Friday, July 27, 2007

How to get a fresh look

Creating a perfect fresh face is not as hard as you think! Sitting in front of the mirror on a lazy day practicing different looks with your makeup can prove surprising results. Playing with your make- up will allow you to become familiar with your face and the colors that best suit your complexion and hair color.

Consider these steps for a natural fresh look; once you get this down you will be able to experiment more. Start with your foundation; you want something light that won't clog you your pores. Use a sponge so that you achieve an even look. Once you have a clean palate to work with. If your skin tends to be oily you can brush on a light dusting of loose powder after applying the foundation.

For your eyes, just mascara. You should wipe your brush on a paper towel to get all the excess off, that way you will have a nice stain on you lashes. No spider lashes! For cheeks, sweep a little blush (a nice peach or pink) on the apples of your cheeks sweeping down towards you jaw line. A little on your jaw line and on your temples make sure you don't use to much, start with a little you can always add. Finish off with a sheer gloss that has a tint of color that compliments your blush. Now you have a quick natural look you can pull off on a daily basis.


If you have a problem with your eye shadow creasing or not lasting because of oily lids make sure to apply a primer or a neutral base (primer primes the eyes before shadow and a neutral base is a flesh colored shadow) before eye shadow.

Colorful Eyeshadow

Are you tired of using the same eyeshadow color everyday? Drop those boring brown eyeshadow, black eyeshadows and try something colorful this summer. Yellow eyeshadow, Red eyeshadow, Orange eyeshadow, Purple eyeshadow, Blue eyeshadow the world of colorful shadows awaits you. But the trouble is how you can wear them cute. Which color goes with which? The last thing you want is to look like a crazy girl with rainbow eyeshadow on your face.

So here are some tips you can follow:

Pair up complementary colors such as purple eyeshadow and pink eyeshadow, yellow eyeshadow and green eyeshadow, blue eyeshadow and yellow eyeshadow.

If you cannot figure out which color goes with which one, the easiest way is to wear only one bold color such as green eyeshadow, yellow eyeshadow or red eyeshadow alone. These colors will make your eye pop instantly.

You can also use jumbo eyeliner pencil like the ones from NYX just line them up close to your lashes.

Follow the steps below to achieve the look you want with colorful eyeshadow.
Soft but Glam look:

Smudge a metallic blue cream shadow on your lids from lash lines up to your brow bones.
Use pale pink powder to the outer corners of your lids then blend outward.

Finish off with royal blue loose powder and trace it along top of your lash lines.
Green Goddess look:

Use green eyeshadow. Apply it from lashes to creases and on inner corners of your lids.
Smudge blue green powder eyeshadow on the inner half of your lids. Use a wet brush and dip into an aqua eyeshadow and trace it along your top lashes.

Wild and Bold Look :
Brush gold shimmer powder eyeshadow (LA Colors Shimmering loose power in Sun Shine) onto your lids from lashes to creases and on your inner corners. Using your finger tab a little metallic pink shadow onto the center of your lids. Apply melon eyeshadow to the outer corners of your lids then blend outward.

Makeup 101: Beauty Basic

In some cultures, going out with bare skin is impolite gesture. But makeup should not become a hassle every time you have somewhere to go. Start with the makeup basics – a great foundation, mascara, and gloss.

1 st apply the foundation: Foundation can even out the skin color on your face and give it a health look. To pick a right foundation for your face can be tricky. Therefore when picking out the foundation, you need to consider the following:

• Determine which skin color tone you have. Select a few colors that seem close to your natural skin tone. Go for the yellow-based foundations, which look most natural on all skin tones. However, if you're very fair, try a pink, cooler shade.

• Apply a couple dots of each color on areas of your jawline (the inner wrist or hand aren't the best spots, contrary to popular belief).

• Take a good, long look -- near a window. Ask to borrow a hand mirror and stand near a doorway, or step outside, to see which foundation looks best in the natural light. The right shade is one that you can't see because it blends in so well.

• Remember: Don't go for foundations boasting fancy antioxidants or sunscreen. You'll need to always wear sunscreen under your foundation.

2 nd apply the mascara: black or brown color mascara usually goes well with any skin tone. Mascara is the easiest way to open up you eyes. Please read best of mascara for tips in choosing the right mascara for your eyelases.

3 rd apply the lipgloss: lipgloss can help define your lips and gives it a sexy look. Natural or clear color goes well with any skin tone. Remember to re-apply the lipgloss after you eat.

Teen Makeup

The most important lessons for teen makeup are learning how to take care of your skin and how to use makeup to highlight your features. Most teens are confused when it comes to makeup. Most think that when wearing makeup you have to wear a lot or nothing. For teenagers minimal makeup is all you needed to make yourself pretty and glowing. There are some basic steps teens should follow on the daily basis.

First is Skin Care, it is the single most important thing teens should do every day. Wash your face day and night with face washer. Take off your makeup with makeup remover properly each night before you go to sleep. Especially for those of you who put tons of eye liner and mascara, leaving the products over night is so bad for your skin. Use oil base eye makeup remover will do the trick. There are many teen cosmetics products out there for teens but you don't really have to spend tons of money on teen cosmetics. If you have dry skin you need to use face cream. Usually one cream will do, you don't need to have separate eye or face cream.

Blemishes: Number 1 teen makeup lesson is how to cover the blemishes. The best way to cover up blemish is NOT with a concealer which most people mistaken to. The reason why is because a concealer is one shade lighter than your skin. It is used to lighten your dark circles. The best way to cover is to use a foundation stick which is a creamy formula and you can apply it directly on the blemish, pat it into the skin and put a loose powder on top and it will disappear into your natural skin tone.

Dark circles: The trick to get rid of dark circle is to start with a touch of eye cream if your skin is dry under your eyes. Then use a yellow tone concealer one shade lighter than your foundation. Apply it under your eyes close to the lashes and in the inner corner of your eye. Pat and blend into skin. Lastly, use a bit of yellow tone powder on top of the concealer will set it and keep it on all day.

Foundations: Teen makeup does not need foundation all over your skin. However a good foundation is used only to cover blemishes. To choose the correct foundation for your face, test it on your cheek bone. If you cannot test the product just make sure you look for yellow toned foundation. It is the most natural tone that works with everyone's skin.

Colors: Sheer color on eyes, cheeks, and lips is the simple way to go. Sheer colors work with every skin ton as do shimmery tones that are pale, like silver or white. Rosy tones also work with most skin tones. Eyeliner is great for parties but for everyday school look is a bit too much. Remember teen makeup is to emphasis your best features not to change to look completely. Adding a little blush on your cheek bone can make you look fresh and glowing. However if you are doing sports blushes normally won't stay on with sweat.

Cleaning: The lesson that most people tend to forget when talking about teen makeup is cleaning. Keeping your brushes clean after use is an important lesson. If you are too lazy then use disposable applicators like Q-tips. Don't share mascara because it is easy to spread bacteria. Keep your makeup cool, clean and dry. When sharing your makeup remember no double dipping!!!

From here you are ready to experience the world of makeup and cosmetics. Try different color and look. At this age you can wear any color and get away with it. But don't overdo it either. Remember teen makeup should be fun.

we recommend:

Eyeko Eye Cream

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Sugar Cosmetics

The Perfect Day eye shadow set features 4 neutral shades and 4 colorful shades that add shine and luster to lids. In soft, velvety textures that can be mixed and matched. The Perfect Day is the Perfect accessory for any occassion, day & night. It comes in a travel size tin with an adorable spring graphic and double-sided applicator.