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Celebrity makeup artists have so many tips and trick up their sleeves. Having to work with high profile clients with time restrictions and sometimes limited supplies can really teach you a thing or two about how to quickly get the pristine celebrity look with as few steps as possible. We take a deep dive into some of the best makeup lessons from celebrity makeup artists, including Makeup by Mario, Patrick Ta, Scott Barnes, and Hrush Achemyan.

JLo Glow

Scott Barnes, Jennifer Lopez’s makeup artist, has shown us many makeup lessons and techniques he has used on JLo throughout the years. One of the best and most inexpensive tricks he has shown us is how he gives JLo an amazing glow to her legs when she’s walking the red carpet. The trick is simple – Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 70
Photo by Ulta

I was absolutely shocked when I tried this out for myself. For less than $20, you can easily spray on some sunscreen if you ever have your legs or shoulders exposed for an outfit. To make this even better, you’re adding something to your skin that is going to protect you from sun damage. That’s much better than getting an overpriced shimmering body oil with no skin care benefits.


This is a technique that was really catapulted into the mainstream makeup world when Makeup by Mario showed off this technique on Kim Kardashian a few years ago. Baking is adding an excess of powder in certain areas that you want to appear airbrushed and brightened. This is also a great technique to use if you are wanting your makeup to last all day long.

When you bake in your makeup routine, it also makes the skin look very smooth and radiant under bright lights and in pictures. The lights bounce off of the excess powder on the skin and help the skin appear airbrushed and bright.

As part of your makeup lessons 101, just look at how Makeup by Mario conceals, bakes, and brightens on Kim Kardashian:

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking Powder

Pound Cake 0.71 oz/ 20 g
Photo by Sephora

Huda Beauty has made a great powder for baking. If you want a full coverage powder that is going to make you appear airbrushed and flawless under bright lights, then this is the one for you. This powder comes in a variety of shades that can also help add a bit of coverage to your makeup routine.

Reverse Makeup Order

Makeup by Mario, Hrush Achemyan, Scott Barnes, and many other celebrity makeup artists have shared their secrets on how to get a skin-like, smooth makeup application. The trick is to use less foundation and more contour and concealer. Let me explain.

Usually, we start out with our foundation and go into concealer and contour right after. Instead, a lot of celebrity makeup artists like to start with a cream contour, then go in with their concealer, and finally, use a light amount of foundation to blend in the two. This is a great way to reduce the amount of makeup that you use so you have more in the long run. You also are preventing your face from looking caked by using way less product.

Here are some of the most loved foundation, concealer, and cream contours from celebrity makeup artists:

Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation

7.8 1 oz/ 30 mL
Photo by Sephora

This has been visibly used many times by celebrity makeup artists on clients like Kim Kardashian. There was a time when almost everyone had this in their kit because it is such a phenomenal foundation. This is a nice buildable foundation that can work amazingly at adding that extra layer to marry together your concealer and contour. It leaves the skin with a stunning skin like finish and healthy glow.

La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation

150 Natural - Very Light Skin with Neutral Undertone 1 oz/ 30 mL
Photo by Sephora

Patrick Ta swears by this foundation. It is the only one he keeps in his kit. Much like the Armani Luminous Silk, the La Mer foundation delivers a medium, natural coverage to the face. One thing you will see from celebrities and their makeup artists is that they love to use products that give you a dewy, skin like finish.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Madeleine 0.22 oz/ 6 mL allure 2018 Best of Beauty Award Winner
Photo by Sephora

This concealer is well liked by many celebrity makeup artists because it gives a smooth coverage on the face with a natural finish. This concealer can be built up more and more without caking. Nars also offers a great shade range so you can find concealers that can help you correct, conceal, and brighten with a loved formula.

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer

01 Amber 0.22 oz/ 6.23 g
Photo by Sephora

Fenty Beauty recently released their version of a cream bronzer. Celebrity makeup artists love to use cream bronzers because they have a much more natural look to them. In fact, if you can use any cream products, you definitely should if you want to get that natural skin like finish. This cream bronzer is incredibly blendable and lightweight. It’s great for adding warmth and dimension to the face.

You can also easily set this with a little powder bronzer afterward to set your cream bronzer in place. That way if you want to avoid using a setting powder, you can get that dewy look by just adding a little powder bronzer to slightly enhance your cream while setting it in place.

Feather Brows

Patrick Ta, the makeup artist for stars like Gigi Hadid and Shay Mitchell, has shown us many times how we can feather our brows. When you feather your brows, you are lifting them up. In addition, he has launched his own makeup line with his very own brow sculpting wax.

Patrick Ta Beauty Major Brow Shaping Wax

Clear 0.17 oz/ 5 g
Photo by Sephora

This brow wax is great at holding up your brows all day long. What I like the best is that this sculpting wax works well with other products like eyebrow pens and pencils. That way you can still shape your brows and add more coverage in spots that you need while still using this wax to help your brows stay lifted.

Enjoy one of the makeup lessons where Patrick Ta explains exactly how to get this look so many celebs are loving:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Micro-Stroking Detailing Brow Pen

Photo by Sephora

Anastasia Beverly Hills makes some of the best eyebrow products on the market. They have a variety of different shades so you can get the perfect match for your brow. Recently, they released the Micro-Stroking Detailing Brow Pen. This pen looks a lot like a felt tipped eyeliner pen, but it does not release as pigmented of a stroke. That way you can draw in brow hairs to help give yourself that feathered brow look.

These are some of the major makeup lessons and tricks that I’ve learned from watching tutorials with celebrity makeup artists. Everything that they show us is how to get that desired celeb that looks like it took hours to achieve, but really you can do it in 30 minutes. It’s kind of like that Scott Barnes trick to use Neutrogena sunscreen for that famous JLo glow. We hope you learned some amazing tips and tricks to add to your makeup routine so that you can feel like a celebrity too!