Create your own glitter liner with eyelash glue and loose glitter.
First, line your eyes with the eyelash glue, and then press loose glitter on top with a small brush. (Tip via Kabuki at Tadashi Shoji.)
Tint light eyelashes with a liquid liner for a no-makeup makeup look.
Using windshield wiper-like motions, hold the liner pen vertically and color your lashes from the roots to ends. (Tip via Charlie Riddle for Stila at Elizabeth and James.)
Make your cat-eye symmetrical every time by marking the ends with a dot before lining.
Once you've figured out where you want the dots, draw a small line from the dot inward to connect them to the liner at your lash line. No more having to guess what the angle should be or where the line should end! (Tip via Charlotte Tilbury at Rachel Zoe.)
Give yourself an effortless smoky eye.
First, line your eyes with a kohl liner. Next, gently rub your eyes with your fingertips to messily smudge the liner. Then, use a cotton swab coated in moisturizer, such as Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentrè, to clean up most of the black liner residue, add a subtle sheen, and finish off the rocker-girl look. (Tip via Diane Kendal at Tory Burch.)
If you're blonde, match your eyebrows to the color of your roots for a natural look.
If you go any darker than your roots, you run the risk of looking like Groucho Marx. (Tip via Dick Page for Shiseido at Narciso Rodriguez.)
Test how your makeup will look in different lighting by using the flashlight on your phone while looking in the mirror.
If you apply your makeup in a room with overhead lighting (which can cast shadows on your makeup job), it can look completely different under different lighting, so try this. (Tip via Romero Jennings for MAC at Timo Weiland.)
Use a salve to diffuse your eyeshadow for a softer smoky eye.
After applying your eyeshadow of choice all over your eyelid, grab a cotton swab and a salve, such as Smith's Rosebud Salve, to blend the shadow at the crease, eliminating harsh lines. (Tip via James Boehmer for NARS at Naeem Khan.)
Lock in moisture on your skin with rose water spray.
Spritz this on after applying moisturizer to make your foundation go on flawlessly. (Tip via Diane Kendal for MAC at Proenza Schouler.)
Use a loose tinted powder instead of liquid foundation.
If you're having a good skin day, free of breakouts, and don't want to wear foundation, apply a light dusting of a tinted loose powder to cancel out any redness and give you a photo-ready finish. (Tip via Diane Kendal for NARS at Thakoon.)
For the perfect foundation application, start at the center of your face and spread the product outward to blend.
If you apply a lot of foundation around your jawline or hairline, you'll look like you're wearing a mask. If you start at the center, the product will fade out around the edges for a more natural look. (Tip via James Kaliardos for NARS at Rodarte.)
Instantly make yourself appear more youthful by creating fake freckles.
Use a taupe liner such as MAC lip pencil in "Hodgepodge" to draw freckles on top of your cheeks and over your nose, and then lightly pat the dots to diffuse the color for a believable effect. (Tip via Charlotte Tilbury at Rachel Zoe.)