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No cheekbones? Create them! Non-existent brows? Fill them in! How cosmetics can cast a transformational spell on your appearance.
Look no further than Promise Phan’s YouTube channel to see the insanely transformative power of makeup. The so-called human chameleon has even metamorphosed into male stars like Bruno Mars. Though we never take it to this extreme, as beauty editors, we often feel like magicians with makeup tricks right at our fingertips (Poof! Our pimple disappeared.) Whether you need to look like you got a full night’s sleep or want to create the illusion of higher cheekbones, here are eight of our favorite ways to wave your magic makeup wand:
Raucous dance party? Newborn up all night? No matter the cause, we all have times when we rely on depuffing, brightening, and eye-opening products to help us look wide awake. (Coffee helps, too.) Follow this tutorial to learn how to get rid of dark circles using tools like Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream and hydrating Fakeup concealer.
Genetics blesses you with one thing; contouring lets you experiment with myriad other options. With the help of bronzer, blush, highlighter, and brushes you can create the illusion of higher cheekbones, alter the appearance of the width of your eyes, or define your nose and chin. With a little practice, you can become a Kardashian-level master of your angles.
Photo: Rios Events & Thalio Beckham Makeup Artistry
Make full brows appear out of thin air (or mask stubble and strays) with the help of tools like brow pencils, powders, or fiber gels such as Benefit’s Gimme Brow. Whether you’ve overplucked or want to make your brows appear darker, a brow makeover is a small—yet powerful—step towards altering your entire look.
If you want Angelina-esque lips without the pain (and price) of needles and fillers, line the outer corners of your lips—just beyond your natural crease—with a pencil like Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner to create the appearance of a fuller pout. Then fill them in with a lip plumper like FusionBeauty LipFusion™ Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump and a matching shade of lipstick.
When wearing a dress that calls for an extra boost in the chest department, combine loose bronzer like Jouer’s Mineral Powder Bronzer and your contouring skills to make an A cup look like a B. Use INIKA’s Kabuki Brush to lightly dust a flesh-toned bronzer on your décolletage, outlining with a shade that’s a touch darker—et voila! Instant cleavage.
Jenny from the block has no compunctions about rocking a little glow year-round, and neither do we. The trick to making it look natural? Common sense. Save the deep bronze for summer, and go for a matte, tawny shade in the winter months. We love stila’s stay all day 10-in-1 hd bronzing beauty balm for a sun-kissed look in the middle of March.
Perhaps the most magical thing about makeup is how it allows us to experiment with entirely new personalities. Always been a tomboy? Go girly with pink lips and cheeks. Love Beyoncé’s looks from her self-titled visual album? Try a few on for size. The best part is that there’s no commitment—simply wash off whatever look you don’t like and try something else.
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