Makeup and cosmetics are fun to experiment with, but there is a definite art to applying makeup. We’ve all seen disastrous makeup jobs. Here are do’s and don’ts about applying makeup to help you to get the look you want and avoid makeup faux pas.
1: A little makeup is usually better than no makeup, but less is more. This advice has two parts; first, wearing a little makeup, judiciously applied usually looks better than an absolutely sans makeup face. A light foundation covers flaws and imperfections, gives a smooth finish and can actually help skin be healthy. A small amount of eye makeup highlights the eyes. Typically, professional careers require, without actually spelling it out, that employees wear some make-up.
2: This is part two of the ‘how much makeup?’ equation. A little make-up goes a long way. Don’t overdo it.
3: Choose one facial features to highlight. Apply makeup to your entire face: eyes, lips and cheeks, but choose only one to highlight. If you are creating a bold eye statement, don’t overdo it on the lips and cheeks. Apply a neutral shade on the lips and cheeks to focus attention on your eyes. Over-emphasizing all your facial features results in clown makeup
4: Blend and shadow. Don’t ‘mask’ your makeup. Foundation that is not blended and shaded is the biggest offender. Makeup is beautifully applied to the face, but it stops at the chin, giving the appearance of a mask. Lightly blend your foundation into your neck, ears and hairline. Choose a foundation or pressed powder with several shades so that you can blend the color in gradually.
5: Know your skin tone: is it porcelain and fair? light with pink overtones? Golden? Very dark? Choose your foundation color very carefully to match your skin tone. You’ll know you’ve chosen the correct foundation if it gives your skin a smooth matte finish without changing the tone.
6: Eye color should not extend to the brow unless you are using a skin tone eye shadow along the brow line and above the crease. Even lighter shades of color (blue, green, purple) look unnatural when applied up to the eyebrow.
7: Most eyeshadow palettes have three shades of one basic color or contrasting colors. Apply the darkest color in a line along the crease. Apply the medium shade along the eyelashes and the lightest shade just above the crease (but not to the brow). Blend. Some women find that applying a little darker color one the outer edges of the eyes looks nice, too.
8: Never draw on your makeup. If you use lip liner or eye liner, don’t outline in thick dark lines. Use softer, thinner lines and blend. Some women even smudge or buff the liner a little.
9: Never shave off your eyebrows and draw them on. Eyebrows are part of a well-defined face. Pluck your eyebrows to form a nice arch, thicker at the inner edge and thinner at the outer edge. The eyebrow should begin directly above the inner corner and extend to the outer corner.
10: Experiment with color. Don’t fall for the old maxims about makeup color. Each face is individual and makeup colors aren’t iron clad. Along this same theme, you also don’t have to wear shades of the same color. Try mix and match shades: blue and brown, blue and silver, pink and brown, purple and gold. If you don’t like the way the color looks, keep experimenting.