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The Best Make Up Application Tips

Learning to properly apply your makeup can help you create a flawless face and help get you noticed. Follow these make up application tips to create the perfect finish!

Step 1: Create the Perfect Base

The number one key to creating a flawless face that is often overlooked is the importance of a good base. This does not mean caking on makeup until all problem spots are covered, instead it involves using a mixture of different products to create a natural, yet polished look.

Begin by washing your face and applying a clear moisturizer. It is important to recognize what type of skin you have so you can select the moisturizer that will leave your face feeling hydrated without looking oily. If you are unsure about your skin type, try visiting a department store cosmetics specialist, they will be able to point you in the right direction and recommend an appropriate product. After moisturizing, apply a foundation primer, followed by a tinted foundation that matches the colour of your skin. Pay attention to whether your skin has warm, neutral or cool undertones so you can best pick a foundation that will match your face.

Step 2: Cover Any Problem Spots

Invest in a good concealer. This can help turn your base into a flawless one where all attention will be on your best features. Don’t be turned off by concealers with green undertones, since green is opposite to red on the colour wheel, it is the colour that best hides redness. After applying concealer, blend with a makeup sponge and dust your entire face with a loose powder.

Step 3: Give Your Face a Beautiful Glow

Creating the perfect glow involves two steps. Be sure to follow the next few make up application tips carefully in order to avoid looking overdone. First highlight your cheekbones by applying a bronzer. The best secret for applying bronzer to accentuate your cheekbones is to pucker your lips and suck your cheeks in, this will leave a slight indent exactly where the bronzer should be applied. If desired you can also apply bronzer to areas where the sun would naturally hit your face, such as your forehead, nose and chin. Next choose a shade of blush that will compliment your skin tone – peach tinted blushes are universally flattering. Don’t be afraid to pick bright colours, simply make sure you apply in thin layers to the apples of your cheeks.

Step 4: Draw Attention to the Eyes and Lips

Begin with the eyeliner of your choice. Avoid drawing a sharp line; instead use short strokes to make sure you reach the small spaces in between your eyelashes. Blend with a natural brush to create a soft look. When choosing eye shadow, consider your skin tone and eye colour, and pick shades that compliment both. Makeup companies have begun selling eye shadow trios, specifically designed to flatter a certain eye colour or skin tone. Start with these and branch outward as you get more comfortable with the colours that suit you best. Be sure to blend each colour after applying to create a natural look. If you are unsure about what colours go well with you skin tone, visit a professional makeup retailer for colour choices and makeup application tips.

Finally, remember to finish your look off with a lip liner that matches your lips’ natural colour and a clear or slightly tinted lip-gloss to balance out your face.

By following these make up application tips, expert makeup application can become quick, easy and part of your morning routine. With just a few basic products you can put your best face forward and have the confidence that it will last through the day.

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