When it comes to makeup the A-list pretty much always get it right. We’re pretty sure that’s because they each have their own glam squad to preen them to perfection (while we only have ourselves). So, with that in mind, we trawled back through the Byrdie archives to find the best makeup tips and tricks we have learnt from our favourite celebrities and their makeup artists this year. While we may never have a makeup artist on speed dial, we can definitely learn the tricks of their trade so we can emulate the flawless faces of our favourite stars. Keep scrolling for six makeup tricks you should know and use this party season…
The late nights, excess consumption of all that yummy food and drink, plus the constant socialising means dark circles are set to be a constant fixture for the next few weeks (unless you’re extremely lucky or twelve). Rita Ora’s makeup artist has a genius dark circle-busting trick for you.
“Mix in a tiny bit of matte red-orange lipstick (not a blue-toned red) with a light-coloured concealer to create a dark-circle neutraliser,” says Kathy Jeung. And looking at Ora’s fresh face we’ll be trying this trick immediately.
Ella Eyre has pretty epic brows, you may not have noticed before but when we shot her for The Close-Up earlier this year, we had to find out her secret.
“I use an eye shadow from a Bobbi Brown palette because I feel like the powder is easier to manipulate and if you make a mistake it’s easier to rectify. I have a really good Armani brush that’s really thin and has a toothbrush thing on the other end, I don’t know what they’re called! It’s really great for getting the bottom line of the brows really neat,” Eyre told us.
“My makeup artist likes to put hairspray on a toothbrush and brush it through my eyebrows because it makes them stay in place.”
Okay, we know that it’s not overlining the lips that gives Jenner her standout and much lusted-after pout. But, if you don’t want to resort to injections, her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic reveals how to fake it.
“For bigger lips, you need a lipliner, lipstick and gloss (if you want a high-shine finish). Use a lip pencil that is similar to your natural lip colour or a shade darker,” he told us.
“Targeting the skin just outside the lip line fill in the top lip first: Start from the outer corner to the centre and then repeat on the other side and meet in the middle. On the bottom lip, I focus more on over-drawing the centre as opposed to the outer corners, as this can bring down the lips. You want to fill both lips in completely with the pencil so you don’t see a line. Then it helps to apply a lipstick over the top to conceal the pencil.”
Use a lip liner like NYX Mechanical Lip Pencil (£6).
Jaime King told Byrdie how she gets that flawless, yet super glowing complexion, “The main trick that I’ve really learned from [makeup artists] like Mary [Greenwell] and Pat [McGrath] is using the fingers,” King says. “And people forget. People think they have to apply makeup with brushes, but skin-to-skin is a lot of the times the best because the warmth of your skins warms up the makeup. Using your fingers to really meld in the concealer is a really great way to put concealer on.”
Bella Hadid’s makeup artist Vincent Oquendo reveals a clever trick for perfect eye shadow every time. “Sometimes I use a neutral shade of lip liner to prep and prime the eyelid. It adds a little warmth under the eye shadow. They tend to be creamy because they’re made for lips, so it looks great for when I want that beautiful warm, summery eye. I’ll take the lip liner, blend it to defuse the colour on the lash line, then I’ll set it with a soft, pale or sometimes shimmery eye shadow to get a glowing look.”
Makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who works with A-list clients like Dakota Johnson, believes nailing the perfect lip comes down to two key things: a moisturised base and proper setting, she told Vogue.com. Once lips are properly exfoliated and hydrated, Dubroff says, “apply a base coat of colour straight from the tube,” and then fill in colour with a matching pencil and apply a final coat of your lipstick.