26 Make-Up Artist Tricks You've NEVER Heard Before

26 Make-Up Artist Tricks You've NEVER Heard Before

We've hit up the world's best beauty guru's to find out their ultimate make-up tricks...

by Victoria Jowett

Here on the LOOK beauty desk we're lucky enough to work with beauty industry's finest and every time we meet a genius make-up artist, we always ask about their best tips and tricks. Now we've rounded up our all time favourites, get ready to rethink everything you thought you knew about beauty…

1. Lipgloss Over Matte Lipstick

"Apply a matte lipstick under a coloured gloss - it sounds crazy but the colour payoff from the matte lippie will give you amazing intensity." - Yadim at Baja East

2. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight

"Apply highlighter all around your lips to make them look bigger- it'll enhance the contour, you can also use highlighter under the eye to make your eyes look wide awake. Simply add it under the lower lashes" - Tom Pecheux at Derek Lam

3. Less Is More To Cover A Spot

"Spot concealing is the most natural way to make skin look perfect. Get a tiny dab of Maybelline fit concealer and stipple it into the skin, then tap it on top with your finger. It's great for hiding a spot without apply tones of product." - Grace Lee

4. Ditch Your Lipstick"The best way to get a natural lip shade that'll suit you is to buff your lips with a lip scrub - it'll bring all the colour to the surface giving you the perfect rosy tint," Val Garland at Monique L'huillier


5. Highlighter Before Foundation

Put highlighter under your foundation to give your skin more of a natural inner glow. At Noon by Noor makeup artists used Nars Multiple Stick in Cococabana patted over the high points of the skin before adding Nars new Matte Skin Tint on top." - Uzo

6. Dry Shampoo Isn't Just For Greasy hair

"Dry shampoo is the best product to add texture, but in a really understated way. You'll look like you've just woken up and looked fabulous rather than looking totally polished"- Hairstylist at Noon by Noor using Fredrick Fekkai7. Butter Oil Is Your Secret Weapon

"The best cure for cold, wind chapped cheeks is by massaging Butter Oil into the skin using circular motions" - Tom Pecheux At Derek Lam

8. Use Lipstick To Contour

"Try using a brown lipstick to contour instead of powders, simply draw a line use your cheekbones and along your hair then bled out with a buffing brush. The lipstick gives skin a fresh dewy finish rather than a flat, matte powder." Gucci Westman, Make-Up Artist

9. The Best Way To Apply Foundation Is…

"For light coverage apply your foundation with your fingertips, for a medium coverage use a brush and for a full coverage finish use a make-up sponge." Tom Pecheux, Make-Up Artist 

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10. Find Your Perfect Lip Colour

"When picking a lip colour go for orange reds if you've got dark eyes, and berry reds if you've got light eyes' - Petros Petrohilos, Make-Up Artist for Chantecaille

11. Easy Nail Art Hack

"Use an eye liner felt tip pen to create minimal nail art - just make sure you seal it with a top coat" - Jenny Draper, for Loreal Paris at Julien Macdonald 

12. Perfect Your Negative Nail Art

"If your using stickers to help create negative space nail art, don't wait for your polish to totally dry before peeling off your stickers, otherwise you'll pull all the polish off too" - Marian Newman, for MAC Cosmetics at Charlotte Olympia

13. Mix And Match Make-Up

"Don't be afraid to use eye pencils on your lips and lip pencils on your eyes - they give a slightly different effect so it's a good way of experimenting with makeup without having to buy anything else" - Maria Comparetto for MAC Cosmetics at Daks 

14. Wake Up Tired Eyes Instantly

“Apply a small dot of metallic pinkie blush in the centre of the lower lashes to make eyes look wide-awake and brighter.” Dominique Samuel, Make-Up Artist

15. How To DIY An Airbrushed Lip Stain

“Mix a balm and lipstick on the back of your hand, but don’t apply it with your fingers – press it on with a make-up sponge. it gives lips a seamless, blown-out finish.” Pat McGrath, Make-Up Artist

16. Blend-Your Own Glow 

"If you’ve cracked your illuminating powder, don’t throw it away. Instead, mix it in with your moisturiser and pat it onto high points of the face – over the forehead and the tops of cheekbones, and down the nose. It’ll make you look like you’ve just stepped off a sun lounger." Lauren Parsons, Make-Up Artist

17. Custom-Blend Your Blusher

"Instead of using one blush all over your cheeks, dust a matte, dusky pink over your whole cheeks then apply a brighter, luminous pink just over the apples, to really make them pop." Diane Kendall, Make-Up Artist

18. The Right Nail Shape For You

"The sexiest nail shape? It's the one that matches the shape of your cuticle" Nail Guru, Deborah Lippman's Husband, Jude

19. Finding The Perfect Foundation Shade

"It's impossible to find a foundation shade that perfectly matches your skin, that shade just doesn't exist. You should have two shades one darker for summer and one lighter for winter, then mix them together to create your own custom shade." Tom Pecheux, Make-Up Artist

20. Magic Mani Extender

“To make your manicure last even longer, make sure you take the polish over the edge of the nail. This seals the tip to avoid chips and flakes.” Michelle Saunders, Nail Expert

21. Bruise-Hiding Concoction

"You can easily mix up a bespoke body-perfecting cream to hide any bruises, simply mix your favourite cc cream + milky body lotion + a few drops of dry oil = a glowy even finish that hides imperfections!."  Karim Rahman, L'Oreal Paris Global Make Up Director 

22. Bambi Lashes Made Easy

"On my clients, instead of pulling the lashes outward, I pull the mascara brush toward the bridge of their nose. This actually fans the lashes open to give the eyes a starburst effect." Mally Roncal, Make-Up Artist

23. Au-Naturel Highlight 

"Want a highlight on your cheekbones that is natural and not shimmery? On the back of your hand, mix lip balm with a creamy white eyeliner to create an eggshell cream. Tap it onto the top of your cheeks and along the bridge of your nose to give your skin a cashmere finish." Sharon Dowsett, Make-Up Artist

24. The Hydration Booster 

‘I like to mix super-hydrating rose water with foundation before applying it to the girls’ skin. It’s amazing for dry and sensitive skin.’ Alice Lane, Make-Up Artist

25. Smudgeproof Your Eyeliner

"Always pat a little powder eyeshadow over kohl to keep it from moving." Val Garland, Make-Up Artist

26. Quick-Fix Skin Brightener 

"To make matte skin look glowing, add a highlight to your eyelids. I like to use a slick of Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm. It’s a great backstage trick because it’s so quick and really effective. There’s no need to add eyeshadow – just a slick of mascara will do." Yadim, Make-Up Artist