Source: Tricks of the Trade That Will Make Your Life Easier
For some, April Fools' Day is a time for tomfoolery and high-level antics to thrive, but we're more interested in revealing the tricks of the trade used by beauty professionals everywhere. If you've ever gotten a stellar haircut or makeup application, then you know the power of a well-trained expert. They can magically make your hair, nails, and skin look a thousand times better, all while making it seem like a cinch. We're letting the cat out of the bag by revealing the best-kept secrets of the beauty industry.
- You don't have to be afraid of coloring your color hair at home. Before you rip open your new shade, consider this easy technique to color your curls from Marcy Cona, Clairol's creative director of color and style.
- Nude nails are such a huge trend for Spring, but finding the perfect hue to match your skin tone can prove tricky. Nail artist Deborah Lippmann has an easy tip for picking your perfect polish. "Our bodies tell us a lot about what colors are right and wrong to wear," Lippmann says. "If you put a color on, particularly a nude, and it doesn't fit you, your cuticle will look funky." In essence, the color of your polish will play against the cuticle in a way that will make it look dark or slightly red and ruddy. And while this trick works best for nudes, you can use it with other colors, too.
- Makeup artists know all the secrets to looking great: those little tricks that can be picked up only by living in the beauty world 24/7 as they do. Eight top professionals in the business share their best out-of-the-ordinary makeup tips.
- There are a few things you can do to ensure your hair color service goes seamlessly, whether you're a first timer or an old veteran. Follow these expert tips from celebrity stylist Jennifer J. before your next appointment: go with clean hair, bring a picture of what you don't want, and consider maintenance.
- Three experts share four smart tips to mattify your complexion the right way. So long, slick.
- Makeup artist extraordinaire Tom Pecheux reveals the one item in his kit that he can't travel without and his cool trick for removing makeup easily. "I take a few pumps of makeup remover and put it all over my face. Then I leave it on for 10 minutes while I shower and shampoo," Pecheux explained. This mask method gives the steam time to help your product penetrate.
- Bruce Grayson is the man who makes sure all the starlets appear fresh and lovely at the Oscars. He reveals his advice for correcting common makeup mishaps, so you'll look good from every camera angle.
- It's easy to look like you're wearing makeup - not that that's a bad thing - but we've all wanted to achieve that perfectly natural look, too. You can get that no-makeup makeup look with these easy tips straight from the pros.
- Adding dimension to your at-home hair color is a lot easier than you think thanks to hair colorist Marie Robinson tips. Just buy a box of hair color for root coverage, such as Nice'n Easy's Root Touch-Up ($7 per box), in two to three shades lighter for highlights or one to two shades darker for depth or lowlights. Starting off with your hair pulled half up and clipped, then apply your highlights or lowlights (depending on the look you want) on eight random pieces about two inches apart. Now let your hair down and start to add highlights about two inches above the ears, slowly working your way up to your natural part, highlighting about six to eight pieces on each side. And to complete your look, consider adding a few face-framing highlights to lighten the hair around your face.
- DIY manicures can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth, but that doesn't have to be the case any longer. Deborah Lippmann shares a simple tip for painting your opposite hand, lay your opposite hand flat on a table and angle it so your arm is parallel to your body. "When you're polishing, once you put the brush down, just pull it straight. Don't try to curve it," Lippmann says. So how do you get into the nooks, crannies, and curves of your nails? "Put a little more pressure on the brush so that it widens, creating a curve," she says. "There's enough bristles on the brush for it to do the job for you."