Make up is different for every woman; some love it, and others hate it. But if it were easier to apply, more women might enjoy wearing and experimenting with it. Knowing how to find the right colors, and the trendy ways to wear them, isn’t always easy. With the ever-changing trends in beauty, you may be down-right confused. Armed with a few expert tips, you might just find that applying your makeup isn’t as bad as it seems. In fact, you may just find a new found love for your face and the products that make it sparkle.
To create a smooth finish on the face:
Use a face primer before applying your foundation to smooth fine lines and create a flawless finish. You will definitely be able to tell the difference when applying your foundation, if will smooth on effortlessly like never before.
For better coverage and younger looking skin:
Get the best foundation you can for your budget. If you are going to splurge on any product in your makeup bag, make it your foundation. Starting with a good base is the key to creating a fabulous face. When choosing your foundation, pick one that closely matches your skin tone on your chest (not your wrist or hand). Be sure you don’t go too light, which can age you tremendously. And always make sure your foundation contains an SPF of at least 15-the more the better.
To achieve a natural glow on cheeks:
Make friends with your bronzer. Use a bronzer on your face everyday to create a sexy natural glow. Bronzer works on everyone, making it a much more versatile choice than your typical blush. Apply using a fan brush with soft bristles for best results.
To define your cheekbones and make them appear higher:
Apply a line of a light-colored concealer just above your cheek bone, before applying your blush or bronzer. This will give your cheeks and higher more contoured appearance.
Use your brows to frame your face:
Stop tweezing them into thin nothings, and start appreciating your full brows. Knowing how to accentuate your brows is essential in using them to frame your face. Of course you want to continue to groom them and tweeze away the strays, but allow them to fill in as much as possible on their own. If you are not sure how to shape them, visit a quality salon that specializes in brow shaping. After the first service, you can typically keep up with look at home, without too much trouble. For sparse brows, use a pencil that is one shade lighter than your hair color to fill them in. If you prefer a softer look, apply a similar colored eye shadow, instead or over the top of the brow pencil.
To create thick dramatic lashes without the clumps:
Apply thinner coats. Applying multiple thin coats will give you a sexy look, and keep your eyelashes from clumping together. When applying mascara, place the wand as close to the base of your eyelashes as possible, and wiggle gently back and forth. Wait a few seconds, and then apply a second coat. This application technique, will allow you to evenly cover every lash for a stunning finish.
To create longer lasting eye shadow:
Apply concealer, foundation, or lid primer, to your eyelids, then dust with a translucent powder before applying your eye shadow. This will set your shadow for all day color-no cracking, no rub-off, and no smears.
To create longer lasting lip color that stays put all day (or night):
Lining your lips with a lip pencil first can add longevity to your lip color and keep it in its place. When choosing a lip pencil, look for one that matches your lip color as close as possible. This is very important especially if you wear dark colors, to create a clean crisp look. If you are headed out for the day, and won’t be able to touch up your lips, color your entire lip with the pencil to lock in color, and then add your matching lipstick on top. If you tend to have dry lips, apply a moisturizing lip balm first, then fill in lips with lip liner and follow up with a layer of lipstick.
Accentuate your best feature, not features:
If you have amazing eyes, play them up and leave your lips natural. If you lips are your best feature, make them lovely and luscious, and leave the eye makeup light. Applying bold makeup to both eyes and lips can hide the very same beauty you are trying to display. For best results, choose one or the other to “show off.”
Invest in a good brush set:
Brushes are the key to creating a fabulous well rounded look. Not only are they the best way to apply most makeup, they are also great for blending and cleaning up any makeup that has fallen on your cheeks during application. Some of the brushes you should have in your collection are a large soft-bristle domed brush, a fan brush, an angle brush for eye makeup, a tapered brush for applying foundations, an angle blush brush, a blunt ended contour brush, and a pencil brush for easy eyeliner or eyebrow enhancing.
Now that you have some expert advice on applying your makeup, which tools and techniques you should use, and what is hot-n-trendy-print this list and leave it on your vanity so you’re armed for the morning madness.
Personal experience as a makeup artist