Before applying 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 last
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.
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
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 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.
Make-up 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
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 easier.
Cotton wool: For removing make-up.
Cotton buds: For removing and
applying eye make-up.
Tweezers: For shaping your brows.
Eyelash curlers: For curling
Make-up sponges: Using the right
sponge will help applying foundation
better without a streaky
Powder applicators: A soft puff
is ideal to apply loose powder. brush off excess with a large dome shaped
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
Brow brush: The two-in-one tool
for brushing eyebrows into shape and combing out mascara from lashes.
Lash separator: Used after mascara
has been applied and allowed to dry, this brush separates lashes and prevents
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.