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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.

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

What is HD foundation and when is it used?

In today's digital age of Instagram, seven-second videos, and of course, selfies, an HD foundation becomes almost as essential to your social game as a strong Wi-Fi connection and adequate battery life. Long praised for their ability to create an airbrushed effect under the most high-def cameras, most formulas combine the use of coated pigments and ultra-fluid textures to provide a seamless finish, no matter how closely you will zoom in on a picture. HD Micro Foundation Smoothing Fluid is a soft, micronized foundation with anti-aging complex and protects the skin from harmful environmental influences – for a perfect appearance. Ideally suited for natural looking make-up for high definition camera work in photography, fashion shows, show events, weddings and more. Apply Smoothing Fluid thinly and evenly with a fine-pore make-up sponge or foundation brush. Allow to act briefly and powder if necessary with Micro Finish Powder. ECARF certified. The-changing-faces-of-Kiwi-women_Kryolan-2 HD Micro Foundation Cream is a micronized foundation with unique light reflection. Optically, it significantly reduces the shadow effects of wrinkles. Which means that it enables natural, youthful appearance especially with make-up for high-definition camera techniques for film, TV and photography. At the same time, special ingredients protect the skin from harmful environmental influences. Thinly and evenly apply HD Micro Foundation Cream with the included very fine-pore make-up sponge or alternatively with a foundation brush and set it with HD Micro Finish Powder. ECARF certified. base_image_33_3   Tip of the day: the secret of the HD foundations is to layer them while applying on the face. With this application technique you will get a perfect and flawless coverage but invisible on the skin. Visit our log tomorrow guys to read and learn about different foundation application techniques.

STUDENTS TESTIMONIAL

Dubai Zombie challenge   I attended the three days Dubai zombie challenge that took place in wonderland, Dubai from 7th till 9th of April 2016 The event was organised and supervised by the famous French Le Manoir de Paris, they are specialised in makeup and special effects. There were 2 amazing ladies Laura and Dalila they were responsible for the clients that wants to change into zombies, they took good care of them with smiles and love from the entrance till the makeup room, and they also were supervising the whole event. Then another French person to train the new zombies, in addition to two more men that were responsible for all the details of the game from maintenance to the safety of the clients, They were very well organised and they planned everything that they even had first aid kit to help the clients. First day i went before we start we had a meeting with the two professional French makeup artists Emilia and Camilla we were seven makeup artists in addition to them, by the second day we ended up in only 5 persons, they divide us as follows
  • One group for the latex
  • One group for the Air brush
  • One group for coloring details
  • One group for the final touch of clothes and hair and rest of the body
  • Camilla and Emilia took over the Air brush details and were also overlooking all the groups to make sure that we were on the right track
They also decide that we rotate every day so that we all get to learn everything in the process, also during the breaks they encouraged us to practice on our own bodies to learn more all the tricks. They were both very supportive and helpful they treated us as a team, they fluded us with all the experience and data needed to make sure that we become experts in such a short time, doing all the tricks and moves live really made a difference with us. They were answering all the questions asked, it was really not only an event it was like a professional special effects course and workshop at the same time. We had a lot of fun with all of them we even had the chance to try the game itself . I am really happy I was chosen to attend this event i learned totally new things in a very interesting filed of makeup which is the special effects, I want to thank Livia in the first place she is the one who recommended me to the group of the event, thanks for the support Lipstick Makeup institute.

Le Manoir de Paris presents The Dubai Zombie Challenge

Our students of, " The Lipstick Make Up Institute " have the great opportunity, have been chosen to be participate in an amazing event of Le Manoir de Paris which brought its popular Zombie Challenge event to Dubai, Spring 2016. This interactive event makes participants feel like they are the star of their own scary movie. Hollywood quality decor, makeup, costumes and music create an unforgettable ambiance. Physical challenges will intensify the experience as “Survivors” try to escape the zombie invasion.
The skills that our students obtained during this process uses special effects makeup is priceless.
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The Lipstick Make Up Institute @the Dubai Zombie Challenge

We are extremely happy and proud to be part of the Dubai Zombie Challenge. Our students got a great opportunity to take part in all preparations for this interesting and scary event. Its all about special effects makeup and airbrush. Creating the zombies is  a complex and complicated process and the most important is to make them look as real as possible. Products like latex, wax, blood are the essentials to create these looks. "It was an amazing and a great experience i really enjoyed it said Sneha one of our students IMG-20160409-WA0006 copy IMG-20160409-WA0013IMG-20160409-WA0011 IMG-20160409-WA0008IMG-20160409-WA0007  

Fun And Games in the Institute! Get Your Groove on @The Lipstick Make Up Institute & Yh Studios!

A little video from behind the scenes at Lipstick & Yh Studios. Even our make Up artists gets involved. Our students and clients love it here. Come and join in the fun. Learn how to apply your own make up on our self application courses and have your photograph taken by our professional photographers at the same time. Have a little dance too if you like., just like our clients, Steph and Mady. IMG_480862343 IMG_480862344-1 IMG_480862344-2 IMG_480862344-4 IMG_480862344-5 IMG_480862344