Beauty Tip # 1: How to get makeup to last all day
Have you ever had one of those frustrating moments at the end of a long day when you look in the mirror and suddenly realize that your makeup has virtually melted off? Well, those days are long gone! Short of stashing makeup products in your purse, here are a few beauty tips that help your makeup last from morning until night (without touch-ups).
Before putting on face makeup, start by applying a small amount of skin-perfecting makeup primer all over your face (including your eyelids). This will not only help minimize the look of pores and fine lines, it will also give your face makeup something to adhere to, which helps boost your makeup's staying power. Instead of using a traditional face powder (which can make your skin look cakey, dry, and aged), opt for a translucent setting powder. This will not only help keep your face makeup on throughout a long day, it will also add a slightly matte effect (especially to skin's oilier areas, like your T-Zone). As a finishing touch, use a makeup setting spray to significantly increase your makeup's longevity.
Beauty Tip # 2: How to get thicker, longer eyelashes
Wouldn't you love the look of thicker, longer eyelashes (without having to glue on those cumbersome false eyelash strips)? Well, you're in luck! The beauty industry recently started producing several new eye makeup products that are not only easy to use, they also don't require the precision and expertise of a makeup artist to apply.
As an alternative to using falsies, opt for a lash-thickening mascara system. These products help build-up the look of your individual eyelashes via the application of flexible cotton or nylon fibers. When the mascara is applied to your lashes, it grabs onto each nylon fiber (which act like a thickening lash primer), instantly making your eyelashes look longer and fuller.
Beauty Tip # 3: How to make your eyes look bigger
To make your eyes look bigger (and more awake), always start by curling your eyelashes. This immediately makes your eyes appear larger, and also creates the illusion that your eyelashes are longer. Starting at the base of your eyelashes, gently curl them using an eyelash curler. Lightly clamp down on your lashes mid-way, and then finally at the tips. This three-curl motion helps to create a natural curved effect to your lashes.
In addition, never completely rim your eyes with eyeliner. This technique actually has the opposite effect, as it makes your eyes look smaller. Instead, (using a waterproof eyeliner) only line your upper lash line with eyeliner and draw a line half-way in (from the outer corner) on your lower lash line. You can slightly smudge the eyeliner for a softer, less dramatic effect.
Beauty Tip # 4: How to make your lips look fuller
Without having to resort to lip injections and fillers, you can quickly create the illusion of fuller lips with these easy-to-follow beauty tips. Start with a lip-plumping product before applying any lip color. This topical solution temporarily gives your pout a fuller, more supple look. By using collagen-infused formulations, these products help keep your lips hydrated too. Lighter lip colors (like pale pink and nude) help make your lips look fuller; whereas, darker colors (like wine and deep reds) can actually make your lips look thinner. As a finishing touch, apply a small amount of lip gloss to the center of your lips. This reflective effect makes your pout look plumper and sexier.
Beauty Tip # 5: How to make your face look thinner
The art of makeup contouring and highlighting has been a well-known beauty secret that models and actresses have used for years. To act as a highlighter, apply concealer to your face in the following areas: in an upside-down triangle shape underneath your eyes, along the bridge of your nose, and above the cupid's bow of your mouth. After applying concealer and foundation, using a matte bronzer or contouring powder (about two shades darker than your foundation color), sweep this darker color across the hollows of your cheeks (it helps to suck-in your cheeks while doing this). Then sweep the bronzer below your jawline, under your chin, and along the perimeter of your forehead. As a final touch, sweep blush onto the apples of your cheeks. This highlighting and contouring technique helps accentuate your cheekbones, while making your face appear thinner and more sculpted.
So there you have it -- five fabulous beauty tips that will instantly make you look flawless and gorgeous every day, from morning until night!
Christina-Lauren Pollack is a lifestyle blogger and creator of Inspirations & Celebrations