TO AVOID A HEAVY BASE FOUNDATION
Does your base make-up look heavy? To get a base/foundation that looks natural, choose a colour closest to your natural skin tone. Dilute the foundation with water and apply on face. Alternatively, blend the foundation on your face with a damp sponge. Finish by using a powder that is a shade lighter than the foundation.
If you live in a humid city, read this very carefully. A humid climate means that you perspire a lot. And when you perspire a lot, your foundation tends to show. You could of course keep blotting off the sweat. But by the end of the day, your foundation will look heavy and layered. Say hello then to oil-free foundations. They’re light and perfect for humid climates. And if you don’t believe us, listen to John Maxwell, the maker of the immensely popular Makeup Magic video: “I work with thousands of women…each year, and they agree it makes all the difference.”
Make-Up For A Natural Look
How often have you seen the covers of a Vogue and wondered how do these models manage to have such a beautiful complexion that they need no make up? Many of you know this already, but for those who don’t here’s a surprise — that beautiful natural look is indeed the result of make up.
Of course, most models have professional make up artists do this job for them. But here’s how you can do it yourself and have that look in 5-minutes flat. All you need to do is use a light foundation – one that uses water as a base (add a few drops of water to the foundation if yours is thick.) Apply well over face, neck and don’t forget the back of your ears. Blend well, with a sponge. Let it dry completely. Now apply a light blush, a shade that just brings back the colour-to-your cheeks. Use a soft brush to help blend the edges. Finish with a couple of coats of mascara. That naturally beautiful look is yours.
Applying Base For An Evening Make-Up
When you have a big evening out, there is nothing like perfect make up to give you that added confidence. What is critical at these times is that you need to look fresh. Nothing helps you get there more than the perfect base before you get on with the rest of your make up (eye, lips, etc.). Foremost, cover the blemishes using a small brush dipped in concealer/foundation, or pat it with your ring finger. Rubbing the concealer will not give a good effect. Two, pat on your foundation. Start from the inner corner underneath the eye and work outwards towards the dark shadow. Lower eyelids and brush or pat on an even coat all over the eye zone, from lashes to brows, including the hollows on either side of the nose. Finish by thinly applying your usual foundation wherever else you need it lightly so that you look as natural. Three, before the foundation has set powder lightly all over the face using translucent face powder. Apply with a clean powder sponge, cotton wool pad or velvet puff. Whisk off any excess with a clean side of the sponge or pad.
Sneezing While Applying Make-Up
One of the most irritating things that happen while applying make up is when a sneeze erupts uncontrollably. Worse when its mascara or eye-liner that you were applying. the rest of your make-up, foundation, blush on etc. is already applied. Here’s this happens especially when you sneeze mid-application. If you are wearing waterproof mascara, dip a cotton bud in eye make-up remover and dab gently at it. If it’s non-waterproof, dampen the tip of a cotton bud with water, instead. You can use the other end to reapply foundation and/or conealer.
Feeling Fine, Looking Fab!
A few simple tips that add a touch of glamour and glitz to create that sultry, shimmering look:
Use two shades of foundation. A lighter one for areas like under the eyes, or down the nose. If you want to create cheek hollows, use a darker tone on the area and on the chin. This helps to contour the face.
Use powder with a slight golden tint to set the foundation.
Night time make-up for the eyes must include some shimmer. Use browns, bronze and golden eye shadows. Apply the shadow on the upper lid and smooth out with a cotton bud. Apply a darker shadow in the crease of the eyes. Outline the eyes with dark eye pencil. Gently blend a line of kohl or eye pencil on the lower lid. Apply golden eye shadow along the bone line. You can even apply golden eye shadow on the upper eyelids, following the outline made with your eyeliner or eye pencil. Try a touch of blusher at the outer eye, just below the eyebrow. Then apply mascara.
Use brighter and bolder colours on the lip. Avoid dark shades. Go for coral, amber, red, plum, copper, bronze, terracotta, burgundy or dark red. A touch of lip gloss accentuates the shimmer.
Finally, to add sparkle, dust a light layer of gold powder at the temples and the throat.