Techniques With Eye Shadows for Close-Lidded Eyes

Flirty peepers can seem harder to achieve if you've got close-lidded eyes, but it's all about creating an illusion. The term close-lidded means that your lids cover more of your eyes, which is an exotic look in itself, but can make them look smaller than they are. While this eye shape is most common among Asians, people of any ethnicity can be born with close-lidded eyes. They say that eyes are the windows to your soul -- try these simple makeup techniques to open yours up.

How to Remove Your Makeup

To properly remove makeup, all you need is a proper facial cleanser and eye makeup remover. The goal is not to rub your face raw and don't forget to wash into the hairline and jawline, especially if you use foundation. Here are some answers to your biggest burning questions.

Must I Wash My Face Before I Go to Bed?

Yes -- especially if you have makeup on your face. If you want to wake up with dewy, glowing skin, then you must remove your makeup and sunscreen.

Evening Eyes in 4 Easy Steps

We kept close tabs on Lancôme makeup artist Sandy Linter as she revealed how to get the glamorous look you see here, plus an easy but stunning everyday version—then tapped more experts for the secrets to perfect brows. Follow their lead, and all eyes might be on you.

STEP 1:

Apply a neutral eyeshadow base over the entire lid up to the browbone to even out skin tone and increase makeup staying power.

The Expert Says:
Rather than using a wand to apply the creamy base (you'll get too much of it on your lids), tap it on the back of your hand and apply with your fingertip.

STEP 2:
With a black eyeliner pencil, draw a line as close as possible to your upper lashes.

The Expert Says:
Hold your eyelid slightly taut and use the eyeliner pencil to draw dashes (instead of one long line) along your upper lashes. Then, with a small eyeliner brush, smudge the dashes together. At the outer corner of the eyes, extend the line up a bit toward your temples.

5 myths and truths about moisturizers

Are all moisturizers created equal? Can you become addicted to lip balm? Read on for the answers to these and other myths and truths about moisturizers.

Moisturizing lotion and lip balm are staples in many women’s beauty regimens. Many of us just slap them on without much thought—after all, skin cream is skin cream, right? We talked to Dr. Mark Lupin, a dermatologist and director of the Cosmedica dermatology centre in Victoria, B.C., about common misconceptions related to skin lotions and lip balms. Read this before your next trip to the drugstore or cosmetic counter.
1. Myth: All moisturizers are the same.

Truth: There are several types of moisturizers you can choose from, according to your skin's needs. Humectants, such as glycerin and lactic acid, attract water and help skin retain moisture. Emollients, such as fatty acids and ceramides, soften and soothe. Occlusives (known as “barrier creams”), such as petrolatum, dimethicone or lanolin, leave a film on the surface of the skin and seal in moisture.

Most products contain a combination of humectants, emollients and occlusives, so it’s easiest to choose a moisturizer based on your skin type—there are formulas for oily or acne-prone skin (look for “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” on the label); sensitive skin; and dry or mature skin.

You’ll also notice that moisturizers have different textures. (Occlusives tend to be the heaviest of the bunch.) “Lotions are light, and creams are a little more substantial,” explains Lupin. “For anyone with dry or extra-dry skin, you want something that has more substance—it’s better to use a cream, which tends to protect skin better than lotion.”

Skin tends to be drier in colder months, so use a cream in fall and winter, and switch to a lotion for warmer weather.

Best Makeup For Your Face

There are so many makeup tips floating around in the beauty blogosphere that it can be difficult deciphering which tips are best for you. We've spoken with some of the best beauty experts in the industry to come up with makeup advice specific to face shape, eye color and hair color. These tips are meant to make the most of your natural features so that you look your best with the least amount of time, energy and products.
Use these makeup tips to decide what looks best on you!
What color are your eyes?

It's important to consider your eye color when deciding on shades of eye makeup. Matching your eyeshadow to your eye color can look too monochromatic, so instead we've come up with some tips to help your natural eye color stand out. Use these tips below to decide what makeup hues work best with your eye color.

Bye, Bye Blotchy

Majority of women run after "whiter" complexions not realizing that what they perceive as "dark" is actually the result of having a blotchy, uneven complexion. Blotchy skin refers to uneven patches of color on the skin ranging from redness to dark spots, which can give you an overall muddy-looking visage. Check out these steps to help banish the blotch.

Cause and Effect
First and foremost, you have to determine the root of your blotchy skin. Factors that cause unevenness in skin tone include premature age spots due to sun exposure or environmental triggers like pollution or allergens present in your surroundings.

Consult the experts
Before embarking on your very own skincare trials, it's important to consult a dermatologist first. "Blotchy skin could be caused by pre-existing conditions like rosacea, acne, eczema or dermatitis," says Dr. Diana Lorenzo of Skinhealth. In cases like these, it's important to find the source of the discoloration in order for it to be properly managed.

BEST MAKEUP COLORS FOR BLONDES

For women with blonde hair, some makeup colors can be too harsh. To look your best and enhance your natural beauty, follow these makeup tips for blondes.

"Blondes look best in softer tones," says She Knows Beauty Expert Nina Sutton. "On the cheeks and lips, try pale pinks or peaches. Rose can also look great on the lips. For red lipstick, blondes can wear the a blue-red or even an orange-based red (best for warmer skin tones).

KEEP YOUR SKIN LOOKING FRESH

Moisturizing can minimize the look of wrinkles, help clear up acne and soothe stressed skin. It can also be tricky to choose which moisturizers are best for you. Here is a guide to help lead you in the right direction.

11 Cute Curly Hairstyles to Try This Spring

Calling all girls with curls! Spring is here and it’s time to let those curls loose. Put away the straightening tools and embrace the gorgeous texture and body that naturally curly hair offers. With the proper styling products, you’ll be ready to enhance and define your curls’ shape for ultra-manageablity. Wear it up or wear it wild, the choice is yours. Here are 11 gorgeous curly hair trends for Spring 2013.

PLATINUM POUF

A quick upstyle offers a fashionable way to show off those curls.

How To Style:

1. Prep clean, dry hair with a light hold wet gel.

2. Gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie or small rubber band.

3. Allow curls to fall naturally. Backcomb curls slightly for maximum volume. Secure longer lengths by tucking and pinning with bobby pins as needed.

4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad STYLING MIST to lock in your style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or heart-shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a low side bun for a completely different look.

Make Up Tips for Light Brown Skin and Dark Brown Eyes

Light brown skin with dark brown eyes is a beautiful combination, and the use of makeup can accent these features. Makeup looks best when it appears natural and it should never be used to mask features such as skin tone and eye color. The correct foundation, powder, blush and eye colors can create a makeup pallet that will highlight the skin and eyes, and enhance the beauty of the face.

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