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10 Beauty Lessons We've Learned From Kim K
Kim Kardashian has a look. And that perfectly polished, lush, done-to-the-nines appearance inspires serious obsession among her fans. We asked her for her exact beauty routine—with these 10 tips, you'll be keeping up with one Kardashian.
Kardashian washes her hair every two days, which gets the thumbs-up from our favorite stylists. "Don't wash your hair every day, because that can dry it out," says hairstylist Chris McMillan, who recommends using a gentle shampoo and conditioner a few days a week and a deep conditioning mask once a week. To keep her hair shiny and manageable, Kardashian says, "I use Moroccanoil and Carol's Daughter Monoi Hair Mask.They make your hair so soft."
TAKE EYEBROW SHAPING SERIOUSLY
The reality star used to guard her brows closely, but finally gave in to Anastasia Soare in Beverly Hills. "She would always say she wanted to get her hands on my brows, and I was like, 'No, I did them my whole life myself.' Then, once she did it, I became obsessed. She waxes and then she tweezes," says Kardashian.
She sees Soare every three weeks, but it's possible to maintain a perfect shape at home on your own, too. Tweeze stray hairs right after a shower, when your skin is at its softest—they'll pull out more easily.
APPLY EYE SHADOW PERFECTLY
Kardashian has a trick for wiping away flecks of shadow. Before applying, she says, "I powder under my eyes, so you can see the white powder, then brush it off." Another trick we like for long-lasting color: Dust a layer of that same translucent powder from the lash lines to the brows before applying shadow.
CHOOSE THE BEST SHADES
Kardashian is loyal to Nars Blush in Orgasm,and mixes it up with Revlon lipsticks and Yves Saint Laurent glosses.To find your best blush color, gently pinch your cheeks and match the blush to the color you see, says makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. "If you have acne or a ruddy complexion, choose a tawnier shade, so the blush doesn't call attention to the redness."
For lipstick, the perfect nude should be just a bit brighter than your natural lip color, says Bobbi Brown, makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. "It will even out and define your lips the way a subtle coat of mascara draws attention to your eyes," she says. "Keep in mind that a neutral lipstick shouldn't be the color of concealer."
To find the best red, Poppy King, CEO of Lipstick Queen, suggests trying both blue-based and orange-based bullets. "If a shade works well, your whole face will come alive," she says. "If it doesn't, you will look as though the color has been drained out of you."
MAX OUT YOUR LASHES
Kardashian's lashes are out-of-control luscious. On her own, she says, "I layer mascaras," specifically,Lancôme Doll Lashes and M.A.C. Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara. She also says, "I want to learn to put [fake] lashes on." Our best tips for falsies: Put a dot of glue on the back of your hand. Use slanted tweezers to pick up the false lash by its base, and drag it through the glue. Tilt your head back so you can see your lash line in the mirror, and apply the false lash carefully along that line. Give the glue a few minutes to dry before putting on mascara.
Kardashian has a technique she swears by. She described it to us: "I put on all my foundation first. I powder my face, then I put on concealer...and blend it with a pink egglike sponge, the BeautyBlender. Then I contour all here—think of a three." [Using her finger, she draws an invisible three on each side of her face.] "I go cheekbones, under chin, then the top. I love Smashbox Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte because it doesn't have sparkle in it."
TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP
"My most essential product has got to beNeutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes in Night Calming," says Kardashian. "I need a makeup wipe at all times. That's the only way I take my makeup off." Going to bed with a clean face is key for preventing acne and even wrinkles. "Cosmetics can hold on to pollution, and you'll end up sleeping with a load of free radicals on your skin, which can contribute to cellular damage and early aging," says Howard Sobel, clinical attending physician in dermatology and dermatologic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
And if you're going to use wipes, remember to use ones meant for the face: "I cringe when I see women using baby wipes to remove their makeup," says Laura Mercier, creator of Laura Mercier cosmetics. "A baby's butt isn't covered in makeup that requires special ingredients for proper removal."
STASH A NAIL FILE
Kardashian loves having her nails done at the salon, but always does the filing herself. "I'm OCD," she says. "[My nails] have to be perfectly square. I carry a file with me everywhere I go. I get anxiety when I get my nails done if it's not the person I use all the time, because I don't want to offend them when I ask to file my own nails!" Keeping an emery board in your bag will allow you to fix snags and shaping. Just use it right: File in one direction to prevent breakage. And "don't shape the sides of the nails unless they're at least an eighth of an inch beyond your fingertip," says manicurist Deborah Lippmann. "Otherwise, it could weaken them."