Makeup is an art

Makeup is an art

You simply cannot go past makeup when talking about art because it too is a creative form of artistry.

Just check out any horror movie or sci-fi movie and you will see the makeup artist’s handy work and some of it is amazing.

A while back I was involved in a program where we took people to a makeup school where the students used them as models to test out their new found skills on. I was ‘made-up’ a few times myself and its amazing what effects can be achieved with makeup, its not all just about beauty either, the scars and stage make-up for a hospital scene were particularly fascinating. Have to say though I found the false eyelashes an amazing enhancement of my own natural ones and would love to wear them all the time, I just don’t have the skills or patience to apply them properly so its sadly back to plain old mascara for me.

When it comes to makeup at home however, we need to keep it more real so here are a few tips for that –



Test foundation on your jaw line, neck or décolletage, never anywhere else as you can end up choosing the wrong colour for your skin.

If you can’t find a foundation colour that matches your skin perfectly, go for the darker one as you can always lighten it a bit by adding a little moisturiser and using a lighter powder on top.

Avoid foundations that have even the slightest hint of pink in the bottle, they are far too rosy and look unnatural. A foundation with a yellow tint is more flattering and will neutralise any redness on the skin.


Apply concealer with a small brush to the area / blemish that needs covering, and then pat over it with your ring finger to blend. Layer it if necessary.

Concealer under the eyes should be two shades lighter than your foundation while concealer on the rest of your face should match your foundation perfectly.


Loose powder sets foundation the best. Apply with a powder puff, rolling and pressing the powder onto the skin then dust off excess using a large powder brush.

If you want a dewy look, just dust a little powder on the T-zone with a powder brush and leave the rest.


Blusher is applied on the apples of the cheeks whilst bronzer is applied slightly below the cheekbones.

Never use blusher to contour your face. It’s very unflattering having lines down the sides of your face.

Make sure you blend your blusher, there’s nothing worse than stripes down your cheekbones reminiscent of the 1980s.

Over done blusher? Don’t grab for a tissue or make-up remover, simply take a clean cotton ball and gently swirl it over your cheeks to remove excess pigment, then follow with a dusting of powder.


When using dark eye shadows, do your eye make-up first then apply your foundation. This way you can just wipe off any make-up spills and it’s less time consuming than having to try and clean up the mess afterwards.

If you are clueless about how to apply eye shadow correctly, use this simple technique that suits all eye shapes. Apply highlighter on the brow bone. Smudge the eyeliner along the top lash line and then halfway across the lower lash line. Use a medium toned shadow on the upper lid up to the crease and along the lower lash line. Follow with mascara. Or check out for quick tutorials on how to apply eye shadow.


Never pump the wand in the tube, as it forces air into it causing it to dry out faster as well as the added risk of air borne bacteria getting into it. Also, before each application, wipe the wand clean with a dry tissue then swirl the wand in the tube.

A tip for eyebrows, don’t throw away your old mascara wand. Wash it with warm soapy water and use it to comb your eyebrows.

How to make your curled lashes last all day? Curl them about 5 minutes after applying mascara. If they happen to stick together, just separate them with an old, clean mascara wand.


Stop lipstick from getting on your teeth - after applying your lipstick, put one finger in your mouth, clamp your lips around the finger and drag out. This removes the colour that’s inside your lips.

Lip liner should never be visible (Think Pamela Anderson!). It should match your lipstick perfectly and only be used to fill in where necessary, after lipstick application.

If your lipstick fades too quickly, try colouring your lips in with lip liner and then adding lipstick over the top, it lasts a lot longer.

Most important - lipstick should match your skin tone, not your outfit. You can always find colours that tone in with both.

Last but not least, to make sure you don’t look over made-up, emphasise only one feature like lips or eyes more than the other not both of them, oh and if wearing sunglasses for the day (Like when sailing or at the beach, lippy is a good idea then!

Posted: Wednesday 17 February 2010


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