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Not only are gem-inspired makeup shades universally flattering, but the rich hues can enhance facial features and add dazzle to any look in just a few minutes.
“To ensure the lush colors don’t overwhelm, choose one feature to emphasize, like eyes, cheeks, or lips,” says makeup artist David Maderich. “And keep the rest of makeup in neutral hues.”
A red-toned lip adds instant elegance, and opting for one in an eye-catching gloss formula ensures the rich color doesn’t overwhelm. Plus, the gloss’ sheen bounces light onto lips, tricking the eye into seeing a plumper pout so even the thinnest of lips look super voluminous.
“Applying the purple shade onto eyelids from the lash line up into the crease (where eyelids fold) creates a shadow that helps looser skin visually recede,” says Maderich. His tip: Enhance the eye lifting effect with a cream shadow (it won’t settle into lines) that has a slight shimmer (reflective particles further counteract droopiness).
“The subtle rosy tones in a pink blush create a natural-looking flush for age-defying radiance,” says Maderich. Simply dust the gem-inspired makeup onto the apples of cheeks with a fluffy brush, blending a bit at the chin and temples for an added face-slimming effect.
The key to looking like you’ve had a facelift sans the price or the pain? Sweeping the shimmery light-reflecting shade along the high points of the face (like the forehead, top of cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose). It draws focus upward to give the eyes and cheekbones a lifted appearance.
“The dimension of the multitonal hue adds more depth to lashes than basic black, so they look instantly thicker,” says Maderich.
To create even more volume, hold the mascara brush at the lash’s base for 10 seconds (this props up hair at the root), then wiggle from side to side as you move out to ends.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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