Yes she has beautiful clients to work with (Natalie Portman, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst, and Dakota Johnson, to name a few), but makeup artist Pati Dubroff seriously knows how to make a girl look gorgeous. We caught up with the celebrity makeup artist recently at the Pronovias flagship in New York, and got her to spill the red-carpet beauty rules she lives— or should we say works— by. Here, the tips you'll be grateful to know before your wedding day.
__1. Don't put moisturizer on your T-zone— only primer. __
That way, you won't look shiny in photos or have to constantly touch it up throughout the day with powder and blotting papers. Dubroff uses Clarin's Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch ($38, available at Sephora) on oily-skinned actresses and Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer ($42, Lancôme) for everyone else.
2. Her favorite foundation is from Japan. (Somehow that doesn't surprise us.)
It's by a brand called Suqqu ($115, available on Amazon), which Dubroff has been "using for years and years. It's a pretty, matte formula that holds really well." It's only available in Asia and the United Kingdom, but luckily for all of us, it's nothing we can't get with a quick Amazon search.
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3. She doesn't rely on long-wear lipstick.
"Many of them dry out your lips and come off anyway," she says. Instead, she uses lip stains like Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro ($38, available at Sephora), which she says "wear beautifully." She also uses the layering method, which involves applying a coat of lipstick, then a coat of lip pencil, and then another layer of lipstick.
__4.Speaking of lipsticks, Dubroff says "they can look brighter as they dry down," so she puts a light layer of neutral lipstick on top to tone down the color. __
Her go-to is Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle ($37, Chanel), which, she says "looks like your lips, just amped up a bit."
5. A mishap early in her career has taught her to be wary of false eyelashes.
"I put them on an actress who had her hair over her eyes," she says. "Then she put eye drops in at the last minute, and of course, a lash fell off on the red carpet." Instead, she uses Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler ($30, available at Net-A-Porter). If you're set on wearing fake eyelashes for your wedding, however, make sure your hair is out of your eyes and don't put in eye drops after applying them.