Welcome to Allure Kit (hyperlink to blog titled: Looking Good, part of the previous order), an edition based series, where we help and inspire, the underwhelmed and out of ideas Aphrodites, with creative makeup tips to be at their very best looking. And, in this edition progress, we will teach you about:
How to achieve a natural yet attractive look?
Glamorously Nailing Your Way to Enhanced Natural Attractiveness
The Natural Yet Attractive Look
Ask any guy about their makeup preferences that women wear and the majority will voice a resounding consensus:
The natural look, which is far more attractive.
Sssh, my confidants: Let them believe in the belief.
For, only we know that even looking natural requires SOME makeup application, and skill. We cannot leave it too smeared with the gloss and powder. It can’t be cakey and neither can it be dark. It just needs to enhance the attractiveness of our natural look, because this is exactly what works – we are sure Professor Alex Jones would concur.
However, how do we get this look?
1) It All Starts with a Great Skin
The first prep step is to make sure you have washed your face to remove the dust and oil accumulated in your face pores. If you had a makeup other night, use makeup remover for a more profound cleansing. Apply a scrub, if necessary.
Once you have cleaned your face, next apply a moisturizer—not just any, but one which has been formulated to suit your skin. The moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated, evening out your skin texture to create a natural, perfect surface for later application of routine makeup. Routine, because you are going to fall in love with it!
After the application of moisturizer, put on a makeup primer to give a base to your foundation or concealer to hold on to. Plus, it also removes excess oil and soothes the skin.
2) Progress Finely and Work out the Imperfections
Work finely with your pinky little finger, as you apply a concealer to hide away the dirk circles, blemishes and other skin imperfections, leaving your skin looking flawless.
3) Time to Lay Some Foundation
We would suggest using a powder or an airy liquid foundation. Apply only a peas-sized layer across your face to create an even, non-streaked look. A brush or sponge application should do the trick.
4) Make the Glow More Prominent
Get a shimmer, project your confident self and put on your beautiful smile. Add everything, don’t make the shimmer go all too wild, we want a pleasant gleam and there you go:
Your glowing self, but a bit more prominent.
5) A Fine Color Touch
This is where you need to be a little picky. The blush color shades should vary, depending on your skin tone, however, peaches are an agreed great. Blend it along the cheekbone line and if possible, use a cream or liquid blush to achieve a natural look.
Move over the eye, and swipe a neutral color for a muted but attractive look. This time the color should be a shade or two darker to avoid a dramatic look.
For the lip, light pinks, sand colors and peaches are preferred. For a simpler look, you can also apply a little gloss.
6) Err, Forgetting the Eyeliner?
Yes, but intentionally. It doesn’t fit with the picture of a natural look.
What about mascara?
Only a thin layer, but if you already have dark lashes, you can skip it.
And you are ready!
Not fully though. Remember our promise about those glamorous nails? Well they will be a perfect compliment for your natural, attractive look.
How to sun proof your mien
We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for
We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for premature ageing so what can we do about it? Dermatologists will have you know that wearing sunscreen is the single most effective way against sun protection, not to mention that it is the basis of proper skin care.
Often you’ll find sun protection formulas differentiated by SPF denominations. SPF essentially stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a measure of how well the sunscreen protects the skin. A minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by dermatologist.
However, if you’re swimming or perspiring, it is advisable to reapply as often as every two hours to optimize sun protection. A broad-spectrum formula that helps block out UVB and UVA rays which are the primary causes for sunburns, wrinkling and ageing.
Using the right amount of sunscreen is vital. A rule of thumb would be that you need approximately a dollop the size of a quarter to cover the face. Don’t step out right away after applying sunscreen, give it at least 20 minutes to get absorbed into the skin. Wear makeup over sunscreen as the finishing touch.
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite
Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.
French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.
Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.
For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.
The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.
Frame It Up
Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is
Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.
1. Let It Grow
Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.
2. On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.
3. Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.
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