Some women search for cosmetics that will instantly transform them into a replica of a Cosmo model, but deep down they know the bottom line: We're stuck with what we've got.
But what's so bad about that?
Nothing, says makeup artist Bobbi Brown.
Although she's worked with some of the world's most glamorous models -- Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Iman, to name a few-- Ms. Brown says that every woman holds the key to beauty.
"I believe that beauty is based on personal style. And the cosmetics that enhance a woman's natural features are what will complement her best," she says.
Ms. Brown, 32, is one of the hottest makeup artists in her profession.
She offers the following steps for a 10-minute makeover:
SG * Start with a stick foundation half a shade lighter than your skin
tone. Cover the areas around the eyes and nose, and use as a concealer for blemishes.
* Apply a tinted, loose powder for overall coverage. The best powders have yellow undertones (not translucent) to complement the skin's natural color.
* Use a brown matte eye shadow to define eyebrows. Remember: the lighter your hair, the lighter the shade of brown.
* With the same brown shadow and a thin brush, outline your eyes. For a more dramatic, evening look, try defining your lower lash line with a brown or black pencil before applying the shadow.
* Apply a medium-tone shadow over your entire eyelid. For evening: Use a deeper color in the contour of your eyes.
* To warm your complexion, brush a tawny color blush on the apples of your cheeks.
* The final touch: lipstick. And if there's time, try outlining your lips in a slightly different color tone (not translucent) to complement the skin's natural color.