Do you ever think your makeup skills aren’t good enough? Well, we’re about to prove you wrong!
First, let us let you in on a little secret - you don’t suck at make-up, you’re just not paying attention to your individual features. Make-up isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” kind of deal, and it certainly doesn’t work the same for everyone. So, embrace your features and make them stand out!
Contouring // Throw some shade
The sole purpose of contouring is to create dimension. If you want to elongate your face, simply apply a contour shade on the sides of your face - cheeks, temples, a little under the jawbone. If you have a longer face, apply in those same spots, but don’t go inwards as much, as that will make your face look even longer. If your forehead feels more like a fivehead and you want to take it down a notch, apply contour on the top of your forehead as well.
Contouring is a simple game of light and shadow, but it can be overdone quickly. With natural looks it’s best to build up the product, instead of putting it all on your face at once.
Blush it up
Another neat trick that brings life to your face is blush - if you apply blush from your ear towards your nose tip, get ready for an instant free facelift. If you’re not into that look, contour from the ear towards your lips - your face will still be defined, but not as “dramatically” lifted.
Pro-tip: We recommend using a natural light when you’re doing your contour and foundation routine - it’s a total lifesaver.
Base // Glow from within
Whenever you want to look naturally glowy, just do your entire base with cream based products. Start with a cream contour and a cream blush, and only then put a thin layer of foundation over your entire face. Applying foundation last will make your complexion look healthy by “muting” the contour and blush underneath. And suddenly you’re glowing from within. What more could you possibly want?
If you need more coverage, build it up only in the areas where you truly need it.
Pro-tip: Setting your base is an important step, because it keeps your make-up in place all day. For a natural look, apply the tiniest amount of translucent powder in the areas where your skin tends to get shiny. And remember, baking is for muffins. Applying too much powder will dry out your skin, so your skin will overcompensate and produce more oil. More oil means breakouts, more powder means tired, dry skin. Just go bake muffins instead.
Easy on the eyes
Doing your makeup sometimes seems to last forever, but sometimes 3 minutes is enough to make magic happen.
You need 3 basic products - kohl eyeliner, mascara and a pinch of eyeshadow. Start by tightlining. Apply your kohl eyeliner on the outer third of the eye as close to the lash line as possible. Slightly lift your eyelid and really work the product in between the lashes. That way your skin won’t show through and your lashes will automatically look fabulously full.
Blend, blend, blend
Now, blend the eyeliner inwards with a small flat brush and try to keep the product as close to the lash line as you can. For a more classic cat-shaped liner look, you can blend slightly outwards and create a tiny wing.
If your liner tends to transfer from your lash line to the upper lid, just keep calm. Help yourself with a bit of eyeshadow and blend it all together into a V shape on the outer third of your lid. Blend the liner that transferred in a downward motion and slowly create a smokey liner look.
Once you have your perfect blend, apply the same kohl eyeliner on the outer third of the lower lash line. Unless you want to look like a sad puppy with droopy eyes, you shouldn’t go past that third. Keep the product concentrated in that area and help yourself with some eyeshadow to blend it. Make sure to connect the lower lash line to the smokey situation on your upper lid.
Pro-tip: You get extra points if you apply a nude eyeshadow on the inner third of the upper lid. Double points if you bless your inner corner with a touch of shimmer.
Mascara // Lash out
When applying your mascara never forget your lower lashes. If you’re feeling dangerous you can even curl your lashes with a 17th century torture device known as “The Eyelash Curler.” This torture helps you look more awake, so it’s totally worth it.
Brows for days
Full brows don’t need much work. Simply comb them with your spoolie and lightly fill in the sparse areas of your brows with a brow pencil. Go for a shade that is a bit lighter than your natural hair colour.
Lips // Overlining is overrated
When you’re going for a flawless, but still natural look, it’s a good idea to draw attention to your lips. Only slightly overline them and make them look fullest in the middle, then stick to the natural lipline on the outer parts. Pick a natural lip shade for a simple look, or give it a little umph and pick a darker shade.
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