Why do we wear makeup? Perfection...

The main goal of makeup is to emphasize your best features and minimize your "bad" ones. Since each of us has unique features, there is no one ideal way to apply makeup. However, applying cosmetics is an art. Anyone can put makeup on themselves and make the application look okay, but following are some tips for applying makeup to perfect "your look."

A makeover performed by a professional make up artist is the best way to learn how to apply makeup. The make up artist will carefully analyze your facial features. Then he or she can teach you how to apply makeup in the best way to accentuate your positive attributes and minimize your negative ones.

Makeup Guidelines
  • First of all, it is completely up to you as to how much and what type makeup you choose to wear. You do not have to wear foundation. One of the best things about makeup is that there are (almost) no rules.
  • Before applying your makeup in the morning, make sure you thoroughly cleanse your face. Apply a moisturizer to the skin. Preferably a moisturizer with a sunscreen. GirlPaint's favorite moisturizers with sunscreen...For oily skin: DDF Matte Finish Photo-Age Protection SPF 30 For all skin types: La Roche-Posay Athelios SX SPF 15 Added bonus: the Athelios line contains Mexoryl which is proven to help keep wrinkles at bay...anti-aging sunscreen! For rosacea: Rosacea Care Sunscreen 30
  • Make sure your hands are clean before you touch your face. When applying the foundation, use your fingers or a foundation brush. Best foundation brush, hands down (ha ha!) is Paula Dorf's
  • Apply a concealer that matches your skin-tone, perhaps with just a touch more yellow. Apply concealer after applying your foundation to keep from rubbing it off once it's on--duh, right? Try Jane Iredale's Disappear or one of Bobbi Brown's fabulous concealers
  • Next, apply brow powder or gel, eye liner and then blush. In that order and in colors that compliment your eye color and skin tone. When I say "compliment," I do not mean you shouldn't use the colors you like, simply know what works. If you don't know what works, ask...ask your girlfriends, your neighborhood makeup artist or your hair dresser. Tell them to be honest with you...'cuz you wanna look good. The wrong color selection will absolutely work against this goal. For a clean, natural eye liner application, try Avon's Perfect Wear Eyeliner Pen. For a natural, "smudgy" line, I LOVE Bare Escentuals Tutorials Smokey Eye...too cool!
  • More important than color selection is BLENDING. Hey, if you love blue, frosted eye shadow, then wear it--but blend! Use your fingertips, a blending brush, a cotton ball--just blend. That's all I ask.
  • The purpose of eye shadow is to shape and accentuate the eye, not color it. Unless you prefer the "drag queen" look, do not overuse eye shadow. The face looks more attractive when you use natural colors. Warm colors like apricot, soft brown, copper and plum will make you look younger, while cool colors like grey, blue and purple make you look older. You decide.
  • For an every day look, blush is used add a "glow" to your overall look. Blush should be applied sparingly and should look very natural. For evening, a deeper shade can be incorporated to accentuate the cheek bones. The best for any look, since you can build the color without it getting "cakey," is Jelly Pong Pong's Jelly Flush.
  • It is important to use good, quality makeup brushes when applying and blending makeup. The two guidelines (remember, no rules!) to follow when choosing the right makeup brush are 1) the brush should match the size of the area it is to be used on and 2) the brush should not be so stiff that it scratches the face, nor so soft as to be floppy and difficult to control. Recommended: The Makeup Gourmet offers a nice, professional 10-brush set for $69.95--$10 of every sale goes to the American Red Cross for continued Katrina Relief.
  • When wearing makeup, you should wear lipstick or lipgloss. The color can blend or contrast with the rest of your make up, depending on the look you want to achieve, whether natural or avant-garde. The warm/cool guide applies here: warmer=younger looking, cooler=older looking. All-time favorite gloss is LipFusion Color Shine--it plumps without pain, smells and tastes fabulous, lasts a LONG time and is available in 14 beautiful colors, from nude to dramatic.
  • Set makeup with a translucent powder. I have fallen in love with Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Face Powder. I've come to learn that talc can settle and lodge in your pores and actually enlarge them over time. Thanks, I'll pass.
  • Always finish with mascara. I've tried 'em all, Folks, and the best mascara ever is Blinc's Kiss Me Mascara (I prefer black). NO smudgies, ever, no clumpies, ever, no problems, ever.
  • RULE: Never go to bed with your makeup on. Period. Cleanse, tone and moisturize before bedding down for the night. Exfoliate as needed. See a dermatologist if you experience skin issues that you cannot solve with over-the-counter or natural remedies. Done.

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