When given the chance, who would ever pass up the opportunity to learn the best tips and tricks from professionals in the beauty industry? Say it with us now: no one. Makeup artists and aestheticians know exactly what’s happening in the industry and can give us the scoop on how to get trendy beauty looks that are just right for us. Here, find out four surprising tips that pros know.

1. Use a brush to apply skincare. Drew Krake, Educational Makeup Artist for It Cosmetics, suggests using a brush to apply skincare products. Not only does it provide a more spa-like experience, but it’s more sanitary than fingers, boosts circulation, and applies product more evenly. Brit + Co Pick:It Cosmetics Heavenly Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush ($48)

2. When you apply what totally matters. The order in which you apply your skincare products actually has a lot to do with how your makeup looks. Makeup artist Kevin James Bennett, who has worked on TV shows including As the World Turns and AnotherWorld, uses a moisturizing serum then a hydrating mist. Brit + Co Pick:Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum ($95) with Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray ($7)

3. Curling hair quickly is totally possible. For those mornings where you have a small time allotted for getting ready, curling your hair can still be an option if you implement T3 hairstylist Amber Scudiero’s tip. During her seminar at The Makeup Show in New York City, she advised, “If you curl the hair in vertical sections rather than horizontally, you’ll get more speed and volume.” Brit + Co Pick: T3 Whirl Trio ($270)

4. Apply powder before foundation. “If you have oily skin, prep complexion with your usual skincare routine, then powder your skin lightly with a pure silica powder to control oil throughout the day,” Bennett states. Yes, you read that right: Apply your powder before your foundation. According to the Emmy award-winning pro, this can only be done with a powder that is 100 percent silica. “When oil starts producing, it will interact first with the powder, be controlled by it, and won’t even make it to messing up your foundation,” says Bennett. Brit + Co Pick:Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder ($36)

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