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Balanced Makeup Combinations That Work for Day and Night

Find your balance. It helps you stay steady in tree pose and is the key to gorgeous natural-looking makeup. Choose your focus—whether it's lips, lids, or cheeks—then follow your pro moves for sure-footed and striking results.

Warm Cheeks + Cool Lids

cheeks and cool lids

Corals and peaches bring a healthy radiance to your cheeks and lips. "On the eyes, however, they can draw attention to redness," explains Jenny Patinkin, a makeup artist in Chicago. The move: Counterbalance warm colors with cool colors. "Warm colors are anything you'd see in a fire: orange, red, gold, peach," says Patinkin. "Cool colors put out a fire: blue, green, sand, ash." Offset coral blush and peach lip balm with a stroke of gray eyeliner and you'll showcase your glowy skin and add some sexy smolder. (Up Next: Here's How to Apply Bronzer for a Natural Glow)

Try these products:

  1. Benefit Galifornia Blush ($29, benefitcosmetics.com)
  2. Lilah b. Tinted Lip Balm in b. demure ($36, lilahbeauty.com)
  3. Charlotte Gainsbourg for NARS Kohliner in Zinc ($26, narscosmetics.com)

Bold Lips + Full Brows

bold lips and full brow

When your red lip game is this strong, it dominates your face. Let it. (But first, here's how to rock a red lip.) Cancel out competing colors in the rest of your skin with a color-correcting palette. Green or yellow correctors cover red areas (like blemishes); an orange shade hides bluish under-eye circles. Cover your handiwork with concealer or foundation, then swap blush for a champagne highlighter. Last step, flick a brow crayon through your eyebrows to draw a bit of the focus up...eventually.

Try these products:

  1. Lancôme Paris Matte Shaker in Red'Y in 5 ($22, lancome-usa.com)
  2. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush & Illuminator in Berry Whisper ($42, wanderbeauty.com)
  3. L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender ($13, drugstores)

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