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1. Apply in actual daylight if possible.
Find the nearest window facing the sun and prop up a standing mirror. Or buy a desktop lamp with a 'daylight' bulb. It's my favorite makeup accessory.
2. Mix foundation with a great skin cream.
My secret combination: Origins A Perfect World moisturizer blends so well with any makeup.
3. Stipple foundation on with a fluffy, buffing synthetic brush.
I like this MAC No. 188—the finish is super-understated.
4. Blush is so flattering.
Mineralized powder formulas in particular have a delicate sparkle and versatility.
5. Brighten your eyes with pale yellow.
I line my always red and tired-looking inner rims with this pencil.