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Book Excerpt: Love, Lashes and Lipstick by Mally Roncal

An excerpt and photos from the book.

How to Light Up the Room

You know that beautiful glow you get when you feel healthy or amazing, or when someone makes you feel happy and alive? Well, I’m here to show you how to look luminous even when you feel like crap. And guess what? Seeing is believing. Try this perfect-complexion routine—it’s the makeup version of an antidepressant.

1. Start with your usual skin-care routine. Don’t forget your SPF!

2. Smooth primer on top. It locks in your moisturizer and creates a smooth, perfect canvas for your foundation and concealer.

3. Concealer is key! It should be one or two shades lighter than your skin tone (but not too pale, or you’ll look like you’re wearing a mask) to brighten your face. Make sure you use it under your eyes, on the inner and outer corners of the eyes, on either side of the nose, and on either side of the lips for an instant mini face-lift—I swear. If you want to work a little highlighting magic, you can also put concealer between your eyebrows and on your cheekbones, with a touch on your Cupid’s bow, chin, and the tip of your nose. Blend well.

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4. No matter what kind of foundation you use—liquid, powder, cream, whatever!—the key is to blend, blend, blend, until you can’t tell where the foundation ends and your skin begins! Don’t forget your jawline and neck. You can use a brush, sponge, or your fingers to apply. Here’s how makeup artists get the perfect foundation color for their clients: We match the foundation to your neck or your collarbone. For less coverage, use tinted moisturizer.

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5. Set your foundation with a lightweight powder that is not translucent. Why? Because translucent powder is not clear. It’s actually white and leaves a ghostly cast. I like a lightly tinted powder, or, for really bulletproof makeup, I use a light dusting of powder foundation.

Excerpted from LOVE, LASHES AND LIPSTICK by Mally Roncal Copyright © 2014 by Mally Roncal. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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