You are a teenager going out to your first party. Make-up is something you have never used, but the occasion demands that you look a little different and `dressed up`. How do you go about it if you don`t know even the basics of applying make-up? You might end up being sniggered at for wearing make-up like a mask and are probably ready to sink into the earth. Remember, make-up should be worn as an accessory and should blend with your personality. It is your inner beauty that will count most after the initial gasps wear off and it would do you a world of good if you keep this in mind at all times.
Mixing and matching colours is all the thrill of applying effective make-up. Not to say that this allows you to use garish colours that clash with your personality or throw up all your bad points for scrutiny. It is important that the make-up you choose suits your skin type, your skin colour and also your eye colour. For example, bright red tones are a definite no-no for dark skins, just as black/dark eyeshadow will not suit pale skins - they will only make you look like you`ve got a black eye! What might look good inside the packaging will have a different reaction when it is worn by you! Most important thing to remember is that make-up should never ever be applied on a face without washing, cleansing and moisturising.
Let`s Begin With Facial Make-up.
We have to be eternally grateful to the inventor of facial make-up (which includes foundation, concealer and face powder). These help in making your skin look almost flawless (especially when viewed through a camera). Choosing the right make-up is important to gain the right effect. If your skin is normal, you could go in for liquid or cream make-up. The same also applies to a normal-dry skin. If you have an oily skin, always choose an oil-free liquid with a matte finish. A normal-oily skin would warrant the choice of an oil-free liquid or powder. If you have a combination skin, you could go in for liquid, cream or powder - whichever gives your skin the proper balance.
When choosing a facial make-up, always keep in mind that the colour you choose is closest to your natural skin colour. Failure to abide by this basic rule will make you look painted and weird. Also remember never to test the shade on your wrist or hand. Always try it on your face for an accurate match.
Want to know what exactly are these facial make-up products and how to apply them?
How to apply facial make-up: When applying facial makeup, remember that you have to go in order, and to go slow. After all, it`s easier to put more on than it is to take some off. So go in stages - put a little on, check how it looks, put a little more on, check, and so on. Also follow the ground rules of blend, blend, blend till you achieve a natural effect. Also important is to see that the colours you use on your face are all well-matched i.e. earthy shades go together and pastel shades should always go together. Don`t try to be smart, or your attempt at looking `different` will only end by making you look like a clown.
The Following are the Facets of Facial Make-up
- A concealer is a cover stick that is applied beneath your foundation to cover up glaring flaws. Great for `spot` treatments. Hides horrors like baggy eyes, pimples and other such blemishes. Generally comes in liquid form (for dry skin) or as stick/compact (for oily skin). A concealer should be slightly lighter than your skin colour as the foundation is applied over it.
- Apply small dots of concealer at a time.
- Touch the concealer directly onto the blemish and blend well at the edges. Don`t apply more than two coats of concealer at a time, or it will look obvious that you`re trying to hide a blazing zit. The final result will also be pasty. Foundation should help further in hiding the blemish.
- Foundation is applied all over the face and neck to give it a uniform, smooth look. This is available as liquid, cream and powder. If your skin is dry, go in for oil-based foundation, use oil-free for oily skin while water-based is for the combination skin.
- For applying liquid foundation, you will need cosmetic sponges and cotton swabs
- Pour a little foundation onto the cotton swab and drain off the excess into the bottle. Then using the coated cotton swab, draw a thin line across your forehead, down the centre of your nose, across each cheek in a zigzag pattern, and across your chin. Dab a wee bit of foundation on your eyelids.
- Next, with a sponge, smooth each line towards your hairline to gently blend the foundation into your skin. Make sure you get to apply some on your jawline and neck, so it will appear natural and not give you a mask-like look.
- With cream or powder foundation, you can use the puff or sponge that comes with it and gently smooth the makeup over your skin (including your jawline and neck) in even strokes towards your hairline.
- Never apply more than two layers of foundation at a time or it will result in uneven caking as the day progresses.
- Powder is generally applied over foundation to help `set` it, but it will do you good to remember that the main function of the powder is to keep your face looking dewy fresh even as the day wears on. Just for this reason powders are available in portable pressed powder form.
- After you put on foundation, `set` it by applying powder lightly over your face.
- Carry a small powder compact with you always. Use it for `touch up` during the day, or whenever you feel your face has a shiny look.
Follow these tips, especially if you are applying make-up for the first time and glow with the compliments you receive. Soon you will learn to experiment on your own and set up your own special look!