How to Apply Makeup to Achieve a Natural Look

Whether you want to tone down your makeup for a casual, daytime look or you want to learn how to enhance your features without looking overly done, achieving a natural look with makeup requires only a few steps and can make you look effortlessly put together.

How to Apply Makeup to Achieve a Natural Look

Make up does not have to be overdone. This system of applying makeup for a natural look is fast and easy when you get the hang of it. Here are a few steps that you can do on a daily basis to achieve a clean, natural look.

Things You'll Need

Blush Brush
Eye Shadow
Face Powder
Lip Gloss
Makeup Brushes

How to Find Discontinued Makeup

If the makeup brand you've been using for years has suddenly stopped making your favorite makeup, don't despair. There are ways to find discontinued makeup and cosmetics so you can stock up.

Contact the makeup manufacturer. When companies discontinue a brand or line, they often have resources on where the product may still be available. Another benefit to contacting your makeup manufacturer is if enough people express discontent over losing their favorite cosmetics, the company may be inclined to start making it again.

Check the auctions. Online auction houses such as eBay are great places to find discontinued makeup. Many auction wholesalers stock up on discontinued brands at deep discounts, passing the savings on to you.

How to Make Makeup

Home cosmetic-making has become a popular alternative to the use of professional makeup, due in part to an increased awareness of potentially unhealthy chemicals used in commercial products. You may prefer to make your own makeup because you can have complete control over the material you put on your skin, and may enjoy the level of precision color-matching that can be achieved with home cosmetics. Mineral makeup is a fashionable choice of homemade makeup and is used for its smooth texture, body-friendly ingredients and ability to make skin look beautiful.

How to Train to Become a Professional Makeup Artist

If you want to become a celebrity makeup artist or to enjoy steady work applying makeup, you first have to receive some training. While you may want to hold on to your day job in the meantime or at least have a steady stream of income to support you before your new career takes off, don't give up on your dream. It may take a while before you can call makeup artistry your full-time job, your persistence pay off with every satisfied client and the resulting recommendations that come your way.

How to Add Celebrity Glamor to Your Makeup

Have you worn the same make-up for years? Do you wish you knew some secrets to help you look more glamorous? Whether you try them one at a time or all at the same time the steps outlined here can add spice to a tired old look.

Natural-Looking Celebrity Makeup Tips

In Hollywood, that "bare makeup look" seems to be all the rage in 2010. All you need to get a beautiful and natural look are a few basic ingredients. Base, mascara and lipstick are three easy make-up tools you can use. Clean out your makeup bag and get started on your journey to daily beauty with ease.

How to Apply Flapper Makeup

Look like you have just stepped out of the Jazz Age with a look inspired by the woman of the 1920s--the ever-sophisticated flapper. In just a few simple steps, anyone can create this memorable look.

How to Apply Makeup for a Beginner

A makeup counter -- full of liquids, powders, tubes and brushes -- may appear daunting to someone who has never applied makeup before. It is difficult to determine which products are necessary and which products best fit your particular skin type and tone. Making an appointment for a makeup consultation at a department store or salon may be a good first step, but once the consultation is over, you are on your own.

Makeup tips for plus-size women

Throw the "Rules" out the window

There are a lot of style rules out there, especially ones that apply specifically to plus-size women. Who made them, and why do we follow them? It's time to throw the style rulebook out the window.
Plus size makeup myths

I find myself very lucky that while growing up, I didn't encounter too many style "rules" related to my size. It wasn’t until I worked retail at a popular plus store that I ran into plus-size women who told me all sorts of crazy "rules” they followed, such as "I can’t go sleeveless" or "I can’t wear skirts." The ones most surprising to me were the makeup and hairstyle rules.

In the midst of my research to find and disprove these myths, I found several pages that claimed to be "pro-plus-sized women," but only served to limit a woman’s style and further instill insecurities. One article started, "If you think fat and beautiful do not go well with each other, think again. To be beautiful, you need not be size zero... The truth is that plus-size women have all the right curves and a beautiful voluptuous body."

Not a bad start. However, this article went on to tell women that they shouldn’t wear a liquid foundation, bold eye makeup or neutral lip color as it will only draw attention to their flaws. Other "tips" were ones that all women should follow when wearing makeup, regardless of size. For example: Match your foundation and blend.
The real rules

I met with Jessica Frieling, photographer, makeup artist and stylist, to discuss these myths and get some makeup tips to help contour my face. She had never heard the "no liquid foundation" rule and grew up wearing liquid foundation, and she scoffed at the "no garish eye makeup" rule. In fact, she did a photoshoot with rainbow eye makeup.

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