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Foundation first

Often, we end up taking home a make-up product, relying on what the lady at the counter told us, only to realise that it is not suitable. Sangeeta Khanna gives simple tips to pick up the right product.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2009 19:02 IST
Sangeeta Khanna
Sangeeta Khanna
Hindustan Times

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that today, make-up is not reserved for festive occasions.

Cosmetics are a part of a woman’s everyday beauty regime, be it a lipstick, foundation, blusher or an eyebrow comb.
Often, we end up taking home a product, relying on what the lady at the counter told us, only to realise that it is not suitable for us. Here are a few simple tips to help you pick up the right product.

Step I: Foundation
Select two or three different foundations whose colours match the skin tone on your jawbone. The one you choose should blend in perfectly.

Tips: Apply foundation in dots all over the face. Start blending from the middle of the face, in an outward direction. Use a triangular latex sponge.. it enables you to smooth over the skin evenly.

Apply gently so it doesn’t blot. While applying foundation, pay attention to the hairline, for the excess product accumulates here.

Liquid foundation should be smudged gently. Compact foundation with a thicker consistency, should be applied with the sponge.

Step II: Eye Shadow
Before buying an eye shadow, carry out this simple test. Apply a little loose eye shadow on your wrist, rub the application with your fingertip.

See how it spreads on your skin. Is the consistency velvety? A good eye shadow sticks well. Always do the test in daylight.

Tips: The difference between liquid and cream eyeshadow is that the former is easy to apply.

Creamy or gel eye shadow should be applied on clean and dry eyelids directly. Spread across the whole lid and quickly.
You can create a smoky effect with any colour.

An easy technique to apply eyeshadow is to rub it over your eyelid using the tip of the ring finger. Blend it from the
centre. You can also use an eyeshadow brush.

Step III: Eyebrows
A hard eyebrow pencil guarantees durability. You will need an eyebrow comb with stiff bristles. Comb the hair and draw in the missing hair to correct the shape

Tips: Buy pencils in black and brown. Check the smoothness by drawing lines on the palm.

Step IV: Blusher
Invest in branded products and buy a palette that has warm tones.

Tips: Apply blusher on the apple of your cheek, to and fro, from temple towards the nose, keeping a two inches gap from the nose.

Powdered bronzer or creamy shimmer can be used as highlighters on cheeks, the collarbone, hands, and even legs. But use sparingly

For dry skin: mix powder bronzer with moisturiser

Step V: Lipstick
Colours recommended for a fair complexion are maroon, pink, red, and orange with a golden tint. Avoid pale and nude lips.

For a wheatish skin tone, wine, coral, brown and burgundy are best.

For dark skin, brown and light maroon work. Dab gold shimmer at the centre.

Match the lipliner to your lipstick. If you use gloss, apply it only on the centre of the lips.

Tips: Trace the natural lipline with the lipliner, fill in the lipstick and top with gloss. Do not apply too many coats of gloss as it may bleed.

(Sangeeta Khanna has worked with stars like Sushmita Sen. She will answer related queries in the regular column on make-up. So do write in.)

First Published: Feb 09, 2009 17:24 IST