Our beauty expert shares tips from behind the scenes

One of the best parts about working in the beauty industry is that I am constantly challenged. Not a day goes by that I don’t pick up a new technique or learn about an awesome new product. Whether from one of my fellow artists or backstage at a fashion show, I have picked up quite a collection of tips and tricks over the years. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Remember that your face is your canvas. It is crucial to properly cleanse your skin and hydrate. I never bought into the hype behind the infamous $200 moisturizers and cleansers at the high-end retailers. My real secret is Cetaphil. You can buy it at your local Walgreens or grocery store for less than $10. They even have versions that are made for dry or oily skin and include an SPF. It is the leading dermatologist recommended brand of skin-care products. I have switched many of my friends and clients to this line and now they swear by it.

2. Brushes are your best tools; clean them at least three times a week. You can use a brush cleaner or shampoo and let them dry overnight. Dirty brushes hold bacteria and can cause your skin to break out. If your brush hairs are frail and scraggly, get a new tool.

3. Look for a concealer with a peach undertone. This will help to balance out any blue/purple discoloration. I love Makeup Forever Lift Concealer in No. 2 or No. 3 ($22) and YSL Touché Eclat in No. 3 ($40).

4. Use caffeinated tea bags to relieve under-eye puffiness. Heat the tea bags in boiling water, then let them cool until warm to the touch. Place one on each eye for 10 to 15 minutes. The caffeine will help to jet-set the blood vessels, and you will notice a significant reduction in puffiness.

5. If you ever find yourself without eyeliner, don’t fret. Use your mascara wand right under the bottom of your lashes and smudge it with your finger or a brush to give you a soft smoky effect.

6. This tip became a worldwide phenomenon during the age of Sex and the City: White eyeliner is beneficial for those who have deep inset eyes. Use the liner in the inner rim of your eye top and bottom to help your eyes appear to be more open. I love the Givenchy Magic Kohl Eye Liner in White, $21.50.

7. Discoloration in the lips is quite common among women. Many have a natural purple/ruby shade. The problem with this is that it will hinder you from achieving a true desired color. My trick is to use a dab of your concealer and a touch of powder before you apply your lipstick. This will not only help keep your lipstick on but it will also allow the color of the lipstick to show through without the undertone hue.

8. Too much gloss can overpower your lipstick and cause it to fade much quicker. When applying gloss over the top of a lipstick, place it in the center of the bottom lip and then blot your lips together. Too much gloss can be a mess.

9. Lipstick can be used in more than one way. Use your lipstick on your cheeks and your lips. This technique was used before blush was developed in the early ’30s. After your foundation is applied, rub your fingertips on your lipstick and smudge onto the apples of your cheeks for a soft touch of color. You want it to look like your cheeks were lightly pinched.

10. Eyebrows can be a disaster, especially when you have hairs growing every which way. If you have a tough time getting those hairs to lie down flat, one of the best tools is hairspray. Spray a little on the tip of your finger and smooth out your brows from the inner corner to the outer edge. Hairspray was made to hold hair, so why not kill two birds with one stone? This works wonders.