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Pro Tips: 6 Beauty Secrets I Learned Getting My Makeup and Hair Done Professionally

This wedding season I got to partake as both a bride and a bridesmaid, which was wonderful in all the ways you expect. But it also gave me the chance to get primped and polished by professional hair and makeup artists. As a girl who is is an absolute product junkie, I couldn’t wait to peer into the makeup artists’ bags and check out their stash of brushes, skin care products, and of course, makeup. The makeup artists were even kind enough to let me pick their brains while they contoured and curled. Here are the valuable lessons I learned during my glam sessions:

1. Use a Beauty Blender –  You won’t find any basic sponges in a makeup artist’s tool bag! Always use a beauty blender with your foundation application for a flawless, airbrushed look. You won’t believe what a difference it makes.

Beauty Blender

Try… Beauty Blender the original, $28 CAD, Sephora

2. Try concealer on eye makeup smudges – If you smudge your mascara or waterproof eyeliner after you’ve finished your look, you’re better off trying to cover the offending mark than trying to remove it. Dabbing at it will likely ruin your flawless finish and make your makeup appear uneven. If your mascara/eyeliner smudge doesn’t flake off easily once it’s dry, try using a dab of concealer to cover the minor mishap.

Make up forever Full Coverage

Try…  Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, $39 CAD, Sephora

3. Remember to use bronzer and highlighter below your face – Bronzer always needs to be applied on your neck, cleavage and shoulders if they’re exposed. But you’ll also want to apply highlighter to these areas to make the area look smooth and glowy – just like your gorgeous face.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

Try… Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, $38 CAD, Sephora

BECCA Shimmering Skin PerfectorGäó Pressed

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, $46 CAD, Sephora

4. If you want your lip colour to last all day, use a lip stain and layer with a lipstick or gloss. Even when your gloss or lipstick starts to rub off or fade your stain will still show through and keep your lips looking luscious. It can be a little drying, so make sure you exfoliate your lips beforehand.


Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain, $14.00 CAD, Sephora

5. Crimp your hair before curling. This is especially helpful if you’re working with fine, slippery hair. I use a texturizing powder to add grip to my hair, but you can also use a crimper over small sections of hair before curling. The added texture helps your style to last over the course of a long day – and you can’t see the crimping once you’ve curled your locks – I promise!

6. Primer and setting spray are essential for an all day look. Primer creates the perfect canvas for your makeup by smoothing out imperfections and giving your makeup something to stick to. Finishing spray makes sure your look won’t budge, even through sweat and tears.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Try…Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $38 CAD, Sephora

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, $39 CAD, Sephora

Cover image via The Zoe Report

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