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Start with a Clean Face

Moisturize, No Matter What

Recommended Products

How to Apply Concealer and Foundation

Creating Movie Star Cheekbones

Beautiful Lips & Eyes

Makeup artists can give you a makeover that makes you look like a movie star. With a few simple, quick and easy beauty tips, you too can make a big impact towards looking and feeling better about yourself.Here are a few beauty tips that most makeup artists know, and now you will know how to apply face makeup too.

Start with a Clean Face

Clean skin is the first step and the bases of your healthy, beauty routine. If you have sensitive skin, it's even more important to clean your skin properly and with a non-irritating cleanser based on your skin type.

  • Use a soap free, SLS free cleanser. With the right cleanser, your skin will become healthier, and you'll notice needing less concealer and foundation.

  • For dry skin, don't over cleanse and choose a lotion cleanser. Cleansing too often can deplete your skin of natural oils, leaving your skin drier. Night time is more important to cleanse thoroughly, and only rinse with a splash of water in the morning. Oily skin should cleanse twice, once in the morning and at night time. SLS free cleansers won't suds much, so don't think lack of foam means it's not cleaning your face.

  • No matter your skin type, use warm, not hot water with cleansing. Rinse with cool or lukewarm water.

  • Simple is better. Stay away from cleansers with lots of plant ingredients, which can end up irritating your skin. Cleansers that promise to also remove makeup may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Use a gentle day or night cream to remove eye makeup. Emu oil is also excellent and non-irritating for use as a makeup remover.

Moisturize, No Matter What

Keeping your skin hydrated is important and is a basic rule for healthy skin. Even oily skin needs moisturizing, but with an oil-free lotion instead of heavy creams. Always choose a moisturizer that will not clog pores (non-comedogenic). Moisturizer applied before foundation acts as a primer and will make the foundation glide on smoothly instead of gathering in fine lines or wrinkles.

Apply sunscreen of either SPF 15 or SPF 30. Dermatologists agree more than SPF 30 is a waste of money. Sun damage causes wrinkles and premature aging. Opt for a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are the safest, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the most effective.

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How to Apply Concealer and Foundation

Always apply concealer before foundation. Most people need foundation under eyes, for redness, and to cover any imperfections, such as dark spots or fine lines. Dot the concealer over areas you'd like to hide and blend with your finger or a concealer brush. Choose a shade that best matches your skin tone. A lighter shade will end up with uneven skin tones.

You probably won't need to apply foundation all over your face. This may result in a caked-on appearance and very obvious. Even worse, is if your neck ends up showing your natural color and your face the foundation color for a masked face look. Instead, apply the foundation over uneven areas of your skin.

Loose mineral foundation is best for sensitive skin. Apply it with a high quality kabuki brush. The right shade should disappear as your apply it. Using a darker foundation will look very obvious. In the summer use a bronzer for a sun-kissed blushing look. In winter, brighten up your complexion with a soft blush.

Matt foundation is best for oily skin, while an oil-free liquid or cream foundation is best for dry skin. Use a brush, sponge or your fingers to apply the foundation.

Creating Movie Star Cheekbones

The trick here is to apply bronzing powder first to create contour and depth to your cheekbones. Next apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, and then blend well. According to InStyle, choose a color that matches your cheeks when they're flushed after blushing, exercising or being out in the cold. The other way to choose the blush shade, is to match it to your natural lip color. Basically, fair skin looks best in rose, while peach and some rose shades look best with olive skin, and apricot or red compliment darker complexions. Apply your blush last, right before the finishing powder.

Tap off any excess before applying your blush powder. As you look in the mirror and smile, you'll see the apple of your cheek, where the blush should go. If you have a heavy hand and applied too much, use a kabuki brush and dust on a translucent finishing powder. Cosmetic rice finishing powder will result in a beautiful even application of your makeup, minimizes fine lines and reduces shine.

For a night time glam, dust on a dab of shimmery blush on the highest point of your cheekbones. Always apply your blush in one direction.

Beautiful Lips & Eyes

Depending on your mood or event, your lips can make a statement on their own.

  • With smokey eyes, use a concealer or foundation on your lips, before applying lipstick or gloss. This will make your lips appear soft with little color.

  • To plump up your lips, apply lip liner just outside of your natural lip line. Next dab a lip gloss in the middle of your bottom lips and smack them together.

  • Your lipstick shade should compliment what color you have on. Otherwise, go for a natural shade that matches your own lips, but only slightly darker. Orange shades may make your teeth appear yellow.

Easy Eye Makeup Tips:

  • For eye makeup, start with applying concealer to your lids.

  • For mascara, it's the roots of your lashes that give the illusion of length, not the tips. Wiggle the mascara wand back and forth at the lash base to accomplish this. Black mascara works best for all complesions.

  • Shaping your brows is important to frame your eyes. Use either a brow pencil or pressed powder eith a fine brush, fill in sparse areas.

  • Mascara and light to medium brown eye shadow may be all you need for a causual day time look.

  • Using a slanted brush or Q-tip, apply a fine line along the upper lash line for eyeliner.

  • For blue eyes, dark brown eyeliner works best. Otherwise, use black eyeliner.

  • Apply eye shadow heavier around lash line. Always blend and fade the shadow towards the crease of your lid.

  • To soften deep-set eyes, apply a light or neutral shadow under the brow and inner corner of the eye.

  • For smaller eyes, use medium eye shadow shade and blend upwards over the lids at the corner of the eyes.

  • For close-set eyes, use a dark shadow and eyeliner on the outermost corner of the lashes and lid.

  • To make your eyes appear rounder and more open, apply a dark shadow to the crease and outer corners of the eye.

How to Have Smokey Eyes

For smokey eyes, choose 3 shades of eye shadow. The most common shades used include black, gray, bronze and browns from light to medium. Avoid bright colors.

The lightest of the 3 shadows is applied on the inside corner of your eyelid on both your upper and lower lid. Apply the same shade under your eybrow. Medium shade is then put on your entire lid. Blend well. Darkest shade is sweeped from halfway inwards from the outer corner of your eye.

Apply this darkest shade to the crease of your eyelid as well. The inside half of your eyelid should not have any dark shadow. Apply a little of your dark shadow onto your lower lid. Always start at the outside corner and bring in only about halfway in. Blend the lightest colors first, then the other shades, making sure there is no sharp divide between them.