Makeup Guide: Don’t Get the Wrong Makeup

Buying and wearing makeup is a relatively affordable and easy way to express yourself, highlight your features and show your unique sense of style. There are many different types of makeup, and there are a lot of things to consider when choosing which makeup to buy. This makeup Guide will help you think about why you're buying makeup: Is it for a certain occasion? Which features do you want to highlight? Which makeup suits them best? After reading this guide, you will be able to determine the best makeup to buy.

>> What occasion are you buying makeup for?

Makeup uses vary, so before going shopping, think about why you want to buy makeup. Are you trying to create a professional look for the workplace? Are you looking for a neutral yet polished look for everyday wear? Are you going out to lunch, or do you have a special occasion you're celebrating? Are you taking part in a professional photo shoot, or doing some acting on stage? Thinking about when you'll be wearing the makeup will help you narrow down which types of makeup to look for and which makeup to buy
>> What features do you want to highlight?
There are a lot of makeup advantages, and it's easy to highlight and play up any feature on your face. Whether you want to show off your eyes, lips, cheeks or face (and you can certainly highlight everything), there are various types of makeup for all your facial features. You can use face makeup to emphasize your cheekbones or skin, and eye makeup to make the color and shape of your eyes stand out.

Feature Type of makeup Benefits Eyes Eyeshadow MascaraEyeliner Eyeshadow comes in a variety of colors and textures. It brings splashes of color to your eyelids.Mascara is applied directly onto the eyelashes and helps lashes look longer, thicker or bolder. Eyeliner creates a dramatic look and is applied right above the eyelashes on the eyelid. The thicker the line, the more your eyes pop. Cheeks BlushBronzer Blush comes in a variety of pink shades and is applied with a big brush right on the cheekbones. Blush creates the illusion of a flushed, healthy face.Bronzer comes in golden tones and helps make your face appear tanner and more sun kissed. Lips LipstickLipglossLip StainLip Liner Lipstick comes in a rainbow of colors and can be shiny, matte or smudge proof.Lipgloss is usually clear or light in color and can be worn alone or over lipstick. Gloss gives lips a shine.Lip stains give color to lips like you've been eating a popsicle. Lip liner is a small, thin pencil used to outline the lips. This helps define the lips and keeps lipstick from bleeding into the skin around the lips. Face Foundation Powder Concealer Foundation is typically in liquid form and is applied all over the face with a sponge. Foundation helps even out skin tone.Powder can be loose or pressed and applied with a brush or a pad. Powder helps reduce shine on the face and can assist in setting your foundation.Concealer is skin toned and is used to cover up things like blemishes or under-eye circles. >> Choosing makeup for your skin type

Oily skin

If you're prone to oily skin, look for makeup products made specifically for your skin type. There's less of a concern about oil when it comes to eye makeup, but a matte eyeshadow may help prevent oily eyelids. For foundation and powder, look for products that won't irritate your skin or cause breakouts. Makeup made for oily skin will minimize shininess and won't irritate the delicate skin on your face.

Combination skin

Combination skin is one of the most common skin types. You can wear most kinds of makeup, but you need to be conscious of where your skin tends to be dry and where it tends to be oily. Some women have an oily "T-zone" (the bridge of the nose and the forehead) with dry cheeks and chin. Look for powders and foundations designed for combination skin, and look for a pressed powder to help keep down the shine in the T-zone.

Dry skin

The key to using makeup when you have dry skin is keeping your skin hydrated. Before applying makeup, make sure you have applied a moisturizing cream. Buy makeup that's labeled for dry skin, because it will include moisturizers to help keep your skin from flaking or cracking. You may need to apply moisturizer throughout the day, or to reapply your makeup, to keep skin hydrated.

>> Choosing tools for your makeup

Now that you have an idea of the best makeup to buy, you need to know which tools to use to apply it to your face. Use face brushes to apply loose powder. These brushes are usually large and very soft bristled. Use cheek brushes to apply makeup like bronzer and blush. The brushes are smaller than face brushes with stiffer bristles. Use eye brushes for applying eyeshadow. They are small, often rounded and soft. The size varies depending on whether you are putting eyeshadow all over your eyelid or just in the crease. Use lip brushes for applying lip liner or smoothing out lipstick. Sponges have a variety of uses, from applying liquid foundation to putting on eyeshadow.

>> How to store your makeup

After you've learned how to buy makeup and bought some great makeup items, you want to take care of your makeup so it lasts. Store your makeup in a cool, dry room. Hot temperatures will cause things like lipstick and cream eyeshadows to melt. Clean your brushes and sponges regularly.

>> When to replace your makeup

Replace most of your makeup after you've been using it for six months. Even with good care and storage, makeup needs to be replaced. Now that you've learned how to buy makeup, which makeup to buy, different types of makeup and various makeup uses, you are ready to make those buying decisions when the time comes to replace your makeup.

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