Are you tired of the same basic makeup tips you get from magazines? Well, here is a series of makeup tips that are a little more on the professional side. These tips came from makeup artists from Bobbi Brown and Kevyn Aucoin. Enjoy!

1. Find your perfect shade. Because a perfect shade is so important, you may find it well worth the investment to purchase a foundation that isn’t a drugstore brand. The foundation I use is from Mary Kay cosmetics, which is $14 an ounce. It’s a great deal because it gives great coverage, and a little goes a long way. Plus they offer 22 different shades from the lightest skin tones to the darkest. Clinique also makes great foundation. You can also consider making your own shade by purchasing two colors that are really close to your skin tone, and mixing them together.

2. Cleanse your face – be careful of your new lash extensions . Applying foundation on a dirty face can clog your pores and cause you to break out. Make sure that your face is clean, but it doesn’t have to be squeaky clean. Squeaky clean skin can cause dryness and peeling. After you’ve cleansed your face, apply a thin layer of your favorite moisturizer.

3. Apply your concealer. Some people recommend applying the concealer after the foundation. I have seen makeup artists do this, but most makeup artists recommend applying the concealer first, then layering the foundation over it. But you do what’s easiest to you. Make sure your concealer is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Pat the concealer in your skin using the pads of your fingertips. Using the middle finger and the ring finger is best. If you need to conceal a large area such as redness on your cheeks, use a slightly damp wedged sponge applicator to apply it. It works like a charm.

4. Apply your liquid foundation. Squeeze out a dollop of foundation (about the size of a dime), and dab a dot on your forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose. Use your finger tips (or your slightly damp sponge) and blend the color in. Add more color if you need it, but a dime size is usually enough. Make sure the color is blended under the chin and into the neck.

5. Apply your powder foundation. This step isn’t necessary, but if you want to complete the look for a date, work or formal event, you can top it off with powder. This gives ultimate coverage, and leaves a beautiful powdery finish. Use a powder brush (kabuki brushes are great), dip it in your powder, tap off the excess, and then buff the powder over your face. Blend it into the hair line and under the chin just as you did the foundation.

There you go. You’re all made up!