What do I do with my too dark and too pale lip colors?!

Even with the best sense of color makeup people do have a few unwanted pieces of lip colors! Not that it’s always a bad buy, often our choice changes, so does the trend. 90% of us admit never being able to throw away those pretty pieces. Then, what do you do with those? Remember the fabulous words “When it comes to your makeup, don’t be afraid to be an artist.”

Here are some cute ideas to use the lip colors rather than letting it sit unwanted at some corner of your makeup drawer.

Too pale for me:

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  • Make a new shade of the same color family- Mix them with deeper hues of the same color family to create a new medium shade.

 

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  • Make a complete new shade – Mix it with a darker lipstick of a different color range to create a complete new color. Don’t melt the whole lipstick at the first go since it will be a waste if you don’t like the new shade. Mix a little of the colors to see how the new color comes out. If you like it, go ahead!

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Tips: You could mix an orange with a pink to create a beautiful coral lip or take a pale nude lip and add a pop of pink to make it a pinky nude.

  • As a pop color – I recommend starting with a bright or deep base shade applied all over the lips, then use the pale shade to highlight just the center of the lips. This creates a beautiful gradient and makes the lip look voluminous.
  • A new cream blush – If the color is of pink, coral, orange or brown family, dab a little on the apples of your cheek and blend well to get a flush of color.

Tips: Be careful not to use a matte lipstick for this. Start with a little lipstick and then build up in case you need to. Think of it as you would add salt or pepper to taste.

  • How about a new cream eye color? – Just like the blusher use it as an eye color. But again, be light handed in the beginning.

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  • To lighten too-dark shades – Pale colors mixed with a too-dark shade can give you a lovely medium shade. That way, two unused lipsticks, one “too pale” and another “too dark”, comes to use.
  • Create ombre lips – Take a dark lip liner, line your lips till mid region of your lip. Apply the pale lipstick at the center of the lips. With a lip brush gradually blend the transition of the dark and pale to create beautiful ombre lips. The hot ombre lips will make a statement wherever you go!

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Too deep for me:

Unless you want a stunning look for autumn or winter or a fan of Goth lips, too dark shades are a bit difficult to wear.

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  • Light it out the shade- Dab a peachy-nude the center of your lips and blend the edges with your fingertips or brush to mix the colors together. If your concealer is peach-hued, you can use that, too.
  • Gloss over – Try using a shimmery lip gloss over the dark color. The shimmer in the gloss will reflect the light, making the color overall appear lighter.
  • Use as a lip stain – Apply your dark lipstick generously and then after a couple of minutes with a tissue, dab away most of it. The color that remains on your lips is light, natural and pretty long lasting. You can even set it with a setting powder to make it more matte. Another way to use dark lipstick as stain is to tap some color on your fingertip and tap the color on your lips till you get suitable finish and color.
  • Try creating ombre lips – One of the hottest trends of lip makeup. Start with the deep shade as a base applied all over the lips and then use a light shade to the center of the lips. Make sure to blend the transition area to create an awesome effect.
  • Use it as a lip liner – If your dark lipstick is matte or have a long-lasting formula, use the sharp edges of the stick to line lips.
  • Make tinted lip balm – Melt a little of your dark lipstick with shea butter or petroleum jelly or any transparent lip balm of your choice to make a nice tinted lip balm. Store it in small containers to make a lovely palette.

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  • For smokey eyes – Dark shades like garnet, plum, chocolate can double up as a creamy eye shadow for your eyes. Just be careful to use a good eye shadow primer to avoid clumping or creasing. And, also, use a moderate amount.
  • Make your signature eyeliner shade – Seriously! I jumped around for whole 15 minutes when I tried this. Add eye pencils and gel eyeliners into lip products to get signature hues. Mix them together on the back of your hand using a lip brush to create a velvety texture. Start small and build. I mixed a maroon lipstick with a little brown gel liner to an unbelievable shade.

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  • Use directly as an eye liner – Use an eyelinerbrush and bury it into the lipstick so that you make a little divot in the bullet. Line your top lid, staying close to the lash line, and extend up and outward to your brow. Connect the outer corner and drag in the color across your lower lash line as well. Liquid lip colors make the task even easier!

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Hope you lovlies liked the tips! Let me know your ways to use dark and pale lipsticks.

Say “Goodbye” and save money!

 What if you can save a good few bucks from your makeup budget? Here is a simple guide to bid goodbye to a few products we can absolutely do away with. Psst! I have tried and never ever went back to buy these.

  • Goodbye Waterproof Makeup removers

Nothing will work better and faster than coconut oil. And don’t forget the nourishing benefit you get from it. Take generous amount of oil, massage and let it loosen the makeup for about t minute. Clean off with a good cleanser.

Take care to choose pure virgin coconut oil for best benefits. While you massage avoid letting it into your eyes. And last, but not the least, double cleanse with a cleanser or face wash. No matter how well you wipe, traces of oil mixed with makeup might stay back doing harm to your skin.

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  • Goodbye Strobing Powders

Do you have a good highlighting eyeshadow that compliments your skin tone? Or universal shades like, champagne or neutral gold? Then you already have something which can be used for strobing. Apply the powder carefully and strategically on the areas and be the glowing Goddess.

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  • Goodbye eyebrow gels

Use a disposable mascara wand or a soft toothbrush, spray a good hairspray on it and set your brows. Easy and effective.

  • Goodbye cheek stains

Dab a nice sheer lip color on the apples of the cheek and dab with a finger or damp makeup sponge to blend well. An absolute favorite for the frequent travelers.

  • Goodbye contour powder

A nice matte brown eye shadow that is just 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone is perfect for contouring. Make sure that it is of your skin tone and avoid muddy or too dark shades.

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  • Goodbye lash primers

We’re all for thick, voluminous lashes, but between your eyelash curler and a good volumizing mascara, you’re more than covered.

  • Goodbye lip exfoliators

Dry flaky lips? Dab generous amount of Vaseline or oil or lip balm, go around to do some other work. Use a soft washcloth or soft tooth brush to scrub away the softened dead skin and you are good to go. Easiest way is to dab lot of balm when you go to bed and scrub away in the morning while cleaning face! No extra time or money to have petal-soft lips throughout the day.

  • Goodbye volumizing lip gloss

Shimmery glosses, lining lips, using concealer around lips, so many are the ways to fake a fuller pout. If you still want to add some more volume to your lips scrub your lips gently, dab some peppermint oil. Wait for 5 minutes, dab and repeat the oil. Repeat this for 3-4 times. Full pout is all yours. This process might cause little tingling effect as the lips skin is quite sensitive compared to skin of body. You can substitute this with cinnamon oil.

  • Goodbye eyebrow powder

A matte brown eye shadow that matches the color of your natural eyebrow hairs and a eyebrow or angled brush. This is all you need to fill your eyebrows like a pro. Set it with hairspray! If you want two shades to create a natural gradient of color, use two shades of the same family. Remember to choose a matte shade unless you want the fancy glittery eyebrows that are trending everywhere now a days.

Let me know some more tips to streamline the makeup stash and say hello to more space and more money!

The secrets of smokey eye makeup, no one tells you!

If I had deposited 5 bucks every time someone asked me about smoky eye makeup, I would have been pretty rich by this time. Yes, so is the popularity of the smoky eyes and one can create scores of variations of this distinct style by just varying the shades and techniques. You can go messy, polished and perfect, soft and subtle, or dramatic with them. They range from simple (a couple of shadows with a smudgy kohl) to complicated (with different gradient of shades in the crease and on the lid).

But, there is a difference between a “good smoky eye makeup” and a “perfect smoky eye makeup”! Usually a lot of stuff going on when it comes to perfect smoky eyes, but some of the biggest boost comes from the subtlest touches.

Here are some tips that are mostly not discussed!

You can do a super-smoky eye makeup with 3 shadows only and in 5-7 minutes!

Nope! You don’t have to be a pro or a MUA for this. I’m serious! — it’s totally true.

The easiest way to do a smoky eye!

Step 1: Put a Neutral shadow all over the lid.

Step 2: Put the darkest shadow all over the eyeball section

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Step 3: With a dark brown shadow, blend the crease

Step 4: Highlight and blend the brow bone area

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Step 5: Draw your eyes with an eyeliner or eye pencil

Step 6: Smudge and apply mascara. If you want to elevate the effect, use falsies of your choice.

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You can wear a lip color.

It’s a common notion that with a smoky eye, your lips need to go nude! Yes, to balance dark eyes, the lips need to be subtle but not necessarily “nude”. On the contrary, some “natural” lip colors often bring out a magical balance in the facial features while sporting smoky eyes. you can wear a variety of lip colors with a smoky eye look, the trick is not to compete with the eyes. A pale, light, or subtle lip color will complete your look beautifully without distracting from those gorgeous eyes!

Tips to note!

  • A pale pink color adds a splash of sweetness to the lips that balances a smoky eye perfectly. A touch of pink color works especially well with grey or blue tinged smoky eye makeup.

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  • A medium pink offers a strong, but not overpowering, lip color to go with strong eyes. Choose a pink shade that is about two shades darker than your natural lip color.
  • A peach or coral shade looks gorgeous with smoky eyes, especially for women with warm skin tones. Try a peach colored lip gloss for a soft, subtle lip look.

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  • A light plum lipstick is another lip color that goes with smoky eyes. But remember opt for a light to medium plum rather than a deep, dark shade to keep the look from being overdone.
  • Normally red is not a color makeup experts would promote to pair with a smoky eye look, but it can be done. The trick is to choose a light red that works well with your natural coloring. A light red lip can also help balance an extremely dramatic or very dark smoky eye. Don’t draw the lips big or prominent; rather, tap the color for a diffused finish.

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  • If you are doing a super-dark smoky eye,  you can opt for a nude lip color that doesn’t wash you out.
  • If you have created dramatic eyes, you can leave un-pigmented lips nude and applying a clear gloss over bare lips. This works especially well for smoky eye looks that use a lot of color, since the clear gloss adds polish but won’t compete with the eye shadow color. But your lips should be prim and proper enough to be left bare. Pigmentation, dead skin are not good friends for this trick.

If you want some great tips on nude lipsticks that don’t wash you out, this post is a must read.

Get your perfect nude lipstick!

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/get-your-perfect-nude-lipstick/

Never skip an eye-shadow primer when doing a smoky eye

When doing smoky eyes, primer is usually a good idea because primer makes your lids smoother, which, in turn, makes your eyeshadow less patchy, less prone to settle in the creases after some time. Primer also extends the wear time of your eye makeup. Who doesn’t want both of these good things?! Also, by enriching the color of the eye shadows you apply on top of it, primer makes those shadows more vibrant and more intense, which in turn equals less layering!

You can also use concealer or foundation as a primer. Both will work to a fair degree of success, but I prefer a dedicated primer for the “perfect” application.

A good read.

“6 Must-know tricks to keep your eyeshadow from creasing”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/6-must-know-tricks-to-keep-your-eyeshadow-from-creasing/

For smoldering smoky eyes, always conceal and/or brighten under-eye area

Yes! You heard it right! Even if you don’t feel like you need concealer because you don’t have dark circles, apply at least a little bit anyway. If you think a concealer might be absolutely unnecessary, try an eye brightener, at the very least when you’re doing smoky eyes. When I had got my first brightener, I was convinced that it’s a bad investment, till I tried it. The effect is absolutely too good to ignore. This is important because smoky eyes are one of those looks that can look incomplete without some brightening/concealing under the eyes. It’s one of those little touches that stay subtle by themselves but pull the whole look together.

Additionally, there’s also a maddening side effect of wearing dark colors like gray, black and brown on your lids and lower lash lines. They can make your eyes look just plain tired, and dull in some cases. But a brighter under-eye area counteracts the effect, and it also adds some nice but subtle contrast… and that makes your smoky eyes look even smokier!

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Smudge shadow along your lower lash lines for a balanced smoky eye effect

Next time you do a smoky eye look, if you’re not doing it already; try smudging a little shadow along that lower lash line. As I had mentioned earlier, certain subtle touches can bring gulf difference in the final effect of smoky eye makeup, one of those: smudging shadow along your lower lash line.

If you keep your lower lash line bare, the eye looks slightly top heavy and unbalanced.

If you smudge shadow under my lower lash line, the eyes looks more balanced. The smoky effect envelopes the eyes, making it look larger, balanced and dramatic.

All you have to do is to apply the shadow on lower lash line, right up next to the lash roots, with a flat eyeliner brush. Then I gently smudged the shadow out with a pencil brush and blend, blend and blend. Yes, blending is almost the most important part of this!

If you really have the skill and wish, you can apply as many layers as you like. A matte brown, shimmery brown, gradients of grey, just anything!

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Now a very pertinent question is How far you draw the shadows? Now, no one wants to look like a panda. It depends on your choice of effect, the further you go, the more dramatic the look. But keeping the shadow close to the lashes works the best for beginners. If you haven’t tried this before and aren’t comfortable with the idea of color along your lower lash line, try it first with a very light shade that complements what you’re wearing on your lids. Example, if you are wearing a dark brown, try a lighter shade of brown or taupe that are about one shade darker than your skin tone. Blend well, beauties, and have fun.

Once you are confident, try to push the limit and check the effect! Experimenting, at one time, will give you the perfect match for your eyes!

Till I get back with more, more and more tips on smoky eye makeup, let me know if you find this interesting! And, of course, try and let me know your precious comments.

All you need to know about wearing red lipsticks!

It’s empowering, it’s bold, and it makes everyone look absolute amazing! Nothing makes us feel better than a red lip.

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The exemplary sexy look can be brought about by wearing the right shade of red for the right occasion. Be it a fun night out, or a formal event, going for red lips to highlight your looks, is always a great choice.
However, it is very important to know which lipstick to wear and what are the factors to consider while sporting a red lip!

Always consider the lighting
For those who are going outdoors, they should always select a lighter, softer shade of red. For an evening out in town, choose a bolder, darker shade so that your facial features stand out.
Shape of your lips!
Avoid dark shades for thin lips Dark shades applied on lips that are fairly thin, tend to make them look smaller and thinner. Go in for luscious light shades to make them look fuller. Opt for glossy formulae rather than matte if you have thin lips.

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Know Which Shade is Right for You
Have you ever spotted a red lipstick you loved on your friend, but when you tried it on yourself, the effect wasn’t the same? You are not alone! Most people look good in red lipstick, but the key is in choosing the right shade. Sometimes you get your dream-shade by mixing two shades of red! A little bit of experimenting can bring out the best of you.
Try to read these articles for a complete insight on how to choose colors for yourself.

“This knowledge can entirely change the way you dress and make up”
https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/this-knowledge-can-entirely-change-the-way-you-dress-and-make-up/
“Made easy – choosing lip color for cool skin tones!”
https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/made-easy-choosing-lip-color-for-cool-skin-tones/

Now comes the real task! Choosing the right shade!
• With porcelain skin with cool undertone, a candy-apple red will add lovely hint of color and contrast. Look for shades that have blue undertones (rather than yellow, since you are cooler toned) to bring out warmth in your skin tone. Again, a raspberry lipstick complements and warms up the cool pink undertones found in very fair skin. Fair skinned people with blue eyes and black hair would look great with a contrasting red lipstick of any shade. Contrary to the popular belief, redheads can rock a bold red lip, just look for a red with orange undertones. Do not hesitate to try out new intense shades for bold as well as subtle looks.
• For beige skin try a coral-red. Your skin is accentuated with reds that have a golden-ish undertone. Rather than going super orange, find a red with very subtle pumpkin-y undertones. That will keep your lips looking sophisticated rather than dramatic.
• Go for brick-red for medium skin. If your skin is slightly tanned, a bold brick-red will create a classy look. Don’t worry about going too deep; select a shade that is a tad darker and richer than cherry red. A medium complexion with light golden tones jibes with “a true red,”. If you detect any undertones in the lipstick, opt for orange.
• For olive skin, pick a red with pink undertones. Rich, copper skin is accented beautifully with a brighter berry red shade. The brightness of fuchsia and raspberry-based reds compliments the natural warmth of your skin. You are in a very safe zone, so don’t miss to experiment with the different shades available. Complexions with yellow undertones turn a glowing tan with a little help from a tangerine-tinged red.
• Go for a purple-based red for chocolate skin. Deep chocolate skin paired with a purple-based red creates an unbelievably stylish look. To make it clearer to understand, find a red in the same color as an ultra-ripe pomegranate or an under-ripe plum. An opaque blue based red creates a gorgeous contrast with dark caramel complexions. To amplify the glam quotient, try shades with a bit of gold iridescence or shimmer.
• Try a cherry red for coffee skin. Skin the color of black coffee looks great with a bright red for the same reason that fair skin does: it creates a beautiful contrast. Find a glossy red with blue undertones. Sometimes the shade needs shimmer to bring dimension and luminosity to deep skin tone. If a shimmery metallic finish is too flashy for you, pick up a wine-hued gloss to accentuate your look.
This chart can be quite useful if you want an easy reckoner! But don’t forget to try different shades.

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Do not overdo the eyes
When applying red lipstick, make sure the eye makeup is lighter and much simpler. A light shade of eye shadow, (like champagne/light taupe/ muted gold/ golden-rust/rose-gold), thin precise liner, if at all you need it, and a good layer or mascara would go well with red lipstick. This would ensure the eyes do not overpower the lips. Try to match the undertone of the lipstick and the eyeshadow; warm-cool clash will take a toll on the look. Do not go for super-dark smoky eyes unless you are strutting some uber-glamorous event and you are absolutely sure about the look you want to pull through!

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Preparation

Clinique Bamboo Pink Lipstick

Red lipstick or any dark lip color doesn’t work well on dry, cracked lips, so it is therefore necessary to take care of your lips before taking the plunge. Ensure that you apply a lip balm frequently when you’re off-duty or sporting natural lips for a day. You can also try lightly exfoliating your lips. Browse through the following post to get a perfect pout.

“Perfect lips! The care tips revealed!”  https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/perfect-lips-the-care-tips-revealed/
Tip: Red lipstick naturally draws attention to your teeth, so make sure you keep them as white and clean as possible.

Use the correct shade of gloss over it
If you at all use a gloss, be sensible in the selection. A clear coat adds a mirror shine; a gold gloss over red lipstick would soften the shade making it warmer. A pink gloss would transform the color taking it to a bluer and cooler shade.

Prevent bleeding
Why only red! This goes good for all bold colors, specifically if you opt for creamy formulae. Do invest in a good lip-liner. If you find buying a lip liner for every family of shade is bothersome, try the transparent or colorless variety which helps to keep the lipstick in place. Make sure to apply a tiny bit of concealer around the border of your lips to prevent the color from smudging or bleeding.
If you think pulling matte colors are easier, do try them but not before you know how to wear matte lips with perfection.
“Matte perfection!”https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/matte-perfection/

Prevent excess color from getting on your teeth
After application of the lipstick and lip liner, place a single-ply tissue or a piece of paper between your lips to remove the excess color that’s present on your lips. This would help it from getting onto your teeth.

So are you feeling bold enough now? Try out a red lip color and follow the above tips to get some beautiful luscious sexy red lips. And don’t forget your share of tips and tricks to sport red lips with awesomeness!

Makeup touch-up tricks most people don’t follow

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Is there anyone who doesn’t want to look fresh as a daisy in makeup, throughout the day? I understand that sudden horror when you check the mirror and realize your forehead is emitting a blinding shine and your eye makeup has melted down to the raccoon status?

Here are some touch up tips and tricks which even the most gorgeous makeup wearers often miss out!! The correct application of a right primer and makeup products in the first place can help the makeup to stay fresh and prevent it from budging.

A couple of useful reads:

“Sweat-proof your makeup!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/sweat-proof-your-makeup/

“How to Apply Makeup Primer Like a Pro”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/how-to-apply-makeup-primer-like-a-pro/

Before stepping out, make sure you have packed your re-touch kit smartly.

Makeup Touchup Primary step: Pack smart!
To look your best all day long, toss a touch-up kit in your purse. I recommend tools that have a variety of uses, such as:

  • The eyeliner and eyeshadow and mascara
  • The lip liner and the lipstick
  • The concealer
  • The blush and highlighter
  • Lip balm and a light oil-free moisturizer
  • Makeup remover wipes.
  • Pack of tissues and oil blotting papers
  • Q tips
  • Clean sponges and basic brushes
  • Setting spray

The touchup tips

  • Eeks! My face is oily!

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Solution: If you have oily skin, lightly dab away the excess oil with a tissue or oil-blotting papers. For an even longer lasting oil absorption effect, lightly pat or dust matte oil absorbing powder over oily areas (yes!! this can go over foundation!).

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Once the excess oil on your skin has been absorbed, use a fresh sponge/brush  to smooth out the foundation and blush. Use a gentle buffing motion, making sure to smooth things as you go but not a strong sweeping motion and it will rub off, smudge and slide off all of your makeup. Women with dry or normal skin should also follow this step.

Focus the touchups on and around the center of the face, as makeup tends to slide and travel outward.

Common mistakes: Piling layers foundation, compact and other products on the oily face with the expectation that this will absorb the oil and make you look fresh. No, it won’t. Unless you remove/absorb the oil completely before a layer of makeup, the new layer will not refresh you look and on the contrary, will cake and clump to make the situation worse! Trust me, 8 out of 10 people don’t do it right.

  • The grand reappearance of dark spots and under eye circles.

Solution: Before you add any additional products, you need to make sure that your canvas is taken care of. Blot the face to remove/absorb all the excess oil and sweat. If the coverage from your foundation or concealer has worn off over blemishes or discolorations, reapply and blend on those areas, making sure to avoid your blush area. Start with a little product, blend with stippling motion and then build up the colour if required.

Common mistakes:

  1. As mentioned earlier, most of us don’t blot the face before reapplication.
  2. Often we overuse foundation and concealer in the retouching process. The extra product cakes up. Remember, compared to fresh application, we need lesser amount of product in the touch ups. Color grabs on more easily over makeup that has been on the face awhile.
  3. Avoid rigorous movement of sponge or brush while reapplying. Use light buffing motion to blend seamlessly.
  • Lipstick – Going, going, gone… rush to reapply.

Solution: Remove ALL of your lipstick or lip gloss so you can start afresh. Apply a light layer of lip balm if lips feel dry. Remove the excess balm with a tissue and reapply the lip colour. This removes the traces of lipstick or stain and the clumpy dead cells to make the canvas smooth and moisturized for a fresh layer of colour.

Common mistakes:

  1. Putting a fresh layer of colour on the old, patchy layer of lipstick makes the color and effect worsen. It will never look fresh if you don’t start afresh.
  2. Make sure the foundation and other makeup around your lips are touched up. Often the surrounding areas and specifically corners of the lips are accumulation point of curdled makeup. Clean up and retouch for a complete, polished look.
  • Eyeshadow has creased

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Solution: Blot the area gently with a tissue or blotting paper and then use a brush or sponge to smooth out the color. Apply a powder over the area to even out the shadows and add whatever color is needed to make your eye makeup look balanced.

Common mistakes:

  1. Not using primer before the primary application of the shadow.
  2. Adding more shadow on top without removing the oil, can make it look blotchy. Instead, gently even out the creased makeup on your lid before a light re-application.
  3. Judge before reapplication. Don’t pile up more shadows unless absolutely necessary; a too-heavy load will make creasing easier. Often a light dusting of translucent powder after you gently even out the existing color can fresh your look.

Some more tips to make application of eye shadows easier!

“6 Must-know tricks to keep your eyeshadow from creasing”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/6-must-know-tricks-to-keep-your-eyeshadow-from-creasing/

  • Raccoon eyes! Smudged eyeliner

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Solution: Don’t panic. With a Q-tip, gently wipe away the extra part. If you feel it’s dry and difficult to rub, dip the tip of the wand very lightly in a moisturizer, pat away any extra moisturizer and use the tip to gently wipe away the smudged part. If you carry makeup remover wipes, this entire step can be done easily with a wipe, folded to form a sharp corner to remove the smudges. Once the area is dry, reapply a light layer of concealer, foundation and setting power on the area if required.

Common mistakes:

  1. If you have a long day in the cards, try to use smudge-proof variety. I personally prefer water-proof liner when it comes to long-lasting makeup.
  2. Do not apply a fresh layer before clean up. Again, use sparingly.

So, now! let the world see your perfect face, always! Hope this was useful!

5 most-asked questions on makeup! and answers..

Right from the baby days of “lifestylishly”, my inbox in never short of queries on makeup!

Would love to answer the most frequently asked 5 of those.

Question 1

What can I do so that my face does not look like a mask when I put foundation?

Makeup must bring out the best of you. Remember not to cake your face with tons of foundation so that you look artificial and masked. To answer the above question,

  • Choose the right shade of foundation for your complexion.
  • Choose the right texture of foundation and concealer for your skin.
  • Deciding on the finish of foundation you want for your face is very important.
  • Get the right brush/sponge and right technique to apply foundation. The tips are here in this post:

“All foundation worries, finally, settled!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/all-foundation-worries-finally-settled/

  • Blend all your makeup components well. If you take care of foundation only while the other components like powder, blusher etc. are not blended enough, it might lead to cakey finish. Here goes the details of blending:

“Blend your makeup like a pro!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/blend-your-makeup-like-a-pro/

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Question 2

Do makeup primers really do anything? What are they basically? Makeup primers are a base on which you can layer your makeup. It can be very useful in helping to apply makeup smoothly and make it last long. Silicone, one of the most common primer ingredients, provides an adhesive surface for pigment. A primer also absorbs oil, so makeup is less likely to smudge and fills in fine lines and wrinkles.

To know all about primers,

“The complete guide to get the best makeup primer for you”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/the-complete-guide-to-get-the-best-makeup-primer-for-you/

“How to Apply Makeup Primer Like a Pro”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/how-to-apply-makeup-primer-like-a-pro/

Question 3

Is it at all important to have makeup brushes if I am not a Makeup Artist? If yes, which makeup brushes should one have?

You cannot do good makeup with improper tools.. period.. All of us generally spent a great deal of care, time and money curating our makeup collection. We try to get the products that make us feel like we will look best in. But you might be overlooking one of the most important elements in your makeup case, the brushes.

There are many benefits to using brushes instead of your fingers to apply makeup. You’ll get a much more even coverage using a brush, and a better polished finish. Yes, they involve a little bit of investment but nothing compared to the benefit you reap. Don’t break your bank to get all the brushes; some are very specific and you might not need unless you move up to a high level of mastery in makeup.

Go for the ones you read in this article; feel free to choose more or less according to your need.

“Which makeup brushes should I have?”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/which-makeup-brushes-should-i-have/

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Question 4

What can I do to keep eyeshadow from setting in the creases?

Every woman’s nightmare is creasing eyeshadow. I really understand how messy and upsetting it can be. Frankly, it kills the look and most obviously the mood. But just a few careful step can banish this issue. Keep reading.

  • Use a primer.
  • Don’t miss a setting powder.
  • Avoid piling products on the lids.

More details in,

“6 Must-know tricks to keep your eyeshadow from creasing”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/6-must-know-tricks-to-keep-your-eyeshadow-from-creasing/

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Question 5

No matter how much I try concealers never work for my dark circles. Where am I going wrong?

Under eye concealer can be your best friend to wake up tired eyes and brighten dark circles.

  • Choose the right shade. It sounds tough but yes, the truth is, choosing the right shade of concealer is a little more complicated than choosing foundation. Take an expert’s help! For the under eye area, select a shade of concealer that is not more than one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For lightening dark circles under the eye area you should use a lighter color than what you use to cover discolorations on the face.
  • Select the texture of the concealer. Depending on the skin type and the level of coverage you prefer, you have different textures to choose from.

Finding the right concealer for under eye area has long been one of the great mysteries of the beauty universe. The complete guide is here:

“Best tips for choosing under-eye concealer!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/best-tips-for-choosing-under-eye-concealer/

  • Do not pile on. If little is good, more might not be better. The idea is to lighten, not whiten.Don’t use too much concealer and end up with unusually pale eye area. Moreover, excess product tends to settle in the creases worsening the appearance of the eye area.
  • Use tapping motion rather than long sweeps. Tap little product on the desired area and build up slowly. Sweeps tend to slide away concealers and other products used beneath.
  • Lightly dust setting powder or translucent powder.
  • Apply concealer on the right area, not just the area under the eyes but area in the shape of a triangle down to the cheek.

Do keep pouring in your questions on makeup, styling, health and everything that can make life stylish!

The Secret to Perfect Eye Makeup according to your Eye Shape

Knowing how to apply eye shadow and liner according to your eye shape is winning half the battle of perfect eye makeup! Determining your natural eye shape is just as important as finding the most flattering colors for your lids. Let’s delve deeper.

Note: Often our eyes are not of only one shape but rather a combination of both. So don’t freak out to fit in any one category. Nature loves to make unique creations!

Tips for perfect eye makeup in case you are unsure about your eye shape.

  • If you’re unsure of your eye shape, don’t worry! Just use the application for standard eyes. It looks good on everyone.
  • If you have a combination of eye types, for example, wide-set and hooded, choose the application for the feature you most want to downplay or enhance.

Let us discover makeup tricks for each specific eye shape so that you can make the most of your pretty peepers! 

I have purposely used the pictures of the celebrities so that other than understanding the eye shape you can note how the makeup should be done (they usually have professionals to do their makeup)!

Deep Set Eyes

These are the eyes that are set farther into the skull. Typically very large and set back, they give the illusion of a very prominent brow bone.

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How to determine:

You can easily determine if you have deep set eyes by placing your index finger vertically over your eyelid. Touch the tip of your finger to your brow bone, with the palm resting on your cheek. If your eye remains open without you touching it, you most likely have deep set eyes.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • Brighten up the natural shadowing by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid eg. Peach
  • Highlight under your arches with an illuminating crayon
  • Because the ends of your lashes likely graze your lids, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges.

Wide Set Eyes

Eyes that are more than “one eyeball width” apart are considered wide set eyes.  The best thing about wide set eyes is that they make you look younger!

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How to determine:

You can easily tell if you have wide set eyes by looking in the mirror by checking if your eyes are more than an eye’s width.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • To create the illusion of closer eyes, you will need to use eye liner. Use a dark liner and line the top and bottom lash line as close to the inner eye as possible.
  • Do not create a heavy line all over the lid, but instead start with a thin line close to the tear duct, pull it toward the outer eye and create a thicker line as you pull.
  • And don’t forget to apply mascara to the baby lashes on your inner eye!

Close Set Eyes

The exact opposite of wide set eyes, these are, well, you guessed it: eyes that are closer than one eye width apart. You’ll typically want to make your eyes appear farther apart.

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How to determine:

Just a careful glance in the mirror. You can easily tell if you have close set eyes by by checking if your eyes are less than an eye’s width.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • Use shimmery (a frosty white, pink, or nude color) in the eye’s inner corner. This will catch the light, making your eyes look bigger and farther apart.
  • Be sure you apply layers of mascara on outer lashes and apply mascara very lightly on lashes closest to the inner eye. This extra mascara or even adding individual false lashes to the outer corner helps to pull the focus outward.

Monolid Eyes

In this type of eyes have flat eyelids resulting in a less defined brow.

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How to determine:

Do your eyelids have a crease? If not, then you have what’s referred to as a monolid.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • Create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface with a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light.
  • Use a defining shadow brush for your “crease”.  Brush your darkest color on the outside corner of the “V” shape as well as the lash line and blend.
  • And be sure to appropriately blend to give definition and dimension to your eyes.
  • Tight lined liner is very suitable for this eye shape.

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Hooded Eyes

Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller.

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How to determine:

Look into the mirror and determine how much of your eyelid you can see. If it’s not much, it’s likely you have hooded eyes.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • Unlike most other eye shapes, hooded eyes should use darker shades on their lids. This is because lighter colors will draw attention to your lid, making the bagginess of your lid more apparent.
  • Bold eye makeup looks like smokey eye makeup looks best on this shape.
  • Don’t neglect your lower lid! Be sure to pull your darker crease shadow out and slightly under your lid.
  • Try not to over-highlight the brow bone. Doing so will only accentuate the hooded eyelid.
  • The key to opening your eyes up is white eyeshadow in the inner and outer corners.

Downturned Eyes

Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners.

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How to determine:

If you have almond shaped eyes that tilt downward then you have downturned eyes.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • You are destined to rock a cat-eye liner or winged liner.
  • Use liquid eyeliner to create a thick, bold line and pull outward. When you extend the liner to the outer corner of the eye, shift your liner at a 45 degree angle to create the perfect winged liner.
  • While applying eye shadow, to lift the outer corners apply medium to dark matte shade to the outer crease.

Upturned Eyes

They are just the opposite of downturned. With upturned eyes, the lower lid appears larger than the upper lid.

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How to determine:

If you have almond shaped eyes that tilt upward then you have upturned eyes.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • Use your eye shadow to make the upper and lower lid more proportional.
  • Apply a thin line of dark shadow and liner on the lower part of the eye to combat the lifted appearance.

Protruding Eyes

These eyes are typically large, round and stand out. They also give you plenty of space on the lid to play with.

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How to determine:

If your eyes appear to bulge from their socket, then it’s likely you have protruding eyes.

Makeup tips for this eye shape:

  • Luckily, the bulge gives you plenty of lid space to play with.
  • Apply your liner thicker toward the outer lid/upper lash line, and thinner toward the inner eye. This will reduce the space on your projected lid.
  • Since dark tones recede space and size, to keep the lid from overpowering your look, blend neutral medium and dark shades all over your eye

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