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Makeup-Look Younger

Makeup to Return YOUR YOUTH If you’re old enough for laugh lines, a skin care makeover can give you a fresher, younger look. Our skin dries and thins with age, so products used five years ago may look quite matronly today. A better routine calls for skin primer, a high-quality primer fills in small wrinkles, making them less visible. Makeup to Return YOUR YOUTH Start With Primer If you’re old enough for laugh lines, a skin care makeover can give you a fresher, younger look. Our skin dries and thins with age, so products used five years ago may look quite matronly today. A better routine calls for skin primer, a high-quality primer fills in small wrinkles, making them less visible. Forgo Thick Foundation If you still slather foundation directly over aging skin, you’re likely adding years to your look. That thick top coat tends to break into deep cracks, which look far worse than the fine lines you’re tried to hide. Instead, apply moisturizer, primer, then a light liquid foundation for additional skin-plumping moisture. Ryland suggests tapping it in gently with a sponge, rather than rubbing it in. Put Eyebrows Back On “Eyebrows are extremely important because they frame the face,” Ryant says. But the brows tend to grow thinner and grayer with age. To “put eyebrows back on,” Ryant recommends using eyebrow pencil that complements your hair color. Placing powder over the pencil will help it stay put. Some people choose to have eyebrows permanently tattooed, but the FDA and Consumer Reports has raised safety concerns about this practice. Reduce Dark Circles Getting enough sleep can also minimize dark circles under the eyes. But in some people, the discoloration comes from too much pigmentation in the skin. In that case, creams containing lightening agents such as retinol, hydroquinone, green tea, or vitamin C may help. To camouflage dark circles, use a concealer one shade lighter than your skin and yellowish in tone. Enhance the Shape of the Eye As we age, the eyelids tend to droop, so the goal is to draw attention away from the lid and toward the actual eye. Eyeliner is the key. Apply it in a thin streak along the line where the lashes begin, top and bottom. This will enhance the shape of your eye and create the illusion of thicker lashes. Use soft shades and a light touch when applying eye shadow. Plump Up the Lips Ryant offers three steps for creating plumper, younger-looking lips. Begin by coating the lips with foundation. Next, line the lips and fill them in completely with pencil. Finally, use a lipstick brush to apply a lip-plumping lipstick. Ryant sees good results, though Consumer Reports suggests the plumping may be modest. Choose a color with enough pigment to enhance the lips without being over-the-top bright. Enjoy the Boost … Read More

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Bigger Eyes

How to Make Your Eyes LOOK BIGGER You might see people on TV or in magazines with big, beautiful eyes and wonder how they got so lucky. However, it’s important to remember that no one you see in the media is going au natural. You don’t need surgery or expensive treatments to get bigger eyes, you just need to give the illusion that they’re larger. There are a number of methods you can follow to make your eyes look bigger, all of which are simple, inexpensive and doable at home. How to Make Your Eyes LOOK BIGGER You might see people on TV or in magazines with big, beautiful eyes and wonder how they got so lucky. However, it’s important to remember that no one you see in the media is going au natural. You don’t need surgery or expensive treatments to get bigger eyes, you just need to give the illusion that they’re larger. There are a number of methods you can follow to make your eyes look bigger, all of which are simple, inexpensive and doable at home. 1. Smooth Out Your Eye Area Swelling, puffiness, bags and dark circles can all give you the appearance of having smaller eyes. If you want your eyes to appear as large as possible, you need to smooth the area and get rid of as much swelling or puffiness as you can before you even think about getting started with your makeup. You can get specialist adhesive eye masks that are designed to do this job, but if you can’t get hold of any, or are on a budget, anything that cools the area should do a decent job. Try applying chilled damp tea bags, cold cucumber slices, or even ice, to your eye area for a few minutes. 3. Use White Eyeshadow White eyeshadow, strategically placed in the corners and along the edge of the upper eyelids, is your friend when it comes to making your eyes appear bigger. It reflects light and opens up the eye area, which makes those peeper seem to be bigger than they really are. It’s important to apply white eyeshadow carefully and sparingly, otherwise it can look messy. 5. Use a Volumizing Mascara There are so many kinds of mascara on the market that it can be hard to know which kind to pick. In terms of making your eyes look larger, having full lashes opens up the eye area, giving the illusion of having bigger eyes. As such, a volumizing mascara is your best bet. Me careful when applying, as clumpy mascara is never a good look. It’s best to avoid applying mascara to the lower lashes altogether. It can make it look like there’s too much going on in your eye area, and actually make your eyes appear smaller. 7. Enhance Your Lashes With Eyeliner Your lashes truly are a key player when it comes to making your eyes look bigger, so if you enhance them further, you’ll only improve the effect. A thin line of black eyeliner along the top lid of your eye, right close to the lashes, will serve to make your lashes appear fuller and more defined. This, in turn, will give the illusion of larger eyes. To get a thin, precise line, you’ll want to use a liquid eyeliner. If you find it hard to apply with a wand or a brush, there are a number of pen style liquid eyeliners on the market, which can be much simpler to get a smooth line with. 9. Define Your Crease It’s a good idea to define the crease in your eyelid, but not too much. Using a color slightly darker than your eyeshadow to define your crease will open up your eyes, making them look bigger, but going over the top will just look tacky. Using a large, soft brush, start in the middle of your crease and sweep the color out to the outer corner of your eyelid. A medium-brown is usually a good choice, but this depends on your coloring. 2. Prime Your Eyes With a Concealer Another method for brightening your eye area and making your eyes look bigger is using concealer in the eye area. A light reflective concealer is especially good for giving the appearance of larger eyes. You should start by dabbing small dots of concealer under your eyes and then carefully blend them in using your fingers, a makeup brush or a sponge. Be careful to choose a color that is appropriate for your skin tone. 4. Curl Your Eyelashes Something as simple as curling your eyelashes can make your eyes look wider and more open, giving them the appearance of being bigger. An eyelash curler is a basic and cheap bit of kit that most women have in their makeup bag, but few of us take the time to use it. It generally only takes 20 to 30 seconds to curl your eyelashes, so add just a small amount of time to your morning routine, and your eyes will be looking wide and gorgeous with little extra effort. 6. Shape Your Eyebrows Neat and well-shaped eyebrows can make a drastic difference to your face. A nice arch to the brow will have to make your eyes look bigger. However, neat doesn’t have to mean thin. Full, thick brows are in right now, and you can rock this look while still making your eyes appear bigger. Just make sure that you leave your brows well kempt, trimming them if necessary, and plucking any stray hairs. If you’re not lucky enough to have full brows, or if they’re recovering from over-plucking, you can fill in any bare areas using an eyebrow pencil or brow powder, in a color that matches your eyebrows’ natural hue. 8. Lighten Your Waterline The waterline is the name for the inner rim of your eyelid. The one that is, well, watery. While many people put black eyeliner inside their waterline, this can make your eyes appear smaller. It’s all very well with a sultry, smoky look, but for day to day wear, it will make your eyes appear more closed. Instead, you should lighten your waterline, as this will brighten up your eyes and make them seem larger. Use a white eye pencil inside your waterline to achieve this look. 10. Play With Color Experiment with color to find the best shade to compliment your skin tone. To make your eyes seem bigger, it’s generally best to go with lighter colors. Deep, rich hues — such as purple and turquoise — tend to look great on people with dark eyes, whereas golds, pinks and yellows look especially good on people with light eyes. However, remember that rules are meant to be broken, and go with whatever you think suits you best. 1. Smooth Out Your Eye Area Swelling, puffiness, bags and dark circles can all give you the appearance of having smaller eyes. If you want your eyes to appear as large as possible, you need to smooth the area and get rid of as much swelling or puffiness as you can before you even think about getting started with your makeup. You can get specialist adhesive eye masks that are designed to do this job, but if you can’t get hold of any, or are on a budget, anything that cools the area should do a decent job. Try applying chilled damp tea bags, cold cucumber slices, or even ice, to your eye area for a few minutes. 2. Prime Your Eyes With a Concealer Another method for brightening your eye area and making your eyes look bigger is using concealer in the eye area. A light reflective concealer is especially good for giving the appearance of larger eyes. You should start by dabbing small dots of concealer under your eyes and then carefully blend them in using your fingers, a makeup brush or a sponge. Be careful to choose a color that is appropriate for your skin tone. 3. Use White Eyeshadow White eyeshadow, strategically placed in the corners and along the edge of the upper eyelids, is your friend when it comes to making your eyes appear bigger. It reflects light and opens up the eye area, which makes those peeper seem to be bigger than they really are. It’s important to apply white eyeshadow carefully and sparingly, otherwise it can look messy. 4. Curl Your Eyelashes Something as simple as curling your eyelashes can make your eyes look wider and more open, giving them the appearance of being bigger. An eyelash curler is a basic and cheap bit of kit that most women have in their makeup bag, but few of us take the time to use it. It generally only takes 20 to 30 seconds to curl your eyelashes, so add just a small amount of time to your morning routine, and your eyes will be looking wide and gorgeous with little extra effort. 5. Use a Volumizing Mascara There are so many kinds of mascara on the market that it can be hard to know which kind to pick. In terms of making your eyes look larger, having full lashes opens up the eye area, giving the illusion of having bigger eyes. As such, a volumizing mascara is your best bet. Me careful when applying, as clumpy mascara is never a good look. It’s best to avoid applying mascara to the lower lashes altogether. It can make it look like there’s too much going on in your eye area, and actually make your eyes appear smaller. 6. Shape Your Eyebrows Neat and well-shaped eyebrows can make a drastic difference to your face. A nice arch to the brow will have to make your eyes look bigger. However, neat doesn’t have to mean thin. Full, thick brows are in right now, and you can rock this look while still making your eyes appear bigger. Just make sure that you leave your brows well kempt, trimming them if necessary, and plucking any stray hairs. If you’re not lucky enough to have full brows, or if they’re recovering from over-plucking, you can fill in any bare areas using an eyebrow pencil or brow powder, in a color that matches your eyebrows’ natural hue. 7. Enhance Your Lashes With Eyeliner Your lashes truly are a key player when it comes to making your eyes look bigger, so if you enhance them further, you’ll only improve the effect. A thin line of black eyeliner along the top lid of your eye, right close to the lashes, will serve to make your lashes appear fuller and more defined. This, in turn, will give the illusion of larger eyes. To get a thin, precise line, you’ll want to use a liquid eyeliner. If you find it hard to apply with a wand or a brush, there are a number of pen style liquid eyeliners on the market, which can be much simpler to get a smooth line with. 8. Lighten Your Waterline The waterline is the name for the inner rim of your eyelid. The one that is, well, watery. While many people put black eyeliner inside their waterline, this can make your eyes appear smaller. It’s all very well with a sultry, smoky look, but for day to day wear, it will make your eyes appear more closed. Instead, you should lighten your waterline, as this will brighten up your eyes and make them seem larger. Use a white eye pencil inside your waterline to achieve this look. 9. Define Your Crease It’s a good idea to define the crease in your eyelid, but not too much. Using a color slightly darker than your eyeshadow to define your crease will open up your eyes, making them look bigger, but going over the top will just look tacky. Using a large, soft brush, start in the middle of your crease and sweep the color out to the outer corner of your eyelid. A medium-brown is usually a good choice, but this depends on your coloring. 10. Play With Color Experiment with color to find the best shade to compliment your skin tone. To make your eyes seem bigger, it’s generally best to go with lighter colors. Deep, rich hues — such as purple and turquoise — tend to look great on people with dark eyes, whereas golds, pinks and yellows look especially good on people with light eyes. However, remember that rules are meant to be broken, and go with whatever you think suits you … Read More

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Cheekbones

Higher Cheekbones in an Instant In order to get higher cheekbones in an instant, you will need to use cream highlighter with a reflective nature along the line of the cheekbone blend it in with a foundation. Use a darker foundation colour two shades darker under your cheekbone line, blended with your foundation, into your skin, for a natural looking shadow. Use a setting spray to seal … Read More

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