Just who is Carmindy Acosta? If you have ever watched TLC’s What Not to Wear, you will recognize her blonde hair, great style and wealth of beauty knowledge. Carmindy is a famous makeup artist who has made a name for herself by working with magazines such as InStyle, Elle, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. She is also responsible for teaching clueless women how to use makeup to accent their beauty on What Not to Wear. Carmindy shares a wealth of her makeup tips on her website carmindy.com.

Prep Work

Carmindy encourages you to start with the best possible skin in order for makeup to go on smoothly and look great. She suggests keeping eyebrows well groomed and using a daily moisturizer with SPF to keep the skin nourished. Different types of skin require different preparation. She suggests using a primer to hydrate the dry patches on dry skin. Follow this up with liquid foundation and use creamy products for shimmer, blushes and eye makeup. If your skin is naturally oily, using powder-based products will help eliminate shine. Carmindy suggests using a translucent powder, because a colored powder will get streaky on oily skin.


A little bit of blush on the cheeks will keep you looking youthful and lively. Powder blush is a safe bet and is easy to apply. According to Carmindy, a pink-coral hue is flattering on most people. The key is to blend the blush because any streaking or lines will make it look very artificial. Cream blushes go on smooth skin very well and can blend well. Cheek stains are great for people who want a very natural look. Stain must be blended quickly because it sets quickly. However, you will have an all-day, no-fade blushed look.


Eyebrows are often overlooked as part of a makeup routine but a well groomed brow can make a huge difference for your look. Carmindy urges going for a natural look and to strictly avoid over-plucking. The arch of the eyebrow should slightly diagonally up from the pupil. To find where the brow should end, draw an imaginary line diagonally up from the corner of the eye. The inside of the brow should begin up from the tear duct. Pluck any stray hairs that fall outside of these boundaries. Use a brow brush to brush the hairs upward. Then use a pencil in a color slightly lighter than your hair color to fill in any sparse areas. Set the brows with clear mascara or hairspray.


Your eyes should be the focus of your face. Carmindy says to always use a highlight color on your brow bones and corner of the eyes. This will instantly brighten them. If you are in a hurry or don’t want to use more makeup, this is the one step you should do. Curling your lashes can make a huge difference and will add drama. Follow that up with a couple coats of mascara. If your mascara tends to smudge, you can skip the lower lashes. To make eyes pop, choose a shadow color that is the opposite of your eye color. She also recommends investing in high-quality makeup brushes. They really are worth the extra cost because of their blending ability and durability.

References and Resources

Carmindy's Official Website


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