The Make-Up Artist Tricks You’ve NEVER Heard Before

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…

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

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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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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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 

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



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

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

Smudgeproof Your Eyeliner

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

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