Mouth Shape Makeup

Mouth Shape Makeup

One of the ways that you can change your appearance and improve your look is to change your mouth shape make up. A well made up woman presents an appearance to the world that says she is confident in herself and is well put together.

There are several different ways to change the shape of your mouth and therefore your appearance. There are tricks to keeping your lipstick on longer and tips to help you apply your lipstick like a professional.

Before putting on the lipstick you want to consider lip liner. This is an optional step but if you do use it put it on first. Don’t use liner that is darker than your lipstick because when the lipstick fades the liner is left. Imagine what that dark liner looks like on your lips without lipstick.

TIP: If you want a process to keep the lipstick in place and the liner from feathering, apply a gel blush on the lips as a base.

Placing the lip liner on you should start at the center of your upper lip and draw the line out to the corner following your natural lip line. Fill in the color over your lips if you want extra holding power for your lipstick. You can also use a base of foundation to hold lipstick on longer.

If your upper lip is narrow and you want it to look fuller then use the liner on the top lip only using it on the outer most edge of the lip and don’t place the liner on the lower lip.

TIP: Chill your lip pencil in the fridge for a few minutes to make sharpening the pencil easier.

When you are placing your lipstick start at the center of the bottom or the top and send the color out to the corners. If you have lipstick that can be blotted you should blot, reapply and blot again to hold the lipstick longer. If you need precision use a lip brush to get the most accurate placement.

Do you want to make your lips plumper and pinker? Smudge the lip line with the liner so the lips look fuller. For more drama use a lipstick with a hint of frost. For evening wear remember to use a shade of lipstick that is one or two shades deeper than the shade you use for your daytime color.

If you have a sore on your mouth forgo the use of lipstick and use a lip balm designed to help heal sores. The lipstick won’t help it heal and it only makes the sore more noticeable.

If you’d like your lipstick to have a creamy effect then use a lip balm before applying the lipstick. For a matte finish blot the lipstick gently after application. If you want a sheer effect then apply lip balm, and dot a small amount of neutral color across the lips and smooth it out. For a glossy effect apply the lipstick and then finish with a clear gloss coat. The more coats you apply the more shine.

If you are after smooth lips you can take a clean damp cloth and gently rub your lips for 60 seconds before applying the lipstick.

Don’t forget your lips when you are applying daily sunscreen. You can use lip balm or condition to keep your lips hydrated and protected from the suns rays.

Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup

In the mid-1970’s mineral make up was born. And today it is exploding on the market. Mineral make up comes in foundations, blushes and eye shadows. They are made from naturally occurring minerals that are finely ground. They don’t have any dyes, preservatives or chemicals and are naturally hypoallergenic.

Mineral make up has proponents and detractors. Believers state that the make up is purer because it doesn’t contain the chemicals and perfumes that are found in other make ups. They don’t cause the usual problems with allergic reactions and are made from properties found in the earth. On the other had other make up experts believe that mineral make up ingredients are also found in traditional make up found in the department stores and that the mineral make up has no specific health benefits.

The jury is out and like most other situations that are laden with conflicting information you must make your own decision. There are many companies online that sell mineral make up and you are able to purchase a small trial size of most kinds of foundations, blushes and eye shadows so that you can try them in your own home.

The idea behind using make up is to enhance your natural beauty and cover the blemishes and inconsistencies in your face that you may find unattractive. Remember that make up, all make up, looks different in different lights. You skin will have a different appearance, using the same make up, under fluorescent lighting, regular lights and sunlight.

When you apply mineral make up most experts tell you to use an expensive brush that isn’t made from animal hair. The synthetic brushes are best because they don’t shed as much nor do they acquire bacteria as easily. Apply one layer and then test how this looks on your skin in all of the different lights. Using a setting powder will also change the way the foundation appears so you may want to forgo using a setting powder if you like the way the foundation goes on.

When you apply the mineral make up make sure that your skin has moisture but isn’t oily. It’s best to have a freshly washed face with a gentle cleanser and then moisturize lightly. Give your face at least 15 minutes between moisturizing and applying make up for the moisturizer to soak into your skin completely.

When you are choosing your colors for foundation and blush remember the seasons of the year. In the summer it is best to use less mineral make up since your skin is a bit more oily and you may be outside and sweating. Even mineral make up can clog the pores. Also in summer you can go with a shade darker foundation to match the sun kissed glow you are sporting but use lighter colors of eye shadow, blush and lipstick. In the winter months your foundation will have to change to accommodate your lack of tan but colors for eyes, lips and cheeks can be darker and warmer.

If you have naturally oily skin avoid using the liquid mineral foundations and try the powder mineral make up. Mica is an ingredient that makes your skin appear a bit more shiny so if oil is something you struggle with be sure your foundation doesn’t include mica.

Mineral make up detractors like to also say that the make up will make women with a strong ethnic background appear yellow or even green but only testing will tell if this is true for you. Trial sizes of mineral make up are often less than $10.00 and online companies are often willing to work with you. A happy customer is one that will buy from them time and time again – and after all, that is exactly what they are after!

Instructions On Applying Makeup

Make up is a simple and cost effective way to enhance your natural beauty and cover any blemishes that you may find unattractive. Make up can cover acne scars, visually change the spacing of your eyes, give your cheekbones more structure or give you a healthy glow to your appearance. Following simply instructions on applying make up will help you to make simple changes for a wonderful overall appearance. You can make changes, experiment with color and placement and you can experiment with different types of products to achieve the look you are after.

The first instruction on applying make up is to start with a clean slate. Always start with a clean face before applying make. Use a gentle cleanser that is suited to your skin type. Leave the toner for later in the day after you remove your make up. But do use a light moisturizer over your entire face. Once you have placed the moisturizer wait at least 15 minutes before beginning to apply your make up. This will allow time for the moisturizer to fully penetrate your skin and not cause your make up to cake.

The first piece of make up you’ll want to use is a concealer. Even top models don’t have flawless skin. In fact, no one does! Concealer is used to hide any blemishes or even those dark circles under your eyes. Select a color that is one shade lighter than your foundation. If you are trying to cover red areas left after a pimple has resolved use a green concealer. The green and red will cancel each other out. Use concealer that is from a pot or a tube instead of a stick which won’t give the same kind of coverage. Put a dip of concealer on your skin and give it about 10 seconds before you blend it with the tip of your finger or a make up sponge.

Next is to use a foundation or base. A liquid foundation or crème foundation that matches your skin tone exactly is your best choice. You don’t want to be left with a line of evident make up around your chin. Start with dots of foundation in the middle of your face and using your fingers or make up sponge spread it out until it covers your face. The foundation covers the concealer and gives your face a smooth overall canvas for the rest of your make up. The goal of foundation or base is to even the tone of your skin.

Now move to your eyes. It’s what people notice first when they meet and greet you. They have been called the mirror of the soul and when dressed correctly can melt a man’s heart. There are several steps. Start with the eye brows. Don’t pluck them excessively but create a graceful arch that begins at the inside corner of the eye and ends at the outside corner or just beyond the outside corner of the eye. You can use a pencil to fill in the gaps but don’t use it to draw in eyebrows.

When you are applying your eye shadow use a slanted brush, it’ll make the powder go on more smoothly. Your eye shadow should coordinate with your eye color and skin tone and has nothing to do with the color of your clothing. If you like to use eye liner then apply it as close to the lash root as possible. You aren’t aiming for a harsh look but rather a coordinated look. If the liner looks too harsh try applying some dark eye shadow over the top of the liner to soften the look.

Use a dark color over the lid, medium color in the crease and a highlight color under the brows. For daytime use a matte color but sparkles and gleams are great for night wear. Your eye shadow can be applied dry or wet if it’s powder. To apply it wet, slightly dampen the end of your brush and dip it in the powder. This will help to keep the color in place longer.

Mascara is the last step in the eye instructions on applying make up. Select your color based on your skin color and tone. Stay away from dark black unless you are under 30. After 30 it tends to date and age your look. Use the wand of the mascara carefully. Don’t pump the wand in and out of the case because you’ll be injecting air which decreases the life of your mascara drying it out. Place the wand inside the case and twirl it around to get more on the brush. Wait between coats since this will help avoid clumping.

Moving down your face, blush comes in powder, gel and crème forms. Whichever application type you choose use it sparingly. The idea is to give your cheeks a glow of health not make you look like a clown. Test where the blush looks most flattering on you. It may be just over the apples of your cheeks or just under. You also may want try using the blush over your cheek bones behind the apples of your cheeks.

Once you are finished applying foundation, blush and eye shadow you can then apply a translucent powder to set your make up and help it to last throughout the day. Your last application is lipstick. Pick a color that complements your skin tone and the season of the year. Lighter colors go best in summer and darker in the winter.

If you choose to use lip liner choose a color that is one shade lighter than your lipstick. Start at the top middle of your lips and line to the outside corner of your lips. Outline the bottom of your lips the same way. Be sure your lips are dry before placing their lipstick and liner and don’t lick your lips during the day. The skin over your lips is thinner than anywhere on your face so licking your lips can damage them and cause them to dry out.

What Color Makeup Goes With What Color Eyes

What Color Makeup Goes With What Color Eyes

You’ve been applying make up for years and you are tired of the same routine or look each and every day. You’d like to mix it up a bit but you aren’t sure what color goes with what color eyes make up. This can be a delicate question since there are those that believe you can wear whatever eye shadow coloring you enjoy and you shouldn’t be concerned with what fashion or other people think or believe.

And for some this belief works. It doesn’t matter to them that the stares they receive aren’t because of beauty, artfully applied make up or fashionably put together clothing but rather because their stark dark blue eye make up completely overpowers the rest of their face. In some cases the color combinations or choices are made to match a specific look such as emo make up or Goth. But in most cases make up color choices are based on skin color, tone, and eye color.

Assuming you are interested in what color goes with what color eyes make up let’s get started discussing what eye shadow would look fantastic with those brown eyes. People with brown hair and brown eyes will make their choices based on their skin tone. With an olive complexion you want to stay away from a black eye liner unless you are trying to achieve a smoky look for night wear. Otherwise a plum liner or dark brown liner close to the root of the lashes will be the best choice. If you skin tone is lighter a black liner can be used if you are younger. The older you are the older the liner will make you appear.

Getting past the liner to the eye shadow colors people with brown hair and brown eyes get the most mileage out of more colors than any other hair/eye combination. Pinks, gray/blue, browns, grays and plums look fantastic when paired with a light vanilla as a highlighter directly under the brow. Remember that if the make up you are using is mineral make up you’ll want to test the application under different lighting to be sure it is something that you find attractive in all lighting. Most of the eye shadow colors come in shimmering shades or with gleams. Reserve those colors for nightwear when the lighting makes the most of the glamour on your eyes and cheeks.

Those lucky ladies who have hazel eyes and brown hair can use plum, bronze, orange and cranberry to really make their eyes pop. Cranberry liner with a bronze eye shadow will be glitzy and fashionable. If you have an olive complexion then stick with the warmer eye shadow shades but if you skin tone is lighter you can experiment with shades that are brighter and cooler.

If popping isn’t what you are after then sticking with the natural nude and beiges will even your skin tones, give your eyes a bit of added polish but still allow your natural beauty to shine through. Experimenting with an eye shadow packet that has four or more colors gives you the opportunity to find the color combination that works best on your face and with your personality.

Are you the blue-eyed blonde who is struggling to get past the usual cool pinks and blues? Move out and experiment with peaches, corals and different shades of blue. Apply the color from the lash line to the crease but not under the eyes. If you add too much pink around your eye you can actually make the whites of your eyes appear red. Finish off with a light vanilla or white highlight tone directly under the eye brow.

Are you fortunate enough to have those shimmering green eyes that are the envy of all who look upon them? Green eyes are fun to dress up and with the newest color palettes available on the market, even at the corner drugstore, it isn’t hard to find a look that’s right for you. Take a hard look at how green your eyes really are. If they are darker then you will be able to subtle eye shadows and still bring out the best of your eye color.

Green eyes should start with a peach color for eye shadow. Peaches can have different shading and come darker or lighter. Put the peach on your eyelid to start but not past the crease. You might add some light brown over the top to enhance the peach and define your eye. You might also try a hint of rose to accomplish the same thing. Consider dark green eyeliner to bring out the green in your eyes and give your eyes a more pronounced look.

Choosing what color goes with what color eyes make up can be challenging but also fun and exciting. It’s a great way to change up your look and appearance without the expense of plastic surgery or expensive creams and lotions. Color can add to your appearance or detract so it’s important to test out any new colors at home and in front of your friends who are willing to give you an honest opinion.

Vintage Look Makeup

Vintage Look Makeup

Vintage look make up has never really lost it’s style. Women of the 1940’s were perfectly made up (Bette Davis, Veronica Lake), coiffed and ready for anything. These make up and hair styles never really went out of style and more recently are making a strong come back with the Hollywood crowd.

Putting together your own vintage look make up isn’t difficult. It can be time consuming the first time if you aren’t familiar with your way around a make up bag. The basics for the vintage look make up are the shape of the eyebrows, color of the lips and use of eye shadow.

You always start with a clean face. Using your favorite gentle cleaner and wash. You should use a toner at night after you’ve removed the make up, washed your face and before moisturizing. Before the make up treatment just wash and moisturize to give your face a smooth base.

Some make up artists recommend mixing moisturizer with your base if the base is pressed and not liquid. This helps the base to go on smoothly and stay on longer. Use a sponge for crème foundation and start from the middle of the face blending upward and outward.

The next steps of eyes, cheeks and lips can be done in the order you prefer. I happen to prefer working from the top of the face down – eyes, cheeks and finally lips.

Begin by addressing your eyebrows. The eyebrows were shapely, arched and well defined. Women often helped this with a brown eyebrow pencil. The eyebrows were also thin. If you don’t want to upset your natural shape you can clean up your natural line of the small thinner hair and then use concealer to make the eyebrows appear more narrow. The pro’s use a technique using ‘brow sealer’ with a special removable wax.

Next you’ll apply eye liner. Use a dark purple or brown instead of black to make the look less harsh. The shadow colors were browns and grays over the lid and white under the brow. Mixing dark browns or gray with the white may give you the color you are trying to achieve. You will have to try it a couple of times before you find the ‘look’ you want. You can use a white or light blue eye pencil to line the bottom lid to give your eyes a wider appearance.

Before applying mascara you will use a lash curler. These may look barbaric but they are simple and painless. Purchase one at the pharmacy or department store. Follow the directions on the package to place the curler on your lashes and the press on the lashes closest to your eyelid two or three times, then in the middle and then on the very end. Put a light layer of mascara over the lashes right after curling to help set the lashes.

Address your cheeks with a blush that is applied over the cheekbones and brushing upwards. Use a red or dark color that matches your skin tone. True women of the 40’s used their lipstick to match their blush but it’s your call. You can use what’s left on the brush to highlight the temple area or even the laterally down both sides of your neck. When you are finished applying blush use a translucent powder to set the effect.

Last, address your lip color with your vintage look make up. Women of the 40’s used red color that stayed and stayed. The make up was meant to draw attention to the lips with sultry dark eyes. You can’t have attention drawn to eyes, cheeks and lips or you end up looking like a clown.

Shape the lips in a bow shape using a matching liner. The lipstick is a matte finish, no sparkles, glitter or hot colors. A natural skin tone in matte finish will also do the trick if you aren’t comfortable in red.

A vintage look make up process isn’t difficult and can be achieved in less than 15 minutes when you know what to do. This is such an easy way to change your look without doing anything permanent and still enjoy being yourself!