33 hot insider tips: makeup

No more frizzies or parched sking—beauty pros share their secrets with you

Slick nails
Crystale McCarthy, a nail technician at Donato Salon & Spa in Mississauga, Ont., stores her nail polish bottles in the fridge. “Heat thickens the varnish so it won’t apply smoothly.” Exposure to air turns polish gloppy, so she also recommends cleaning around the neck of your polish bottle to make sure it closes tightly.’s pick Revlon ColorStay Always On Nail Enamel, $8, has a two-step process—a durable colour topped by a long-lasting sealant—that Revlon claims keeps nails looking freshly manicured up to 10 days.

Finger painting
Sharon Dowsett, a top British makeup artist who designed Kate Moss’s looks for Rimmel London, has a kit full of brushes but her favourite tools are her fingers. “The heat of my finger warms up the product—like a cream eyeshadow—to give me better application control.” She’ll soften a dark lipstick such as Rimmel Exaggerate Lipstick in Hyper, $7, by applying a dab and blending it with her baby finger.

Nail file
All you need to banish ragged cuticles and peeling nails is weekly maintenance, says Deborah Lippmann, manicurist to stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker. Lippmann suggests using her Lippmann Collection Cuticle Oil, 15 mL/$28, and moisturizing after every hand wash.’s pick Try a rich non-greasy hand cream such as Curel Soothing Hands Moisture Therapy Cream, 100 mL/$8.

You glow girl
Jennifer Lopez keeps her skin glowing by protecting it from the sun and keeping it moisturized, especially when flying. Her makeup choice? “I choose neutral shades for my lips and eyes—the more nude, the better.”’s pick You can get Lopez’s natural bronzed look with Rimmel Blush in Bronze, $5, and Rimmel Metallic Eye Gloss in Portobello and Hoxton, $5 each.

Precise line
To avoid a wobbly thick line when applying liquid eyeliner, Derek Selby, national cosmetic sales trainer for Shoppers Drug Mart, rests the brush tip on the lash roots and then gently touches it along the eyelid in a series of short side-by-side strokes instead of one long sweeping line. He recommends Quo Liquid Liner, $12.

Flawless skin
Stacey Martin, one of Shania Twain’s favourite makeup artists, doesn’t always apply concealer. Instead, she uses a long-wearing sheer foundation such as M.A.C Studio Tech, $30, for overall coverage with an extra layer where needed to hide spots. “It spreads easily, so I apply it with my fingers to avoid getting any marks or streaks.”

Clean wipe
As co-host of Canada AM, Lisa LaFlamme wears long-lasting makeup—including foundation applied with an airbrush—every weekday. Her secret weapon for speedy removal of stubborn makeup, particularly black eyeliner, is a baby wipe. “I have no children, but I go through more baby wipes than a nursery.”’s pick Reversa Oil-Free Make-up Remover for Delicate Eyes, 120 mL/$14, is a gentle option to remove eyeliner and lipstick.

Lips that last
Eddie Maleterre, L’Oréal Paris’s official makeup artist in Canada, smooths lips before applying lipstick with L’Oréal Pure Zone Pore Unclogging Scrub Cleanser, 200 mL/$12, followed by L’Oréal Revitalift Eye cream, 15 mL/$20. “This softens lips and prevents the formation of fine lines.”

Healthy glow
To make a complexion look healthy, Jose Bass, a Toronto makeup artist, blends concealer around the crevices of the nostrils. “It makes skin look more finished and tones down redness when you’re not feeling well.”’s pick A sheer concealer such as Cover Girl Invisible Concealer, $7, won’t look chalky when applied to fine lines.

Quick curl
To create and set upswept lashes, Toronto makeup artist Michelle Rosen warms an eyelash curler with a blow-dryer for 10 seconds before using it. Heat helps form and hold the curl.’s pick No curler? No problem. We like Estée Lauder Illusionist Maximum Curling Mascara, $28.

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