March 29, 2012 Natural Makeup

How to Mix Your Products Like a Pro

Being on-set at a photo shoot or backstage during Fashion Week, you quickly learn two things: 1) everyone wears comfortable shoes, and 2) makeup artists constantly mix together two seemingly disparate makeup goodies to create the perfect product.
We asked five top makeup artists for their favorite beauty cocktails. Surprisingly, each blend is done with just two products that you probably already have in your makeup bag.
Eye Drama
“Use an angled eyeliner brush to mix eyeshadow with a couple of drops of Visine. It turns into a long-wearing liquid eyeliner.”
— Robin Flanagan, Hourglass Cosmetics makeup artist
Subtle Lipstick
“Mix a drop of foundation with your favorite bright lipstick like to make it softer and more natural.”
— Dell Ashley, Yves Saint Laurent national makeup artist 
(P.S. We tried and love the sweet, rosy color that blending YSL Rouge Pur Couture #7 with a touch of YSL Teint Radiance Foundation creates.)
Radiant Skin
“For the body, tinted moisturizer mixed with a metallic shadow gives a sheer sheen to the skin with just a bit of coverage, making the skin look flawless and super sexy.”
— Collier Strong, L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist
Power Pout
“I love to mix a creamy, dark lip color with a dark brown cream eyeshadow—try Stila’s Smudge Pot in Brown. This helps create the dark, vintage Merlot look seen [on lips] all over the runways. The Smudge Pot’s creamy formula blends better than a pencil that could have too dry of a texture.”
— Sarah Lucero, Stila Global Creative Director
Punched-Up Lip Balm
"When it's warm outside, I live in my Super Sheer Liquid Tint [for cheeks] for the most gorgeous natural flush. I also love to mix it with some Vaseline for a hydrating lip tint. It keeps my pout moisturized for hours with a beautiful wash of color."
— Sonia Kashuk, celeb makeup artist
What's your favorite beauty blend?
Photo credit: Getty Images


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