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Makeup Tools & Techniques

Find everything you need to know about the best makeup tools and helpful application techniques straight from the pros. Read on for tips and tricks no matter your skill level.

Close up of actor Natasha Liu Bordizzo with soft glam makeup
How to Create a Soft Glam Makeup Look, According to a Makeup Artist

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How to Glue Down Your Eyebrows Like a Drag Queen

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How to DIY Your Wedding Makeup, Straight From Celebrity Makeup Artists

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The Correct Makeup Application Order, According to Makeup Artists

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Eva Longoria Is Obsessed With This Makeup Brush, And It's 50% Off for Black Friday

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TikTok Says to Use Setting Spray Before Blending Your Makeup—Does It Work?

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Rihanna's Makeup Artist Says This Is the Key to Flawless Summer Skin

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Your Helpful Guide to a Gender-Affirming Beauty Routine

Selena Gomez wears a bronzed, contoured makeup look with dramatic eyeshadow
Bronzer vs. Contour: Makeup Artists Explain How to Apply Both

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The 7 Best Toiletry Bottles of 2023, Tested & Reviewed

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Dua Lipa's Makeup Artist Just Shared Her Genius "Butterfly" Highlighter Technique

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How Often Should You Replace Your Makeup Brushes? Here's What the Experts Say

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We Asked 5 NYC It-Girls How They Get Ready to Go Out

Lori Harvey with makeup by Nadia Tayeh
Lori Harvey's MUA Nadia Tayeh Shared Her Secret to Photo-Ready Skin

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How to Apply Liquid Blush Like a Pro Makeup Artist

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Sir John Gave Us the Best Tip for a "Snatched" Sculpt on Mature Skin

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The Best Way to Wash Your Makeup Sponges, According to Makeup Artists

Kendall Jenner Met Gala 2023
This $10 Eyeliner Was the Secret to Kendall Jenner's Mod Met Gala Makeup

Olivia Rodrigo at the 2023 Met Gala
Behind Olivia Rodrigo's Blotted Lip and Hepburn Bangs at the 2023 Met Gala

Gigi Hadid wearing red lipstick summer 2023 makeup trend
Cloud Skin, Bold Liner, and Cherry Lips—These Are Summer 2023's Biggest Makeup Trends

Hailey Bieber wearing yellow liner
Hailey Bieber's "Sunflower Eyes" Are the Festival Makeup Look We're Copying This Summer

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Powder Puffs Are Trending—Here's How to Use Them For Flawless Makeup

Alexa Demi with makeup by Kali Kennedy
Alexa Demie's Makeup Artist Tells Us How to Nail Graphic Eyeliner

Pamela Anderson in the '90s
This Is Exactly How Pamela Anderson Did Her Makeup In the '90s

Lady Gaga Oscars 2023 makeup
Lady Gaga's Oscars Makeup Was a Nod to an Iconic '80s Music Video

Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning on Vintage Fashion, Good Luck Charms, and Embracing Her Femininity

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"Nontouring" Is the Best Alternative to Contouring When You're Feeling Lazy

 Best Makeup Tools for Shaky Hands of 2023
The Best Makeup Tools for Those With Limited Hand Mobility of 2023

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Lip Contouring Is Back in a Big Way Thanks to TikTok

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J.Lo Just Shared Her "Lightbulb" Contour Technique

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How to Apply Individual Lashes for Natural-Looking Glam

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Editors’ Picks: 11 Products We’re Obsessed With for a Fancy Night Out

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How to Apply Foundation With a Sponge, Brush, or Your Fingers

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How to Apply Cream Blush Like a Pro

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How to Apply Face Powder for a Flawless Finish

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8 Eyebrow Trimmers That Will Give You Flawless Brows, Every Time

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The 13 Best Makeup Organizers of 2023

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The 12 Best Blotting Papers to Soak Up Shine

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Keep Your Vanity Clutter-Free and Organize Your Stash with These Chic Pouches

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Identify Your Skin Undertones: We Asked Makeup Artists To Share Their Secrets

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How to Apply Makeup for Your Face Shape: A Guide

Best Makeup Brushes
The 7 Best Makeup Brushes of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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What Is Primer? How to Use Makeup Primers Like a Pro

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The 9 Best Body Makeup Kits of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Eyeliner Looks Tightline Mandy Moore
How to Tightline Your Eyes With Eyeliner, Step-by-Step

How to Fix Broken Makeup At Home, According to Makeup Artists

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How to Apply Concealer Correctly, According to Pro Makeup Artists

Woman with Red Hair wearing Vibrant Purple Eyeshadow and Drawn on Natural Looking Freckles
7 Ways to Create Fake Freckles That Look Natural and Cute

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How to Apply Eyeliner for Your Specific Eye Shape

Woman Applying Foundation with a Makeup Brush Using the 'Bake' Method
How to Bake Your Face For a Budge-Proof Makeup Look

Joan Smalls wearing glowy, bronzed makeup
How to Apply Bronzer for a Sunkissed Glow All Year Round

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How to Get Perfectly Even Winged Liner For Hooded Eyes

Woman Applying Liquid Eyeliner
How to Keep Eyeliner from Smudging: Best Tips for Smear-Free Makeup

A boy with short hair
The Best Men's Haircut for Your Face Shape, According to Experts

Best Eyebrow Brushes
The 10 Best Eyebrow Brushes of 2023 for Perfectly Feathered Brows

Make-up Kits
The 15 Best Makeup Kits of 2023

Can You Use Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover?

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How to Apply Eyeliner Pencil Like a Pro, Even If You're a Beginner

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11 Killer Skull Makeup Tutorials for Halloween

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How to Apply Makeup to Hooded Eyes, According to a Makeup Artist

Lighted Makeup Mirrors Tested
The 7 Best Lighted Makeup Mirrors of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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The Best Contouring Brushes for Next-Level Sculpting and Shading

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11 Pro Eye Makeup Tricks Every Asian Person Should Know

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Here's How to Make Your Makeup Sweatproof, According to a MUA