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Make up tips

Here are some basic make up and skin care tips

Tips For Beauty Care 

The basic purpose of make-up is to give you a glowing and radiant look. Specialized makeup needs are addressed during assignments where the needs of the camera will be considered.


Here are a few tips for basic beauty care.  Rather than stress over why you do not match that glamour magazine in front of you and curse yourself for having missed the appointment with the beautician consider these simple beauty tips.


Common Make-up Mistakes

The basic purpose of make-up is to give you a glowing and radiant look. The most common makeup mistake is applying too much powder to the face. This gives the skin a very artificial matte look. Powder only where needed - the sides of nose and centre of brow and chin to elimiate shine. Using a cream-powder foundation instead of a sandwich technique of liquid plus loose powder, will help give you a lasting dewy fresh look.


Before Using Make-up

If you use make-up regularly, it can affect the delicate skin of your face. However, a few precautions can help maintain the radiance of your face. Before applying make-up, wash your face, blot dry, put on your sunscreen and let it set for a minute or two, put on your antioxidant cream and finally apply your makeup.Sunscreen and cream is best applied when the skin is still moist, which helps the creams to penetrate better. However, applying moisturizer to damp skin will act as a good foundation for makeup to go on more uniformly. Don't use too much moisturizer. Try gently blotting the face with a tissue to absorb any excess.


For Fuller Lips 

The most obvious way to get nice fuller lips is recreate shape outside the natural lip-line, however, that is a back dated idea. Instead, aim for a natural-look. Start by applying a light coating of a waxy lip-balm to provide a smooth texture. Now use a lip-pencil, one shade deeper than your natural lip-colour, to line the outer border. Round the points at the bow area of your lips using short light strokes. Next brush on a shimmering colour or gloss in the same shade, bringing the colour just short of the border.


To make lips look fuller

Match your liner color to the lipstick

Line the extreme edges, till the corners

Fill with lipstick color.

Get a touch of gloss, on middle of lips only.

To make lips look thinner

Match your liner to the lipstick

Line the extreme edges, till the corners.

Fill with lipstick color.

Get a touch of gloss, on middle of lips only.


To make lips looks wider

Choose a lipstick and lip liner of matching shades- opt for lighter colors, darker ones can make lips appear smaller. A general premise of photography is that lights come forward and darks recede.

Define the lips using a lip pencil.

Don't go outside the natural lip line.

Fill the area with lip liner, to hold lipstick longer.vv


For natural touch

Use a neutral colored pencil

Fill the insides with gloss blended with a few strokes of lip brush.

The look you get- shimmer and moist.


Skin Care


Pores On Your Nose

Pores look larger when they are clogged with secretions from your skin. Removing the dead skin on a regular basis is the best remedy for this. Here are some various methods:

" Use pore strips once a week for bet results.

" Clay masks used regularly helps pull out trapped oil and dead skin.

" Exfoliating with retinol products and Retin-A too helps.

" Another option is a series of glycolic acid peels. Any of these options cleans out the pores so they are less noticeable.

" If the problem still persists, consult a dermatologist for a treatment called microdermabrasion.


Night Creams for Daily Care 

Night creams come highly recommended as they aid your skin to heal itself from the day´s assaults. A treatment cream containing soothing ingredients and antioxidants helps revitalize the skin. What´s more, heavier and more moisturizing creams work best at night. However, if your skin is too oily a night cream would only worsen your problem.


Scaly/Dry Skin 

Scaly patches of skin can be a disappointment if you are planning to bare your skin. These spots are ´eczema´, which presents itself in a number of ways, including itching, rashes and thickened brown patches of skin. People who suffer from hay fever and other allergies may be at greater risk of developing eczema. 

Keep the affected areas well moisturized using a thick moisturizing cream. You can also try experimenting with a lotion containing AHAs to slough off the thickened skin. Avoid picking or scratching at the patches as this can lead to bleeding and scarring. Visit a dermatologist if the problem persists.


Skin Exfoliation 

Exfoliation sloughs away dull, dead cells and bringing radiant younger ones to light. However, the question is - how often should one exfoliate. If you do it too often, you skin may turn sensitive. The key is to exfoliate based on your skin´s resilience.


" If you have healthy skin, that is well moisturized you can exfoliate three to four times a week.

" Dry skin that´s not particularly sensitive can be exfoliated two or three times a week to get rid of flakes and scaly patches.

" Women with very sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea, eczema or adult acne should limit exfoliation to once or twice a week.


When choosing an exfoliating product, opt for a gentle scrub with synthetic beads, since "natural" ingredients like walnut shells or ground peach pits are often too harsh for skin. You can also go in for lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or retinol.


Stretch Marks 

The main cause for stretch marks is a rapid gaining or losing of weight. Pregnancy is the most common cause. The skin stretches too quickly and loses collagen or elastin fibers, leaving a thinner skin. This can be treated at its early stage with strong Retin A. In severe cases consult a dermatologist early on before any damage is done.


Shaving Underarms

If you have a rough feel after you shave, it is most likely due to ingrown hairs. These occur when the just-shaved hair begins to grow, but curls back around and grows into the skin. You can avoid this problem by gently exfoliating the area every day with a grainy scrub. Also, moisturise daily with either a body lotion or lotion-based deodorant. If it still continues to itch, try waxing instead of shaving. Both of these hair removal methods leave hair softer and more flexible, and less likely to grow back into the skin.


However, trying to extract an ingrown hair can lead to an infection.


Beyond these tips there are many excellent books on skin and health care in general. Your skin is a vital part of your modeling assets.



Basic Eye Makeup Tips


Your eye makeup defines your "look". Use it sparingly to create modest, yet beautiful eyes for the work day, and apply it heavier for dramatic, sexy eyes that are perfect for an evening out on the town. When preparing for a photo shoot you will want to apply it slightly heavier.


Begin by applying an eye shadow primer base to your lids to help your eye makeup look fresh longer.


Tips for Applying Eye Shadow

The skillful use of eye shadow can certainly compliment the natural beauty of your eyes, accentuating your iris color and overall eye shape. The following eye makeup tips can also help enhance Mother Nature's original handy work or if you feel the need for a change.


For Wide Set Eyes

To accentuate wide set eyes or to create the illusion of distance between close set eyes, try following these eye makeup tips:


Apply a light to medium shade of eye shadow to your entire lid area.

Then, using a darker, complimentary color, apply this shade to the outer third of your main lid area, extending slightly beyond the outer corner of your eye.

Use your finger tip to blend the darker color and soften the edges

Add pencil liner, slightly widening the line at the outer edges of the eyes.

Brush mascara onto the tips of the lashes near the inner corners, and on the full length of the lashes near the outer edges.


For Closer Eyes

If you want your eyes to appear to be closer, you can give them the illusion of being closer.


Use a light to medium shade of eye shadow on your main lid area.

Apply a slightly darker, but complimentary shade of shadow just in the inner corner of your lids, and then draw it out in a fine line along your lid crease, just to the outer corners of your eyes and blend slightly. The darker shade adds a bit of depth, and tends to draw focus, creating the illusion that your eyes are closer than they actually are.

Add liner and mascara if you wish.


For Big, Bold Eyes

To really make your eyes "pop", try these eye makeup tips:


Apply a light shade of shadow just below your brow line for a highlight effect.

Apply a medium shade of shadow to your main lid.

Apply a line of darker shadow along the crease of your lid to the outer edge, then soften and blend it with your fingertip.

Apply eye liner along the length of your upper lid, just above your lash line. Then repeat just beneath the lash line on your lower lid, meeting the upper line at the outer corners of your eyes. If you use a liner pencil, you may want to use your finger to gently smudge the liner for a smokier look.


For Softening Prominent Eyes 

You can darken your eyelids to create the illusion of deeper set eyes.


Apply a medium shade of shadow to the lids and skip highlighting the brow line.

Use a darker shade of shadow or pencil liner to draw a line along the lash line of your top lids, then apply mascara to your lashes.


Applying Eye Liner

The technique you use to apply your liner will depend on the type of liner you choose.


Liquid Liner

Liquid liner is applied with a very fine tip brush and requires a very steady hand to create a smooth line. Here are two eye makeup tips to help your liner look its best:


Provide support for your elbow while you are drawing your lines. This will help keep your hand steadier, resulting in a better line that doesn't wobble unevenly.

You can also apply a thin line of a similar shade of eye shadow along your lash lines, and then glide a thin line of liquid liner over the top of it. This can help define your eyes, while at the same time provide a little camouflage in case your lines aren't perfect.


Pencil Liner

This type of liner is generally easier to apply, and you can use different techniques to vary the look.


For very defined lines, sharpen your eye liner pencil before you apply.

For softer lines, use your fingers to gently smudge the lines after application.


Tips for Applying Mascara

A critical factor in the application of mascara is selecting a high quality brand in the first place. You'll spend a little more, but it's worth it for mascara that doesn't clump, flake or run when wet.


For the most natural look, brush mascara on just the outer tips of your lashes. This still helps to define and deepen your lashes, but it will barely look like you're wearing it.

For a full, bold look, brush mascara on the entire length of your lashes, and use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes away from your eyes. The dramatic effect is especially great for evening looks.


Cleansing Tips

Soap and water is a bit too harsh for cleansing your delicate eye area. To remove your eye makeup, use a cotton ball and an eye makeup cleanser that is specially formulated to dissolve shadows, liner and mascara. Use repeated gentle strokes rather than scrubbing your makeup away, or you may damage your skin and lashes.



Applying eye makeup can be fun, but it also takes practice, so take time to experiment with it at home until you find the colors and techniques that make your eyes look their very best.

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