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Everything You Need to Know About Color Correction

Everything You Need to Know About Color Correction

We all want beautiful, flawless skin, but we also don’t want to look like we put on a lot of makeup. If you too are looking for a way to cut down on the foundation and still look stunning, you might want to learn about this new trend of color correction.

What is color correction?

It is a method of concealing flaws in the skin tone, such as sores, redness, acne, puffiness, under eye circles, etc., by using a primer of a contrasting/neutralizing tone. This is basically a method of camouflaging flaws in the skin and giving it a smooth and even look.

Who should use Color Correction?

You should use color correction if you have any skin imperfections like acne, sallowness, redness, breakage, or dark circles. Color correction can help you fake a flawless skin without the need of a lot of foundation. This gives you a more natural-looking, flawless skin. The color corrector is used as a primer, without affecting the rest of your makeup.

The key to color correction is identifying what you are trying to neutralize. For example, if you have dark circles, you can use a peach concealer to remove the blue/purplish areas. Yellow can be used to add warmth to your complexion. Blue shades give you a cooler skin tone. Pink is a great option for hyper-pigmentation. Shades like purple and lavender can be used to cancel dullness and to give you a brighter look. Green is used to conceal acne.

How does it work?

Though using unusual shades like green might seem counter-intuitive, you must understand that the idea is to cancel out flaws in the skin using contrasting pigments. Green lies opposite to red in the color chart, and therefore effectively cancels out the redness of your skin.

Remember that you are using color correcting primers to neutralize underlying skin shades, but not to conceal your imperfections. So, you need to dab rather than blend. You can use a concealer on top, if you have to.

The Colour chart

Makeup Color Chart

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Did ever hear anyone say that makeup is an art form?

Well, it essential is. Except, the canvas here is your own body. You must be just as imaginative and inventive with your makeup as you are with your paints and brushes, for good results.

If you remember your art lessons from school, you will recollect a basic color wheel that has contrasting colors in opposite places. These colors can cancel each other out. For example, yellow lies opposite violet/purple and green lies opposite red. These color can therefore, cancel out the effects of one another.

A good picture of the color wheel is all you need to understand which color concealer to pick for which skin condition. To better help you master the color correction art, let’s take a close look at which colored primers to use when.

The colors

  1. Green Concealers: As we learnt earlier, the green concealer is used to neutralize red color. This range of concealers have the following uses:
  • Green concealers are a great choice to get rid of any redness on your face.
  • If you have acne spots or other red blemishes like zits and scars, use a green concealer to remove the redness.
  • In case of more widespread redness, as in case of a sunburn, use a green color correcting primer to significantly reduce the redness. This can later be topped with a layer of foundation to get a flawless, even skin tone.
Green Concealers

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  1. Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers: Purple is directly opposite to yellow on the color wheel. So the primers of this color are best suited to eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones of your skin. They have the below uses:
  • To remove pasty, dull, yellow complexion and to give your skin an ethereal glow.
  • To remove yellow undertones from your face, you can use a purple color-correcting primer.
  • A purple/lavender spot concealer can be used to hide yellow spots on your face.
  • Sallowness and hyper-pigmentation spots can be concealed using a lavender spot concealer.

Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers Clinique

  1. Pink Concealers: Peach or salmon coloured concealers fall in this group. The shades in this group (red, orange, and yellow) are opposite to blue, green, or purple hues. They have the following uses:
  • To conceal under-eye dark circles.
  • To mask the signs of fatigue.
  • They act as brightening agents and can be used to conceal sallowness of skin and any greenish/olive undertones.
  1. Yellow concealers: Yellow lies opposite to purple in the color wheel. The concealers of this shade have the following uses:
  • To remove purple or blue bruises, and under eye circle.
  • They are commonly used to even out the skin and to form a bright foundation.
  • If you are already light skinned, they can also be used to deepen your skin tone.
  • If you are looking for a handy alternative to eye primer, use a yellow concealer as your eye shadow base.
  1. Orange Concealers: Orange concealers are a good option if you have a darker skin tone. They can be used to conceal blemishes and spots on the skin. Under eye circles can also be removed using orange shades. Your orange concealer also doubles up as a liquid bronzer in face contouring.
  1. White Concealers: Using white concealers can be tricky, as their over use can give your skin an over-done, powdery, or pale appearance. When used in moderation, they have the following uses:
  • As highlighting as contouring tools, to highlight areas of your face.
  • White concealers can be used on the inner and outer corner of your eyes to appear more awake.
  • They can also be used under the brow bone to highlight your brow.
  • You can use it on your cupid bow and along the middle of your nose, to get a perfectly contoured appearance.
  • You can also use it while highlighting your cheek bones, on your upper cheek bones.    
  1. Neutral concealers: These shades are a good option for those of you without too many skin problems or blemishes. Choose a shade closest to your skin tone to hide any occasional spots or pimples. You can also use it as a primer to make your lipstick last for a longer time.

Which concealers can be used?

For those of you unsure of which brand of concealers to use, the following list is a good place to start:

  • Make Up For-ever Camouflage cream: It comes as a palette of five shades, which allows you to custom blend. It has a smooth cream-like consistency which is perfect for concealing blemishes. Just dab a little bit of the concealer on the blemish you wish to conceal.
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector: This is peach colored with gel-like consistency. It is best for concealing under eye dark circles as it glides easily and does not form cakes. If you do not have a habit of using foundation, select a color closest to your natural skin tone.
  • Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer: This is similar to Bobbi brown concealer in consistency, but is slightly more pigmented. So, it serves well to conceal under eye darkness or blueness.
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This is liquid in consistency and comes in a tube with a wand for application. It’s easy to use and smoothly blends into the skin. It is available in six shades and is best for concealing spots or under eye dark circles. Choose a shade based on your requirement.
  • Mac Studio Finish Concealer: This is also a blemish concealer which comes in a thick, creamy consistency. The best part is that it comes in little easy-to-carry pots, ideal for traveling.

There! You now know everything there is to know about color correction. Replace your mono-chrome foundations with colored concealers, based on your need and skin tone. You will never have to be afraid of that nasty pimple again!

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11 Easy Steps to Contour and Highlight Your Features

We all have those big occasions when we want people to sit up, take notice, and admire us. For most of us, these occasions come up too often to always seek help from a professional makeup artist. But what if we tell you that you can do your makeup on your own, use minimum products, and still look flawless?

Follow our simple tutorial and see how for yourself. 

Lets begin with the basics.

What is contouring?

It is a makeup technique which involves the use of different shades of makeup products to clearly define your features. If you want to highlight your high cheekbones or to downplay your broad forehead, contouring helps you do it. It is the best way to get a well-sculpted appearance.

makeup and contouring

What will you need to Contour and Highlight Your Features?

You’ll just need the following everyday makeup products. The magic lies in selecting the right shades to suit your skin tone. Choose well for a natural look.

  • Liquid foundation in your natural shade.
  • Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly lighter shade than your skin.
  • Concealer, foundation, or powder in a slightly darker colour than your skin.
  • Setting powder.
  • A powder brush.
  • A foundation brush/sponge.
  • A concealer brush.

How to pick the products of the right shade?

Don’t choose products that differ too much from your natural skin tone.

  • If you have fair skin: Use a very light shade to highlight and a medium colour to contour.
  • If you have darker skin: Use a highlight of medium shade and contour with a colour slightly darker than your skin tone.
  • If you have very dark skin: If you cannot find foundation deeper than your skin tone, you can use a dark eye shadow instead.

What else should I know about contouring?

Identifying your face shape

The first step of the contouring process it to identify your face shape. Knowing your facial shape lets you highlight the right features of your face. The general rule to contouring is to make the areas of your face where shadows fall darker and those parts of the face where light hits lighter.

Face shapes and contouring

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The following points help you identify your face shape:

  • Oval:
    1. Wide forehead.
    2. Tapers towards the chin.
    3. Prominent cheekbones.
    4. This is the ideal face shape.
  • Long:
    1. Elongated features from forehead to chin.
    2. Face tapers towards the chin.
    3. Some have a prominent chin.
  • Round:
    1. The width and length of a round face are almost the same.
    2. Cheek bones form the most prominent feature of round faces.
  • Square:
    1. The forehead, jawline and cheekbones of square faces are almost of the same width.
    2. Square and well defined jawline is a prominent feature.
  • Heart:
    1. Face tapers to/wards the chin.
    2. Chin is usually pointy.
    3. Wide forehead is a prominent feature.
  • Diamond:
    1. Face is highly angular and bony.
    2. It is widest at temples.
    3. This face shape is least common.

Which features have to be contoured and which highlighted?

Once you identify your face shape, you must know which features of your face you wish to highlight. In contouring, different shades of makeup products are used to bring those features to prominence. Based on facial shape, different parts of face should be contoured and highlighted. Here’s a quick guide:

contouring-according-to-form

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Oval:

Where to contour?

  • The sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear narrower.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone. This brightens the area around your eyes.

Oblong:

Where to contour?

  • Along your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline.
  • Under your chin to make your face appear a little rounder.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Square:

Where to contour?

  • On the sides of your forehead to make your hairline appear more narrow.
  • Under your jawbone to make your jawline appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

       Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.

Round:

Where to contour?

  • On the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to in the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline to lengthen your face.

Where to highlight?

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Heart:

Where to contour?

  • Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the wider upper half of your face and the narrower lower half.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.
  • The small area right below your chin to soften the point.

Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, which brightens your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Diamond:

Where to contour?

  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

       Where to highlight?

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Know your skin type

Now that you identified your face shape, the next step is to identify your skin type. Contouring and highlighting products are available in different consistencies such as powder, cream, and liquid. Knowing which type of skin you have is therefore crucial to identify the product which best suits you. For example, if you have oily skin, you can choose a powder contouring kit. If you have dry skin, cream-based products are a good choice. Having said that, you can always choose a product you most comfortable working with despite your skin type.

How to do it?

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  • Step 1: Start by cleaning your skin with a face wash of your choice. Once you pat your skin dry, moisturize your skin.
  • Step 2: Apply foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  • Step 3: Blend your foundation to about midway down your neck (the portion of your neck not concealed by clothes).
  • Step 4: Mix your regular foundation with your lighter foundation using a foundation brush or your fingers.
  • Step 5: Now use the concealer brush to apply the lighter makeup mixture to the area right above your eyebrows, the centre of your nose, the middle of your upper lip, the middle of your chin, the area below your eyes and to the area above your cheekbones.
  • Step 6: Use the highlighting mixture to draw a thin line above your jaw line.
  • Step 7: Use a brush to blend your makeup until there is no visible difference between the shade of your skin and your foundation. It is important to blend smoothly for a flawless final look.
  • Step 8: Now apply the darker makeup or ‘contour’ on the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones and on the area around your hairline.
  • Step 9: Blend in your contour makeup the way you did with your highlight.
  • Step 10: Apply finishing powder all over your face. Do it smoothly to make it look seamless.
  • Step 11: Finally, apply blush to your cheeks, starting from the front part of your cheeks to your temples to add dimensions to your face. Using blush enhances the glow of your skin.

What are some good contouring and highlighting products?

The market is flooded with makeup products of average or bad quality. To help you choose the best products from among the sundry, we came up with the following list. If you already have a brand that you love to use, feel free to stick to the same.

  • Cream foundation:
    • Maybeline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Plums up
    • L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Lumi Highlighter
  • Powder formulations:
    • l.f. Blush Palette, Light
    • Maybeline New York Facestudio Master Contour Palette
    • Wet n Wild Icon Contouring Palette, Dulce de Leche.

Phew!

That brings us to the end of our tutorial. Remember that when it comes to your makeup, you are the expert. When you think you are done, look in the mirror for any imperfections, under different conditions of light. When you think you have done a good job, add in a little bit of confidence and oomph and there you go, your perfect look for any occasion!

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15 Bestselling Makeup Products you Absolutely MUST Try

15 bestselling makeup products you absolutely MUST try

Ingenious makeup products have been beautifying women since time immemorial. Now, with each passing day, makeup is becoming more advanced, effective, and easier than ever before. And with a plethora of options available, it has become easier than ever to achieve any look desirable. Some of the best beauty products that revolutionized the way we see, use, and feel makeup have set the ball rolling and others are following suit. The best will survive.

Let’s look at some of the best makeup products of the year that made the cut:

For the Visage:

  1. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask:

    Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask

    Source: Amazon

    This one is from Korea (yes! The land of beautiful skinned women). The wonder sheet mask is incredibly hydrating and wonderfully soothing. Loaded with a potent combination of hyaluronic acid, chamomile flower water, and witch hazel extract, this masks helps soothe, plump, and hydrate skin in just 20 minutes! If you slather on makeup all day, your skin truly deserves the TLC that this product gives. Rejuvenate your skin because healthy skin is beautiful skin. Buy here

  2. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation:

    Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

    Source: Amazon

    This one sure was a ground breaking product. Years were spent perfecting this full coverage formula to achieve what looks best on TV and film. It is so amazing, even high definition lenses won’t be able to tell you are wearing it. Your selfies and snap chats will never look better. It’s creamy, hydrating and it’s the best, money can buy. Buy here.

  3. Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Compact Foundation:

    Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Compact Foundation

    Source: Amazon

    This ain’t your soap on the rope. It has a liquid formula suspended in a pulpous sponge that releases the product when pressed with an applicator makeup sponge or fingers. The formula is a class apart. Its light weight, easily buildable, and oh so amazing. It comes in 11 different shades and gives you the feel of a dewy finish tinted moisturizer. Buy Here.

  4. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate:

    Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate

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    This bestselling makeup product has makeup artists obsessing over it. It has two buildable creams, one in a matte tan color and the other, a pearly white. The former is used to contour and the latter for highlighting. The tan colour is so perfect (unlike most in the market that are too taupe or too warm), it can be used for a natural tan illusion or on the hollows of cheeks for a natural looking contour and the pearly white adds just the right amount ‘dewy’ to your look without looking too sparkly. Buy here.

  5. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper:

    Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper

    Source: Amazon

    This wonderful product should figure in every woman’s makeup kit. The product formula is darkest of darks and is steadfast to say the least. This amaze balls felt tip liner is your perfect go to when time is a concern but you cannot compromise on how your eyeliner turns out. Buy here.

  6. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara:

    Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

    Source: Amazon

    This one is as good as it looks. With a wand that has teeny weeny hooks that help grab and sculpt the lashes and a formula that stays put without clumping till you use a makeup cleanser this one’s perfect. The liquid is glossy and quick dry, so you don’t risk flaking or smudging on your lids. Buy Here.

  7. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette:

    Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette

    Source: Amazon

    this one is not a bestselling makeup product for no reason. The beauty junkies cannot stop drooling over this. This palette is has the most beautiful browns, soft mattes, sparkly metallic, and deep darks for creating the smokey eye look that is a rage. The tones range from underplayed to dramatic and from traditional to colourful. If smokey eyes appeal to you, you cannot afford to miss this one. Buy here.

  8. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand:

    Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

    Source: Amazon

    We cannot rave about this product enough. This super product has a light wet gel cream on one end and light diffusing liquid concealer on the other. The gel cream is loaded with hyaluronic acid, rice proteins, and peptides to make the skin surrounding the eye look plumped and fresh while the concealer covers up the dark circles without sinking into fine lines. This is your be all eye fix. Buy here.

  9. L’Oreal Paris Brow Style Plumper Mascara:

    L’Oreal Paris Brow Style Plumper Mascara

    Source: Amazon

    This one is an absolute must have for people who love bold arches. The tinted gel, loaded with fibres, makes achieving beautiful eyebrows easy peasy. Plump them up, fill them, and make them look ever so gorgeous. Buy here.

  10. Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil:

    Maybelline Color Blur Cream Matte Pencil

    Time to wave a goodbye to the whole process of applying lipstick and then painstakingly blot it at the centre while keeping the ends look soft and diffused. This ingenious product has a creamy matte lipstick on one end and a rubber smudge brush on the other. The lipstick glides smoothly on the lips and the smudge brush helps blur and smudge the pigment to perfection. Buy here.

  11. Christian Louboutin Beauté Nail Colour:

    Christian Louboutin Beauté Nail Colour

    Source: Amazon

    This one is a stunner all the way. Cristian Louboutin launched 30 beautiful luxe lacquers in 2014 and manicurists cannot stop raving about it. The shades are covetable and the formula is shiny, durable, and just perfect. Fuchsia pink to dangerous red, they’ve got all covered. Buy here.

  12. Garnier Micellar Water:

    Garnier Micellar Water

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    If you are using the best makeup products, you must use a cleanser that is as good. Prominent makeup artists, models, and celebrities have long depended on micellar water – a cleanser that looks and feels just like water. It removes makeup and excess oil build up without drying your skin. The best part is that you don’t even have to rinse after. Just keep a few cotton pads handy. One sweep and you will be dewy clean in a jiffy. This wonder water was only available in European drug stored once upon a time, but now sells like hot cakes everywhere. Buy here.

    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo:

    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

    Source: Amazon

    You will find a hundred different dry shampoos out there which deodorize hair and make it bouncy. But very few actually ‘clean’ your hair. The living proof is one mong them. This product is backed by years of research and hence it is so good, it not only makes your hair look fresh, but feel fresh too. With potent ingredients such as zeolite (a mineral), and silica, and OFPMA, this dry shampoo absorbs oil and odours, and makes the surface of your hair slick and shiny. Buy here.

  13. Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion:

    Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion

    Source: Amazon

    Bumble and Bumble combines their cult favourite salt spray with oils that leaves you with uber cool ropy waves without any dry, crispy tangles. Ditch the dry texture that comes with beach waves and embrace this product. Buy here.

    L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair care Total Repair Damage Erasing Balm:

    L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hair care Total Repair Damage Erasing Balm

    Source: Amazon

    Your hair is subject to heat, pollution, styling products, and chemicals every day. To keep them in good health, you need to pamper them with this amazing mask. Loaded with moisturizing ceramides and arginine-k, this hair makes seals the openings in the hair shaft, prevents frizz, moisturizes hair and renders a glossy shine. You absolutely must try this. Buy here.

There you go! The products listed here are absolute must haves.

Which of these bestselling beauty products do you use already and which one are you going to lay hands on at the first opportunity? Go be spoilt for choice.

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7 Absolute must have MakeUp Essentials for 2016

7 absolute must have make up essentials for 2016!

Summer is fun. It’s the time of the year that you can hit the beach, play your hair, soak in the sun and wear your favorite short clothes. The only thing not good about a summer is that the heat can bleed your makeup, the rays can affect your skin and the humidity can ruin your hair. If only someone could sort that out, wouldn’t it be perfect?

Don’t sweat (no pun intended!). We have got it all sorted.

There are a few makeup essentials that will get you through summer sorted and happy and so they absolutely should be in your makeup bag.

So remove all your fall and winter makeup products and make way for the warm season.

Here’s what you should dump in your Make-up kit:

  1. Powder: Many a woman stick to powder for shine reduction. Tell you what? Powder can actually clog your pores and make your dewy summer skin all muddy and patchy. You can use blotting papers and oil free moisturizers to do the same job, better.
  2. Dark lipsticks: Deep dark colors are just not meant for summer. Summer is more about happy, bright, and vibrant colors. So, reds and jewel tones be damned, welcome the corals and the pinks.
  3. Creamy full coverage foundations: They hydrate you skin. Agreed. But they contain large amounts of waxes, oils, and silicones that melt when subject to heat. Your makeup melt down should most often be blamed on a creamy foundation. Save it for the winter.
  4. Cream based cheek and eye colors: For the same reason mentioned above, these colors tend to bleed when subject to heat and cannot hold up for long. Sticking with water proof stains is a wiser option. Please do away with anything ‘cream-based’!

Now here’s what you should stock up on this summer as your MakeUp Essentials:

Makeup essential #1: A great foundation

liquid foundation waterproof

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Liquid foundation is the key. Like already mentioned, stay clear of heave cream based foundations. It’s not only easy to apply, and blend, it also appears better after sweating in the heat. Heavy foundations will cake up and become patchy.

Needless to say choose foundations that are water proof and long stay and invest in a good quality makeup sponge to work the mascara into your skin.

If you are a beginner at foundation, BB and CC cream are great options for you. They do much more than give cover. They have a built in primer, SPF, color correcting pigments and even a moisturizer! It’s your go to when you are in a hurry too. This is what we recommend – Buy here

Makeup essential #2: Make up setting spray

makeup setting spray

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The hot and sultry summer days can wreak havoc on your makeup making it bleed and smudge all over. A great way of keeping that foundation and everything else in place is to use a good makeup setting spray. Although facial sprays are often termed glorified water, the right one can work up quite a magic.  If you invest in this product you can safely bid a good bye to fading eye shadows and disappearing blush.

Here’s throwing in a little tip:  Spray a little product in your palm and rub it into your face before applying makeup and then apply a second round after you are done with your makeup (this time just spray). See the difference it makes. You’re welcome. This is what we recommend – Buy here

Makeup essential #3: A good bronzer

bronzer pearls

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This one is a must must have. We just cannot emphasize enough.  Why spend the summer on tanning beds and sun bathing (and causing a lot of UV damage to your skin) when you can add the golden sun kissed glow to your skin just like that. Bronzers not just make you skin look healthy and alive but also give you a beautiful faux glow. The dry winters make your skin pale and pasty and the only way to welcome summer head on is to paste a beautiful glow. If you have fair skin, avoid browns and stick to peachy tones. If you have earthy skin, pick a bronzer that is at least 2 shades darker than your skin tone and you will thank us later. This is what we recommend – Buy here

Makeup essential #4: A great mascara

waterproof mascara

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A great mascara is your absolute beauty must have. It opens up your eyes and makes your eyes look dreamy, fluttery, and beautifully big. However, the heat, the humid weather, the pools and the sweaty workouts often complain about pesky smudges, flakes, and smears making you look like a raccoon. A good quality highly waterproof mascara hence, is your best bet. Make sure you read up on reviews on the product before buying one because half of them don’t deliver its claims. Go buy a mascara that won’t run no matter how hard you do.

What’s more, water proof mascaras do a better job at curling stubborn lashes than a volumnizing mascara! This is what we recommend – Buy here

Makeup essential #5: Bright lipstick

coral pink lipstick

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Deep reds and browns look great during the winter but in the summer months it might end up looking a bit jarring. Choose happy colors instead. Most makeup artist recommend switching from lipsticks to glosses and tints during summer, but if you love the opacity that a lipstick offers, choose one that is smooth, moisturizing, long stay and has SPF. If red’s what you like, choose bright summery reds, else corals, pinks, and nudes are best for the warm season.  Have a coral lipstick particularly with you at all times. Smooth it out on lips whenever needed for a gorgeous pout that borders sexy. This is what we recommend – Buy here

Makeup essential #6: Sea salt hair spray

sea salt hair spray

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The summer humidity can make your hair limp, lifeless and rough. On top of that the UV rays damage your tresses to make it look worse. When the sun is up and you feel like your bad hair day is going on forever, you absolutely must have this in your makeup bag. A generous spritz and some hand scrunching can leave you with beautiful voluminous waves and your tresses will look gorgeously beachy. High pony it or leave it loose. You can’t go wrong with this one. This is what we recommend – Buy here

Makeup essential #7: Neon nail paints

Neon nail paints

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Neon is the color of the season. Nail polishes add the glam and the prettiness to your look ever so effortlessly. Its bright, it’s vibrant and it’s so cheerful. Come out of the Kansas and step into a world of colour. Do up your nails in neon pinks, oranges and greens and flaunt them like you own the world. Want more jazz? Use a variety of crystals and nail stickers to glam it even more. Its summer and the more colour on you the better. This is what we recommend – Buy here

There you go! With makeup just made to make you look dewy, fresh, and pretty despite the sun beating down on you, go enjoy the warm summers and make the most of it.

Always remember that your makeup will look great if there is great skin underneath. So protect your skin, moisturize it well (preferably with moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid). Use your lip balms, high SPF sunscreen and exfoliators well.

A healthy skin will hold makeup so much better. Happy summers!

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Look beautiful and stunning: 7 Wedding Makeup Tips for Summer

7 Wedding Makeup Tips for summer

Weddings are special. The union of two souls who promise to share each other’s joys and sorrows is a momentous occasion and every bride wishes to have the most perfect setting and look the best on her wedding day. Summers are probably the best time to get married. With clear blue skies, shining sun, and glowing brides, outdoor weddings during summer look beautiful.The only uncool thing about a summer wedding is the risk of a makeup meltdown. The last thing a bride wants to appear in her wedding photographs is her oily face, her bleeding mascara, and her ruined lipstick.

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Here’s a Step by Step Guide to Wedding Makeup that will last through your wedding beautifully:

Don’t start with a foundation.What? Yes. Genius makeup tip #1

Prep your skin before applying a foundation to ensure the foundation looks flawless and stays put for as long as you want it to. Hydrate your skin first with an oil-free moisturizer. Hydrating your skin is essential and we can’t emphasize enough. Neutrogena oil free moisturizer works well and has separate ones for combination, oily, and dry skin.

Use a concealer under your eyes, around the corners of your nose, and on your blemishes.

When the sun is reflecting on flawless skin, the pictures turn out perfect. Using a light weight water-proof concealer is a must. Don’t use the ones that you have been carrying forward from winter. The NYX Incredible waterproof concealer and Tarte Amazonian clay are your go to products.

Time for foundation

Choose your foundation with utmost care. This is one of the most important products you will apply to your skin on your wedding day. Since the sun will be shining bright, you want your foundation to have UV protection and mattifying elements to prevent you from looking dull and greasy. Choose your foundation based on your skin type and tone to ensure it blends in perfectly.

If you have oily skin, pick a powder based matte foundation. A product like the Shiseido Pureness mattifying compact foundation with SPF 15 can be a wise choice.

If you have a combination skin, use a liquid foundation with high water content and one which is resistant to perspiration. Products like Exuviance skin caring foundation and Urban decay weightless ultra-definition foundation could be your best bets.

If you have dry skin, a liquid or a cream foundation will suit you best. Make sure you choose a light weight foundation (to not weigh down your skin) that is buildable. Dry skin needs SPF more. So, choose a foundation with a better UV protection so that your skin doesn’t look flaky during the latter part of the occasion. Bare minerals’ pure serum foundation with SPF 20 or M.A.C’s Studio fix fluid foundation are the kind of products for you.

No matter which foundation you choose, Genius Makeup Tip #2

Remember to apply your foundation in a downward motion to hide the peach fuzz of your skin.

Now for the powder:

It’s important to use a mineral based pressed powder on your skin after you finish applying your foundation (when applying a liquid or a cream foundation). A bridal makeup is incomplete without it. Use Dior’s Skin forever or the likes for perfectly setting your flawless look.

For the eyes:

Use soft pastel colors. You don’t want to go too overboard with bold shades especially during a day wedding in summer.

Genius Makeup Tip #3

To ensure your eye shadow stays put, apply a bit of concealer all over your lid, dust it with a little powder and then apply the eye shadow. Steer away from creamy shadows for obvious reasons. Your oily lids (most Asian women have oily lids) will not get in the way of you looking picture perfect.

Don’t use pencil liners! Write that down somewhere.

Liquid liners stay better, smudge less, and look great. A super long wearing liner such as Wet and Wild H2O proof eyeliner is the kind of product you should use to prevent your liner going rogue and migrating south, making you look like a racoon.

Mascaras probably were made in heaven.

Perfect fluttery lashes can up your wedding makeup game like nothing can. Yes you need a long lasting water-proof mascara because you don’t want to look like a panda at the end of the day with all the ‘getting emotional’ thing that you have to do.

Genius Makeup Tip #4

The trick is to first curl your lashes (heat up the curler with a blow drier before curling to make the curl last longer) and dust them with a translucent powder. Applying mascara after, will not only make your lashes look fuller but also stay put longer. Maybelline Hyper curl is a good choice.

All that rosy summer glow is probably now hidden under layers of foundation, concealer, and powder. Add it right back with a blush. Stay away from creamy formulas that tend to streak and invite shine. Use a soft powdery formula and pick a shade that is the closest to your skin shade.

Genius Makeup Tip #5

If blush is the first thing to go from your skin, apply a touch of cheek stain and then dust a matching powder over it for perfect staying. Stila custom color blush is a good bet.

To keep your lipstick on through all the kissing, and champagne sipping that you do seems difficult? Not anymore. Here’s the trick for a perfect pucker:

Start by moisturizing the lips first (or you will have streaky, dry, and wrinkled lips by the end of the day. Moisturizing also helps your lip products to glide on smoothly.

Genius Makeup Tip #6

To give your lipstick a more holding power, first color your lips with your liner. This will prevent the lipstick from bleeding.

Genius Makeup Tip #7

Apply your lipstick, and then blot it with a tissue. Brush a little powder over them and then reapply your lipstick. This will seal the deal. Now add a hint of gloss on your lips and pout perfect.

Now take a bottle of setting spray and get spraying the light mist all over your face. NYX has good makeup setting sprays and so does M.A.C and smile.

Lastly, make sure you carry a little emergency kit with one of your bridesmaids. Include a compact, blotting papers, a lipstick, and a little tube of concealer with a tiny brush for quick touch-ups.

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Now, you are good to go. Go kiss your Groom!