Friday, May 23, 2014

How to Do Bridal Makeup

Every woman wants to look perfect on her wedding day. Before that day, we make sure that everything is set - from the venue to the wedding gown. Of course, we should not forget about our makeup as this will complete our wedding-day look. You can hire a professional makeup artist or you can do the makeup yourself. If you want your make to be done by a professional, you should schedule an appointment with the artist and discuss the event. Tell her the kind of look that you want on your wedding. You can scan magazines beforehand and show her your desired look so it will be easier for her to picture out your look. The venue and time for the wedding is very important because it has to match your makeup. If your wedding will be held after sunset, you can opt for a heavier makeup. If your wedding will have a beach wedding or a garden wedding, your makeup has to have a fresh appearance. Days before the actual event, have an appointment with your makeup artist and try to do your desired look to know whether there has to be changes.

When trying to do your own makeup, plan how you want to look on your wedding day. Determine how you would do this look and start buying the makeup and other materials that you would need. Read makeup articles and find tips on how to do your own makeup. A makeup primer is essential before putting on foundation because this gives the foundation something to cling to so it can last for a long time. The next important thing is to choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. This is very crucial because if the two do not match, your skin will appear too pale or too dark. You can use a foundation brush to apply this makeup product to ensure that it is applied evenly. The foundation can do the trick of covering up the pores and uneven skin tone but for those who have dark blemishes, it is important to use a concealer. You can use a translucent powder to finish off your makeup. The lip and eye makeup generally depends on the time and palace of your wedding so you have to learn the appropriate makeup for different times and venues. These are the things to take into consideration when you want to have a perfect bridal makeup.

Best Makeup Foundation 2014

This time I will teach you how to choose and apply the perfect makeup foundation. Let me assure you something, you do not need expensive surgeries to cover those imperfections that we all have and we all want to make disappear. I will give you my secret to accomplish that task without emptying your pockets.

Like we all know, everything starts with the correct and perfect makeup foundation. In a prior article on makeup in general, I talked briefly about makeup foundation and its importance. Now, let me elaborate. Makeup foundation is an amazing secret that makes our skin look naturally flawless, smooth and with a healthy glow. The tone of your makeup foundation completely depends on your skin, and when you have a good regime of maintenance, reparation and prevention system (skin care regimen and the subject of another of my informative articles) you will notice that foundation is not as necessary which means that you can go straight to a light dusting of powder. Until we get you there though, there are many types of makeup foundations, and is important to choose the one that best adapt to your skin tone and skin type so its looks natural. Also there are foundations that have luminescence with is light reflecting qualities creating a glowing, refine look; creating a more youthful look. When you choose the correct and perfect makeup foundation I guarantee your makeup will stay on longer and look its best.

Technology has given us many forms of foundations with multiple consistencies such as stick, liquid, crème, tinted moisturizer, tinted face balm, moisturizer compact, mineral powder and mousse. The stick form is neatly packed crème foundation and concealer in one, best for normal to dry skin. Liquid form is the most popular, and it can be formulated to different types of skin. Crème form is smooth and creamy, specifically formulated for dry to normal complexions. Mousse form is actually a crème foundation that comes in a jar and is of whipped consistency. It is perfect for mature skin because it does not accumulate in fine lines, and instead of sitting on your skin it tends to sink in to it giving you skin a natural appearance instead of the cakey look. Tinted moisturizer is perfect for summer time because is very light and gives sheer light weight coverage. Tinted face balm gives skin a dewy finish and is formulated for extra dry skin because it adds hydration to the skin. Moisturizing compact provide medium to full coverage for dry to extra dry skins. Mineral powder is best for oily to very oily skin and there is a warning: oily skin tends to change the shade of the powder.

Now it is time to choose the right shade. The most important aspect at the time to choose a shade is that it has to blend well into your skin, for nobody wants a cakey look. Choose a makeup foundation that is yellow base, as just about 1% of people is pink base (basically people that get sunburn even in the shade). Makeup foundation should only even out your skin tone; therefore, you should try many shades or ask a person that knows about makeup to help you choose the correct one. Many companies have shades cards that will give you an idea of your shade. Is very important for the perfect makeup to have an even skin tone, and that is why I recommend to double check the shade of your makeup foundation on your forehead, for many women tend to have darker skin around that area. I also suggest choosing a shade during the day, because it helps you to select one that better blends with your skin. Never try makeup foundation on the arms or other areas, as your face is rarely the same color of the rest of your body. Some skins get darker during the summer or when on vacation as a natural response to sun exposure. Keep a darker shade on hand so you can blend it when you are between shades or use it alone when your skin gets darker.

Before applying your foundation use a good primer and concealer to cover imperfections like red spots or blemishes. Begin applying the foundation on the nose using a small amount; blend it upward toward the hairline. You can apply it all over, or just where you need it and press it to your face with your fingers to fully blend.

Times have change and there are foundations made for those with combination skin. These new foundations are made with silica beads that soak up oil and lecithin that hydrates skin. Moisturizers and oil control lotions can be applied on the skin before you apply your make up. There are primers and concealer that will help you to create the perfect skin tone and will help you minimize dilated pores. Also there are primers to give more light to tired eyes, to cover marks on skin and blemish skin.

Makeup Guide for Teens

There is no question that being a teenager is hard. The stress of making important choices about the future, a changing body, romantic entanglements, a first job, driving lessons, and so many other countless items only serve to make the teenage years more difficult. One thing that does not have to add unneeded pressure to an already hectic life is makeup application. The following makeup tips for teenagers cover a multitude of problems. Better yet, these makeup tips will help in avoiding common mistakes made by young women learning to use makeup for the first time.

Makeup Tip #1: Building Healthy Skin
Cleansing and moisturizing skin every morning and night are important pieces to the makeup puzzle. Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and the healthier your skin, the better your makeup will look. For optimally healthy skin, it is important to eat nutritiously, drink plenty of fluids, steer clear of tanning and wear sun block when out of doors, and avoid smoking and smoky atmospheres.

Makeup Tip #2: Covering Basic Problems
o Concealer
o Foundation
o Powder

Acne is the plague of youth, but with the above items, most pimples can be covered well if not completely. The key is to choose both concealer and foundation that match your skin tone. It is ideal to have a professional consultation performed to determine the perfect shade for your skin. If money is a concern, you can ask for samples from the department store performing the consultation and use those samples to find similar shades in less expensive, drugstore brand makeup. Concealer and foundation are both offered in solid, liquid, and loose mineral forms. Deciding which is best depends on your skin type and personal preferences. Solid makeup tends to cover very well, but can look caked on and has a higher tendency to clog pores than the other types. Liquid foundation is the most readily available, and therefore offered in a number of shades, but can cause problems with mess and can streak if not blended well. Loose mineral makeup covers very well but tends to be the most expensive of the three.

When it comes to powder, you must remember that powder exists to set your makeup. Whether choosing compact or loose powder, translucent is usually the best way to go.

Makeup Tip #3: The Eyes Have It
o Eye shadow
o Eye liner
o Mascara

A makeup tip for teenagers regarding eyes is that less is definitely more. Too much eye makeup can cause you to look clownish or can create an unnecessary harshness. Stick with nude colors such as pale pinks, peaches, and tans for eye shadow, using only a slightly darker shade along the crease of the eyelid for definition. For color, try using a navy eyeliner. This color will make the whites of the eyes appear whiter.

Mascara plays an important role in eye makeup, and there are as many different types of mascaras as there are young women to try them. First learn what your needs are. If you have short lashes, look for a lengthening formula. If your eyelashes tend to clump, look for a mascara with a separating wand.

Makeup Tip #4: Read Your Lips
o Lip gloss
o Lip liner

Painting lips should be left sweet and simple. Choose a light shade of lip liner and line all around the lips. Be careful not to line on the outside of the lips - simply stick to what nature gave you. Fill in the lips with the liner and then cover with a pale gloss. Do not go overboard with lip color lest you be left with Kool-Aid mouth for the remainder of the day.

Makeup Tip #5: Adding Color
o Blush
o Shimmer
o Bronzer

Using just one of the above items will enhance a teenager's face subtly yet significantly. Blush, when used along the cheekbone, can create definition where there is none. When used on the apples of the cheeks (that is the area between the cheekbone, eyes, and nose), it can add plumpness to faces that may be drawn. Shimmer can be applied to the T-Zone with excellent results, and bronzer can be used all over to create a natural looking glow. It is important that, whichever of the three items that are chosen, they are used sparingly so as to not look overly done, and to let your natural beauty shine through.

About Permanent Makeup

Permanent make up is a form of tattooing that many people are not familiar with. While people are used to tattoos, that are not used to the idea of tattooing permanent make up on their face. While it may not be familiar to many, it is still a popular procedure. While permanent makeup is offered to help those who feel that they are too busy to worry about make up every time they need to go somewhere, it is often used for other reasons.

There are people who are literally allergic to makeup. They are allergic to the materials that are in the makeup, and cannot use it. This allows them to have the look of makeup in a way that their skin and body can handle. There are others who have problems keeping steady, or problems with eyesight; this procedure allows them to have the perfect look every time. The general idea behind permanent makeup is the fact that someone who has taken permanent makeup classes tattoos the face of the client. The tattoos mimic makeup, as far as the lips and eyes are concerned, meaning that actual makeup will not need to be used again.

At first, the permanent make up will look extreme. Do not worry, however; the person who has gone through the permanent makeup classes expects this. At first, the tattoos will seem too harsh. This color fades soon after the procedure, meaning that it will look normal a short while after the procedure. Think of it as a type of surgery; there must be a recovery time before it has the exact desired effect.

If you are thinking about permanent makeup, be sure to consider the fact that it is a tattoo. Permanent makeup classes help those to put on a tattoo to the face; just like any other tattoo, this one can be hard to remove. Just like any other tattoo removal, the removal process can be incredibly painful, will take a lot of time, and may not be able to completely remove the ink.

Those who are looking into permanent makeup should look into permanent makeup classes. These classes show people how to actually perform the procedure; looking into these classes can simply help you to get the information that you need. Taking in all of this information from the professionals can help you determine if this is the procedure for you.

Makeup Styles For Parties

A point to note. Anyone above forty should avoid all out shimmer as while the shine highlights facial features, it also draws attention to existing fine lines and wrinkles. If you are young and your face is line-free, fantasy makeup is the way to go.

Makeup Style #1. Fantasy Makeup.
For that ethereal look, get a shimmery eye shadow or a shimmer powder in silver, gold, bronze, or any flattering color that captures your fancy. You would also need a brilliant lip gloss to go over your lipstick. Wear a lipstick that you like, which flatters you. Then go over it with the shimmery gloss. Add some shimmer powder or gold or silver flecks to the center of your lip to emphasize your pout. For the eyes, how far dare you go? You can apply metallic eyeshadow over your entire eyelid for a real head turning look. Or you could use a more neutral shade like peach, brown or lilac, but highlight the inner corner of the eye by lining it with a silver or gold eye pencil.

The lash out with black mascara.
If you like, you could even attach crystals to your eye lashes, with false lash glue. Or you could use a metallic mascara for gorgeous, magical lashes.

Finally, take a large powder brush and lightly dust shimmer powder over your cheekbones, your forehead, nose and chin.

Makeup Style #2. Dramatic Eye Makeup

Do you want Egyptian makeup or smoky eye makeup?
Both feature dramatic eyes.
However, strong eyes and strong lips would clash, so keep your look classy by going for nude lips.

For starters, do you want to use false lashes as well?

If you want really dramatic lashes, start off by trimming false lashes to fit your eyes and applying them according to the manufacturer's instructions. Or you could just use 3 coats of mascara instead when you are done.

Male Makeup

A few years back, male makeup was a taboo subject. But today whether you are talking of a manly man or a metrosexual man, the industry of male makeup is really booming. But before you whip out your plastic to purchase male makeup, here is a primer of the basics of male makeup. This will serve to familiarize you with what you can expect to find.

1. Skin care basics for men: This did not really deviate from women's skin care. You will find cleansers, exfoliaters, toners and moisturizers. However, male skin is often more oily than a woman's, and as such, male formulation differs. These skin care basics allows the succeeding layers of male makeup to be applied at its best. Also, makeup removers must be prepared so that skin will not suffer from allergies because of residue buildup.

2. Translucent powder power: males are often recommended to have the translucent powder variety. If you are male and starting out in the makeup basics for the aim of improving how your skin looks, then this is the best way to go.

3. Concealer: A male makeup option that you can use liberally is the concealer as long as it closely resembles your natural skin color. Concealers are best applied after you place translucent powder or foundation.

4. Mineral Makeup Option: A makeup line that you can try is the mineral makeup variety since among the many types of makeup available these days for both men and women, mineral makeup is attractive for its simplicity and realistic look. You can pull off the brushed up look without making it too obvious to others that you applied makeup.

5. Jaw Line Defining Shaving Cream: The particular cream for Ultra is a good buy. It's part of makeup since it involves firming up your jaws for that very mysterious and sexy look.

6. Manscara Mascara: In applying mascara for men, a thin application is sufficient unless you want to become a typecast for a future vampire or zombie movie. Few males can pull off the Goth look, but if you are one of them, liberalize your application of your manscara accordingly!

7. Guyliner Eyeliner and the Rocker Look: Eyeliner for guys is very, very optional. You can choose to apply a lot of it or just apply a super light amount on your eyes to provide the proper accent without stealing the thunder out of anyone.

8. Lipstick and lip balm: Lip balm is always good for male lips. Lipstick is optional and best done when it sticks to male colors, such as a subtle peach shade. Depending on what you are wearing and the look that you are trying to pull, use these two minimally. Subtlety is the key. The more natural, the better it is.

9. Fake Tanning and Corrective Cosmetology for Men: Fake tannings, skin shade blending, firming and hydrating are some of the few products that males can put in addition to their daily basic makeup regimen.

Tips For Buying Makeup

1. The very first thing to do is to set a budget for your girlfriend's makeup. Prices of cosmetics these days are not cheap and they vary per brand name and per manufacturer [if imported or local]. If you have read several articles about makeup, you'll be surprised on how much money women are spending on makeup each year. From there you'll get an idea of how much money you should have before you hit a cosmetic store. As an advice, it is better to set a budget of $100 to $200 just to be safe and sure. If you are planning on buying a whole set of makeup for your girl- from the lips to the cheeks to the eyes- it's better to buy it altogether and you might be lucky if you'll get a discount.

2. If you live with your girl already, you may need to snoop and look for the brand and color shades of makeup she has. It will be easier if you do this and if the two of you are together in one house. Make sure that she's not around the house so you could surprise her when it's time to give it to her.

3. If you're not living together, you can ask her closest friends or her sister or mother to help you out. This is the easiest way instead of guessing what she might like. Talk to her best friend, her sister or her mom and ask them a favor not to tell her that you're snooping around about her makeup preferences. For sure, they'll be happy to help you especially if it is a special surprise for her.

4. Make a list of the brand, color and hues of makeup that she uses, the type of makeup that she prefer [hypoallergenic, organic, oil-free, water-based] and the most makeup she buys [makeup for the eyes, cheeks, lips]. You need to know these things in order to get her the right type of makeup. It's okay if you can only give her eye makeup such as mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow and eyebrow pencil because these are already too many. But knowing her ideal kind would be more personal and thoughtful. Of course you can always buy the whole set, which is why it is important for you to know the right info before you hit the stores.

5. Now, where should you buy? Calm down. You already have your list, so it won't be that difficult to look for the makeup that she likes. Firstly, it is safe to go to a department store since there are a number of makeup brands there and chances are you'll find the ones on your list.

Secondly, if there's only one specific brand of makeup she uses, it is easier to look for it from a department store or cosmetic boutique. Most major brands are available in department store cosmetics section, but there are those that have their own boutiques in malls.

Thirdly, if ever the makeup brands that she's using are nowhere to be found in major stores, you can look them up via internet. There are cosmetic boutiques on the internet and you can order from them and have them shipped right to your doorstep.

Buying makeup for the special woman in your life shouldn't be a problem. There are ways to find out so your girl will be more surprised. As much as you can, don't buy her makeup on a whim or on a hunch because there's a chance that she might not like it. Always look for ways to know what brand and color she loves to wear so you won't end up frustrated and disappointed.

Mineral Makeup

The best kinds of cosmetics to put on your skin are natural cosmetics. Mineral foundation and mineral makeup is good for your skin because it works with your skin and whatever medication one uses for their face instead of working against it like some cosmetics tend to do. Natural cosmetics also usually have protective agents to help protect your skin during any season and any part of the day. Because the look of natural cosmetics is natural, the makeup is easy to use and to apply. Also, the natural look has become very popular among women today.

Natural makeup can do wonders for your skin. Natural cosmetics have ingredients in them that help protect your skin against the sun. They also help protect your skin from becoming dry as natural cosmetics often have the added affect of moisturizing your skin, unlike regular makeup. Natural cosmetics can also work with any medication or moisturizer you use on your skin because the cosmetics are made with natural ingredients. Sometimes different chemicals used in normal makeup can react with any kind of sunscreen or medication causing pain and irritation to your skin. Instead of risking a reaction with normal makeup, many women are now choosing natural makeup to help enhance the skin and to help protect the skin, while working with any sunscreen or medication.

Natural makeup is easy to use and easy to apply. Since the purpose of natural makeup is to look natural, the application process is easy. There is no need to make sure the shade is not too light or too dark such as with normal makeup. Usually, one or two coats will cover the skin making the process easy and quick. With a busy lifestyle, a quick application of makeup makes life much easier. The ease of use and ease of application is probably one of the main reasons why the natural look has become so popular in recent years.

The natural look is also an increasingly popular look right now. The natural look is popular because many people do not want others to know they are wearing makeup. People also do not want to harm their skin while wearing cosmetics. The look is also popular because natural cosmetics fit any skin tone. With regular makeup, sometimes the skin looks made up because the shade of the foundation is too light or too dark. Natural makeup comes in every different skin tone shade, so there is a shade perfect for everyone. The demand for natural makeup does not seem like it will dwindle anytime soon. It is simple to see why natural makeup is the best kind of makeup to put on your skin. Natural cosmetics help protect the skin unlike regular cosmetics. They are also easy to use and apply. Finally, the natural look is becoming more popular because people do not want to advertise they are wearing makeup.

Airbrush Makeup

So what is airbrush makeup, you ask? It is a unique make-up approach with precision control. This method is used to produce more radiant and flawless skin tones in a manner that sponges and brushes cannot. It provides longer lasting results, and true looking glowing skin with a beautiful, soft finish. It will not fade and stays put until you wash it off. Airbrushing lasts even under humid conditions. Due to its characteristics, airbrushing is often recommended for active women and brides. My airbrushed makeup daily stands the test of an hour of workout and sweat - Unbelievable!

Television and movie make up artists have been using the airbrush technique for years. Due to its seamless finish, it is the sole method used with HD television. (Ever wondered how their skin looks so smooth and shiny? I know I used to.) Airbrushed makeup is applied using an air compressor. It dispenses as a fine colored mist that lightly conceals the skin, creating the illusion of a perfect complexion. In reality it is spraying thousands of little makeup dots that rest on the surface, allowing the skin to shine through.

Since it is not rubbed in and does not elaborate the pores, it appears more natural than conventional makeup. The procedure is hygienic and provides better coverage while allowing the skin to breath. Some people (including myself) believe that makeup brushes can be dirty and can sometimes actually spread oils, bacteria and encourage the bad skin you were trying to cover up in the first place! Plus you don't need to worry about the guilt pangs I often feel when I forget to wash my brushes.

Surprisingly I've actually been able to reduce my total makeup application time since switching to Airbrush. It takes some time to apply a liquid foundation to ensure it's properly applied, blended evenly and looking natural. Since Airbrush makeup sprays very lightly, it usually just takes a few passes across your face to have an even application of the foundation. Wooo! A few extra minutes to sleep in in the morning, anyone? Plus it's pretty darn easy to apply a few extra layers to the areas that need it. No more blending!

What is airbrush makeup useful for? For starters, it can cover tattoos. This can be especially useful if you have a special event planned & want to cover up a tattoo while looking completely natural. It is waterproof and can hold up to a lot of tears and sweat. It stays put and will not smear. Unlike conventional foundations, airbrush makeup does not crack or cake and provides many hours of coverage. This makeup will not come off on your clothing, nor will you need to reapply or touch it up during the day. It gives complete coverage but does not feel thick or heavy. Airbrush makeup keeps oil production under control, preventing the skin from appearing shiny (except for that healthy glow that we all want anyways). In addition, it hides pores for a smooth finish that provides a natural and flawless appearance that is perfect for photographs. For this reason is a great makeup choice for special occasions. An increasing number of brides

Airbrush makeup can be mixed to exactly match one's skin tone, which means it can blend well to appear very natural. Once you learn the technique, airbrush makeup is quick to apply and it is easily cleaned off with water and soap. Airbrush foundation is available in water-based and silicone-based. Most experts favor the silicon-based as they say it provides a slightly more perfect look. It is necessary to purchase actual airbrush makeup as regular makeup will not work in the compressor. Animal lovers will be happy to know that many airbrush makeup facilities produce foundations that are not tested on animals. Airbrush ready eye shadow and blushes are available, however after your foundation dries regular eye makeup and blush can be used, so no need to throw out ALL your existing makeup (though you may want to anyways).

Apply Eye Makeup

Both the skin tone and the color of your eyes will determine the colors of eye shadow that will work best for you. Knowing this makes it very important that you only select eye shadow colors that draw attention to your eyes and complement your skin tone. If you have fair skin, then the colors of eye makeup that look best will often be the blues, silvers and pinks. Conversely women or girls with darker skin tones may find the best eye makeup colors are the bronzes, browns and greens. Finally your eye color should also factor into which eye shadow colors you decide to use. One of the easiest to remember eye makeup tips is that blue eyes generally look best with shades of blues, brown eyes favor the brownish tones, while those females with green eyes should be using eye makeup with green undertones. When learning how to apply makeup on the eyes, simple tips like the one above can make things much easier right off the start.

One myth making the rounds in many fashion and cosmetic magazines is that your eye shadow should match your outfit and even your handbag. Following this advice will usually make you look rather silly and should be avoid unless the color of clothing you happen to be wearing actually complement your eye color and skin tone. As an example, you wouldn't want to wear black eye makeup if you happened to be wearing a black and white outfit. Yet another key point to remember is that the job of your eye makeup is to complement you, the person, and not what you are wearing.

There is an old saying you may have heard before which is "less is more". When learning how to apply eye makeup this should be one rule that you never forget. This will help you avoid the very common mistake made by many women and girls who think that applying lots of eye makeup will make them look even more attractive. Yes, you make get the attention that you are seeking, but it will be of a negative variety. Ensure that your makeup does what it is supposed to do, namely enhance your skin tone, eyelashes and eye size instead of diminishing these natural features.

When it comes to attaining a great effect with your eye shadow, it is essential that you select three colors that complement each other and make use of different shades, namely light, medium and dark. Someone with fair skin should go with colors such as silver for the light shade, a light blue for the medium shade and a dark blue as the dark shade. Next take the lightest color, for example the silver, and apply it in an arched fashion from the crease of the brow. Remember to apply this eye makeup very lightly so it does not appear caked on. Doing this procedure correctly will give your eyes a three dimensional appearance along with highlighting the arch of your brow.

One key component of achieving a three dimensional look is to use a dark color to create a shadow effect. This basic concept is important to keep in mind when learning how to apply eye makeup as well if you are looking for a three dimensional effect. In our example you would then take the darkest color, in this case the dark blue, and then apply it on the crease of each one of your eyes. This will give you a layered effect.

Now we need to work on the eyelid. Again in our example, we would take our medium color which was the light blue and apply it to the eyelid. This help to enhance your eyelid so that when you blink it will look natural. Yet another tip is to apply the medium color very sparingly as you don't want the color to appear dark. Just use enough to draw attention to the eyelid. If you run into problems with this step and find it takes a lot for the color to work, it may mean that you are using a poor quality eye makeup. Most good quality eye shadow products contain more concentrated colored pigments that will do the job in one, or at the most, two applications.

Blending may be the most important steps when learning how to apply makeup on the eyes correctly as it is key to getting the ideal effect for your efforts. Start by taking a cotton swab and slowly blending the borderlines of your eye shadow together. Resist the urge to use circular motions when blending as this may cause smearing. Something that you wish to avoid at all costs. The effect you are looking for is one that makes your eye shadow appear well blended, not smeared, with the result that your eyes are enhanced.

Hopefully by now you can see how easy it can be to get great eye makeup results if you use your common sense and take your time. So don't be afraid to experiment and see what eye makeup colors and combinations give you the best effects. Just keep in mind the eye makeup tips discussed in the above article when learning how to apply eye makeup to get awesome results!

Choose the Perfect Makeup Brushes

As any graduate of the Jemma Kidd Makeup School can tell you, makeup brushes are essential tools for creating a perfectly made-up face. Whether you want to go totally glam, with plenty of smoky eye shadow and liquid eyeliner, or you're looking for a more natural look, quality makeup tools help you accomplish your goals.

For one thing, the right makeup brush will improve your application accuracy. Additionally, high-quality brushes made of natural fibers contain a cuticle that helps you "catch" pigment on the brush bristles. Finally high-quality makeup tools turn application into a real pleasure. Although high-priced brushes may shock you initially, it helps to recognize that quality beauty tools will last for decades with proper maintenance.

To help you find the perfect set of brushes for your needs, we've provided a few tips below. Additionally, we provide basic instructions for cleaning and caring for your brushes.

Choosing the Right Set of Makeup Brushes

When you see a snazzy set of makeup brushes all lined up, it's easy to begin imagining how lovely the whole set would look when arranged on your vanity. However, Paul and Joe makeup artists would advise against focusing solely on looks when choosing a set of beauty tools. A whole set of shoddy items is less useful than three or four high-quality brushes you will enjoy using every day.

At the very least, you will need the following four brushes: an eye-shadow brush about the size of your fingertip, a smaller shadow brush for blending and smudging, a large powder brush, and a smaller fluffy brush for bronzer, highlighter and blush. Paul and Joe makeup's Portable Face Color Brush is perfect for applying highlights on the fly; it includes elegant champagne gold packaging to protect the beauty tool while it's stored in your purse.

Beyond this starter set of beauty tools, you may choose to add specialized brushes for applying concealer. Concealer brushes should include a one-and-a-half-inch-wide applicator for freshening the area below the eyes; the Pro Precision Concealer Brush from Jemma Kidd Makeup School is perfect for this purpose.

Additionally, you'll want a minuscule, pointy brush for hiding blemishes. For sheer, overall coverage, use a makeup sponge.

Caring for your Makeup Brushes

Prevent stains by rinsing light-toned brushes immediately. Just as immediately rinsing dishes makes it easier to wash them, immediately rinsing bright colors out of light makeup tools makes it easier to avoid staining.

Clean brushes regularly to remove product build-up and bacteria. You can purchase a specially made cleaner for your makeup brushes. One advantage of specialized beauty tool cleaners is that, because they are alcohol based, they dry quickly. Be sure to read the instructions for each a specialized cleaner - each product has slightly different specifications. Another option is to wash your makeup brushes with a mild shampoo. Keep in mind that this second option will require at least eight hours of drying time. Extremely dirty or stained brushes may be revived with a specially formulated cleansing oil.

Lastly, know that certain makeup brushes should be cleaned after every use. For instance, lip colors contain sticky emollients that make lip brushes, such as Paul and Joe makeup's Portable Lip Brush, sticky and hard to use unless you clean them following every application.

Reshape damp, clean brushes so they're ready for use. While your makeup brushes still hold some clean alcohol or water, use your fingers to mold each brush into the proper shape. For instance, you would want to pinch your fingers into a tip while shaping a Jemma Kid Makeup School Pro Pointed Shadow Brush.

Lay brushes flat to dry. When drying clean brushes, lay them flat. This will prevent water from seeping down into the brush handles and ferrules. (On a brush, the ferrule is the metallic band connecting the brush handle to the bristles. A moist ferrule can rust and cause a makeup brush to deteriorate.) Avoid drying your makeup brushes in a tip-down position; this will press them out of shape and make them harder to use them in the future.

Types of Makeup Applications

Women and men prefer different types of makeup applications for different body parts with the intention of achieving beauty. There are different types of makeup applications, including eye shadow, mascara, and blush. Other forms of makeup applications include the nail polish. Both men and women apply these types of makeups to enhance facial and bodily appearance. Makeup applications come in various forms and are applied on various body parts. All of them, however, are intended to cover the natural skin. The various forms of makeup applications are discussed below. Lipstick is a common type of makeup that is applied on the lips of a woman. The purpose of lipstick is to improve the texture of the lip skin, to moisture and also color it. Lipsticks are mostly used by women. Today, it is possible to find lipstick products among the cheap makeups available from many beauty parlor, especially because of high competition among sellers.

Foundation is another type of makeup application. It is done to improve facial appearance. Another aim of this type of cheap makeup is to tone the facial skin. Products used in this case come in various forms and color toning. Some of the most common available forms are oil and powder. These types of cheap makeup products are readily available from beauty shops. One should take care when buying these types of makeups because, there are some instances where these cheap makeup bleaches the skin. Blush is another type of cheap makeup easily available from beauty parlors. This type of makeup application is done on the cheekbones. The products used for this type of makeup application constitute of colored powders. When applied, the powders create a youthful look. This type of makeup is normally applied by both men and women. Powders used are also manufactured by different companies and readily available from beauty shops and parlors.

Mascara is another type of cheap makeup that is easily available allover. It is normally done on the eyelashes. This makeup application turns eyelashes darker, longer and also thicker. Products used in this case are available in various forms including liquid and cream form. Eye shadow is another category of application that is readily available. It is done on the eyelids and also under the eyebrows. The aim of this makeup application is to enhance appearance of these parts and also make them appear attractive. The products used in this case can give different colors.

Eyeliner is another type of application that is done on the eye shadow and the product is applied using the eyeliner pencil. This makeup is done on the edges of the eyes. The products used come in various forms, including liquid, wax and powder forms. Nail polish application is done on men and women. Traditionally, this makeup application was associated with women only. The nail polish is a type of cheap makeup product that is readily available today. This polish is applied on fingernails and toenails. Nail polish is usually applied with the help of a small brush. The color of the polish should be chosen such as to complement the skin color of the user.

Makeup Tips For Teenagers

Makeup should serve to enhance your overall look and not overwhelm you. Very often, teenagers want to look good but they unknowingly piled on more makeup than necessary. Makeup for teenagers should be kept minimal and classy. Watching makeup tutorials and reading up on makeup tips for teenagers will help you generate a clearer picture of your personal style. Good makeup products are also essential in creating that perfect look. It requires some effort on your behalf because you know yourself the best. Try to create and stick to a look that you're most comfortable with. Always remember, less is more. You are likely to have a fresh face and great skin. Why hide all that beneath heavy makeup? However, if you are suffering from acne or the sorts of it, use makeup sparingly to cover the flaws and enhance your unique facial features. Never pile on makeup in hope to erase all your acne. It will only look worse when you are seen without makeup. Be proud of yourself and don't abuse makeup as a tool to mask your insecurities. The quality of makeup product is also important. Since you are going to use it on your face frequently, there should be no compromise on this.

Try bright, yet natural shades. Use lip gloss instead of lipstick. Experiment with colors. Keep your skin clean and hydrated. These are all makeup tips for teenagers that help to enhance the natural beauty within you. Whenever possible, go for mineral makeup and those containing natural ingredients. This is important to prevent sensitive skin due to allergic reactions. Tap in on your youthfulness to build that wonderful look. Makeup for teenagers should not be made difficult but it is a learning process for all teens. It is hope that the makeup tips for teenagers presented here will be of use to many.

Makeup Products

This is because while you wear makeup you do not want it to appear overdone, cake or smear. When this happens it is not a pretty site and is embarrassing. Makeup has come a long way from the days of foundation that did not match the skin, and blue eye shadow. Today there are the best makeup products that look natural, don't cake and are actually good for the skin because they do not clog the pores. These are products like Mineral Makeup, Age Defying Makeup and Secret Agent. Mineral Makeup is a type of facial coverage that is so sheer, it is undetectable the way that old foundations were and it is light enough that the skin can breathe. Skin that can breathe means there is little chance for acne to appear and that is a concern of every woman. When Mineral Makeup is one of the best makeup products it also means that it can be found in colors that are right for every skin tone.

When women begin to age the need for the type of makeup they use changes because their skin changes. Along with the aging process, comes dry skin, and wrinkles begin to appear and wearing just any makeup can mean wrinkles will be more apparent. Wrinkles become more apparent with some makeup. That is because it is not one of the best makeup products and it can separate on the skin and settle in the creases of the wrinkles making them appear deeper and larger. With Age Defying Makeup, that is not a concern, it is made using ingredients that will not separate. The key to younger looking skin, is the foundation needs to give a clean look, not a heavy or pasted look. One other item that is needed for women of all ages, is the best makeup products they can find when it comes to concealers, because if you're hiding a flaw on the skin, the last thing you need is it to be obvious. Concealers like Secret AGEnt is made to hide, without being what needs to be hidden by more makeup. That is what concealers are all about, hiding the flaw without needing to be hidden.

The best makeup products have come a long way from the days when it was clear a woman was wearing foundation, because not only was her face a different color than her skin. It was often also apparent by looking at her collar, and now that is all changed with the best makeup products available. These products do not show up on the face, or on the collar, and they give the skin a natural and appealing glow of perfect skin, no matter how old a woman. This makeup also does not promote acne, like makeup of the old days because it does not clog the pores.

Mineral Makeup Advantages

One of the biggest advantages of using bare minerals makeup is that because mineral makeup contains no moisture it will not allow bacteria to form and multiply. Mineral makeup is made up entirely of dry minerals in a powder form. You may have noticed that regular makeup has an expiration date on it. Can you guess why? It's because standard makeup is made with oils and other liquids that are full of moisture and are practically a breeding ground for bacteria. Mineral makeup obviously does not have this problem. There is also another benefit of the lack of moisture in mineral makeup... it will last much longer! You see, when you sweat or oil from your skin comes into contact with traditional makeup, it increases the moisture that's already in the makeup and causes it to pretty much drip off of your face. Mineral makeup on the other hand, does not have this problem. Because it is a dry powder, it is able to safely absorb this extra moisture and will last all day long! Did you know that traditional makeup contains perfumes, dyes, and other chemicals that are harmful to your skin? Many makeups even contain a chemical to make you look younger... do you know how it makes you look younger? It is designed to remove the top layer of your skin! Mineral makeup is make from pure natural minerals that come straight from the earth. It does not contain any of these harmful chemicals. Also, because it is a dry powder and does not promote the growth of bacteria, it can also help prevent breakouts and irritation. Another benefit of bare minerals makeup is that it acts as a natural sunscreen, blocking harmful UV rays. Many people who have used mineral makeup have reported an increase in skin health, even when they have only used it for a brief period.

Airbrush Makeup For Acne Prone Skin - User Review

As a woman with acne, I am always on the lookout for the best makeup for acne prone skin. There are so many options to choose from that it can be overwhelming when faced with the decision of which one to buy. I have tried them all: liquids, powders, powder compacts, cream to powder, stick, mineral, and so on. As I walked past my local Sephora store recently, I finally succumbed to the temptation to try airbrush makeup, which I had never used before. or those who are unfamiliar with it, airbrush makeup is a system for applying makeup using a machine which sprays a fine mist of makeup onto your skin. It has been used in the modeling and professional makeup world for years to create a perfect "photo finish", but has not been readily available for the general masses. The traditional systems can be bulky and complicated to use and keep clean. They are also fairly expensive. Believing that the airbrush makeup system would be too complicated for me, I was very skeptical when I sat down to have the salesperson apply it to my face. She showed me how to insert the makeup pod and set the amount of coverage I wanted. I then closed my eyes as she turned on the machine. All I felt was a faint breeze and it was difficult to believe anything was on my skin when she stopped. However, when I opened my eyes and looked at my face it looked absolutely flawless! The salesperson then used the machine to apply bronzer, blush, and illuminator. The result was as good as you could get with a good photo editing software, but in real life.

The big question that remained was whether the airbrush makeup would make me breakout or would irritate the blemishes I already had. I first had to let the makeup dry completely before touching my face at all. Then I decided to dust on some of my bareMinerals Mineral Veil for some oil absorption. I found that the illuminating finish that the salesperson had applied was too shiny for my taste.

After about 10 hours of wearing the makeup, I took a look in the mirror again. The perfect finish had not changed at all. While this was impressive, the real test was when I removed the makeup and how my face looked the next morning. It was easy enough to wash everything off with my makeup remover and cleanser. There was no irritation at all. The next morning my skin looked great and, if anything, better than before.

I definitely believe that airbrush makeup is an excellent product for acne prone skin. For oily skin, I just suggest using an oil control powder on top of the makeup once it has fully dried. I would also use an additional corrector for extremely dark undereye circles. If you are using an acne treatment and moisturizer, you will have to let it dry completely before putting on the makeup.

For those that are worried about the difficulty of applying airbrush makeup by yourself, you should know that it does take practice. The new Temptu system that I tried seems to be the easiest one out there. It definitely lived up to the expectation of achieving a flawless look. My plan is to use it for long days, parties, big events, and when my skin is having a really bad day. The rest of the time I will use my bareMinerals makeup to conserve cash.

Makeup Women

It is a common knowledge that makeup is an essential tool of any woman that helps her stay beautiful and stylish. However, few of us realize what a powerful weapon it can be. Carried out by a professional stylist, a makeup session can literally have a visual effect of a plastic surgery. I have been using cosmetics since 12 but the first introduction to the art of professional makeup changed my life forever. The first couple of lessons at a makeup school in Europe made me fall in love with this unbelievable art that requires nothing more than knowledge and a little creativity. Well, most of us women possess a share of creativity and curiosity but seldom get a chance to learn valuable tricks from a stylist/cosmetologist. So, here are some of the simplest and most effective tips to always stay irresistible:

o Any perfect makeup starts with well prepared skin. Great makeup is not about a price. However, even the most expensive professional brands will look bad on a skin that is not taken care of on a regular basis. Love your face and find 15 minutes a day to take care of it: ALWAYS remove daily makeup thoroughly before going to bed, use eye cream and facial creams that fit you and your age personally (it requires some experimenting), occasionally treat your skin with masks that meet your needs (recommended twice a week) or facials in a salon if you can afford it (discuss it with your cosmetologist).

o Whenever you remove makeup or apply creams/masks, follow the so called 'massage lines'. It will prevent your skin from developing premature wrinkles under the stress of every day makeover (basically, you will not have to stretch your skin in a 'wrong' direction that causes early wrinkles).

o Brows, brows and once again brows! Keeping your brows shaped and trimmed will make a world of difference. When a cosmetologist works at a woman's brows for the first time choosing the right shape and trimming them correctly, it often changes a face drastically.

o Once you are ready to apply a makeup the most important thing to know is that a makeup's purpose is first of all to hide little imperfections, correct them and underline natural pluses of a woman's face. A perfect makeup should be almost invisible and very flattering to your personal type of skin and appearance (as well as age). Easy to say! How exactly do we hide minuses and stress pluses? The most essential rules are very simple: apply darker shades to everything that needs to be visually hidden or narrowed down and lighter shades to stress or visually enlarge certain areas. Use only colors that flatter your skin and age and colors that go with each other.

o One of the biggest secrets of perfection is foundation: to begin with, it takes a while to find the one that is best for your skin type and lasts through the day. A foundation (and powder) shade should be as close to your skin tone as possible. Once you have found the right one, choose your concealer (corrective pencil to cover blemishes, spots, and dark circles). It always needs to be 1 or 2 shades lighter than your base foundation for the perfect effect.

o We all know that makeup colors should match our skin type and reflect outfits and styles. However, there is another very important factor here: lighting. The same makeup will look completely different in a day light and in different kinds of electric lighting. For that reason daily makeup is usually very mild, and evening makeup needs to be adjusted to the lighting of the event/premise and is generally brighter. Camera makeup is the most intensive.

o How to intensify makeup without looking "over the top"? That's a tricky question that always makes us be careful. One fact might help: there are 2 basic styles (classic and romantic). Classic version suggests that a bright lipstick is used and lighter eye shadow colors, romantic one suggests darker eyes and light natural lips. Usually bright choices for both are not recommended.

o The last one: do not hesitate and visit a professional makeup artist at least once or twice! It will be a worthy investment. In one session you might learn more about your face, colors, and options than you had learnt in years of using makeup. This is a very fast growing and changing industry. A specialist can tell you about the latest developments and secrets and even draw a 'makeup' map that shows in details what colors are best for you and how you need to apply eye-shadow, blush, foundation, lipstick, pencils, etc. to reach the best look.

Eye Makeup Tips

It is well known: eyes are the window of the soul. It seems our eye beauty is unadorned, but this is not always the case. Sometimes it is better to whitewash something and to make some accents. You know it is easy to guess a person age by wrinkled or bright skin around the eyes. Forbid seeing your real age! Accurate eye makeup can do wonders!

You should just obey a common sense. Try to follow some simple rules and there should be no problems with maintaining eye health, beauty and safety.

-Use hypoallergenic makeup only, eyes are so sensitive!
-Never apply eye makeup in a car, even you are slow in keeping an appointment.
-Don't use waterproof mascara. Its fragments can offend your eyes.
-Don't use eyeliner on the rim of the eye.
-Don't get too close to the eye with any type of makeup.
-Never swap eye makeup sponges or brushes with any person, keep them clean and wash your sponges and brushes more often.
-Never put on makeup if your eyes are red or become tired; you may irritate them more.
-Pick up an appropriate eye makeup remover! It has a fundamental importance, especially for sensitive eyes.
-Potatoes and cucumbers will reduce the appearance of dark, under-eye circles.

For great looking eyes makeup you need your own technique depending on your eyes and brows form and color, skin type and shade, your hair type and so on. On the other hand there are some common recipes how you should use powder shadows for a natural look and an eyeliner pencil for speaking glance at night. It is really not as difficult to look like a movie star as you apprehend. Follow our advices and you will achieve success.

Step One: Start with a pearly light gold eye shadow on the upper portion of the over eyelid. Then some rose-colored eye shadow, it should be applied to the outer half of each lid. Use either a dark chocolate brown or deep wine color eyeliner pencils. Finish by curling you eye lashes and applying a black, lengthening mascara.

Step Two: Use neutral eye shadow and pencil tones to make natural, classic look. Prefer brown eye shadow on the lower portion of the eye lid with a darker brown in the eye lid crease. Add a touch of glamour by using a cream or pale beige across the upper portion of the eyelid. Next apply black or black-brown mascara. You need two or three coats of mascara.

Step Three: Prefer a very light, pearly eye shadow and medium or dark brown eyeliner. Elegance and plainness of style may be added by light touch of eye brow pencil and two or three coats of black, thickening mascara over curled lashes.

Makeup Storage

Makeup is very important for your daily use as well as for special events. For ease of access of the makeup, you should always keep it well organized and at a location that is easy to view. Some people have a lot of makeup but due their mode of keeping, they end up never using all of it. When you keep your collection organized, you are going to find what you are looking for whenever you need or want it. The following are the 5 steps to a perfect organized collection of makeup.

Makeup Storage Area Should Give Priority to Your Daily Wear

When storing your makeup, you will need to take time, find a large area that you can spread all your makeup and then go through it to determine what you wear on daily basis and what you don't. Makeup that you use every day should be stored at a close and easily accessible place compared to that used only for special events. Gather the makeups into piles according to the frequency of their usage.

Makeup Storage Piles

When creating makeup storage piles, you can for instance have a pile for daily wear that consists of the makeup with the basic colors that match almost any attire you put on with the coordinating lipstick. Make sure to keep it simple. You could also have a pile of the makeup you use for skin care. This will include things such as moisturizers, sunscreens, makeup removers, serums and acne treatments. Q-tips and cotton balls can also be included among the skin care products. Makeup removal may be necessary on daily basis especially if you travel much, you are a sports person or you just don't like being covered in makeup all day. To save makeup storage space, purchase a package of pre-moistened cleaning clothes to help you with makeup removal.

Another makeup storage pile you can create for ease of access is the one that contains makeup that you only use for special events. This collection will include the makeup that you bought to match only special kinds of outfits, dramatic colors, false eyelashes, wild colors like those used for Halloween, shimmer powder that you can wear when going to clubs and any other makeup that you wear infrequently. You might also create a pile for seasonal makeup. If you are the kind of person that tans, your skin tone is likely to vary from season to season. You can therefore have different foundation as well as powder shades to use during summertime. Darker summer colors of makeup may also be important if you tan during summers.

Anything That Is Old, Broken or Causes Irritation Should Not Take Up Makeup Storage Space

When sampling your makeup for storage, if you come across one that is too old, be sure to dispose it so that it won't take up more space. Old makeup may flake off or collect bacteria that will make your collection untidy. You therefore need to know how long every makeup needs to be kept before it is disposed. Products such as liquid eyeliners and mascara need to be disposed after three months. Eye creams, eye foundations, eye bases, cream eye shadows and any other cream or gel-based item that is meant to be used on eyes should not be used after six months. Some products may be used even for a year and over, so you will just need to be cautious about the expiry dates and dispose makeup that you won't be using anymore to create more space.

Get Makeup Storage Bags or Kits from a Local Beauty Store

Makeup storage bags will help you to store your makeup in an organized and easily accessible manner. A good makeup bag will be the one that can be able to store everything you have. The bags vary in the way they are designed but most of them usually have an interior wall that can be wiped clean as well as a zip that can be closed to avoid spillage. They also have a quilted or padded exterior that offers extra protection. An alternative to the makeup storage bags will be small tackle boxes that are bit larger, cheaper and also quite great when it comes to organizing a wide range of makeup. The tackle boxes are especially excellent for makeup meant for special events since you can easily see what is available. If you do not often carry your makeup around or you mostly apply it when you are at home, a basket or drawer will also be suitable for storing your daily makeup.

Check Out You Makeup Storage Location to See the Status of the Application Tools

You will need to check out your makeup storage location and see if the application tools you have are sufficient, they have become dirty or they are just floating around in the bottom of the bag or drawer. If the application tools are not clean, bacteria may accumulate in your storage location, so you will need to get rid of them. Dispose any sponge application tools that came with the makeup and purchase good, washable brushes that will not make the storage space look untidy. Any powder puffs as well as dirty foundation sponges that are not clean should also be disposed. When you use clean brushes as well as other application tools, you will be prolonging the life of the makeup by eliminating bacteria and oils that are introduced to it.

Healthy Up Your Hair

Women spend an insanely huge amount of money on hundreds of products that are on the shelves, all promising to thicken, shine, soften and control their hair. The Huffington Post reported that amount to be around $400+ billions per year. Is all of this necessary? Quite frankly, no it's not. It's rather simple really. Taking an all-natural supplement will promote healthy hair just as well or if you prefer, eating a healthy, nutritional diet daily will do the trick quite nicely. Our bodies require certain vitamins to aid in the growth of strong, flowing locks. Of course, being the creatures of bad habits we sometimes tend to be, can sidetrack us away from doing what is good for us... and we do it often like not scheduling regular trims with our stylists because life tends to get in the way often, washing it every day thinking we need to and stripping it of its' natural oils, using excessive conditioner that can build up and kill the luster or, overheating it with blowers, irons and straighteners, which will definitely halt growth and leave your mane fried, brittle, dull and lifeless.

Just a very mild deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to split ends and not producing the collagen that surrounds our hair, keeping it from producing vibrant, healthy strands. Adding to your diet, once or twice a day, either Brussels Sprouts, papaya, peppers, lemons, oranges or grapefruit, will help. Zinc regulates the hormone that also enhances growth and improves the overall health of your scalp. Clams, oysters, lentils, peanut butter, cheese, nuts and seeds are great options. Folate and iron creates red blood cells that are essential for carrying oxygen throughout the body and a very important nutrient for your hair. Adding foods like spinach, asparagus, broccoli and garbanzo beans are great sources for both. Biotin, Niacin and Cobalamin increases hair growth and improves the overall health of your scalp. They are also extremely helpful in restoring the thickness and shine of every strand. Eating foods enriched with biotin like eggs, salmon and peanuts will aid in fostering hair growth. Avocados, whole grains and legumes are other great sources.