If applying anything more than lip gloss and mascara makes you feel nervous, you're not alone. That's why there are amazing pros like local girl Shannon O'Brien to help you master that perfect cat-eye
and finally learn the basics of contouring. From creating cry-proof bridal looks to powdering runway models, this makeup-artist extraordinaire gets down with her brushes on a daily basis. Lucky for you, she's ready to divulge some of her best tricks
— just in time for a new year's pick-me-up.
Despite O'Brien's high-maintenance profession, she's definitely a low-key lady — right down to the pure vitamin E oil she uses to moisturize her flawless face. In fact, she takes us through her entire routine — including how she gets those crazy color-dipped tips
on her mane. Want more makeup-meets-fashion pointers and tutorials? This primping maven shares plenty more tricks on her rad blog Cheap Frills and Thrills
. So, what are you waiting for? The advice is free. In person, she'd have to charge you.
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