Sweeping on mascara might seem intuitive, but there’s actually a lash-maximizing technique that when employed correctly can take your eyes from whatever to woah. Ditto brow pencil and even lipstick. Kimberly Soane, the director of artistry at Bobbi Brown, offers up 6 easy tips for every product in your kit.
Never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease.
Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush for medium to full coverage.
Always apply powder where you are shiniest first–usually your T-zone–with a very light dusting everywhere else.
You should put bronzer on your neck, face, and chest to even out your skin tone. Be sure to take a step back and make sure everything is the same color.
When applying blush, smile, then dust the apples of your cheeks, then sweep pigment towards the tops of ears, then down toward the jawline.
Trace brow pencil or powder along the tops of brows for an instant facelift.
Could your make-up be making you break out?
Anyone who’s ever struggled with acne-prone skin knows to avoid using products that clog your pores. So, when it comes to picking cleansers and moisturizers we aim to use products labelled with ‘non-comedogenic’ (ie. non pore-clogging). But sometimes we tend to forget about the other products that go on our faces—and stay there all day long. When it comes to preventing blocked pores, your choice of makeup is just as important as your skincare. Many foundations, powders and blushes contain oils, sodium lauryl sulfate and other skin-aggravating ingredients that can lead to breakouts.
Thankfully, there are plenty of non-comedogenic beauty products out there. Here are some of our top picks.
1. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation
This oil-free foundation from Laura Mercier will give you radiant, all-day coverage without making your skin breakout.
2. Benefit The Porefessional Primer
Not only will Benefit’s The Porefessional primer not clog your pores, it’ll make them virtually non-existent!
3. Bareminerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
This all-natural powder foundation from Bareminerals will give you a flawless finish while still letting your skin breathe.
4. Jane Iredale Peaches and Cream Bronzer
Like all of Jane Iredale’s products, this gorgeous bronzer/blush combo is 100% non-comedogenic.
5. Nars Radiant Concealer
Cover up blemishes without making them worse with this creamy, non pore-clogging concealer from Nars.