12 life-changing secrets celebrity makeup artists have shared with Vogue
Melanin-rich skin is known to be more prone to dark circles and pigmentation, but makeup mogul Namrata Soni believes that the right formulas can be key for concealing the area. But before you delve into textures and coverage, she would like you to pay attention to your eye cream. “The most important thing [to do] before using any concealer on your face is to make sure your skin is prepped correctly.
Use a good eye cream that will allow your concealer to stay in place without creasing,” she advises. Once you have applied both, she likes to seal in the concealer with loose translucent powder. “Use a puff [to apply] the powder. Not a brush! When you use a brush, it doesn’t set the creamy consistency of the concealer correctly. That’s why you need to press it in very gently with a powder puff,” she adds.
The wonders of a makeup sponge are many and varied, and Chemburkar relies on them to get access to tight, hard-to-reach corners of the face. If you’re looking to smooth on concealer without any telltale streaks, she recommends using the tip of a traditional egg-shaped sponge, to get into the tighter corners of the inner eye area.
“I find it helpful to pat on concealer with my finger to warm the product and let it sink in. Then, I use a sponge to tap and press it in, so it settles without creasing or fingermarks,” she says.
Whether you are a novice attempting to balance both wings or a pro trying your hand at exaggerated shapes, getting the winged eye right can be tricky on the best of days. Which is why Sandhya Shekar, the bridal makeup artist for Deepika Padukone, has developed a few hacks of her own.
She revealed to us, “An easy trick I use with a lot of the celebrities I work with is to keep the eyes open, staring straight ahead into the mirror. First draw the angular wing on both sides, and then shut one of the eyes to connect the wings to the lash line, before repeating the same on the other side.”
Wondering how your favourite celebrities manage to nail the high-impact smoky eye on the red carpet? Shekar’s secret lies in inviting more than one eyeliner into her makeup kit. She advises, “If you’re looking to intensify the effect of your eyeliner, it helps to use a kohl pencil first and then top that with a liquid or cream eyeliner.
Since the tip of the pencil is chubbier, it tends to glide very easily, cover a lot of area and allows you to go very close to the lash line, as opposed to liquid which makes it harder to get that perfect finish if you’re not doing it every day. Anytime I want to do an intense look for the red carpet, I start by applying a pencil, smudging it with my fingers and then finishing off with a cream or liquid liner for maximum impact.”