If you’re reading this, it’s possible that you’re a beginner in
It’s also possible that cut creases are a typical Tuesday for you, and
you mastered the cat eye flick decades ago.
Wherever you are in your makeup journey, it’s always a good idea to
revisit your techniques & brush up on your skills.
After all, makeup artistry is art by definition, and while many of us
are amateurs, we can all benefit from learning new makeup tips and
Here are five simple changes you can make to level up your makeup
1.) Illuminate Instead of Concealing
Is your under-eye concealer doing the opposite of what it’s supposed
to be doing? Maybe instead of brightening and uplifting the area, it’s
creating cakiness and making wrinkles more prominent?
If this is happening to you, it’s possible that your concealer is
drying out your skin.
To fix this, try using a liquid illuminator instead of a concealer,
and mix it with your favorite tinted moisturizer before applying.
Stick with ingredients like aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and cucumber
extract, as these will help keep the under-eye area looking plump.
We recommend our
Fruit Pigmented® Tinted Moisturizer
for this makeup tip; we love the way it refreshes the skin with a dewy
finish and light-medium coverage.
If you want to bring out the hollows of your eyes, but don’t want to
cake on concealer, try the tinted moisturizer with our
– this will help bounce light and create that plump effect.
Liquid illuminators highlight different areas of face by bouncing
light, and typically come with a pen or brush. Our applicator’s
designed for precision use, making this makeup tip a snap.
2.) Use a Darker Concealer for Blemishes
All too often, we hear the dreaded makeup tip for concealers: that you
should always use a concealer in a lighter shade.
While it’s true that a lighter-colored shade has its uses (see makeup
tip #3), this isn’t always true. For instance, we don’t recommend
using a lighter-colored concealer to cover blemishes, as this will
only highlight them and make them more prominent.
Instead, conceal blemishes with a concealer that’s the same shade of
your foundation, applying with a small brush and patting with the
fingers to blend, then add your foundation over it. This will cover
blemishes better and it won’t give off that gray finish. You also
won’t need to use a full-coverage foundation, which can often look
To conceal more pronounced blemishes, you can also apply a concealer
that’s one shade darker than your foundation, which can help make the
pimple less visible. Then, use a concealer with the same shade as your
foundation, and then finish with your foundation on top.
3.) Use a Lighter Concealer to Spotlight
Most makeup artists will often tell you that a concealer works just as
fine for contouring & illuminating as a highlighter or bronzer; you
just need something in the right shade and finish.
First off, you’ll want to choose a concealer that’s not too cakey or
dewy, as these will move around throughout the day, making it more
difficult to create that natural, “clean girl” look. We find that our
Fruit Pigmented® 2nd Skin Concealer
provides that perfect finish.
Then, it’s important to choose the right shade. To highlight with
concealer, you’ll want to choose something that’s 2-3 shades lighter.
Finally, the way you apply the concealer is key to this makeup tip.
Apply your light concealer to the center of your face, and blend it
out with a small brush. Take care not to blend the product all
around–instead, be very precise. This will create the effect of having
a spotlight on your face for an all-day glow.
4.) Bronze With a Cream Product
With pretty much any face product these days, we face the dilemma:
powder products or cream products? This is true with blushes,
highlighters, foundations, and beyond.
But we must say that when it comes to bronzers, we have a bit of a
bias toward liquid products, and that’s what this makeup tip’s all
We’ve come to love liquid products for bronzing because they’re so
much easier to use than powder products. While powder bronzers tend to
pack tiny powdery particles, they can have a more drying effect. And
when your bronzer dries out the skin, this can lead to tough blending,
caking and patchiness.
Cream products, on the other hand, are great because they adhere to
the skin better, and they blend more easily with your liquid
foundation. Plus, they maintain a dewy glow for much longer!
You can use either a cream bronzer to achieve that chiseled,
sun-kissed look, or you can use your favorite foundation in a darker
We especially love using our
Fruit Pigmented® Cream Foundation, which blends like a dream and provides that perfectly satin, glowy
5.) Don’t Buff, Tap!
In the age of baking and matte-finish foundations, many of us picked
up a bad makeup habit: we feel the need to buff out every single
product. While buffing is often necessary for powder products, don’t
do this with your liquid and cream products!
Buffing will move everything underneath and it can lift your dry
Instead of buffing, gently tap liquid bronzers and blushes into the
skin. And while sponges help create a more matte finish, brushes will
give the perfect dewy look.
Brushes are also a plus for this makeup tip because they don’t soak up
product like sponges do, making them more sanitary.
For the perfect studio finish, this
from Westman Atelier is absolutely worth the investment. With its
chiseled, face-framing shape, this brush perfectly conforms to the
face, making for an intuitive glide as you blend your liquid product.
Each brush is handmade in Japan by the most prestigious brush maker in
the world, adding to the luxury and craftsmanship. Made with
cruelty-free nylon fibers and sustainably-sourced birch.