General Make up Tips:

Choose your eye make up to fit your lifestyle or the event you are attending. Wear less during the day and a little more for night time. Most people look better in softer, neutral colors, rather than dark, harsh tones. In general, lighter colors make the eyes appear larger, while darker colors can make them look small. Dark colors don’t look good if you have fair skin. Eye shadow comes in both powder and cream formulas. Creams generally give a bolder color than powders. These must be applied carefully to avoid creasing. Apply foundation and powder first and then eye shadow.

Select a foundation that matches your skin tone and is appropriate for your skin type. If you tend to break out, look for oil free, non comedogenic cosmetics. Apply moisturizer before your foundation for a smoother look. Use a sponge and apply foundation in a downward motion from the forehead down to the chin. If you have blemishes or dark circles, apply concealer after the foundation. Brush on loose powder to set. Apply powder using a large brush in the same downward motion.

Choose a blusher that is suited to your skin tone. Choose lighter colors for a fair complexion and darker tones for dark or tanned skin. Place two fingers to the side of your nose. Start your application at the second finger and move up toward the ear line. Smile to show the apples of your cheeks and help with application.

Lipstick should also match your skin tone. Use a lip moisturizer regularly to keep your lips smooth and moist. Apply foundation and powder before lip cosmetics. Line the lips with a pencil and then apply lipstick. Use a lip brush for best coverage. Blot the color with a tissue and re apply for best results.

Mascara is available in a variety of formulas: waterproof, thickening and smudge proof. Choose a color that is appropriate for your skin type. Curl the lashes first and then begin to apply mascara. Look up and apply in an upward motion. Reapply is small amounts to avoid clumping. Don’t pump the brush into the container, as this will break the bristles on the brush and shorten the life of this product.

Caring for Make up Tips:

Replace your cosmetics as products expire. Blush and powder can be kept for 2 years. Foundation, lipstick and eyeshadow should be replaced every year. Mascara has the shortest shelf life and should be thrown away after 2 months.
Use brushes and sponges to apply make up. Wash these monthly with warm water and an antibacterial soap. Allow brushes to dry completely before you use them again.
Store all make up in a cool, dry place.
Keep cosmetics out of the sunlight and away from excessive heat or moisture.
Proper care and application is important. This helps you not only look better, but helps prevent the skin from breaking out.

Select high quality make up, especially if you are prone to acne. Natural products that don’t contain a lot of chemicals, dyes and perfumes are best for all skin, but especially acne prone. The ingredients in many cosmetics irritate acne prone skin. Mineral make up is an excellent choice, as it contains no chemicals or any ingredients that can irritate the skin.