Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Winter 2008 Makeup Tips

Who doesn't look forward to the new styles that pop up every fall? As we tuck away our light, bright summer shades we turn our eyes towards colors resplendent of the leaves falling around us. This winter there are several distinct styles inspired by the runway, and we'll walk through the best winter 2008 makeup tips.

Brows: This season lush, natural brows are in. No more over-plucked, super-skinny brows. The first thing to do is let your brows grow in if they are that thin. Then begin reshaping them. Oh, yes. Natural does not equal bushy, so it's still important to shape them according to your natural arch. If you're not comfortable doing it, try a spa or salon that specializes in waxing. It's worth the money not to have to do it yourself.

Are your brows naturally thin or not growing back in quickly enough (or at all)? No problem. Invest in an eyebrow powder or pencil. The trick to application is to make the makeup look like a natural part of your eyebrow. A firm eyebrow brush is usually the ticket. After applying your eyebrow color brush from the inside of your eyebrow out until the distinct makeup appearance fades.

Eye Shadow: Winter 2008 makeup tips bring back the smoky eye. The twist is using bright, bold and eye-catching shades in addition to your normal smoky eye. Grey, silver, blue and teal (reminiscent of the 70's) are all waiting for you to pick them up. These are very bold looks, and you might be a little wary of going full-throttle. Not a problem.

Why not stick to this season's other gorgeous colors? Bronze, burgundy, coral, deep green and deep purple are fabulous bold colors that aren't overpowering. Matte shades, a hint of sparkle or glitter encrusted are all acceptable, so go wild! Try something subtle like gray with a splash of teal or bronze with burgundy.

Eye Liner: Winter 2008 makeup tips also include eyeliner straight off the catwalk. Try liquid eyeliner for a graphic design or to get that really precise shape. There are new shapes to try this season; blunt edges and square in addition to the traditional "cat eye" swoop and taper tail. If liquid eyeliner isn't your thing, don't hesitate to use a powder or pencil liner for a softer line and less edginess. Either way, to perfect this season's styles invest in eye liner.

Lips: Let's take advantage of this year's trend and move away from shiny lipgloss and focus on stains. Vibrant and deep colors in a sheer stain are a gorgeous way to bring your lips to the center of attention. Red, burgundy, cherry and garnet stains will add a youthful perkiness to your pucker without leaving your lips looking garish. Pick up your favorite lipstick and apply it in the middle of your lips. Then use a lip brush and brush it out to the corners and the lip line. Ta dah!

Conversely, lips can also go nude and nearly colorless this season. If you go bold lips do neutral eyes. If you do bold eyes keep your lips nude. One or the other, but not both.
Finally, top your lashes with a dark mascara to open your eyes regardless of what eye shadow you're wearing and you're set.
Source: Lynn_Starner

Friday, November 21, 2008

Eye Liner Colors - Defining Eyes With Beauty & Style

Eye liners make your eyes stand out by accentuating them. You can define the shape of your eyes with boldness or soft focus appeal. How you apply eyeliner and with what colors set the look that you will achieve. Your individual taste will determine the amount of liner you wear.

You can define the shape of your eyes with boldness or highlights depending on the shade or color selected. Highlighting with liners can downplay other less appealing facial features. Don't attempt to change the shape of your eyes but use the liner to emphasize what you have.

For dramatic & glamorous eyes, use rich, dark and vivid colors. Draw even lines as close to the lashes as possible while remembering that darker colors leave no room for lining mistakes. Always brace your wrist and tilt your head slightly before applying the liner as this will create a good angle for application while allowing you to see what your doing. On the top lid, draw from corner to corner with a even stroke for a precise line. Use several smaller strokes just under the bottom lash. This will give a soft natural line with effortless application.

When lining your eyes, don't allow the top and bottom lines to meet. This will tend to make your eyes look smaller then they are. Try blending the top and bottom corners together with a shadow that is several shades lighter than the liner.

The darker the color, the more dramatic your look will become. If you have applied to much and your look seems to harsh, take a small eye shadow brush with a sponge tip and gently smudge the top & bottom lines. It will create softness to your eyes. You might try to practice on your arm or hand prior to applying to your eyes.

Mineral Liners are gentler on your skin then pencil liners. Pencil liners tend to pull the delicate skin around your eye. Great definition is accomplished by mixing mineral liners with water and applying them wet. Place one or two drops of water in the lid of the minerals and gently swirl you brush mixing them. Then glide the brush in one smooth continuous line. This will give precise definition. Avoid using short strokes with wet liners. It tends to look messy and uneven.

Lining the inside of your lids are not recommended as it can cause a host of problems including eye infections. Avoid sharing your liners with others due to bacteria spreading from one person to another. Always wash your liner brush when applying new colors. Even the smallest amount of color left on the brush can alter the color your testing.

Experiment with a wide variety of vivid shades to make your sultry eyes stand out. Blue, soft grays or soft black colors beautifully accent light eyes, while brown and plum colors intensify brown & green eyes. Whether you choose a soft focus finish or a more dramatic bold look, start slowly and work with the natural shape of your eyes building the color and depth as you go. Use eye shadow colors and liners that compliments the color of your eyes so that your eyes & face are brought together for stunning beauty.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Winter Makeup Tips - Sexy Shimmer

Shimmer makeup has been around for ages. While the version decades ago was the sort a teenager experimenting with makeup might use. I had a shimmer eyeshadow palette in my teenage days. The eyeshadow just didn't last. I had to apply a lot to see the color and even then, it faded away hours after application. The other kind looked really tacky.

Nowadays, shimmer makeup is a lot more friendly. It lasts longer too.

This season's metallic makeup is for both day and night. The effect of today's makeup is no longer like the cheap glitter you might use for art and craft. Today's metallic makeup is subtle, albeit glamorous. It stays on longer then the powdery fairy dust of the past.

What really caught my attention this year was that ethereal look many models wore in the Fall 2007 to Winter 2008 fashion show. They looked like extras from some sci-fi movie, what with the silver sheen on their faces that made look out of this world. That look is perfect for parties.
Looking at the photos of the models for Chanel, and for a number of other haute couture shows, I wondered how they achieved that effect.

The models seemed to be lit with some silvery light. As if fairy dust had been dusted on their faces. It looked wonderful with the black on black outfits paraded on the runway.

In a sense, fairy dust was applied on the models in the form of shimmer powder. In short, that ethereal look is achieved with the addition of shimmer powder dusted lightly over the entire face. You can get a softer, radiant effect by dusting shimmer powder where light hits your face.

The tops of the cheeks, forehead, tip of the chin and tip of the nose, places where sunlight normally hits, could use a touch of shimmer powder for that ethereal radiance.

For the eyes try a gentle shimmer for day. Metallic eye shadows in lighter shades work well if worn with a light hand. Slick on some mascara and your eyes are done.

For night, slick on a shimmery eye liner in a deep or bright color. Use a strong eyeliner and line the upper lash line, thickening the line and winging out at the outer edge of each eye for a dramatic finish.

The Egyptian eye is in, so use a thick line over upper lashline of the outer half of each eye for that cat eye effect.

Alternatively, you could go for a smoky eye look with vibrant eye shadow with a metallic finish. Pick a metallic eye shadow in a rich green, or a vibrant color. Line your eyes with a matching shimmer pencil and smudge the line. Then go over the line with your metallic eyeshadow.

For lips, try a shimmery lip gloss over your regular lipstick. If you focus on your eyes, with a deeper or stronger shadow, go for medium or pale shades for your lips. If you want to focus on a brilliant pout, them go easy on the eyes.

Can everyone wear shimmer?

Younger women in their twenties and early thirties will look amazing in shimmer makeup. If you are young, you can go all out with your makeup colors. Use the most vibrant metallics you can find as you can get away with them. In fact, you would probably look amazing.

Older women have to be careful. Shimmer highlights your features... and wrinkles. So if you have crows feet, avoid metallic eye makeup. If you have lines on your face, avoid shimmer powder where the lines are.

A softer version, in peachy colors would make most women look radiant and is absolutely wearable. Just make sure the shadow doesn't gather in your skin's creases.

You can get away with a touch of shimmer powder at the center of your lower lip for a fuller pout, regardless your age.
Source: Janice_Wee

Beauty Tips to Look Younger

There is no question that being a youngster is hard. The stress of making important choices about the future, romantic entanglements, a changing body, a first job, driving lessons, & so many other limitless items only serve to craft the teenage years more complex. One thing that doesn't have to add not needed pressure to an already frantic life is make up application. The following make up tips for youngsters cover a multitude of problems. Superior yet, these Make up tips will assist in avoiding general mistakes made by immature women learning to use Make up for the first time.

Make up Tip #1: Covering Basic Problems

• Concealed

• Powder

• Foundation

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 concealed & foundation that matches 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 area store performing the conference & use those samples to locate similar shades in less costly, drugstore brand make up.

Make up Tip #2: Read Your Lips

• Lip liner

• Lip gloss

Painting lips should be left sweet & simple. Select a lighter shade of lip liner & line all about 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 & then wrap with a pale gloss. Don't go overboard with lips color lest you be left with Kool-Aid lips for the remaining day.

Make up Tip #3: Adding Color

• Shimmer

• Blush

• Bronzer

Using just one of the above items will enhance a youngster's face delicately yet considerably. Blush, when used along the cheek bone, can create definition where there is none. When used on the apples of the cheeks (that is the area between the cheekbone, eyes, & nose), it can add plumpness to faces that may be drawn.

Shimmer can be applied to the T-Zone with excellent results, & 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 excessively done, & to let your normal beauty excel through.
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

3 Makeup Styles For Parties

Going for a Christmas party, a new year party or a birthday party? How are you going to do your makeup?

A look at the models on the catwalks of some of the more flamboyant fashion shows reminds one of a cross between Tinkerbell and Xena, the warrior princess. You know, Amazonian height but with fairy makeup.

Now that is a look which is perfect for parties. All you need is shimmer makeup.
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.

With a makeup brush, put on the eyeshadow over the entire eyelid. For the Egyptian look, you can go for a medium shade of eye shadow, but use liquid black liner to draw a thick line on the upper lash line. Thicken the line as you move towards and beyond the outer corner of the eye. Line the lower lash line with an eye pencil if you find the liquid liner too tricky.

For smokey eyes, go for a deeper eyeshadow like charcoal, plum, midnight blue, deep green.. you get the picture. Apply the shadow over the entire eye lid. Then line upper and lower lashes with a black eye pencil and smudge the line. Finally, apply mascara.

Pick a nude shade for the lipstick or use a light lip gloss so that your lips do not compete with your eyes.

If you want goth makeup, leave your cheeks pale. If not, then use a blusher to contour your face or for radiance. Here's an article on []how to apply blusher.

Makeup Style #3. Luscious lips.

If your lips are sensuous, or anything remotely like Angelina Jolie's, then focus on your lips. For your eyes, apply a peach or nude brown shadow and a single coat of mascara.Then choose a strong red lipstick, or a deep wine shade for your lips.

Use a lip pencil to line the lips. The use a lip brush to fill in your lips with your chosen lipstick. Use some blusher to add color to your cheeks and you are done.
Source: Janice_Wee

Let's Create Sultry Smoky Eyes

They say there is nothing sexier than a pair of sultry smoky eyes, smoky eyes done so right that they can cause a man to stop dead in his tracks.
But - do you know how to create such a perfect set of smoky eyes?

What you need to get started:

Eye Primer

Loose powder

Dark Eyeshadow

Medium - grey eyeshadow

Black Mascara

Magic Lash Eyelash Enhancer

Now the idea is to be able have smoky eyes, yet not look so much like you forgot to take your eye makeupoff last night. Even though, that has been known as a turn on for a quite lot of men makes them wonder what you been up. To start creating the look you must have a base for it.

This helps to keep the color in one place. Smooth on a eyeshadow primer, some say foundation is good to use as long as its color doesn't take away from what you aretrying to achieve. Now pat on loose powder setting the base. The real secret to the smoky look is in the color eyeshadow you use.

Tips: If your eyes are blue and you're blond, then go for greensinstead, the darker the better. If your eyes are green then go for blues again the darkest shades of blues you like. If your eyes are brown then you are just plain lucky with your choices of colors. Brown eyed ladies can try any colors you like.

Now purple eyeshadow is a color that everyone can try. Just try it in Plum, Berry and others like those.

Rim your eyes with a black or grey pencil drawing a line along both upper and lower lash line. Starting from inner corner of your eyes going outward starting a fine line going into a heavier line as you draw outwards the outer corner.
If black or grey seems too harsh for the look you're goingfor, then try either dark brown, plum or taupe instead.

Apply a medium - grey eyeshadow all over your lids, stopping at the crease. Apply your dark eyeshadow into the crease, then take a angled brush and apply the dark eyeshadow onto the eyelinerand then smudge it well with a cotton swab keeping as much of the color at the outer corner of your eyes. The angledbrush is great for getting eyeshadow up under your lashes on the bottom which in turn helps keep your eyeliner in place.It's the smudging that has got to be done carefully.

The idea is to blend the eyeshadow and eyeliner together. If you wanted a more "feline" aka cat eyes then using a liquid eyeliner would be best.

Helping to contrast the darkness of your eyeshadow, sweep a pearlized ivory eyeshadow over your brow bones for a wide-eyed look. By applying a little at a time, you are building up the effort gradually till you like what you see.Finishing off the look with one coat of black mascara, one coat of Magic Lash if you want super long,lush lashes to go along with this look, then one more coat of black mascara.

Dark colors trend to make small eyes look even smaller, you can open them up by lining the rims from theinner to the center with a light-colored pencil, rather than dark pencil, pat on pale eyeshadow on the center of each lid. That should cause the small eyes to seem bigger.

For the rest of this ideal look. Finish off by using a tawny blusher or a bronzing powder. Its natural color won't complete with the rest of your makeup. Sweep it over your cheekbone, blending awayto the edges into your hairline.Keeping your lips neutral gives this look its real impact.

Go for a pinkish - beige shade of lip penciland smudge it over your entire mouth for a matte, I justed been kissed yet very understated effect. Now your eyesare ready for whatever you might have planned. This look can be toned down for work but who would want to?
Source: Kim_Snyder

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Eye Make Up Ideas For All Occasions

Make-up has been used for centuries to enhance, contour and highlight a woman's facial features. And all this time, it has been a mainstay in a woman's drawer, purse or dressing room, because what the make-up does to unleash a personality or hide it, and make a woman feel the confidence of her radiant beauty is immeasurable. Every woman would love to be beautiful and feel beautiful to a certain extent. Simply put, make-up is essential, uplifting and motivating.

Therefore, one must not run out of great eye make up ideas to liven up the face when needed.
Many women have perfected the features of their faces, their skin tones and moods, that they have found and discovered the hues and shades that work for them. But of course, one cannot use the same make-up combination all her life. Occasions call for different styles and moods of make-up, so as with the time of wearing it, or even merely, the skin tone or personality.

Basically, in choosing the perfect make-up, we all have to address our skin tone's qualities. Some colors will work for exotic skin tones, while some may work only for fair complexions. Also, one must put into regard whether they are wearing make up during the day or evening, as the shades may vary to a great extent. Lastly, one must know which feature of the face should be highlighted. Some may put more drama to the lips, while some may choose to add "oomph" to the eyes.

Soft Daytime Makeup

The key to using daytime makeup is to use a minimal touch. Especially since the sun is out on you during the daytime, bright colors or loud colors may tend to make you look overdone. The great hues that may be used by a variety of skin colors and types are in the peach family or the earth color family. Of course, a subtle shadow like cream or nude will be a good base color. A light touch of liner on the upper lids will highlight the eyes and perk it up. One great trick to make your eyes look big and bright and smiling, is to curl your lashes and use a clear mascara to hold it in place. For the cheeks, one may use peach or plum, to give it a natural glow. Use a color that will blend with your natural skin color. For the lips, a nude or peach/pink lip gloss or color will add that extra smooch to the lips.

Party Makeup

Of course, party make-up is much more daring and lively, something that will make people turn to you as you strut at the entrance of the party. Great colors to wear for parties are the loud ones, such as greens, blues, silvers and hot pinks. These are attention grabbing colors, so you must be able to blend them well with the rest of your makeup, outfit, and your personality. More especially, you need the confidence to carry them well. You may use a black eyeliner to enhance the shape of your eyes, or highlight it the way you want it to. A great flush on the cheeks that complement your desired eyeshadow should be considered. Also remember, that in choosing your lip color, you should consider this: When highlighting the eyes, neutralize the lips; when you want to highlight your lips, choose subtle colors for the eyes.

Evening/Formal Makeup

No matter what you wear or what the evening occasion is, always remember that an elegant makeup will do the trick. And when we say elegant, warm earth colors, or those in the champagne or rose families will create that mood quite well. Black eyeliner must be used to give a dramatic effect to the eyes, especially if you like to use a smokey-eyed effect, where all the focus will be the look in your eyes. Darker hues of blush such as apricot or terracota, to complement your shadow, will add to it. Also, a darker shade of lip colors in the families of reds, champagnes and browns will be a great blend to an elegant evening make-up.
Whatever the occasion is, always remember that make-up is supposed to make you look young and vibrant, not old and stiff. These great eye make up ideas are to be used according to your skin color and mood. Have someone to look at you, and make them add suggestions to your overall look.
Source: Vivian_Timson