(Choosing and Using the Right Foundation)
(Choosing and Using the Right Foundation)
Types of Eyeliner
Tips for the Perfect Smokey Eye
MakeUp Brush Cleaning
Pick the right red for that perfect red lipstick lips. If you have pink undertones, pick a lip color in plum shades or those with a blue base like Diva from Mac.
Red lips are classic, timeless. But you can never wear that look for everyday. There is a certain charm in sporting understated, muted hues. And nothing comes close to that description than PINK. It is back! Some even say that it is the new red.
Whether you dig pretty, flirty, or casual you can never go wrong with this lip color. Pink is extremely versatile and, very much like red, has a wide range of shades with different undertones, hues and texture. Choosing the wrong shade for your skintone might end up with you looking like someone who has been deprived of food for centuries or worse, leads to dreadful yellow-looking teeth. Something I know all of us do not want!
Warm pinks will look glorious on any skintone. A “warm” color is basically one with orange or red undertones. For pinks, it will come across peach or coral. For this group, we have the following lipsticks as the best examples: Chatterbox from MAC, Niagara from NARS, Party Pink from ELF.
Sometimes called the “nudes” or rose/petal pinks. Choosing the perfect nude pink for your skintone can be tricky. And it’s always best to try out drugstore brands first or the testers on counters to check the best match for your complexion. As a general rule, those with fair to light skin tones should opt for sheer hues (muave, peachy pinks) while those with medium to dark complexion should wear deep, darker pinks (berry,brownish pinks). We are loving the following petal/rose shades as of the moment: Pink Nouveau from Mac, Frivolous Pink from YSL, Tea Rose from NYX.
Pinks with Blue/Purple Undertones
If you think pink lippies can not make a statement think again. We give you the color Fuschia! This pink color is bright enough to be bold but it is not overpowering. And because of the blue or purple undertones it can sometimes go off as neon. Fuschia looks great against any skintone and will look seamless with dramatic eye make-up. Here are some of our favorite Fuschia Pink lipsticks: Girl About Town from Mac, Centrifuschia from Lime Crime, Punky Pink from Barry M.
Having trouble building your first ever make-up kit?
We have gone through this before and believe me it was not an easy task. I ended up buying more products than I actually needed. So here we have a list of makeup brands essentials of any makeup kit. Starting out can be difficult but once you learn the basics you will be free to make your own creative choices and build a kit that is uniquely yours.
Primer & Moisturizer. Primers provide a smooth canvas before the application of foundation and also lengthens its longevity. Moisturizers are also a great way to prep your skin and provides a thin layer separating your skin from your makeup. But there are specially formulated products today called BB Creams with the same functions as a primer, moisturizer and concealer.
Foundation. There are a range of foundation in the market today and brands have come up with different formulas and packaging. I have always preferred liquid foundation in a bottle with a good pump (Revlon PhotoReady Foundation) but there are powder and cream based ones that are really good too.
Blush & Bronzer. Foundation oftentimes dulls the natural colors of your cheeks. That’s why it will always be handy to have a blush or two at hand. If you prefer the sunkissed glow, you can never go wrong with a bronzer.
Lip Balm. Your lips will need some loving too. Moisturize and prep your lips before applying your favorite lip color. There are brands offering tinted lip balms as well so if you want to sport the “natural” look, you can skip lipstick and add a bit of color to your lips with this product.
Lipstick. Believe it or not, you create different looks just by changing your lip color alone. So go crazy with lipsticks and let your collection grow! They are a great investment and allows you to do numerous ways to play with your makeup.
Eyeshadow. If you are new to make-up, I suggest getting the smaller palettes first preferrably those with browns and taupes that can be used for everyday (Country Woods by Cover Girl, Naked Basics by Urban Decay). And when your feeling a little adventurous, you can go ahead and get the large palettes with all the colors of the rainbow (Coastal Scents palettes are very popular).
Eyeliner & Mascara. These two will make a HUGE difference on your makeup. They basically give the definition your eyes need. In fact, you will be all made up with just eyeliner and mascara alone. Today, eyeliners also come in pencil and liquid form. And for your starter kit, get both the black and dark brown eyeliners.
Eyebrow Pencil. If you have thick, beautifully shaped brows you are extremely blessed! But for those of us who need to give their eyebrows a helping hand, please do get an eyebrow pencil. I have come to know that there are eyebrow pens and eyeshadows as well. Some brands even have wax for your brows so the hairs will stay in place.
Brushes. Great makeup starts with great, high quality makeup brushes. Even if you use high end brands to do your face, the name will not matter if the application is sloppy. A perfect makeup requires technique, and technique relies greatly on the tools you will use.
Eyelash Curler. We need to curl them lashes! Enough said.
Foundation Brush. There are different brushes to apply your foundation depending on the type of product you use. However, foundation brushes tend to have denser bristles. For cream and liquid, you can use a Flat Foundation Brush which allows for great control. This does leave streaks in the foundation so you should be careful when using this tool. For a flawless finish, artists use the Stippling Foundation brush to apply both cream and liquid foundation. If you want full coverage, the Flat Top Foundation Brush will do wonders for your face. Just remember to buff, buff, buff! This brush can be used for both liquid and powder foundation.
Powder Brush. Basically, it’s a huge fluffy brush used to pick up lots of product to apply evenly on your face. You can use one with the long handles for a light coverage. However, if you really want to buff in the powder into your skin, use those with a short hanlde popularly known as Kabuki Brushes for that flawless finish.
Eyeshadow Brush. The very basic eyeshadow brush is stiff and flat. The main function of this tool is to pick up and pack on eyeshadow on the eyelids. The proper way to use this brush is with patting motions so you “push” the product on your lids and allows it to stick. This will ensure that you distribute the eyeshadow evenly all over the lids. The stiff bristles can also be used to smudge eyeliner on the lashline or create a defined line on the crease.
Blending Brush. An important tool for your eye makeup, a blending brush has long, fluffy bristles that soften and blend out harsh lines. There are also many types of blending brush today. The tapered ones are used on the crease and those with domed shaped bristles for the browbone.
Slanted Eyeliner Brush. Applying eyeliner straight from the pencil can be a bit messy. And unless you are aiming for the punk chick look, you can use a slanted eyeliner brush to create a smooth, clean line. You can use the same brush to fill in your brows. Simply dab it in a shade closest to your eyebrows and glide the side of the brush along the same direction that your brows grow.
Lip Brush. This tiny, flat tip brush makes it easy for anyone to apply lipstick on to their lips smoothly and evenly. Although you can apply lip color directly from the tube, lip brushes gives you the precision you need, helps avoid color bleeding, and makes out the most of the pigment in the lipstick. This should complete your makeup brush checklist.