10 Make-Up and Style Tips

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Posted on January 2nd, 2007 in Fashion, Health & Beauty

Everyone loves to look good, so why not. BollySpice brings to you a list of make-up and style tips to make you look and feel great in the new year.

Base – When picking a foundation or concealer, always test the colour on your face or the inside of your wrist as the colour on any other part of you body is generally a different shade. The skin in this area is also unblemished, so it will give you a good idea as to what it will look like on your face.
Looking for a luminescent glow, mix a hint of foundation with your moisturizer to give you that sun kissed look. A foundation secret: Apply foundation to your face AFTER you have done your eye make-up. This helps you to fix any last minute smudging from mascara or eyeliner under the eyes.

Eyelashes – Before curling your eyelashes, heat the curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds. Test to make sure it is not too hot, then apply to eyelashes. The heat will lock in the curl on extra long eyelashes. To avoid mascara flake-off or smudging on your face, apply a thin cost of mascara to top lashes only. Then run an eyelash brush through lashes to prevent clumpy mascara build-up.

Eyebrows – The trend in eyebrows for this winter season is natural looking brows, not sparse and skinny. Use a tinted brow definer, eyeliner or eyeshadow to fill in scanty brows.

Eyes – Before sharpening your eyeliner or lip pencil, place them in the freezer for 10 minutes. They will harden slightly and not break when sharpened. Women with deep-set eyes should use liquid liner instead of regular pencil eyeliner, to prevent smudging in the crease of the lid. Liquid liner does not smudge as easily.

Nails – If you’re not good at applying nailpolish, after it dries, soak your hands in warm water and rub off the excess nailpolish on your skin around the nails. If you’re in a hurry for the nailpolish to dry, dip your nails into icy cold water immediately after you apply your nailpolish.
Is your nail polish from last season too thick? Chances are the polish has begun to thicken at the bottom of the bottle. Add a bit of nail polish thinner to the bottle to get the maximum use of your nail polish.

Lips – Love matte lipstick, but feel your dry lips wreck the look? Apply a lip balm to lips before starting your make-up routine. By the time you have done your eyes and rest of the face, your lips will be moisturized and ready for the matte lipstick.

Cheeks – Try using a gel blush or cream (instead of powder) in a rosy shade of pink to create a more natural look. Gels or creams are more transparent and blend smoothly — rub it on the apples of your cheek and blend up towards the eye for a glowing complexion. Want the Ash in Dhoom 2 look- apply a bronzer on the apples of your cheeks, tip of your nose and chin.

Skincare – For soft, and blemish-free skin follow a religious routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing, twice a day. This will allow your skin to stay baby- like and avoid those annoying pimples which pop up at the wrong times.

Hair – In this day and age of perfect hair, heat damage is inevitable. To protect your hair from all this heat, a good heat- protecting serum is essential. Shampoo and conditioning is obvious, but this routine is not beneficial is applied daily. Daily shampoo and conditioning can dry and dehydrate your hair- so try to minimize it to around 2-3 times a week.

Other Important Tips – To ensure your eyes stay healthy and free of infection when using make-up, heed the following due-date rules. Throw out your mascara after three months, powder eye shadows every nine to 18 months, and cream eye shadows every six to 12 months. Sharpen your eyeliners often to keep them clean. Wipe off all make-up when it is not needed, with a cleanser or make-up remover as the longer it stays, the more it damages your skin.

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