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10 Pro Makeup Tips Straight From the Experts

All the tips you need for your best face ever.

TIP 1: Always use a primer

François Nars, the brains behind Nars Cosmetics, says, “Foundation should unify tone, but it shouldn’t take away the individuality of the skin.”

To get a natural-looking finish with bright and even skin tone, always apply a primer underneath your foundation. Primers not only help cover up the appearance of large pores but reduce shine and ensure your foundation doesn’t change tone throughout the day. Apply it with a makeup sponge instead of your fingers, which can cause a clumpy finish.

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Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
J.One Jelly Pack Multi-Functional Gel Primer
NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer

That Gal Brightening Face Primer

aed 151 Benefit Cosmetics

Jelly Pack Multi Functional Gel Primer 50ml

aed 80 J.One

Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer 40g

aed 75 NYX

TIP 2: Always moisturise your lips

Gwyneth Paltrow says, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your skin. That or a kick-ass lipstick!”

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For the perfect lips, to make sure they don’t look chalky, uneven and dry – scrub your lips with an exfoliator and apply a deeply moisturizing balm, oil or serum before applying lipstick.

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Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment( 12.5g )

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Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy( 10ml )

aed 140.41 Fresh

TIP 3: Follow the E & C rule for contouring

According to Chrissy Teigen, “You can have a nose job just with contouring.”

And she’s right – for the perfect balance of light and shade, use a darker shade to start. Apply the contour on both sides of your face in the shape of an upside down E, starting from your forehead down and then on either side of your face. Next, apply a highlighter in the form of the letter C, hugging your temples from your forehead to just below the eyes. Then blend with a sponge.

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Bellapierre Contour & Highlight Duo
Missha Contour Gradation Stick
By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Contouring Wrinkle Control Sculpting Duo Powder 
Missha Water-In-Sponge

Contour & Highlight Duo

aed 79.69 Bellapierre

Contour Gradation Stick

aed 55 Missha

Terrybly Densiliss Contouring #200 Beige Contrast 6g ON SALE

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Water In Sponge

aed 47 Missha

TIP 4: Brighten up tired eyes with white eyeliner

If your eyes are looking tired, try adding a light shade of eyeshadow into the corner of your eyes, or white eyeliner in your lower lashline. Your eyes will immediately appear brighter and wider.

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Golden Rose Longstay Highlighter Shimmer Eyeshadow – Use codes RMZM or OU340 for upto 10% off
W7 Glowcomotion Shimmer Highlighter Eyeshadow
L’Oréal Superliner Le Khol in Immaculate Snow

Longstay Highlighter Shimmer Eyeshadow 01 Beige

aed 39 Golden Rose

Glowcomotion Shimmer Highlighter Eyeshadow Beige

aed 30 W7

Superliner Le Khol

aed 32 L’Oreal Paris

TIP 5: Apply eye makeup before foundation

If you’re going for a bold look on the eyes, be sure to apply a primer beforehand and wait for it to dry to keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the day. If you’re fresh out of primer, concealer will also do the job. And for a final tip, do your eye makeup before applying foundation – this way you can easily clean up any smudges without ruining your base.

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Benefit Stay Don’t Stray 360 Degree Stay Put Eyeshadow Primer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer

Stay Don’t Stray 360 Degree Stay Put Eyeshadow Primer

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Pro Filt’r Ampliying Eye Primer

aed 110 Fenty Beauty

TIP 6: Use adhesive tape for the easiest cateye

“That’s one of the things I love about makeup. You can change your whole attitude by just doing your eyeliner or lipstick differently,” says Beyoncé.

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If you’re after a look with an attitude, why not go for black eyeliner à la Amy Winehouse? Try using adhesive tape! Apply at an angle, running from the outer edges of your eye to your brow, and apply liquid eyeliner. Remove the tape for a perfectly clean line.

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Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Black
Uoma Beauty Afro.dis.iac Liquid Eyeliner

Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Black ON SALE

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Afro.Dis.Iac Liquid Eyeliner Cleopatra Ink, 0.5g

aed 76.15 Uoma Beauty

TIP 7: Apply castor oil for perfect brows

If your eyebrows are patchy from over-plucking, try applying castor oil to promote regrowth. If you have the opposite problem and have full eyebrows, spritz hairspray on a mascara wand and use to shape. And finally, if you have no time to pluck your eyebrows into the perfect shape, apply a highlighter shade to your brow bone for extra definition.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil
Maybelline New York Brow Precise Eyebrow Highlighter 

Pro Pencil, 2.5g

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Brow Precise Eyebrow Highlighter 01 Light, 1.2 gm

aed 19.75 Maybelline New York

TIP 8: Multi-use your makeup

“Don’t be afraid to experiment” are the words of advice from makeup artist Pat McGrath.

So if you have a beauty product in a favourite shade, such as a lipstick or a blush, go ahead and use it on your eyelids. Bronzers are also ideal for making eyes look bigger – apply in the crease of your eye and the lower lash line. Go ahead – mix and match!

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Rimmel London, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Blush
Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze
Mineral Bronzer Highlighter – Peony

Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, 5.5ml in Blush ON SALE

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Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze, 7g

aed 133.27 Nudestix

Mineral Bronzer Highlighter Peony

aed 75.70 Bellapierre

TIP 9: Fix bleeding lipstick with concealer

If you don’t have any lip liner on hand to match your shade of lipstick and you’re faced with a few smudges, fix bleeding lines with a touch of concealer.

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Clinique Airbrush Concealer
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer
Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Dual Tip Concealer

Airbrush Concealer

aed 163 Clinique

Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, 7g

aed 119.18 Laura Mercier

Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Dual Tip Concealer, 5.8ml

aed 138.25 Shiseido

TIP 10: Use lip liner to fake fuller lips

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.” These were the words of Elizabeth Taylor, and she’s got a point.

If you want to create natural-looking full lips, apply lip liner before your lipstick. Draw it on just beyond your natural lip line. Then, fill in your entire lip with the liner before applying lipstick for a longer-lasting look.

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Pudaier Lip Liners Set of 12
NYX Professional Makeup Slip Lip Pencil in Auburn
Yves Saint Laurent Lip Styler

Lip Liners, 12 Colors Set

aed 22 Pudaier

Slim Lip Pencil Auburn ON SALE

aed 19 NYX
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Lip Styler

aed 115 Yves Saint Laurent

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