5 Game-changing Makeup Secrets Used by Celeb Makeup Artists

Smitha Deepak
by Smitha Deepak
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Hey guys! I’m so excited to share 5 life-changing makeup secrets from the most talented makeup artists in the business.

These makeup hacks are used to give celebrities that flawless look, and now we can use them too! Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Face moisturizer
  • Liquid foundation
  • Powder foundation
  • Liquid blush
  • Concealer
  • Makeup blender
  • Medium-sized makeup brush
  • Face oil
  • Translucent setting powder (optional)
Tilbury tap

1. Tilbury tap

The best way to wake up your skin and prep it for flawless makeup is by doing the Tilbury tap, created by celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.

This massage technique is the backstage beauty hack that she has used since the beginning of her career.

Start by applying a thick moisturizer all over your face. Then start the tapping.

Use both hands and tap your fingers along your cheeks and cheekbones. Then move to the forehead and continue tapping there.

Tap your chin and your nose as well. This massage is known to illuminate lymphatic drainage and boost circulation.

Applying skincare

2. Light use of skincare products

The next technique comes from Katie Jane Hughes. She explains that skincare before makeup is not the same as your night-time makeup routine. You don’t need a 10-step skincare process here.

Apply moisturizer to the entire face. Then apply a tiny bit of under-eye cream under your eyes. If you do too much skincare before makeup, your makeup will not stay put.

If you do a multi-step skincare routine before applying makeup, it can make your skin slimy which will cause the makeup to move.

Applying too much eye cream can make eye products like mascara and eyeliner smudge.


3. Warm your foundation and use your hands

Ford says, for a flawless, natural, dewy look, warm your foundation in your palms and press it onto your skin with your hands.

Start with the center of your face, moving outward and upward before you apply it to your forehead.

This technique will enable you to apply your makeup flawlessly and remove excess while you roll your palms.

Use a concealer for extra coverage if needed.

Applying concealer

I apply some concealer on the dark patches under my eyes and any other spots that need spot correcting.

Rather than applying too much foundation, I just apply the foundation to even out my skin tone.

Then I use the concealer in areas where I want that extra coverage.

When you do makeup like this you prevent your skin from looking cakey, even from up close.

Applying foundation

4. Perfect the art of the blush sandwich

Celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes works with stars like J-Lo to create flawless looks.

His blush sandwich technique uses a lot of blush to achieve the most natural flushed look. Start by applying your foundation.

Applying blush

Use a liquid blush over your foundation and apply it very generously.

Use a brush to blend it in. Next, take a little bit more foundation and use a makeup brush to apply it over the blush.

This technique allows the blush to breathe through the top layer of the foundation, giving a more natural and youthful look.

You can either leave it as is, or you can set it with some translucent set powder. This will add a blurred, filtered effect.

Face oil

5. Replace powder highlighter with face oil

This technique comes from Lizzo’s makeup artist, Alexx Mayo.

Sometimes applying highlighter leaves a cakey, powdery effect on the skin. This is especially true on very textured skin.

Alex suggests replacing the powder highlighter with face oil. This creates an extra glow that seems like it’s shining from within.

Use just a touch of oil on the highest points of your face to get that beautiful glow.

Glowing makeup

Glowing makeup

Makeup secrets

I hope you guys enjoyed learning some of the celebrity makeup artist tips. These makeup artists are the best of the best, making their advice priceless.

Which of these techniques were your favorites? Let me know in the comments. 

Next, Follow This Amazing Trick to STOP Concealer Creasing!

Suggested materials:
  • Face moisturizer
  • Liquid foundation
  • Powder foundation
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