This plan will your blueprint, your guide, your North Star , your guide and filter for all the makeup advice you will ever navigate through. (Actually, this plan advice is the ultimate make up tip because of the time and money you will save skipping extraneous info and products, because you will be SO CLEAR about what you want and need).
Sound like it might be worth the effort after all?
Great! Grab a note pad and let's get going, step by step below.
What do you want makeup to do for you? Your answer may range
from purely functional to expressing your huge, creative
personality. Also, you may have a few looks you want to work on
for a variety of events.
Fashion magazines are a great place to start to put together the
look and feel of your makeup 'Master Plan'.
Take a closer look at the makeup of the magazine images as you
Tear out or fold the corners of, or ad a 'sticky note", (whatever will
allow quick reference a little later), to the images that really
resonate with how you want your makeup to look.
On that sticky note etc., write in a couple of words what you like
about the makeup; words/ like
"glamorous", "smoky eye makeup", "soft pink lips", "gray tones
will be helpful in compiling what you want to see in the makeup styles
Also, finding words that accurately describe what you want makeup wise, will be a great help to cosmetic counter staff down the road when you are tracking down products; i.e. Tarte Cheek Stain "Achieve a healthy, natural glow with our award-winning gel cheek stains" OR Dior "Diorshow Mascara gives lashes a triple-shot of glamor,...".
Here is a break down of top makeup styles you will find in fashion magazines to help you define your own style interests.
Another way to get some creative ideas flowing is to visit your
favorite cosmetic counter and get some help from their makeup
specialist (like you can get from a MAC
Knowing the details of the visual nature of your face is a very
practical thing to understand as you customize design elements of the
style you like, to your own face. This is what will make the
style work on you.
Assessing facial features is square one
for makeup makeovers by beauty professionals. The difference
in this situation is
that you are the author of the style goals, not someone else.
Some details of facial features that will be helpful to know:
Once you know your facial features, it will be time to 'show' your facial features.
What is showcasing exactly? The display of
especially to it's advantage (thank you free
In this step you will be learning how to showcase your facial features to their advantage with the use of makeup techniques, placement, color and products. And, at the same time you will also be merging the makeup with the design elements of the style you like.
Don't worry, there may be a bit of a learning curve ahead but you will have the 'know how' and, with a little practice, you will start to see incredible results you can build on.
How can you showcase your own features? Here is some helpful
information for showcasing
eyes, lips and face shape. What choice in makeup colors will help in
the enhancement of your overall coloring, as well as the showcasing of your blue
eyes, your green eyes, or your brown eyes.
A good starting point in makeup application for anyone, is to learn the basic steps to great makeup. You also will really benefit from makeup techniques details that take your results from okay to awesome, that professional artists use.
Be patient. I promise you practice and patience in the art of
showcasing will pay off.
Avoiding design extremes doesn't
mean you can't draw a lot of attention to a single feature, it just
means there still needs to be an over all feeling of balance. An
example might be your eyes as the single focal point of your makeup
style. If you choose dramatic eye makeup, you should ensure
the rest of your face is not too minimal. A subtle mouth, and a
radiant complexion would help support the dramatic eyes.
I also would not have two dramatic focal points. You create competition between the two and that is definitely the opposite of harmony. For example, dramatic eyes and a very dramatic mouth will create two strong visual focal points that will not only compete with one another, they will seem harsh in terms of beauty style.
A great make up style example of a single feature focal point is the Smokey Eyes Look. The eye makeup is almost always paired with a lower key mouth. Another example is the dramatic red mouth. Bold lip color is most beautiful with softer, neutral colored eye makeup.
If you have features that bother you and you feel overly dominate your face, there are corrective makeup techniques that can help you bring greater balance to the overall look of your makeup.
Physical beauty has a lot of elements. Make up is just one of
those elements. If you really want to make the best beauty
can make, you will need to take a master plan approach to your whole
physical appearance; hair, fashion, accessories etc..
Last word on your Make Up Tips Master Plan...
All of your beauty elements should be built on these key ideas.
Ideally, your style choices need to compliment you, from
style down to your shoe style.
Your style choices need to flow with your personality and be a believable extension of you as a person. 'Step up" your style but don't be out of step with yourself.
#3 Have Synergy
Coordinating all the visual elements should create a synergy, where you experience results greater than the sum total of the elements (what you might call 'a little star power').
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