How to Look Good in Natural Light?

While a major smoky eye or fire-engine red lips go a long way toward creating nighttime drama, they’re not the best option for the rest of the time. Here, top MAC makeup artist Gina Bettelli gives us her pretty-in-the-harsh-sunshine tips:

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.”
Daylight Twist Portable Lamp – $75 – daylightcompany.com

2. Mix foundation with a great skin cream. “My secret combination: Origins A Perfect World moisturizer blends so well with any makeup.”
Revlon Photoready Makeup in Natural Beige – $14 – drugstores
Origins A Perefect World SPF25 Age-Defense Moisturizer – $39 – origins.com

3. Stipple foundation on with a fluffy, buffing synthetic brush. “I like this MAC No. 188 the finish is super-understand.”
Mac No. 188 Duo Fiber Brush – $34 – maccosmetics.com

4. Blush is so flattering. “Mineralized powder formulas in particular have a delicate sparkle and versatility.
MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty – $21 – maccosmetics.com

5. Brighten your eyes with pale yellow. “I line my always red and tired-looking inner rims with this pencil.
Mac Pro Eye Pencil in Pale Yellow, $13

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