Now, take a good look at your face and analyze your assets and liabilities. Are you endowed with expressive eyes, a reasonably clear complexion, or healthy, even flesh tones? Then you will likely need little or no makeup. On the other hand, perhaps your skin is excessively oily (common during the teen years) and acne-prone. Or you may have some facial feature (such as your cheekbones) youd like to accentuate. A judicious use of makeup just might help.
Before Applying Makeup
Since makeup is supposed to enhance your looks, not create a mask or a disguise, it makes sense first to take care of your natural appearance and overall health. Maintaining a balanced diet and getting adequate rest and regular exercise may thus do more to increase your attractiveness than any makeup can.
Beauty consultant Jane Parks-McKay further urges young girls to start with the basics namely, regular, effective skin care. . . . Many people tend to neglect their skin . . . [and then] cover up their less-than-attractive skins with cosmetics in the hope this will make them beautiful.
Makeup works best on well-cared-for skin. Explains the book A Lifetime of Beauty: Cleansing the skin is like preparing a wall for a fresh coat of paint: no matter how pretty the color, the paint job will look slipshod if there are dirt and rough spots underneath. Poorly cleansed skin will look dull and flaky.
While Applying Makeup
While applying makeup, make sure it is blended properly to provide you a natural look. Before applying makeup, moisturize and cleanse your face. Apply foundation with your fingertips instead of foam applicators, which waste a lot of your makeup.
Take care that the foundation blends into your jaw line and hairline. If you have dark circles or spots on your face, use a concealer to hide them, but don't overdo it or else they will look even more noticeable.
Before applying eye shadow, apply a neutral color on your eyelids. The eye shadow should be applied over the whole length of the eyelid, beginning from the inner corner then outward, extending towards the temples. For day-time makeup, lighter colors will do well, but darker ones are more appropriate for night. Before applying your eye shadow, apply a concealer to match your skin tone to make it last longer.
When you apply eyeliner close to the eyelash line, your lashes will look thicker. Glide the eyeliner across by pulling the eyelid, which is the easiest way to apply eyeliner. To get a deep look for your eyes, apply eyeliner as close as possible inside the lower lashes. You can also apply eyeliner only under the lower lashes or only on the upper eyelids.
|If you want your lashes to look longer, mascara is important. Before applying mascara, curl your eyelashes. The first coat of mascara should be allowed to dry, even as you stroke the brush backward and forward. After the first coat dries, a second application may be made on the edges of your lashes for additional length.|