Tips from Oprah's makeup artist

January 4, 2011 9:58:49 AM PST
Oprah's makeup artist and creative director for Hissyfit, Reggie Wells, has simple makeup tips to give you a quick, easy makeover.

For over 20 years, Wells has been the man behind Oprah's iconic look. Now, he is sharing some of his and Oprah's favorite makeup tips.

He says most women don't know how to apply makeup for their skin types. The new Hissyfit Clocpot is perfect for any skin tone from the lightest to the darkest, and it takes all the guess work out of applying makeup.

A former secondary school art teacher, Wells is an Emmy Award-winning makeup artist with over 30 years of experience and is the author of "Face Painting," in which he reveals many of his beauty secrets. He has worked on many famous faces, including Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Obama, Brooke Shields and Halle Berry.

Wells started working with Oprah Winfrey in 1986 and is the makeup master behind more than 100 covers of O Magazine. He has also had his work featured in publications like Essence, Glamour, Life, Time and Vogue, to name a few.

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Eyes - Shadow
Make eyes pop. Put a light eye shadow in the inner corner of your eye to brighten significantly. Simply dab a finger into the lightest eye shadow and then press it into the inner corner of the eye where the upper lid meets the bottom lid.

Eyes - Lashes
Curling the eyelashes is a quick way to give your eyes a lift. Asian eyelashes especially should be curled before applying mascara since they tend to point downward. For an added effect, you can heat the curler under a blow dryer for a couple seconds. Just test the curler before using so you don't get burned.

If you have thin lashes, apply false ones using an applicator. Then apply mascara over both to make the lashes appear more natural.

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Complexion changes throughout the year and using the same color will all year long could give you a dull, washed out look. Use darker and lighter shades to shadow and contour the face.

Using different colors from day to night will brighten up your face. Apply to the apple of the cheek for a more youthful look.

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Dark colors can dull you and add years. Use multiple shades with the lightest shade placed in the center of both the top and bottom lip while following with a liner pencil that is one tone darker than the original center. For example, if you use a plum for your lips, lessen the color by using a rose in the center.