makeupWe recently visited Nordstrom Michigan Avenue for an exclusive Dior event where we learned about the brand’s latest makeup launches. The best way to experience the new goodies was to get our makeup done by their celebirty makeup artist George Hamel, who was nice enough to share his makeup secrets. We took notes, and off course we’re passing them along to you!  

1) Prime your eyelashes – at night

A mascara primer like this one typically goes on lashes pre mascara to help increase volume and length. But did you know that you can also apply primer on its own at night? It works like a treatment to help strengthen and lengthen eyelashes. 

 

2) Smudge eyeliner for a more subdued look

To achieve a casual, sultry look that’s pretty for day, take crayon eyeliner and line your upper lid. Don’t worry about making the line perfect because you’ll take a smudge brush and smudge the liner for a smokey, subdued look. George used this Crayon Eyeliner in brown.

3) Ultimate dewy skin 

Dewy skin is on trend for 2016, but in our opinion, it will never go out of style. If you want it, you better moisturize. Then, top that with a primer like this one. George assured us that this technique is key to having a dewy look — even if you apply foundation next. The primer did make my skin look glowy, and it evened out my skin tone. If you’re looking for a primer you can pick up at the drugstore, make sure it isn’t matte like this one

Bonus tip: Apply lip plumper OVER lipstick to enhance your color. He used Dior Maximizer Lip Gloss over this gorgeous Lip Glow.  

 


Learning how to apply makeup according to my own skin’s texture and tone was SO helpful!

 

4) Use brightener as a lid primer

This product is currently marketed as a brightener for your undereyes, but George said it can double as a primer for your eyeshadow. We love multi tasking products! Once he applied it to my lids, I really did see a difference — my eyes looked bigger. If you want a less expensive option, this one works great as both an eyelid primer and brightener. 

5) Light powder contour

To avoid an overly contoured face (think Kardashians), stick to a light shade of powder contour. For my fair skin, George used this Contouring Powder Blush in Pink Shape. The trick here is to not go too dark for your skintone. Using the brush that came with the palette, George applied some powder to the very tops of my cheekbones and then brushed powder along the bone of my cheek. He applied it to the top left and right sides of my forehead to frame my face.

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