Beauty Cheat Sheet: 11 Pros Share Their Best Makeup Tricks

Updated 12/17/18
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If you’ve ever seen a makeup artist work, you’ll understand exactly why the term “artist” is in their title. Just like any other artist, they have a canvas (your face) and a talent for brushing, sculpting, and creating something exquisite out of what’s in front of them. We might do an adequate job on ourselves, but nothing quite matches the masterpiece-worthy results you can get with a pro. After all, they’ve got quite a few tricks up their sleeves us mere mortals know nothing about—until now.

We spoke with 11 celebrity and editorial makeup artists and asked them to share the one little-known beauty hack they swear by. From Jell-O powder lip stain to an eyelash balm, these are 11 tips you don’t want to miss. Keep scrolling to see them all!

Andréa Tiller

Clients: Allison Williams, Erin Heatherton, Amy Schumer
Pro Tip: “I learned this trick from one of the first artists I assisted back in the day, and still use it now because of how precise it makes mascara application. I use a small fan brush to wiggle mascara into the root of lashes. This is especially important if you are working on a blonde model or client and need to get right to the root of the lashes. I've been through a lot of fan brushes, but the one I love the most for this technique is MAC's #205 Mascara Fan Brush ($20) because it's the perfect size and can hold a lot of product for that perfect, full-lash look without the clumpiness!”

Carissa Ferreri

Clients: Gina Rodriguez, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick
Pro Tip: Sweep your bronzer over your eyelids for a barely there wash of color. It will make your eyes and cheeks pop in a natural-looking way!" We love the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30).

Darlene Jacobs

Featured in: Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar
Pro Tip: “I rub Lucas' Papaw Ointment into the eyelashes to add definition and shine when I'm doing a more natural makeup look and don't want to use mascara. It gives your lashes that wet look and makes your eyes look more intense—without looking ‘made up.’ Then, I brush a little into the eyebrows for the same effect. You can also dab a bit into the inner corners of your eyes with a Q-tip or your pinky finger to brighten your eyes!”

Edward Cruz

Clients: Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra, Roselyn Sánchez
Pro Tip: “As the seasons change, everyone’s skin gets dry. Once you apply foundation on top of those areas, the dryness become even more noticeable. When this happens, the remedy is simple: Using a Beauty Blender Sponge ($20), gently press a minimal amount of facial onto these dry areas. Your foundation will bond with the dry, flaky skin, unveiling a smooth and fresh finish.”

Gianpaolo Ceciliato

Clients: Dakota Johnson, Kate Hudson, Emily Ratajkowski
Pro Tip: “For a more natural contouring look, use two foundations. Blend the lighter one under the eyes, on the center of the forehead, and on the chin, and the darker one around the hairline, and on the jaw and cheekbones.” We recommend Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62) and Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation ($70).

Jamie Greenberg

Clients: Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, Anna Faris
Pro Tip: “I love using dry Jell-O flavorings as a lip stain! Dab a damp washcloth or paper towel into the powder and then immediately dab on your lips. You can even dab a little powder on your lips directly and then moisten! But beware—if you use your fingers, they will definitely be stained!"

Kirin Bhatty

Clients: Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Paré
Pro Tip: “Any time I'm putting a bright lip on anyone, I always buff a little concealer around the mouth with a loose shadow brush, like Smashbox’s #10 Brush ($24). By doing this, the area around the mouth acts like a frame for your lipstick—really showcasing that color and not letting it feather.”

Lina Hanson

Clients: Morena Baccarin, Portia de Rossi
Pro Tip: “My one hack that I always rely on is to mix my Global Face Serum ($85) with a nude shimmer eyeshadow, and then to dab it on the cheekbones, inside corners of the eyes, and on the eyelids for a dewy look. It works better than any liquid or cream highlighter because it doesn't crease. It also gives your skin a gorgeous glow!” 

Matin

Clients: Claire Danes, Kristen Bell, Georgia May Jagger
Pro Tip: “I apply eye liner under the lashes as dots, or with a flat brush, to darken the spaces between lashes. This way, I can make the lashes look very thick at the root and not depend on heavy, clumpy mascara to achieve the thickness and volume I want.”

Molly R. Stern

Clients: Reese Witherspoon, Lily Collins, Margot Robbie
Pro Tip: “Apply a spot of your highlighter to the Cupid's bow above your lips to make your pout more luscious, and on the inner corners of your lids to really open up your eyes!” We love Chantecaille's Liquid Lumiere ($39).

Vanessa Scali

Clients: Anna Kendrick, Ashley Greene, Lucy Hale
Pro Tip: “Whether it’s because of winter, flying, a rough night or two, when skin looks drab, there’s an easy way to infuse it with dewy color. Layer a touch of rich moisturizer (my favorite is La Mer’s The Moisturizing Cream, $295) with a pop of saturated color (I love Stila’s Convertible Colors, $25) to the apples of your cheeks. It will take your skin from drab to juicy in a flash!”

Clients: Anna Kendrick, Ashley Greene, Lucy Hale
Pro Tip: “Whether it’s because of winter, flying, a rough night or two, when skin looks drab, there’s an easy way to infuse it with dewy color. Layer a touch of rich moisturizer (my favorite is La Mer’s The Moisturizing Cream, $295) with a pop of saturated color (I love Stila’s Convertible Colors, $25) to the apples of your cheeks. It will take your skin from drab to juicy in a flash!”

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