Top 5 Hollywood Makeup Tricks

Top 5 hollywood makeup tricksTop 5 hollywood makeup tricks I wanted to share some of my favorite secret weapons I keep in my kit for when I prepare a celebrity for a red carpet event. These are little tricks I do on almost anyone who's going to be photographed, and they really "add the magic" to a look. All of these tricks are finishing touches and can be added at the very end of your routine. 

Great beauty productsHere are a few of the products we'll be using. 

How to define eyebrowsHow to define eyebrows The perfect eyebrow trickTrick 1: Show off Those Brows

Defining and highlighting brows is a quick way to bump your look up a notch. Nyx makes a really cool pencil that has both products in one! Use the light pink on your brow bone (blend with your finger!), and then sketch in your brow lightly with the other end. Defined brows will instantly make you look more put together and polished.

ConcealerTrick 2: Look Refreshed

I love the tinted eye rollers from Garnier and L'Oréal. They're my absolute favorite drugstore products. They have a very thin formula with just a little light-reflecting tint that works wonders on dark circles. I roll it on right out of the tube and use a fluffy ponytail brush to buff it in. Set it with a tiny bit of translucent powder and you'll look totally rested and refreshed!

Tips for using highlighterBest makeup highlighterBlend highlighter with your fingersTips for using highlighter   Trick 3: Highlighter is Your Friend

Highlighter is the ultimate photo-ready secret. Watt's up by Benefit is a beautiful golden shimmer without being sparkly. I also love The Multiple by NARS. Highlighter is definitely one of those products where you get what you pay for. Drugstore brands tend to be too glittery or frosty, so I always splurge on a top brand for this one. You're going to want to hit the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and Cupid's bow. Then blend with your fingers. The warmth of your hand will help the product melt into your skin. Instant glow!

Best red lipstick trickBest red lipstick trick Best red lipstick trick  Trick 4: The Red Lipstick Trick

This is something I learned from a makeup legend who learned it from Marilyn Monroe's makeup artist! It's an awesome way to add depth to a red lip and makes your lips look fuller and more pouty. You can actually use this trick with almost any lipstick color, but I love the way it looks with red. First, line lips and apply red lipstick. Then, take a shimmery gold eye shadow, and using your finger, lightly press a little into the center of your bottom lip in the middle. Keep it away from the lip line. Last, take a champagne gloss and use it to blend the gold shadow. Keep the glossiness and shimmer in the center of your lips. You can smush them to blend it a little, but you want to make sure that it doesn't get too spread out. 

Add a little glitter liner to your bottom lidAdd a little glitter liner to your bottom lid Trick 5: Add the Right Amount of Glitter

A little glitter liner is a super fun way to add some sparkle to your look. To give it a fun grown up twist, I like to put it on the bottom underneath my lashes. It's very subtle but adds a lot of pizazz and is a great way to take your look from day to night in about 10 seconds. 

Top 5 hollywood makeup tricks  AnnaRose Kern for A Beautiful MessAll of these tricks are fun ways to add a little Hollywood glam to your look! You don't necessarily have to do them all at once. Try a few and find what you love! xo. AnnaRose

Credits// Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRosa's styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose. 

  • I would love to see YOUR everyday routine.
    Or at minimum, what you do as a base for these tips.

  • OMG I’m so sorry I asked the same question 3 times. I couldn’t figure out how to post it. Guess I had it figured out better than I thought! 🙂

  • Could you please tell me what lipstick that is and what color? Absolutely beautiful!

  • Hi Claire! You can find them here: 🙂 -Jacki

  • would like to know how to find the “soulpurpose” creations, love some of the pieces

  • Hello! Great, subtle tips! I agree with everyone above – I would also like to know what red lipstick that is – it’s a lovely color!

  • Great, Great tips! Can’t wait to try them!

  • I am interested in the highlighter and where to apply it. What exactly does “cupids bow” refer to? Thanks for the tips!

  • Love this! I’m just starting a make-up course & am going to put these into practice on my next client!

  • Perfect styling, great pics. I wonder!!! You look so so so amazing!!!

    If you get a moment, you can have a look

  • I love this post – usually when I’m getting my hair/makeup done I’m gossiping away and never pay attention to the tricks. Now I’m wondering where my cupid’s bow is…

  • Loving all of the AnnaRose posts – keep her coming! More videos! She’s such a bright and lovely addition to ABM!

  • To be honest what I love the most in your make up is your hair colour and red lips :)))

  • The red lip tip is perfect! The gold shadow and gloss give it so much more depth and shine 🙂

    Great work on all of the beauty posts lately AnnaRose!

  • The very, very, very bestest highlighter is BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Moonstone. I can’t describe how great this stuff is -and no I’m affiliated with them in anyway.

  • You look so beautiful! Great tips. I love that you have used drugstore products among the high end. I also saw that you use real techniques brushes. They are so good! x

  • Your hair is gorgeous! If you color it yourself could you share your formula? And any other products you might use?

    It’s difficult to get a red that deep and shiny. I’d love to know how you do it.

    Thanks so much – great posting!

  • Thank you! After I left the comment I saw that you guys showed it in the photo – whoops! 🙂

  • Beautiful makeup!!
    College Cheese | You Only College Once.

  • These are great tips! I can’t wait to try them. What brand did you use for the glitter eyeliner? I have some, but they’re not as subtle. Would love to know what you used in these photos!
    Thank you!

  • I love the trick with the golden glimmer for the lips! I will add it to my routine immediately! 🙂
    Thank you!

  • I wanted to know your brow regimen, like what type of brow powder/ filler you use. I wanted to dye my hair an ombré red, and looking for natural looking brows to match the color.These are excellent tips, but I was more interested in your brow technique, which looks FIERCE!

  • These are awesome tips. I’ve actually tried the red lipstick trick for a recent photoshoot we did and it works amazing. It also stays on!

  • Wow!
    I would know learn about make up. I am a mess!
    But not a beautiful one, ha ha, just a messy make up

  • I LOVE the glitter under eyeliner trick. That is perfect! And now I can’t wait to try the red lipstick trick with gold eye shadow. I tend to stick to natural lips because I’m afraid of looking silly with red.. but I LOVE the dark red. I need to try this asap.

  • The push up bra for for your brows…. AMAZING!! where can i find one of these.
    lovely post, you look gorgeous X

  • These photos are so beautiful and inspirational. Please do more like these 🙂
    Sophie xxx

  • You are gorgeous and can’t wait to try some of your techniques! Now I just need to find the courage to rock the red lips 😉

  • Wow! Wonderful tricks! I’m going to try that red lipstick tip!
    By the way, what a beautiful hair color!

  • Really liking that shade of red! My personal favourite is MAC’s Ruby Woo.

  • Great tricks! I’ll need to try that L’Oreal eye roller. Dark circles seem to be my problem area and the only thing I NEVER leave the house without touching up.

  • Love love loving AnnaRose’s make up tricks!! Such a great idea for posts. Can I request a post on applying eye shadow?

  • I’m a huge fan of red lipstick, so I’m definitely going to try the red lipstick trick! Thanks for sharing :).


  • You may have just made a believer in using my make up brushes. I’ll be bold and give a couple of these a try- thanks!

  • I love the red lipstick/gold glitter trick, but I already have full lips so it might be a little too much–but the lovely makeup artist has full lips too so then again maybe not!

    And for luminizer, RMS Living Luminizer is the only way to go! As someone with dry, pale skin, nothing has EVER actually made my face look “glowy” except that.

  • I loved this article – thank you! I’ll defo be trying some (all?) of these magic tips out 🙂 Especially like the brow pencil/highlighter-in one :-). Thank you!

  • What a babe! I love these tips. I’m so clueless when it comes to makeup so these are really helpful 🙂

  • I love using highlighters, the benefit one is one of my favourites too!

  • I’ve been far too chicken to wear some red lipstick that I bought recently, so this was a brilliant boost. I love the tips about adding depth to lips and the glitter liner 🙂

  • Great tips! Just out of curiosity.. is that a hairpin tattooed onto your hand? I would love to hear the story behind that one 🙂

  • Note to self: get the Garnier eye roller. You definitely sold me with your “absolute favorite drug store product” bit. Wow. :] // ☼ ☯

  • great tips! the red lipstick trick is brilliant…definitely giving that one a try!

  • These are fabulous tips that I can’t wait to try! P.S. What color is your hair? I need it in my life!


  • Awesome tips, love Anna Rose. Please can we get some tips on choosing the right red lipstick – it is sooooo hard!

  • GREAT tips! Love the lipstick tip! Thank you [Can’t leave without saying that you look totally beautiful in the last photo! Go girl!]

  • The glitter eyeliner tip is such a great idea! I’ve never thought about that but it looks so pretty and subtle!

  • This post just made me super excited to buy the l’oreal cc concealer! Great tips Anna! xo Jessika,

  • great helpful tips…that gold eye shadow on the lips, brilliant, i can see the glow on her lower lip..


  • Three cheers for more makeup tricks! In particular, I’d like to start using highlighter like you have here. It’s one of those things I’ve always put-off purchasing, but it makes such a difference.


  • Ich bin gerade über diesen Blog gestolpert und immer noch hin und weg. So eine wunderschöne Frau! Wow!Danke für die tollen Schminktipps 🙂

  • So awesomely beautiful! Can’t wait to try the highlighter!! Do you mind me asking what brand and shade that lip color is? It’s so lovely!

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