April 29, 2009

Makeup tips # 1: Smooth

Foundation is one of the first things women skip yet it's key to looking flawless. That's because this "base layer" helps makeup last longer, and colors (like blush) look truer. To pick the best foundation makeup for your skin tone, hold bottles next to your face and narrow down the options. Then swipe each where skin is most uneven (usually, your cheek); if it blends in, you're set. Once you've nailed down the best foundation makeup shade, sweep along your forehead, nose, chin, and cheekbones, then blend outward to help it disappear into your skin.

Makeup tips # 2: Cover

Concealer is every woman's favorite tool for hiding it all - from under-eye circles to blemishes. Apply a small amount over foundation for a natural look. For best results you'll need two concealers: one that's a shade lighter than your foundation to downplay dark, blue-toned, under-eye circles and make skin appear brighter. The other should match your foundation to help hide reddish blemishes or broken capillaries. When applying makeup, use a thin makeup brush and apply concealer to the inner-eye corners first (by the tear ducts, where circles tend to appear darkest) and feather it outward.

Makeup tips # 3: Brighten

Learn to love luminizer. This secret weapon comes in liquid or powder form and is made with opalescent, pearl-like particles that give skin a sheer finish and a subtle, sexy sheen. Choose the shade closest to your skin tone: Pink and white luminizers complement fair skin, while gold and bronze suit medium to deep coloring. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Use a clean fingertip to dab a pea-size drop onto your brow bones, along the tops of your cheekbones, and at the innermost corners of your eyes. Be sure to blend well to achieve a barely-there radiance.

Makeup tips # 4: Touch Up

Face powder keeps foundation in place longer by blotting away excess oil. Use loose powder (it offers an airy, light finish) or use your favorite compact powder and sweep it on with a brush. Apply along your T-zone, under your eyes, and across your lids (to give eye-shadow color staying power). Remember to choose a shade of face powder that matches your skin. When in doubt, go a touch darker.

Shape has numerous other terrific articles on applying makeup. Check them out!