An expert makeup artist has revealed her DIY hacks when it comes to achieving that A-list look at home.
Lauren Hogsden, from London, is a senior makeup artist and brow expert at Benefit cosmetics who has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL to coincide with the release of Benefit’s latest product, Boi-ing Cakeless concealer, she reveals the top beauty tips she’s learned along the way.
These include adding a fine line of of eyeliner to the base of your lash line to give the illusion of longer lashes, and using a damp cotton bud to get rid of excess mascara.
Senior makeup artist and brow expert at Benefit cosmetics Lauren Hogsden, from London, jas revealed her DIY makeup hacks. Pictured, stock image
MAKE LASHES LOOK LONGER WITH LINER
Looking to add an extra mile to those lashes? Create depth at the root by adding a fine line of eyeliner to the base of your lash line. This will magically give the illusion of even longer lashes.
When applying mascara, it’s important to get the barrel of the brush into the lash root.
Why? Well the more depth of colour at the lash root the more push back you will have on the lashes, making them look longer than ever.
LOOK DOWN TO APPLY MASCARA
Use a hand-held mirror when applying mascara and hold the mirror below your chin when looking down. This will give you more space between your brow bone and mascara wand.
The power of the cotton bud is an oldie but goodie. However, instead of dampening it before trying to clean up any mistakes, try using it dry. You can still take it down a tone, remove a smudge and lift any mascara transfer.
By doing this, it will not affect the smokey eye or eyeliner and it is much easier for shadow and eyeliner to be re-applied onto a dry surface.
FIND THE PERFECT BROW SHAPE
A common mistake people make when filling their own brows is actually not knowing where their brows should start, arch and end.
You can brow map at home simply by using a brow pencil or the end of a makeup brush.
Mapping your brows will give you the perfect guideline to understand where your brows need growth, where excess hair can be removed, and where you need to fake it until you make it with brow products.
Lauren Hogsden (pictured) is a senior makeup artist and brow expert at Benefit cosmetics,
Follow these four steps for perfect brows:
Starting with a makeup-free brow, use a brow brush and comb your brows through so that all hairs are sitting in the correct place.
Hold a pencil parallel to the side of your nose, meet the top of the pencil to the inner corner of the eye – the inner edge of your brows should start here. Using a brow pencil, mark this point.
To determine the highest peak of your arch, place the pencil at an angle from the outside corner of your nose through the centre of your pupil. Using a brow pencil, mark this point.
Hold the pencil diagonally from the outside corner of the nose to the outside corner of your eye – this will then tell you where your brow should end. Using a brow pencil, mark this point.
Use the brow pencil markings as a guide when tweezing and styling your brows with products. It is also a great way to understand your personal brow shape.
CONTOUR WITH CONCEALER
Begin by picking a concealer two shades darker than your natural skin tone – this will become your deeper contour colour. Then select a concealer two shades lighter to use as a highlighter.
Place the lighter concealer down the centre of the face and along the nose to elongate. Apply to the tops of cheekbones to lift and in the corner of the eyes to brighten.
Take your deeper concealer to sculpt and contour. Apply under cheekbones and under the jaw line, bringing depth to these areas. If you wish to give the Illusion of a small forehead, also apply along the hairline.
The makeup artist also advises how you can brow map at home simply by using a brow pencil or the end of a makeup brush. Pictured, stock image
APPLY A LIGHTER CONCEALER UNDER YOUR EYES
The formula and texture of you concealer can play a big part in your overall complexion.
As the skin under the eye is much thinner, opt for a liquid concealer that is highly pigmented to hide dark circles.
… AND BUY ANOTHER SHADE FOR WINTER
As we move into the summer months your completion tone can change quite dramatically.
Using a winter lighter concealer and a deep summer concealer, blend your shade throughout the seasons. This will ultimately save you money on makeup throughout the year.
Many people fall into the trap of using overly textured concealers which tend to enhance fine lines instead.
To avoid dull under eyes choose a concealer which adds a little brightness by picking a tone no more than two shades lighter than your complexion.
But be sure to avoid blending or rubbing as this will only end up revealing the problem area again.
Patting the concealer will hold the coverage and pigment (pat for pigment). But to ensure a seamless bend into your foundation, use the warmth of your fingers to emulsify the boarder of the dab concealers.