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Want to know the industry’s best kept secrets? To find out, we asked the pros – makeup artist veterans who have been in the biz for over 10 years. Read what they said below.

Learn the best kept secrets in makeup from the pros themselves!

Doing makeup is a skill that requires lots of practice, dedication and passion. This is why makeup professionals exist, because they’ve studied the craft of makeup and, through experience, have learned all the tricks in the beauty book. So, if you’re looking for the best tips, hacks and makeup advice, who you gonna call? Not the Ghostbusters, silly, but the makeup pros of course! Here’s a list of the 10 makeup secrets that industry professionals swear by.

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1. Choosing Your Foundation (Wisely)

Use the inner arm trick to choose the right shade for you.

Ah, it’s the age-old question of how to choose your foundation correctly. What do the makeup pros have to say about that? Use the inner arm skin trick. Apply foundation on your inner arm as the skin tone here is the closest to the one on your face (skin tones vary throughout our body, unfortunately.) Makeup pros say that you shouldn’t go lighter than that, BUT if you want to add color, you can go with the next darker shade.

2. Too Much Powder? Mist It!

Tame an overpowdered face with facial mist spray and a sponge.

Oops! You accidentally put too much powder on your face and it has set, so what can you do to fix it? Beauty experts suggest lightly misting your face with a facial mist, like this oneCheck out 10 Makeup Secrets Pros Swear By at After spraying, use a makeup sponge and gently dab it over the skin to remove any excess powder. Whew, crisis averted!

3. Easy On The Blush

Aim for natural-looking flushed cheeks.

When it comes to your cheeks, please take it easy with the blush. According to the makeup pros, the best way to apply blush is to keep it light even if it’s hardly noticeable to anyone else. In terms of where to apply it, keep it on the apples of your cheeks. Pick a pink blush with shimmer as this has the best effect with light. Your cheeks will have a naturally-flushed and youthful appearance.

4. Nude Lips For Dark Skin

Use dark brown eyeliner to pull off a beautiful nude lips look

For women with dark skin tones, finding the right lip liner to pull off the nude lips look can be challenging. So, how exactly do we do it? According to the beauty experts, all you need to use is a dark brown eyeliner as your lip liner! The beautiful result? See for yourself, lovelies!

5. Layering For Lasting Effect

Layer primer, cream eyeliner and powder eyeshadow for long-lasting eye makeup.

Do you want your eyeliner to last all day? There’s a trick to that. First, use a lid primer. Next, use your eyeliner and then apply whichever powder eyeshadow you’re going to use for the day. Layering them together helps the cream from the eyeliner and the powder from the eyeshadow stick together and last longer. Bet you didn’t know that, huh? We didn’t either…until now!

6. Easy Lines

Apply mascara before your eyeliner to create a straight line.

It’s not you. Believe us when we say that many women (and makeup-wearing men) find it incredibly difficult to draw a straight and flawless line with eyeliners, especially liquid-based ones. But here’s a neat trick that will change how you apply eyeliners forever! The trick is to apply your mascara first. What? Yes, and then, when you begin to apply your eyeliner, let the tip of your applicator fall into your lashes instead of going for that line straight across your eyelid.

Another tip to perfect eyeliner is to start from the inner corner of your lid to the center, stop, reload your brush, and then finish the line by continuing from the outside corner of your eye until you meet the existing liner.

7. Clump-Free Lashes

Use a volumizing mascara to prevent clumping.

We know, we know. Clumpy eyelashes are the new thing, but just because they’re trending doesn’t mean they’re appropriate for every situation. Imagine rolling up to work or a funeral with clumpy, spidery lashes? Yeah. In order to avoid clumping, experts say you should opt for a lengthening mascara. Volumizing mascaras tend to stick lashes together in order to create that fuller, thicker lash effect, but what really ends up happening is the dreaded spider lashes! So, to avoid that, stick to volumizing mascara which will lengthen instead of volumizing.

8. Bright Eyes

Use individual false eyelashes to make eyes appear brighter.

You’ve heard this time and again: curl your lashes and apply mascara on both your top and bottom lashes. But what you may not have known is that there’s another way to achieve brighter, wider eyes and this is with the aid of false lashes. Get some individual falsies and apply them on the center of your upper lash line. This will instantly brighten up your eyes.

Want to know another way you can achieve bigger, brighter eyes? Check this out!

9. First Aid Concealer

Use concealer to hold lip color in place.

Concealer isn’t just for covering uneven skin tone or blemishes. When it comes to your lips, concealer can be used to prevent lipstick from bleeding. According to the experts, the best way to keep your lipstick in place is to apply a bit of concealer before applying your lipstick, and then finishing the look off by dusting some translucent powder on top.

10. Kissable Lips

Use darker lip liner and lighter lipstick for a fuller-looking pout.

Sadly, not all of us are blessed with full, kissable Angelina Jolie lips. But thanks to makeup hacks, we can make our lips appear fuller! How? The makeup pros say that in order to achieve this look, start with a lip pencil that is darker than your lip color. Line the outer edges of the lips with the pencil and then apply a nude lipstick that is one shade lighter than your natural lip color. Finish it off with some lip gloss in the middle of your bottom lip only and there you have it – full luscious lips!