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.
Goal: Make a round face more angular.
• 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
Goal: Emphasize the bone that runs down the center of the nose for a narrowing effect.
• 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
Goal: Make lips fuller.
• 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
Goal: Enlarge eyes
• 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
• 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