Archive for January, 2012

Eyelining Tips

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Line the upper lash line with a dark shade of matte powder eyeshadow (wet or dry) applied with an eyeliner brush (such as Paula’s Select Eyeliner Brush or Precision Liner Brush). If you prefer to use a pencil, consider Paula’s Select Ultra-Thin Eye & Brow Pencil for precise results. Use a lighter shade of powder or pencil to line the lower lash line.

Correcting Popular Makeup Myths

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Don’t spray water or toner on makeup to set or freshen it up. It doesn’t work. A mist of water can streak foundation, powder, and mascara.

Don’t change every part of your makeup with every season. If you want to go softer during the spring and summer, that’s fine, but it isn’t an absolute must.

Don’t use makeup to correct the shape of anything on your face, especially the lips. Close up and in person you can tell when lipstick has been applied beyond or inside the natural lip line. If you overcontour, you will look like you have brown stripes all over your face.

Don’t use foundation or color correctors to change the color of your skin. Foundation must match the underlying skin tone exactly. If you have yellow or olive skin there’s nothing you can do to change it. Even if it did look good on your face, any correction would look strange next to your neck and along the hairline.

Oil-based foundations

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Oil-based foundations have oil as their first ingredient and water usually as their second or third ingredient. Oil-based foundations feel greasy and thick, look and go on greasy, yet can blend out quite sheer.

Pros: Oil-based foundations can be very good for women with extremely dry or wrinkled skin. The emollient ingredients help the skin look very dewy and moist, which can minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Cons: Oil-based foundations tend to be very greasy and/or thick and can look that way on the skin unless you are very adept at blending. They typically provide medium to full coverage and also have a tendency to turn orange on the skin after wearing them for awhile. This is because the extra oil in them affects the pigments in the foundation, causing them to oxidize. Additionally, if you wear face powder over this type of foundation, the oil grabs the talc and the face can appear coated and heavily made up. The same is true for blushes and eyeshadows—they will go on more heavily and will also become darker once applied. Traditional cream blushes tend to work best over this type of foundation.

Colors That Suit You, LIP Tips

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Light blonds – berry’s and mauves. Also cappuccino colors.

Golden blonds – corals, apricots or peachy hues

Blonds with olive skin – warm peach, brown and terracotta

Brunettes – terracotta, cinnamon and brown tinted reds

Redheads – warm terracotta, cinnamon and peachy browns

To prevent feathering and bleeding of lip color, use a lip base under your lipstick. Then outline your lips with a lip liner.

Create A Full Upper Lip

Outline the lips with a pencil that is the same shade as your lips. Then, on the center of the upper lip, use a brown pencil and draw a second line. Apply lip color and the brown will blend right in but your top lip will look fuller.

For fuller lips, apply lip gloss right in the center of your mouth.

For Longer Wear

Blot lips after applying lipstick to set color and remove excess. Add a thin layer of loose or pressed powder, then apply color again.

Make Large Lips Look Smaller

Use the deep colors (deep colors makes lips recede) and stick to a matte formula, keep away from shiny glosses.