Whether it’s Prom, Homecoming or a formal gathering for work, everyone wants to look their best. Use these makeup tips for your winter formals this year. You don’t need a professional make up artist to make you look great! Follow these tips and do it yourself! Winter formals are normally at night which is great because you can go a little darker on your make up, including face, eyes and lips!
The first step to premiere make up application is good skin care. You have to a have a clean and smooth palette to work upon. Wash your face with your normal cleanser and then pat it dry. Apply a light moisturizer to your skin, even if your skin tends to be a little on the oily side. In that case you would use an oil free moisturizer. Which ever the case, make sure you have moisturized before applying your make up. It makes make up application smoother. Don’t swap skin care brand a week or less before the event!! You could have a reaction to a new skin care that may not show up immediately.
The right foundation is a must! You’ll need more than a sheer powder for your event. I recommend a mineral foundation like Mary Kay Mineral Powder. Also, Aqua Smooth liquid make up by Cover Girl is great for that lovely matte finish. Make sure you have no make up lines around your neck and hairline. Ask someone to check it for you if you are not sure. Apply foundation in an upward motion and lightly apply foundation to your eyelid area.
Set your foundation with the right powder if you used liquid or creme foundation. Swirl your powder on to your brush then tap the brush on the side of your powder jar before applying. Keep in mind wherever you apply that brush first is where the most powder will go. Lightly powder your face all over including your neck.
Next, apply your blusher. Don’t be too lavish with the blush because the rule is that only 1 or 2 areas can be heavy. If you are considering playing up your eyes or your lips, keep the blush on the lighter side. You can always add more. It’s easier to add make up then to take away. (Without starting over.)
Line your lips with a liner shade slightly lighter than your lip color. Reds are popular this time of year as well as cranberry colors. But pick what suits your hair, skin and of course your gown. To shrink lips, line inside the lip area. To grow your lips line slightly outside the lip area. Apply lipstick with tube or brush. Avoid smooshing your lips together. I know some folks this think this is blotting, but premium lipsticks have air pillows in the lip color. When you smoosh your lips together you loose some of the plumping benefits. Apply a lip gloss if you like a little shine.
For eyes, there is really a variety of ways to apply your eye make up. I have another article about eyeliner styles and designs if you want a little more in depth education. For the basics though. Apply your lighter eye shadow to the whole of the eye area. Even take the tip of your applicator and apply a light line of the light color on the bottom inner eye. Then apply the darker eye shadow in the shape of a C to the outer corner of your eye. Also apply a small line of the darker eye shadow to the bottom outer under eye. Blend the dark with the light.
Now apply the eyeliner. I just line the top for a more dramatic look. Start on the outside and line in short brief strokes. Then take a eye shadow applicator and smudge the eyeliner to where you only see one line.
Apply your mascara. Use the tip of the mascara to make the lashes longer. Apply the mascara with the whole brush to make the eyelashes seem fuller. Apply several coats allowing them to dry in between.
For some added holiday shimmer, add a bronzer to your face at the very end. Bronze on some color all over your forehead, cheekbones, and throat. Also bronze your décolletage for a pretty bronze shimmer.