Fashion and Beauty

Monday, September 28, 2009

Applying Eyeliner

Eyeliner is used to give shape to the eyes and define them as desired. An important part of eye makeup, it is often used after eyeshadow and before mascara. Eyeliner can be used to add the dramatic touch to your face or soften the look of your eyes and must be used, keeping the color of eyes and the eyeshadow that you use in mind. Brown, navy and charcoal liners look gorgeous on light colored eyes while brown and plum shades are often used to enhance the beauty of dark brown and black eyes. Precise and dramatic strokes can be achieved by using liquid eyeliner while pencil eyeliner is the best to give soft touch to the eyes. To experiment with colors, you can moisten a small flat brush to use dark eyeshadow as eyeliner or a cake liner and the brush must be held as a pen. Pencil eyeliners need to be sharpened before using them.

While applying the eyeliner, tilt your head back slightly and keep your eyes half-open to let you see yourself in the mirror as you are applying the liner. The line must be drawn on the upper lid from the inner side of the eye to the outer side. Let the liner dry before opening your eyes fully. To soften the look of harsh eyeliner, smudge it a little using the brush. Lower lid is lined from outer edge tapering to the inner side of the eye. Liquid liner has to be applied in one smooth stroke while pencil is applied by stroking the area lightly. Too thick eyeliner does not look good so go for thinner lines. Liquid liners need practice and brushed must always be washed with a makeup remover after using them. If your hand is shaky, stand close to the mirror to provide it support from the mirror.

While using a powder shadow as a liner, it is wise to hold a tissue directly beneath your eye to avoid it from getting all over the dace. The best tool to apply eyeliner is the sponge applicator. Liner applied as a series of dashes or dots or short feather-like strokes on the lash line are much easier to control than a solid line. If your lids are oily, you need to prepare it first just like you did for eyeshadow to avoid eyeliner from moving up to the crease area. Kohl pencils are ideally suited for the inner rims of the upper and lower lids and not the eyeliner as it soon smears easily and is also not good for eyes.

Classic traditional eyeliner look can be achieved by determining the thickness and intensity of the eyeliner according to the eyelid area. Larger eyelid area can use thicker and softer eyeliner while smaller eyelid area needs thinner and more intense liner. Since eyeliner is meant to create depth to the eyes and give thickness to the lashes, traditionally you can stick with dark brown, gray or black eyeshadow for the upper lid and softer tan, taupe, chestnut, brown, gray or black shades for the lower lid.

How to Buy Lipstick

  • Go to a store that sells reputed brands. You are likely to find a great selection there. Make sure you have a certain color or shade in mind before you start choosing. If you are looking for browns, then go through their collection of brown shades, and so on.
  • Once you have assorted a few shades out for yourself, open one and lift it up till your mouth. See if it suits your face complexion. Avoid using the lipsticks on lips, hands and palms, as it is very unhygienic. If they have testers, just dab a little on the skin behind your palm and check it in sunlight. There is a lot of difference when you check colors in natural and artificial light.
  • Check the ingredients that have been used. Since you tend to lick your lips often, you tend to swallow lipstick too. So, make sure what goes inside is at least harmless, if not palatable!
  • A good thought would be to go in for two different shades all together. It will favor most of your clothes. Buy a brownish or reddish-brown shade for clothes that are beige, black, green, yellow, etc. Get another shade in maroon, mauve or pink (depending on your skin tone) that will compliment dresses that are in blue, pink, white, etc.
  • Don’t buy a lipstick just because the sales assistant thinks it is good! Trust your instincts and love what you buy. In case your lipstick doesn’t stay for a long time or vanishes fast, consider buying a long lasting one.
  • It is better to go in for matt lipsticks than the glossy ones. They last longer and bleed less and even if you want a shiny look, you can always add some natural gloss after applying the lipstick.  
Best Lipstick Brands in India
  • Avon
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Clinique
  • Cover Girl
  • Elle 18
  • Estee Lauder
  • Lakme
  • MAC
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Oriflame
  • Revlon

Guide To Choosing The Right Lipstick

What should you do before you buy?

• Decide on what type of formula would be best for you by questioning yourself  what benefits you want from your lipstick, then search the information about the types of lipstick you want in the cosmetics brands’ websites to check the colors available in the desire types.
• Find the color you love and choose the color which might matches with your mouth or look best on your face. You can read the tips of shades and colors in this websites.
• If there are testers, try and taste the color on your skin before you decide to buy it in order to see hoe it interacts with your skin. Actually, dark or unappealing lipsticks in the tubes might become flattering lipsticks on your lips.

How to apply lipstick?• To outline your natural lip line, apply your lip liner first.Remember that liner should be the same color or a shade slightly lighter than your main lip color.
• Then, apply your lip color by using lip brush to keep your lipstick stay longer.
• Next, absorb excess color on your lips with a tissue and if you want to look more attractive, dress up your lips with gloss.
• Don’t forget to use the mirror everytime to prevent the stain and make sure that your lips are well applied.
• For a full-looking mouth, wear lipstick, then daub with a little bit of lightweight concealer on the middle of lips, mixing it outward.
• If you want your lips look smaller, try a few things; highlight other areas of your face, utilize a neutral lipstick color which looks natural, don’t line your lips, and remove the excessive color so there is just a small amount of lipstick left.
• If you purchased lipstick that looked perfect at the time but turned out to be too bright, combine some vaseline or some clear gloss with a little foundation and apply it over the lipstick to soften the color.
• To keep your lipstick off your teeth, after applying and blotting your lipstick, hold your finger in your mouth, purse your lips around your finger, and slide finger out of mouth between lips. This help to delete lipstick that would stain your teeth.
How can you have kissable, charming and luscious lips?

• Always use the Liner because it offers a precise shape of mouths and makes you look graceful and elegant.
• Apply Foundation to your Lips as a thin coat of foundation on your lips will enhance your lip color’s long lasting power.
• Apply a light layer of chapstick before use your lip color to enhance its staying power. Moreover, it help to moisturize and protect your lips from the sun.
• Avoid Orange and Brown Lip Color Shades since they can make teeth look yellow.
• Apply lip Color slightly Outside of your normal lip for plumper lips and natural looking.
• Absorb your lips with a tissue after applying, lightly dust with pressed powder and reapply for lasting lip color.
• Keep Lip Color in the Refrigerator to maintain your color last longer.

Shades of Lipsticks

Some lipstick colors look beautiful in the tube don’t mean that they will look nice on your mouths. Each people has different skin tone and shape of mouth so there are various shades and colors for matching with varied skin complexion and enhance your gorgeous lips.
• Women who have darker skin complexions have the greatest choices. You are look best when your lips are put on with dark reds, browns , chocolates, plums or even spicy shades like reds ,pastels and oranges. Remember that the deeper your skin tone, the deeper the shade of lipstick you can wear and look beautiful.
• For fair-skinned person, a medium-toned lipstick is perfect and make you look pretty casual because it is not so light that make you look pale and it is not so dark for you. Additionally, you can dress it up with gloss for more beautiful and smooth-looking.
• Medium-skinned women with golden undertones look smashing when you apply all shades of red and brown like coral, brown-based mauves, sheer berry and spicy browns.
• For pale-skinned women, nudes, beige tones,peaches, light corals and light pinks  can make you stand out and enhance your beautiful
• According to warm/cool theory, women  with olive complexions look great when wear warm colors (yellow based) like peaches,  browns and terracottas while women with fair skin look best in cool (blue based) colors.
• Women with large lips look excellent when you apply muted colors such as purples, browns and bronzes.
• For women who have thinner lips, the best choice is to stick with light colors such as wine, berry, cappuccino, in particular, mauve colors suit light blondes best .

Types of Lipstick

When you are looking for lipstick, the best way for choosing the lipstick perfectly matching your lips is to know the different benefits of each lipstick type. Here are many types of lipstick information to help you picking the best one enhancing your beautiful lips.
1. Moisturizing lipsticks

This type of lipsticks is suitable for people who have dry lips because it keep your lips soft. With ingredients like Vitamin E, aloe and glycerin, moisturizing lipsticks nourish and soften your lips.Though it doesn’t long lasting as some other types, it  give you wet and very shiny look.
2. Satin and sheer lipsticks

Because of high containing in oil, satin and sheer lipsticks are also excellence choices for your dry lips. It will make your lips shiny, glossy and keep it moisturized. Satin and sheer lipsticks have a high oil component so they appear darker in the tube than they are on your mouth. However, they are also reapplied many times.

3. Cream lipsticks

Cream lipstick is the good choice for women with small lips. This formula is not shiny as other varieties of lipstick and you may need to apply lip-gloss afterward so that your mouth achieve desire look. It contains more wax than other formulas to help protect lips but may cause them to feel dry and last more shorter amount of time.

4. Pearl/Frosted lipstick

If you are looking for a lipstick which make you stand out in a crowd and keep your mouth sparkle and glisten, frosted lipstick is your best selection. Reflects light and make you feel confident and distinctive in a funky party night.  It is very popular in the past and remains a favorite lipstick for a number of ladies. It may cause your mouth feel heavy, dry and crack, so apply the moisturizing lipstick base before frosted lipstick is very beneficial.
5. Long-wearing and transfer-resistant lipsticks

Long-wearing lipsticks is the perfect products for on-the-go women who don’t have time to apply lipstick frequently. This formula keeps you lips look beautiful from 4to 6 hours while transfer-resistant lipsticks may last 8 or more, unless you are eating something greasy or oily. Both types can make your lips feel dry so you may use the formulas containing moisturizer to balance the dryness.
6. Matte lipstick

Matte lipstick is known for nice and colorful shade but it is flat and not shiny. This formula  perfectly matching with plumper, smoother and younger lips.To keep your mouth moisturized, apply products containing  vitamin E and  aloe.
7. Gloss

Gloss, a favorite lipstick of women with thin and small lips, is a lip enhancer which add a look of shine and lush to your mouths and enhance the dimension of depth. Gloss can be worn alone or with the traditional lipstick.

Choosing Lip Colors

Be careful while choosing the lip color and try it out in a cosmetic salon first and let them assist you in your color choices. For women with large lips, muted colors such as purples, browns and bronzes are the best choices while women with thinner lips should use light colors. Wine, berry, cappuccino and mauve colors suit light blondes best while coral, apricot and shades of peach are suitable for blondes  that have a golden hue. Warm peach, brown and terracotta shades are for blondes that sport olive skin tones. Redheads may use warm colors such as shades of terracotta, cinnamon and peachy brown while shades such as terracotta, cinnamon and reds with hints of brown are the most suited colors for brunettes.

Make your lipstick smudge resistant and matte by blotting the excess color on lips using one sheet of two-ply tissue, reapplying the lipstick and blotting it again to absorb the excess oils. Mature women should not use matte lipsticks though, for a little gloss can make their lips appear softer and lip liner will keep the lipstick from melting. In case, the lip color or brush slips from your hands accidentally and stains your clothes, apply the glycerine on the area and rub it gently, before washing it as usual. For an instant makeover, try a pink creamy blush to add rosy ness to your cheeks and lids and use plump shade on your lips and you are ready to flaunt your beauty.

A clear lip balm is the best thing for everyday use while sheer application of a colored lip gloss on lips, cheeks and eyes looks quite subtle and sexy. Glitter lipsticks and lip glosses are for special events and funky night parties that highlight your lips immensely. There are lip glosses that literally make your lips plumper and appear fuller and much more luscious. A very light film of pink or red lipstick gives you the look of that carefree beauty that every woman yearns for. Become an attention-grabbing vampiress, who is hot and trendy these days, by using a blood red lip liner to make precise lip lines and apply two coats of lipstick of same color, blotting the extra oil in between with the tissue paper.

Lipsticks contain waxes, oils, pigments and emollients that one must pay attention to for a quality product. Wax gives shape and ease of application to the lipstick and often natural beeswax, carnauba wax made from the leaves of Brazilian wax palm trees and candelilla wax processed from the plant of the same name found in Mexico is used for the purpose. Oils and fats such as castor oil, cocoa butter, lanolin, mineral oil, olive oil and petrolatum are used in the manufacture of lipsticks. However, castor oil is the most common ingredient as it forms a shiny film after drying that does not smudge easily. Many lipsticks also offer aloevera, amino acids, collagen, moisturizers, vitamin E and sunscreen to keep your lips soft, moist and protected from the weather conditions.

9 Lipstick Tips

  1. Lip liner should match the lipstick – Oh no you didn’t use black lip liner with pink lipstick! For a natural look, be sure to find a lipliner shade closely matching your lipstick.
  2. Always keep a lip brush handy – Lip brushes help to give a smooth lips and also assist in getting the last bit of lipstick out of the tube.
  3. Getting down to the wire? Mix with a little Vaseline – If you only have a little bit of lipstick left in the tube and it’s not easy to get out, get your lip brush and mix in with petroleum jelly to create a gloss.
  4. Avoid glossy colors if you’re over 40- Creamier colors make women over 40 look more natural and younger. Plus older lips need more moisture.
  5. “Orange” shades make teeth look yellow – Not too many women can pull off an orange shade anyway.
  6. Don’t like that shade of lipstick? Try it as a blush – A color not working on lips might do well on cheeks. A little dab will do you though, too much and you’ll look clownish.
  7. Still Don’t like the shade? Try blending with other shades – There’s nothing worse than buying a shade of lipstick, taking it home and finding out it looks awful. If you don’t like a particular shade, try blending with other colors for a more suitable match.
  8. Lipsticks last longer when stored in the refrigerator – I’m sure my husband would love it if I started storing makeup in the fridge, but yeah, it works.
  9. Keep your lipstick color lasting
    You may put a dab of foundation on your lips before applying lipstick. But some people don't really like the gloppy look of lip color resulted. A sheer swipe of eyelid primer is preferred instead to keep your lipstick staying on longer. You may neutralize your natural lip color with a a small amount of base prior to your lipstick application too. Natural and contemporary look of lips is expected.

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