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Basically I go from a weak 5 to a 9 in front of the mirror every morning and it’s a truly magical experience.

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Make Up Tips and Tricks

                         Easy Tips, Tricks and Secrets for a Perfectly Painted face! 

                                            

Black eyeliner can make eyes look smaller - opt for slate instead, which looks great no matter what the shape or color of your eyes.


A clear lip balm with shimmer, applied to the skin just above your cupid’s bow — the area below your nose and between the peaks of your top lip, will add light to that area and create the illusion of larger lips. 

To make your nose look slimmer, after applying foundation, swipe a highlighter (sans shimmer) down the bridge of the nose and set with translucent powder.



After a late night or too few hours of rest,  apply an extra coat of mascara.  It
really makes your eyes appear to be more open and brightens your whole face.

Self tanners are a great way to fake a bronze bod but can be very tricky to apply on the face. Your best bet is a powder bronzer. Make sure to use a powder brush, rather than a blush brush, for the most even application.

Play up one feature at a time. Dramatic, smoky eyes look best when paired with nude lips and a sexy red pout with more toned down eye make-up.



For a quick, easy “smoky-eye” look, simply use kohl liner, which is easy to blend and two coats of thickening mascara, in black, of course.

Tips for a Foolproof Face

Now if you’re anything like me, the journey to nice looking foundation has been long one. I perfected beautiful eye makeup years ago, but the face routine has always been a challenge for me. But here are some of the good things (and bad) that I’ve discovered.

  • First, you have to find out what kind of foundation will work best for you. If you have pretty clear skin, but want to even things out, I’d recommend a powder foundation. I used bareMinerals powder foundation for years and it does a great job of taking the redness out of your skin. Unfortunately, I’ve always struggled with acne and powder foundation does next to nothing for covering up blemishes. Liquid foundation covers pimples better.
  • Finding your shade is always a pain. If you’re shopping for high end foundation, you can always test it out right there in the store. Just take a little and blend it into your jawline. If it blends well and matches your skin tone, you’ve got a winner. However, if you’re shopping for drugstore foundation, this involves a lot of trial and error. Some drugstore brands, like Revlon, offer a transparent color wheel that you can hold up to your jawline to try to find a match, but I, personally, find that ineffective. What’s on the wheel generally doesn’t look like that on your skin. Know the return policy of where you’re shopping, because it’s likely that you’ll have to exchange some foundations.
  • PRIMER. Primer is so important. Most foundations have primers that are made for them, but you can really use any face primer. It helps smooth out your skin in preparation for putting on foundation, controls the oils in your skin, helps makeup stay on longer, and creates a protective layer between your skin and the makeup. There are many different primers, some a tailored for specific needs like oil control and some are just general primers. Make sure you always read the labels to know the specifics of what you’re buying.
  • And optional step is using a setting spray. I don’t know a lot of people who use setting spray, but I’ve found it to be a really helpful tool, especially during the summer when I’m more likely to sweat through my makeup. It’s similar to primer, but is done after your makeup has been applied.
  • Foundation applications can be done in several different ways. Some people do it with their fingers, some with a brush, some with makeup sponges. I, personally, use a makeup sponge. I find that that’s the easiest way to blend down into my jawline. Using a brush or a makeup sponge are the cleanest techniques, as your hands carry oils that could cause you to break out. 

Now skincare is of course rolled into this, but I’ll get to that on another day. This is just a general run through of what I’ve learned/found helpful. Shoot me a message if you have any questions!