Who doesn’t love a good portion of beauty tips and tricks to make us more makeup savvy! I surely do and Pinterest has been my best friend for things like that. Today, however, I’ll be sharing some of my tried and tested beauty tips that will help you improve the condition of your skin, make your lips appear fuller, yours eyes more awake and your hair more voluminous! Grab a cuppa and enjoy! :)
The Illusion of Fuller / Bigger Lips
We all dream of having a perfect pout a la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley but sadly mother nature hasn’t been so generous to all us ladies. The good news though is that thanks to makeup we actually could get one step closer to achieving the beautiful illusion of plumper lips. First thing you can do is to overdraw your lips slightly when wearing lipstick. And when I say slightly, I mean it. If you want to keep things natural and spare yourself the shame of looking like a clown you need to make sure that you DO NOT go above the little white line that is around the pigmented part of your lips. Everyone has that white highlighting line above our natural lip color and this is as far as you should go when overdrawing your lips. Use it as a guide and know that anything above it would look too fake and overboard. If overdrawing is not your cup of tea here is what else you could do to make your lips appear larger and more juicy. Apply your lipstick as usual, take your favorite lip gloss and swipe it on right in the middle of your lips. This will instantly highlight them and create the illusion of plumper lips, especially if you use a gloss with slight shimmer running through it. If you are not a gloss type of gal you could also use a shimmery / frosty eye shadow and place it right in the center of your lips. Then for some extra plumping take your favorite highlighter and apply it carefully on your cupids bow. After that is done, using some non-shimmery bronzer, apply a small amount right in the little hollow / shadow that is created right below your lower lip. These last two steps will trick people into thinking that both your top and bottom lips are bigger then they actually are and you will enjoy your au naturel larger-looking lips. Simples.
When I first heard of reverse shampooing a few months ago I was like ‘This just sounds wrong!’. However, being my curious self, I decided to give it a little whirl and I was literally blown away! Basically, ‘reverse shampooing’ means that you have to use your conditioner before your shampoo. As weird as it sounds it actually does work wonders. My hair has never had more volume or felt cleaner. Since your conditioner tends to weight down your hair and leave some residue, using the shampoo after completely sorts that out. And fear not – your hair will still be super soft and shiny because the conditioner still provides the needed moisture but the shampoo eliminates the residue, making your locks more bouncy and voluminous. Brilliant.
I literally cannot stress the importance of double cleansing enough! This is the very thing that saved my skin and since incorporating the method into my skincare regime, my skin has improved SO much. I know cleansing is a chore and some people couldn’t be bothered to cleanse once, let alone twice but trust me – your skin will be massively thanking you. Going to bed with makeup should not be an option, let me put it that way. The easiest way to ensure that your skin is clean and acne-free (unless it is hormonal) is to double cleanse. Take some heavy-duty cleanser (balm / oil or whatever tickles your fancy), and really work it into your face to get rid of all the makeup and dirt. Rinse off and follow up with milder, lighter cleanser to purify the skin. The results are going to come quickly and be obvious, pinky promise!
Brighten Up The Eye Area
Some people think that using just an under eye concealer is enough to brighten up the eye area but let’s face it – it is not. Surely it does get rid of the dark circles and bags but to actually add life to your eyes there is one or two more steps to be taken. If you look tired and dull and want to look more present and awake you should get involved with the little ‘white eye shadow and nude eyeliner’ trick. Pop some white/cream/pearly shadow or pencil in the inner corner of the eye, in the middle of the lid and right under your brow bone. This will instantly add light to the look and will enhance the area beautifully. Your eyes will appear more awake and lifted as well. Then using nude kohl, line your waterline. The nude color will counteract any redness you may have and it will open up the eyes, making them look bigger. Lovely.
The Right Way to Apply Blush
There are many ways to apply blush and it all depends on the shape of your face. There is, however, one universal rule that we all need to follow: Always allow two fingers from your nose to where the blush starts! Place two fingers next to your nose and apply the blush beyond that point. That way it would look the most natural and you won’t have to worry about creating the illusion of fuller cheeks and rounder face. Who knew!
Have you tried any of these tips? Which is your favorite beauty tip that I should check out?