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Brows are the most important frame for you face. If the eyes are the picture, then the brows are the perfectly designed frame. So, you need to customize them to look your best.
When brows are waxed or plucked into the optimal shape for your face, it's like having a mini facelift. It will take years off your look, and gives you polish without having to do too much to the eye area. You can also wear less shadow, mascara, and liner if your brows are neat.
One of the best things you can do is to get your brows professionally done in a salon. It's also helpful to the esthetician if you bring in a picture of someone's brow shape that you find appealing. Remember, thin brows look dated on everyone. Pencil-like skinny brows are out, so keep a little fullness to your brows for a more youthful look. Once the right shape is done, you can maintain it at home. Just pluck any stray hairs that come up outside your “new” brows.
This is a recipe I have made before. You only really need three ingredients to make a lip balm--a solid, like beeswax, an oil or butter, like shea, mango, coconut, avocado, etc. And finally flavoring oils. I like vanilla, but you can use peppermint, rose, almond, and so on. This all-natural recipe makes 8 lip balms that are .05 oz. each. You can find the following ingredients at most health food stores.
2 tbsp. beeswax pellets
2 tbsp. 100% shea butter
4 tbsp. sweet almond oil
20 drops vanilla oil
Combine the first three ingredients in a glass bowl resting over a pot of simmering water and stir constantly with a small whisk until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla oil. If you want to go a step further and add a red or pink tint to your creation, just add a little beet juice as a colorant. Using a clean medicine dropper, divide the liquid into the individual pots or tins. Let the product cool for about 20 minutes before use. If you're feeling extra creative, you can always decorate each tin with stickers or make up your own creative names for the lip balms. Then sit back, pucker up, and slather on your handy work!
Everyone needs a nude colored lip liner in their makeup bag. You can use a nude lip liner with essentially any lipstick color if you choose a shade that is just slightly deeper than your natural lip color. An easy way to get neutral looking lips that will go with everything is to just fill in the entire lip with the liner and then lay on a coat of sheer gloss.
A tried and true favorite by MAC is their Spice lip pencil. Another cult favorite liner to try that comes with a supreme bargain price is good ol' Wild & Wild #666 lip pencil, which is described as a Brandy Wine color. For only $0.99 it's priced right for anyone to try.
For a truly natural look for the lips, try a lip stain. The original stain, and still the most popular among professional makeup artists, is Benefit's Benetint ($28). It actually has an interestingly racy history...
Benetint was originally conceived in 1977 for use by an exotic dancer to enhance the look of her nipples. Luckily, it looks less va-va-voom on your lips and cheeks. The founder of Benefit used a combination of carmine crushed roses to make this long-wearing product last and last. This rose tinted liquid will give a waterproof, kiss-proof stain. It's the ultimate all-natural beauty boost, and it will give you a ruby radiant glow that looks fresh and youthful. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Blend the product quickly before it dries and make sure you wash your hands right after!
Clear mascara sounds like an oxymoron. When you think of mascara, you think of dark, black, thick lashes, right? Isn't the whole point of mascara to add definition and drama? So how will you achieve that with a see-through cosmetic? Well actually, you don't.
If it's a more natural look you are going for, then grab a tube of clear mascara. This no-color gel-based product can be used on lashes to lengthen and define without adding any heavy dark color. It subtly opens the eyes up and they will look naturally long and lush—like you were just born with perfect lashes! You can also use this colorless mascara to shape and define your brows. One swipe will hold them in place all day.
Ever notice that when you see a photo of a Beauty Editor she always looks perfectly UN-made up? Most of the time you can hardly tell if she has anything on her face at all! This no-makeup makeup look is a favorite among beauty pros in the know. How do they do it? Read on to learn about the many products it actually takes to achieve a “natural” look.
It starts with a primer, then artfully placed foundation, concealer, a subtle eyeliner, a quick coat of mascara, nude eyeshadow, subtle cheeks, and swipe of lip gloss. Not exactly low maintenance, and yet they look fantastic! The way to create this natural look is to have a light hand when you apply your makeup. You don't want any specific features to stand out. That means toss the bright lipstick, heavy foundation and the blackest black mascara that you love. The biggest key to the Beauty Editor Look is to blend, blend, blend with makeup that is sheer and soft.
One of the secrets to glowing skin is exfoliation. There is no need to spend a lot of money on products to keep your skin looking smooth. You can make your own exfoliation treatment using just two ingredients from your pantry. Mix sugar and olive oil together and apply to a freshly washed face. Scrub the mixture very gently for a few minutes then rinse with warm water. You can do this treatment twice a week if desired. You can also apply this mixture to any other areas on your body to keep your skin smooth looking.
We all have that one friend --the naturally beautiful, very classic and gorgeous in every way. Men flock to them, women want to be them. But have you noticed that sometimes the made-up face is what stands out the most? Take off the makeup -- the foundation, the shadow, the lipstick -- and it's all natural, and always more beautiful.
Au natural is simply a stunning look on many women. But there is a time and a place for makeup, if you know how to use it well. Makeup is meant to enhance and play up a person's features, but sometimes those features look best when they are just left alone. But it's also meant to be fun! If you enjoy wearing makeup, by all means, do so. Experiment and play around with different looks, tips, and tricks. The possibilities are endless!
If you want to softly define your eyes, then it's very important to pick an eyeliner color that is not black. Black tends to dramatically draw attention to the eye area. It looks harsh on most skin types, and should be used only at night when you want to play up your eyes with a smoky, intense look. Even navy and charcoal are sometimes too deep for day wear. For daytime you can't go wrong with having three different eyeliner colors in your makeup bag. A plum, khaki, and a soft brown or copper will enhance any eye color, especially if it's applied very close to the lash line for the most natural definition.
Foundation comes in all different kinds of formulas. Even with a wide variety to choose from, the most common refrain I hear from women is, “I hate foundation!” Even a sheer foundation feels like a mask covering up their skin. I have tried many times to put foundation on someone who doesn't like it to try and change their mind, and it doesn't work. There is a solution for all the foundation haters out there.
If you want your skin to show through, skip foundation altogether and try a tinted moisturizer. It's the best choice for natural coverage that evens out skin tone and will give a healthy glow to your complexion. A tinted moisturizer is closest in texture to a sheer foundation, but also has the added benefit of hydrating the skin. Most tinted moisturizers also offer an SPF of at least 15. If you can find one with an SPF 30, then you are really doing your skin a favor by protecting it daily from incidental sun exposure.
Most mineral makeup companies claim that their mineral-based products are “so natural” you can sleep in them. But how true is that, really? How different is mineral makeup versus regular makeup?
Mineral-based foundations came on to the market with a big bang when the company Bare Escentuals introduced their i.d. bareMinerals makeup. Mineral foundation is essentially crushed minerals that are free of preservatives, talc, oil and fragrance. People with sensitive skin usually responds well to mineral makeup because it's made up of fewer ingredients. They do share some of the same ingredients as regular makeup though, like mica or titanium dioxide.
As far as the coverage goes, it's sheer to medium depending on how many layers you buff on with a powder brush. On the plus side, it is good for all skin types because it's oil-free. Bare Escentuals basic mineral foundation goes for around $25. Lucky for us, more budget-friendly options are now available at the drugstore level because it seems that every cosmetics company has jumped on the mineral bandwagon lately. L'Oreal has a mineral foundation called Bare Naturale ($12). In most cases, you can just use a light coverage with this makeup. Just dust a light layer over your t-zone and chin, or any other areas that are red and uneven.
Even though mineral makeup may have fewer ingredients than traditional makeup, you still need to wash it off at night. During the day dirt, oil, and bacteria accumulate on the skin and need to be removed before you go to bed.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|