We all have different facial features, colors, and are all beautiful in our own way. But when we want to enhance our looks – or create a completely different one – we can always reach for our makeup!
Both women and men have used makeup on their face and body since ancient times for religious rituals, to mimic their environment, indicate social status, and for aesthetics. Egyptians used kohl and shadow to give their eyes an almond shape, and also to ward off evil spirits. Greeks applied lead powder to whiten their faces and and an ochre-iron mixture to color their lips. Romans used rogue on their cheeks. Today, makeup is used primarily for beautification purposes, not to mention it is now much safer and easier to use.
Before you take out your brushes, blushes, and other beauty arsenal, always remember these:
Makeup can’t make up for neglect
You may have different kinds and colors of concealer to cover every type of blemish you have. But, with healthy, glowing skin, you won’t have to use too much product, spend a lot of money on make-up, or spend too much time achieving a flawless look. Stick to your beauty regimen and take good care of your skin.
Prepping your skin is a must
Canvas is to a painter like skin is to the makeup artist – in this case, you. Canvas has to be prepared and primed so that the painter can create the desired effect. Along the same line, preparing your skin before putting on makeup is a must to protect it from the elements, and so that you can apply and blend your makeup smoothly.
After cleansing, apply toner or essence, then special serums and eye cream if you use them. Don’t forget to hydrate, moisturize, then wear sunscreen if you’re going out at daytime. Wait for the products to be thoroughly absorbed and dry in between applications.Some people apply a facial mask before putting on makeup to hydrate, plump, and moisturize skin, or to detox and regain their glow after a night of partying. People have differing opinions regarding this step, but don’t do this if you’re pressed for time.
Get the right tools for the job
While a lot of sets already come with their own applicator, it would be good to invest in quality sponges and brushes so that you can create different effects, put details more precisely, and blend makeup evenly. If you’re allergic to animal hair, choose brushes with synthetic bristles. Also clean your brushes after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria, skin irritation, and having “muddy”-looking makeup.
Skin Type Matters
Buy makeup that suits your skin type. Dry skin benefits from cream foundations and makeup with moisturizing properties. Oily skin, on the other hand, reacts better with powder-based formulations with oil-absorbing qualities. For combination skin, it’s a bit tricky – choose makeup with both moisturizing and oil-fighting benefits. Remember to put extra hydrator and moisturizer on the drier areas before applying makeup. Sensitive skin, as well as other skin types will benefit from makeup that is free of harmful chemicals and nourishes skin at the same time. If you’re looking for reasonably-priced, high-quality, vegan makeup, try Han Cosmetics’ line of blushers, bronzers, eye and lip color. Han Cosmetics use only plant and vegetable pigments, as well as natural minerals in their makeup. They’re so safe, even pregnant women can use them!