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Expert Makeup Tricks

When it comes to makeup, almost everyone makes the same basic mistakes, says Martha's personal makeup artist Charlie Green.

Follow her simple guide to achieve a foolproof look, even on the hottest of days.

How to Make Makeup Last Longer
When the temperature rises, keep your makeup from melting by using a primer. Primer does double duty by providing a smooth "second skin" to work on and ensuring your makeup lasts throughout the entire day.

How to Apply Bronzer
Be careful not to choose a bronzer that is too sparkly or too ginger in color. Don't use bronzer in patches, and never apply it only to the cheeks. Instead, use a nice, soft, large brush to dust bronzer all over your complexion to evoke a healthy glow. To dilute application, try dipping your brush in translucent powder as well. Always stand back and look at your decollete and neck, making sure to blend these areas with a soft brush to avoid makeup lines.

Resources
Charlie used bronzer and brushes from Clinique; blush, eye shadow, and primer from Lancome; and eyelid primer and lip gloss from Smashbox.

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Comments (18)

  • 25 May, 2010

    Oh, and the brushes, clear handles, were from Clinique's The Brush Collection anti-bacterial brushes. The red handled brushes also look like they could also be from Smashbox due to the red handles.

  • 25 May, 2010

    Looking at the Smashbox site the lipgloss was the Limitless Long Wearing Lipgloss and the primer was the Photo Finish Lid Primer in Golden Nude. Thanks Waterview2 for the bronzer info.
    I agree that they should have put a list up for viewers so we wouldn't have to do such a eye straining hunt! lol!

  • 25 May, 2010

    I read Clinique on the bronzer, the eyeshadow and blush were Lancome. She stated the lipgloss was Smashbox, primer was Lancome, and I don't know about the rest. Laura Mercier makes good eye primers too. She also said the brushes were Clinique. I wish they listed the product name and colors as do others on this board.

  • 24 May, 2010

    I agree; if they mention the name on the air it should be listed here. So glad some of you have such a great attention span. Just went to a Lancome site and couldn't find it - now that I know the name maybe I will be able to.

  • 23 May, 2010

    I also would like to know both the brand name and color for the bronzer and cream eye shadow primer. My skin coloring is pretty close to the model used and both the bronzer and eye shadow used, I think would look grean on myself. Any chance you can post that info on your website as well as include such information on the demo products used in the future. Thanks so much

  • 22 May, 2010

    Based on what I heard Martha and Charlie say the primer products were: Lancome (La Base Pro) Primer and Smashbox (Photofinish) Lid Primer. Based on the appearance of the product during a closeup, the bronzer was: Clinique Almost Bronzer SPF 15.

  • 21 May, 2010

    I was trying to catch the maker, too. Didn't recognize the packaging. Did anyone catch the bronzer brand, either? I agree, they should have listed what Charlie used.

  • 21 May, 2010

    What was the bronzer brand and eye primer? Thanks.

  • 21 May, 2010

    I saw the show today and Martha asked what brand, picked up the primer and then said,"Oh,lancome", and then set it down. HOWEVER...ANY primer is good, because they are all silicone based, so the brand does not matter. Really, it's whatever brand is the cheapest, because all primer is the same (as long as it's silicone based). The makeup artist also said to put it on over moisturizer. Some of the primers have SPF in them too.

  • 21 May, 2010

    was the eye primer Clinique also?

  • 21 May, 2010

    What was the brand of the makeup primer and the eye primer?

  • 21 May, 2010

    It was Clinique bronzer, same compact and duo color.

  • 21 May, 2010

    It was Clinique bronzer, same compact and duo color.

  • 21 May, 2010

    I was trying to catch the maker, too. Didn't recognize the packaging. Did anyone catch the bronzer brand, either? I agree, they should have listed what Charlie used.

  • 21 May, 2010

    The packaging of the bronzer looks like Stila Sun bronzing powder, it has spf 15 and has a matte finish. It sounds n looks like what she was using. the eye shadow primer could be smashbox's.

  • 21 May, 2010

    I also agree that the show should have mentioned all brands during the make-over because viewers might want to purchase them. I especially wondered the brand of the bronzer and the eye primer and the cheek color she used. I looked on marthastewart.com and there was no info on the make-over at all. Maybe since many are putting these comments on this website, they would give out the info finally.
    Cindy

  • 21 May, 2010

    I was trying to catch the maker, too. Didn't recognize the packaging. Did anyone catch the bronzer brand, either? I agree, they should have listed what Charlie used.

  • 21 May, 2010

    Did anyone catch the maker of the eye primer? I wish they had listed the products used. And I wished Charlie Green had given an idea how to make the dark circles disappear, as her approach is light and fresh!

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