One of my close friends is a makeup artist out of Los Angeles. New and old, almost every client she has worked with asks that she play up his or her best feature. Of course being the amazing makeup artist that she is (I’m biased), it’s easy for her to know which feature shines most.
But what about us regular folks? How can we look at our faces and pinpoint our best feature? It’s subjective. We all have things we like and dislike about our appearances. The key is to examine your face and see what it is you like best: Some may have beautiful eyes equipped with long fluttery lashes, while others full lips or naturally defined cheekbones.
I go through phases. Sometimes I like to play up my eyes, other days I may want to rock a bold lip. The power of makeup allows for the feature of our choice to be the focal point.
The goal is to create definition, making eyes appear bigger or less tired. We’ve all had one or two sleepless nights — no judgment! When I wake up sleepy, I like to apply eyeliner on the upper inner rim of my eye to help create the illusion of fuller lashes. To open up the eye, one to two coats of mascara lends a dramatic effect and immediately draws attention. Ladies, eyeliner and mascara are our best friends.
Skincare tip for eyes
Use eye cream in your morning and night skin-care routines. Moisturize the delicate eye area as preventative care or to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Here is one of my personal favorites. This Origins eye cream contains caffeine, making it ideal for dark, puffy, and tired eyes.
If you were blessed with full lips, you are one lucky girl. A pop of color on the lips is a fun and playful way to dress up your face. If you are going for a bold color I would suggest pairing a lip liner with your lipstick (lip stain, gloss) of choice. This helps create a perfect shape, and can even help cheat a fuller pout.
Skincare tip for lips
Use a lip scrub before you take the plunge. There is nothing worse than having dry, chapped or peeling lips under a beautiful lipstick. Properly exfoliating will help keep your lips looking supple and soft. I like to make my own—all you need is sugar and a few drops of olive oil.
Contouring is still a trend people are obsessed with and it’s easy to see why. Contour slims our faces, and adds dimension (which foundation eliminates). Take a matte bronzing power (no sparkle please! This is supposed to mimic the natural shadows of the face) and sculpt out the cheeks by applying under the cheekbones. You can suck in your cheeks to help you. Begin with a light hand, as you can always build up the color. If you accidentally go overboard, use a foundation brush or a sponge to sheer out the bronzer.
Skincare tip for the face
Use an exfoliating face mask to help improve your skins texture. Great skin is the foundation of all makeup application. Here is what I like to use. Warning: You will not want to stop touching your face.