Make-up is a magical tool. It can totally transform a face, tired eyes can become bright and lively, blemishes can disappear, faces can look thinner and more chiselled and people can get a huge confidence boost from having a make-over. What I wonder is, why are too many women scared of make-up?
Are they worried they will look like a drag artist? like they have been punched in the eye? like they have been tangoed? I have asked several women who have contacted me about bridal make-up, beauty tips, make-overs and make-up lessons and have found that they simply dont understand make-up and what it can do. They feel that all foundation is heavy and will make them look and feel as though they are wearing a mask, that eyeshadow will make them look as though they have done 12 rounds with David Haye and that lipstick will make them look like a hooker. The reason a lot of them feel like this is because of the way their mothers or grandmothers wore make-up. There was a time when thick blusher AND heavy eyes AND full on lips was en vogue, but not in the noughties.
When approached by a woman with these type of concerns I ask her what she feels is her best feature, what she dislikes, what she would like to accentuate, how much time she is willing to spend on her make-up each day and then I talk her through the best application techniques, colours and products for her. Each woman is very different in all of these aspects. What works for one lady won’t necessarily work for another. Here are a few of the basic tips that I give to my clients depending on which feature they wish to accentuate.
There are several different eye shapes, just as there are face shapes, body shapes, lip shapes etc, depending on what shape eye you have depends on how you should wear your make-up. Eye colour, skin colour and hair colour also affects the eye shadow you are able to pull off. As this is for basic tips I will stick to a neutral palette, which tends to suit almost everyone. This is the basic application that works for almost all eyes. There will always be some exceptions to the rule and I will cover these in individual blogs and tutorials over the coming weeks.
Choose 3 colours, from the same colour palette, you can often buy trio shadows which make choosing the right colours much easier.
- Sweep the lightest colour over the whole lid area, from the lashes to the brow bone.
- Apply the second shade, the slightly darker one, from the centre of the lid to the outer edge and blend blend blend, so that you can not see a solid line between the 2 colours.
- Apply the darker shade to the outer corner of your eyelid in the shape of a C/backwards C. Blend it along the lash line and into the crease, you can even take it along the lower lash line if you wish. But so stick to the outer third of the eye and do not extend too far out, past the brow.
- Apply eyeliner from the same point as the 2nd eyeshadow and keep as close to the lash line as possible for a natural look. Use a cotton bud/Q-tip to smudge the eyeliner slightly so that it doesn’t look as harsh.
- Apply mascara as required.
- If you are feeling brave or want a little more of a dramatic look you can try this technique with more colourful shadows and even add a highlighter to the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone.
- Start by using a neutral lip liner. Apply by using short “feathery” strokes, avoid drawing around the lip as this will look harsh and fake
- Once lined, use a lip brush to fill in the colour
- Blot with a tissue and then reapply the colour
- you can then follow with a gloss if you wish
- If you want a sunkissed look a light bronzer dusted along the cheekbones up to the temples, on the tip of the chin and down the nose can help add a bit of life. But apply a small amount at a time, otherwise you can end up looking very orange!
- For a rosy glow, opt for a colour that is similar to the colour your cheeks go when you have done exercise of when you are hot. Apply the shade to the apples of the cheeks. To find the best spot, smile whilst looking into the mirror and apply to the part of your face that is “fleshy”. You should apply a small amount at a time or risk ending up looking like you have had a slap across the face!
- If you want to contour your cheeks to make your cheekbones stand out you will need 3 shades. One for your cheek area, a lighter one – almost whiteish for highlighting the cheekbone, and a shade that is slightly darker than the middle tone for contouring under the cheek.
- Start by applying your medium shade. If you suck your cheeks in, as if you were making a fish face. Apply the blush lightly and in soft strokes along the cheek area.
- Get your highlighter and feel for your cheekbone, apply the highlighter to the cheekbone very lightly keeping it above the middle powder, but not too high so it is right under the eye. You will need to blend the 2 colours together so they are not obviously visible as 2 separate colours. There should be a soft transition.
- Take your darker shade, the contouring shade, and suck your cheeks in again, apply just under the middle colour. You will need to apply this darker colour very softly and subtly to give the effect of a slight shadow. Then blend to ensure the colours are not obviously separate.