We could watch beauty bloggers and vloggers do their thing all day long (and let’s be real—we pretty much do), but for some reason, our work just never comes out looking as amazing as the pros. Sure, makeup artists dedicate their life’s work to perfecting the craft, but it also seems like they’re blessed with a little makeup magic.

But is it really magic, or is it just some insider info? Probably a little bit of both—but we’re rolling back the curtain on some pro tricks that will serious take your makeup game to the next level. Give these hacks a try. You won’t be sorry.

1. Create a radiant base with Embryolisse Moisturizer

A staple in every pro makeup artist’s kit, Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concentré is a rich moisturizer perfect for all skin types that hydrates and preps the skin, leaving a gorgeous, dewy glow.

2. Get rid of redness with eye drops

Eye drops contain ingredients that constrict the blood vessels in your eyes, therefore making the redness go away. This same principle applies to pimples or other redness on the face as well. Just saturate a cotton swab with some Visine Original Eye Drops and dab it onto the specific area. In a few minutes, the redness will be gone.

3. Brighten up skin with peach or apricot toned primers

Peach and apricot toned primers, such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Apricot are fantastic for brightening up dull and tired skin, especially for those with darker complexions. The colored tint in the primer helps correct hyper-pigmentation and is also excellent for counteracting blue or purple-toned dark circles.

4. Powder in-between primer and foundation

One way to make sure your makeup lasts all day is to set your primer with a powder before applying foundation. It sounds odd (since we’ve always been told to never apply liquids on top of powders), but it actually works. Apply your regular face primer and dust a lightweight translucent powder over top. By doing this, you are locking it in, ensuring that the primer won’t slide around and disturb your foundation. But remember, moderation is key—applying too much powder will make the foundation application cakey.

5. Use a BeautyBlender to apply foundation

If you look in any makeup artist’s kit, it’s almost guaranteed you will find a BeautyBlender. This revolutionary makeup sponge’s patent-pending shape allows you to access every contour of your face. It is meant to be used damp, allowing for a flawless application and ensuring that makeup never looks heavy. It also comes in a variety of colors and even mini-sizes.

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