Sunday, 28 July 2013

66 Makeup Tips | For Flawless Faces

Dear Reader,

It took me all day but - finally - here it is. I have collected, processed, and organised makeup tips from the best and the brightest so that you can have them all in one place. And why have I done this? Well, I didn't think I would have much more to offer than what's already out there and because - in the words of L'Oréal - you're worth it. ;)

Anyway, away with the cliché's! This post is a compilation of tips, but it isn't a guide on How-To achieve such-and-such a look. It's simply the tricks that help you get there and obtain a better end result. Furthermore, since there are so many, I made it even more reader-friendly by splitting it up into categories (and sub-categories) - eyes, eyebrows, lips, skin, and general makeup tips - so pick and choose as you desire.

If you are looking for tutorials for different looks then you can go here: http://www.maybelline.com/makeup-looks.aspx

Ah, yes, that reminds me, along the way I'll be directing you to various sites - all optional, of course - where you can find more information. Most of these links can be found in the captions of the pictures in this post.

So, this is what I found on the world wide web...
 

 Eyes

 
  • If cloudy, red eyes are getting in your way, use eye drops before application.
  • Weird-but-true: Putting Vaseline on your eyelashes can make them appear healthier and longer.
  • Don’t continue using mascara or liquid liners four months after buying as bacteria build-up can occur and cause eye infections.

Mascara

  • Apply mascara by wiggling the wand through the lashes to avoid clumps.
  • To prevent clumps, wipe the wand on a tissue beforehand to remove excess mascara.
  • For super full lashes, mix mascaras by applying a coat of lengthening mascara followed by a coat of thickening mascara.
  • Don’t apply more mascara after the first coat dries or you will get clumps.
  • Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the tube as it will dry out the mascara faster.
  • Using a lengthening mascara regularly will produce naturally longer lashes over time.

Mascara Colours

  • Black works on everyone, but can be harsh on fair blondes.
  • Blondes should opt for brown/black during the day and reserve black for night.
  • Burgundy/plum/blue mascaras can make blue eyes pop.
  • Brown eyes stand out with purple mascara.

Eyelash Curler

  • When using an eyelash curler, warm it up first using a hairdryer.
  • You can curl eyelashes after mascara application once it has dried.
 

False Eyelashes

  • If your eyelashes are quite sparse, but you don’t want to have obviously fake lashes, then you can opt for single false lashes and simply place them where you need it – usually four on the outer corner is enough.

Eye Liners

  • Apply liquid liner in two steps for a smooth line. First line the inner area of the eye to the middle. Then from the outer part of the eye to the middle and stop where the two lines connect.
  • If you’re worried your liquid eyeliner may turn out to be uneven, draw a light practice line using pencil eyeliner on each eye and then go over it with your liquid eyeliner.
  • Also, you can use transparent sticky tape under each eye to create a line for you to follow to make the perfect winged eyeliner.
  • Dots of liquid liner between the lashes can give the illusion of super thick eyelashes.
  • Line the inner rims of eyes with a beige pencil to give the appearance of wider eyes.
  • For long-lasting eyeliners, use waterproof pencils.
  • If you want a more natural look, line your eyes with a dark brown eyeshadow.

Eyeshadow

  • Apply in the order of lightest shades to darkest and blend, blend, blend!
  • Blend on the outside edge only when applying dark shadow to the crease of your eye.
  • Use primer to make eyeshadow last much longer.
  • Shimmer eyeshadow can show off wrinkles so use with caution.
  • Go for colours opposite to your eye colour when choosing an eyeshadow to make your eyes really stand out.
  • Concealer can be used on your eyelids as a base for eyeshadow.

Eyebrows

 
 

 Shaping

  • Go to a professional to have your eyebrows waxed, tweezed or threaded and then you can neaten things up every now and then without worrying you’re shaping them wrong.
  • Don’t overpluck! Because it can take months – and even years – for the hair to grow back. If you’re unsure about your eyebrows, go see a professional.
  • If you have oveplucked, don’t freak out… just fill your eyebrows in using a pencil and powder shade.
  • You can encourage hair growth by massaging your eyebrows with a toothbrush every day.
  • To learn how to shape your eyebrows, go here: http://beauty.about.com/od/allaboutyoureyes/ht/groombrows.htm
     

Filling

  • Pencils should be a shade lighter than your brows (unless your eyebrows are very light, then choose a shade darker).
  • If you have a hard pencil, you can warm the tip by rubbing it in between the palms of your hands.
  • The powder should match the colour of your brows.

Extra

  • To keep brows in place, you can spray some hairspray on your finger and brush it onto the brow.
  • You can keep your brows looking healthy by applying castor oil to them.
  • Careful: darker eyebrows can make you look older.

Lips

 

Application

  • Apply foundation to lips before lipstick to achieve truer lipstick colours.
  • Also, apply a lip balm before lipstick to keep them moisturised, as some lipsticks can dry out your lips.
  • When using lip liner, smudge the lip line slightly to get fuller looking lips.
  • Lipglosses are great for a quick shine and moisturise, but they won’t last very long. To achieve a longer lasting shine, apply lipliner or lipstick beforehand.

 Extra

  • Lighter lip colours create the illusion of fuller lips.
  • To achieve soft lips, apply vaseline onto them, leave for 5 minutes, then brush off using a clean toothbrush. This will remove dry skin and leave your lips soft and plump. I find that an electric toothbrush leaves a smoother finish.
  • Pair shimmery eyes with matte lips to avoid too much shiny!

Skin

Concealer

  • When concealing, opposite colours cancel each other out, so green-pigmented concealer covers redness, and orangey concealer removes blue – such as under-eye areas.
  • For under-eye areas, use liquid concealer and blend using your ring finger.
  • When applying concealer to imperfections such as spots, a brush is able to get into the crevices of the blemish better than your finger.
  • Patting your concealer in creates a much more flawless look than rubbing it in.

Moisturise

  • Always moisturise your skin before applying makeup for smoother coverage (but don’t overmoisturise!). For oily skin, use an oil-free moisturiser – this will help prevent oil build-up and spots.
  • Often, bags under your eyes – contrary to popular belief – are not caused by tiredness, but dehydration, so always drink lots of water and invest in a good quality under-eye moisturiser.
 
 

Techniques

  • Get the full coverage from foundation without looking caked on by mixing it with your primer.
  • When contouring, anything lighter than the skin tone will make an area stand out, and anything darker will make that area sink in.
  • To know where to apply blush, bend over for 30 seconds then slowly stand up. Where your cheeks appear flushed is where you should apply blush.
  • When applying bronzer, keep it away from the centre of your face as it can make you look older.

After Makeup

  • Use facial oil-blotter sheets to remove excess oil without disturbing makeup.
  • If you struggle with keeping your makeup in place or making it last, there is makeup sealing spray that you simply spray over the top of your makeup to keep it lasting for hours.

General Makeup Tips

 
 
  •  Less is more.
  • Accentuate your best features. If you have luscious lips, go for bold lipsticks. If you have dazzling eyes, then make them pop with the perfect eyeshadow.
  • If you go for bold, bright lips, make your eye makeup more subtle – in contrast, if you do dramatic eye makeup, choose nude and conservative lips – to avoid an over-made-up look.
  • Carry your makeup necessities in your handbag for quick touch-ups while out and about.
  • If you want animal friendly, skin friendly, and eco-friendly products, then buy mineral makeup.
  • Gently wash all your makeup off every night to let your skin breathe.
  • Finally, it’s no good being pretty on the outside if you’re not beautiful on the inside. So, smile!



And there you go! That took me forever... :P Anyways, I really hope that this came in handy to someone. If it did, please please please tell me by leaving a comment below! Of course, I don't expect you to have read the whole thing! Only the parts you wanted to :) But even if you just read one bullet point, thank you ^_^

Anyways, please leave a comment so I don't feel like I've been talking to myself the whole time! And I'll probably go check out your blog if you do :P Thanks and byeeeeeeee,

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