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Cosmetic Correction … Sans the Scalpel

Just like a good plastic surgeon can dramatically alter a face with the slice of a scalpel, so can a good makeup artist with the stroke of a brush.

So, before you take any drastic measures to "fix" a facial feature, make sure it can’t be corrected at the cosmetics counter first.

It all comes down to color. "Light pulls forward and dark pushes back," says Krystle Randall, a local makeup artist who has worked on Rosario Dawson and Criss Angel.

It’s this simple logic that allows Randall to transform features daily.

Take a look at her tips so you can do-it-yourself at home.

CHUBBY CHEEKS

Goal: Make a round face more angular.

Steps:

Feel the cheek to find the natural cheekbone.

Blend the lighter foundation along the top of the bone.

Repeat step two using darker foundation under the bone.

Who does it: Queen Latifah, Rachel Ray and Oprah Winfrey

BROAD/PUDGY NOSE

Goal: Emphasize the bone that runs down the center of the nose for a narrowing effect.

 

Steps:

With powder that’s one tone lighter than your skin, create a line from the bridge to the end of the nose.

Apply powder that’s one tone darker than your skin to the sides of the nose for depth.

Blend the edges for a natural look.

Who does it: Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé

THIN LIPS

Goal: Make lips fuller.

Steps:

• Line the lips just outside the natural lip line.

• Using a gloss one shade lighter than lipstick, color the center of top and bottom lips.

Who does it: Courtney Cox, Demi Moore, Pamela Anderson

BEADY EYES

Goal: Enlarge eyes

Steps:

• Apply a light shimmer shadow to the inner corners of eyes.

• Blend a light shadow to the upper and lower rims.

• Apply mascara to upper and lower lashes.

Who does it: Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker

WIDE SET EYES

Goal: Bring eyes closer together

Steps:

• Line the upper and lower inner rims with eyeliner.

• Line the upper and lower rims with eyeliner.

• Blend dark shadow over the eyeliner on the upper and lower lids.

Who does it: Mischa Barton, Eva Longoria, Britney Spears

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