these hints for easy make-up application and look great all of the time!
- In order
to keep concealer from caking, make sure the eye area is properly
using facial concealers for the delicate under eye region. These can
cause excessive drying of the skin in the perioccular area. Use a
concealer that is specific for use around the eyes.
eye concealer with a small, tapered synthetic brush and blend with
your ring finger for the best application.
mascara? Make sure you throw out your mascara every 3 months, no matter
what. Jog your memory by applying a small sticker to the tube and
your mascara wand when you discard an old tube, wash it with antibacterial
soap, and you have a better lash divider than you could ever buy at
you apply your mascara, apply one coat, then follow-through by combing
with your clean wand. Repeat application if necessary. This process
will cut down on clumps of mascara sticking in your lashes.
you have a tough time getting your lashes to curl, apply your mascara
immediately after curling your lashes. This acts as a setting gel.
If you continue to have problems, use your hair dryer for about 5-10
seconds on the lash curler (dont make it too hot, you do not
want to scorch your skin or burn the lashes.)
liners are easy to apply if you use a thin, flat, synthetic-bristle
brush and simply apply (blot, not brush) a highly pigmented shadow
to the lash line.
the appearance of your eyes by applying your eyeliner across the entire
eyelid margin. The key to dramatizing the eyes is to vary the width
of the line. If your eyes are close together, then you want to even
out their appearance, so adjust the line with the thickest point along
the outer portion of the eye and taper it inward. For eyes that are
far-set, taper the line in the opposite direction, making certain
the line is not too thick.
you decide to line under the eye, after doing so, take a cotton swab
and wipe half of it off. Trust me, it will look much more natural.
you have oilier skin, stick to matte powder shadows. Those with a
dry skin type can tolerate cream based shadow and light shimmers.
your eyes are closely set, use lighter eye shadows toward the nose,
and apply darker shadow at the outer edge. If your eyes are far-set,
apply the deepest color on the entire lid or crease, with only slightly
more emphasis on the inner half of the eye.
create a wide-eyed look, especially for those with small eyes, apply
a white or silver shadow along the upper outer edge of your eyebrows.
This truly opens up the eyes.
- To give
your lipstick stay-put power, the best trick I have is to apply a
thin film of English
Ideas Lip Last Lipstick Sealant. This is a lipstick sealant
that is applied on top of your lipstick. However, you may find that
it is hard to remove your lipstick without English
Ideas Lip Makeup Remover Textured Remover Pads!
- If you
do not need such staying power, use a lip liner in a great color,
line and fill in the entire lip, then apply an SPF lip balm, like
Ideas Grapefruit SPF 18 Lip Balm, (my favorite) or English
Ideas Tea Tree Oil SPF 18 Lip Balm, sheer shimmer gloss,
or lipstick. The dryness of the liner stains the lip,
while whatever you put on top of it will add moisture.
your lipstick bleed into vertical lines around the mouth? Typically
caused by smoking or excessive sun damage, these lines are difficult
to eradicate with simple topical products alone. Exfoliation and AHA
(and/or topical retinoid) use, microdermabrasion or filler agents
are the best way to help these. However, bleeding lipstick will significantly
emphasize these ugly lines. English
Ideas Lip Refine AHA Exfoliating Cream can help soften
the lips and the appearance. You will use it once, in the evening,
on and around your lips. If you are still experiencing wandering lip
color, you can apply a light, clear lip wax to the outside of your
- If lipsticks
tend to turn ultra-pink or unsightly orange on you, like they do me,
I suggest finding a neutral lip liner somewhat on the brown side,
Ideas Concealer SPF 18 Lip Balm), and apply it to the entire
lip before applying your lipstick. The color of the liner will neutralize
your natural lip color and allow for the true lipstick shade to show.
- To make
lips appear fuller, use a lighter color, or gloss in the center of
the bottom lip. Also make sure you line your lips with a product like
Ideas Lip Enhance Lip Definer And Foundation before applying
your lip color. Make the most of light and color for creating the
illusion of fullness. Using light colors on the mid section of the
lower lip helps bring the lip forward. Dark colors on the other hand,
give the appearance of making things recede. If you have large lips,
and would like to make them less apparent, stay away from light, frosty
lipsticks and glosses.
Blush And Bronzers
- To find
the best color of foundation for your skin, you absolutely MUST test
it on your jaw line. Testing it on the hand, arm, or wrist is NEVER
a true match. Eye-balling it through the bottle is doesnt work,
- I find
that the best applicator for liquid foundation is your clean fingers.
Use a sponge to only for blending. Sponges have a tendency to soak
up foundation instead of smoothing it out on your skin. For thicker
foundations, a sponge may be necessary to help spread onto the skin.
powder is typically best when needing to set your foundation. Check
that the color is not too dark for your skin. This will give an unnatural
look. A foundation that is too light will look terrible in pictures,
but too dark a foundation will look even worse.
- If you
have oily skin, stick with an oil-free or oil-absorbing make up or
powder. Be wary that skin oils can actually change the color of the
foundation you are applying. Avoid foundations that are too yellow.
They may create an orange cast to the skin.
loose powder with a cotton ball or velour puff in a pressing
action for extra coverage and staying power. Press enough powder into
your skin, avoiding the immediate eye areas, until you look like a
powdered doughnut. Then lightly dust off the excess. When your skin
warms up, you will have a natural finish without looking made up.
a blush color really isnt that hard; it is probably the easiest
color to decide upon. Its unfortunate that there are so many
unnatural colors on the market. The purpose of blush is to give the
skin a healthy glow. I dont know many people who blush brown.
Most look better in a color that has some sort of pink to it, although
some women look better with a warmer color, Especially those with
red tones in their hair.
- To apply
blush start with the apples of your cheeks. Find them by smiling.
Start there, and blend backwards straight into the hairline. Blend
into the skin so the application does not seem obvious.
feel that you are too pale and are afraid of self-tanners, you may
want to try a bronzer. These come in loose and pressed powder forms,
as well as sticks and gels. Look at yourself in bright light. Where
does the light hit you? Your forehead, the tops of your cheekbones,
nose, jaw line, etc. This is where the sun would most naturally color
the skin. Apply the bronzer sparingly to these areas.
you happy make-up magic!
for taking the time to read my newsletter. I hope you have found it
discussed in the this newsletter is not intended as medical advice.
If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.)
posted October 12, 2000.
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