Saturday, 12 November 2011
LIP LINER PENCIL: Choosing a LIP LINER can be tricky. You will probably have to try out a few shades before you select one that is perfect for you.
You want a pencil that is soft enough to glide on easily yet not so greasy that it is hard to control. You may wish to purchase a sharpener to keep the tip of your pencil in perfect shape. It is always a good idea when using any cosmetic pencil for the first time, to give it a few turns in the sharpener prior to using, for hygienic reasons.
Select a shade according to the look you are trying to achieve. For everyday wear or a more natural look select a shade very close to your natural lip color. For evening or a more dramatic look choose a shade one shade darker than your lip color.
Outline lips with your pencil. Go slowly. Start with the outer edge of your natural lip line. Draw a second line above in areas you wish to be fuller. Do not overextend. You are able to add some fullness to you lips using the pencil, but overdoing the procedure will end up looking clownish. Experiment until you achieve the desired effect.
Line, define, and shape your lips for a sexy pout or whatever you desire. Lip Liners are designed to help you achieve any look while preventing your lipstick from bleeding into fine lines around your mouth.
Lipstick adds the final touch to any makeup application. Lining the lips creates subtle definition and perfects the shape of the lips.
Consider your lipstick color and finish. You'll do well with colors that match the natural shade of your lips, opting for darker tones that complement your overall coloring. Matte lipsticks offer a muted finish complementary to workday makeup, while satin and gloss finishes offer appealing evening looks.
Apply all other makeup before putting on lipstick and lip liner.
Begin by dabbing on a very small amount of lip balm or petroleum jelly to give your lips a little moisture.
Draw a thin line along the edge of your lips with a lip liner whose color is one shade darker than your lipstick. Start at the center of the upper lip and work outward. Hug the very outer edges to open up thin lips, and line well within the edges to downplay excessively full lips.
Apply lipstick from the tube or by using a firm, small lipstick brush. Coat the lips evenly. Pay special attention to staying within the lips' edges.
Blot to remove any excess color and to even out the texture.
Remember to touch lips up after a meal, as lipstick easily transfers onto cups, water bottles and cans.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Applying blush at first can be tricky, but it’s all about being patient, using the right tools and understanding your facial structure(ROUND, OVAL, APPLE AND SQUARE SHAPE). The shape of your face should be contoured to highlight its best features. You also want to make sure you’re using the right blush brush — preferably, you want a brush that’s dense enough to pick up color but still fluffy enough to deposit it softly. You may also want a buffing brush on standby for any mistakes!
Step 1. Finish prepping the skin and let all products sink in/dry. Whether you’re just wearing moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, or foundation, you want all these products to be applied before you to get to blush. (Though, you can always switch it up and wear an intense blusher before foundation–but after moisturizer–and then lightly apply foundation on top!)
Step 2. Taking a slightly fluffy, dense brush, gently tap it into your blush compact. I usually do three or four taps and then a sweep.
Step 3. SMILE! The easiest way to find the apples of your cheeks is to smile really big–you’ll see them pop out at you as compared to when your face is relaxed.
Step 4. Gently tap the blush brush onto the apples of your cheek, starting from the roundest portion and tapping lightly upwards and towards your temple.
Step 5. Do a sweep–like a Nike “swoosh”–from the apple to the temple to diffuse and blend the color together.
Step 6. If it’s not intense enough, rinse and repeat. If it’s too bright, you can either lightly sweep upwards with your blush brush or use a buffing brush to buff some of the color out. You can also layer translucent or colored loose powder on top to help soften the color (and this will also help to set your makeup).
Step 1. Just like powder blush, finish prepping your skin. I always prefer to apply cream blush on top of foundation, and I do find that cream blush always looks more natural and better over some foundation than none, particularly if you have any imperfections in the cheek area.
Step 2. Depending on the delivery system of your cream brush, it may be more practical to use fingers than a brush. If it pumps out, you may want to pump the tiniest bit onto your finger and then dab a dot onto the apple of each cheek. If it’s in compact-form, then take a stippling brush and tap it (vertically!) three or four times.
Step 3. SMILE LIKE YA MEAN IT! Or, suck in the cheeks. The type of blush doesn’t really change where we want to apply it, so smiling big and pretty will emphasize the apples of your cheek.
Step 4. Take your stippling brush and lightly tap the color onto the apples of your cheek and gently tap towards the temple. Then, using the stippling brush still, blend in small circular motions until the color diffuses and blends outward. Some may prefer to use their fingers for blending, as it can heat up the product, which will allow it to blend more easily.
Step 5. “Swoosh” your brush from apple to temple very lightly, just to do a final sweep through.
Step 6. Use translucent powder to set!
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