5 Timeless Makeup Tricks Every Woman Should Master
It’s often in our rush and habitual formation of beauty rituals that we skip the very steps we need most, deeming them non-essential to our final face. However, there are certain tricks I believe every woman should know for creating refined, precise and lasting results built to stand the test of countless hours of wear and time. Without them, touch-ups may become more frequent, a less balanced look is achieved, and you are not placing your best face forward — bottom line.
Fads come and go, but there are some bankable beauty secrets every woman should master. Take your beauty regimen to a whole new level of refinement and precision with my timeless beauty checklist:
Brush Those Batting Beauties
Mascara evolves with new and different formulas. As you find your favorite brand, make sure your batting beauties are always clump-free. Even with the most technologically advanced wands and top tier formulas, there is room for perfection, so take charge on your end. Enlist a small clean mascara wand and comb through your lashes just before they dry. This will not alter the desired effect from your brand, but will help de-clump so you can flaunt full, luscious lashes. Others will beg to ask, “Are those lashes yours?” and you can coyly reply, “Well, of course!”
Compliments of Coral
This is the color that complements us all. My beautiful grandmother always used to sport her favorite coral shade and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite shades too. It is a warm, happy color that can enliven and brighten any complexion instantly. Coral is truly timeless, and it’s a color with a variety of shades that can transition for the more natural makeup-wearers to the more glamorous beauty seekers. Whether choosing a blush, lipstick, gloss or nail color, you can never go wrong with coral. It’s flexible too, offering fool-proof perfection for lips and nails.
My Lips Are Sealed
We all tend to have a slight redness that might creep around the corners of our mouth. When applying a natural lip balm or lipstick, as a last step, try defining the corners of your mouth with your matching shade of concealer. This helps to tackle any redness, as well as define the corners. It also creates a barrier to eliminate the color from traveling.
Frame Your Face
Eyes are the window to the soul, but I like refer to brows as the frame to your beauty. Nothing can awaken a face faster and even lift a tired eye than a manicured brow. Whether using a powder or eyebrow pencil, take notice of any areas that are slightly sparse or less evenly filled than other areas. I like to begin about 1/3 of the way in from your inner brow and gently fill while easing towards a taper, just beyond the arch. Select wisps of color can be added to augment your shape, creating a defined and groomed brow. I like to combine colors for a more natural fill that always creates an immaculately groomed brow. Try choosing a complimenting shade, as well as one that is slightly lighter than your natural brow color for the perfect fill. An optional — but great — last step is to apply a clear mascara to seal in your shape for lasting definition.
The days of multi-step and multi-product beauty are long gone, but the tip to prime remains just as essential. Although now, it is executed with much more ease, especially with the introduction of CC creams. You can moisturize, protect, combat, diffuse, prime correct and cover — all with one product. Primer is essential for use before makeup application, and depending on its varying attributes, it allows for seamless application, it minimizes pores, and it prevents what I like to refer to as “the crease settle.”
Timeless beauty is not necessarily about the big things, but small steps that are the essential keys to perfection.
How to Pick the Right Foundations for Your Skin Type
To find the perfect foundation, you need a formula that enhances your complexion and solves your skin hang ups. Here’s our guide to the best foundations.
As the base of every beauty look, foundation is one of the key products in any girl’s makeup kit.
Sometimes the quest to find the perfect foundation can be a little overwhelming, with so many products on the market all claiming to suit a range of different skin types. We have rounded up the best foundations to suit every skin type.
If you have oily skin, the best way to control shine is with an oil-free foundation, so it’s best to avoid any formulas that are ‘dewy’ or ‘luminous’ in texture.
When applying your foundation, it’s a good idea to use a sponge or duo fibre foundation brush, so less product is applied but it’s blended seamlessly for a flawless finish. Plus, it stops oil transferring from your hands to your face.
If you have dry skin, it can be difficult to find a foundation that hydrates while still providing coverage and lasting all day without flaking.
When trying to find the perfect foundation, it’s best to look for liquid foundations that include ingredients that will hydrate your complexion, such as light reflective pigments.
If you have a tendency to suffer from breakouts, then it’s best to opt for a fuller coverage foundation to cover those red areas. Don’t be tempted to cover your entire face in full-coverage foundation though; it’s best to apply it to those areas with breakouts and then let your skin show to give you a more natural result.
Using mineral foundation is a trick makeup artists use to enhance skin that suffers from acne. Mineral foundations are often more comfortable to wear on the skin as they contain fewer chemicals, oils and other additives that can irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts.
When it comes to mature skin, you need a formula that leaves the skin even and glowing without emphasizing fine lines or wrinkles. Any formula that is too matte or full coverage will age the skin as it gives a flattening effect, so it’s best to use light-reflecting products with a dewy finish.
If your skin doesn’t fall into any of these categories, then it falls into the normal skin type. Normal skin is neither too dry nor too oily, with few blemishes or sensitivity. If you have normal skin, then there’s a whole host of foundations at your fingertips.
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How to: Perfect Foundation Routine for Dry Skin
Tied of flakey, irritated skin? Change up your coverage routine and start having dewy skin every day!
If you have dry skin, you know how it is – foundation can glide over flakey patches and cover red, irritated skin. It can also settle into fine lines and make you look like a peeling statue. It all depends on your skin care routine and what type of products you use.
Dry skin isn’t something that you need to just live with forever. If you treat it properly, it will get better. Start a new routine now and see a transformation within the next few weeks.
#1: Prep your skin
Before you start sloshing on product, you need to prepare your skin. Use a gentle cleanser in the morning. After you wash your face, apply a moisturizer. Wait at least five minutes before you apply your foundation.
It is important to give the moisturizer some time to dry so that you aren’t just wiping it around your face. Let it sink into your skin for a few minutes before you do anything.
If you skin tends to get flakey midday, you probably have a buildup of dead skin. Try using an exfoliating scrub at least once a week. It’s important to clear away the dead layers of skin then moisturize the active skin daily.
#2: Start with primer
If your skin is flakey, primer is incredible useful. It will create a strong protective barrier to help keep the moisture in and protect your skin from environmental stressors. There are a few foundations and BB creams that have primer mixed in but they won’t do the job as well.
The combo formulas can be great for everyday use but if you are dealing with a flakey patch, you will need a separate primer. There are primers specifically designed for dry skin so do a bit of searching to find the right one for you.
#3: Be careful with powder
Liquid foundation will work for dry skin much better than powder. It will glide over dry spots rather than settle into them like a powder can do. The one time that you can use a powder on dry skin is to set the foundation.
Give the liquid foundation a few minutes to dry then gently brush on a thin layer of translucent powder.
Be sure to use a good quality brush. Sponges and the small brushes that typically come with powder won’t give you even coverage.
#4: Use a foundation brush
Applying liquid foundation with your fingertips can cause more flaking so stick with a brush. Use a very gentle touch and go in a downward motion as you put it on.
If your skin is irritated and dry, the last thing that you want to do is irritate it more. When you are applying it, remember that less is definitely more when it comes to cream. If you apply too much, it will start to get cakey and settle into patches.
#5: Choose foundation wisely
High definition foundations can a godsend for every skin type, especially people who are dealing with dry patches. It isn’t just marketing hype. There is a real difference between your standard foundations and those that are true high definition.
By adding micro beads of silicone and mica, high definition foundations cause light to bounce off of your skin. The diffusion of light is going to cover up any kind of skin imperfection from dryness to wrinkles to redness.
Avoid oil-free foundation. Don’t worry about breakouts that can be caused by oil. You are actually more likely to breakout if your skin is overly dry. It is fine to use the oil-free formulas on days when your skin is feeling hydrated but avoid it when your skin has dry batches.
Combination skin can definitely be tricky. Rather than trying to find something that works for every bit of your face, use multiple foundations.
If you are prone to dry spots in particular areas, treat them differently. Use extra moisturizer in these places and hydrating foundation then stick with oil-free products on the rest of your face.
#6: Highlight you assets
Fake a dewy glow with highlighter. After you get a thin layer of foundation on and let it dry, add a highlighter. Dab it on over your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and across your forehead. Only use a tiny bit on then blend well.
Carry a small bottle of hydrating toner with you throughout the day. A quick mist will be energizing and give your skin a glowing boost.
How to Wear Makeup With Glasses: 10 Beauty Tricks
Are you still hiding away beneath your specs? It’s time to learn how to wear makeup with glasses and stop hiding your gorgeous eyes! Look fab with our 10 makeup tricks.
For girls with glasses, it can be super tempting to just throw on your specs and head out the door. After all, who’s going to notice the makeup behind those glasses, right? Wrong! Think of your eyes as portraits and your glasses as the frames – if you’re going to draw attention to your canvas, you’ve got to make it shine. Today, we’re going to learn how to wear makeup with glasses. Here are 10 awesome tips and tricks to achieve the best look!
#1 Balance Thick Frames With Bold Lipstick
A key rule of any great makeup look is balance. So, if you’re a fan of thick, statement frames, keep your eyeshadow neutral and balance out your glamorous glasses with a splash of equally bold lipstick. This will help you to avoid a ‘top heavy’ effect on your face. Elegant corals and punchy pink lipsticks are perfect for sweet, spring afternoons, but you can’t go wrong with a traditional red lip for the evening.
#2 Use Mascara With A Dry Or Waterproof Formula
Learning how to wear makeup with glasses doesn’t necessarily mean changing your whole makeup routine. Sometimes, a little tweak is all you need to achieve the best makeup for glasses with minimal effort. If you have trouble with your lashes sticking to your glasses, just swap your regular mascara for a waterproof, water-resistant or dry formula and you’ll notice an instant improvement.
#3 Curl Your Lashes
Still having trouble with unruly eye makeup and glasses? Another great way to keep your disobedient lashes from sticking to your specs is to curl them. On bare lashes, this will open up your eyes and make them appear larger. For girls wearing mascara, curling your lashes will help them point away from your lenses.
#4 Don’t Skimp On The Concealer
Glasses really draw attention to your eye area and that’s exactly what we want. However, your glasses can also attract unnecessary attention to any redness, dark circles and fine lines under the eyes. The best way to combat this is to invest in a good quality concealer. Choose a light-weight, creamy and full-coverage formula for best results. Remember, concealers with pink salmon undertones are best for cancelling out blue/purple dark circles.
#5 Groom Your Brows
The best makeup for glasses is all about highlighting the brows. Your eyebrows frame your face, so it’s important to make sure they don’t get lost behind your glasses! Keep your brows trimmed and well groomed for a polished look and don’t be afraid to emphasize their definition with a brow pencil.
#6 Color Within The Lines
When applying eye makeup for glasses, the golden rule is to color within the lines. This means that you should avoid applying eyeshadow outside the boundaries of your frames as this can create a messy and discordant effect.
#7 Blot Your Foundation
If you constantly find your foundation coming off on your glasses, you’re not alone. The best way to combat this irritating little mishap is to gently run a damp makeup sponge over the bridge of your nose and along your upper cheeks. This will remove excess product. Finish by dusting setting powder over the area before sliding your glasses back into place.
#8 Coordinate Your Eyeliner With Your Frames
We all know how important it is to keep our outfits from clashing. Think of your glasses as just another important accessory. If you’ve got black frames, you can go wild and sport anything from midnight to turquoise eyeliner. Got brown frames? Complement them with an onyx hue. For a softer look that’ll particularly flatter, opt for a dark brown eyeliner instead of black.
#9 Choose Neutral Eyeshadow Shades
Makeup that’s too dark or applied with a heavy hand can look seriously OTT behind specs. If your glasses magnify your eyes, dark makeup can easily overwhelm them and create a racoon-like effect. Conversely, if your glasses make your eyes look smaller, dark makeup is only going to minimise them further. For universally flattering makeup with glasses, select neutral eyeshadow colors that will brighten up the eyes, like champagne or rose gold. If you’re really craving a pop of color, stick to a lick of colored eyeliner.
#10 Rock Cat Eye Eyeliner
Glasses can blur the shape of your eyes. Get some intense definition back with a sexy cat eye makeup. Keep in mind: the thicker your frames are, the bolder you can afford to be with your lines. Experiment with different styles and thicknesses until you’ve achieved a shape that works in harmony with your frames.
Don’t let your specs put you off your makeup game, ladies. With these 10 makeup awesome tips and tricks for girls with glasses, you’re ready to really make those eyes shine!
7 Makeup DOs And DON’Ts for Healthy Skin
Makeup was created to help women glam up any look. In the right hands, makeup can help paint the most beautiful face and transform even the dullest skin, but there are still things to avoid.
If you wear makeup every day, I bet you’ve scoured the internet for blogs and websites offering makeup tips. While some of them prove helpful, you may find that some can cause more harm than good—and that’s something you want to avoid.
You put on makeup to look beautiful. Skin that is damaged because of improper use of makeup is never pretty, so to maintain beautiful skin while enjoying the benefits of makeup, here are the dos and don’ts to live by.
1. DO prep the skin on your face.
Before you apply foundation or any makeup, prep your skin to ensure that it is clean and not greasy. Use moisturizer first to give your face that smooth feeling. If you have oily skin, use a moisturizer that helps to control the oil. This way, when you apply makeup, you won’t have a hard time making it work since you’ve already addressed your skin issues.
2. DO use a foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly.
How do you know what the best foundation for your skin type is? Trial and error! Go to a department store’s makeup section and try the foundation on your face. You don’t want to purchase one without even being sure that’s it’s the foundation that will best work on your skin, right?
3. DO apply foundation before the concealer.
Your concealer is wasted when you apply it to your blemishes, if any, and under your eyes before applying foundation.
So, to save you money and the effort of having to put it again, put on your foundation first. Another benefit is you don’t over-apply the concealer if you’ve already applied the foundation.
4. DO use colors that complement each other.
Your lipstick and blush should be the same shade within your look. If you choose a pink lipstick then apply a pinkish blush for consistency.
5. DO match your blush to your skin tone.
If you have fair skin, use blush in lighter shades like rose and pale pink. If you have medium to dark skin, choose plum, deep berry or mahogany shades for a more flattering look.
6. DO use brushes designed by professionals.
Some makeup kits come with preselected brushes. While they may be useful in the beginning, they don’t often last, especially if you use them regularly. Invest in top quality brushes so that you can say hello to more defined and beautiful makeup applications.
7. DO double check your look in a magnifying mirror.
Some women, especially those who wear glasses, may find it a challenge to see if the overall look is not the way it is supposed to be.
So, whether you wear specs or not, buy yourself a handy magnifying mirror so that you can see double check and correct anything that needs fixing on your overall look!
1. DON’T forget about your eyebrows.
Well-groomed brows can help to define your eyes and improve your overall look. Make sure you maintain your eyebrows; if you think you can’t do it on your own, consult a professional who can help you to achieve the ideal shape. You’ll see that it’s worth it.
2. DON’T plump up those lips.
We all want full lips like Angelina Jolie’s so we use lip liner to make our lips appear fuller. This can be tricky and does not work for some. If in doubt, stick with lipstick, which is enough to pull off most looks. Or look for makeup-free, natural way to make your lips look bigger.
3. DON’T wear black eyeliner during the day.
Yes, you think you can rock black eyeliner at any time, but the truth is that it’s kind of harsh during the day. Opt for a brown eyeliner instead and save the black one for the next girls’ night out.
4. DON’T skip the lipstick.
You can forget about mascara and maybe eye shadow some days, but never forget to apply a pop of color to your lips. You may know it but lipstick is usually enough to polish your overall look. You just have to pick the color that works best for your outfit and skin type.
5. DON’T contour your face.
Who wouldn’t love chiseled-looking cheekbones? However, contouring your face can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re not naturally gifted at it. It can go all kinds of wrong and do you no good. This is something best left to makeup professionals.
6. DON’T wear glitter.
Glitter is fantastic—except when it’s makeup we’re talking about! It moves from one area of your face to another and never looks good.
7. DON’T sleep with your makeup on.
Yes, I know Kim Kardashian once said that she breaks this number one beauty rule because she wants to make sure Kanye West only sees her with makeup on, but this is an absolute no-no. Remove your makeup before you go to sleep so that your skin can breathe and rest while you do, too.
Now that you know the dos and don’ts about makeup, be sure to live by them to achieve the vibrant, healthy, younger looking skin you desire.
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