No matter how young or old you are, sometimes you just feel totally clueless when walking into a make-up store, where to start?
Here are a few tips to make it a bit easier. It is important to go for a make-up lesson at an image consultant or make-up artist to know how to make-up according to your eye and face shape. Visit my website for more information at www.juanri.co.za . Do your make-up in natural light if at all possible.
Make and hair by Juanri Image Consultant & Fashion Designer, Photographer Kim van Zyl
Begin with your eye make-up. The eyes are the most important, like they say your eyes are the window to your soul. To prepare the eye lid, use a primer (no not the one you use to prime your walls). This will make your eye shadow stay on longer and serves like a foundation for your eye lids. I love M.A.C make-up; they have an eye lid primer that is called Paint Pot. Ask the shop assistant to give you a colour that will suit your skin tone.
Start off using a light coloured eye shadow to add depth to your eye lid. Depending on your eye shape, take a small rounded eye shadow brush and put eye shadow on your eye lid. It is very important to keep the area just underneath your brow as light as possible with a matt cream eye shadow without shimmers. Go to a professional as this step can make your eyes appear bigger or smaller.
If you are satisfied with the shape you created in Step 2, use a darker coloured eye shadow to create more definition. Begin with natural colours like brown or charcoal brown.
Use eyeliner to line your eyes. Draw it as close as possible to your lash line. Do not over do it, the trick is to create a line that looks natural. I like Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, it has a small sponge to blend the line and a sharpener.
Mascara is my favorite part, who do not want that sexy lashes that creates a tornado when blinking. Use more on the top than the bottom. Try out a few until you get the perfect mascara.
Wipe off any messed eye shadow or mascara, that’s why it is easier to begin with your eyes and then add the foundation.
Apply foundation using a foundation brush. Make sure your foundation is blended at the jaw line, take a hand mirror and tilt your face, wipe off any excess foundation with a make-up sponge. Ask a make-up shop assistant to help you find the correct colour foundation.
To get rid of a shiny face and to make your foundation appear more natural, apply powder with a powder brush. If you have a more mature face do not apply too much powder as this can make you look older.
Get that beautiful exaggerated cheekbone with a bronzer. Add bronzer just under your cheekbone to create depth. Start off with a bronzer that is not too dark.
Look young and vibrant by using a blusher on your cheekbone but not too close to your nose. Smile when applying blusher with a blusher brush and move the brush in the direction of your ear. Do not over do the blusher, use a rose coloured blusher – it suits most skin tones.
Get the perfect kissable lips by using a lip pencil in a natural rose colour. Draw a soft line on your lip line and blend it with a lipstick in more or less the same colour. To give that extra shimmer add lipgloss.