Highlighting and Contouring Makeup

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The buzzwords highlighter and contour have been circulating for a few years now. If you need help understanding how to apply and choose your colors, read on..

For starters, good skin tone is the foundation of any great makeup look. With many modern women opting out of foundation, a good complexion can be as easy as keeping fit with exercise, nutrition and lots of water. If you prefer not to go bare, apply a thin layer of foundation in your skin type need: lotion or powder for oily skin, cream for dry skin. Concealer can be used sparingly as needed.

Contouring and Highlighting Brings the Attention to Your Eyes

After you have your base figured out, choose a contour that is the same texture as your base: powder for powder, cream for cream. If you are bare-skinned or only have a powder contour, apply a translucent powder across the entirety of your face with a fat, fluffy brush first. Your contour should be in a neutral brown that is two shades darker than your skin tone. For special events and photography, you can go three shades darker.

Since contouring recedes, smooth it into a soft frame around your face and neck, shoulders included, (if you are showing them). This dark recession will cause framing around your face, bringing the attention to your eyes and mouth.

Highlighting, or lightening, is one shade lighter than your skin tone and can be matte (not shiny) or pearlesque (shimmery). For skin that is over 30 years of age, opt for matte since shimmer magnifies fine lines.

Highlighting lifts the face

Use matte highlighter for photo sessions

Highlighting lifts the face and accentuates the beauty of your bone structure. I prefer cream highlighters in matte or shimmer. Apply under your browbone and in a big, dotted “C” shape beginning just outside the center of your forehead and around the outsides of your temples, down to the tops of your cheeckbones.

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If you have a proportionate nose, you can also run a thin line down the center of your nose and lightly tap the upper lip and center of your chin. A little goes a long way, so be gentle and remember to blend.

Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon Reno

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How do you choose your eye shadow color? If you want to bring attention to your eyes, use an opposite color from your eye color.

For green eyes, use copper, maroon, or purple.

For blue eyes, use copper, gold, peach or maroon.

For brown eyes, use green, blue, pink or purple.

If you want to bring attention to the rest of your face, such as to your lips, make your eye shadow the same color as your eyes.
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For natural looks, a color wash can be a nice touch. Use a gentle, single color on your lids in matte or shimmer. Remember, shimmer shows texture so if you have fine lines, use matte shadows only.

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Eye Shadow Trio

Most eye shadow palettes have matching colors in them. Use the darkest color in the crease of your eye, the medium color on the eyelid and the lightest color just under the browbone.

If you want to match your eye shadow to your outfit, do a color wash in a light color across your lids only. Be liberal but do not do a tri-color smokey eye that matches your outfit unless you want to look like 1983. Remember: modern is simple!
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Tip: Doing your eyeshadow before applying your face makeup lets you clean up any color particles that may fall under your eye during application. Then you can proceed with the rest of your look.

Enjoy!

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How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Artificial eyelashes are a great option for enhancing your look and making your eyes look bigger. Especially fun for photo shoots, weddings and holiday parties, putting lashes on can be easy, if you know how.

First, get lashes that are soft and have a thin band. This makes them easier to bend to your eye shape.

Next, measure the lashes by comparing them to yours. They should not be longer than your natural lash line. If they are longer, cut them on the outside end to fit.

Apply mascara to your eyelashes. Let it dry.

Add clear or black eyelash glue, depending on your preference, to the artificial lashes. Let the glue get tacky before you adhere the band to your natural lashes.

Stick the lashes to your lashes, not to your eyelid. Press with your fingertips and let dry.

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Done. Now you can go party. Your lashes should stay until the morning when you gently peel them off.

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How to Create a Sexy Lip

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Lips like these take six products and good brushes.
Have you ever seen a beautiful makeup job on lips? Most of us use a simple gloss or crème for our day look, but on occasion we need to rock the house with our sexiness. Using these tips, you can do your lips like a makeup artist would!
 
1.  Start with a small brushing of foundation or concealer at the lip line inwards.
2. Dry with a light dusting of translucent powder.
3. Using a lip liner pencil, line your lips with short, feathery strokes at the lip line or just outside the lip line (to create fuller lips).
4. Blend slightly with your finger or lip brush to blur the line (just a LITTLE).
5.  Next apply your lipstick SPARINGLY with a lip brush at the insides of your lips up to the lip liner line.  Blot, if necessary.
6. Dust slightly again with translucent powder.
7. Add a small amount of shimmery color that is lighter than your lipstick. Apply in a racing stripe straight down from under the V at the top of your lips to the pout area on the bottom.
8. Soften slightly with your finger to blend.
9. Lightly dust again.
10. Add clear lip gloss SPARINGLY to the whole look.  Tada!
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A good nude lip takes some skill.

 

 
The key to this look is precision and remember that all of these steps, while important, should not be overdone.  Practice makes perfect!
 
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