Love your look: Makeup tips and tricks

by Blondie

Bored with your usual, day-to-day look? An easy way to change your style is with the magic of modern makeup. Using the right makeup tips and tricks, you can effortlessly and inexpensively transform your face and quite possibly your whole image!

Begin with a clean, fresh face. Just like an artist, you need to begin with a blank canvas. You also want to begin with a smooth, clean complexion, free of any dark patches, red spots or other blemishes. Pick a shade that is close to your natural skin tone and apply using a synthetic sponge for maximum results. Make sure to dab the foundation on softly, and blend it downward and outward across the whole face. Flip the sponge over to remove excess foundation. Remember to steer clear of the neck and chin areas that do not need to receive any foundation. And blend thoroughly along the jawline and hairline to avoid the ill-favored “makeup mask” look.

Concealer is next in line. Concealer should be one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Use a shade too light and you risk revealing highlighting dark patches. A small arc beneath your eyes, a few dabs on your eyelids and a criss-cross pattern across any red areas and you’ll be well on your way to a faultless face! Make sure to dab or tap to blend, as rubbing will simply cause you to remove the concealer. Then, apply a dusting of powder to the entire face and continue to do so throughout the day to reduce unwanted shine. Want to add a little color? A small amount of brush across and down the cheekbones will provide you with a more natural look.

Next, focus on those beautiful eyes. Draw attention to them with the use of an eyelash curler, followed by a coat of mascara. Make sure to use an upward sweeping stroke to coat the upper lashes. For a breathtaking look, apply some eyeshadow. Keep in mind that the lightest color should cover almost the entire eyelid and a darker color should be used in the crease of the eyelid to add depth. But when it comes to eyeshadow, there are tons of gorgeous combinations that you can try! Experimenting with eyeshadow can be the most exciting part of completing a makeup look. After eyeshadow, consider adding eyeliner. From pencil to liquid liners, you are sure to find an eyeliner that you can work with and that looks great on you. Just be warned that using liquid liners requires a lot of patience and practice. Draw the line as close to your natural lashline as possible and follow your natural eye shape. The bigger the eye – the bigger the line. And if you wear contact lenses, apply your eyeliner only after you have inserted your lenses.

Finally, pucker up and add some sexiness to your pout. If you want to go all out, try some lip liner and line the natural shape of your mouth. Then, apply lip stick using a lip brush. Lip brushes are lots easier to use than a tube of lipstick that may be too wide for a small mouth. If you like to keep it au naturale, apply a tasty chapstick or non-sticky lipgloss. Your lips will look naturally pink, soft and luscious.

Achieving a sexy look with makeup is simple once you got the basics down. Now that you’ve mastered these simple makeup tips and tricks, you can perfect your technique over time and always put your best face forward.

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