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Love your look: Makeup tips and tricks

Aug 7, 2008
The easiest way to update, transform or change your look? Play up your gorgeous features with the right makeup! No expensive tools required - -just follow these simple makeup tips and tricks to enhance your already beautiful face.

Every time you apply makeup, make sure your face is freshly washed and exfoliated. You don't want to start with a dirty slate. Gather your tools, which should include a magnifying makeup mirror and a trusty set of makeup brushes. Start your routine with a layer of foundation. Foundation is the perfect way to blend away lines, wrinkles, red spots, dark patches and other minor blemishes. Choose a shade similar to your natural skin tone. Then, apply using a synthetic sponge or your fingertips, if you choose. Dab the foundation on first and then blend it using downward and outward strokes. Use too much? The opposite side of the sponge is perfect for removing extra foundation. Remember never to use foundation on your neck or chin -- and do everything in your power to avoid the ugly "makeup mask". That means you must pay special attention to your jawline and hairline.

Concealer is next in line. Concealer should be one to two shades lighter than your foundation. Use a shade too light and you risk revealing highlighting dark patches. A small arc beneath your eyes, a few dabs on your eyelids and a criss-cross pattern across any red areas and you'll be well on your way to a faultless face! Make sure to dab or tap to blend, as rubbing will simply cause you to remove the concealer. Then, apply a dusting of powder to the entire face and continue to do so throughout the day to reduce unwanted shine. Want to add a little color? A small amount of brush across and down the cheekbones will provide you with a more natural look.

Next, focus on those beautiful eyes. Draw attention to them with the use of an eyelash curler, followed by a coat of mascara. Make sure to use an upward sweeping stroke to coat the upper lashes. For a breathtaking look, apply some eyeshadow. Keep in mind that the lightest color should cover almost the entire eyelid and a darker color should be used in the crease of the eyelid to add depth. But when it comes to eyeshadow, there are tons of gorgeous combinations that you can try! Experimenting with eyeshadow can be the most exciting part of completing a makeup look. After eyeshadow, consider adding eyeliner. From pencil to liquid liners, you are sure to find an eyeliner that you can work with and that looks great on you. Just be warned that using liquid liners requires a lot of patience and practice. Draw the line as close to your natural lashline as possible and follow your natural eye shape. The bigger the eye - the bigger the line. And if you wear contact lenses, apply your eyeliner only after you have inserted your lenses.

And who could forget the lips? Lipliner is a dynamite way to define lips. Try to line as close to your natural lip shape as you can. Then, apply a hot shade of lipstick using a lip brush, especially if you have a tiny mouth. If you don't want a lot of color on your lips, stick with a yummy chapstick or shiny (but not sticky) gloss. Your lips will look kissably soft, pink and luscious.

Achieving a sexy look with makeup is simple once you got the basics down. Now that you've mastered these simple makeup tips and tricks, you can perfect your technique over time and always put your best face forward.
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