Lock up the tweezers. Abandon the wax. In case you haven’t noticed, big, bold, beautiful perfect brows are back! After a skinny scare in the ’90s (see Pam Anderson, Drew Barrymore, and Christina Aguilera), a new wave of stars like Camilla Belle, Rita Ora, Keira Knightly, Demi Lovato, and yes, even the Kardashians, are championing statement brows. We couldn’t be happier that the arch crusaders are making a comeback— especially after reading this story about how many men and women are desperately shelling out $5,000 or more for eyebrow transplants. That alone is enough to make you want to go easy with the tweezers.
Every single time a new contouring trend arises we immediately think to ourselves, “Well this has to be it. We’ve reached the very end of this craze.” Naturally, we’re always proven wrong. But the latest take on contouring involves painting floral motifs onto one’s face to get the perfect mix of highlight and color correction, and it’s just so pretty.
Social media’s finest makeup artists each have a slightly different take on flower contouring, not surprising since everyone’s needs are a little different depending on the shape of your face, eyes, lips, etc. The process may look a little tedious, especially considering contouring is a step that many of us skip in lieu of extra sleep in the morning, but, hey, if you’re going to go out of your way to do it, might as well have fun with the technique.
Flower contouring is officially a thing
If you’re already down with contouring, highlighting and strobing you’re going to LOVE this new makeup trend. Alternatively, if the whole contouring thing confuses the shit out of you, this craze will probs just go in the ‘lol, I wish’ zone.
So what is flower contouring?
Well, it’s quite similar to your regular contouring as it involves the same concealer, highlighter and colour corrector type products. But, rather than applying makeup in blocks and lines, this trend is all about creating intricate floral detailing before blending the whole thing together.
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How to Make A Big Nose Appear Smaller – Nose Contouring
Feeling concerned about the size or shape of your nose is a common problem that may seem impossible to fix. Surgery is an expensive and permanent option, but there are other tips and tricks to help you to draw attention away from your nose, or to create the illusion that it is a different size or shape. Have confidence in yourself. Being self-assured that you are beautiful as you are is the best way to appear attractive, regardless of your natural features.
Select several shades of foundation. To contour your nose you will need more than one foundation product. Choose one that is the closest possible match to your complexion. For beginners it is better to use powder foundation as cream can be more difficult to work with.
Choose one product 2-3 shades darker than your regular foundation.
Purchase a foundation that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone.
If you just want to experiment at home, try matte brown eyeshadow in a few different shades.
Assemble the necessary tools. Angled brushes that are small with firm bristles allow for greater control. A makeup sponge or a softer brush can help with blending.
Prepare your face for contouring. Wash your face carefully to remove oils, dirt or old makeup. Gently apply the foundation that closely matches your skin tone over your whole face. If you only put makeup on your nose it will be noticeable.
Slim a wide nose. Using the angled brush, draw a line of darker powder down each side of the nose. For noses that are wide near the top, continue the line until it blends with the tip of your eyebrows. Blend darker powder o the line looks less prominent.
Shorten a long nose. Use the darker shade of foundation over your nostrils near the bottom of your nose to create the illusion of shadow. Remember that subtlety is is key.
Disguise the tip of your nose. If the end of your nose is large or round, connect the two side stripes of dark foundation with an arrow shape. The tip of the arrow should be at the bottom center of the end of your nose.
Blend your makeup. Using a sponge or brush carefully dab your nose to blend the lines of makeup. Note that you do not want to blur or spread the two colors out of place. The goal is to have the makeup look like natural shadows rather than distinctive lines.
Check out how to add lift and brightness to the eye without any crazy surgical procedures. If you thought contouring was just for sculpting ultra-alluring cheekbones, think again. The same principle can apply to an expertly constructed eye-makeup look.
Another mistake most of us make is holding onto makeup that has reached its expiry date. Makeup should be tossed when it’s reached its expiration
10 Beauty Products You Should Never Ever Share
And eight that are OK to for your BFF to borrow.
By Carly Cardellino Aug 11, 2016
It’s tempting to watch your best friend pull her favorite (and perfectly shaded!) pinkish nude lipstick out of her bag and want to ask to use it when she’s done. But the truth is, you just shouldn’t — unless, of course, you have some alcohol-based wipes at the ready to sanitize it. And here’s why: Even though someone doesn’t have a visible cold sore, they can still carry herpes simplex virus 1 [HSV-1] and pass it off to you in one makeup application.
That said, Dr. Engelman broke down which beauty products you should steer clear of sharing and which are safe to borrow from your BFF:
STEER CLEAR OF SHARING;
1. Any beauty products that comes in a jar. If you have to dip your fingers into a cleanser, day or night cream, eye creams, foundation, lip balm, etc., it’s best that you (1) wash your hands before coming into contact with the formula and (2) keep that product for your own personal use.
2. Mascara. Your favorite mascara can harbor bacteria and viruses that are easily transmissible, like conjunctivitis. And since your eyes don’t have the same layers of protection that your skin does, it’s more susceptible to infections like pink eye. “Plus, each time you pull the wand out and push it back in to lube up the brush head, you push air into the dark bottle’s base, feeding the aerobic bacteria that can survive in an oxygenated area,” Dr. Engelman adds. Basically, the only safe way to share your mascara, if you so desire, is to practice what pro makeup artists do and never let the wand that comes with it be used; use only disposable wands to apply it, and never double dip.
3. Pressed foundation. Dry powders don’t hold onto bacteria the way that wet formulas do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transfer bacteria from one person to another — especially if you’re using a sponge to touch up areas around your mouth or eyes. The only safe way to let your girlfriend use your pressed powder, should she need to touch up her shiny forehead in a selfie emergency, is to spray the powder with an alcohol-based spray. Give her a clean makeup brush to use, and have her swipe it over pressed powder once.
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Let’s be honest, we’re not perfect and we have all made makeup mistakes.
It would make sense to store your makeup in the bathroom; this is where most people get ready. However, storing makeup in the bathroom where you take showers will not only dry out and ruin your product, it can also make products more prone to collecting bacteria. Humidity is bacteria’s best friend, so store your makeup and makeup brushes in a cool, dry area to prevent ruining product and spreading bacteria on your face.
All makeup has an expiration date; it’s just that every product is different due to their uses and how sustainable they are.
Makeup Mistakes That Do Not Flatter Women
If your primer isn’t a good match for your skin, you would probably be better off not even wearing it.
People often say that appearance is everything. Sometimes getting ready to start your day can be very time consuming and it’s always helpful to have a few tips and makeup ideas when it comes to makeup and enhancing your natural beauty. Always wondered if there was an easy way to apply mascara to that it does not clump? Or, perhaps you wondered how to make your lips look as big as possible collar? Well, this is the list for you. Let’s check out a few beauty and makeup ideas that will help make your life a little bit easier
7 Ridiculously Easy Makeup Ideas That Will Simplify Your Life
Try drawing a double arrow using an eyeshadow pencil (then blending!) to get a fast and neat smoky eye.
You can blend with your finger, a blending sponge, or a blending brush, depending on the texture of the pencil.
To make your lips look ABAP (as big as possible), try this simple contour map.
It’s also an easier way to start contouring if you’re looking for baby steps. Use a lip liner that’s ever so slightly darker than your lipstick, and make sure to blend the two colors so they aren’t too apparent!
Take a straight object (a tweezer will do the trick) and map out where your eyebrows should start, end, and how high they should each rise.