14 Make-Up Artist-Approved Beauty Tips | sheerluxe.com

14 Make-Up Artist-Approved Beauty Tips


With access to some of the hottest products around – from cult buys toskincare saviours – not to mention a wealth of experience behind-the-scenes at everything from shoots to fashion weeks, make-up artists are a true wealth of beauty knowledge. Make-up maestro Lillie Russo is no exception – having worked alongside some of the fashion world’s biggest names, from Harvey Nichols to Italian Vogue, she knows all there is to know about staying groomed and gorgeous.

First things first what do you always have in your make-up bag?

In my personal make-up bag, you’ll always find an Omorovicza Lip Balm, £32, DHC’s Blotting Papers, £4.50 (these weigh next to nothing when you’re travelling and are a great alternative to powder, which can make the skin look cakey), and my lipstick of choice for the day in case of emergency touch-ups.

What’s your favourite foundation?

With so many new formulas on the shelves, I make an effort to try as many as I can – at the moment, Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, £32.50, is my favourite. I’ve been using it on my clients who are going to an evening event as it’s long lasting without being too heavy and gives the skin a gorgeous glow.

Any recent discoveries?

My Australian friend recently introduced me to Frank Body Coffee Scrub, £12.95, which is game-changing. It’s made from all-natural ingredients (just ground coffee beans, almond oil, vitamin E and sea salt), which work to gently exfoliate the skin and leave it smelling amazing. It’s also ideal for the summer months as it helps to prolong a tan.

What skincare products do you use?

I remove my eye make-up using Bioderma Micellar Water, £10.80, before cleansing my face with Omorovicza Cleansing Foam, £44, and my Foreo, £119. I then pat Omorovicza Hydrating Essence, £75, on my face, and leave it to work for ten minutes before spritzing with Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, £25, to refresh and tone my skin. I’ll finish off with Omorovicza’s serum, moisturiser and eye-cream – I think it’s pretty clear I really rate the brand’s products.

And for your body?

I use Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, £7.89 as I don’t like a strongly scented moisturiser. Weleda Skin Food, £10.95, is also a personal favourite – try using it on dry areas such as your elbows, knees and feet. I’ll always carry this with me when on shoots.

Whats the secret to taking off make-up correctly?

Never use cheap make-up wipes and never vigorously rub your eyes as this pulls the delicate skin and promotes wrinkles. Make-up removers – whether waters or creams – are trial and error for your skin type; just be sure to avoid cleansers that make your skin feel dry and tight afterwards.

What beauty products can you afford to buy cheaply?

You can still buy mascara cheaply and get great results – I really rate Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, £4.99, which also comes in a lighter brown shade, which works well if you have a fairer complexion or blonde hair. Remember to replace your mascara every few months.

On a Similar Note

What’s your top anti-ageing tip?

Every day, take the time to really massage your moisturiser into your skin to promote good blood circulation. You’d be surprised at what a difference this makes to the radiance and tone of your skin.

Any make-up tips for more mature complexions?

Stick to matte products, such as matte eye shadows and blushers for a more youthful look – shiny pigments can highlight fine lines, which isn’t as flattering. It’s also good to invest in a thinly nibbed eye pencil, to work right in-between your lash line to give the appearance of thicker lashes. Try Hourglass Gel Eyeliner, £16, in the brown shade (it’s called Canyon).

Best tip for applying mascara?

Firstly, blot excess product off the wand to avoid a clumpy finish; then look down and apply with a zigzag motion, trying to get as close to the roots as possible. For anyone with shorter lashes I would recommend getting a small fan brush to paint your lashes with; Crown Brush has a great selection.

And the easiest way to boost our brows?

Castor oil is a make-up artist secret for promoting brow growth – using a disposable mascara wand, comb castor oil (you can find it in Holland & Barrett) into your brows at bedtime. If you want to fake the appearance of thicker brows, Bobbi Brown’s Perfectly Defined Long-wear Brow Pencils, £30 each, are great and come in dozens of shades.

Any tips for long-lasting make-up?

Always use a primer under your foundation and use a separate eye shadow primer to stop your eye shadow from creasing. Set your make-up with a light dusting of powder – try Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder, £29 – for the best results.

What is the best way to boost a tired complexion?

Whether you’re tired or hungover, cold water really does work a charm – first thing in the morning, cleanse your face with cool water and then take time to massage a rich moisturiser into your skin; when it comes to your eye cream, use a tapping motion under and above the socket to reduce puffiness. Try applying your concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes before blending out – this will make the face appear instantly more awake.

Lastly whats your ultimate beauty hack?

Do what suits you and what makes you feel most attractive and confident. Don’t feel you have to stick to general rules or follow the latest trends. The key to good make-up is enhancing your features, not trying to change them.

Shop Lillie Russo's top beauty picks below...

Skin Food, £10.95 | Weleda

Double Wear Foundation, £32.50 | Estée Lauder

Original Coffee Scrub, £12.95 | Frank Body

Micellar Water, £10.80 | Bioderma

Blotting Paper, £4.50 | DHC

Queen Of Hungary Mist, £48 | Omorovicza

Sensitive/Normal Skin Luna, £129 | Foreo

Brow Pencil, £30 | Bobbi Brown

Perfecting Lip Balm, £32 | Omorovicza

Omoressence, £75 | Omorovicza

Loose Setting Powder, £29 | Laura Mercier 

Daily Moisturising Lotion, £5.05 | Aveeno

Great Lash Mascara, £4.99 | Maybelline

Castor Oil, £.9.99 | Pukka

Lash Fan Brush, £2.89 | Crown Brush

Cleansing Foam, £44 | Omorovicza

Mechanical Gel Eye Liner, £39 | Hourglass


Inspiration Credits: , RolalaLoves.com, Instagram.com/Paula13T, Instagram.com/DHCSkincareInstagram.com/Lillie_RussoKhoobSurati.com
DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at [email protected]