How To Pull Off 3 More Tricky Makeup Trends

Keeping up with cool, seasonally savvy makeup trends is one thing. Pulling them off is quite another. We know you love it when we break things down into baby steps when it comes to your beauty routine, so we're back with more tricky makeup trends, and stellar advice on how to pull them off. Local makeup artist Shannon O'Brien holds our hands and guide us through three makeup techniques that would normally scare off most would-be glamazons. She proves it's really not that hard to master strong brows, bold lips, and dewy skin. Follow Shannon's step-by-step instructions (and photos, for you visual learners), and add these trade secrets to your resume. There are plenty of party days left until New Year's, so start practicing now, and get ready to hit the holiday circuit putting your best face forward.
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#1: Glowing Skin

"I love MAC’s Strobe Cream, it provides a beautiful illumination to skin as well as a smooth surface for any foundation to be applied. It can also be mixed with any liquid, cream, or gel foundation to give an extra glow."

1. "Start by applying strobe cream as a primer all over your face. Make sure to focus on the high points of your face (forehead, cheekbones, nose)."

2. "The look of glowing healthy skin, is one without a ton of makeup. I like to use a stippling brush to apply foundation in light layers. Use sweeping motions to blend foundation from the center of your face out. If it seems like there is too much foundation resting on your face, use your warm hands to press the makeup into your skin."


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3. "Once the foundation is evenly blended, use concealer to tame any under eye circles, or blemishes."




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4. "I like using liquid highlighters to really emphasize the cheek bones. Dot liquid highlighter around the outer corner of the eye and blend out to the cheekbone. This will give a more awake and fresh look to your face."


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5. "Complete the look with a cream blush to further build a hydrated look."


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#2: Strong Brows

1."Start by combing the brow out so all the hair lays in one direction. If your brows aren’t full or long, you can measure where your brow should end by holding a brush from the outer corner of your nose and laying it across the outer corner of your eye. This will be the end point of your brow."


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2. "Using an angled brush begin filling in the brow from the inner corner working outward. Try to keep your strokes short, as though you are mimicking the texture of hair. "


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3. "Use a slightly darker shadow to accent the baseline of the brow, as well as the top of the arch. This tricks the eye into perceiving that there is a more dramatic arch without completely overdrawing your brow."


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4. "Brush brow wax into the brows to set the powder. This will make sure that your brows stay in one place, and brings back the texture of your hair so they look more natural."


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5. "Highlight the highest point of your brow-bone to further accentuate your arch."


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#3: Bold Lips

1. "To get your bold lip to look perfect, a hydrated lip is best. While you're doing the rest of your makeup, put on a lip conditioner and let it soak in. Blot it off on a tissue when you are ready to start so lips are supple and smooth."

2. "Precision is the name of the game when accomplishing a perfect bold lip. So take some of the pressure off and start by applying your lipstick in the center of your lip first, so that you can build the shape out."


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3. "Once the center of your lip is filled in, line your lips starting at the cupid’s bow to create a solid shape. Do the same on your bottom lip, starting from the center and working towards the outer corner."

4. "Once your lip is completely filled and you have the shape you like, use an angle brush dipped in an oil-free makeup remover to clean up any mistakes or wobbly lines. This also ensures a crisp shape."


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5. "Use your ring finger to press a small amount of gloss into the center of the lip. Press lips together to help it spread. The heat of your lips will make the gloss pool out on its own, so there isn’t a glossy mess."


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The finished product! Ready to give Shannon's tips a try?


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Get in touch with Shannon O'Brien via her website shannonomakeup.com. She's available for (and really good at!) special events, TV, and print. Pssst! She'll even give you and your pals a private makeup tutorial!


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