Two-Minute Makeup Routine

Two-Minute makeup RoutineThere is really no such thing as an honest-to-goodness, no-bother face. If there are only two things you want to do to make yourself presentable to go out, wear a dark hat and sunglasses. There is, however, a minimal, two-minute makeup routine that you will found adequate for some days. Please remember that you really are the best judge of what you need and want to do and what looks best on you. So you decide what you want to use and what options you want to leave out.

Assuming you have taken care of your skin, that it is clean, that you used your astringent and your moisturizer, you have the following choices (pick whatever things you want to do to your face):

1. If you have circles under your eyes, you will need to put a dab of concealer or your lightest foundation under your eyes, and blend well.

2. Now put a dot of your foundation on each eyelid, and blend again.

3. Take your cream blusher, and put under each cheekbone, and blend.

4. Curl your eyelashes with the eyelash curler, and apply one coat of mascara.

5. Dab on sheer lipstick or a little lip gloss.

6. If you have the time and the inclination, apply a second coat of mascara to your lashes, and you are done.

Five-Minute Makeup Routine

Five-Minute Makeup Routine1. Blend the concealer under your eyes.

2. Dot your regular foundation with a sponge on your cheeks, forehead, eyes, nose and chin, and blend gently with your fingertips. Don’t stretch the ski n by pulling it!

3. Use your cream blush along the cheekbones, and blend.

4. Put a touch of beige powder eye shadow on your eyelids (this is optional).

5. Take black eye pencil, dip it in your mascara, and draw a fine line between and in your upper eyelashes. This will open up your eyes and will last all day. Use the same pencil on the lower lid (no mascara this time) and smudge the line with a cotton swab.

6. Curl your eyelashes with your curler (hold to a count of ten). Put on a layer of mascara.

7. Brush translucent powder all over your face to set the makeup.

8. Put another layer of mascara on your lashes.

9. Put lip gloss or your lipstick on your lips.

Know Your Skin Type

Dry Skin

Today the term ‘skin type’ is something of an anathema. We all know that our skin can change – from greasy one day to dry the- next (depending on fluctuating hormones and outside factors like the weather), and that we need to change our skincare routine accordingly. While it is true that Mediterranean skin can be prone to greasiness, or an English rose complexion to sensitivity, remember that ‘it isn’t necessarily so.

If crocodile skin describes your face as well as your handbag, you probably have dry skin. While you do not suffer the acne angst of your oily counterparts, you are a walking advertisement for Old Mother Time. Dry skin tends to age quickly and can be flaky. Although its pores are barely visible, and sebum production is minimal, the idea that dry skin suffers no break-outs is a myth.

Most people try to combat dry skin by saturating it with oil- not the best plan if you realize that dry skin is actually thirsty. What it needs is a regular supply of water (taken internally) as well as a boost by using the right face creams.

Oil Skin

You win the jackpot on the ageing lottery if you suffer from oily skin. But while the unsightly lines and wrinkles of premature ageing are kept at bay until later in life, oily skin presents its owner with something of a paradox. Both the best and the worst thing about this skin type (typical of those with olive complexions and Mediterranean features), is that it secretes a lot of sebum. On the one hand this natural moisturizer protects the epidermis from external aggressors such as climate change and central heating, and keeps it young and supple, but on the other hand it leaves the skin susceptible to seborrhoea (overproduction of oil) and the accompanying open pores, angry red spots and break-outs.

In the vigorous attempt to combat the notoriously greasy T-zone, those with oily complexions are prone to over wash and over stimulate the skin. Sadly, instead of minimizing the problem, this serves to increase it as the sebaceous glands work overtime to produce even more sebum to compensate. Avoid the temptation to use harsh strippers in the treatment of oily skin, for although products with high alcohol content give a momentary sensation of freshness, they make it much worse in the long term.

If you do not want your beautifully painted face to slip down your chin and on to your cashmere sweater, you had better learn the meaning of some beauty jargon. Avoid, at all costs, products that claim to be ‘satin finish’ or ‘glossy’. These contain fats and silicones that will slide around your face and end up looking greasy. Opt instead for ‘oil-free’ make-up and oil-free moisturizers to stay shine free. Avoid using foundation round the T-zone, and use powder blusher and eye shadow that will not only stay put but also help absorb any excess oil to keep you feeling comfortable. While some cosmetics companies insist that cream cleansers are fine for oily skins, you can find the wash-off type more helpful, as they leave you feeling squeaky clean, just like washing with soap and water.

Combination Skin

This is as near to ‘normal’ as any one skin type gets.Most of us at some time or another, go through dry, sensitive and greasy stages, and sometimes even a combination of all three at once. Combination skins have a T-zone that is generally oilier’ than other areas, with the cheeks suffering from intermittent dryness. Sadly, nobody has yet invented a product that can successfully deliver oil to certain areas while absorbing it from others, so the best way to treat combination skin is to treat it in separate sections. Buying products for dry and oily skin may sound like a double outlay, but each product will last you twice as long, so think of it as an investment.

Make-up choices are easier for combination skin, and really it is a question of a little of what fancy you does to be good. Trial and error is the best method of both elimination and choice here, with no particular rules to go by. The choice of cleansers is also greater for this skin type – either the wash-off or cream versions will do the job. Moisturize only the areas that need it, and do not forget that your skin is a living organism, and as such it changes. Summer and winter months call for different amounts of product, applied in different places.

Sensitive Skin

Nearly everybody experiences the odd allergic reaction at some point, but truly sensitive skin is quite rare. Beware the ‘fragrance-free’ label; however, as often this means that yet more chemicals are included to mask an otherwise noticeable scent.

Although the concept of natural ingredients is an attractive one, remember that sensitive skin can often react violently to products with live plant extracts. Instead, look for products that are labeled ‘hypoallergenic’ (although you would be wise to check the contents just in case), especially ones that contain skin soothers such as kaolin, chamomile and aloe. These days even make-up is packaged with extensive ingredients lists – check your cosmetics in the same way you check your skincare and you will minimize unpleasant reactions. Avoid the sun entirely or protect yourself with a high-factor chemical sunscreen such as titanium dioxide.

Lip Liners

The secret weapon in your armory, the lip liner, used masterfully, is the quickest means of changing your lip shape. Used wrongly, or with a heavy hand, it will leave you looking more ugly.

While no make-up artist would be without a lip liner, the majority of women are rather scared of a product that most wrongly associates with looking unnatural and out of date. Produced in a multitude of colors and today’s lip liners blend beautifully with the natural tone and texture of the skin. Available in traditional pencil, push-up crayon and felt-tip form, they are simple to use and easy to carry.

For a modern look, always run the pencil over the back of your hand after sharpening before you actually line your lips. This will soften a very pointed tip, and ensure a more natural-looking outline. Always fill in the whole lip area with the same lip liner, otherwise when your lipstick fades you will be left with an obvious outline. A peachy lip liner used like this makes a great alternative to lipstick for a daytime look. If the lip liner you are using is too dark, tone it down with a little foundation. Keep your lips relaxed, and do not press too hard when applying lip liner. Using small feathery movements will keep the line looking more natural, but be careful not to end up with a broken lip line.

Semi-Permanent Make-Up

If you cannot be bothered to line your lips every time you go out, but like the effect that is achieved when you have done it, semi-permanent make-up (or a tattooed lip line) may be the answer for you. Many a celebrity who has decided against collagen has opted to enhance her pout with a subtle tattoo – very effective, and far less obvious. The process involves injecting color pigments around the shape of your natural lip line, in a shade that blends imperceptibly with your lips. The upsides to this are that it is low maintenance, and you will leave home every day with a pair of perfectly defined lips. The downsides are that it can be painful, some people have had allergic reactions, and it does not last for ever (treatments need to be repeated on average every three months). If you do choose to take this route, make sure that you find a reputable therapist, because ensuing infections can be nasty.

Creating Different Lip Shapes

Change your lip shape, and at once you send out different messages about yourself. If you were not born with lips big enough to rival a little cosmetic artistry can go a long way to improve what nature gave you.

Observe the Ground Rules

Before you apply any color, make sure your base is properly applied. Lips should be covered in foundation or concealer, and brushed with a whisper of translucent powder, to disguise your natural lip line and to create a ‘fixer’ for the new lip shape that you are about to apply.

Natural Lips

If you are content with your lip shape, take a sharp lip liner, and run it against the back of your hand. Then relax the mouth and gently trace your natural lip shape with the pencil. Fill in the lips, lightly, with the same pencil, and finally coat with clear gloss to finish the look.

To Create a Thinner Mouth

1. Use foundation on your lips to provide a base, even out any discoloration, and work as a fixative for lipstick.

2. For filling in, choose a matt color, which absorbs light instead of reflecting it, helping to make the mouth appear smaller. Either opt for the ‘dark slash’ look, or detract attention from the mouth by filling in the new lip shape with a neutral liner, and creating dramatic eyes, instead.

1960s Makeup

The birth of the 1960s signaled a decade of rebellion. The Pill, the Beatles and the youthful social revolution meant that teenagers finally had a voice. No longer had content to look like their mothers, English girls seen Twiggy as the epitome of a whole new look. Goodbye hourglass figures (throw out your ‘roll-ons’ and your ‘waspies’), hello small bottoms and skinny legs. This was a landmark in defining the new female shape: women no longer felt trapped by their underwear. To accompany this freedom came the introduction of pretty knickers, unpadded bras and tights.

Sixties’ girls quite literally let their hair down. The formal styles of the 1950’s were replaced by long, straight locks, a Vidal Sassoon ‘bob’ or detachable hairpieces and ponytails. The babydoiliook, miniskirts and knee-high boots, formed the basis of a new uniform (the young didn’t want to look like their parents but they did want to look like each other). Now that the baby-boomers had come of age, a generation of disposable income became available. (Estee Lauder cashed in on this with a nail varnish called 24K gold, which was made of exactly that.)

Make-up provided as good a badge of membership of the new minted social group as miniskirts: kohl-lined eyelids and blue eye shadow (courtesy of Mary Quant) greeted you on every street corner, and false lashes – and even eyebrows – lent everybody the same defined curves and exaggerated eye sockets. Blusher (the new name for rouge) was big news in the 1960s. Every shade from pink to pearl was available in washes, creams and cakes of color. These were blended into the hairline, under the chin and on to the neck – the creation of a healthy, outdoor look was of the essence.

Food for skin became food for thought in this decade. For the first time skin was given independent status as the starting point for make-up. High-protein skin treats included ingredients such as honey, royal jelly, vitamins and minerals; bestsellers were Innoxa’s Living Peach face cream, and Lentheric’s Special Formula Skin Food. It wasn’t just topical nourishers that were given the ‘good enough to eat’ treatment: flavored lipsticks and roll-on glosses in cola, cherry or strawberry also made great headway on the make-up front.

Now that color cosmetics were as sophisticated as they were popular, the professional make-up artist came into being. Not just an advisor to the business but a mouthpiece for the public, the noble Italian make-up artist Pablo (with his staple colors of mauve and pistachio) won Elizabeth Arden much-coveted press attention.

Men enjoyed the cultural revolution, too, with males spending fortunes on tinting their eyebrows and having body waves and blow-dries. Twiggy, Catherine Deneuve, Natalie Wood and Bridget Bardot were the icons of the decade.

1940s and 1950s Makeup

Escapism was also the byword of the 1940s. While the onset of war threatened to deal a hard blow to the cosmetics industry (short supplies entailed limited alcohol for perfume, reduced supplies of fats for lipsticks, and little or no plastic for packaging), women’s attachment to make-up increased. With the conscription in the war years of single females aged between 18 and 25, imagination and initiative were key to survival; although rations could curb a woman’s spending, they served only to increase her vanity. When stockings proved impossible to come by, leg make-up provided the perfect answer – seams penciled in with eyeliner became so common that they were almost fashionable, and body make-up caught on.

The sale of men’s products soared, too – the great morale boost of luxury products meant that scents for men and soap in ‘man-sized bars’ became number one gifts for servicemen. Even those who would balk at the mention of ‘face powder’ were happy to cover themselves in talc. The American influence hit Europe big time -the presence of American Gis (with their gifts of nylon stockings) added a thrill of excitement to an otherwise tense and worrying time. Hollywood was still the biggest influence on beauty, with Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth as memorable icons.

Glamour, glamour, glamour was the mantra of the 1950s, as the end of the war signaled the beginning of a whole new era. Dior’s New Look revolutionized the world of fashion, with models on the Paris runways boasting pinched-in waists and sculpted busts. This overtly feminine look was accompanied by unashamedly made-up faces and the resumed supply of cosmetics meant that women would make the most of it; eye make-up became a special focus, with false lashes, plenty of shadow and liner, and lashings of lengthening mascara. Now that the grey war years were over, blue, green and violet shadow signaled the embrace of a whole new world of technicolor luxury.

Short haircuts were a form of liberation for women, everyone reeked of violets, and Coty, Rimmel and Charles of the Ritz became big names in the world of make-up. Revlon put cosmetics truly on the fashion map – thanks to Charles Revson, a new shade of lipstick and nail varnish would now be launched at six-month intervals instead of once a year. This gave women more choice than ever before, a phenomenon reflected by the differing icons of the era: while Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe offered womanly beauty on the one hand, Audrey Hepburn introduced gamine chic on the other.

1920s and 1930s Makeup

By the more puritan late Victorian era make-up had gone underground, rearing its head only as the trademark of a stripper or a whore. By the 1920s, however, young women had tired of this colorless existence, and make-up staged a comeback – putting on lipstick was soon to become the gesture of the decade. At this point conformity was everything: in the quest for the perfect English rose complexion, women on both sides of the Atlantic had treatments to bleach their skin, and splashed out on copious amounts of rouge and talcum powder to create what nature had denied them. Even those who resisted lipstick and rouge succumbed to lightening their skin with face powder.

In Europe the battle against ageing had begun – women in Paris and London were having face-lifts long before they became popular in the USA. While the English were (secretly) undergoing the knife, their American counterparts were settling for skin conditioning of a less radical vanity: sales of Cold Cream were rocketing, along with more sophisticated remedies.

While polite society recoiled in horror at the onslaught of eyebrow pencils, eye shadow, mascara, blusher, lip pencils and rouge, younger women reveled in it. Now that painted nails no longer signified a ‘painted woman’, blood red became the color of the decade. On every street corner beauty salons popped up, offering massages, manicures, facials, hair coloring and makeovers. The banners of respectability were the salons’ best advertisement, and before long treatments were so popular that there were waiting lists for appointments. In addition, the universal use of make-up brought with it new dilemmas surrounding etiquette. Even the most well-bred women could now be caught brushing their hair at the table, or leaving lipstick smears on napkins. Beauty editors were swift with their advice: put yourself together before you go out, and leave yourself alone in public.

DIY beauty thrived just as much, and every department store had huge cosmetics counters. By 1925 it was estimated that American women alone spent a staggering $1 billion on beauty products. Once, wearing make-up meant painting a questionable moral picture; now no girl worth her lipstick would be seen without The Depression of the 1930’s did nothing to curb women’s addiction to cosmetics. Like children let loose in a fantasy land, they reveled in the choice of color – a whole spectrum away from the mundane reality of their everyday existence. With green, blue and lilac coming out of Paris, the idea of wearing make-up to match your clothes and not your skin tone were born.

The healthy outdoor look soon replaced the porcelain complexions of the fickle followers of fashion. Beauty was no longer left to fate, as nearly every woman now possessed a plethora of make-up products, along with eyelash curlers, false lashes and a regular appointment with a hairdresser. Of course, exploitation touched men as well as women: once beards were deemed unfashionable, beauty houses reaped the benefits of increased sales of razors, lathers, creams and colognes.

The 1930s’ most defining beauty characteristic, however, was the Hollywood star, icon like Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo, offering glamorous escapism from the humdrum reality of Depression. Every woman wanted to look like a star, and if she could not actually be Marlene Dietrich she could.

Eyebrow Plucking

Eyebrow PluckingEyebrow plucking is an art. Eyebrow plucking should perfectly be timed. It all begins with a good tweezer and an idea of what brow shape fits your face. Eyebrow Plucking can make your eyes look bigger and give your face a clean, elegant look. Always pluck in the mandate from the nose to the ear. The brows are thicker closest to the nose and they should thin out correspondingly.

If you want an arch for instance, gradually pluck hairs so that they peak a bit in the middle of the brow. Nearly all the woman believes that their eyes speak the language they want. Hence making once eyes preferable is natural and eyebrow plucking adds extra spice to this.

How to pluck your eyebrows

Step by step instruction on how to pluck eyebrows:

  • If the hairs are very long, it is perfectly okay to trim them with manicure scissors. Trimming them can make a big dissimilarity.
  • Starting on the inside of the brow, slowly tweeze the bottom of your brow until the outer corner is half the width of the interior corner of the brow.

Best tips on how to pluck eyebrows

  • Wash the area thorough so that it is not left oily.
  • A tweezer with a pointed or slanted tip will grip the hairs best.
  • Always pluck under the brow line, so the hair coming back will follow the normal arch of your brow.
  • Pluck some hairs and then stop. Look in the mirror, step back, and observe how you are doing.

Eyebrow Piercing

Eyebrow PiercingAn eyebrow piercing is a kind of body piercing done through the eyebrow, mostly upright. Eyebrow piercing is strictly aesthetic piercing. It does not have a orthodoxed symbolic meaning associated with it. It hauls attention to the upper face and eyes, either opening the gaze or intensifying it. Piercing closer to the link of the nose, the inner third of the eyebrow, lends an intense seriousness to the complexion. The notoriety of body piercings of all kinds is at all-time high. Usually, an infection forms in the area of the body part that has been pierce.

Eyebrow piercings are progressively becoming popular and more often used method. It is not complicated to take care of new piercings; it just requires a bit of knowledge-how and a little work. Eyebrow piercing can be secure and easy way to avoid any problems later on.

Makeup or other beauty products which are applied to the face can also annoy the piercing or cause it to become infected. One of the most contemporary body piercings is the eyebrow piercing. An eyebrow which has a heavier “ridge” or thickness of tissue under the brow line is better suited to endorse the successful healing of piercing.

Eyebrow piercings should be fulfilled freehand with a proper piercing needle by a trained body piercer. Piercing can nerve result in damage if the jewelry is postured properly, and communicable diseases spread during the procedure if performed with unsterilized or used equipment.

Guidelines for Eyebrow Piercings

  • Always wash your hands with soap prior touching the eyebrow ring or piercing.
  • Take vitamin C to help fight off infection and to advance healing.
  • Apply a disinfectant virtually on both ends of the ring.
  • The eyebrow piercing needs to be sanitized twice daily, usually morning and night.
  • An anti-bacterial soap should be used to soap up around the piercing and the soap and water will allow the ring and balls to twist simply.

Eyebrow Shaping

Eyebrow ShapingEyebrows can dramaturgically change your appearance. Eyebrow pencils are much in use but they may add insincerity to the face. A natural eyebrow look can be achieved by using colors with the help of short brush with buckram bristles. With eyebrow shaping you take your impression to a new level of beauty.

A well-groomed brow line creates the delicate difference that will affect the general look of your entire face. To corroborate this effect, draw a simple face on a piece of paper leaving the eyebrow area blank. Tweezing your eyebrows is one of the most dramatic way to variate your face without makeup or surgery.

A considerable eyebrow shaping tip is to replace your tweezers every year or so. Pick tweezers that are slant-edged and have a rough textured point. Clean them before and after you tweeze.

Eyebrow shaping is best complete with tweezing or threading. Try, tweeze and figure your eyebrows after you have washed your face. You can shape your eyebrows more perfectly after a hot bath. Threading is usually less costly then waxing and causes less damage as well. Unluckily, it is hard to find a professional threaded outside of a big city.

Include slenderness to a round face with an arched eyebrow but with a small tail. A long face looks good with rounder fuller eyebrows. Eyebrows defend our eyes from dust and dirt and also frame the face to give it perfection.

Eyebrow Shaping Methods

Plucking Eyebrows

  • A tweezer with a pointed or slanted tip will grip the hair best.
  • Always pluck under the brow line, so the hair coming back will follow the normal arch of your brow.

Waxing Eyebrows

  • This method removes the hair and hair root.

Threading Eyebrows

  • Eyebrow threading is not only used for shaping eyebrows but also used on the whole face, include upper lip, chin, eyebrows, sideburns and cheeks.

Steps for Eyebrow Shaping

  • Make sure that the beginning of the eyebrows aligns with the middle of the nostril.
  • Take a container of half-melted ice, wrap it around a towel and apply it on your eyebrows. When you end, remove the ice and you get perfect eyebrows.