It is better to understand the correct meaning of make-up. Some women take it simply as an application of powder, rouge and lipstick. And some others are given to a theatrical use of cosmetics. Neither attitude is correct. Make- up means the enhancement of natural beauty by the use of cosmetics, in perfect harmony to the individual complexion. Colour harmony is the secret of perfect make-up. You can accentuate your good features and play down the not-so-good ones with the aid of make-up.
More often than not, one is inclined to buy cosmetics because of their attractive presentation or perfume, without really considering the colour that would harmonize with a particular complexion. Often, the colour of lipstick, rouge, eye-shadow, and accessories like bag, shoes, jewellery and dress are not taken into consideration. To make the perfect picture of a well-groomed person one has to be thoughtful in selecting the colour of one’s cosmetics.
You are one of the lucky ones if you know your skin shades. The striking fact in this connection is that only a few use cosmetics in harmony with their complexion. By using a powder very much lighter than your complexion you may have the satisfaction of feeling that you are looking fair. But according to honest comments the effect is simply devastating. The face looks so made-up that it clearly stands apart from the shade of your arms and hands. Make-up that it clearly stands apart from the shade of your arms and hands. Make-up which blends with your skin colour is the best and the most natural one. The use of wrong shades can never bring good results, no matter how deftly they have been applied. In the west, colourless powders are very popular, and do not necessitate the selection of a correct colour.
THE COLOUR FOR YOU
For the day, always select a darker shade of powder and foundation, than is your true colour. Use an invisible foundation during the day. At night, you can easily wear a shade lighter than your complexion.
The sequence of make-up too is as important as the selection of the correct colour.
Day Make-up; this should be natural and light. Select a good moisturizer. Tap and blend it evenly all over your face and neck, and dab on a bit of compact powder. A little line drawn with a black eyebrow pencil or liquid eyeliner from the inner corner of your eye, keeping in line with the curve of the lower eyelid and going up gradually, would be enough for the day. Shade your eyebrows also after brushing them in place. Apply a little mascara on the eyelashes and finish off by applying lipstick and a mellow-coloured eye-shadow, if you must. Just a touch of rouge is enough, or a blush-on could be used.
Night Make-up; this can be bold, and you can be a little more adventurous. Use a tinted foundation for a dry skin, and a pancake for an oily skin. Cream rouge is a better choice, as it spreads on nicely, without stretching the skin. Do not leave a line of demarcation. Blush- on is the best rouge. Make the correct choice of colour for a frosted eye-shadow, keeping in mind the shade of clothes you are going to wear. Use very little of it, starting from the middle of your upper lid and finishing under the brow end. Use one eyeliner to draw a complete line over the upper lid, keeping as close as possible to the eyelashes and taking it out and above. Always keep your eyebrows tidy by tweezing the stray hair which makes the natural line untidy.
Powder your face after applying cream or liquid rouge, using the matching shade. Brush away excess power. Now apply the eye-shadow. Brush your eyebrows in place, and line them if necessary. Use mascara on the lashes. Finish off with lipstick. Make sure your eyebrows don’t look powdery. (This is a common mistake.) Treat your neck as a part of the face, and give it the same facial make-up. Use a little blush-on or the cheeks, nose and chin and a bit on the forehead. A touch of highlighter even on the nose and at the temples, and a bit on the chin gives you a glow at night.
Special Evening Make-up
For that far-away and mystical look for evening parties, you could try out the following exotic make-up. It will be advisable to try it out a few times at home before going out finally with make-up any different from that which you are used to. Follow the steps as listed below;
1. Clean your face with cleansing milk
2. Wash with water, soap only if your skin is very oily.
3. Pat skin tonic or astringent, as the case may be.
4. Spread a bit of moisturizer all over your face and neck.
5. Use your shade of tinted foundation. First apply it in dots all over, and then spread it evenly. Make sure the corners of the mouth or temples are not left out. Include your neck too.
6. Powder your face very lightly or, for the shining finish, just blot your face with a facial tissue (which should be nicely folded, so that no uneven streaks are left on the face).
7. Use an eyebrow brush for brushing your eyebrows in place. Remove any trace of the powder left on the eyebrows.
8. Use a blush-on or glimmer carefully, so that just the mere suspicion of a blush is obvious. Start from the highest point of the cheek, then towards the nose, and move back along the cheek towards the ears. Do not spread blush-on lower than your earlobes, and do not take it beyond the middle line of your eye towards the nose.
9. Line your eyebrows, if necessary, with a dark grey, black or dark brown eyebrow pencil, using it very lightly, and in strokes, rather than in one continuous line. Use the eyebrow brush to blend the line.
10. Draw the line with a frosted eye-shadow pencil on the lower lid of the eye, keeping close to the roots of the eyelashes.
11. Now draw a line on the top lid, keeping close to the roots of the eyelashes. Then blend it on the area which lies left of the upper lid, using the same shade of eye-shadow as for the lower lid lining.
12. Use either a brown, coloured or grey, frosted or plain eye-shadow to line the socket of the eye, starting from one corner of the eye to the other. Select the colour which matches your dress. Use a brush for the purpose if an eye-shadow pencil is not handy. Now blend the line upwards, giving depth to the eye. Finish off towards the outer corner of the eye in a tapering shape. The area under the eyebrows And the blended line could be worked on with a highlighter, starting at the middle of the eyebrow towards the temple, covering the length of the eye-brow and finishing off gradually towards the temple.
13. Now use an eyeliner-black brown or dark blue-and draw a thin line on the top lid, starting from the inner corner of the eye to the eye to the outer.
14. Use a dark grey eyebrow pencil to complete the corner of the eyes where the two lines of the upper and lower lid meet.
15. Use mascara on the top and lower eyelashes to give the illusion of length and thickness.
16. Use a lip gloss first do the outlining of the lips, and then fill them up with the brush or the stick. Use a transparent or a frosted lipper for the desired effect.
17. A touch of highlighter on the temples, the highest point of the cheek, the ridge of the nose and the chin brightens up the face and gives it added glow for the evening in artificial light. Highlighters could be golden, pearly, plain white or silvery.
18. Clean your hair line so that there is no powder, fluff or foundation sticking to the hair. If the eyebrows are looking a little dull, just a touch of Vaseline is needed to bring the hair to its normal sheen. Similarly, if the hairline is looking dull, a touch of Vaseline could work wonders.