Keep it real
Stop primping and fussing. Pro makeup artist Linda Cantello wants you to look subtle and chic
In a world gone wild for faux eyelashes and powder puffs, pro makeup artist Linda Cantello (above) shuns the red-carpet love affair for gobs—and gobs—of makeup. The artistic advisor for Yves Saint Laurent Make-up, she helped spur the trend for low-key beauty à la Kate Moss, a personal muse and friend. (Let’s remember, girls; there was a time when leaving the house with just a touch of eyeliner and lip gloss was mind-boggling.) Wearing barely any makeup herself, Cantello reveals her secrets to gorgeous everyday beauty.
Buy the right base. “Choosing the wrong shade of foundation is a dead no-no.” Cantello suggests getting out of the store (“It’s never the right light”) and checking the look of a new shade in natural light to ensure you’re choosing the perfect tone for your skin.
Put down your eyebrow powder and stop filling in your over-plucked eyebrows. “It looks great in a photograph but, in real life, people will look at you askew.” Just leave ’em alone and have them professionally shaped once you have enough regrowth.
Let your skin glow. Use a highlighter rather than shimmer to bring light to your face. Cantello notes that “women wear shimmer all over their face and they end up looking greasy.”
Blend, blend, blend. Love your metallic eyeshadows and eye pencil? Blend them together with a slanted round brush to make any hard lines disappear. The aim is to look sultry, not stuck in the ’80s.