Beauty Lines from the Pros

Women often cut, wax, color, straighten and curl – that’s a fact. As a woman, you spend too much staring in the mirror, scrutinizing, worrying and wishing. Wishing that your skin could be a little whiter or tanner and maybe look like the beautiful woman you saw in the office. Want to know the secret? Then here are some tips for you:

Beauty Secrets to Ponder

  1. Spoil your tools.

If you want to apply your makeup like a pro, Los Angeles-based educator Felicia Alva said, “Do what the professionals do: Use the proper brushes for application.”

Here are the eight basic brushes you need:

  1. Foundation brush
  2. Concealer brush
  3. Fluffy powder brush
  4. Blush brush
  5. Small blending brush
  6. Flat eyeshadow brush
  7. Precision angle brush
  8. Lip brush

Once you have the right tools, you should know how to hold them. Make Up For Ever Educator Lijha Stewart said, “The closer your fingers are to the silver section beneath the brush head, the more pressure you put on the brush head and vice versa. In general, if you want to apply color evenly, place your fingers on the center of the brush handle.”

  1. Mix primer with your foundation

Those with oily skin should use a damp sponge to apply it. Most foundations have oil in its formula to give the coverage blendability. Using the sponge will “pick up the pigment, but not the oil in the foundation.” You’ll still get great coverage, but not the shine, according to Makeup Designory Creative Director, Yvonne Hawker.

For dry or combination skin types, “use your foundation brush and buff the foundation onto the skin, concentrating on the center of your face, which is typically where your skin has the most discoloration,” says Hawker. “The further you get from the center, the less coverage you want.”

  1. Fix your face shape.

If you have a round face and want to make it look oval: Apply a bronzer a shade or two darker than your skin tone in a “3” shape alongside your face: on your temples, the hollow of your cheeks, and your chin.

If you have a prominent forehead: Shade around the outer edge of your forehead along your hairline to minimize the area with bronzer.

If you have a flat or wide nose: Shade alongside your bridge starting from your inner brows. Then highlight right on the center of your nose.

If gravity is taking its toll and your cheeks are sagging:  Apply a highlighter just above your cheekbone all the way to your temple. Use a blush directly on the cheekbone, and then use a bronzer in the hollow of the cheek, underneath your bone.

And if you want to make your contouring stand out, use a sparkly highlighter, which will reflect the most light. Then for your bronzer, go for a matte finish, which will absorb light and create a stark contrast.

  1. Make your eyes pop by changing their shape

If you want to add definition: Sweep a light bronzer through the crease of the eye, which is halfway between the lashline and the eyebrow. “As you age, the eye area loses elasticity, and things aren’t as shapely as they used to be.  This technique is great for mature skin, to give the face more definition.”

A tip for you blue-eyed girls: An orangey bronzer in your crease will make your eyes even bluer.

If you have narrow set eyes: To elongate your eye width, apply a black liner to the outer half of both your upper and lower lashlines, connecting at the outer corner.

If you have drooping, heavy lids: Use what you just learned about highlights and shadows to lift your eye. Apply highlighter above your crease, from the inner to the outer lid. Then blend a shadow to the area that you want to push back, which would be the heavy fold. Make sure to blend the edges from the shadow to the highlight.

If you have small eyes: Apply a beige-colored eyeliner to your lower inner rim, which will help make eyes look open. Then use a black pencil liner along your entire upper and lower lash lines, connecting the lines at the outer corner. The key is to blend the liner with shadow, going outwards. Wherever you place the darkness is where your eye will go, so by smudging the lines, it gives illusion that your eyes are taking up more real estate on your face.

  1. Make fake brow hairs look real

The biggest mistake women make with brows is choosing a color that’s too dark. Dark brows can make you look old, she says, so pick a color that’s a couple shades lighter than your hair.

If you’re using a pencil: For a realistic look, apply more pressure at the bottom of the stroke where the root would be. Ease off on the pressure as you flick your stroke upward, using small strokes to make it most look like hair, says Hawker.

If you’re using a powder: Brush the powder starting from the outer corner of your brow and work against the direction of your hair growth. This ensures a more natural finish by allowing the brow hair to sit over the powder so that your brows don’t look drawn in. Make sure to emphasize the arch with your color, and taper off at the inner corners so you don’t look angry.

These are just some of the tips from over millions of professionals and makeup stylists worldwide. Experience is your best teacher. You can ask help from the experts, but you are your own teacher. You know your face and beauty more than anyone else.

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