Step 1: Prepare the skin
Your skin must be clean and fresh before starting with the make-up. Apply moisturizing cream and lip moisturizer and brush the eyebrows with an old mascara brush.
Step 2: The face
- Apply foundation. Less is more. Work from the centre of the face to the outside. Test first to ensure you are using the correct colour foundation. Use a makeup brush to apply the foundation, because it will ensure a professional appearance.
- Conceal where necessary. Use a soft brush to apply concealer around the eyes. Use the same brush to blend the foundation at the ear and hairline.
- Powder. Don't apply powder over the entire face. Use on oily areas, such as the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin).
- Give your face contours. Foundation and concealer can easily make the face appear 'flat'. Use a bronzer to give shape to the face. Suck your cheeks in and apply the bronzer with an upward sweep-action to the fatty part of the cheek. Apply some bronzer to the hairline and cheekbones as well.
Step 3: The eyes
- Use a pearl cream eye-shadow to highlight the eye section. You can also apply a little under the eye for extra sparkle. Cream eye-shadow is a good base because the powder eye-shadow will cling to it.
- Apply eye-shadow. Coral colours, orange or peach coloured eye-shadows are ideal for any eye colour and give a warm. impression. Apply upwards up to the fold of the eyelid. Apply underneath the eye as well.
- line the eyes. Don't apply eyeliner in a straight line; rather apply in little dots (you will blend it anyway). The line underneath the eye must start in the middle of the eye, and end in the outside corner; otherwise it will make your eyes look small.
- Apply brown eye-shadow only in the outside corners of the eyes. Use a large brush to blend it with the other eye-shadow. Blending is important, so that your appearance doesn't have separate lines and colour spots.
- Blend the eyeliner with black eye-shadow. Black eye-shadow with a matte finish is not as harsh as liquid eyeliner, and is perfect to give definition to the eyes. Use a brush with an angled edge and shake the extra eye-shadow off first.
- Apply mascara. Use a mascara that gives the lashes length and definition. Apply less mascara to the bottom lashes.
1 - highlight 2 - apply eyeshadow
3 - Line the eyes 4 - blend eyeshadow
5 - blend eyeliner 6 - apply mascara
Step 4: The cheeks and lips
- Apply coral or peach coloured blusher for a tropical holiday appearance. Smile and apply the blusher with a large brush, using an out and upward movement from the fatty part of your cheeks.
- Finish with lip gloss. Lip gloss is ideal for the day. A soft shine in a natural colour such as coral is a good choice. If you want to define your lips more, use a lip-liner. But make sure you blend it well. Remember, lips and cheeks go hand-in-hand and the colours must match.
1 - apply blusher 2 - apply lip gloss
A little extra for the evening
Only a few steps are needed to liven your daytime makeup up for the evening.
Step 1 Use a brown eyeliner and colour the eyelid. (Don't go higher than the fold of the eye).
Step 2 Apply dark eye-shadow over the eye-liner.
Step 3 Line the eyes with a black eyeliner. Use black eye-shadow and a little brush to blend the eyeliner.
Step 4 Colour the eyebrows with the brown eye-shadow using a brush with an angle.
Step 5 Apply more mascara and more blusher.
Step 6 Line the lips and use a darker lip gloss to emphasize the lips.
Step 7 Apply concealer where necessary, especially around the eyes and nose. Use powder only if necessary.
- Use a variety of colours as concealer. Use a concealer two shades lighter as your skin colour for your T-Zone. It will highlight your features.
- For the perfect smoky eye look, use black eyeliner inside the lashes of the bottom eye-lid. Use a little brush with an angled edge to apply black eye-shadow over the line. It will prevent the eyeliner from smudging.
- Common make-up mistakes include the wrong colour foundation, and using too much makeup. One should not be able to see your foundation - it should suit your skin tone perfectly.
- Incorrect formula foundation is also a stumbling block. Someone with a dry skin shouldn't use powder foundation, and those with oilier skin should stay away from cream-based foundations.
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