Hair & Makeup

4 Game-Changing Hacks This Professional Makeup Artist Swears By

Radiant Kaia Gerber at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ Opening Gala in LA, 2021

Celebrity makeup artist PATI DUBROFF is known for perfecting undeniably gorgeous award-season skin and makeup for her A-list clientele. Here, she shares her top tips so you can elevate your own techniques. By MALENA HARBERS


By virtue of the coveted red-carpet glow she’s created for the likes of Kaia Gerber (pictured) and Margot Robbie, Chanel makeup artist Pati Dubroff knows a thing or two about successful makeup. Here, she shares her Hollywood-approved hacks that are guaranteed to reinvigorate the way you apply your own makeup for stunning results.

“By spending just five or 10 minutes with a face roller or microcurrent device, you’ll be amazed at how radiant your skin looks before applying any makeup,” says Dubroff. “It stimulates blood flow and gets the juices flowing – and when you start applying makeup from that place, as opposed to where your skin looks cold, it makes a big difference.” Depending on how much time she has, Dubroff alternates between ReFa face rollers (“they’re very high-quality and you don’t have to charge them”) and NuFace and Ziip Beauty for micro and nanocurrent stimulation. For more lasting benefits, she suggests using the two types of tools on alternate days, a few times a week. “The trick with any tool is to always move it in an up-and-out motion, never down.”

“When it comes to radiant skin, make sure you have a thoughtful amount of coverage but let your skin still feel alive.” To get this effect, Dubroff suggests zoning your skincare to prep your complexion properly. “You want hydration and moisture around the perimeter of your face and a mattifying primer through the center near the chin, nose and at the top of the forehead, so you don’t have to rely on powder so much – it’s aging, heavy and takes away the ‘naturalness’ of skin.” Next, use different foundation textures to get that flawless-but-real skin polish, says Dubroff. “Apply a creamy formula through the center, where you want that extra coverage, and something more liquid around the outer edges of the face so that it feels alive and glowy.” If you need to take any excess shine down, she suggests blotting powder only where needed, using a tiny brush for precision. “It’s difficult to bring skin back to life after you’ve applied too much powder.”

The key to youthful-looking blush is to keep it on the apples of the cheeks. “Do a big cheesy smile and you’ll see exactly where you want to apply it,” says Dubroff. “Avoid taking it too close to your nose and those crinkles by the eye.” Just as important is to stick to cream-based formulas and to ensure the edges of your flush are diffused. To add staying power, you can follow with a light dusting of a powder blush in a matching or similar shade to set color in place. “A gentle amount of contour is not a bad thing, either,” says Dubroff. “If you want to subtly carve out your cheekbones, sweep color along the bone, just under the cheeks; if you have freckles, match them with your contour shade – they’re the ideal tone.”

“As soon as eyeliner is too sharp, graphic and linear, it can look a little severe,” says Dubroff. Plus, it’s more difficult to achieve. “You’ll spend too much time and effort on creating something so graphic.” Whatever type of swoosh or flick you prefer, Dubroff suggests softening the edges so it’s a more forgiving shape. “After you create your preferred line with a pencil, use a tiny brush to blend and diffuse it out. Even if it’s a cat eye, I’ll do it with a little diffusion.” For more longevity, she always applies a matte eyeshadow in the same or similar shade as the eyeliner over the top.

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