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Bronzers Not Sun
Use one of the many excellent bronzers on the market to give you a kiss of the sun -- forget getting a tan on your face.
Less Is More
Wear a very sheer foundation and keep the rest of your make-up minimal. Wear a little concealer just on the areas that need it and no foundation if you can get away with it.
Rx for Chapped Lips
Keep your lips moisturized at all times and avoid licking lips especially when in the sun. If you have flakes on your lips, exfoliate gently with a little petroleum jelly and a soft toothbrush.
Oranges For Your Skin Color
Fair? Try apricot, sheer peach, or soft corals. Medium? Choose soft rust, terra cotta, and tawny brown. Olive skin? Use copper, bronze and brick. Dark skin? Make it glow with deep russet and burnished orange.
Perfect Lip Shade
Use a tip from Marilyn Monroe. She wore 5 different shades of lipstick to get her mouth to look the way it did! So mix and match lipsticks directly on your lips. You'll be amazed at how many colors you can create.
After applying your foundation, cover the spot with a concealer using a small, pointy brush, then set with powder, dabbing gently with a powder puff. You can also apply over the counter acne medication directly to blemish using a cotton swab. Then apply a yellow-based concealer with a small brush. Dust with translucent powder.
For the best, non-clumpy, natural looking lashes, use light layers of mascara, carefully separating your lashes between coats with an eyelash comb or small toothbrush. Metal combs work best.
To Cover Up Redness
Use a yellow-toned cream to neutralize redness instead of a concealer to cover blemishes, red blotches or eyeglass marks.
To Plump Up Sunken Cheeks
Apply a lighter shade of foundation or highlighter to the hollows of your cheeks.
Rx For Puffy Eyes
Place chilled tea bags or sliced cucumbers over your eyes.
To Widen Close-Set Eyes
Put a pearl-white shadow on your inner lid corners, blending upward. Follow with a medium color on the center of lids and a deeper tone on outer third of lids. Make sure to blend it in well.
Rx For a Pregnancy Mask
Use lavender concealer. Apply foundation that is one or two shades darker than skin tone.
Rx for Under Eye Circles
Mix a bit of light blue eye shadow with your moisturizer; apply under your eyes. The blue color helps diffuse light. Follow with foundation or light concealer.
Are Your Eyebrows Too Dark?
Stroke a concealer pencil over them, followed by translucent powder. It will lighten the brows without really changing the color.
Put On Too Much Eye Shadow?
Don't start over. Just dip a small blush brush in bronzing powder and sweep over entire lid. Bronzing powder is a neutral tint, so it will just soften the color of your shadow without changing it.
Eyebrows Too Light?
Have them tinted a darker shade. This will frame your eyes. If you're not good with makeup it will look the most natural. Have it done every six weeks or so. You can also purchase tinting kits at beauty supply stores if you feel confident that you can do it yourself.
For Drooping Lips
Cover the corners of your mouth concealer. Use a lip pencil to subtly extend lip corners upward. Then fill in color.
To Brighten Your Face
For a natural, subtle, flush of color, reach for bronzing powder with a large, fluffy brush and dust a light layer on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.
For Bigger, Brighter Eyes
Line your upper and lower lash lines with white eyeliner, tracing as close to lash line as possible.
Pretty In Pictures
Never wear frosted lipstick, eye shadow or blush. Wear classic clothing and avoid jewelry that will distract from your face.
To Make Eyes Look Bigger
Use a white eyeliner pencil and line your eyes under your bottom lashes. Smudge, then follow with black mascara.
Super Thicken Your Lashes
Lightly powder lashes to give the mascara a coat to cling to. Let dry for at least 1 minute, then apply a second coat.
For Brown Eyes
Wear eyeshadow shades like gunmetal, charcoal, mustard, camel and gold.
For Green Eyes
Wear eyeshadow shades like espresso, chocolate, heather, and hazy violet.
For Blue Eyes
Wear eyeshadow shades like cinnamon, rust, eggplant, and amethyst.
Rx for Red Eyes
Reach for soft pink to make the whites look bigger and brighten bloodshot eyes. Sweep soft pink shadow on the inside corners of eyes using an upward motion and fluffy shadow brush. Make sure to blend well.
Use This Ultra Sheer Foundation
Mix your foundation and a moisturizer together for a light foundation. You can also use a dampened cosmetic sponge for the sheerest, most natural look.
To Bring Out Eye Color
Avoid matching your eye shadow to the color or your eyes. Use complementary colors or opposite colors instead.
Cover your lips with foundation and powder first. Outline with a lip pencil then dust with a little powder again. Apply lipstick and powder again lightly. Reapply your lipstick and it will last all day.
Got Good Lighting
Proper lighting is essential for the most natural makeup applications. So do a lighting check. Are there windows on both sides? Do you have equal light? Is there a single light above your mirror casting a shadow down on your face? If the lighting is not even or the best possible, buy a portable makeup mirror and your problem will be solved.
For Eye & Lip Pencils That Are Too Soft
Refrigerate them for 30 minutes before using.
If You're Over 25
Stay away from any and all frosted eye shadows. They make the skin around your eyes appear old and wrinkled even if you aren't.
Forget Your Eye Shadow?
Use your blush as a contouring color. Lightly sweep the color on your browbone.
To Slenderize A Round Face
Sweep your bronzer over temples, cheekbones and under your chin. Use a fluffy brush and light powder to highlight forehead, cheekbones and tip of chin.
To Get Rid of Laugh Lines
Use a concealer pencil and draw 3 lines like cat whiskers next to the corner of your mouth. Sponge blend in an upward direction for an instant lift.
To Widen Your Eyes
Eliminate redness and widen eyes by stroking a light layer of shimmery white eye shadow over the entire lid.
Pinks for Different Skin Tones
Fair skin? Choose pinks that are cool like bubble gum. Medium skin? Use plum or wine colored pinks. Olive skin? Choose brown-based pinks. Dark skin? Use pinks that are blue-based like fuchsia or orchid.
Change Lipstick & Brighten Your Smile
If your teeth are grayish, reach for warm shades like bronze or copper. If your teeth are more yellow, pick cool, blue-based shades. No one has naturally white teeth.
Apply liner as close to lashes as possible; smudge to avoid a harsh look. To make eyes look bigger or wide-set: Start mid-lid, extend liner just past the end of eye, blend upward. When using liquid liner, hold outer corner of lid taut and apply using quick short strokes.
For Eye Lines
Use eye treatments specially formulated for this area, as dry skin pulls moisture from concealer. Use matte colors to avoid drawing attention to the lines.
More About Eyelash Curling
This is an often-overlooked way to open eyes. Carefully insert clean lashes into eyelash curler. Apply pressure in light little squeezes along the length of lashes. Remove. Apply mascara.
Delay Eyeliner Fade
Line as usual. Set with like-colored powder eye shadow. For longest wear, line with high quality liner.
RX for Fine Dry Eye Lines
It's sun damage, not just aging. Use eyeglasses with UV-filtering lenses. Sun block always. And use an everyday cream or gel formulated for the delicate eye area.
Highlight brings brightness to eyes, and accent shape. Place color under brow arch, blend outward. There should never be an obvious pale area, just a suggestion of light.
To Maximize Lashes
Maximize mascara with at least two roots-to-tips coats. Get the brush as close to the base of lashes as possible, wiggle to separate lashes and sweep up to the top of the lashes. To apply to lower lashes, hold wand vertically, sweep across lashes.
Hey Bright Eyes!
Use eye shadow in complementary colors to eyes. This helps brighten eyes. For example, tawny tones perk up blue eyes.
The Patting Method
This is the best approach for concealers, shadows, and moisturizers in the delicate eye area. Supply with gentle taps using the pad of your ring finger. It's the weakest of your 5 fingers and least likely to tug.