Beauty | Flawless Face


Monday, December 7th, 2009

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Ever seen someone, who on second look is obviously wearing makeup, and still be compelled to remark “Wow, her skin is flawless!”?

Fresh-faced makeup looks prompt this response. Not that intricately applied, brightly colored cosmetics aren’t fabulous, but then the response  usually is “Wow, great makeup!”.

There is a difference. In the first look, the individual is wearing the compliment and in the second, the makeup is.

Ever notice advertisements that promote skin care products, where they would like you to believe that the model’s face is ‘naturally’ clean like that after washing?

Mhmm.. Don’t believe the hype.

Apart from costly air-brushing, the look is as a result of expertly applied makeup in hues that match the model’s natural skin colour and tone perfectly. You too can achieve this look. 

Regardless of makeup trends, a ‘flawless face’ is always in style. ‘Less-is-more’ will always work in your favour when it comes to looking fabulously flawless.  Leave overdone statements for accessories and shoes – things that wouldn’t smudge and smear, and instead work makeup that is classically chic.

Find the right foundation

A little goes a long way with foundation. The new lightweight formulations that appear to blend in, work well at creating a naturally flawless canvas. Take your time to find the foundation that works for you, and invest if necessary, especially if you have darker golden skin.

Mineral makeup is all the rage these days, and often these formulations contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (or both), which are natural sunscreen agents. However these minerals are opaque white in colour, and can make darker skin tones appear ashy, especially when exposed to unnatural lights like camera flashes. 

Use natural hues

Stick to makeup hues that flatter your skin tone. For darker skin tones for example use eyeshadow palettes that are goldy for highlighting, bronze, and coppery for midtones, and deep chocolate and smokey blacks for accenting the outer corners of the eyes. As these colours are close to your natural skin tone, if they start to wear during the day or night it is not hardly as detectable as wearing pale, silvery tones on bronzed skin.

Sheer lipsticks, which look like lip glosses but are longer wearing and less goopy, in natural pinky tones for fairer skin tones and coral-ish hues for darker skin tones, work excellently for a flawless look. Looks like your natural lips, just enhanced. 

Use blotting paper rather than powder for touch-ups

Adding too much powder can make face look cakey and unnatural. Those round cosmetic sponges that come with most compact powders can pick up a lot of powder with one swipe. Putting on makeup this way as a ‘quick touch up’, especially when you are in a rush can result in a look that says, “I just applied compact powder”. 

Once you have properly applied loose powder over the foundation the first time around, let the natural, youthful dewy-ness show through the night, while keeping the excess shine at bay with the use of blotting paper/ tissues.

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