We've discussed our all-time beauty best tips (and where we learned them) as well as the beauty products that changed our lives. As beauty editors, we've definitely been around the block once or twice. Our passion for beauty allows for late-night research, daily product testing, and tons of experimentation with all things related to hair, makeup, skincare, and health. But there's nothing like hands-on experience. In that case, we defer to our favorite makeup artists—the men and women in the beauty trenches 24/7 with models, celebrities, editors, and anyone else who relies on their expertise. There's no one better to ask for tips, tricks, and makeup hacks.
Below, we've listed celebrity makeup artists' most vital tips for getting your makeup right—every time.
"Contouring isn't designed for everyone. One of my favorite tips ever given to me by another artist is 'Don't use all the tricks at once.' Instead, a cream highlight keeps the look clean, simple, and sophisticated. The idea is to evolve into the best version of yourself." — Tedrick LaMar, Butterfly Studio Salon makeup artist
"A blush palette can be used for so many things: blush, eye shadow, and lip color. One of my tricks is to use a little blush on top of lipstick to help set the color in and add a slight matte effect." — Achelle Richards, E.l.f. global artistic director
"Always do your makeup in daylight. If it looks good in the daylight, it will look good in any other lighting." — Sabrina Bedrani, Dior celebrity makeup artist
"To appear well rested, draw a line at the end of your lash line upward toward the end of your brow with concealer, and blend. Your eye will instantly appear lifted." — Caryn Bain, By Terry makeup artist
"We all love matte and liquid lipstick. To avoid overly dry, cracked lips, add moisturizer and primer before your lip color. This step is a must—don't skimp! The primer locks in the moisture to keep your pout smooth and consistent. I love a touch of oil and then to blot with a tissue. My best tip? Stain the pout with a cream lipstick that complements the matte color you are using. Then apply the liquid lipstick on top. This will help in preventing over-drying and help with long wear." — Tedrick LaMar
"Blend, blend, blend. From eye shadow to blush and bronzer to powder, your makeup will always look best if you take time to blend it out." — Dell Ashley, YSL director of makeup artistry
"Carry a pack of straws with you so you can sip your chosen beverage without ruining your lip color!" — Achelle Richards
"Prepping your skin is key. It starts with hydration—use a moisturizer that best suit your skin type. This can be game changing for your results. If you use the wrong moisturizer, the look you want to create may not hold up well. Primers are your friend. I prime everything on the face—eyes, lips, brows, and of course skin. Depending on what look you are trying to achieve, choose a primer that will directly benefit your efforts. If you are oily, use a pore-minimizing primer. I love Urban Decay's Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion ($31). It will ensure a matte finish all day." — Tedrick LaMar
"Make foundation look very natural. When in doubt, use less. Skin should always look like skin, never like a mask." — Dell Ashley
"Brows anchor the face and are a youthful focal point because they pull together an entire makeup look. Fill in sparse brows with a great pencil or tri-tip marker to better define an arch elongate the brow. Make sure you lengthen and extend them for the perfect shape." — Laura Geller, founder of Laura Geller
What are your favorite makeup tips? Let us know in the comments below!