Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Nine Steps to Beautiful

Though I like to think that there are no absolutes in something as seemingly as trivial as make-up application, everyone has their one beauty routine. I know I have mine, but I thought I would look for the definitive word on how to apply cosmetics. According to make-up artist and Target gal, Sonia Kashuk, these are the steps you should take to make yourself beautiful:

Step 1: Prep the skin. Before applying any make-up, be sure to moisturize your skin and lips. Personally, I use an eye cream, an all-over moisturizer containing SPF, and either Vaseline or Burt's Bees on my lips.

Step 2: Cover it up. Apply foundation and/or concealer. I always try to balance out my color, using more foundation where needed. Be sure to blend in--you don't want any weird lines showing where your foundation stops and your skin starts. Also, don't forget about your eyelids---just a dab or brush of foundation over your lids will do wonders.

Step 3: Stop the shine. Use pressed power or if you're like me and you're using Bare Escentuals, this is the time to break out the mineral veil. Sweep your entire face with powder to banish shine and to provide a more "finished" look.

Step 4: Be prepared! If you are planning on applying a dark eyeshadow, you may want to consider applying extra pressed or loose powder around the eye--it will act as a drop cloth to catch any excess powders that may fall from the eyelid during application. I almost never do this, except for the rare occasions when I am going out somewhere fancy and need to get all glammed up.

Step 5: The eyes have it. Apply eyeshadow as you deem appropriate. One, two, or three shades can be used on the lid to add dimension and accent your eye color. If you find yourself to be heavy handed with the shadow application, you can tone things down with a bit of translucent powder. Add eyeliner to the top and/or bottom of your eyes for definition. Know when enough is enough. Do you really want to have your eyeliner flare out into a point on the side of your face? Probably not. Make sure you blend and smudge as much as necessary to avoid any weird lines or shadows you didn't intend on having.

Step 6: Lash out. Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler (see previous entry about heating things up) and then apply mascara. If your mascara is a bit thick or goopy on the wand, you can blot it off with a tissue for a less messy application. See my earlier post for more on your lashes.

Step 7: Brow work. Use clear mascara or eyebrow gel to set and style your brows. If you need to fill in some sparse areas, do so with either a brow pencil or brow powder. Remember, natural brows are the way to go this fall. Now is also the time to blend in any loose powder from step #4.

Step 8: Blushing beauty. If you want to add some color to your cheeks, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, sweeping the brush out to the ears. Be sure to pick the right color and apply your blush correctly.

Step 9: Mouth off! Now that the face is done, it's time to add some color to your lips. Choose what you like best: lipgloss or lipstick. Be careful if you use a lip pencil--you don't want to have severe, dark lines around your mouth! Also, if you opt for a lipstick, be sure to blot and check your teeth. You really don't want to walk around with lipstick on your teeth!

Viola! You are now the picture of beauty! You go, girl (or boy)!

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