Corrective Makeup – How to Hide Your Flaws
The fact that women are never satisfied with the features they’ve got already became an axiom. Some resort to plastic surgery, some to corrective makeup.
Find out how can you define your features and improve areas that you feel are flaws with the help of makeup.
How to make big, prominent eyes appear smaller Big, prominent eyes tend to dominate the facial features; the best way to draw attention away from them is using dark eye shadows and eyeliner around the eyes.
For a daytime makeup look, use a neutral eye shadow that’s two tones darker then your skin tone – apply it on the entire mobile lid, slightly past the crease and blend. Line the lash line with a black or dark brown eyeliner and smudge carefully, so the line is not that harsh. Repeat on the lower lid and waterline.
Finish the look with volumizing mascara. Try to avoid using mascaras that lengthen lashes.
For more dramatic makeup looks, smokey eyes are perfect for your eye shape. Opt for matte eye shadows instead of shimmery, glittery ones on the mobile lid – matte ones will help minimize the lids and make eyes appear smaller and deep set.
Use lighter shimmery shadows as highlights – but sparingly – on the brow bone, right under the eyebrows.
How to make small eyes bigger and brighter The main idea would be to use bright colors around the eyes and never use dark eyeliner on the bottom lid, as this make them look smaller.
Many makeup artists use white or beige eyeliner on the waterline – this is a must-have in your makeup kit if you’re blessed with smaller eyes or great to open up the eyes when creating a smokey eye makeup with darker colors!
You can still use eyeliner on the entire top lash line and extend the line slightly at the corners of the eye.
Neutral eye shadows are your best friend; keep it simple, use only two shades at a time with just a hint of black for lining. This way, you’ll make them look larger but still accentuate their shape.
Eyelashes are great for opening eyes and make them stand out more. Curl lashes first, then apply mascara, concentrating in the middle and outer corners using upward strokes. Also, pay attention to your eyebrows – if you have them thick and close together they will only make your eyes look smaller and closer. Try to tweeze them a little further out than you might normally, about an eye length if you can.
How to makeup close set eyes By emphasizing the outer corners of the eyes, these will look further apart. Use lighter shades of eye shadow in the inner third of the eyes, from lash line to crease – mid-toned shades in the middle and darker shades in the outer corner. Blend colors together and use highlighter on the brow bone and inner corner of the eyes. Mark upper and lower lash line, concentrating color in the outer corners. Finish the look by applying mascara with an extra coat in the outer corners.
Makeup for down turned eyes, also known as bedroom eyesThe best way to correct downturned eyes is to first apply concealer at a 45-degree angle at the outer corner of the eye. Apply eyeliner by using a thin line in the inner corner towards the nose and a slightly thicker line at the outer edge, lifting it slightly for an upwards finish.
Smudge liner carefully at the outer corner then apply a darker shade of eyeshadow into the crease. Finish the look by curling lashes and with plenty of mascara.
How to make big nose appear smaller Create nose-shrinking shadow by shading your nose with foundation, bronzer, blush, or eyeshadow no more than one shade darker than your natural skin color.
To make your nose appear thinner and more defined, use the darker shade along the side of your nose leaving a vertical strip down the center of your nose.
To make your nose appear shorter, apply the darker shade under the nose and up over the tip. Also a thin line of highlighter down the center of your nose. This reflects the light and makes your nose appear smaller. To achieve a believable look, contour your nose gradually, applying small amounts of product at a time and blend well, without pressing the brush too hard.
How to make thick lips look thinner If you’re blessed with full, thick kissies and want to make them appear thinner, stay away from dark, strong shades of lip color, glosses and glitters. Use neutral, matte lipstick that cuts down on shine. By using a lip brush, apply lipstick from the inside of your lips outwards, but don’t go all the way to the lip line – blend outwards, keeping it darker on the inside.
How to plump up thin lips If you want your lips to appear more pouty, use a lip liner the same color as your lips to accentuate your “cupid’s bow.” Avoid taking the lip liner way into the corners or making a definite line.
Smudge out the line for a more natural effect. Blot on your lipstick with your finger, starting at the center and pushing outwards.