Do you want to enhance your makeup? The easiest way to clean up your makeup look is to pay attention to a few small, simple details. You don’t have to spend hours getting dressed, coiffed, and polished to look good. But taking a quick minute to double check your look will pay off with great looking rewards. Here are a few nearly effortless tips to looking more polished.
Clean up eye shadow fallout. Eye shadow fallout can make your face appear dirty and dingy. It happens when excess eye shadow falls off the brush or applicator and onto your cheeks as you are applying it. Cream eye shadow is a great alternative, and so is dipping your eye shadow brush into water before applying. You can prevent the shadow from reaching your cheeks by using an eye shadow pad (yes, they make them!) which adheres to the skin below your eyes to catch the eye shadow as it falls. You could also use a layer of powder to do the same thing, then just brush away the powder and shadow when you are ready. My preference is to take a cotton swab and wipe away the fallen shadow, but you have to move quickly. If you wait too long, the shadow will adhere to your face and be harder to remove.
Remove mascara streaks. This is pretty simple – just dip a cotton swab in eye makeup remove and wipe away any mascara streaks. Pointy swabs are pretty precise and can be found at most makeup stores.
Avoid lipstick bleeds. As we age, fine lines around our lips allow lipstick to bleed into the surrounding skin. And somehow, it seems that the redder the color, the more likely the bleed. You can stop bleeding lipstick in its tracks by applying a lip primer before you apply your lipstick. Then, apply a dry lip pencil, being sure to fill in your lips completely. After that, you can apply your favorite shade of lipstick without fear.
Stop shiny skin. A quick dusting of mineral powder foundation over top of your regular foundation will stop shine from making an appearance. If that isn’t enough, switch your regular foundation to one that contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that fights oil (and blemishes, too).
Brighten eyes. When you apply your eye shadow, be careful not to get it into the inner corners of your eyes, especially if it’s a dark color. It will make you look tired and haggard. Instead, apply a dab of concealer to counteract any dark circles there or a tiny dusting of white or cream eyes shadow.
Wipe away foundation marks. The jawline is a pretty familiar place to see streaks of foundation. A little extra care when applying will help, making sure that you blend well. If you see the problem after the fact, simply take a cotton circle and blend the offending line away.
Before you leave the bathroom, give yourself a quick once over. Eyes, lips, teeth, front and backsides. You might just save a little face that way!