Are you Following the Correct Order when Applying Your Makeup?

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Many people (especially young ladies) wonder: is there actually a “correct” order to put on your makeup? As it turns out, makeup specialists agree that in order to look beautiful you need to follow certain steps. These steps are purposefully crafted to make you look fabulously beautiful 🙂 The whole point of putting on makeup is to look pretty and possibly even younger, right? So if you want to look like a diva and not some smudged horror movie character (LOL) you need to know the proper order of applying makeup.

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Whether you’re a college freshman who wants to look your best on your first day of school or if you’re heading for your very first job interview, this article will surely give you the confidence boost that you need since we will be teaching you the proper order of putting on makeup. A stash of makeup is useless if you don’t know which ones to use first and which ones to put on last. This insightful read will make you look gorgeously beautiful all day long so long as you rigidly follow our makeup order advice.

Assuming you’ve done your skin care routine which involves cleansing, toning and dabbing on sunscreen it’s time for our makeup routine!

  1. The first step is to use a primer or a moisturizer. Notice that we used “or” and not “and”, which means that you need to choose only one. The reason why you can’t apply both is because a moisturizer regardless of how light it is will always interfere with the main function of a primer. So if you want to use a moisturizer then go ahead but make sure you don’t add any primer afterward. Concerned about the size of your pores? The Blonde Shell posted an awesome blog that talks about her research into the best makeups for larger pores.
  2. If you don’t have a moisturizer then your first step has to be putting on a makeup primer. The whole point of applying a primer is for your finished makeup to last a long time. Most primers come in the form of gels and you can apply it on your face using your bare fingers. Most women put a generous amount of primer on their whole face but you need to pay special attention on areas where makeup comes off quickly like the eyelids, lips, chin and nose. Before you proceed with the next step allow some time for your primer to rest maybe around five to ten minutes so your skin can absorb all of it.
  3. The next step is to put on concealer. You don’t have to put it all over your entire face. Just choose areas where there are obvious blemishes. Need more help with this step?
  4. Foundation comes in next. You need to put this on to even out your skin tone but make sure that you go for a foundation that matches your skin type. You don’t want to walk around looking interracial.
  5. Loose powder is another very important step after your foundation to make sure that everything before it stays in its place. It will also leave your skin smooth and glistening.
  6. After you’ve done all these steps it is now time to contour. This is when you will add color to your cheeks and your eyes. Your blush should be applied on the apples of your cheeks and you can make these prominent by smiling. For your eye shadow go for three different shades; light, medium and dark. The dark shade is for your upper lid, the medium is for your eye’s crease and then the lightest shade is applied just below your brow.
  7. After you’ve applied your eyeshadow you can now go into more detail putting on eyeliner both on the upper and lower lid.
  8. Lipstick comes next. There is also a proper sequencing in putting on lipstick. Usually we recommend balm and then liner and then the lipstick and then dab on some gloss.
  9. After applying your lipstick you can define your brows by using a light colored eye pencil.

This is the proper sequence to putting on makeup straight from the minds of makeup experts as far as I know. If you don’t get the results you’re looking for please don’t blame little old me 😉

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What Is In Your Cosmetics?

If you wear or apply cosmetics, there are a few things of which you should be aware. In an extensive study, the University of California found those who make a living at beauty salons or give manicures and pedicures are four times more likely to develop cancerous tumors of the bone. The list of dangerous products includes shampoo, conditioner, hair color dyes,nail strengtheners and polishers, and various types of detergents.

More research shows an issue with talcum, facial cosmetics, and bath products.

Manufacturers have used harmful ingredients in makeup and lip products in order to make them stay in place for a longer period of time. Aluminum has been a common ingredient that has proven to be a major health issue.

Many cosmetics contain coal tar based dyes for color. This ingredient may add color, but they have also been known to cause symptoms as small as dermatitis and as harmful as skin melanomas.

People who use powders containing talcum should be concerned about where they use it. The first reports of this were made by Dr. Daniel Cramer back in 1982, after he found that those who use these kinds of powders to control wetness and odor in their genital areas are putting themselves at extremely higher risk of cancer of the ovaries.

Mascaras and contact lenses can be a problem as bacteria are drawn to them. The worst of these bacteria, called pseudomonas aeruginosa, resists treatment and can be transferred to the eyes when applicators poke the eyes or lens-wearers unknowingly place contaminated lenses into their eyes. This kind of bacteria can cause a person to become blind.

Bubble baths are a problem for those who are sensitive to the ingredients. Reactions to detergents used in them include rashes, respiratory problems, genital, and urinary infections.

For years, experts have believed that cosmetics are not a problem. This is due to the idea that our skin protects us from harm. However, the recent rise in popularity of transdermal patches proves that skin absorbs much more than previously thought.

Some cosmetic manufacturers do not bother to test their products over the long-term. In fact, a large number of them simply do not test their products as testing can be costly. Those who discover their own sensitivities to such products tend to quietly switch products without complaint.

Adverse Reactions to Early Cosmetics

We now know that face powders containing mercury or arsenic poisoned early Egyptians and Elizabethans. Cosmetics were not regulated and even now, they are not properly investigated before production and use. Over 80 years ago, a product used to darken lashes and eyebrows caused a woman to become blind. Lash Lure continued to be sold and in just a few months, a woman actually died after using it on just one of her eyes. Five years later, “Kormelu” was introduced as an safe and effective facial, arm, and leg hair remover. It actually contained rat poison that had already been exposed as causation for pain, paralyzed limbs, and hair loss.

If you do not know what is in your cosmetics, now would be a good time to look into it.


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Unique Eye Makeup Tips

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Learn various ways to apply eye make-up to improve the way you look. Well-applied makeup can open or lift your eyes.

How to Makeup Close-Set or Small Eyes

If you have small eyes or close-set eyes you will want to make them appear larger or make them look further apart. Use a small makeup brush to apply a light colored reflective eye-shadow over three quarters of each eyelid. Load a small brush with a darker shadow and run the brush from the eyelash line to the corner of the eye. Use a dark liner on the outer top and bottom corner of the eye and apply an extra coat of mascara to the outer eyelashes only. Take a beige eye pencil and line the inner rims. This will make your eyes look larger.

Eye Makeup for Wide-Set Eyes

Use a darker shadow to draw your eyes in. Apply light-colored eye-shadow from mid eyelid to outer eye crease. Apply an extra layer of mascara near the tear duct. Accentuate the inner part of your eyelid and fade the color as you work your way across the eyelid.

Eye Make-Up for Mono-lids or Thin Eye Lids

Give depth to your eyes by applying darker Eye Makeup to the lash line and a lighter shade of shadow above. Apply the layer of light shadow right up to the base of your brow bone. Those with thin lids often find their eye-liner becomes invisible. Examine yourself in the mirror to ensure you apply sufficient shadow. Use your eye liner to create a thicker line that can easily be seen.

Eye Makeup for Hooded Eyes

Women with droopy lids find the loose skin covers their eyes. Avoid applying light-colored shadow to the hooded area because it will draw attention to the problem. Load a small eye brush with base color and brush the shadow across your eye. Apply a light layer of darker shadow over the base coat. Use your finger to blend the shadow over the upper eyelid and continue to sweep it beneath your lower lashes.


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