tasking, and requires a minimal amount of touching up. We spoke with her to learn those lessons to have you looking and feeling your most glam. And yes, Beyoncé follows these tips too.
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Less is More
Okay, we've all heard this one before, but Mally believes a little concealer and a powder foundation is all the priming you need.
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Who Has Time?
Makeup doesn't need to take two hours to complete. With the right products and tips, you can expect to get completely made up in 15 minutes.
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Don't Knock the Gloss
Makeup trends come and go, but Mally believes that sometimes a sheer, pretty gloss is all that's needed to brighten one's whole face.
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Brushing your mascara inward, towards the bridge of the nose, can open up the entire eye. Let it dry, then take the mascara wand and fan out lashes from inner to outer corner.
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Create the appearance of bee-stung lips by skipping over the Cupid's bow. Really. Don't accentuate it when lining your lips. Instead draw a straight line from along the highest tip of the bow to the other, and then encircle the rest of the mouth. This makes lips look full and plump.
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If you're not using a waterproof eye liner, make sure to set it by dragging a corresponding shadow along the lash line to help it last.
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Don't be afraid to go all out on with false eyelashes. They're easy to apply and the effect can rarely be replicated with mascara alone.
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Coloring in and setting the eyebrows lifts the entire face. If you're wearing a veil, or lifting your hair off your face, the brow is important to the overall symmetry of your look.
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When trying to cover up dark undereye circles, try not to sweep concealer over the area in a "U" shape; instead do deeper in an exaggerated "V" shape, to help brighten the area.