Step 1 : Begin with skin care and then use primer
Make sure that you are using your regular moisturiser and allowing it to seep into the skin, at least 15 minutes before moving on to foundation. After moisturiser and before foundation, I would strongly recommend you to use a face primer. A primer makes your foundation last longer. It acts like a barrier between your skin and the foundation.
Now, the skin care and primer will make the application of your foundation very smooth. So, apply a good foundation of your choice- powder, liquid or cream. Make sure that you set the liquid or cream foundation with a loose powder, so, that your foundation stays all through the day.
Remember, your eyes should not ‘match’ your outfit; it should ‘compliment’ the colours on your dress. Use colours that are opposite of the colours on your dress. The key to applying eyeshadow is using a flat eyeshadow brush and then a fluffy dome shaped brush to blend. Make sure to apply a darker colour in your crease and follow it up with a highlighter up to your brow bone. This softens any harsh lines that could be visible to the naked eye.
Apply a black, brown, blue or green coloured kajal in the waterline and then line the lash line with black eyeliner. You could use a pencil, gel or liquid liner– whichever you feel comfortable with. Indian women look great in a winged liner. But, never ever think of complimenting your smokey eye with red lips! It is always ‘smokey eyes with nude lips’ or ‘bright lips with nude/neutral eyes’.
Remember, always curl first and then apply mascara. If you do it the other way around, your lashes are going to break. An eye lash curler is the most underrated makeup product. Using a curler can make your eyes look ‘awake’. Apply mascara from the roots of the lashes and wiggle the wand in a zigzag motion till you reach the tip. This will add definition and volume to your lashes.
For a natural looking glow, apply blush on the apple of your cheeks with an upward movement going into the hairline. The best way to judge where the blush needs to be applied is by smiling in the mirror, this way you know the high-rise points of your cheeks. Use a big fluffy brush to blend the blush on the cheeks.
Next, use a brown matte shade which is two shades darker than your skin colour to contour your cheeks. Suck in your cheekbones, notice the hollows and apply the contouring powder there and blend. No lines must be visible.
To highlight, apply a shimmer blush or powder on the high plains of your face, which are the T-zone and cheekbones. The idea of applying a highlighter is simple– when light falls on any of these areas, your skin is going to give out a sheen which looks amazing, especially in photographs.
Before you begin with your makeup, make sure that you have applied some lip balm. This will keep your lips moist, and will allow your lip liner and lipstick to glide on easily. Remove the lip balm with a tissue and line your lips with the help of a lip pencil. I feel that lip liners are brilliant as they act as a base for your lipstick! It is a good idea to fill the entire lip with the pencil, before you move on to your lip colour.
Run your lipstick over the base coat, then take a tissue and place it on your lips to remove the smudges. After this run some loose powder with a brush, over your lips. This will make your lipstick last much longer! After this again apply another coat of the lipstick and gently press a tissue over. Now you can eat or drink anything, your lips are not going to lose their colour!
Now that you have followed all the steps, walk with confidence and don’t forget your million dollar smile! Don't worry if you have not followed a certain step to the T, just remember the key to look gorgeous is to be confident and happy!
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