The Base

1. Apply a clear lotion before making up. Holding cotton pad between index and middle fingers, as well as ring-finger and pinkie, stroke up and out.

2. For oily complexions, or in summer, pat briskly with astringent.

3. For wrinkle prevention, place a drop of moisture lotion on forehead, cheeks, and chin. Spread all over face using middle and ring fingers, to avoid pressing skin roughly. Those with dry skins should use “night” cream or moisture cream instead.

4. Choose a foundation that matches neck color— either beige, pink, or ochre (yellowish). Don’t forget to cover behind nostrils, and to blend over the jawline into the neck.

5. Apply spot concealer by first dabbing a small amount on the blemish. Then gently pat until blended—don’t leave an obvious patch of color behind.

6. Dust with powder, unless you have wrinkles. (The powder settles in the nooks and crannies and highlights them instead of concealing.)

Adding color

1. Before applying eye shadow, wrap square of tissue around fingers that rest on face, to avoid smudging foundation.

2. To avoid “bent,” unnatural look in lashes, use lash curler like this: With lashes inside curler, squeeze gently, one-two-three-four, while moving from base to ends of lashes.

3. Stroke mascara over, then under, top lashes. Then roll mascara wand across bottom lashes. Hold up eyebrows to avoid poking eyes.

4. If you have small eyes, use eyeliner all the way across the lid. For large eyes, line just the outer one-third.

5. A dark, racy blusher is for fancy occasions. A soft, gentle hue is best for casual use or work.

6. Finish makeup with pearlized highlight powder, applied lightly with a brush on forehead, nose, chin, around eyes.

Masking wrinkles

Don’t give in to wrinkles without putting up a good fight. A bit of pre-makeup preparation and some makeup tricks can go a long way toward concealing, and making your appearance more youthful.

The base. Start with basic skin care before makeup. First, massage your face gently to make the skin soft and pliant. Before foundation, apply a cream with a high oil and Vitamin E content, and, if needed, female hormone. Apply only on wrinkle-prone areas. This preparation is important, because without it, your wrinkles will be emphasized rather than hidden once foundation is applied.

Avoid liquid foundations, which tend to stiffen the skin, and powders, which make the skin too matte. Use a cream type that goes on in a thin, even layer.

Pat on face moving from the center outward. Think radiant. If you have combination skin wrinkles, plus a tendency to sweat and show oil in the T-zone pat a pearly face powder over foundation. This won’t become matte, and controls oil and sweat.

Eyes. Before applying eye-shadow, color in entire area from lashes to brows with a pink or white background. This highlighter may also be applied under the eyes to conceal dark circles.

Stay away from cool colors like blue or gray they tend to make you look unhealthy and stick to cream, rather than powder shadow, again, to avoid emphasizing wrinkles. A light green pearly shadow is flattering and youthful. Experiment with mascara colors and ways of applying eyeliner to see which is most attractive for you.

Eyebrows. Start with brows that are shaped attractively to fit the shape of your face. For a youthful look, avoid pencil-thin brows, and don’t draw the ends too high. The arch is most important, but also draw brows to fit your character. Not everyone has sharply arched or curved brows straight lines are perfectly acceptable, provided the look is natural.

Drawing beautiful eyebrows

Use eyebrow makeup sparingly, and brush at edges of brows to soften outline. Always draw in brows using strokes that move from below upwards, not vice versa.

Most women are less than confident when it comes to trimming or drawing their eyebrows. Many have eyebrows that are too thick or thin, too close together or too distant, or too far away from the eyes. Let’s spend a minute with yours. Remember after drawing, to shade off the edges using a brush stark, sharp brows are for dolls, not people. A modern look is to have the highest part or peak of the arch at the outer corner of the eye (this will give you a young, open-eyed look).

Ten rules for shaping eyebrows

  1. Follow the shape of your natural eyebrows.
  2. Pencil in the desired shape before trimming or plucking.
  3. Pluck along the grain (the direction that the hairs are growing in), and always pluck from underneath.
  4. Trim with scissors AGAINST the grain, and only trim hairs that are longer than the rest.
  5. While trimming, continue to shape with brush.
  6. To avoid off-center brows, mark the arches first. The peak of the arch is on a line directly above the outer edge of the pupil of the eye.
  7. For brows that can be re-styled for each occasion, shape from front of brows (section closest to nose) to arch. Cut or pluck the back half. This area can be styled to fit the occasion.
  8. Brow color can be selected to match your hair, eyeglass frames, or favorite shade of clothes, but a color slightly darker than your hair often looks most flattering.
  9. For better control while penciling in left eyebrow, brace elbow against the body, and position hand below the eye.
  10. To avoid an older, unhealthy appearance, don’t trim brow hairs too short.

And finally, don’t forget to choose brow shapes that suit your face:

  • Standard. The most natural and easiest to match with any face.
  • Straight. Less curved; emphasizes horizontal direction, so it’s good for long faces.
  • High point. The higher arch emphasizes vertical direction, so it’s good for full-cheeked faces.

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