Playing with makeup is just so much fun – the inner artist is unleashed, while adding some polish to that face that gains you confidence to smile, and face the day feeling confident, and beautiful! Thus, I am starting my Playing With Makeup series – tips on what makeup to apply on given occasions.
First, I am going to tackle applying makeup for everyday, or going out. For those who have jobs at the mall, those who love going to the mall, or just going out for lunch, or dinner, makeup can be worn in such a way that it wouldn’t look overdone, or too overpowering. Makeup for casual occasions is supposed to be light, and refreshing.
Thus, here are some tips for that casual, and captivating makeup, accompanied with images of casual fashion by DEI Direct Sales, a proudly Filipino Direct Sales Company that has really interesting, and very, very affordable fashion wear!
Skip liquid foundation – it is too heavy. Reserve liquid foundation for semi-formal to formal events when you need full coverage. Two options for foundation application here – tinted moisturizer for dry, and normal skin, or pressed powder for oily skin. Tinted moisturizer would just even out your skin tone and would make your complexion look more polished and flawless, and pressed powder would give you decent, light to medium coverage with added oil control. Set with loose powder that has oil control properties, if you must.
Keep eyebrows groomed, if eyebrows are full, and thick. Trim, if there are brow hair that point downwards already. For sparse brows, use eyebrow powder to fill in. Brows must always be neat and filled in when sparse! Brow gel can also be used to fill in, and just put brows in place – in one direction, not all over! A spoolie brush is a must – it’s like combing your brows, very much analogous to combing your hair.
Eyeshadow application, in my personal opinion, must be simple, and yet elegant, beautiful, and fun! One color application will do, with some definition on the crease.
For daytime look, any fresh, happy shades will do! Be experimental with yellows, greens, blues, lilacs, and if you’re more after the timeless and elegant look – go for neutrals like taupe, gray, khaki, brown, and beige.
Apply one color of eyeshadow on the lids. Start at the lash line, gradually blending up, in such a way that there is a gradient from dark to light ( going upwards ). Define crease with a medium shade using a blending brush, blend, blend, and highlight with white ( pearly, or matte ) , or very pale yellow on the browbone. Textures can range from matte to shimmery, glitters can be applied, but sparingly.
For those who seek eye definition ( specially those who have small eyes ), two options – pencil, or gel ( or liquid ). For soft, defined eyes, draw pencil eyeliner on the lashline, and smudge it using Q-tips or a smudge brush, or a sponge tip applicator. For more, defined eyes, whip up your eyeliner brush, be it flat, angled, or pointed, and apply a thin line of gel eyeliner. Liquid is a bit harsh for natural look, but if you’re okay with it, then by all means, do so. You can play with all shades imaginable – from black, to brown, to even green, gold, or even purple!
Curl lashes, while mascara is optional. To make the eyes look bigger, black mascara is a must. For a more natural look, clear mascara can do.
Blush is always a must-apply because it gives color to your cheeks, as well as makes the face look not so flat. Cheek tint, or Cream blush can be applied by those who have dry to normal skin – it looks more natural, but for those who have oily skin – powder blush is the only way to go. For cheek tint and cream blush, you can apply it using a dual fibre brush, or just your fingertips – blend, blend, blend well, and for powder blush – apply with a blush brush, in circular strokes from cheekbones going diagonally to the hairline, blending as you go up.
Lips can be light, and well, juicy! Tinted lip balms from MAC or tinted lip glosses from Kiehl’s, and a local counterpart, which I love – Ellana lip balms, are just okay! Apply a layer in such a way that there is light tint – that would surely do. Lips can’t be too pale because of the makeup applied , but they also can’t be too heavy, unless it is for occasions held at night. For lipstick, peaches, pink-browns or sheer reds ( not the opaque one ) are the way to go.
If you’re wearing white, or black, then spice up your makeup and wear an interesting shade of eyeshadow – it can be yellow, it can be a fun pink, it can be a turquoise blue – always remember to blend up – from the heaviest gradient on the lashline until a faint shade of the color by the crease. You can also play with an interesting shade of lipwear – choose which one you’ll make pop out – eyeshadow, or lipcolor – do not make these two points fight for attention!
If you’re wearing a bright colored top, then you can always tone it down by wearing neutrals or earth shades.
Choose your blush shades according to your skin – fair skinned ladies must stick with pale pink ( and perhaps red for cheek tints ), while light to medium skinned ladies can work with gorgeous shades of peach. Dark skinned ladies will definitely look gorgeous with a nude shade of blush, or even red!
For dinners at night, you can try deeper shades, to give your face more definition and oomph.
Overall, I think we must exert an effort to express ourselves and make ourselves presentable while going out- fashion-wise, and beauty-wise. And, oh wait. Do you know, that makeup, is part of fashion? Fashion is the overall look of an individual, from head to toe, and how he/she carries him/herself. Therefore, clothes and makeup should be very much complementing each other, to pull off a stunning look!
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