Make-Up Advice and Tips
Please click on any of the links below to read our range of Cosmetics 4 Less make-up info guides:
|Lip Plumper Guide|
Advice on buying the right lip plumping products to help you achieve that Angelina Jolie look.
All About BB Cream
I'm sure you have seen articles and adverts for BB Cream, the latest offering on the beauty market. But what is it and what will it do for you?
BB Cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. However it's not a spot cream, or at least not just a spot treatment. BB cream is an all-in-one product that primes, evens out skintone, moisturises, brightens, covers blemishes, minor imperfections and redness like a concealer, hydrates your skin like your day cream and can brighten and perk-up a dull complexion. BB Cream often includes healing and soothing properties and SPF to protect your complexion from the damamging rays of the sun.
So you can see that BB Cream is really the multi-tasker of the cosmetics world, a skin care product that is also a make up. This can be a real time and money saver as well as being good for your skin.
You can wear BB Cream on it's own for a light natural finish and a healthy looking, even skin tone. If you need a fully coverage you can also use your usual foundation and concealer, maybe on just the problem areas.
BB Cream is said to have originated in the Far East where it has been hugely popular for some years now and we can see why. You get a whole raft of cosmetic and skin care benefits in one tube that you can apply in minutes. Who can argue with that?
|Tips for the Perfect Manicure.|
The most flattering nail shape is not quite square and not quite oval. File your nails so the top curve mirrors the curve of your nail base. Avoid square tips as this can make you fingers look chubby.
To ensure your nails are the same length after filing, line each nail up with its counterpart.
Don't shake the nail polish bottle; just gently roll it between your palms. This mixes the polish without causing air bubbles.
Once you have washed your hands ready to start your manicure give your nails a wipe with nail polish remover, even if you have no nail polish left on your nails, this will remove any traces of skin oils or soap residue which can cause nail polish to peel.
For perfect control when applying nail polish, hold the brush between the thumb and middle finger while resting your forefinger on the top of the cap.
To get the best results, apply thin layers. Start with a thin layer of basecoat, allow to dry completely, then apply a thin layer of polish down the middle then one on the left and one on the right. Let the first coat dries then repeat. Finish off with a layer of Top Coat. Always allow each coat to dry completely.
When your manicure is finished run a orange stick or cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover on either side of the nail to pick up any little slips.
Apply a fresh coat of topcoat other day on your manicure to help prevent chipping.
If your polish does chip use a nail buffer to smooth the edges of the chip. The smoother you can make the chip the better it will repair. Then fill in the chipped area with polish. Once it's dry apply a coat over the entire nail.
Don't file your nails after a shower or a bath, they will be too soft. File in one direction only to prevent tears.
Always protect your manicure by wearing rubber gloves when cleaning and gardening.
Keep cuticle oil or hand lotion in your desk at work, by your bed, by the sink and use it all the time.
|Guide To Choosing The Right Lipstick|
Not so very long ago a lipstick was a lipstick and all we had to decide when buying a new one was should we try out the latest colours or stick to the colours that we knew suited us. Now we have to decide if we want a lipstick or a lip gloss. Do we want a long-lasting transfer resistant or a wet look, high shine lipstick. Or maybe a two step lipstick would be best and what do we do with a lip pencil?
|How to Choose and Wear your Perfume. |
Perfume is the ultimate sensory experience and can conjure up emotions and memories. You can use this in two ways. You can create a signature fragrance just for you. Choose a fragrance you like and wear it all the time. Layer it by using a deodorant, body lotion, bath additives, anything available in the same scent. This will make the fragrance last longer so that the scent is present whenever you are. Someone who knows you well, will only have to smell a hint of your own special perfume and memories and emotions of the time you spent together will flood back into their mind.
This has limitations however as you must choose a fragrance that is suitable to all occasions, seasons and time of day or night. The alternative is to choose a fragrance that reflects your mood. A light energetic fragrance for work, a soft floral scent for daytime outings or a heavy, sensual perfume for evenings. Your perfume will help create the mood and feelings that most reflect your own and push the occasion in the direction you want it to go.
Fragrance comes in a number of different formulas and it is important to know what you are buying.
Perfume has 22% Fragrance Oils and it is the most long-lasting and concentrated form. This is not used all that often these days as it is incredibly expensive.
Eau de Parfume is very popular and contains 15-22% fragrance oils. It is still expensive but is a very clean and long-lasting form.
Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne contain 4-15% fragrance oils and should be significantly less expensive than the more concentrated forms.
Classically fragrance is divided into three layers of scent called notes. The top note contains the most volatile oils and is the shortest lived fragrance. The middle note last a little longer and is the dominant, central tone of the fragrance. The base note lasts much longer around 24 hours and it is the combination of these notes that gives the famous fragrances their distinctive smell.
Fragrances can be divided into different families.
A Chypre fragrance contains woody, mossy and floral notes .
Marine Fragrances are a new family of scents that evoke the scent of the sea using an ingredient called Calone.
Oriental fragrances are warm, spicy and sweet. They contain ingredients like vanilla and Tonka bean and sometimes the heavy sensual musk oils.
The majority of feminine fragrances are floral. Some are a blend of different flower oils with or without additional oil like citrus oil or a single floral note, again with other undernotes added. .
Remember perfume can both define you and capture the essence of the moment, make it work for you.
|DIY Facial Guide|
A Step by step guide to keep your skin looking good. Includes advice on face masks and exfoliaters.
|French Nails Guide|
Want professional looking nails without spending your day's pay in the salon? With some practice and a little patience, you can enjoy elegant French Nails nails anytime you want for a fraction of the cost.
|Guide to Applying Foundation|
The right foundation will even out your skin tone and blend away small imperfections giving the impression of flawless skin. But if you get it wrong the effect can be a disaster.
|Cosmetic Blusher & Bronzer Guide|
Only about half of women who regularly use make-up wear blusher. This is often because they are so unsure of how to use it. Used correctly it can add a healthy looking glow with an instant "prettyĒ impression. But we have all seen blusher used badly resulting in the "Clown EffectĒ and this is the main reason many women fight shy of wearing it.
|Eye Makeup Guide for Spectacle Wearers|
Too many people think that when they are wearing their specs it is not worth bothering with much eye make up. But with a little thought and a few tweaks in your technique, your eyes can be just as beautiful and the effects of well applied eye make up just as stunning as a non spec wearers.
|Making The Most of Your Eye Shape|
Includes guidelines for you on how to correctly apply make up for your eye shape. Colours should always include a highlighter and shader. Remember professional make up is all about shading, highlighting and toning.
|Make Up Advice For Women Over 30|
30 years old is no age at all, but this is the age when dehydration lines set in and if not tackled straight away will remain permanent and where damage from the sun starts to show.
Face and Eye Primers
Face and Eye Primers are relatively new products that have appeared on the market in the last few years but they still have not gained a must have place in most people's make up bag yet. So what are primers and what can they do for you?
Primers are liquids that usually come in tubes. Primarily you should think of them as an undercoat for your foundation that make your foundation last much longer and stay fresh looking and even all day. Face primers reduce the look of large pores, they can fill in fine lines and even out skin tone.
Face Primers will also illuminate your skin and give it a radiant tone. You can also get colour correcting Face Primers that will combat skin redness and dull skin.
Special primers for Eyes are also available and they will also even out the skin tone and provide a base for your eyeshadow which will stay put for much longer without creasing or fading.
Apply Skin or Eye primer after you apply your moisturiser. Allow your moisturiser time to be absorbed into your skin before applying. Use a small amount of Primer and apply to the whole face area, making sure to cover the under eye area as this will help your concealer to last for longer and avoid creasing.
The apply your usual foundation, concealer and powder as usual.
Concealer, The Art of Concealment.
Unless you are one of those very few lucky people with a flawless complexion, concealer can do wonderful things for you. So it's suprising to learn that many people don't use them.
So here is everything you need to know about concealers and how to use them. Concealers are not just for under eye circles and smudges, they can cover a real multitude of sins. Concealer can cover spots and blemishes, scars, uneven skin tone and skin redness caused by broken veins or rosasea. Concealer can also disguise those darker areas of your face at the side of the nose and the cleft of your chin.
Concealer comes in sticks, like lipstick, liquid, powder and creams. Concealer sticks last the longest and give a good coverage. Liquid concealers, usually applied by a wand, are moisturising and can be easily blended. Mineral powders are very hypo-alergenic and are very good for oily skin. Creams give good coverage and blend well.
Concealer comes in different shades, usually light, medium, dark or similar. Also available is Light Diffusing and Illuminating concealer. This means that the concealer has particles in it which deflect the light in a multitude of different directions. So as well as hidding blemishes by covering them it also works by deflecting the light away from the blemish so they can't be seen. This will also give a luminous radiance to the skin.
Another popular concealer product is the multi-tone concealer. This usually comes in a palette of cream concealers as shown in the picture above. This has the big advantage that you can blend combinations of shades to get exactly the correct shade for your skin. You can also adjust the shade as your complextion changes from winter to summer.
Concealers are available that include Tea Tree oil in the formula especially for covering spots. So you can heal and conceal spots at the same time.
Concealer is best applied before your foundation. Use a small amount initially then build up layers as needed. Use a clean finger or brush for this especially if you suffer from spots or breakouts. Blend carefully into the surrounding skin to avoid tide lines. Then apply your usual foundation. You can apply another coat of concealer on top of your foundation if required but make sure to blend carefully.
The most common mistake people make when applying concealer is chosing a concealer that is too light, especially for the under eye area. This area is naturally a little darker than the rest of your face so chose a shade of concealer just slightly darker than your complexion. If you go for a paler shade you will end up with a very unnatural, Panda eyes look.
How to Prevent Lipstick from Sticking to your Teeth.
One of the most annoying and embarrassing things that can happen is for your lipstick to show on your teeth. Preventing this is easy. Once you have applied your lipstick put your finger in your mouth, purse your lips hard and suck. Then, without relaxing your lips, pull your finger out of your mouth. Any lipstick that can possible get onto your teeth has been removed and is now on your finger.
Get into the habit of doing this every time and never be embarrassed again.
Face Powder Updated.
Face powder has a bit of an old fashioned reputation but actually it should be in everyone's make up bag for several good reasons. Firstly it sets your foundation and makes it last much longer. It also adds a matte finish that looks professional, fresh and chic. Powder can make the skin texture appear finer as it makes the p[ores look smaller. Powder removes any residual stickiness from foundation or concealer. Powder gives that velvety, peachy bloom to the skin that makes it appear much more youthful. Lastly after powder eye shadow or blusher can be applied and blended easily on a silky smooth skin.
It's very important to make sure the shade of your powder does not fight with the shade of your foundation. If you have matched the shade of your foundation perfectly to the shade of your skin then you don;t want to change it by applying a powder that is too pink or too beige.
Powder usually comes in loose translucent form or as a pressed powder.
Loose translucent powder is usually not actually translucent as it will contain a little colour but loose powder does not build up on the skin and create a heavy caked look. It is extremely light and if too much is applied, the excess can easily be dusted of with a large brush.
The great advantage of pressed powder is that is much less messy to carry about in your handbag than loose powder. So it is great for touch ups during the day. it usually comes in a wide range of shades so choose one as close to the shade of your foundation as you can. use it as sparingly as you can to avoid build up during the day.
Making Sense of Mascara
Mascara is a
makeup must have. But with so many different types of mascara on the
market, itís easy to get confused.
Whether youíre looking for
a mascara to wear to college or work, or one to make your lashes
dazzle on your first date, there is a mascara for you.
Lengthening mascaras are
designed for short and straight lashes. They work by coating your
lashes with synthetic fibres, which give an Ďextensioní
These mascaras are the
best choice for a night out. The formula consists of waxes and
silicone polymers, which give the appearance of thicker, fuller
lashes. The more coats you add, the thicker your lashes will appear.
Be wary not to go over the top!
Defining mascaras, such as
Define-A-Lash, are perfect for everyday use.
They donít add density or volume to lashes, and one or two sweeps
can make lashes look natural and your eyes brighter.
Not just suitable for
swimming, waterproof mascara, such as LíOreal
Waterproof Lash Architect, is the ideal makeup choice for the
gym. Itís also the best option when heading out in the sun, where
sweat may spoil regular mascara coated lashes. Definitely use for any occasion when you might shed a tear.
contain a synthetic formula which repels water. This is great during
the day, but waterproof mascara can be tricky to remove. Make sure
you choose an oil-based makeup remover to clean away every
Mascaras are a fun makeup accessory. Consider purchasing a
range of mascaras for different activities. Experiment with different
looks and brands to find the perfect product for you.
Clear mascara does not add colour but adds shine definition, curl and volume with no worries about clumps or under eye smudges.
Looking Fabulous Over Forty
Your make up needs to evolve as you grow older and change with our
skin tone and facial features. Here are a few tips to staying fabulous,
whatever your age.
Wear more blush, as we age we lose pigment in the skin and your skin
may have less natural glow. So make sure you always use blusher.
Never chose a beige or pink based foundation shade. Pink or beige
sucks warmth out of the skin. Try an ivory, porcelain, natural or sand
Donít over pluck your eye brows, itís ageing and dated. We tend to have fewer and more sparse eyebrows as we age anyway and repeated plucking only makes this worse.
As we age our
eyelids droop or even sag a little. Over plucked eye brows will accentuate this puffiness and drag your eyes down. Well shaped and
defined eye brows give a youth full look.
Donít use more eyeliner under the eye than on the top. This drags
down the eyes and accentuates the droop. A thin, slightly smudged line,
starting from about a third of the way from your nose will instantly
lift the eyes.
Donít use frosted eye shadow or white frosty highlighter. Anything
frosty accentuates lines because it makes the skin look scaly. Leave
frosty to the teenagers.
Donít over powder. The more moisturisers you use, and you should definitely be using this on mature skin, the more porous your skin will
become when you use powder. Even the fines of powders can look cakey if
the skin is moist and greasy. Try applying your moisturiser 30 minutes
before making up to allow it to sink in, and choosing a lighter weight
product for day time use, keeping the heavier anti-ageing products for
Donít use dark or harsh lipstick shades if you have small lips. As we
age our lips get thinner and tend to sag. Use a natural shade of lip
liner to prevent bleeding and feathering into the fine lines that appear around the mouth. Blend inwards to avoid the lined look and
re-apply your lipstick regularly. If you like bright lipstick highlight
the centre of your lips to give them a fuller effect. Apply a little
concealer to the outer edge of your lips and go just a bit beyond the
lip line. Also apply concealer to the outer courners of your lips and go
just inside the natural corners of your mouth.
All these things will
give the appearance of fuller lips. They are high maintenance though
and need a lot of retouches during the day to stay looking good. For
everyday use try a nude or natural looking lipstick.
As we age our bodies need more cherishing and show the effects of lack of sleep and poor diet and we can't get away with overindulgence and still get up dewy eyed and fresh faced anymore. So get plenty of sleep. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Drink plenty of water, this will really improve your complexion. Keep alcohol consumption to 1-2 units a day. Too much alcohol is not only bad for your general health but can cause tiny broken and blotchy red veins on your face.
If you are still smoking, give it up this minute. Not only because it is very bad for your health but because it causes wrinkles, leathery, discoloured and aged looking skin.
Give Budget Brands a Chance.
Premium brand cosmetics can be expensive, unfortunately this is a fact.
Premium brands, offering products that promise to work near miracles
in return for your hard earned cash, can cost more than the weekís
groceries! Not such good news in these difficult, recession plagued
Africa Bronzer from W7 Only £2.99
Thankfully, many budget brands of make up also exist. But the budget
make up brands rarely get a decent write up from the beauty press who
still seem to think that the premium brands are within the price range
of everyone. They offer a huge range of products from everyday lipsticks, mascara's, eyeshadow, blushers, that retail from as little as £0.99 and you can find a large selection of these products in the 99p or Under section
Budget brands also make a lot of products that are very similar to the premium brand products but at a much more affordable price. While the phrase "you do get what you pay forĒ is as true in the
cosmetics industry as it is anywhere else, and the quality of budget
make up may not be quite the equal of designer brands, that doesnít
necessarily mean that they canít do the job and any difference in
performance can often be marginal while the difference in price is huge.
So donít automatically dismiss budget beauty and cosmetic brands
without giving them a try. Even if you use them for every day wear and
keep your designer products for special occasions you can still save
yourself a great deal of money.
Budget brand cosmetics, even if made in other countries, still have to comply with the strict UK laws governing the cosmetics industry if they are sold here so you can be sure they are very safe to use.
But this is not true of fake cosmetic items. If you see a premium brand cosmetic product offered for sale at a very low price on a website or auction site, then be very careful as this is most likely to be a fake, made in China, that does not comply with UK laws and, while they may be safe, you have no guarantee of that.
After applying foundation
use a soft tissue to gently pat over your face, this will blend your
make up and soften the look to help you appear natural without uncovered
Because true mineral make up contains no fillers it gives a long
lasting opaque coverage while feeling weightless. This is a particular
boon for individuals combating rosacea, as well as those healing after
Apply moisturisers and eye creams before your foundation. This
lessens the probability of creasing as it smooths out lines and
Get rid of your double chin by using a slightly darker shade of powder or foundation under your chin. This will make it appear to recede. Blend well towards the back of the jawline to add definition.
For even coverage apply foundation with a slightly damp sponge to spread the base around your face. Or use a damp foundation brush for the artistic approach.
Always choose a foundation
that blends with your natural skin tone and never try to counteract
your skin colour with a cosmetics. Asian skins have an underlying golden
base so you need a yellow based foundation. Ruddy complexions are best
with an ivory or pink based shade.
Too many foundations for dark and black skins are chalky and ashen.
to find the right shade, look for rich colours in a sheer formulation
that will allow your natural skin tone to shine through while evening
In warm, humid weather, skin is prone to producing more oil so change
to an oil free formula when the summer comes. oil free and sheer
formulations are good, matte, lightweight options that wonít clog pores
or leave shine.
If your foundation goes cakey donít just add more and rub it in,
remove with a tissue, working from the jaw and hairline outward with a
If you skin darkens during the summer, invest in a new darker
foundation. Blend them together to cope with the changing in-between
shades, but stick to the same brand so the texture and formula remain
Matte foundation is better for more mature skin as will cover imperfections and control shine without looking over made up.
Light diffusing and light reflecting foundations deflect light away
from wrinkles and fine lines and contain micro-pigments that give a
smooth finish. They have an instant anti-ageing effect with a subtle
The most important thing to remember is blend, blend and blend again.
How to Use Lip Liner |
Lip liner can be a great make up tool. It allows you to create a better, fuller lip line or cupids bow and it helps prevent your lipstick from bleeding or feathering into the tiny lines around your lips. But the trick is how to avoid the outline only effect you get when your lipstick has worn off, never a good look.
To prevent this while still reaping the benefits of a lip liner, choose a lip liner in as close a colour shade to your lipstick as you can find. Apply as usual and then gently smudge the inner line so that you have a sharp defined line on the outside but a smudged and shaded line on the inside. This way, when your lipstick has worn off, you won't have that weird outlined lip effect.
Highlighting is a technique that really brings your face to life. Highlighting means illuminating those special parts of your face such as your cheekbones and the inner corners of your eyes.
Remember to never highlight blemished ares, areas where you have lines or wrinkles, puffy eyelids, excessively oily areas, under the eyes.
What Shade Should You Choose?
To get the best from your highlighter the depth of colour you choose must be the same as your skin tone or lighter.
For Pale skin, off white or any eggshell shades are best. Avoid golden shades as they will look too yellow.
For Medium toned skin, soft golds and rose golds are best, avoid bronze as it will look too orange.
For dark skin, golden or straight bronzes are best, avoid pale, white or frosted shades.
For black skin, use burgundy bronze, dark shimmering chocolate shades or dark bronzes. Again avoid pale, white or frosted shades.
W7 Catwalk Face Shaper Kit.
This great new product shapes and defines your
face like a catwalk model. Create the Illusion and have super defined
Follow the 4 easy steps below and give your face
that extra lift youíve always wanted.
How to use:
Start by applying your usual foundation or primer
to even out your skin tone.
Using the shaper brush, apply the highlighter to
the forehead, chin, under the eyes and sweep down on the nose.
Using the face shaper brush, apply the shade to
contour under the cheekbones, jawline, forehead temples and sweep
thinly down the nose. Gently brush in circular motions using a face
powder brush until highlighter and shade are blended. This will
create your sculptured and defined look.
For best results, finish by applying your usual
loose face powder and then apply your make up as usual.
Comes with full instructions, including
illustrations, on the box.
price for the kit is only £4.99.
How to Avoid your Eyeliner Cracking
How to get the perfect eyeliner? Pencils are great for a subtle daytime look, easy to apply, versatile and effective. But sometimes you really want a sharp, defined line with a deep intense colour. Liquid eyeliners are great for giving you all this but can be prone to flaking and cracking.
To avoid this try using a gel eyeliner. This will
give just as intense a colour and a sharpe defined shape as a liquid eyeliner but will
remain flexible with an added bonus of a shiny finish and they are
usually waterproof too!
The application technique is very similar to
applying a liquid liner but you may need to become confident with a
brush applicator if you are used to the felt tip type of applicator.
You will need to give gel eyeliner plenty of time
to dry completely but this has advantages as you can correct or make
any little adjustments easily before it has dried.
Gel Eyeliner also comes in lots of different
colours so you can experiment with new looks and colour combinations,
especially with the party season upon us.
Cosmetics4less has Gel Eyeliners from only £1.99.
How to get the Glittery Eye Look.
With the party season well and truly upon us itís impossible to go
over the top with your eye make up. The larger, bolder and more glittery
the better. Cosmetics glitter is available in small pots in a rainbow of shades so you can mix and match with your outfits and create whatever look you like.
For a really glittery eye make up , a la Strictly Come Dancing, carefully dry the whole eye area and apply powder to the areas you donít want to be glittery.
Then, very carefully paint eyelash glue on the areas you do want to
be glittery, use a disposable applicator or an old brush as it will be
no use afterwards, taking great care to avoid getting glue into the
Wait until the glue is tacky and sticky then apply the glitter using a
small brush. Only use cosmetics glitter that states its safe for use
around the eye area, never the stuff you buy in art shops or stationary
Use a small hairdryer on a cool setting to blow away
Use a little piece of sticky tape to whisk away stray unwanted bits of glitter.
Then apply liquid eyeliner on top and mascara as usual. Big false eyelashes can also add to the glamour of this look.
For the best effect keep the glitter to one part of your make up. Glitter shadow, mascara or eyeliner. Don't be tempted to use glitter all the way as this does not work very well.