Monday, August 1, 2011

Mandy's Makeup Tips! -- Part 1

Hello, everyone! Today I have several makeup tips for you that will help you get the best wear and application from your face products! I'm sure many of you have probably heard these tips before, but if you're like me.. sometimes you can get stuck in a routine (read: rut) and forget that there are other ways to apply your makeup.

Here are my quick tips for you:
  • You know how important it is to match your foundation to your skin tone.. but matching your concealer to your skin's undertone is equally as important. Beauties with pink undertones should select a green concealer to neutralize redness. Yellow undertones benefit most from concealers that are lilac or pink, and darker complexions (olive or darker) should use an apricot or peach concealer.
  • If you have oily skin like me, you probably have to touch your face up during the day. Resist the urge to reach for powder every time and use blotting sheets instead. The multiple layers of powder on your face can build up and look caked on. Blotting sheets remove oil without removing or adding makeup. Alternatively, if you can't resist the urge to powder, use a blotting sheet with rice powder on it for the sheerest application of extra powder.
  • Using a creme blush or cheek stain will give you the most natural looking rosy flush. Apply product to the apples of your cheeks and use your fingertips to blend it in with circular motions. Fair complexions should use golden or peach shades; medium complexions look best with coral shades; and mauves and burgundies look most stunning on darker-complected beauties.
  • While we're on the topic of stains, applying cheek and lip stain before your foundation will guarantee the longevity of your makeup. By applying the stain underneath foundation, it ensures that even if your makeup wears off, your stained cheeks and lips will continue to glow from underneath, giving a natural looking flush.
  • This tip is one I'm especially fond of: After using bronzer to sculpt the hollows of your cheeks and applying blush right on the apples, take a highlighter (or frosted off-white eyeshadow like 'Aloha' by NYX) and sweep it right above your blush for a perfectly defined face.
  • Speaking of bronzer, in addition to applying it in the hollows of your cheeks, you should work it up to your temples in a "C" (or inverted "C") shape and into your hair line as well. Then use whatever is left over on the brush to lightly swipe down your nose and onto your chin for a beautifully natural glow.
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Those are all the secrets I have for you today! Did you learn anything new or read something you had forgotten about? :)

Stay tuned! Tomorrow I'll be sharing my secrets for eyes and lips!

♥ M

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