Makeup Tips and Tricks
Makeup is a great beauty enhancer and perhaps one of the finest ways
a woman can transform herself. Application can be intimidating at first
but once you learn the proper techniques, you'll discover a whole new
way to define your best features and improve your self-confidence. Not only
that, it's fun!
Here, we'll share our favorite makeup tips and tricks to give you a
stunning look for any occasion. From face to eyes to
cheeks to lips, you'll find the basics as well as advanced methods used
by makeup artists. With quality cosmetics and the correct brushes,
you'll soon become an expert yourself.
- Determine which type of
foundation will create the perfect base for you.
- Your foundation should match your face and neck, so don't try it
on your hand or arm for color a match.
- Use a foundation with a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 to
prevent skin damage.
- Ask for samples at the cosmetics counter but not before
- You will probably need a different shade for each season. Don't
use the same one all year long. Blending colors may be the only way
to get a perfect match.
- Apply foundation on your eyelids, lips and into your neck for a
more natural look. This also is a good setting for eye shadow and
lipstick and helps it stay on longer.
- For clear complexions, sometimes all you need is a tinted
moisturizer for a natural look.
- Liquid foundation is usually water based and is best for dry
skin. Use a sponge or your fingers to blend from the nose, out.
- Liquid foundation can settle and separate, so always shake it
- Apply loose translucent powder with a large cosmetics brush to
set your foundation and keep it from running in hot and humid
- For dry skin, apply a light moisturizer before your foundation.
- Powder foundation is ideal for oily skin and will help reduce
- Use a concealer for those nasty blemishes and pat lightly with
- If your foundation is too heavy, add a couple drops of
moisturizer to thin.
- After application, go outside or near a window to check for
- Keep lips moisturized at night with lip balm or petroleum jelly.
- Apply pressed powder on and around your lips if your lipstick
has a tendency to "bleed."
- Use a lip liner that closest matches your lipstick or one shade
- To make thin lips appear larger, apply your liner just outside
of your natural lip line. Add a final touch with lip gloss.
- If you're fair-skinned, avoid dark colors that appear too harsh.
- To avoid getting lipstick on your teeth, run your finger through
the middle of your lips and pull it back out after application. The
excess will come off on your finger, not your teeth.
- Unless your teeth are sparkling white, avoid coral and orange
lipsticks. Instead, try red, pink or plum.
- Never apply lipstick testers to your lips in a store. It's not
hygienic. Try applying it to the back of your wrist instead.
- Use a medium-sized blush brush to avoid a striping affect.
- For tan or dark skin, apply bronzing powder to cheeks in lieu of
- Apply blush to the apple of your cheeks and just underneath your
jaw. Avoid the old technique of applying blush outwards towards the
- Try peach colored blush for a great sun-kissed look.
- If you don't wear foundation, try a liquid or crème blush.
General Makeup Tips
- Always use good lighting and a clean mirror.
- Keep your makeup light in the summer. Heavy foundation will cake
and melt off in the summer heat and humidity, leaving you with a
- For proper hygiene, don't use outdated cosmetics, particularly
around the eye area and never share your make-up with anyone.
- Try matte bronzing powder underneath your cheeks and jawbone to
make your face appear slimmer.
- To make your nose appear smaller, apply bronzing powder
carefully down the sides. Add a little shimmer creme or powder down
the bridge of your nose.
- Use cotton swabs to pick up any eye shadow that has fallen on
your cheeks or face.
- Clean your makeup brushes and applicators often to reduce
bacteria and oil.
- If your powder blush or eye shadow breaks up in the compact, use
alcohol to press it back together.
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