How to contour and highlight like the Hollywood Celebrities do

Want to look like a Hollywood Celebrity? With these tips you can easily look like a million dollar woman. Lets start: Contoured cheeks and glowing skin add that extra something to a typical, everyday makeup look. A little highlighter can give you that celebrity glow and a little extra bronzer will give you that chiseled, model face that most of the celebrities  loves to rock. Add a little sparkle to your makeup routine with highlighter. A light dusting of highlighter on the top of the apples of your cheeks will make your skin look more radiant and will make you look more awake! Take a bit of the lightest color on a fan brush, and gently sweep this highlighter right above where you would apply blush. Don’t put highlighter too close to your under eye area as this can help highlight, or pinpoint, any under eye darkness! Also, be careful not to use too much highlighter. You want to avoid looking like a disco ball! Brush a translucent powder on top if you need to soften. For contouring the face, you should go for a matte bronzer. Use an angled brush and start by deepening your temples. After that, find your cheekbones with a finger and apply bronzer directly under your cheekbones in a slant. Lastly, bronze up under the chin — and you will have a structured, contoured face.
 Tip of the day: Build up your makeup, apply step by step and little by little in this case you can control the amount of the products you are applying to your face.
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Strobing

What is strobing, you ask? It's a fun term for highlighting, basically. Forget everything you learned about contouring (it was hard to master, anyway). Extra highlighting will give you a dewy, shimmery, more youthful glow. But because "dewy" can turn into "sweaty" super-quick, here are a few tips to keep you on the right track.
  1. Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer. Strobing is all about getting the perfect glow, so you'll need to replenish dull, dry skin with a good moisturizer first. If you have naturally oily skin, use one that's oil-free.
  2. Use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone. To avoid the frosted '90s look, make sure the highlighter you're using complements your skin tone for a subtle sheen.
  3. Only use the highlighter in spots that catch light: on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, in the corners of your eyes, and above your cupid's bow. This will enhance your natural features. Don't spread the product all over your face, or else your glow will turn into a greasy mess. If you have oily skin, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already.
  4. After you've applied the highlighter, blend it out with your fingers, a fan brush, or a damp makeup sponge. To avoid blobs of product and obvious makeup lines, make sure you blend any harsh edges of highlighter so it fades into the rest of your skin.
5. If you have oily skin, opt for matte bronzer, blush, or other facial     products, and only use a shimmery highlighter. To avoid looking like a disco ball, choose a matte formula for most of your makeup (primer, foundation, bronzer, powder). Avoid highlighting areas on your face that have breakouts — unless you want to spotlight your blemish. Tip of the day:  make sure that your skin is prepared on a right way for strobing. Clean it properly and make sure that its moisturised. Use face scrub monthly once or twice to refresh the skin and remove the dead skin. The strobing is all about illuminators and highlighters it will show every imperfection on the skin.   strobing-iluminador strobing-1 strobing1_1129-780x520 Don't forget to click on our blog tomorrow to learn more about the makeup steps!        

Dry Contouring

If you’re a contouring newbie, powder is the way to go. Powder is also easier to blend. If you’re hoping to achieve a matte look, powder contouring will help you define your features. You can most definitely be a contouring pro and go this route–it’s really more about ease and desired look. Powder on dry skin can enhance creases and make you look more chalky and less fab, so best to use this method if you have oily skin. These are simply guidelines. You can mix and match product textures if you have different needs or combination skin. The dry contouring gives you a soft and natural look. It works perfectly for daytime and high fashion looks. Tip of the day: use greyish brown eyeshadows for contours it will give you a natural look.   tips-for-gorgeous-skin-600x400   Stay with us tomorrow as we will give you tips how to contour and highlight like the Hollywood Celebrities do.

What is full contouring and when are we using it

  For the full contouring and highlighting we can use liquid foundations or cream products. The queen of all contouring  and highlighting is Kim Kardashian and she is sharing her tips and trick with us:
  1. Don't be afraid to contour more of your nose than you think is necessary. Not only is Kim's nose shaded from the browbone all the way down, but most of the skin on her nostrils is shaded as well. This will create a serious slimming effect.
  2. Always highlight down the center of your nose. A perfect contour is nothing without a highlight! You should create a stripe of light color down your nose, starting from between your brows down to the tip. Keep the line steady and symmetrical, but feel free to play with the width (depending on how narrow you want your nose to appear).
  3. Add subtle shade to the tip of your nose. You have to look very closely to see this, but the end of Kim's nose has a bit of contour on it. This will prevent your nose from looking too long. However, you should skip this step if you have a short button nose.
  4. Use matching contouring colors in the hollows of your cheekbones and around your forehead. Everything should look natural and seamless — using the same products and shades will prevent any weird mismatching issues while balancing your overall look.
  5. Finish your contouring look with a bit of shading along your eye sockets. This will complete the illusion of goddess-level bone structure.
  6. Don't forget to blend! While you do want to maintain the integrity of the lines you've created as you buff them out, they should not look like actual lines drawn on your face.
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Tips from the Lipstick Makeup Institute on Mascara and False Lashes

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 Size the lashes. Before gluing the lashes on, you will need to make sure they are not too wide for your eye. Hold the lash strips up against your eyelid, and trim them down on the sides if necessary.
  • If the lashes are too long for your personal taste, consider trimming the individual lashes down to achieve a more natural look. Lashes should be longer toward the outer corner of the eye
  • Apply the lash glue to the outer seam of the eyelash strip with an applicator or small brush. Allow the glue to dry for a moment before applying it to your lashes.
  • Alternatively, you can squeeze a thin line of lash glue onto the back of your non-dominant hand. Then, gently run the outer seam of the eyelash strip along it.
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Place the strip on your eyelid, positioning it as close as possible to your natural lashes. Bring the strip down from above, not from the front. This is to ensure that you get as close as possible to your lashline.[1]
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Allow the glue to dry naturally. Once the strip is in place, you do not need to press or hold it. [2]
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Apply mascara to your lashes. This will help blend your natural lashes with the false ones, achieving a more natural look. You can use black, brown, or dark gray mascara.
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Apply liquid eyeliner along your upper lids. Be sure to fill in any gaps between the false lashes and your own to make them look more natural. Use black, brown, or dark gray liner.
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Use makeup remover to remove false lashes. Dip a q-tip in eye makeup remover and gently rub it along your lash line. Allow the remover to sit for a minute, and gently pull off the strip.
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CHOOSING MASCARA
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Decide what you want out of your mascara. There is a mascara for just about any kind of lash enhancement--curling, volumizing, lengthening, defining, faster growth, waterproof--plus many products that combine these effects. Take a look at your lashes and decide what sort of enhancement they need.
  • For sparse lashes, look for a thickening or volumizing mascara with a large, round brush with lots of bristles. You can also find a combination primer and mascara formula, which is perfect for bulking up lashes and keeping them healthy.[1]
  • If you have short lashes, look for a lengthening mascara with a smaller brush with thick bristles. A small wand will allow you to get very close to your eye and make sure you coat each lash.[2]
  • If your lashes are full but you want length and definition, choose a lengthening mascara, but one with a long brush with evenly-spaced bristles to separate your lashes.[3]
  • To curl your lashes, try a mascara with a curved brush.[4]
  • For a natural, everyday look, find a mascara with a rubber brush and evenly spaced bristles. Lots of drug store brands have these types of brushes. Waterproof mascara will likely last all day.[5]
  • If your lashes are uneven in length or damaged, check the ingredients on the mascara. Phyto-keratin and panthenol can help your lashes grow. Use a fatter brush on your lashes.[6]
  • You should only use mascara for three months before replacing it, so go ahead and experiment with different brands and formulas until you find your perfect mascara.
     
    Pick your shade. For the most part, black is the way to go. It gives the illusion of thickness and length and can really make your eyes pop. If your lashes are red or blonde, however, make brown your go-to shade, wearing light brown for everyday and a dark brown to amp up the drama.[7]
    • Experiment with colored mascaras. Green can bring out violet in blue eyes, purple can enhance green eyes, and blue and purple can brighten your complexion.[8]
 Invest in an eyelash curler, while you're at it. If you're serious about getting knock-out lashes, an eyelash curler is key. This will lift your lashes and allow more light to hit your eyes so they look bigger and brighter.[9] It may not seem like it, but an eyelash curler can make a huge difference.
  • Look for a curler with a rounded rubber pad, which will help curl your lash instead of bend it at a sharp angle.[10]
Applying Mascara to Upper Lashes Curl your lashes first. Apply the curler to the base of your lashes and gently squeeze for about 10 seconds. Then slide the curler to the middle of of your lashes and squeeze for 10 seconds. Finally, curl the tips of your lashes with another 10-second squeeze. This will ensure you have a natural curve instead of lashes that are bent at a harsh angle.[11]
  • If you don't have a curler or you're too afraid to use one, use your fingertips to push up and curl wet lashes.[12]
Remove the wand from the mascara tube by twisting back and forth instead of pumping it up and down. Twisting will allow the brush to pick up the mascara, which is what most people think they are doing when they pump the brush in the tube. What they are actually doing is forcing air into the tube, which dries out the mascara.[13] Wipe off excess mascara on a tissue or on the lip of the tube. Too much product can lead to clumping. Giving the wand a little wipe will leave you with just the right amount.[14]
Look up to lift your lashes. You should still be able to see yourself in the mirror out of your peripheral vision.
  • If you are afraid you are going to blink when you approach your lashes with the wand, open your mouth. It's harder to blink when your mouth is wide open.[15]
Place the wand against the base of your lashes and wiggle it back and forth a little. You want the most product to be applied to the roots, which will make your lashes look longer and keep them from getting weighed down on the tips.[16]
  • The wiggle will also help lift and curl your lashes.[17]
Pull the want out toward the tips of your lashes with a zig-zag motion, or another little wiggle. The zig-zag adds length and volume, and can reduce clumping.[18] Go over your lashes with a second coat. Try to leave it at that--do a third coat at the most. The more you layer on the mascara, the more likely it is the mascara will dry on your lashes and cause the new coat to clump.[19]
  • Mix mascaras if you want--do one layer lengthening, then a layer of thickening on top.[20]
Don't neglect the lashes on the inner and outer part of your eyelid. A lot of times, people apply mascara only to the very center of their eyelid, which can actually make your eyes look narrower.[21] Make sure you apply to the inner, middle, and outer lashes.
  • If you are having trouble reaching your inner lashes with your brush, you can very carefully bend the brush to a 90 degree or right angle (don't worry, you can bend it back). This will make it easy to brush those inner lashes without getting mascara all over your face.[22]
Addressing Common Problems 
Remove any mistakes with a cotton swab. If you get mascara on your face or eyelid, allow it to dry so you don't smear it and make things worse. Once dry, press the tip of a cotton swab to the spot and spin. This should remove the spot without messing up your eyeshadow.[26]
De-clump with a clean mascara wand. Either use a disposable wand or repurpose an old one (wash it thoroughly with soap and water first). Comb through the top and bottom of the lash, spinning the brush as you sweep forward. This should remove clumps and give your lashes definition.[27]
  • Try to comb through your lashes while the mascara is still wet.
  • If you don't have an extra wand on hand, try using a clean toothbrush to comb out any clumps.[28]
Thicken your lashes even further with baby powder. If you don't feel like you're getting the thick, voluminous lashes you want, try this trick. Apply one coat of eyeliner, then dust your lashes with translucent powder or baby powder (you can use a makeup brush or a cotton swab dipped in powder). Then add another coat of mascara.[29]
  • The powder gives the mascara more to cling to, which allows you to build more volume.[30]
Remove your mascara every night with an eye makeup remover. It might not seem like a big deal, but it can dry out your lashes at night and cause them to become brittle and fall out.[31]
 Tip of the Day: Always curl your lashes before applying mascara not after, it can break your lashes.
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Choosing the Blush Colour

  We have all seen those people that were far too much blusher and look a bit like a clown. This often causes many of us to stay away from blusher and not use it for fear of looking like a fool. The aim of this article is to explain the benefits of using blusher and how to apply it to get the right effect. When Blusher is used correctly it will add a natural glow to the skin as well as adding contours to the face. It is a great tool and should appear in any woman's makeup bag. What Type of Blusher? When looking for blucher you will find you can get it as a powder, cream of even a gel. They all have different qualities and it is a good idea to pick one that you feel comfortable using. The creams and gels will stay on the longest but the powders will come with more choice of colour. Powder must be applied over foundation whereas other types can be applied on bare skin. What Colour should You Choose? When choosing the colour of your blusher, you should first consider your skin tone and then, the look that you want to achieve. Now let's consider the types of colours and how they work. Cool colours - These are colours that tend to have a blue undertone and will add freshness and a healthy glow to your face. For light skin go for a pink and a plum or similar will work for darker skin. If you are wearing a brown or orangey lipstick don't use a cool colour for your blusher. Warm Colours - These will normally have orange undertones and they work best for contouring the cheeks and adding definition to the face. If you have a light complexion then you should think about using a light apricot whereas a burnt orange may be better for those with darker skin. Don't use a warm blusher if you are going to wear a cool lipstick or a lip colour that has a blue undertone. Universal Colours - These are those shades that generally come in between the cool and warm colours. The advantage of these is that they suit everyone and go with any share of lipstick. For light skin you are best to go with a peach, for medium skin rosewood works well and red is best for darker skin. Natural Colours - These are the neutral beiges and browns. These have very little red in them and are best used as a bronzer rather than a blusher and can in fact be use alongside your usual blusher. Unknown-3 How to Apply your Blusher? Now you have chosen the colour and type of blusher you are going to use let's consider how to apply it. Below are the steps for applying powder blusher: Step 1 - Never use the brush that comes with your blusher these are usually too small and will not give the right application. Get yourself a quality blusher brush before you start. Step 2 - Look into the mirror and give yourself a big grin. This will allow you to see where the apple of your cheek is. Step 3 - Dip the brush into the powder and remember to always shake off the excess before you begin. Brush over the apple of your cheek towards the ear using short up and down movements. Step 4 - Now blend in the blusher. You can do this by adding a horizontal stroke over the vertical ones and then blot with a tissue. For creams and gels follow the below steps: Step 1 - Look into the mirror and give yourself a big grin. This will allow you to see where the apple of your cheek is. Step 2 - Dab a small amount on the apple of your cheek and rub with your fingers. Ensure that you take the time to ensure this is blended properly. TIP for the day:If you were at all worried about blusher you should not be now. Experiment, try different colours, just remember that blusher should be subtle and look natural. Stay with us tomorrow as we talk about Mascara and Fake Lashes

About Highlighting

Step 1: Determining Your Face Shape

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Before beginning your highlighting and contouring, you must first determine your face shape.  Faces can be oval, rectangular, round, heart-shaped, oblong, diamond-shaped, or triangular (including inverted triangular).  To determine your face shape,  pull all of your hair back tightly and examine your face in the mirror, looking for the following attributes.  A measuring tape may be used to measure the length and width of the face for a more precise determination. OVAL: Oval-shaped faces have a length equal to 1.5 times the width of the face, with forehead and jaw equal widths. RECTANGULAR: Rectangular faces are 1/3 longer than the width of the face and have strong angles on the forehead and at the jawline. ROUND: Round faces are as wide as they are long, but with soft, rounded edges. HEART-SHAPED: Heart-shaped faces have the most width at the cheek, eye, and forehead areas, with a narrow to pointy chin.  Sometimes they will also have a high forehead. OBLONG: Oblong faces are as long as it is wide.  Straight sides, a high forehead, and larger than average distance between the bottom of the lip and the tip of the chin are common attributes of the oblong face. DIAMOND-SHAPED: Diamond-shaped faces are characterized by a narrow forehead and a narrow chin with the widest point at the cheeks. TRIANGULAR (and INVERTED TRIANGULAR): Triangular faces are wide at the forehead and narrowest at the jawline; inverted triangular faces are widest at the jawline and narrowest at the forehead.Determining your face shape will help you decide where to place your highlights and contours and what features you’d like to define or downplay.
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Highlighting certain features of the face can be super flattering for the spring time, if done properly. By illuminating specific areas of the face, you’re putting them in the spotlight, but don’t think taking a face powder with tons of shimmer and applying it all over will give you a flattering look. All good things must come in moderation (even glitter).When it comes to brightening any part of the skin, it’s always a good idea to stick with the “less is more” mindset. Features like cheek bones, under the brow and cupids bow, nose area, chin and forehead are all prime targets to apply some sort of illuminator. We put together every highlighter tip for your face, from where to put a brightener to which products you should be using. Take a look through the slideshow above to see some of our favorite celebrities exemplifying the highlighted, fresh-faced look. Tip for the day: "Less is more" Stay tuned tomorrow as we have to talk about the right shade of blush for you  

What products to use for contouring

  This actually depends on your skin type and the blend-ability of the product you are using. It is pretty obvious that a concealer will be much more pigmented than a foundation which might make it a tad bit harder to blend. For example, for someone with an oily skin type I would suggest that he/she uses a cream concealer 2 shades darker to contour and one that is 2 shades lighter to highlight. This needs to be set with a translucent powder to prevent it from slipping and sliding on your face. You don't need to stick with a single product. You could use a highlighting concealer and a contouring foundation. It's all up to what products you have access to! Infact, the brushes you use might actually make or break your highlighting-contouring routine, so keep that in mind too. It slims your face and creates definition and illumination to create a sleek, sculpted look. Kryolan_UltraFoundation_Cream_24_Colors_Palette_9008-m Tip for the day:  Your are not only enhancing your facial features, but also get a little confidence boost! Stay with us tomorrow as we talk about highlighting.

Makeup for brown eyes

Brown eyes.... we are the lucky ones You are asking why? Because for brown eyes you can go with any colour. Now its up to you what final look and effect you want to achieve. If you want to have a soft natural look use browns and beige colours. _MG_4946 Colourful makeup also looks awesome on our brown eyes. How to choose the colours? Try to mach it with your dress, or shoes, or accessories but if you like to experiment you can go with  different colours on your eyes it will still look fantastic. Just check our before and after picture how the eyes are more shiny and more prominent. last copy Lets have a bit more drama on the eyes. With dark colours your eyes will look clean, shiny and the brown colour will show much more. IMG_7246   If you have brown eyes don't be afraid to play with the colours and experiment... the colours are all yours.   Don't forget to visit our blog tomorrow Eyeliner application will be our topic tomorrow.  

Contouring and Highlighting

We can easily say that contouring and highlighting is one of the biggest  trends in makeup although contouring and highlighting is a part of a makeup application for a long time. What is contouring and highlighting?  With  contouring and highlighting we want to bring back the 3D look of the face, to give more dept on the contoured areas and highlight the highest point of the face. When you apply foundation on the skin it covers the blemishes and refreshes the face but at the same time it kinda wipes off the features and shapes. With  contouring we can give more dept and shape to the face also because we are shading the contoured areas will look optically sharper and smaller. For contouring we are using a greyish - brown colour as we want to make it look the natural and real as possible. This colour can be 3 or 4 shades darker than our skin colour. Highlighting is a process of enhancing the face areas where the light "hits the face".  The highlighted area  is lighter and optically looks wider and bigger. Usually its the centre of the forehead, under the eyebrows and under eye area, top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupid bow and centre of the chin.  The colour can be 2 or 3 shades lighter than our skin colour depends how intensive we want to go with it. Untitled Tip of the day: if you don't know where to contour your face, all you need to do is to check your face in a natural light in the mirror. The shadows on the face will show you where  you have to contour. Generally its the hairline on the forehead or the temples, eye socket, nose, under the cheekbones, jawline and chin. Don't forget the contours are changing as the per the face shapes and they are never straight. Also keep in mind that when you are contouring you are shading so the best contours are more shadows on the face perfectly blended and smoothened out not harsh lines.   Stay with us tomorrow as we will talk about contouring products in details