Makeup is a very subjective thing…some girls love it, some hate it. Some wear it…some don’t wear it. One of the awesome parts of being a woman is that we get to play with various makeup and dress up rather fancy…without needing a reason to! If you’re into makeup at all, then you know how exciting it is to buy new products and try them out, or to do a specific “look” that we feel would suit our face best.
Much like painting, makeup allows us to create whatever look we want for ourselves, and there are NO rules….except, well, um…maybe a few. While no one can tell you HOW to wear your makeup, there are a few basic strategies that exist to guide you and ensure you are getting the most out of your products and your time….Here are some simple Do’s and Don’t’s of makeup to help you keep your skin safe from harm and your makeup routine far from complicated!
1. Use a nude or skin colored eyeliner instead of white eyeliner for your waterline if you’re attempting to achieve the bigger or brighter eyes effect.
White (on the left) can look rather harsh, especially in flash photos, so your best bet is to pick something closer to a nude shade and apply it under your waterline (on the right)… and here’s why: Your iris is white, and if you add white eyeliner…it will look a little unrealistic to say the least because you won’t have a transition where one needs to be between your iris/lids. It is a bold statement look if you’re wearing white liner, whereas nude liner will create the same effect but in a more subtle and natural way. Best part of using nude instead of white liner is the fact that you won’t have to deal with the random erm, transfer, of the liner…after you’ve been blinking for a bit and somehow the white liner slips down and now looks like dandruff on your lashes…you know what I’m talking about! Plus, a nude liner is closer to your skin tone so you won’t have to deal with a very dramatic or noticeable look for your everyday wear!
2. Apply black liner on the top of your waterline to make your lashes fuller and more noticeable.
If you can’t be bothered with applying false lashes on the daily…just take some black eyeliner and draw it on your top waterline…you know the one where your lashes are. Keep it close to the lashes and it will really help your eyes pop and your lashes look more bold and voluminous.
3. For fuller lips create a thicker line in the middle section of your top and bottom lip, not the whole.
Kylie Jenner’s lips seem to be a trend nowadays, but unfortunately most of us can’t or won’t opt for the surgical methods of achieving it…as she has done. A great way to create fuller lips is to use a lip liner, of course. But instead of overdrawing your entire lip area, which up close will look odd to say the least…do a normal line around your lips, while thickening and overdrawing the middle portions of your top and bottom lip (think cupids bow area). This will help shape your lips and give them a nice fullness while also looking relatively natural.
1. Do NOT overdraw your eyebrows…really.
Thick brows are a great look on many models or those of you with naturally thick brows…but when drawn on, it’s not the same. What happens if you draw your brows too thick or heavy is that it ages you and makes you look, well, harsh, in person. The pencil and powder are there to help fill in sparse areas and create an even look matching your NATURAL brows…not to draw on a pair. Unless you’re doing a Vogue cover-shoot tomorrow…there is no reason you should be drawing your brows on 3 times their original thickness…It only looks good in the magazines…trust me.
2. Don’t use thick concealers for under your eyes…
While those roll on/solid stick concealers can be convenient, I suggest you try for a more liquid consistency. The reason why is that you have to dab and blend the concealer under your eyes and if you are using a very thick and hard consistency then you will be pulling and tugging your under eye area, which is literally one of the most sensitive. Unless you want to age rapidly…please opt for something more liquid and soft…there’s a TON of concealers that are easy to apply with a brush or dab on without tugging at your skin…the more watery it looks, the less it will tug.
3. Don’t “contour” with shimmer…seriously.
We all contour to make our features stand out and slim our face essentially. But if you’re contouring with products that have a lot of shimmer in them…you’re creating the opposite effect. Really. Abort this mission now. These kinds of textures will reflect light which in turn makes things look bigger. I repeat, abort and avoid this mission.