A good deal of any young woman’s time is consumed by her beauty regimen, and for good reason. When approached with a positive mindset, applying makeup is a way of controlling one’s outward appearance.
Very few people are completely satisfied with the way they look first thing in the morning, but cosmetics allow women to create the faces with which they want to greet the world. Some people think that wearing makeup is shameful because it covers one’s natural appearance, but the autonomy in actively creating a new look can be very empowering.
Women who possess artistic talent often develop a knack for creative ways of applying makeup and styling their hair.
Their bodies become living canvases for their creativity.
There can even be a lot of creativity in minimalism. A woman who is uninspired by her current appearance can put the fun back into her daily routine with just a few small steps.
It only takes five minutes to create a fresh new face. Attributes can be accentuated and flaws can be concealed without using too many expensive products. Methods of application that seem difficult may actually be caused by the tools that are being used. Experimenting with different cosmetic brush sets may open up new possibilities for the way one wears her makeup. A set like this can be purchased with EcoTools coupons for high-quality brushes.
The first step in any beauty routine should be to apply a light moisturizer that contains broad-spectrum sunscreen. This is a good daily habit to establish regardless of what other cosmetics one chooses to use. The moisturizer keeps the skin supple and provides a barrier between the skin and makeup. The sunscreen prevents small amounts of everyday sun exposure from having a cumulative effect on the health and youthfulness of the delicate facial skin.
A tinted moisturizer is a convenient middle ground between sheer moisturizer and light foundation. A woman whose skin does not need much coverage can use a tinted moisturizer in the place of the two aforementioned products to reduce the amount of products she is using. A light dusting of powder will set the moisturizer and prevent shine. Even powder coverage can be achieved with a puffy blush brush.
Blush is perhaps the most difficult cosmetic to apply correctly, but many women do not realize that blush is not always a necessary component in a beauty arsenal. A clear, even complexion can be set off with only lipstick and eye makeup. The right shade of lipstick can transform a woman’s entire face and make it look like she is wearing more makeup than she really is. Lipsticks with blue undertones will minimize redness and blemishes across the entire face and will also make the teeth look whiter. Lipstick for everyday situations should not be more than one or two shades darker than the natural color of the lips.
A sheer shimmery eye shadow applied in fanning motions out from the outer corners of the eyes will make the eyes look further apart and will draw attention to them without the use of a lot of dark eyeliner. Silver shadow is the best choice for beginners because, as with lipsticks, the blue undertones will brighten the whites of the eyes. Some charcoal shadow can be applied around the eyes with a wet angled eyeliner brush.
Eye shadow works well as liner because it is soft enough for daytime or workplace wear. This look may be finished with some mascara to give the eyes a distinct outline. Blonde women should opt for brown liner. Black eyeliner looks very unnatural on women with light coloring.
This completed look is only one suggestion for how to achieve a clean, fresh appearance in a short amount of time. With some experimentation and creativity, a woman can develop a routine that suits her skin and unique facial features. For example, women who want their eyes to appear closer together rather than further apart should highlight the inner corners of their eyes. They may enjoy the fun of sporting bold red lips instead of subtle rosy ones.
Most women become bored with their makeup routines because they have fallen into the habit of putting on the exact same face every day. The look described above is suitable on its own for everyday wear, and it is also a good foundation for any heavier makeup that is applied over it for formal or nighttime events.
Good cosmetic brush sets open up new possibilities for creative ways of wearing makeup. Angled eyeliner brushes make it possible for women to line their eyes without using harsh pencils or temperamental liquid liners. Eye shading brushes reach into the eyelid crease, creating sculpted three-dimensional shading.
Bronzers are so popular that brushes are made for the express purpose of applying the perfect amount of warm sparkle to the entire face. Finishing brushes are ideal for evenly distributing a top coat of powder without disrupting the rest of the makeup. Experimenting with makeup can be a very expensive hobby, but costs can be reduced by using EcoTools coupons when purchasing cosmetic brush sets.
About the Author: John Grant writes for several health and beauty sites, as well as working designing a new cosmetic bag.
Credits: Photo courtesy of Martin Walls.