| Makeup Tips
any makeup, you should clean your face
with water, which has a pinch of soda
bicarbonate in it. Then apply ice cubes
on the face. This enables the makeup to
Concealer is used to hide
dark circles around the eyes, and is also
used to cover blemishes and scars. A beige
concealer is ideal for dark skins and
one with natural tones for fairer skins.
This should be spread evenly using a dry
sponge or your fingers. Now, apply the
Foundation is used to enhance
the colour of the complexion. Three basic
types may be used, depending upon your
skin type. For dry skin, liquid foundation
works best whereas semi-liquid is best
for combination skins. Foundation can
be applied with a sponge and blended into
the hairline and along the jaw for a natural
Translucent powder is used to dust
the face. This helps that the foundation
to stay on longer. Excess powder should
be brushed off. Blusher should be blended
evenly along the cheekbones.
Lips The lips should
be outlined with a lip liner so that the
lipstick does not bleed. Lipstick is then
applied and blended with the lip liner.
Then dust your lips with powder so that
the lipstick lasts for a longer period
of time, and then apply the last coat.
Eye shadow colours should be selected
carefully, light shadow is applied on
to the lids to create a base. Darker eye
shadow is then used at the outer corners
of the eyes, to enhance the eyes. A kajal
or kohl stick can be used in the inner
eyelid to make the eyes appear even more
dramatic. Mascara applied to the lashes
increases this effect. Eyebrows should
be sharp and tidy and should be free of
all traces of makeup.
has the power to put you in the mood for
whatever lies ahead. It can help make
you the person you want to be and put
you more at ease and pleased with yourself.Use
make-up to show another side of your personality,
possibly one you never knew you had. Sometimes
glamorous, sometimes pretty, and sometimes
natural …the choice is as wide as you
want to make it. Believe in experimenting
with colors: a new approach can create
the most successful results.If you do
not know how to apply your make-up properly,
even the most creative finished effect
will look brash than beautiful. But if
you spend time in front of the mirror
practicing the ground rules and acquiring
the tricks of the trade……………you will soon
learn to have a perfect face-on.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on your
equipment but having the proper tools
really does make applying make-up much
- Cotton wool: For
- Cotton buds: For
removing and applying eye make-up.
- Tweezers: For
shaping your brows.
- Eyelash curlers:
For curling eyelashes.
- Make-up sponges:
Using the right sponge will help
a streaky effect.
- Powder applicators:
A soft puff is ideal to apply loose
powder. brush off excess with a
large dome shaped brush.
- Blusher brush:
Use a soft ,wide brush to prevent
harsh lines and a smaller brush
for controlled blending.
- Eyeshadow brushes:
Use a large brush for applying eyeshadow
to the whole eye area and for blending,
a medium one for the lids, and a
small one for covering the socket
line and applying highlighter.
- Brow brush: The
two-in-one tool for brushing eyebrows
into shape and combing out mascara
- Lash separator:
Used after mascara has been applied
and allowed to dry, this brush separates
lashes and prevents clogging.
- Lip brush: A firm-tipped
lip brush gives you greater control
over applying color than a conventional
lipstick and also allows you to
build up a deeper shade.
- Sharpener: For
sharpening lip and eye pencils.
Make-up that looks just fine in the sunshine
can look faded and washed out under artificial
lighting. Use warmer and deeper colors
for the evenings.If your face is too full,
use a little blusher on the high part
of the cheek, closer to the nose. Blend
lightly across the too full area. If
your face is too slender, create an illusion
of width. Place your blusher on thecurve
of the cheek, slightly away from the nose.
Blend well, out and above to the temples.If
your face is square and heavy along the
jaw line, soften the angles of the jawline
by shadowing. Pat on blusher, then blend
down across the square part.A soft blending
of rouge under the jaw line or chin takes
away a heavy drooping effect .Your jaw
line can look more clear-cut with this
trickfor the evening.To accentuate the
cheek bones for evening makeup, use a
liquid foundationa shade lighter than
usual. Apply it in little dabs on the
top of the cheek bones and on to the corners
of the nose. Blend well.To focus extra
attention on eyes and mouth, circle the
outer edge of the face very lightly with
blusher .Blend with feathery strokes.Powder
blushers give you color without shine---
oily skins should avoid cream blushers.Does
your face look terribly oily halfway through
the day? Your complexion can look and
stay natural and soft all day if you try
this trick:Take a blusher brush, clean
it with cool water and allow to dry. Then
sprinklesome baby powder into the open
bristles. Dust this powder over your face
before applying your foundation.If your
complexion is too sallow ,don’t be tempted
by a clear beige or very pink foundation.
Avoid yellow or green colors in make –up,
these two colors bring out the sallow
color of your skin. Go in for warm beige
foundation and clear blue eyeshadows.
Lipsticks are best in medium tones.If
your complexion is too pale, don’t use
a pink foundation. Choose a clear natural
foundation for a natural look. Avoid very
dark eyeshadows and lipsticks. They would
make you look too intense and tired. Go
in for dull rust or brown eyeshades. Use
a soft blusher on cheeks, chin and forehead.Never
try to match eye shadow color to your
eye color and lip color to nail color
---------- result will be too dated.If
you wear false eyelashes, make them look
natural by brushing both the false and
real lashes with a little mascara after
putting them on.To achieve a subtler look,
instead of using eyeliner draw the thinnest
possible line at the roots of the eyelashes
with a soft dark brown eyeshadow.In winter
use pearly-gray and shell-beige eyeshadows.
Avoid highlighters during the daytime,
as they would look too harsh.If your lips
are too thin and straight, apply your
lipstick from slightly above the line
of the upper lip and slightly below the
line of the lower lip. Curve the linesslightly
with a lip pencil. Make your lips look
fuller by using a darker and richer shade
of lipstick in the center and a lighter
one in the corners.
How to Use Foundation
The biggest mistake women make is choosing
a foundation that's too light. This gives
an unnatural, ashen look. Here are a couple
of tips to practice when buying foundation.
Keep your hair off
your face by tying it back or using a
hair band or scarf. Cleanse and moisturize
your face and neck. Wait at least five
minutes for the moisturizer to be thoroughly
absorbed into the skin. Sweep the sponge
smoothly across the foundation. If you
are using a cake foundation that needs
to be applied with water, dampen a cosmetic
sponge and squeeze out the excessive water.
The more water you leave in the sponge
the lighter the effect of the foundation
will be; the drier the sponge, the heavier
the effect will be. Using gentle, even
strokes, cover the larger areas of your
face first (the cheeks, forehead and T-Zone)
following their natural contours.
Blend well under
the jawline and down to the neck to create
a natural effect and avoid a tide mark.
Be careful not to apply too much around
the hairline. Finally, check to make sure
the face is smoothly and evenly covered.
Check for any tide marks and merge them
well.Use a concealor on any spots or blemishes.
You'll see that your face glowing without
- Test foundation
on the inside of the forearm skin
tone is closest to neck colour there,
because it's protected from UV damage.
Makeup should blend with the skin
colour of the neck, not the face.
- If any doubt then
buy one shade lighter than your
facial skin tone.
- Don't make up
your mind instantly. It takes about
a minute for colour to dry and interact
with the chemicals in your skin.
The red pigments develop first so
it will appear the pinkest at the
- Then go to the
nearest source of natural light.
(Even the most flattering uplit
cosmetics hall tends to have colour
distorting fluorescent lighting.)
If you have chosen the right colour,
it will disappear into the skin.