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Real Girl, Real Beauty: A Rockstar Makeup Artist Spills Her Secrets

If applying anything more than lip gloss and mascara makes you feel nervous, you're not alone. That's why there are amazing pros like local girl Shannon O'Brien to help you master that perfect cat-eye and finally learn the basics of contouring. From creating cry-proof bridal looks to powdering
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"If I don't get a solid night's sleep, I wake up looking like a punching bag — my eyes get so puffy! If this happens, I soak a tea bag (preferably green) in cold water for a few minutes, then squeeze out the excess water and place them on my eyes. The cold as well as the caffeine constricts blood vessels. Plus, it firms the skin around your eyes, resulting in a de-puffed eye. It is a serious life-saver for those early call times."

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kandee johnson - watch her once. you will be hooked for life. promise.

From foundation application, to how to hide acne scars, to how to make your nose look smaller, to how to cover dark circles, this collection of 10 makeup tutorials will teach you the most amazing secrets of makeup artists everywhere!

Any trend that allows us to refer to ourselves as <a href="http://www.makeup.com/article/vixen-makeup/">sleek vixens</a> is automatically acceptable in our books. The fact that this trend is actually attention-grabbing and gorgeous? Icing on the cake...