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Let's face it: Your same-old daily makeup can get boring fast. But switching things up doesn't have to mean pulling a Gaga and reinventing yourself. Taking your makeup to the next level can be as simple as adding these easy moves to your regularly scheduled face, compliments of celebrity makeup artist Mirna Jose.
Unless your name rhymes with Shmara Shmelevingne, your natural brows are likely patchy and sparse in spots. Use a brow powder that's one shade lighter than your natural color to fill them out in seconds. With a tiny angled brush, outline the shape and only fill in the area from mid brow to the tail end. "This will keep them looking defined yet natural," Jose says.
Lip liner is a little like foundation primer: It's often forgotten, but when it's there, the effect is just so, so good. (In this case, you'll net fuller, shapelier lips.) Choose a shade that matches or is one shade darker than your lips, Jose says. "Instead of tracing a harsh line around your mouth, sketch the shape using short strokes," she adds.
Cheekbones and more cheekbones are never a bad thing. To play up yours, grab a powder highlighter (like L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder) in a shade that matches your skin. Use a fan brush to sweep the magic onto the highest planes of the cheeks, from below the iris out to the hairline.
That haphazard swipe of mascara is fine and all, but is it really maximizing your full lash potential? Hardly. Jose recommends holding the mascara wand at a 45-degree angle and applying product from root to tip a few lashes at a time. Apply a second coat stat—i.e., don't jump from one eye to the other and then back again. "That way," Jose says, "it'll go on smoother and be less prone to clumps."
Here's a little trick of the makeup artist trade: With your index finger, dab liquid highlighter like L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator onto the center of your top and bottom lips to make them instantly fuller. Annnnnd done.