How do you prevent your lipstick from transferring? What if you want to cheat some fuller-looking lashes (without having to try falsies)? And how can you get away with less makeup in general? These are tricks that I’ve picked up over the years that have made all the difference in my life.
They will also come in handy if you’re planning a hot date for Valentine’s day. #JustSaying.
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1. Always start with properly hydrated skin
If you’re skin is healthy to begin with, you’ll need less makeup to cover up imperfections. Makeup also sits better on hydrated skin.
A common misconception is that oily skin needs less moisture. Often your skin becomes oily because it is water-dehydrated. Sebum glands become over-active as a result, leading to that annoying shine on your T-zone.
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2. Fill your brows
I never skip this step in my makeup routine. Beautifully shaped brows help to frame your face so that you need less makeup in general, and it gives you a more youthful appearance.
Be careful not to overdo it. I use a taupe brow pencil to line the base of my brows. Next, I use a brow brush to comb up and blend the colour into my brows. Finally, I’ll set my brows with a brow gel, combing down first and then upward for more volume and definition.
3. Create the illusion of fuller lashes
Thick, defined lashes instantly make your eyes pop. One trick to create the appearance of fuller lashes is to line your upper waterline with a dark brown or black pencil. In general I will use a brown pencil on my outer corners, softening it with a brush, and then for added definition I’ll line my bottom and top waterline. For a day look, skip the bottom waterline.
4. Spritz perfume on the right spots
Spray your perfume on your body’s heat points. This way the fragrance will release as your body warms up. Apply it behind your ears, in your inner elbows and on your chest.
5. Prevent lipstick stains
I hate it when lipstick transfers. Cups, collars, cheeks, pouts, all stained with my pretty pink lip print. Here’s how I keep my colour on my lips: First blot off any excess lipstick with a tissue. Next, load a fluffy powder brush with translucent powder. Tap off any excess, then lightly dab the brush over your lips. It leaves a matt finish and it sets the makeup.
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