Each girl is made of two parts: 1 part princess, 1 part superwoman. Today we’re going to attempt to bring out the princess in you by using a few simple tricks that will make you love the process of applying makeup. Seeing makeup not as a chore, but as a source of self-care and self-expression, we will help you evolve from princess to queen. Now let’s get to it!
Create a V-shape
One of the most common techniques that works on almost any eye shape is creating definition in the crease. For a more gentle, bubbly look, work in a C-shape, but for a night out look you can make it a little sharper and bolder. Use a transition shade first - a shade that is slightly darker than your skin tone. Blend it in so that you create the outline of the V-shape. Gradually work in darker colours and add dimension by intensifying the pigment.
For deep-set eyes, use a shimmery (but dark) eyeshadow that is going to keep the look smokey, but will bring your eyes forward and make them look bigger at the same time.
This is the step that is going to take the longest time - but it’s only going to last 3 minutes. Simply blend everything together until you feel your wrist is about to fall off.
Smokey and sultry
For a night out vibe, smokey looks are extra effective. First, apply liquid eyeliner as close to the lash line as you can. This will delete all the little white spaces in between your lashes, which will, in turn, make your lashes look denser and fuller.
Over the liquid liner, apply a kohl liner or a creamy black eyeshadow. Take a small flat brush and blend the kohl liner into the lash line. The goal is to diffuse the harsh line and make the look more smokey and sultry.
Pro-tip: If your eyes are hooded on the outer corner, it’s best not to apply eyeliner past the point where your crease folds over. Simply keep the product close to the lash line and don’t extend it too far out, as you would to make a wing.
Define and intensify
Once you’re satisfied with your fantastically blended upper lid, move on to the lower lid. Work in the same order as you did on the upper lid - apply the darkest shade on the outer corner, and the dark shimmery shade in the middle.
If you’re feeling shiny, apply a light shimmery shadow right in the inner corner. This will make you look more awake, even at 4 AM when you just can’t function anymore.
Pro-tip: Since Christmas is coming, you will soon find glitter in all kinds of curious places; including your face. If you want more control over the wandering Christmas glitter, apply a cream-based glittery eyeshadow as a base, before slapping on loose glitters or pigments.
Finish off the eyes by applying mascara - lower lashes first, upper lashes second. Remember to take the excess product off your mascara wand, and then wiggle the product into your lashes.
Eyebrow Queen / Your Browness
To truly become a queen, one last ingredient is needed - bold brows. They frame the pretty picture that is your face, so give them some attention on a daily basis. With an intense, smokey look, make sure your brows fit the picture - simply fill in the sparse areas using a pomade or an eyebrow powder, focusing most product on the arch and the tail of the brow. It’s best to work with neutral or cool-toned shades that are only slightly lighter than your natural hair colour.
Winter is in full swing and so we’ve all gone a bit pale. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend it’s still summer! With night-out looks, contour, blush and highlighter can be applied more intensely - so you can actually go for a more bronzy summery look, even in the dead of winter.
Start in the usual order, first cream-based products: contour, blush, then foundation to create that beautiful blend on your face. Then set with a tiny amount of translucent powder and go over with other powder products. Intensify your contour with a cool-toned powder, and then lift your cheekbones by sprinkling some highlighter on your face. It’s almost Christmas, after all.
Pro-tip: Consider colour correcting before applying your base. Many women get red around the nose and cheeks due to hormonal reasons, but applying green corrector on the affected areas can help you get rid of that. You won’t have to use as much foundation if you decide to use this quick trick.
When you’re going for definition, remember that contouring isn’t generic - you have to know and understand your face shape first. If you have a larger forehead, apply contour on the top and sides, then blend well into the hairline. If you want to lift your cheeks, apply cheek contour more towards the nose; for a more serious, sharp look go more towards your mouth. Find out what works for you and stick to it.
Pro-tip: If you have a liquid bronzer, mix some of it into your foundation. That way the winter bronze won’t look like a contradiction in terms and will actually look believably natural.
- Catrice HD Liquid Coverage foundation in warm beige
- Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer
- Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush in no. 4
- ZOEVA Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette
- Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in medium
- MAC Pro Conceal & Correct palette in dark
- Kryolan FaceLiner in no. 36
- Lancome Le Krayon Kohl in 01 Noir
- Sensai liquid eyeliner in LE01
- L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable perfecting concealer in beige
- Yves Saint Laurent Blush Volupte in no. 8
- Sensai Kanebo The Lipstick
- Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat
- Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat color corrector in green
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