Make-uptips

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.

MAKEUP ARTISTS’ EYE-SHADOW TIPS

EYE SHAPE
Asian Eyes "Asian eyes tend to be a little flatter and have less of a crease," says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, who notes that her Eyelift Shadow Duo was created with this type of eye in mind. "After finding your crease, roll the darker shadow back and forth on the lid, blending up and out for a more visible crease." To make the whites of your eyes look bigger, Roncal also suggests lining the inner rim of the eye with a beige or off-white liner.

If you prefer black or brown eye liner, however, steer clear of the inside rim: "It will actually make your eyes look smaller," makeup artist Bobbi Brown tells ELLE magazine. "Eyeliner can disappear, especially if you're Asian or have a heavy lid—you need to make it thick if you want it to stand out."

How To Contour Your Cheekbones

Contouring Your Cheekbones
The following is a quick tip on how to contour your cheekbones and sculpt your face. This trick I learned some years ago from an incredible makeup artist in the industry and it is very simple to do. If you’ve visited other makeup tutorials, they can be a bit intimidating and complicated to achieve. With this trick it can be as simple as using one product and suddenly you have cheekbones.

Skin Care & Makeup Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

I've struggled with acne for nearly 10 years now. It started in my early teens and has plagued me into my 20s (long after the time that I was supposed to "grow" out of it). The information below is just a brief outline of products that have helped my skin look better and helped me hide my flaws (for links with more information about these items, please visit my "about me" page). I personally use all of the products listed below and my skin has noticeably improved.

Skin Care

It is vital to take care of your skin. Using the right products in the right way does make a difference. In addition, the appropriate products create a canvas out of your skin for ease in covering up blemishes and hide flaws.

Step 1: Cleansing

The cleanser you use can make or break your skin. If you choose one with the wrong ingredients, your skin can break out more. If you choose one that's too harsh, your skin can become dry and irritated. I recommend using a mild cleanser that is made specifically for oily or blemish-prone skin. I personally use Purpose's Gentle Cleansing Bar. It lathers up quickly and gives my skin a squeaky clean feeling. It also does a great job of removing makeup. I prefer bar cleansers over any other form because they usually do a better job of cleansing and they also tend to be a bit less expensive.

Step 2: Medicating

If you use any type of topical acne medication (like I do!), this is the step to apply it. I use a gentle benzoyl peroxide peroxide cream (2.5%). I've used so many other medications (including prescriptions) that would dry my skin out and just make things worse that I was quite skeptical putting anything on my face. But, since the concentration is so low, using a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream does not dry me out nearly as much and is just as effective as higher concentrations.

Step 3: Moisturization

To me, this is the most important step. If you choose the right moisturizer, you can greatly reduce uncomfortable dryness. I use Eucerin Skin Renewal Day Lotion with SPF 15. This moisturizer is wonderful and very light! My skin used to flake terribly, especially during winter months. Even when I used moisturizers my skin would flake. Eucerin has lactic acid in it which helps exfoliate and I've noticed that my skin does not flake (even after I used benzoyl peroxide). I also highly recommend using a moisturizer with sunscreen. If you use acne medication, your skin is even more sensitive to sunlight, so sunscreen is essential. Another great benefit of moisturizer is that it evens out your skin's texture and makes it much easier for foundation to glide smoothly and evenly. When choosing a moisturizer, make sure that it's oil-free; heavy moisturizers and those that contain oil can make your skin break out!

Step 4 (optional): Oil-Control

If you're like me, your skin is not only acne-prone, but also oily! One product that I've found that really helps reduce the amount of shine from all the oil on my skin is Mary Kay's Oil Mattifier. Oil mattifier is applied after moisturizer but before foundation. It's been my experience that it helps keep my skin from shining for about 6 hours.

Long-lasting Makeup Tips from College Girls Who Know

In honor of back to school season, we thought it would be fun to share some insights from a few of our favorite savvy students—the girls over at Dormify. This week, they’ve tapped into their legion of style advisors to give us tips on long-lasting makeup, the best way to organize your products, and how to look bright-eyed after a long night.

With school back in session, a lot of college women are going through sorority recruitment. Here are a couple tips from our style advisors on how to make your makeup last from AM to PM.

Makeup Tips For Pale Skin

Are you in need for some great makeup tips for pale skin? Choosing the right shades for fair skin is not easy, because with this skin type, colors usually stand out too harshly against the pale background. When you prepare for a party or a date, and change from a daytime look to a more defined makeup, you can still have a gorgeous look even if you have porcelain skin. If you know some small makeup tricks, you can learn what are those colors and shades that work best for your complexion, and how to use them in a way to make your face radiant and show your natural beauty.

Fair skin will always be a timeless trend. As compared to the past, when it was usually associated with social status, nowadays porcelain skin with rosy cheeks has become a trend that many women would like to achieve. While tanned skin has become highly popular in the last decade, in many parts of the world, women with darker skin tones dream about having a fresh looking, youthful fair complexion. Let's see some useful tips on how to make your pale complexion sexier and how to obtain a perfect finish.

Nose Contouring: Makeup Tips for Your Nose Shape

When applying formal full makeup, particularly for evening, contouring the nose helps achieve color balance for the whole face. Imagine what happens if you ignore the nose: colors everywhere on your face except for a blank spot in the center.

Nose contouring is also a nifty trick worth mastering if you wish to sculpt your nose using highlighting and contouring techniques.

Contouring & Highlighting Techniques for Different Noses
Flat Nose. Apply highlight down the center of the nose, avoiding the sides. Smooth and blend down the center.

Makeup Tips for Dark Circles and Spots

Try these easy ways to brighten under-eye circles and dark spots—and get the even complexion you crave.

Normally, if someone told you to “lighten up” no one would blame you for shooting that person the stink eye. But if you’re sporting under-eye circles that make you look like you haven’t slept in days, maybe you’re getting some sage advice. By choosing your makeup wisely and learning the best way to apply it, you can brighten and banish dark circles, spots and hyperpigmentation.

The challenge: Brightening under-eye circles, covering dark spots and evening out hyperpigmented skin. “If you have a lot of discoloration, you might be tempted to apply layer upon layer of foundation, but that can end up looking like a mask,” says New York City makeup artist Sara Glick. “The most natural way to even it out is to lightly apply full-coverage foundation and then spot-conceal, so your skin still peeks through.”

The science: Hyperpigmentation is caused by hormonal fluctuations, skin irritation and sun exposure. All three can send melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) into overdrive, causing your skin to darken. Women of color are more likely to develop melasma (aka the “mask of pregnancy”), a condition that causes skin discoloration, especially on the forehead and cheeks. Under-eye darkness is made worse by sun damage or rubbing the delicate eye area. In fact, any kind of irritation—whether it’s cuts, scrapes, burns, over-exfoliation or a pimple—can cause your skin to produce excess melanin and leave a mark.

Makeup Tips For Asian Women

Most makeup manuals are aimed at women of all races, but the one-size-fits-all approach doesn't always work.

Makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian's new book, "Asian Faces: The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women," is full of beauty basics for a growing segment of the population in the United States — Asian women. The book also has a forward by Yoko Ono.

All women have issues with makeup application: where to apply blush, how to widen their eyes with liner, etc. But in her book, Chang-Babaian shows Asian women how to enhance their beauty with some great makeup methods.

On The Early Show Monday, she showed how to achieve two basic looks: the day look, and the night look.

The book is also filled with advice that any woman can heed, no matter what her ethnicity. Skincare tips, how to use different brushes, how to buy foundation, brow maintenance. And every page is accompanied by photos and demonstrations of how to do what.
Chang-Babaian writes: "No two Asian women are alike, and no two Asian faces are alike. The term 'Asian' applies to a wide variety of cultures: Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese — the list goes on and on. And the makeup that works for one woman might not work for her sister. We have so many variations in skin tone, eye shape, and bone structure. That's why it is so important to learn the basics of makeup: Why do I apply brown shadow here and shimmer there? How do I make my eyes appear larger or my skin look more even? When you understand what products do and how they work, you will be able to adapt them to your needs and develop the makeup look that is best for you, whether it is a natural look, something for work, or a sexier look for a night on the town. And if you already feel like a makeup pro, you'll learn new tricks, easier application techniques, and fun new looks. I have put everything you will ever need to know about makeup into this book so that you can learn how to be your own makeup artist. Don't get discouraged if it takes some practice — it's just makeup, after all, and you can always wash it off and start again! Take your time, have fun with it, and remember that it is our diversity that makes us beautiful. I am very proud to be Asian, and it has been a lifelong dream of mine to have this opportunity to help all Asian women look and feel their absolute best."

One area Chang-Babaian spends a good time explaining is how to make up the eyes. She also writes at great length about contouring.

On The Early Show, she went into detail on two looks:

The Perfect Makeup for Your Party Dress

The best part about dressing up is wearing insanely glamorous clothes that you normally don’t wear and experimenting with eye and lip hues that you never thought you could pull off. We asked top makeup artists to come up with the best party makeup ideas to complement your dress color.

Dress Color: Black

Light Skin Tones

For your eyes, focus on crisp lashes and leave the color minimal. Do a pale lid with taupe in the crease and champagne on the brow bone. (Try CARGO Essential Palette in Warm Neutral, $32; ulta.com) Go vivid with fire-engine reds or jewel-toned pinks on your lips—they're both so hot right now and can really bring your look to life. (Try The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Color in Cherry Sparkle,

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