Sunday, September 19, 2010

The 5 - minute beauty guide

Channel your beauty regime to look great in a matter of minutes. It is all about refining your make-up technique.

Make-up starter Start with a moisturiser that has a built-in foundation. Make-up expert Cory Walia says, "Use products that do double duty, and mineral make-up is the best when it comes to that. Use a mineral make-up base powder. It effectively covers pigmentation and unevenness. Carry it around in your purse for whenever you need it. With this as a base, a nice thick eyeliner and shimmery lip-gloss is the quickest make-up fix for your face."

Hide tired eyes If dark circles are your albatross, here's how you can look alive after a long night. First soothe your fatigued eyes by pressing them with a cool chamomile tea bag or chilled cucumber slices. Afterwards, massage in a base foundation and apply concealer on the dark circles. Use either a light brush or your fingers to smoothen it out. Hair and make-up expert Ruhi Bindra says, "Use a nice under-eye cream and make sure that you use waterproof eye make-up, specially during the rains as you don't want your mascara streaking down your cheeks."
Get 'Angelina-Jolie'ish lips For that luscious pout, all you need is a good plumping fix. Line your lips a little outside your natural lipline and fill in with lipstick. Ruhi says, "Use lip tints that not only colour, but moisturise as well." Remember, lighter lipstick shades will make your lips look bigger. Don't use very creamy lipstick as there are chances of it bleeding. Use a red lipstick for an instant glamour. Finish with dotting lipgloss on the centre on your lower lip for that bee-stung effect."

Get an instant glow If your skin looks lacklustre, use a loofah in the shower to slough off those dead skin cells. Cory gives a thumbs up to naturally healthy and glowing skin, "Exfoliate your skin often, and with time the skin texture and tone will improve." Apply a shimmery body lotion all over to instantly brighten your complexion. Always use a foundation which is closest to your skin tone. Do not overdo the mascara and kajal part. You can finish off with a bronzer for that delicious, sun-kissed look.

Here is the FIVE-minute make-up plan: Firstly, apply a tinted moisturiser over your fresh, clean face.

- Eyes : Line your upper lid with a black, brown or dark blue eyeliner to make your peepers look bright. Brush some luminous shadow over your lid and finish off with black mascara to open up your eyes even more.

- Cheeks: Dust some rouge or bronzer over your cheek bones to define and bring out the angles in your face.

- Lips: Put on a lipstick that matches with your dress or simply use a shiny clear gloss to let your natural lip colour show.Apply gloss right on the centre of your mouth to give the impression of fuller, plumper lips.

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