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Who wants to look as dazzling as Dania, as dewy as Drew or as terrific as Taylor? Is that your arm up in the air? "Me, me, me!" you say? Well, the good news is you don't have to be a celebrity to be CoverGirl perfect. All you need is your CoverGirl cosmetics and some know-how from the pros who use this brand. So grab your makeup bag and let's get you picture-perfect.
Lay a Fab Foundation
You wouldn't paint without priming the surface, so why slather foundation on skin that's not ready for it? If you have normal to dry skin, prepare your facial canvas with a coating of CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Primer. According to CoverGirl, it will hydrate your skin and help you achieve a closer-to-perfect skin tone. Oily skinned ladies can skip this step.
If you think that celebs don't have to conceal dark circles and other imperfections, think again. Perfect takes work and a little magic (aka concealer). CoverGirl recommends applying it under your foundation. Dot it on in a crescent shape under your eyes, then pat it with your ring finger, which ensures a light touch, to blend and smooth it.
Sure, Spongebob is kind of cute, but his kind (natural sea sponges) are no good for applying your foundation, because they're too porous. Instead, smooth it on with your fingertips or a foam makeup wedge for even coverage. Use the tapered edge to get your base in harder-to-reach spots, like under your eyes.
CoverGirl swears by its three-toned Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush for perfect cheekbones. Brush on the darkest shade in the hollow below your cheekbone. Swipe on the medium shade right along your cheekbone. Also, highlight the top of your cheekbone with the lightest shade. Instant cheek!
Give your face a good dusting of powder to set it. Use a wedge sponge, if you want maximum coverage; use a brush, if you just need a sprinkle. When reapplying with a puff, blot the oil off your mug first to prevent gunking up your gear.
Paint it Perfect
Prep your peepers for color by curling those lashes. Clamp down on the roots of your frills with an eyelash curler and hold it there for five seconds. Repeat on the other eye. Follow-up with a coating or two of mascara. Hold the wand at the base of your lashes and wiggle it right and left as you move from root to tip. Allow it to dry. Repeat, if you dare.
Outline those eyes with liner. Draw a line all the way around, unless you have close-set or round eyes. Those will look better with just a little on the outer corners. Warm up and soften the tip of your eye pencil by rolling it between your fingers. Then draw a series of connected dashes as close to the lash line as possible, holding the skin taut as you go. To prevent looking too Goth, opt for a lighter liner shade under your eye.
The key to lid color is choosing the right color. Dress up dark eyes with blues, greens, purples and grays. Lavish attention on lighter eyes with taupe, brown and bronze shadows. Once you've applied your eye shadow dry (lightest at the brow bone, medium tone on the lid and darkest in the crease), try this CoverGirl pro tip: Dampen your applicator and dip it back into the medium shadow. Draw a line on top of your liner on the upper lid, for some eye-popping contrast.
Finish off your picture-perfect look with a pretty pout. Smooth on a lipstick that matches your skin tone and the occasion. Fair-skinned fashionistas should stick with warm pinks or peaches or reds with bluish hues. Olive-skinned lovelies should go with warmer tones, such as brownish reds. And dark-skinned women should go with deep reds with purple or blue tones. Keep your lippy looking fresh and kissable with a little trick: Apply a smidge of loose translucent powder (using a cotton swab) around the perimeter of your mouth pre- and post-application.