Leave it to the pros to invent new ways to use the same products.
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Backstage at the bridal collections we learned a few new wedding makeup tips using essentials you already have in your cosmetics bag. Here, expert tricks you will want to try out for the big day.
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Steer clear of brown contour powder when getting ready to say your I do’s as it can make skin look muddy and dull. Artistry makeup artist Rick DiCecca, who created this ladylike look at Pamella Roland, instead tells brides to use their blush brush and blush to sculpt cheekbones. Align the brush with the middle of the ear and sweep it downward toward the corner of the mouth. Then apply the same color to the apple of the cheek and sweep it toward the temple.
To find your perfect flush, DiCecca recommends squeezing your hand into a tight fist, and then picking a shade that best matches the color of your fingertips. For this Downton Abbey-inspired effect, he used Artistry Signature Color blush in Soft Rose (available this fall, amway.com).
When it comes to achieving a glowing or matte complexion, it’s all about the type of brush you use. At Naeem Khan, New York-based makeup artist Daniel Martin paired Mary Kay TimeWise Luminous-Wear Foundation ($22, marykay.com) and a Dior Fluid Foundation Brush ($45, dior.com). The tapered tool laid down a sheer coating of makeup, creating a dewy finish. To achieve a matte finish instead, reach for a large, plush brush like the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfect Brush #7 ($48, itcosmetics.com).
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Apply Eye Shadow That Goes the Distance
Hint: Use gel eyeliner.
For a cream eye shadow that won’t budge, Bobbi Brown makeup artist Cassandra Garcia relies on Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle ($29, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). Instead of lining the eyes, Garcia used the shade Sunlit Bronze in a wash across the lids to create a smoky look at Reem Acra. She skipped the brushes and used her fingertip to swipe the shimmering cream on and achieve a sun-kissed effect.
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Add Primer From Head to Toe
Under foundation, primer blurs imperfections, hydrates, and creates a perfectly smooth canvas, but it can also work on areas other than your face. Backstage at Monique Lhuillier, MAC makeup artist Gina Bettelli used MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Primer ($41, maccosmetics.com) on models’ décolletage, arms, and legs for a photo-ready finish. The illuminating pearl powders brighten skin, and caffeine helps tone down any redness. Plus, no need to worry about anything getting on the dress; primer disappears upon application, leaving only a radiant glow.
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For a custom and instantly flattering lip color, Kevyn Aucoin makeup artist Viviana Martin recommends layering any two lipstick shades. For the Little House on the Prairie-inspired Claire Pettibone show, Martin kept the makeup easy, blending Evermore and Uninterrupted—two light pink shades of The Matte Lip Color ($33, nordstrom.com)—with a dab of gloss at the center of the mouth for a soft, three-dimensional pout. Apply lipstick with fingers for the most natural finish.