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Step 3: Makeup

A few morning makeup tricks can hide what you want to hide and play up your assets.

Makeup Trick #1: Conceal. Use a concealer to mask age spots, sun damage, and other skin discolorations. For maximum coverage, Novick says to apply concealer first, underneath your moisturizer. Then lightly smooth on your moisturizer so you don't wipe off the concealer.

Choose a concealer color based on what you're trying to hide.

  • "If you have a flush to your skin, then use a concealer that's greenish tinted," Novick says. Don't worry, you won't end up looking like the Wicked Witch of the West. When the red of your skin blends with the green concealer, the colors will combine to create a natural skin tone.
  • To hide dark circles under your eyes, choose a concealer that's one shade lighter than your normal skin tone, Novick says.
  • If you also have puffiness under your eyes, go one shade darker than your skin tone. A darker shade will de-emphasize your swollen skin. Top off the concealer with a smoothing layer of pressed powder foundation.

Makeup Trick #2: Bronze. "When you have a bronzer on your face, you look better," Jacob says. Brushing on a bronzer with a built-in shimmer will give you a natural glow. That glow, however, won't look natural if it's the middle of winter and you’re in a colder climate. In that case, "You might just want to use a little bit of blush to get rosy cheeks and apply a little lip gloss," Jacob says.

Makeup Trick #3: Lengthen lashes. "I think if you are going to do one thing for the eyes, I'd use mascara," Jacob says. "There's something about having long eyelashes that's considered attractive."