5 Beauty Pros on How to ‘Cocktail’ Your Products

Last week, our Instagram feeds deemed “yoga skin” the latest glowing beauty trend. Sara Hill, the makeup artist behind the technique, achieves the radiant effect by combining a few drops of facial oil, foundation and liquid highlighter and massages the mixture into the skin. It’s not exactly how we look post-shavasana (think: more frizz and blotchiness), but this trending method of “cocktailing” beauty products (mixing them to create a custom result) is a genius way to make the most of your makeup bag. Turns out, the technique is nothing new to beauty experts, who are constantly experimenting with the shades and finishes in their kits. So we asked five makeup artists which beauty product cocktails they can’t live without.

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Cheek Stain + Liquid Highlighter

“For ultra-youthful radiant cheeks, on the back of your hand, mix two drops of Benefit BeneTint and one drop of CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops and blend on the apple of the cheek and towards the temple.” – Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad Artistic Director

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Lip Pencil + Lipstick

“One of my favorite red lip combos is MAC Cherry pencil to outline and slightly fill in the lips’ edges along with Linda Rodin lipstick in Tough Tomato. They have different undertones so the blue/red undertone of the pencil combined with the orange undertone of the lipstick gives an optical illusion of a fuller pout.” Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad Artistic Director

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Primer + Foundation + Gel Highlighter

"I love mixing Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Foundation with a drop of Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer and a bit of Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in ‘Dew You?’ It creates that perfect dewy, glowy finish on the skin.” – Morgane Martini, Marc Jacobs Beauty Global Artistry Ambassador

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Self-tanning Drops + Moisturizer

“I'm a fan of mixing moisturizer with a drop of self tanner at night. I discovered this trick when I was trying to figure out how to extend my summer tan without looking like I had used self tanner. I mix a dime size amount of Alchimie Forever Kantic Calming Cream with a drop or two of James Reade's H2O tan drops, mix in the palm of my hands, and apply to my face and neck. (Just wash your hands right after!)” Neil Scibelli, New York City-Based Makeup Artist

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Exfoliator + Cleansing Oil

“I love to mix my cleanser with exfoliator and make it a one-step skin-care routine. I mix Caudalie’s Deep Cleansing Exfoliator with Tatcha’s Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. I prefer to use a cleansing oil because it keeps my skin hydrated, and helps maintain my own skin’s natural pH balance. The exfoliator is an add-on that removes dry dead skin cells, increases blood circulation, and helps to achieve healthy glowing skin. By mixing both you get all the benefits in one step. I suggest adding the exfoliator once or twice a week, as daily exfoliation could cause skin irritation.” Carola Gonzalez, Los Angeles-Based Makeup Artist

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Lip Liner + Lipstick + Lip Cream

"The shade of a lip liner can alter the shade of a lipstick or gloss by making it warmer, neutral, or deeper. A favorite combo is Chanel’s lip liner in Rouge Noir, Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Night Crimson, layered with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen. First line the lips, then apply lipstick, blot with tissue paper, and then apply NYX soft matte lipstick. It creates the prettiest crimson shade.” – Carola Gonzalez, Los Angeles-Based Makeup Artist

bronzer and foundation

Foundation + Shimmer Bronzer

“If I want to change up the texture of a foundation, I mix in something to add radiance, like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Golden Bronze Pearl. After pumping out my BOUNCE foundation, I just add a few drops of the bronzer into the well, which becomes the perfect mixing palette. I bounce my Beautyblender into the custom mix and it creates a gorgeous glow.” Rea Ann Silva, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Founder of Beautyblender

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From 2017-2023 Michaela Magliochetti held the role of Senior Social Strategy & Trends Editor covering wellness, horoscopes, trends and more.