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If you feel underdressed without your makeup on or are looking for some tips when applying makeup for a special occasion, there are some key things you can do that make a real difference and can help you do your makeup like a pro.
Before applying your makeup, whatever the occasion, start with a clean, fresh face. Washing, exfoliating and moisturizing will mean your skin is plumped up, smooth, hydrated and ready.
Do your eye makeup before the rest of your face. By doing this, you won’t have to worry about any eye shadow powder sticking to your foundation or having eyeliner smearing your concealer. Another good tip is to prep your lids with a cream shadow before applying a powder as this will keep it looking smooth and fresh and stop crease lines.
There has been a rise in popularity of eyeliner gel, which can be much more flattering than liquids or pencils and is ideal for defining the eyes, although it does take practice to get the hang of it. The best way to get it right is to rest your elbow on a hard surface in front of a mirror. Then, starting at the outer eye, work inward toward the tear ducts, getting as close to the lash line as possible. Depending on the effect you want, you can extend the line or make it thicker. It is always worth practicing with the look you want before getting ready for a special event.
Products such as Designer Eyeliner give a rich, dark lash line with a silky finish.
If you love the curled lash look, consider getting a lash lift, which can give you a natural-looking curl that lasts for up to six weeks. You can still wear mascara and use your curler for a quick top-up if you need it. This is a simple procedure that is carried out by a beauty technician and takes about an hour. You can choose the length of the curl and have your lashes dyed at the same time, plus have a few extensions added for a fuller lash look.
Remember to look after your lashes and remove any makeup gently and thoroughly. Keep it Squeaky, Rose Water Lash Cleanser includes natural antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce redness, puffiness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as making your lashes feel extra clean.
The best way to get a natural look is to opt for neutral shades. Using a pale, shimmery shade is great for tired eyes and can make the eyes appear larger. For a deeper, more sultry look, opt for browns, grays and charcoals, which will soften the eyes.
Brows often get forgotten when doing the basics, but they can make a big difference. Always keep them well-groomed and use a brow pencil, remembering to follow the direction of the hair growth and fill in any areas that need more cover.
Makeup can really brighten up the face and make it look healthy and glowing. Depending on your skin tone, go for a shade that gives you a natural glow and choose makeup that includes luminous qualities, as this will ensure your make up reflects the light. Try to avoid packing on the powder and using too many matte products as this can make your face look made up; remember, the natural look is what you’re after.
When applying your makeup, it is really worth investing in a set of good brushes. These can make your makeup look even and stop it from collecting in any annoying little gaps, such as facial lines and creases. You can also use brushes to cleanse your eyes when removing eye makeup. The Lash Cleansing Brush can be used in the bath or shower to polish your lashes and remove any traces of make up with the ultra soft synthetic bristles.
Cream Blush is sometimes underrated. If you get the right color, it can lift your whole face and look totally natural, with no signs of the powdery look that you can sometimes get with powder blush.
Finally, invest in a lip liner that matches your chosen lipstick shade and go for a creamy consistency, not a gloss. This can make your mouth look bigger, your smile seem wider and your teeth appear whiter.
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