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6 Beauty Secrets To Look Good In Every Photo

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    The funny thing with the most wearable red carpet beauty looks is how much work they actually take behind the scenes. Even a simple dewy glow or matte lip (as seen on every other celeb this season) requires, oh, about eight products, two hours, and an entire team of pros to perfect — not exactly something we can replicate on the daily. It’s never as simple as just patting on some foundation or swiping on lipstick straight from the tube. Except, that is, when you have an artist armed and ready to guide you.

    Just like how we brought our readers to the red carpet with the help of our talented illustrators and Crest 3D White Whitestrips, we're bringing the best beauty tricks straight to you. Ahead, celeb makeup artist Carola Gonzalez translates some of her favorite looks into easy steps that you can apply IRL. Learn how to get an almost-airbrushed complexion, sculpted cheekbones, a brighter smile, and matte lips for days with products you already have in your arsenal. We predict that your beauty repertoire is about to get a few more winning looks.

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    For A Super-Natural Complexion
    One of the biggest red carpet beauty trends we saw this season was even, flawless skin. To get this look, it’s less about the type of formula you’re using and more about the technique itself, says Gonzalez.

    The trick? Buff on your base makeup — whether it's a sheer BB cream or a full-coverage foundation — using a round foundation brush for a natural, airbrush-like look, says Gonzalez. The bristles help distribute product more evenly than your fingers and create a semi-sheer effect. Just add a few dots of your formula of choice on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, and swirl the brush in circular motions. Start with your nose, move out toward your cheeks, and blend well into your jaw and hairline for a seamless finish.

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    For A Dewy, Ethereal Glow
    That glow you see on the red carpet isn’t just the result of having an on-call nutritionist and esthetician; there’s definitely some makeup magic involved. After you’re done applying your makeup, mix a little bit of facial moisturizer between your fingertips and tap softly along your forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin to give your skin a dewy boost, says Gonzalez. The key is to tap, not rub — otherwise you’d remove all your makeup.

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    For Sculpted Cheekbones
    Thanks to reality stars and beauty vloggers, contouring has developed a bad rep for being hard to master — often requiring a ton of products and serious blending skills to get it just right (read: not obvious). But turns out it’s actually not that hard to use this technique, albeit toned down, for your daily look.

    Work with a contour powder, which offers a more realistic and sheer finish than a stick or cream, says Gonzalez. Suck in your cheeks to make a fish face, then use an angled brush to sweep powder in the hollow areas under your cheekbones. Now, here's the real game changer: Use a round brush to apply your base makeup and blend the powder at the same time. “This creates the illusion of contouring, but since you’re applying foundation on top, you’re buffing, blending, and concealing any mistakes [like using too much product],” explains Gonzalez.

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    For Groomed Arches
    We’re all for bold, powerful brows, but they can easily veer into bushy, unkempt territory if we don't stick to a grooming schedule. For a quick touch-up in between tweezing sessions, Gonzalez suggests combing brows upward with a clean spoolie brush, so you can see the long hairs, and trimming horizontally with a small brow scissor. Be careful not to cut at an angle, which could get too close to the roots of your brows. Finish up with your regular brow pencil, gel, or wax, and step away from the tweezers for another week.

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    For Matte Lips That Don’t Dry Out
    Matte lips are having a major moment, but real talk: Most formulas are so drying that we’ve never made it more than an hour before switching to a more hydrating pick. To ensure your take on this beauty trend is on point, not parched, just apply a lip balm that’s marketed to men, says Gonzalez.

    “Most lip balms for guys are shine-free, and they give you the hydration that your lips need,” she says. “Your lipstick’s not going to crack [like it would with glossy balms], but it’s not going to look shiny either.” The best of both worlds, right?