Start With Foundation, Add Color, and Then Light up Your Eyes!

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Did you know that a study done in 1991 showed that when female politicians used Hollywood makeup artists, they were more likely to win elections about 30 percent of the time? Men may find that statistic surprising, but women know that it is not just about how good you look, it is about how good you feel. Makeup has been around for nearly 6,000 years, and it is certainly not going anywhere now.

Despite what politicians have experienced, you do not need to know how to do professional makeup to enhance your own natural beauty. You only need to know a few essential techniques for applying face makeup to look great. People who buy beauty products tend to be 96 percent more likely to also be DIY enthusiasts, so if you fall into that category just take that can do attitude, these three tips, and you will be well on your way to a fresh new look.

1. Start with a base.

Applying makeup is almost like working on a painting. You have to start with a base, and with makeup foundation it is that base which preps your face for other products. It evens out your skin tone, makes your skin smooth, and hides small blemishes or scars. Makeup foundation types vary, so you should choose one that is ideal for your skin type. Foundations come in cream, liquid, and powder form, and their packaging or the company websites should indicate which type is best for your particular skin tone and quality.

Dry skin works better with liquid foundations, and oily skin is better with dry foundations. Be careful not to use too much foundation on every inch of your face, since that is rarely necessary and can result in looking cakey or like you are wearing a mask. Applying powder foundation will result in a matte finish.

2. Add some color.

After your base is applied, you can give yourself a youthful glow with just a little bit of cream or powder blush. Cream blushes are best used with cream foundations, and powder blush with powder foundations. When choosing cream blushes, you can find a good shade for yourself by first pinching your cheeks a little, and then finding a shade to match your natural blush.

Apply cream blushes by picking up a little of the product on two fingertips, smile so your cheeks pop, apply small amounts to the apples of your cheeks and blend back along your cheekbones. You can also add color with a bronzer. For light or medium skin, use a bronzer that is yellow based as opposed to orange.

3. Doll up the eyes.

When it comes to eye makeup, less can be more unless you are going for a super dramatic look. Choose a brown eyeliner for a more natural look, and eyeshadow colors in earth tones that are close to your own skin tone. If you use mascara, make sure to replace it after three to six months.

Studies have shown that the average woman will not let a partner see her without makeup until they are at least two and a half months into a relationship. If you choose to go with a more natural look, the transition from being done up to totally natural will not be so jarring, and you can show your significant other your true face sooner. Your everyday makeup should hardly look like it is even there.


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