8 Top Secret Makeup Hacks You Can Learn from the Pros

8 Top Secret Makeup Hacks You Can Learn from the Pros

Getting formal training in applying makeup is only the beginning of your quest to become a professional makeup artist.

Aside from engaging in continuous practice to perfect your craft, you also need to do research on the different techniques that successful makeup artists use. After you determine what you like about them and what you want to focus on, you can already make a mark upon your entry into the beauty industry.

To help you get started, here are eight top secret makeup hacks you can learn from makeup artists with years of experience under their belt:

1.   Highlight a single feature.

Some beauty enthusiasts want to enhance every single part of their face, but the truth is, you just can’t have it all.

Makeup pros recommend picking only one facial feature to emphasize – the lips, eyes, or cheeks – and enhance it to influence the overall appearance of the makeup.

2.   Apply lip liner properly.

If you want to emphasize your lips, you need to use a sharp lip liner to achieve a crisp color. However, it is imperative that you apply it properly to avoid that nasty liner ring from forming around the lips once the lipstick has started to fade.

The trick is to apply the lip liner after the lipstick. This will result in a more natural, even appearance, even as the lipstick starts to fade.

3.   Use powder before the foundation and after the primer.

Ensuring that the makeup will last all day is one of the greatest challenges that many amateur makeup artists struggle with. To remedy this, industry professionals found that applying powder just before the foundation but right after the primer can help extend the life of any type of makeup look.

Simply apply the primer and dust a thin layer of translucent powder over it. This will allow the primer to set and prevent it from “sliding” around after the foundation has been applied.

While this technique may sound counterintuitive since liquids aren’t usually applied before powders, it can actually help save you from having to re-touch your client’s makeup too frequently. Of course, you must remember not to use too much powder, else you’ll risk leaving the foundation looking a bit cakey.

4.   Apply foundation after the highlighter, bronzer, or blush.

Foundations are usually applied before the highlighter, bronzer, or blush, but a makeup trick recommends doing it backwards.

While it may seem counterintuitive, applying cream blush or bronzer before the lightweight foundation can create a more natural look with that “glowing from within” aesthetic.

5.   Do the “Peach Fuzz” disappearing act.

Ever noticed how some women have the fine hairs on their face emphasized after the foundation is applied? Those hairs, known as the “peach fuzz,” are a challenge many makeup artists face, especially with clients who aren’t keen on the idea of shaving their face.

Fortunately, professional makeup artists found an application trick that will keep the peach fuzz invisible. All you need to do is to take a makeup brush and run it down the face in a consistent downwards motion right after applying the foundation. This will ensure that the fine facial hairs lay flat against the skin.

6.   Use mascara for an extra-dark eyeliner.

Some makeup looks require extra dark eye makeup which can be difficult to achieve with just the use of an ordinary eyeliner pencil.

Instead, take an angled liner brush and dip it onto your mascara’s wand. Use this in place of the eyeliner to get that super intense, super black eye line.

7.   Change eye shape using eyeliner.

Eye-liners can be used to change eye shape and, ultimately, give your client an entirely different look every single time. This means you can easily achieve that sexy feline eye shape or make the eyes look much bigger with the help of this nifty piece of makeup.

For the feline eyes, simply create a thinner line along the center of the eyelid. It should become thicker as you go along the outer edges of the eyelids until you reach the end where you should create a tiny flick (much like a little wing) to make the eyes look more elongated.

If you’re after a rounder eye shape, you can simply make the center equally thick as the edges. If your client already has round eyes, you can also use a dark-hued eye pencil along the lower waterline and run it until you reach the inner corner to make it look a lot more striking. You can also create a triangular point along the inner corners of the eyes to emphasize the natural shape of the eyes.

Remember: Use black for more depth and drama and brown if you’re after a more natural look.

8.   Layer with powder to make lipstick last longer.

Powder is useful in making a lot of makeup products last longer. This also applies to lipstick.

All you need to do is line and fill your lips with a nude-colored lip liner and apply lipstick with the same color using a lip brush. After that, blot the color by holding a tissue over your mouth and apply a thin layer of translucent powder over it. Repeat this process once or twice to ensure that the lip color stays on your lips longer.

Makeup Skills That Impress

Many international makeup experts succeed in the industry by experimenting on different techniques they can use to stand out from the crowd. Aside from honing your craft with lots of practice, make sure you proactively seek knowledge from established makeup gurus and take pages from their books to create your own signature makeup style.


Toni Malt is the Middle East’s leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic creations, Toni’s creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper’s BAZAAR, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.