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A signature beauty look gives you confidence from the inside out. It's the style that makes you feel — and look — your best. And it's what we at Refinery29 often dub a "power face." While everyone finds their power face in different ways, we tapped makeup artist Molly Stern to share her own definition. "I love looking like you just had a really hot and heavy makeout session," she says of a naturally flushed look. "Or that feeling like, I have a secret. It makes you feel sexy and strong."
To recreate the look at home (sans kissing), Stern laid out her essentials for us, from her go-to creamy blush to her favorite buildable COVERGIRL foundation. Read on, and tell us what your version of a power face is in the comments section below.
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Get Cheeky

"Blush is a great tool to make you look more awake and healthy," Stern says. When it comes to the formula, she prefers a cream blush over a powdered one because it offers more of a natural, dewy finish, rather than a chalky one. Stern also suggests smiling at yourself in the mirror as you apply, using your fingers to lightly tap and blend the color over the apples of your cheeks. Her go-to pick is Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Blaze. "It’s a rich red hue that makes you look like you just got off the treadmill or had a long snog — I love that," she says.
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Do It All

Concealer does more than fake a good night's sleep or cover up pesky breakouts. According to Stern, it's also the greatest multitasker in her kit. "I use concealer to highlight and as a base for eyeshadow, too." To highlight, choose a concealer two shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and apply it to your Cupid's bow, browbone, and the bridge of your nose. When using one as a makeshift eyeshadow primer, be sure to look for a creamy formula that dries down to a powdery finish so that your eyeshadow has something to grip onto. This concealer from Bobbi Brown can do all of the above, plus, its pointed tip makes it easy to get those hard-to-reach areas.
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Build It Up

Stern loves a foundation that's buildable because everyone's skin varies from day to day. One day you might wake up to a perfectly even skin tone (#blessed), and the next, you have a few more blemishes than usual. The new COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation* can be tapped on for a lighter, dewy finish or layered and blended for fuller coverage. Aside from its versatility, the best part is that it features SPF. Because let's be honest: You can never apply too much sun protection.

*Use as directed.
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Get Your Shine On

Sure, you can wear whatever eyeshadow your heart desires, but Stern makes a case for switching to metallic hues this season. "They're so pretty when they catch natural sunlight," she says. "And if you go with a dark bronze or copper tone, you've just created an instant smoky eye with minimal effort." Try Rituel de Fille Ash and Amber Eye Soot, formulated with rich pigments and natural oils for a crease-free finish.
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Embrace The Rainbow

We love a classic cat-eye, but we're also an advocate for switching things up every now and then. Stern's move of choice? Add color — and lots of it. Apply any brightly colored liner to your lower waterline and to the inner corners of your eyes. Feel free to mix and match shades. "It adds an element of sexiness...in a unique and playful way." This liner from Rimmel London is both smudge-proof and waterproof, and it comes in a variety of fun shades like blue and purple.
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Try A Stain

Ask anyone what beauty staple makes a statement, and you're likely to hear, "a bold lip." If you're hesitant to go all in with a bright lipstick, Stern suggests starting with a lip stain. You can blot it down for a subtle look or layer it on for a more opaque finish, she says. "I tend to gravitate toward a bright red or fuchsia hue for clients. There's just something powerful about a woman who can pull off a bold red lip." The Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer Liquid Lipstick is bold to say the least. It's ultra-pigmented, while still being hydrating. Be fair warned, though: It's not the easiest to take off EOD.
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Play It Up

Mascara frames and opens up your eyes, but it's also a place you can experiment with color, says Stern. "I love colorful mascara. It's an easy and playful way to step out of your comfort zone and make a statement." This By Terry one, laced with lash-growth serum (!), comes in a wide range of shades, from cobalt to plum, and deposits just the right amount of formula via its fluffy brush.
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Make It Easy

There's no doubt that brows are super important: They frame your face and are one of the first things people notice about you. Stern's approach to brow maintenance is pretty hands off, so there's no need to go crazy with the shaping and tweezing. "Simply filling in sparse areas — or just keeping them naturally bushy and wild — gives your brows the most definition," she says. Glossier Boy Brow is a great option for those who naturally have shape to their brows but still want a little more oomph. With just a few swipes, it fills in sparse sections and sets your brow hairs in place.
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