Friday, September 14, 2012

How to take Up the Make Up: Simple do’s and don’ts to get the best out of your look!

Wearing make up shouldn’t hide who you are it should enhance it! The goal is to minimize your flaws and let your natural beauty shine through when using these great make up tips. 

Do: Apply eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible. Having a gap between your lashes gives a certain “unfinished” look to your make up and having an uneven line, or a line that is randomly floating across your eyelids somewhere is going to throw off the natural shape of your eyes.

Do: Buy a foundation that matches the skin tone on your face exactly. Having an off tone foundation almost guarantees that you’ll have lines when applying your make-up. Foundation is just that, the foundation of your face and you’ll want a stable one for a polished look. Women tend to want to use a darker foundation to help cover flaws, not realizing that one in their same skin tone will do just the trick! Keep in mind for summer many women will go with a slightly darker foundation, if they are out in the sun and getting tan. Also, if possible it is always good to invest in a good foundation from a department store.

Do: Use make up brushes, not the applicators packaged with the make up you buy. Using professional make up brushes help make up glide on better and allow better control for placement. A good brush could mean the difference between raccoon eyes and a well polished, defining smokey eye. You can get a set of good brushes at any of the major department stores.

Do: Be conscious of matte vs. shine make up. In the humid summer, using too much “shine” could make your face look oily or sweaty while in the cooler months it would look dewy and refreshed, like you have a “glow” to you. In the colder months, wearing matte make up can dull your appearance.

Don’t: SHARE MAKE UP!!! It’s hard to do, especially when you want to experiment with different colors or products and don’t want to invest in something you may never wear again but this is one of the worst things you can do you your face. Moist make ups (creams, liners, mascaras, gloss, etc) promote bacterial growth which can cause infections of the skin and eyes. If you really want to try a product or new color out, there are always beauty experts at local malls that can help you out in a controlled and hygienic environment. Also, a good rule of thumb to follow is to throw away any unused make-up every 6 months.


Don’t: Forget to wash your make up brushes, just use light soap and hot water. Brushes can hold onto all kinds of gross bacteria and pathogens, plus, applying new make up while some old make up residue is still in your bristles will cause a dulling of your colors. Taking proper care of brushes will also help them last longer and ensure that your product will go farther too.

Don’t: Overload your mascara. Just a coat or two is plenty, anything over that can start to look messy and clumpy. Applying multiple coats of mascara also kills the shelf life of your mascara. More coats means the bottle is open to air for longer meaning your mascara is going to dry out much quicker. Once your mascara starts clumping after multiple applications, those clumps will make it from your brush and back into the tube compromising smooth application for the next day.

Don’t: Go heavy on lip gloss. You want your lips to have a nice healthy shine, not the appearance of drooling. Keep gloss light and flirty and you’ll also avoid having the gloss clog the pores around your mouth. Nothing is more annoying than having to explain that you have a pimple and not a cold sore!

We could give make up tips all day, but in the end, you are only as beautiful as you feel. Keep your head held high, keep a smile on your face and no one will question that glowing beauty pouring out from within! Remember, make up or no make up, you are beautiful!