Beauty Experts Spill Their Best Makeup Tricks of All Time

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We've got the beauty advice you need to hear now-straight from our expert panel.

1. Cleanse your skin the right way

"Wash your face with lukewarm water-never hot-then pat it dry and immediately apply your moisturizer. It never ceases to amaze me that people persist in exposing their facial skin to hot water, causing it to become red, dry, and resulting in breakouts of rosacea and broken capillaries."
-Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D. PhD-dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine

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2. Get a nighttime regimen
"This is when you should really fight aging. I alternate Dior L'or De Vie with TNS Essential Serum to hydrate my skin, even out the tone, and improve the texture without blocking my pores."
-Jeanine Downie, dermatologist and director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, NJ

3. Always wear your sunscreen
"It's so much better to prevent the damage than it is to try to fix it after the fact. The wonderful thing about skin is that is has the ability to repair, but damage can still add up and lead to premature aging, and most of that comes from excess sun exposure."
-Doris Day, dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center

4. Don't be afraid of a retinoid-just use it the right way

"Retinoid products are great because they can treat acne, fine lines, and hyper-pigmentation. However, they can sometimes cause irritation and dryness. Always start slowly, applying only a pea-sized amount to your face at night two or three times a week, then more frequently as you're able to tolerate it. If that doesn't work, make sure you wait at least 15 minutes after cleansing to apply the cream, and then use a facial moisturizer on top of it."
-Phoebe Lu, dermatologist and Attending Physician at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in NY

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5. Listen to Mom
"Like any good Jewish mother and probably the reason why I became a makeup artist, my mother would tell me put on a little lipstick. Also, I always think you can't go wrong with a little blush-it's just brightens everything up."
-Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty

6. Don't skip the primer

"The only way to ensure makeup will stay put for as long as you need it to be there is with a primer. I use primers for eyelids, lips, and the entire complexion-it's absolutely a staple for me and a recommendation for all women."
-Laura Geller, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Laura Geller Beauty

7. Re-order your makeup routine

"Apply eye makeup first and concealer and face makeup second. You get a much cleaner look to your makeup if you clean excess smudges and powder residue away."
-Kimara Ahnert, makeup artist and owner of Kimara Ahnert Makeup & Skincare Studio in New York City

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8. When in doubt, wear peach makeup
"You can always rely on peach tones to brighten up a drab complexion. So, if you're feeling like you're not looking your best, dab on a peach blush and lip gloss to perk yourself up. Plus, peach is equal parts warm and cool, so it looks great on every skin tone."
-Trae Bodge, co-founder of Three Custom Color Specialists and Senior Beauty & Lifestyle writer for retailmenot.com

9. Always wash your face before bed
"When I was younger, I went through a phase of going to sleep with my makeup on, and it's a huge regret. Now I use the Clarisonic, which just takes everything off for me. Life-changing!"
-Maureen Kelly, Founder and CEO of Tarte Cosmetics

10. Stash a facial mist in your purse
"I love to mist my face with pure rosewater throughout the day-especially in the summer-to give it a glow and add moisture."
-Jennifer Lawrence, senior hairstylist at Louis Licari Salon in New York City

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11. Stay hydrated
"Moisturize! Skin, lips, cuticles-always!"
-Elle, celebrity manicurist who works with Charlize Theron and Blake Lively

12. Don't neglect your face scrub
"Exfoliating is key for younger, healthier looking skin, and it always helps moisturizers absorb better!"
-Roxanne Valinoti, celebrity manicurist and education training manager for CND Inc.

13. Learn how to contour
"I like to do it by using a darker shade of face powder right below my jawline and a highlighter down the center of my nose. It's quick and makes a big difference."
-Cindy Barshop, owner and founder of Completely Bare Spas

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14. Love the skin you are in
"Love you as you truly are, before you put on the concealer or the lipstick. Use your beauty products to enhance your own natural beauty and know that every line, crease, or scar is a marker of who you are and what you have survived. Be proud and own it!"
-Lisa Price, founder and president of the hair and beauty line Carol's Daughter

15. Learn how to maneuver your eyeliner

"Knowing how to line the inner rims of your upper and lower lash lines is a priceless skill to master. There is a definite queasiness factor with getting that close to your eyeball (for me, at least), but once you know how, the rest of your makeup routine can be majorly minimal and you still somehow look subtly sexy every single day."
-Jenn Falik, Television style and beauty expert who appears on the Today show and The View

16. Homemade remedies are no joke

"Generations of women in my family have been mashing up avocados and using it as a hair and face mask, and we have beautiful skin and shiny hair to show for it!"
-Andrea Oyarzun, superstar REDBOOK reader and mom of a newborn!

17. Line your eyes
"Try a flesh colored eye pencil. When applying inside the eye it automatically makes eye look fresh and clean while appearing much larger in size."
-Makeup artist Keri Berman and owner of Keri Berman & Co

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