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Make Up Advice

Hints, tips and general advice on all things cosmetics, make up and skin care.

How to Avoid your Eyeliner Cracking.

How to Avoid your Eyeliner Cracking. Liquid Eyeliner is very popular and gives an easy to apply fine and defined line which is easy to control. But it does have one downside, it is prone to cracking and even flaking off. This is because it dries to a hard inflexible finish.

To avoid this try using a gel eyeliner. This will give just as intense a colour and a sharp defined shape but will remain flexible with an added bonus of a shiny finish and they are often 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 £0.99. We always aim for quality Cheap Cosmetics at affordable prices


Created On  20 Jan 2018 12:03 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

A Guide to Colour Neutralising and Corrective Concealers.

A Guide to Colour Neutralising and Corrective Concealers. Most women today use the single shade stick or liquid concealer, and this is fine for the everyday concealing of dark shadows and skin blemishes. However many women use a concealer shade that is too light when trying to reduce under eye circles. The skin around the eyes is naturally just a little darker than the surrounding skin, so using a shade that is too pale looks very unnatural and results in a "Racoon Eye Effect". In the same way a single shade of concealer used all over the face can make the complexion look flat and one dimensional.

For that special occasion or to correct specific blemishes and colour problems try using a multi-tonal concealer. There is a wide variety of these products on the market to suit all budgets. If used correctly they can achieve outstanding results.

The appearance of age spots, birthmarks, blotchiness, broken capillaries, eye area darkness, eyelid darkness, freckles and scars can all be diminished by using such a product. Imperfections can also be blurred by using opposite tones to neutralise them.

Understanding Neutalising Colours

Use beige to conceal flaws and shadows. beige also brightens the under eye area.

Mint green is used to neutralise red tones on the skin. Use this for covering blemishes, red blotches, rosacea and port wine stains.

Yellow is used to conceal blue toned bruises, under eye circles and mild red tones on the face including sun damage and darkened areas.

Lavender is used to normalise yellow coloured imperfections such as sallow complexions and yellow toned bruises. It can also help conceal very dark under eye circles and dark spots on bronze skin shades.

How to apply corrective colours.

Dot an appropriate neutralising concealer shade on carefully and blend well with your finger tips past the edges of the problem. Let this set for a few moments. Then apply a concealer that matches the colour of your skin tone over the layer of neutralising concealer. gently pat on a thin layer woth your fongertips. Feather out the concealer slightly beyond the edges of the condition. Allow to set.

Finally follow with a foundation matched to your skin tone. Pat on the foundation with a sponge or your fingertips in a downwards motion so you don't make the fine hairs on your fdace stand up. Allow the product to se for a few minutes and then apply powder.

If you have very severe facial scars a range of suitable cosmetic products are available on the NHS with a professional, trained consultant available to help you use them. Please ask your doctor for information.
Created On  15 Jan 2018 16:46 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Perfume and Fragrance Explained

Perfume and Fragrance Explained Selecting and buying a fragrance can be a confusing thing. Many of the descriptions and terms used are unique to the fragrance world and unknown to most people. Making a mistake can be a costly business so this is a guide to help you understand exactly what you are buying.

Perfume is often described and defined as Eau de Parfum and other similar phrases. It is important to know what these definitions mean as they can describe totally different products.

Parfum, is the most concentrated and longest lasting form of fragrance. It will contain at least 22% of fragrance oils. For this reason this is also the most costly form of fragrance you can buy.

Eau de Parfum contains between 15 and 22% fragrance oils. Less concentrated than a parfum but still a premium product. Usually cheaper than perfum and the most common form of high end perfumes on the market today. 

Eau De Toilette and Colognes contain between 4 and 15% fragrance oils. These tend to be very light, most suitable for light, floral fragrances for day time wear. If you are looking for a fragrance to wear every day then  an Eau de Toilette is a good choice as it is usually the cheapest formulation and the fragrance is not overpowering if you are working or just going about your day.

You will often see hear the phrases "top notes, middle notes and base notes" used to describe a fragrance. top notes give you the first impression of the fragrance. It is the smell that hits you first of all and is often the most lasting impression you have of a fragrance. Although a top note will disappear quite quickly to be replace by the middle notes. The middle note is actually the dominant fragrance of a perfume. This will last for several hours. The base notes will help the fragrance to last as long as possible and will often remain once the other notes have faded away. That's the time to refresh your fragrance.

Perfume is divided into Fragrance Families. Chypre, pronounced sheep-r. A Chypre fragrance contains woody and mossy notes. Oakmoss, Sandlewood, Patcouli, Bergamot and Vetiver are often included in a fragrance of the Chypre Family. Examples of Chypre fragrance include Chypre de Coty, Mitsouko by Guerlain and Cuir de Russe by Chanel.

The Marine Fragrance Family is the name used to describe scents that evoke a feeling of the sea and the sea air. This is quite a new Fragrance Family. An ingredient called calone is used to suggest this sea side fragrance. Examples of marine Family fragrances include escape by Calvin Klein, Cool Water by Davidoff and Aquawoman by Rochas.

The Oriental Fragrance Family is used for both male and female perfumes. They are warm, spicy and sweet. Ingredients such as vanilla and tonka bean are used in oriental fragrances. Examples include opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Coco by Chanel.

The majority of fragrances for women are of the Floral Fragrance Family. Some can be a bouquet of complementary flowers, some use a main flower and other, lesser notes and some can ne the scent of a single flower like roses or lavender. These fragrances are referred to as single note scents.   Examples of Floral Family fragrances include Chanel no 19, Anais Anais by Cacharel, L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci and Dolce Vta by Dior.

The Fougere, pronounced foo-jer, Frangrance Family are fragrances mostly used in fragrances for men. The name comes from the French for fern. Fougere fragrances often contain oakmoss, coumarin and lavender. They tend to be sharp and woody, sometimes with herby notes. Often citrus and green notes are added. Examples of fougere fragrances include Boss by Hugo Boss, Eternity for men and Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent.

Don't forget to apply fragrance to your secondary pulse points as well as your primary pulse points such as on the inside of your elbow and behind your knees for a longer lasting scent.

Created On  12 Jan 2018 16:08 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

How to Use False Eye Lashes.

How to Use False Eye Lashes.

False Eyelashes can look fantastic, they really can make all the difference to the appearance of your eyes. But many people are afraid to try them because they don’t have the confidence to use them.

Follow these tips for lashes that look amazing and no one will be quite sure if they are false or not.

First, cut the lash strip to the right length, 1/16 of an inch shorter than the width of your natural lashes.

Colour in the strip that connects the lashes with a black or black brown liquid eyeliner and let it dry completely. This little step helps camouflage the fake lash strip once you’re wearing it and provides instant, neat and not too obvious eyeliner in exactly the right place.

Now apply the glue to the lash strip and wait one minute till glue is tacky.  Lightly touch the glue with a make up brush. If the brush pulls at the glue and stretches slightly, a bit like cheese on a pizza, it’s ready to use.

I have often heard people being given the advice to start applying the lashes to the inner corner of the eye, but this is quite tricky and I find it’s better to anchor the centre of the lashes to the centre of your eye lid first then move from the centre outwards towards the edges. This makes it much easier to get the edges in exactly the right place.

Once the strip is in the right place, take the end of a makeup brush, hold it over the lash line and very gently push the skin on your eyelid downwards, just a fraction. This makes it seem as though the fake lashes are growing out from your lids in a very natural way, rather than sitting on top of them.

Now use an Eyelash Curler to really widen and open up the eyes  and then apply mascara if needed.

Created On  18 Oct 2017 10:45 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Mascara Prices Reduced. this Week.

Mascara Prices Reduced. this Week. Lots of Mascaras in our Special Offer Section this week. From Maybelline, Revlon and L'Oreal.

You will find mascaras for Volume and Mascaras for extra length.

Check it out and grab a bargain. Stocks are limited and when they are gone they are gone!

One of the best mascara tips is not to let your mascara dry when applying additional coats.

When the first coat is dry or semi-dry your wand will just pull it off in clumps if you try to apply another coat.

Apply lavishly on one set of lashes, move on the other and then immediately do the first one again.

This will give you volume and length with ho clumps.

If you are going out after work make sure you take a make up remover wipe with you. Even if you can refresh your other make up.

Remove and start your mascara afresh to avoid clumps.
Created On  9 Oct 2017 16:47 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

10% Discount this Autumn.

10% Discount this Autumn. We sent out our usual Autumn newsletter this week with a 10% discount voucher. This will give you 10% on everything on Cosmetics4less. If you did not get your newsletter the code is AUTUMN2017. Put this code into the discount code bar you will find on the first page of the checkout.
Created On  30 Sep 2017 11:38 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink