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Break up with your old makeup
At left: Makeup artist Raychel Wade

We knew it was time to toss that gunky foundation we'd been holding onto since the Bush administration, but breaking up is hard to do. Lucky for us, we discovered makeup artist Raychel Wade, who, with expert advice and a little tough love, streamlined our cluttered cabinets.

Wade came to our home, examined our hodgepodge of months-old mascara and too-pink blush and set to work: Throughout our hour-long Makeup Bag Rx session ($250), she whittled down our compendium of makeup brushes from six to two, gently helped us part with some outdated purple eyeliner and shared her secrets for smoky eyes and perfectly applied lipstick.

For each product we tossed, Wade recommended a fresh alternative. As a Colour Ambassador for La Prairie, she let us sample the brand's luminous cream blush ($70) and swapped our cakey concealer for a dewier version. (We also learned that dabbing some on our eyelids makes us look wide-awake.)

Not ready to venture into the lipstick jungle alone? Wade will guide you through the beauty counters at Barneys, select products and show you how to use them all ($375, excluding purchases).

There's no better way to get your beauty fix.

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