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05/11/2009

How to Apply Eye Makeup in 8 Steps

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  1. Prep your eyes with concealer Concealer can be used to cover up undereye circles or just the bluish discoloration just under your inner eye. To cover dark undereye circles, apply three dots of concealer under each eye. Start at the inner corner where skin tends to be darkest, then under the pupil and the third on the outer edge. Pat, never rub with your ring finger (this finger tends to have the softest pad) until it disappears.
  2. Apply eye base to your lid it is the secret
  3. keeping your shadow in place for hours. Without properly priming your lid first, your eyeshadow will likely end up a greasy line in your crease.
  4. Apply shadow. It's great to use a three-toned shadow and build from lids to brow. Allowing them to blend into each other like a rainbow is gorgeous, according to celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Start with a light color that almost matches your lid. Sweep the color across the lid and up to your browbone. Follow with a medium color across your lid only. Build on this with a darker color in the crease. Blend the colors well.
  5. Follow with eyeliner Dark eyeshadows work great as eyeliners. Wet a slanted brush, then dip in a dark eyeshadow. Line eyes as close to the upper lashes as possible from the inner corner to the outer corner. Follow with liner on bottom eyes, but only line from the middle of the eye out. Smudge the bottom line with a Q-tip or your finger. You don't want a prominent line. For a smokey eye, use a brush to pat in a dark eyeshadow along the upper lid and below the lid. You don't want a stark line, instead you want to blend it so it's 'smudge-y.'
  6. Brighten your eyes with a highlighter This step involves only the inside part of the eye. With a gold or pink highlighter (white is too bright), draw a v-shaped shape that follows the inner corner of your eye from top to bottom. Blend with your fingers. This will help make eyes 'pop.'
  7. Highlight your brow Take the same highlighter and dab it on your browbone, concentrating on your mid-brow outward. Blend with your finger.
  8. Curl lashes An eyelash curler will make even long lashes look more gorgeous. For added effect, you can heat the curler under a blowdryer for a couple seconds. Test curler before applying to lashes because you could burn yourself.
  9. Apply mascara Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle back and forth. Follow with another few sweeps of the wand. Apply to bottom lashes as well.


Make Your Eyes Looks Closer Together, Farther Apart, Bigger, Rounder or Oval

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Not everyone is born with the perfect face. If you asked your friends most of them would say they felt their eyes were too close together, too far apart, too squinty or... well you get the picture.
Thankfully we live in a day where makeup can do all sorts of optical illusions. Here I list a few simple techniques using eye shadow & eyeliner to create several illusions based on your needs.

To make your eyes look...

  • closer together. Most eyes look better when the emphasis is on the outer corner of the eye (or the 'v'). But emphasizing the inner corner will make eyes look closer together.
    Start by sweeping a light shadow over the whole eye area. Then dust a medium color on the inner half of the eyelid and blend outward to create a natural finish. Next, line from the inner corner of the eye to the middle & then blend outward.

  • further apart. If your eyes are less than an eyes-width apart, you can create the allusion of being wider set by keeping the inside corners of your eyes light and the outer edges darker. To do this, sweep a concealer one shade lighter than your skin at the inner corner of the lids. Blend well and don't forget the gray shadowy areas on the side of your nose. Take a matte eyeshadow in a medium-to-dark shade and stroke it outward and slightly upward from the middle part of your lid to the outer half of your lid. Take eyeliner and start the line just a bit in from the inner corner of your eye, tapering the line up and out, just a bit past the outer corner of the eyes.

  • bigger. The key to making eyes bigger is to focus on light shades. Dark ones will make eyes appear even smaller. Sweep a light shade over lid, then shade the outer corner of the lid and the crease with a darker shade. Line the outer upper and lower lids with eyeliner making sure to taper a bit outside the eye (elongating it). Lastly, a dab of white or cream shadow in the middle of the browbone will make eyes pop. (A word of warning: make sure brows are perfectly plucked, otherwise stray hairs will stand out as if lit by klieg lights).

  • less...droopy. You can lift down-turned eyes with makeup. Apply shadow to the outer corner of the lid, extending color up and out like a feline shape. Add a light highligher color to brow bone and skip the eyeliner -- it will only accentuate the 'droopy' contour. Apply mascara, concentrating on the inner corner of the eye. Lastly, you can try smudging a silver show on the inner corners of the eyes to help 'lift' them.

  • less deep-set. Those with deep-set eyes have prominent browbones. To downplay browbone, sweep a light or medium-tone shade on lid, then shade in a slightly darker shade above the eye crease. Apply eyeliner from the inside of the eye, making it thicking in the middle of the eye & then tapering it towards the outer part of the lid. Apply light highlighter shade to browbone.

    And lastly, here's a great eyeshadow and eyeliner trick for Asian eyes...
    Since the eyelids of Asian women can seem to disappear when the eyes are open, you can add definition by sweeping a medium-toned shade across the lid & browbone. Dust under the brow with a light highlighter shade to accentuate the brow bone and then use a pencil liner to line the upper and lower lash lines. Make sure line is very fine and natural looking.

 



How to wear red lipstick III

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Red lipstick is the stiletto heel of make-up,' says Terry Barber, director of make-up artistry at MAC. In other words, it's instant sexiness  -  a slick of glamour in a tube.
And ladies, you'd better get used to it, as next season red  -  voluptuous, waxy, carmine or vermilion  -  is back in the fashion spotlight once more.
It was everywhere on the catwalks for autumn/winter, lighting up shows including Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Emporio Armani and Alexander McQueen. But, then, red lips have been around for a while.
'Pure red lipstick is as classic as a Chanel suit,' says Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure magazine in the U.S. 'There are women who wouldn't wear anything else. But it also carries a certain responsibility with it.'
That responsibility is that wearing red makes you the centre of attention. So you had better get it right.
PREPARING YOUR LIPS
There are four steps you should observe before applying red lipstick, says Bethan Owens, make-up artist at Clinique.
First, exfoliate: 'Buff away any dead skin from the lips using a specific lipexfoliating cream or brush gently with a toothbrush.' Secondly, moisturise: 'Apply a balm such as Clinique's Superbalm Lip Treatment (£10) and then blot away any excess.' Thirdly, use a primer on the lips to make a more even surface. Lastly, to ensure the lipstick doesn't 'bleed' into the skin above and below the mouth, use a well-matched lip liner, which will also enable you to achieve the correct shape evenly  -  this is all before the colour goes on
CHOOSING A SHADE
Traditionally, make-up artists have agreed on the rules for matching a red to your skin tone: cool bluey reds should be worn by paler skin tones and warm orangey reds work better with olive-tanned skins.
Corals, it seems, can be worn by most people. But recently, there's been more room for debate. 'I don't confine red lipstick to skin tone,' says Terry Barber at MAC. 'A blue shade of red is more formal and grown up, whereas an orange red is a little bit more undone  -  and provides a good match for tousled and unkempt hair.'
Beware of red lipsticks if your teeth are on the yellow side  -  some bluey reds can make the teeth appear less white.

How to Apply eye shadow

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The base, usually a very light taupe, a highlighter for the crease and a main color for the lid, but how to get them to look as if they merge into each other like the colors of a rainbow? My secret: Start light then go darker. Brush the base color, apply the lid color and THEN apply the highlighter. Also, don't be too heavy-handed or you'll have to start over. Extra tip: Practice makes perfect.

Secret #2: Choose shadows that make the color of your eyes pop

Gone are the days when beauty experts advised against blue shadow. Matching the color of your eye with a shadow actually brings the color out (think blue shadow on blue eyes). At the same time, contrasting colors make eyes pop too (think a deep jeweled blue shadow on deep brown eyes).

Secret #3: Never cover your browbone with deep color -- unless you're doing a cover shoot for Vogue

You don't want the drama too much shadow brings. Apply shadow up to the browbone but don't apply shadow ON the bone unless it's a neutral color or a highlighter.

Secret #4: Highlighter can make or break your look

When applying dark shadow to the crease of your eye, be careful to blend only on the outside edge. Get to close to the eye and you'll cause your eyes to look teeny and beady.

Secret #5: Set shadow with a great base

Primers are super hot right now because they help set makeup that stays for hours.

Secret #6: Shimmer is hot, but plays up wrinkles

Shimmer makes eyes really pop, but it also highlights heavy lids, lines and wrinkles. A great look for shimmer is to create a 'nude' lid, but apply a bit of gold shimmer to the browbone. Gorgeous!

Secret #7: Smokey is great, but keep it to the lid

Making up a smokey eye? Keep color to the lid and just under the lower lashline. Don't extend color above the crease.

Secret #8: How to pair shadow with red lips

Remember the beauty rule 'Thou Shalt Not Play up the Lips AND the Mouth.' If you're going for dramatic red lips (never out of fashion), cover unsightly blue lines on lids with a concealer or shadow primer and then keep eyeshadow light.

Secret #9: Make eyes brighter with white

A dot of white shadow or pencil on the inside of the eye near the tear duct will make eyes look brighter. 

 

 


How to wear red lipstick II

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Red lipstick is a universal classic and has yet to go out of style, according to the fashion magazines, yet many women assume they can't wear it. They're wrong. Here we show you how.
Rule No. 1: The secret lies in the rest of your face. The paler the skin, the bigger the pop. Go light on the eyes and the blush, otherwise you’ll risk looking like a clown

Rule No. 2: Line inside of lips Red lipstick tends to bleed, so fill in lips with lip liner first, suggests makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff in the December 2006 issue of Harper's Bazaar.

Rule No. 3: Pick the right color If your complexion is pink, you'll look better in plum shades, while girls with yellow tones are flattered by warmer reds that have a brown base, according to celebrity makeup artist Jemma Kidd in the December 2005 issue of Harper's.

Rule No. 4: Don't let nails clash We prefer non-red nail polish when you're going red on the lips. A clear polish or light color is cool, and black polish is a trend that shows no sign of going away anytime soon. If you want to go red on the nails, make sure the color matches your lip

Rule No. 5: Blending is in Few makeup artists stick to one shade of any lipstick, they tend to blend a few to create the perfect colors. If you've bought a red lipstick shade that's too bright, dark or whatever, don't throw it away. Instead, experiment with other lipstick shades you have on hand to create the perfect shade of red.

How to Wear Vibrant Eyeshadows

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Yes, those jewel-toned eyeshadows are in, but how to wear them? Here are some basic tips to consider:

Blending is key The richest colors should stay closest to the lashline, fading as it reaches your eye's crease, according to Barneys New York makeup artist Carlos Geraci in the April 2006 'O' magazine.

Pick colors that flatter your eyes & skin color Blue shadows make blue eyes pop, while lilac & purples are gorgeous on brown eyes & black-skinned & olive-skinned women. If you have pink skin (as opposed to a yellow base), avoid pinky-purples.

Use 2 shadows, a light & a dark Pick a soft color for the entire eye area up to the browbone & then use the darker color only up to your eye's crease.

Keep the rest of your makeup light Nude lips with gloss suits these strong eyes perfectly. Avoid colors on lips, they'll not only compete with your strong eyes, but the colors could clash.

How to wear Blue eyeshadows

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How to wear Blue eyeshadows


 Blue eyeshadow is especially trendy
However, there are right & wrong ways to wear this trend that got its start in the Victorian period when a bluish tinge to the eyelids was considered beautiful (& the sign of a weak & innocent heart). Most women look great in neutral shades, like bone or browns, but the brighter the shade the harder it is to get it right. Here are 5 tips on the right ways & the wrong ways to wear blue eyeshadow.

Rule #1: Not everyone can get away with it Blue looks best on women with fair skin & black or platinum haircolor and brown or gray eyes, or on women with very dark skin. So can you wear blue if you have blonde hair & blue eyes? This spring you can because it's so trendy. Just refrain from perfectly matching the shadow to your eye color. Why? Think about it: Would you display sapphires on a blue cloth? According to makeup artist, Bobbi Brown, it's best not to match your shadow to your eyes because all anyone will notice is the shadow.

Extra tip: In this season of jewel-colored shadows, which ones looks best on green & blue-eyed girls? Dark browns & taupes work well for blondes. Green eyes look good in cooler colors such as deep purples & lilacs. Experts say the right shade of blue can make blue eyes pop, while lilac & purples are gorgeous on brown eyes & black-skinned & olive-skinned women. If you have pink skin (as opposed to a yellow base), you should avoid pinky-purples.

Rule #2: Blending is key. Used to be electric blue shadow was great on the runway & in the pages of Vogue, but not on the streets or in the galas of anywhere (including New York). Not anymore. This season bold colors won't look cheap, just make sure to use a professional brush (throw away the freebies) and blend well into the eye.

For a softer & modern look, try placing a dark blue close to the lashes with brighter colors further away.
If you do want to add a bit of glamour to your life, you can with blue eyeshadow. A sheer wash of pale, iridescent blue on your lids and a hint of metallic brow powder will liven up your skin & make you look sun-kissed.
Extra tip: Want even more glamour? Try the makeup artist favorite: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Moire, a colored mascara that catches & reflects light beautifully as it catches your lashes.

Rule #3: Use 2 shadows, a light & a dark Pick a soft color for the entire eye area up to the browbone & then use the darker color only up to your eye's crease.

Rule #4: Don't go too high. Dark shades can make eyes recede so make sure not to place color above the crease line.
Extra tip: Are your eyes red? Blue eyeliner will 'erase' those red eyes.

Rule #5: Skip the black eyeliner. It's just too harsh. Instead, try a deeper-hued shade of blue. Navy or indigo works great. Keep in mind that blue eyeliner can make blue eyes pop!

Rule #6: Keep the rest of your makeup light Nude lips with gloss suits these strong eyes perfectly. Avoid colors on lips, they'll not only compete with your strong eyes, but the colors could clash.

Rule #7: Avoid matching your shadow to your clothes.

How to choose Eyes shadows for Brown Eyes

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Kits

Though brown-eyed individuals can pull off nearly every shade available, they might opt for a customized kit to make things easier. Many convenient palettes containing just the right colors for brown eyes are available. Here are a few.
  • Pop Beauty Brown Eyes Eye Class features 12 shadows carefully chosen to enhance brown eyes. It's the perfect example of brown's ability to pair well with just about anything! This sleek palette contains everything from sunny yellow to bold cranberry to subtle peach.
  • Sephora Colorful Pro Brown Eyes Shadow Palette is a color-coordinated palette of six shades ranging from violet to brown to peach. Worn together, the colors create the ultimate smoky eye; worn individually or two at a time, they have a low-key impact. 
The brown-eyed girl is a lucky woman, indeed. She's got a whole world of eye shadows available at her disposal, and practically nothing is off limits. Though she probably can't pull off every single color of the rainbow, the brown-eyed girl still has a plethora of shades to work with. Greens, champagnes, bronzes, golds, browns and blues are just some of the shades that play beautifully with brown eyes. Choosing the right colors will make your eyes pop! Whether you opt for a customized color collection which is specially formulated to play up various eye colors) or just want to be bold and try something completely different, you're sure to find something to make those chocolate eyes stand out.


Browns

It's a no-brainer: Brown eye shadow is a perfect fit for brown eyes. Here are some great shades to add to your collection.
  • MAC Espresso is a matte brown shade that perfectly plays up brown eyes. True to its name, it's one of the most versatile shades in MAC's  impressive collection of colors, and is often touted as a liner, shadow and brow-filler in one. Wear it in the crease during the daytime and apply with a more heavy hand at night for a more dramatic look. Use a wet liner brush to achieve a bold line.

Purples

This regal hue will make you feel like the belle of the ball no matter where you go. Purples can be tricky, but with such a wide array of variations to choose from, almost any skin tone can pull off this lovely color now.
  • Laura Mercier Violet Eye Colour Duo contains two striking shades: a purplish-taupe and a grayish-purple metal. On its own, the gray-toned hue is perfect for daywear; it adds just a hint of color to the eyelids and is neither too dark nor too light. The deep purplish-taupe shade is the perfect complement to the lighter color; wear it as an eyeline orr build for a smoky effect. The shadow's "cashmere" finish is ultra-soft and long-wearing.
  • DuWop Violet Eyes is a tribute to purple's many variations – everything from shimmery violet to sweet lilac to vibrant amethyst is included in this pocket-size palette. Its many options allows everyone to experiment with this color and try out different looks.

How to choose eyeshadow colours

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  • Blue: Rich warm browns, warm taupes and soft peaches
  • Green and Hazel: Golden browns, warm taupes, deep purples, soft peaches and soft violets.
  • Grey: Charcoal, cool brown and purple.
  • Brown: Knock yourself out...you lucky women get to wear any color you want!

 If you have fair skin tone stay away from darker shades
if you have a darker skin tone stay away from whites and faor colours


Choosing the best eyeshadow for your skin tone and eye color will help your eyes to stand out. It makes the whites of the eyes appear "whiter," causing the iris color to "pop." I'm not saying you have to stick with these colors for the rest of your life,

How to wear Red Lipstick


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Barely-there eyes and luscious red lips are the height in make-up sophistication. Think old-school Hollywood glamour: Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe favoured the look and they were classed as the most beautiful, elegant ladies at the height of their game. Today, superstars like Gwen Stefani, Alison Goldfrapp and Scarlett Johansson have modernised the look effortlessly but, truth be told, it is a difficult style to pull off. The wrong shade of red can have you rivalling the best of the drag queens or resembling Pat Butcher - you have been warned. Follow our guide for mistake-free seduction in red.

 Pout make-up artist, Dee McMahon says, "The single most important thing to be aware of when wearing red lipstick is your skin tone. Are you a warm red or a cool red?"
If your skin has pink undertones you should stick to reds that have a pink base whereas, if you have warm yellow tones, you will best suit a red with a golden or tawny base (also great for bringing out green eyes). If you're pale and pink, lipsticks that have a touch of blue will be the best match for you. Berry tone reds (plum, raspberry, and cherry) are best suited to Asian skin.
Dee adds, "If you come across a true primary red the colour of a London bus, grab it. This colour suits everyone."

A common mistake when choosing a shade while standing at the beauty counter is testing the colours on the back of your hand. Always use the pads of your fingers; these are a much better indication of how the colour will look on your lips.

Remember, this is an attention-grabbing look. Preparation is key to avoid stepping on the wrong side of the glamour-puss/tramp line so buff and balm the lips before applying any colour. Use an old toothbrush to get rid of any flakes of skin. This will also make your lips naturally a bit plumper and redder. Wipe off any balm to stop your lipstick sliding straight off.


Blend a small amount of lightweight concealer around the mouth to heighten contrast and enable you to get a really polished look. Lip liner is essential with red lipstick. It helps to seal the colour and prevent the ultimate red lipstick faux pas: bleeding. Liner also acts as great base for lipstick, so use it all over the lips. Try and use the same shade as the lipstick so it doesn't alter the finished look, most brands sell corresponding shades.


When applying reds always use a lip brush. It gives you much more control over where, and how much colour you are putting on. Dont be tempted to whack it on straight from the stick, it'll end in disaster. Red pigment is very strong and doesn't easily come off surrounding skin; you run the risk of looking like you've had an encounter with some particularly brutal stubble - and not in a good way. Work up colour gradually. Kiss a tissue to remove access before adding another layer and the pigment will last a lot longer.


Don't be tempted to match red lipstick to your red dress/ handbag/ necklace. If you're wearing red, it's probably best to steer clear of red lipstick but if you have to, wearing different but complimentary shades of red is a much more modern approach.


If you're planning on eating, avoid anything oily like salad dressing or olive oil pasta sauces. Oil dissolves lipstick and will spread the pigment all over your face. Not a good look.


Keep foundation light and flawless, even avoiding blusher if you can get away with it. You don't have to keep skin flat: a dewy look is much more wearable and less work than attempting to keep matt and running the risk of looking caked.


If you're going for impact on your lips, don't use bright colours on your eyes. The '80s blue eye shadow and red lips look only looks good at fancy dress parties. Keep eyes neutral but defined with a feline flick of black liner at the corners.










How to do gothic make up

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When most people think of gothic eye makeup they usually imagine thick, black lines around the eye, and panda-like dark eyeshadow. (Er, guilty...) Whilst this is a tried-and-true gothic look, your friendly neighbourhood goths will reveal swirls, glitter, and even - gasp! - colour. Many gothic girls and guys like to get creative with makeup, and 'dramatic' is the word to remember. PS - with this makeup, non-goths are also allowed!

Goths and eyeliner - a match made in purgatory

Because thick, dark eyeliner is a Gothic staple, let's start there. Liquid eyeliner makes a smooth, sharp line, but it can be tricky to work with; a steady hand is a must. (If you really want to use it, remember practice makes perfect. No, really!) For a great smoky look, use a pencil liner dipped in matching eyeshadow. You can also use a dampened small brush and powder eyeshadow. Of course, you can never go wrong with black eyeliner, but purple, green, blue, even red and white can all look great lining the eyes.
If you draw thick lines around the entire eye, your eyes will look smaller (dark colors make things recede). If that's the look you're going for, then great. Otherwise, don't join the lines in the corners, or line only the bottom half of your lower lid. You can also line the top and bottom lids in different colors. White eyeliner on the inside of your bottom lid will make your eyes look bigger and brighter, but be careful doing this if your eyes are sensitive.

Gothic eye makeup made easy: Eyeline designs

You can also extend the eyeliner past your lids to create designs. This can be as simple as a small "wing" extending past the upper lid (think retro) or a little swirl, or you can get fancy and draw curly-cues, sharp points, and other designs all around the eye. Liquid eyeliner looks better than pencil for these types of gothic eye makeup designs. If you have trouble drawing with liquid, try drawing with pencil first and then going over with liquid. Again, remember that black isn't the only colour - you can draw, accent, or fill in your designs with any colour!

Complex gothic eye makeup designs

Use your imagination when creating complex designs. Avoid bat wings, spider webs, or anything right out of The Crow - these looks are seriously overdone and you will become a living cliche. Look to others for inspiration (search the Internet for ideas), but be careful not to directly copy others' looks. The great thing about Gothic makeup is that you have the chance to be as creative and dramatic as you wish to be! Why copy someone else's look when you have some great ideas of your own?

Colour is just another form of black. Turquoise and fuschia? Yes please, missus

When it comes to eyeshadow, again, don't be afraid of colour. Yes, black is gothic, but so are all dark, jewel-toned colors, like emerald, plum, and dark red. Some goths like to use bright stripes of color, like bright yellow, turquoise, and fuschia. Layer colors to create coy cat eyes (purples and greens work great for this effect), use a variety of grays and silvers to make your eyes look vampy and smoky, or experiment with whatever dramatic looks you dream up. (For example, red eyeshadow with a black leopard-print effect in liquid eyeliner...)

Eye glitter

Many goths also love glitter. You can lightly sprinkle fine glitter over your gothic eye makeup for a slightly shimmery effect. You can also try dampening a Q-tip (cotton bud), then dip it directly in glitter and apply to your eye. This looks great over eyeshadow. Be careful when applying glitter near your eyes - glitter in the eyes is no fun. Keep your eye shut while applying the glitter to that eye.

  1. Start with a clean, moisturized face. Let the moisturizer set for a few minutes. Blot any excess moisturizer with a tissue as greasy skin will make the foundation slip and slide.
  2. Dip your foundation brush into the white cream-based foundation to wipe up a thin layer onto the brush. Using the foundation brush, gently pat the cream foundation onto the surface of the face in an evenly thin layer. Repeat dipping and gently patting the foundation until the entire face is completely covered with a thin and even base.
  3. Avoid dragging the brush across the face, as this movement will wipe off the makeup. Blend well at the hairline and jaw line to avoid a mask-like look.
  4. Once your entire face is covered with a thin and even layer, set the foundation immediately after by brushing loose powder that is lighter than your skin tone, such as porcelain. This absorbs the excess oils on the skin that causes the cream foundation to smear. It helps the makeup to stay put and not move for hours. The powder or cream foundation texture is similar to acrylic gouache painting for its opacity and durability.
  5. Repeat the white cream foundation and powder process a second time for a more dramatic look for evening. This will help create even longer-lasting results.
  6. If makeup is for film or photography, three thin layers of foundation with loose powder in between are recommended to last for many hours, even under hot lights.
  • Full coverage cream foundation in geisha white: A full coverage cream foundation goes on smooth and easy thanks to its liquid texture. This enables you to apply thin and even layers. If your skin is darker and white is too much of a contrast, you can also mix it with foundation of your skin tone.
  • Loose porcelain powder: This type of powder comes in a container with sieve top that controls the amount of powder you want to add on your kabuki brush. Twirl your brush around the powder on top of the sieve for an even coating before applying it on your face from the forehead down to your cheeks, nose and chin. Blend well around hair and jaw lines.

How to fix a broken eye shadow

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If you are so clumsy a.k.a me :)) and u always drop and break eye shadows and than think how to fix it here is a solution, we are actually following the similar steps to pressing pigments.

We need an alcohol, tissue, and a coin ( instead of alcohol you can use a cologne water too )

so put all your broken shadows into its pan , than spray 2 or 3 times from the alcohol, than rub your coin to a tissue and press the eye shadow :) you are done ....

How to wear blac eye shadow

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For an elegant and sophisticated look, try wearing black e/s.  It is appropriate for parties, as well as for business events where you need to look your sharpest. Don't be intimidated by the intense pigmentation. If you've previously attempted to wear black eyeshadow only to end up with a mess, you can put your concerns behind you--with a little know-how, you can keep black eyeshadow form falling onto the area under your eyes in the process of applying it.

Apply foundation to both top and bottom eyelids. Smooth an  e/s primer on from lash line to brow bone. To fully bring out the pigmentation of black eyeshadow, blend a concealer or flesh tone eyeshadow on. This serves as a base that will make the eyeshadow pop instead of looking murky against the skin.

Select what eyeshadow formulation to use. Liquid-to-powder or creme-to-powder eye shadows are the least messy. They don't flake off during application as a powder would. However, they may also appear more sheer and would therefore be less dramatic than a highly pigmented black powder. Apply an even layer of black creme or liquid eyeshadow from lash line to slightly above the crease using an eyeshadow brush especially manufactured for use with creme-based shadows. Before the eyeshadow dries, blend it from the crease upwards so that it fades gradually. Stop just under the brow bone.


Put down a thick layer of translucent powder under each eye with a mid size fluffy brush. This is a preventive measure in case of eyeshadow fallout. Dip a flat head eyeshadow brush into the black powder eyeshadow. Tap off excess to minimize shadow fallout. Press the eyeshadow on from lash line to just past the crease. Use this stippling motion all throughout. You do not want to sweep the eyeshadow on; this will cause it to fall instead of adhering to the skin.

Take a black pencil with a creamy texture. Work the color into both upper and lower lash lines. Intensifying your lash lines in this way will bring out the shape of your eyes so they don't get overwhelmed by the black eyeshadow. Use a cotton swab to smudge the lines. You may leave the top lash lines alone if you are happy with the way they look, but soften the bottom lines for a smoky--instead of harsh--effect.


Dab flesh tone eyeshadow onto brow bones using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. For an evening event, a shimmery flesh tone eyeshadow is appropriate. With the same brush, buff away any evident and hard lines in your eye makeup so that each color's edges blend.


Finish your eye makeup by filling in and shaping your brows, curling your eyelashes and applying mascara. This step is especially important if you want to look polished. Black eyeshadow can leave you looking washed out. You'll want to make sure that you don't neglect the other elements of your look. When you are through applying your eye makeup, sweep away the thick layer of translucent powder on your under eye area.

K BY BEVERLEY KNIGHT

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Soul superstar Beverley Knight MBE launches her first ever cosmetics range, K By Beverley Knight The brand is entirely unique and the first to provide a full range of products that address all of the issues currently overlooked for darker skin tones.

The range, which covers 15 products, from oil-free foundations through to eyeliners and highlighters, is both sophisticated and affordable – perfect for today’s modern woman!

Often referred to as the Queen of British soul, Beverley Knight’s success as a vocalist and songwriter has given her a career that has spanned over a decade and brought her a huge following. Having won three MOBO Awards in addition to Mercury and BRIT nominations, Beverley was awarded an MBE in 2007 in recognition of her contribution to music and various charitable projects. With her musical career ever growing, Beverley has continued to expand her talents and has dedicated time to creating the K by Beverley Knight cosmetics brand.

With so few brands that cater to the needs of dark and black skin, she has always felt that there was a gap in the beauty industry and this project was born out of her desire to create a brand that satisfies every skin type and tone.

“Time and time again I would find myself looking for make-up that would work for my skin – everything from bases to eye shadows and lipsticks. The choice was very limited and, like the vast majority of black and dark-skinned women, I found there wasn’t anything that provided the full spectrum of colours I needed. I was so excited to be offered the chance to work on my own range of products, introducing a home-grown brand which caters to all tones of black and asian skin.”
Beverley Knight

K by Beverley Knight is distributed by Jigsaw esl.

How to Choose the Right Mascara

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 Mascaras available in the market nowadays are protein-filled and contain waxes that are designed to condition your lashes and are formulated to prevent damages to your eyelash. Know the difference in the types of mascara and pick the one that's perfect for you. Remember that there's no such thing as too much mascara! Make your lashes thicker with several coats.
Lengthening Mascara. These mascaras have thick bristles. This allows you to get more mascara on your lashes, most especially on the tips of your eyelash. This gives an illusion of longer lashes to your eyes.
Thickening Mascara. These products contain a thicker formula which makes your lashes come out bulkier. Long and thick eyelashes immediately bring attention to the eyes by making them appear bigger and brighter. Volume is enhanced, which suits best especially if you're not blessed with much lashes.
Waterproof Mascara. These non-smudging mascaras contain special synthetic formulation that helps repel moisture. An oil film is formed around each lash which protects it from moisture. This is perfect for those who have oily skin or deep-set eyes that easily bring lashes into contact with the skin.

On the other hand, waterproof mascara are pretty difficult to remove, such that you may have to work hard on your eye area which may bring some damage to your eyelash and mild skin around your eyes. Some small particles may also remain concentrated under the eyes after washing. This may leave you with permanent dark circles, when used daily.
Here are some additional tips on mascara application:
Long and thick eyelashes must be curled with an eyelash curler to create an eye-opening effect. To achieve a more natural look, try using small curlers which curls lashes individually.
To avoid smudging, take care of the bottom lashes before touching the top lashes. When applying to the lower lashes, tilt your head forward. Tilt backward when applying on the upper lashes.
Always sweep the mascara from the root of your eyelashes to the tips and in thin layers. Don't apply mascara too far from the roots. This causes the lashes to stick together at then tips. To avoid this mistake, open your eyes wider and always hold the mascara wand parallel to your eyelids.

How to wear Green ES II

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Some women avoid wearing green, fearing that it won't go well with their skin tone, or thinking that perhaps it is too bold a shade.
Shiseido artistic creative director Dick Page puts all that to rest by using the same glittering green Shiseido eye shadow on four models with different skin tones.

When working with bold shadow shades, apply eye makeup first. "Bright color against a fully finished face can look overwhelming," Shiseido Aristic Director Dick Page says. "You might find that after you do your eyes, you don't need anything more than tinted moisturizer on the rest of the face."

Eye Makeup First
According to page, when using bold eye shadow shades, apply eye makeup first. "Bright color against a fully finished face can look overwhelming. You might find that after you do your eyes, you don't need anything more than tinted moisturizer on the rest of the face."

Dark Skin Tone
"I call this shade kombu, because it's a dark seaweed green with a bit of blue, gold, and even silver to it,"  says Page. On darker, warmer skin tones, the green eye shadow appears more like blue. Page used a damp brush to apply the shadow on the lash line and blended it until the shadow dried and diffused. Page finished the look with Rimmel London Mousse Bronzer in Medium Glow, Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara in Very Black, and Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Stick in Caramel Kiss.

Page says that on lighter, pinkish skin tones, the shadow appears almost black. When he applied the eye shadow, Page followed the natural contour of the eyes and extended it a little on the outside into a cat eye. He added a little highlight on the inner corners of the eyes to add a bit more intensity to the color. Page completed the look using Cheeky Pommette Mark Just Pinched blush, Hot Pink Sonia Kashuk lip crayon, and Cream Wet n Wild MegaEyes shadow.

Asian or Yellow-Based Skin Tones
"Yellow-based skin tones bring out the gold in the green," says Page. On Asian lids, Page says, you have to draw a thicker shadow line so that the color will be visible when the eye is open. "I traced around the kombu tone with a lighter, grassy shade to make it look more vibrant," adds Page. He capped the look off with Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush in Soft Ginger, Garden Mist Milani Eye shadow, and Almay Pure Blends Lipgloss in Natural

Tan or Tawny Skin Tones
"Darker skin absorbs color, so you can use brighter shades," says Page. He used a matte yellow shadow and swept it across the eyelid. On tawny skin with red undertone, the yellow shade serves as a highlighter and offsets the green shadows pearly shimmer. Page finished the look with L'Oréal Paris HIP Matte Shadow Duo in Striking, and Cozy Coral Revlon Color Stay Lipcolor.

How to wear Green Eye Shadow

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Apply eyeshadow primer to eyelids. This will help the eyeshadow set smoothly and evenly, and prepares your eyes for the  make up application
Use the softest green up to the browbone. Apply the lightest shade of green with the eyeshadow applicator and blend it until even and smooth.

Blend in the second shade up to the eyebrow crease. Choose a green shade that complements your skin and eye color and blend until smooth

Add the eyeliner. Create a clean and sharp line on the top of the eyelid, and extend it outward to the edge of the eyes.

Add the a third color or layer of green eyeshadow on top of the liner. This is the final step that will help blend the shades for maximum impact. You can soften or enhance the color at this stage

Add another stroke of eyeliner on top of the final layer. This will help emphasize your eyes, and you can create a smoky effect with a thicker eyeliner for the evening if you prefer.

How to wear Pink Eye Shadow

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Pink eye shadow isn't just lighting up lips—it's appearing on eye lids, as well. Although pink eye shadow can appear initimidating in its packaging, it looks gorgeous on the skin, especially if you have a fair complexion

Hollywood makeup artists use pink eye shadow on starlets who need to look wide-awake after a long, sleep-deprived night. Applying pink eye shadow around the eyes makes the whites of the eyes appear brighter.
Hot pink is a fun and unexpected option for fair skin: it can make your eyes look bright and beautiful when applied with precision. Caution: too much on your lower lashline and you could wind up looking like you have seasonal allergies.
Prevent bright pink eye shadow from overpowering your face by first blending it out on the back of your hand, and complete the look with baby pink lips. Layer the color above the crease and blend it out towards the brows, leaving the brow bone bare or highlighting it with white shadow. Pink eye shadow applied near the lashline can make the eyes look allergy-ridden or puffy

How to Apply Eye Shadow

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Select your colors.
Start with neutrals. Before experiment with bright, metallic or dark colors, you should get comfortable with neutrals. Brown shades look good on everyone. Once you get the hang of applying shadow, you can begin experimenting with more vibrant colors.

You should have three shades in the same color family. You will apply the lightest color on the brow bone, the darkest color in the crease and the medium shade on the eyelid.

  • Use an eye shadow brush or sponge applicator (a brush works best) and apply the lightest color from the crease up toward you eyebrow. Do not cake it on; just a light coat will do
  • Apply the medium shadow over your eyelid. Cover the entire lid all the way to the crease.
  • Add the darkest shadow into the crease using a small, angled makeup brush. If you want the color to be a little more dramatic, you can wet your brush before apply the shadow.
  • Use your finger tip to gently blend the colors into each other so that it doesn’t look like a stark line in the crease.
  • Dip a cotton swab into eye makeup remover to clean up any mistakes.
Experiment with your eye shadow techniques until you find a look that you like. Once you are comfortable using neutral colors, start experimenting with pastel, metallic, bright and dark shadows

How to Cover Acne Spots

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Red marks from acne will fade with time. To help cover the discoloration until they do, Maria Romano, a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown Essentials, offers these tips to keep your face looking fresh.

Romano suggests using a yellow-based foundation (which matches your skin tone) instead of a concealer. Your everyday foundation will work— liquids, creams and powder formulations all have good coverage. No need to spend extra money on anew one. (Try: Bobbi Brown Essentials or Laura Mercier.)

1. Apply the foundation to red areas with a tapping motion. The tapping motion will blend the foundation so you don't see it on your face. Be sure not to rub or it will come off.

2. If you feel you need even more coverage, apply one more layer with a tapping motion.

3. Finish with a loose powder to match your skin tone. (Try: Neutrogena Fresh Finish Loose Powder or Oil of Olay Loose Powder.) Make sure to apply powder with a velour puff, as a brush won't provide enough coverage. Dip the puff into the powder and tap it on the back of your hand to wipe off any excess. Too much powder will give you a pancake look. Gently tap the areas of your face that need coverage with the powder to achieve a smooth, flawless finish.

Remember: Makeup can only cover up the problem. If you feel you cannot control future acne breakouts with over-the-counter products, it's a good idea to see a dermatologist for a prescription treatment.

Finding Foundation

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In order to find the perfect match for your skin, you need to look at the color of your jawline and neck as well as your face, says Boston-based makeup artist Julie Michaud. Matching foundation color to your jawline will prevent a makeup line.

The best place to test foundations is in a department store. To test a color, apply and blend stripes of the three closest shades of foundation to your jawline. Then, find some natural light and see if you can still see the makeup. A perfect match will be invisible on your face. 

How to Hide Dark Circles

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Try these simple solutions from makeup artist Ramy Gafni of Ramy Beauty Therapy:
For Bags:
To stop eye-bags before they occur, the night before an important event, steer clear of salt, alcohol and caffeine, which can cause puffiness. Don't use a cream eye moisturizer before bed; go for a gel formula, instead. If you wake up to puffiness, apply ice or anything cold (such as chilled spoons or tea bags) to your eyes. Engage in aerobic exercise to help drain fluid.
For Circles:
First, prime your skin with a shimmer-containing cream to reflect light. Gafni recommends Prescriptives Vibrant or Dimish by Estée Lauder. Then, apply a yellow-based concealer one shade lighter than your skin directly to the blue rings. Set the concealer with a thin layer of loose or pressed powder.
If all else fails, Gafni has a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from under the eyes. Apply a dark brown or black eyeliner to upper lashlines only. Gafni recommends a shade like Perfect! from Ramy. Follow with a coat of mascara to the upper lashes only. Add a neutral shimmery eye shadow to lids to brighten your whole face.

Make Your Makeup Last

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Layering is the key to lasting makeup, says New York makeup artist Sandy Linter. The most important thing when applying the layers is to have a light touch. This keeps your look fresh and natural.
The first layer -- cream or liquid foundation -- should be applied with a sponge in order to thin it out. Only apply it to the areas of your face that really need it -- avoid a "makeup mask"! Next, apply loose powder. If you only want the powder in certain areas such as the nose and chin, apply with a powder puff for more control. If you want to use the powder to blot the shine on your whole face, apply with a powder brush. Linter recommends M.A.C. makeup brushes. Finally, apply powder blush onto your cheeks.
There is no way to avoid having to reapply your lipstick at least once during the day. But to make it last longer, first apply a thin layer of foundation to lips. Line and fill in your whole mouth with a neutral lip pencil. Apply one coat of lipstick, blot, then finish with a light layer of gloss.
For lasting eye makeup, first use a sheer, neutral-colored powder shadow as a base. Next, apply liner, followed by another light layer of powder eye shadow. Apply one coat of mascara, allow it to dry, then apply another coat. If you are having trouble with flaky lashes, try applying a coat of eyelash primer before your mascara. Linter recommends Estée Lauder Eyelash Primer

How to make your eyes looks larger

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Cincinnati-based makeup artist Jeni Lee suggests you try these makeup-application steps to help make your eyes pop.

1. Apply a matte nude shadow over the entire lid. Try: MAC eye shadow in Orb.

2. Lightly line the upper and lower lids from the inner corner to the outer corner with a soft brown or taupe eye liner. Apply the eyeliner a little heavier on the outside corners. Try: Naturistics Eye Stixx in Sable.

3. Apply another shadow a shade or two darker than the nude (we like Garden Botanika eye shadow in Kava) to your crease and use your finger to blend the color up toward your eyebrow.

4. Finish the look with two coats of black mascara. Try: Estée Lauder Futurist Lash-Extending Mascara.

Another Smokey Eye Tips

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The Smokey Eyes Effect always looks magical and sexy and fits perfectly to the party or family dinner! Smokey Eyes always do a bit of a dramatic effect, so You're welcome to use this make-up even with photo shoots and castings. You will feel determined as a beauty queen and the others will look at you with bated breath.

If you want to achieve the same effect, I'll tell you step by step how to do it. There are many different techniques, but what you need to determine the make-up is as follows:

* Black mascara
* Eyelash curler
* A brief brush
* Kohl black and brown
* Black eye shadow and bright
* Eyeshadow Brush

First of all wear on your face, your familiar Foundation. Then you should paint over with the brown eyeliner the inner upper and lower eyelash line. Subsequently, the outer corner of my eye I emphasize the black eyeliner. Then paint with a thick brown eyeliner onto Lidstrick upper eyelid. Next, with the short blurs the eyeliner brush into the lid crease. Carry on now bright eyeshadow. Times and shut eyeshadow on the eyelid crease from the top. Now you can apply the black eyeshadow on the upper and lower eyelash line. Before the ink bring your lashes with the eyelash curler in motion and then vigorously several times wearing the black mascara. If you are even more dramatic like, you can advance with the eyeliner on the upper lashes still draw a line, which then vibrates slightly at the outer corners of your eyes upward.

For the Smoky Eyes Effect also fit other tones of eye shadow like gray, silver, anthracite, mauve and taupe. Also shades of brown or chocolate making Smokey Eyes particularly warm and magical.

Tip: Women whose eyes are close together, should not the darker shade of eye make-up center. Narrow eyes are rounder made with more color in the middle, while should be used with round eyes in the middle of less color.

Smoky Eyes, gray or brown with lighter shades of makeup, you can also wear during the day. This looks very expressive, but not wild - so the Smoky Eyes Effect looks modern and elegant.

How do you make-you correctly? A couple tips for you to look at your Smokey Eyes perfectly.

Always use two shades - one light and one darker shade of the same color group.

If you want to make the evening a deep look, take the darker eyeshadow or wear the colors strong and easy to combine them with a black eyeliner.

Best use for the makeup powder eyeshadow, because it can boost its opacity - that is tender, even if you do aufpinselst, to strong, if you do several contracts or moisten with water.

So that the lids are fat free and the eye shadow can be better distributed, you could dab it with a tissue. Then dab on some concealer with your finger tip and removes very thin. So you can also cover redness perfectly.

So you can find the ideal proportions, applying makeup, hold a brush between the nose and outer corners Augenwinken. The diagonal line shows you exactly how far you could distribute the color at the corner of my eye.

When you enter eyeshadow, use as little color to the inner corner of eye, otherwise the eyes are moving together. If you have wrinkles, prefer to take rather than gloss matte eyeshadow.

In order to intensify the look, pull on the upper and lower lashes along the edge of a powder line. Thus the bottom line turns out not too thick, hold the brush horizontally to the lower lid. Carry on along this line along the eye shadow.

As you gently wiped all the colors at the transitions with a cotton swab, paint with light eyeliner on the outer corner of my eye a small horizontal stroke. If you like, you can also emphasize that the lower Innenlid. This makes the Smoky Eyes Effect radiant.

If you try out Smokey Eyes for the first time, then train several times before, so that you can find your right look. If you had used eyeliner, then carefully, because this look is at best the very young girls. Smokey Eyes in black look very powerful. This is a classic make-up and is most suitable for large performances. Smokey Eyes in color, as I said, you can wear during the day, because it looks hot and sexy.

If black is too intense for you, then try the version in dark brown, green, blue or violet tones. Braunton is the majority of women, and violet, while the eyes are not red. Harmonious with green and brown eyes look green hues. Blue fits great with blue and brown eyes. Then choose the dark eyeliner, such as a charcoal gray. Green Smokey Eyes If you do, then take the best brown mascara.

If you have extremely bright eyes, use in any case, blacks. Sensitive skin usually does not tolerate the thick paint: it irritates and can cause itching. For severe wrinkles or Schlupflidern the color blurring rapidly.

Metallic eye shadow and highlighter effect, matte colors to bring more depth. If you want to make your look simple, you only with makeup eyeliner. Kajal is also ideal for contact lens wearers, he did not crumble, and it is also available specifically for Sensitive.

If you want to make-up as haute couture, then we still have a couple of mega tips for you.

Oscar de la Renta is used golden brown Smokey Eyes: distribute the eyeshadow in bronze on the upper movable lid. From center outward eyes a darker shade of brown bear one, which is also distributed under the eye. For this look, only the upper lashes black ink.

Christian Dior and Gucci prefer a more classic black look. With a silver Gucci swab is used in the interior angle that makes the eyes shine.

Givenchy has a darker eyeshadow one around the entire eye and fades out towards the outside. For the gloss effect on the upper eyelid cream makes eye shadow that comes over the primer. The lashes are not or only very slightly inked.

Versace puts a special emphasis on Smokey Eyes: Emphasize the inner part of the eye with a gold metallic eye shadow, to the outside is the color to a strong black. Ink lashes several times. The small speck of gold eyeshadow in Intraocular angle is visually open his eyes. A thin black eyeliner on the upper eyelid rim makes the look intensieve.

Smoky Eyes

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Nouveau Metallic Eyeshadow SEEN AT: Donna Karan Collection, Versace, Missoni. GET IT: "Today's metallic tones are more earthy than flashy, which means they're flattering to a wider array of skin tones," says Alexander, ho recommends matching your metallic shadow to your accessories for a statement-making outcome. "We always ask the designers whether their models will be sporting silver or gold, then do the eyes accordingly." For the prettiest effect, pick cream shadow if your skin is dry and powder if it's normal, and keep the color most intense at your lashline, diffusing it with your finger or a makeup brush as you spread it over the crease

To copy the bevy of celebs sporting smoldering eyes on the red carpet, stay away from blue hues - which can make you look like you have undereye circles, says Giorgio Armani makeup artist André Drykin. Instead, go for black, gray, brown or if you want "color," dark green shadows and liners. Then, follow these steps:

1. Apply a cream concealer over your eyelid to create a smooth base for your eyeshadow.
2. Use a pencil liner (black or gray looks best) to trace your top lashline from the inner corner to the outer. Then, use the same pencil to dot between your lower lashes. Smudge both lashlines with a cotton swab or an eyeliner brush.
3. Sweep powder shadow (brown, gray and dark green all work with black or gray liner) over your lid and into your crease, blending the color up and outward, says New York City makeup artist Morgen Schick DeMann. Morgen Stained Glass Eye Wash in Spruce; Shiseido The Makeup Eye Shadow Brush; Cover Girl Perfect Blend Pencil in Basic Black; Origins Full Story Lush-Lash Mascara in Black.
TIP: To prevent color from fading and give your lids a more shimmery finish, pat a cream shadow over the concealer on your lid first, wait five minutes, then top with a matching powder shadow.
4. Dust a lighter, neutral eyeshadow (such as ivory) over just your browbone.
5. Finish with two coats of black mascara.

Mixing Medium's

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WHAT IS A MIXING MEDIUM?

Although this listing is for a multipurpose mixing medium, I am sad to say that one does not exist- AND IT NEVER HAS. The photo accompanying this category is the same tube that more than one mixing medium comes in, each has a different label on the back to delineate which one it is.

There are many mixing mediums available listed under the MULTIPURPOSE category at MAC pro, and in this review I will tell you about each one with a link so that you can find out about them yourself. This review is for the MIXING MEDIUM- of which there are quite a few types of at MAC.

Mixing medium is a base that you use with different shadows and pigments (a stronger color powder than eyeshadows without the intense filler) to create a paint or other product that is unique to you to apply to the body.

WHERE DO YOU GET MIXING MEDIUM?

When you do a search on the MAC retail site, you will not find any mixing mediums anymore. You will be referred to the MAC Pro site which will allow you to peruse the products, but you have to call in an order as only MAC professional makeup artists are allowed to order online.

If you are lucky enough to live near one of the few MAC Pro stores, you can also purchase these products there. You do not need to be a Pro card holder to purchase, but you will be required to pay full price (Professional artists get a discount)


WHAT KIND OF MIXING MEDIUMS ARE AVAILABLE?

FACE AND BODY MIXING MEDIUM

First on the list is the FACE AND BODY MIXING MEDIUM.

Here is what MAC says about this product:

"Formula to dilute and mix with M·A·C powder or liquid makeup. Used to create effects from sheer to opaque. Perfect to decorate the face or body. Mix with pigments and powders to create a number of custom shades and colours. It offers sheer, even coverage and long-wearing attributes. Create custom body lotions or use to thin down heavier foundations such as M•A•C Full Coverage Foundation. Use alone to give the skin a satin glow.
50ml bottle/1.7 fl oz."


MIXING MEDIUM ALCOHOL BASE

Next we move on to the alcohol based mixing medium.

"Formula to dilute and mix with M·A·C powder or liquid makeup. Used to create effects from sheer to opaque. Perfect to decorate the face or body. Mix with Pigments and powders to form an ultra light gel that dries quickly upon application with minimal transference and ultimate wear. For use on body, from neck down.
50ml bottle/1.7 fl oz."


It is important to note that this particular mixing medium has harsh alcohol in it and is NOT to be used on the face or around eyes. It is used for specific art on the body. Think of fake tatoos and such. Where the FACE AND BODY MIXING MEDIUM is to cover the entire body, this mixing medium is for decorative art on the body.

I am not as fond of this product but it does work well for doing painting on the body of artistic decorative work.

Price is $15 at the time of this review.


MIXING MEDIUM WATER BASED

Next in line is the water based mixing medium.

Here is what MAC says about this one:

"Formula to dilute and mix with M·A·C powder or liquid makeup. Used to create effects from sheer to opaque. Perfect to decorate the face or body. Created for those who like to design their own shades and colours. Mix with pigments and powders to create anything from full, opaque coverage to sheer. Useful for adhering M·A·C Glitter to the skin.
50ml bottle/1.7 fl oz."


This is the mixing medium that you would use on the face or body. Because of the multipurpose uses of this mixing medium, it is the one that I use most.

This mixing medium has glycerine in it which will hold the glitter, pigment or other color bases in place very well- in many cases all day. It works on the eyes and can be built up to a nice bold look, or sheered down for a wash look.

Price is $15 at the time of this review.


MIXING MEDIUM GEL

There is yet another Mixing Medium in a gel form. Here is what MAC says about this one :

"A mixing medium base that can be mixed with pigments and glitters to create unique custom shades for face and body. Provides superior adherence and hold of pigments and glitters to the skin. Protects against environmental aggression. Non-irritating and suitable for all skin types. An easy and effective way to create custom body paints and glitter gels. Not for use around the eye area.
120ml/4 fl oz. tube"


Again, please note that this product is not for use in the eye area. When MAC says that with a mixing medium, take note. This mixing medium works a little better for the glitter adherence than the alcohol version for the body. However, because it is not for eye use, it is not as versatile and I tend to turn once again to the water based mixing medium in my work.

However, for doing face and body art to a great degree, I would probably use this mixing medium a lot more often.

Price is $20 at the time of this review.


MIXING MEDIUM EYELINER

Now we are getting to my two favorite products. I absolutely LOVE this mixing medium. If you have any pigment or eyeshadow or eyesafe glitter at all that you would LOVE to make a liner out of, this is the product to try. Here is what MAC says about it:

"A colorless, translucent mixing medium that can be mixed with pigments and glitter to create unique customized eyeliner shades. Contains Vitamins A, C and E to buffer the delicate skin around the eye area from environmental aggression. Non-irritating and suitable for all skin types.
10ml/0.33 US oz tube"


Some people are sensitive to the EYELINER MIXING MEDIUM but I am not (miracle!). If you do not pile it on thickly, it works beautifully. I like to put a tiny dot on the back of my hand, dip my liner brush into the mixing medium and then dip it quickly into pigment or glitter and then apply.

It is a bit tricky to use at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is one of the most wonderful products if you want to make your own unique creations. It stays on beautifully unless you or your client happen to have runny eyes that day, then it will wear off more quickly.

Price is $11 at the time of this review.


MIXING MEDIUM LASH

And here last and certainly not least is one of my ultimate favorite mixing mediums- the LASH. Oh my, I have had some serious fun with this product. You can mix ANY MASCARA THAT YOU WANT TO WITH THIS PRODUCT.

Here is what MAC says about it:
"Colorless Pro Long Lash mixing medium base that allows you to create unique customized shades of Pro Long Lash Mascara. Strengthens and conditions lashes. Provides superior adherence of color and extended wear, curl and lengthening. Suitable for all skin types.
10ml/0.33 US oz tube"

HOW CAN YOU SEE THESE?

Although MAC does not have a mulitpurpose mixing medium, per se, you will find these mixing mediums at www.macpro.com under the category of multipurpose.

Although you will not see the prices listed unless you are a member, the prices I have listed here for you will be close unless there is a huge price hike by the time you read this.

You can also see these at the MAC Pro Stores and occasionally at a MAC store if they happen to carry some.

MAC has a very strange way of promoting their products. Sometimes you will not be able to find any of their PRO products anywhere but Pro stores and other times they will show up at tiny MAC counters in department stores.
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05 November 2009 - MYSTICAL MAKE UP AND BEAUTY