Making The Most Of Your Natural Looks

Making The Most Of Your Natural Looks

Even the most beautiful women in the world have their share of bad features — most of us are a pretty mixed bag of good and bad ones. Good make-up will do two things: it will emphasize the good, play down the bad.

First make a list of what you consider your good points. A clear complexion, for instance. Pretty eyes or mouth. Study the shape of your face carefully, pulling your hair right back so you can see your face properly. A nice oval, perhaps? Jaw a bit too square? Forehead too high/low? Write all this down.

CHOOSING COLOURS TO SUIT YOU

The next question is, of course, what colours do you choose? Your selection may be largely dictated by the fashion colours of the season if you feel confident enough to follow the latest look, whatever it may be.

Even if you are someone who prefers to keep to a more classic style, always be aware of fashion trends. Nothing is more ageing than a dated make-up.

And, finally, study the proportions of your face. Ideally, it should divide into three equal parts lengthwise with forehead/nose/nose-tochin all the same length, and the same measure breadth-wise from the hairline to the bridge of the nose. Ideally, too, this should be the broadest part of your face, with it reducing down to an oval which will be half the width at the chin. Even if you don’t have any particularly outstanding features, if your face is in proportion this is a great help in creating an over-all make-up that could make you look stunning.

SOME TRICKS OF THE TRADE

Next to your list of good points, set out the bad ones! Nice coloured eyes, but too small/prominent/close set. Mouth too thin/generous. Chin too long/weak. Skin tone rather murky/lacking colour. And so on.

Most people regard the eyes as the most important feature in the face, and certainly a pair of beautiful eyes do give an immediate impression of beauty. Fortunately, nowadays there are very few eyes that can’t be called that after a little help!

Remember that light colours pull things out, that dark ones are recessive. If you have deep-set eyes, for instance, put a light-coloured eyeshadow over the whole lid, extending it right over the eye socket, beyond the lid line. Run a very subtle darker shadow along this top line, then cover the rest of the area under the brow with your highlighter. Reverse the process with prominent eyes, and also run your dark shadow around the lower lids just under the lower lashes.

Close-set and small eyes can look bigger and wider apart by, again, placing a lighter colour on the lid up to the socket, then taking the darker colour and winging it up from the outer corners, extending it beyond the eyes’ natural edge and lifting it towards the brow.

Thick, lustrous lashes are a definite beauty plus. Always make sure you apply two coats of mascara, waiting for the first to dry before applying the second.

Next problem is the mouth. Too thin, too shapeless, too thick. This is where that very fine brush you bought comes in handy. Cover it with your darker lipstick and very carefully draw the outline of your mouth as you would like it. It can’t be too exaggerated, but you can extend the outer boundary and shape of your mouth, or not cover it as far as nature dictated. Then fill in with the slightly lighter lipstick.

A heavy jaw can be disguised by using the shader as a shadower. Lightly run it along the jaw line, and blend it into your foundation. The same can be done for a thick nose; a long, pointed one should have the shader running along the bridge and over the point.

Remember — the trick of camouflage is that no one can see it; they just see the results!