22 Secrets Makeup Artists Wish They Could Tell You to Your Face

Ever wonder what a makeup artist really thinks while working mere inches from your face? Seasoned pros share the feedback they're itching for you to hear.

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Brush your teeth


As one makeup artist bluntly stated, "This should be a given. But your alcoholic morning breath is less than desirable when I'm working near your face." Use these natural bad breath remedies to freshen up fast.

Mind your inspiration


If you're looking for makeup inspiration, try to find someone with your same skin tone. If you show up with a photo of Beyoncé, but you have fair skin, it's unrealistic to think you're going to look like her when we're finished. Check out the makeup tricks that visually transform your features.

Pick a favorite feature


However, if you absolutely love a celebrity photo, choose the one feature from the look that speaks to you the most. You can't have them all—so pick the eyes, cheeks, or lips, and we can use that to influence the overall look of your makeup. (These eye makeup tips can make your eyes pop.)

Mind your manners


The consensus from makeup artistis? The makeup industry is small. And word travels fast, so be kind to your makeup artist. If you're rude to one of us, chances are everyone in the industry locally will know about your behavior too. As one Minnesota makeup artist admits, "Yes, sometimes we say we're booked—when we're really not—to avoid doing your makeup."

There's a right way to apply lip liner

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If you want to avoid that lip liner ring that forms around your lips as your lipstick disappears, apply your lip liner after your lipstick for a more natural look that will fade evenly. Here's how to apply red lipstick like a makeup artist.


Come with a naked face


To get the biggest makeup bang for your buck, wash your face before your appointment. Unfortunately, many people show up to their session with dry, dirty skin. Makeup lies better on a freshly cleansed and moisturized face (this means take off last night's makeup). You can get the most for your money by taking care of your skin every day. Here's exactly how bad it is to sleep in your makeup.

Don't insult the profession


"I hate when people sit in my chair and say, 'Don't make me look like a clown.' It's insulting," says a Chicago-based makeup artist. "Look at my portfolio before you hire me. If you like it, then trust I will do as good of a job on you as I have on my other clients." Here's how to get the no-makeup makeup look.

We see all kinds of beauty


When you sit in my chair, there is no judgment. I spend most of my time with clients reassuring them that it's okay for them to be who they are. I see everyone's true beauty, and I'm not focusing on your flaws. (To get the skin you've always wanted, check out the game-changing anti-aging ingredients that are rocking the skincare world.)

Don't forget gratuity


Makeup artists provide you with a service. Just like you'd tip your bartender or waiter, you should tip your makeup artist too. For stylists, tips should be 15 to 20 percent of the total cost of your bill.

Stop saying, "I'm sorry"


"Be kind to yourself. You don't need to apologize for what you view as imperfections when you are perfect just the way you are," says Chicago-based makeup artist Vanessa Valliant. Check out the confidence tricks that plus-size models use to feel like a million bucks.

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