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50 Make-up tips and tricks every woman should know!

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Make-up, make-up everywhere! There is indeed a lot to learn about make-up. The name make-up in itself means making yourself up, but don’t let the name fool you. The key to perfect make-up is to using it in a way so as to look natural, and REAL. Whether you are a veteran who knows how to rock the best bold lips and hot Smokey eye, or just a beginner, struggling with the basic eyeliners; we have compiled a list of 50 most useful tips and tricks out there in the market.

Also, because this is going to be one long post, I have divided the post into three pages as per the tips classification for ease of use and readability.

Complexion corrector:

1. Try and keep different foundations for winter and summer-spring seasons. Restrict heavy coverage foundations for the chilly winters and go for lighter products in summers. It would definitely make your skin look more natural, and less caked-up. A tinted moisturiser or BB creams are a great hit for the summers.

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2. Not sure of which tinted moisturiser to buy? No problem. We got you covered here. Just take a little of your favourite foundation, preferably liquid or cream foundation and mix it with your regular body lotion. Voila! You have your own customised tinted moisturiser. Go slather it on.

3. Ran out of concealer? Go grab your favourite liquid foundation. Apply it to the spot you need to conceal and wait till the liquid gets thick and sets. Then blend it in like your regular concealer.

4. Another trick that proves to be too handy for those who use it religiously is mixing two drops of Argan oil with your foundation, so as to blend in the oil with the pigment and then apply. The concoction makes your skin look reflecting, glowing and dewy and everything nice. Plus, the moisturisation. Minus, the stickiness of the oil.

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5. While trying to cover up your dark circles using a concealer, most of us use the dot-to-dot method, and apply concealer only on the targeted blemishes. Though partially successful, this is not the correct way to hide dark circles. To fully cover your dark under-eye area, apply your concealer in an inverted triangle shape; the pointed edge of the triangle pointing downwards, i.e. away from the eye. And blend, blend, blend!

6. Had to work till late last night? You sure would have puffy eyes in the morning. And they are so not appeasing. Most of us tend to apply a concealer on the entire under eye area. But the trick to hide under eye bags is to highlight the under eye crease with a lighter shade of foundation or a non-shimmery highlighter; and apply a darker shade of foundation on the actual puffy area.
7. One of the most underused make-up tricks for a smooth velvety skin is to apply concealer after you have applied your foundation. If you apply foundation after having applied your concealer, you risk the chances of rubbing-off your concealer. This trick also saves you a lot of product, as foundation already covers up most of the blemishes. Talk double-duty here!

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8. Concealers are meant for concealing your zits, blemishes and pimples, right? But the trick behind concealing is to choose the right shade. If you want to hide that nasty pimple, you need to contrast the redness of the surrounding skin. This can be done by applying green coloured concealer on the red spots, which lightens the redness of the area, thereby making the spot look less visible.
9. Foundations can make or break your look. No matter how much of a pro you are at applying your make-up; if you chose a wrong shade of foundation, it can totally upset the entire look. The best way to choose the right shade is to match the foundation to your neck instead of cheeks or the back of hand. The neck is less exposed to sun and matches your true skin shade more closely.

10. When you feel the need of a slimmer, chiselled face, go for contouring. Contouring is a skill which needs patience and practice, and of course the right products and tools. But if you run out of your contour powder or highlighter, you can instead use your bronzer or a powder which is a few shades darker than your regular powder for contouring. Similarly, a foundation which is a few shades lighter can be used as a highlighter.

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11. Learning to contour can take time, but we have a cheat sheet for you here. Apply your contour powder on the sides of your nose, on the jaw line, and underneath your cheek bones and highlight your under-eye are and the T-zone. Contouring helps to accentuate your features than none other make-up trick can do.
12. Tired of your foundation looking too unnatural and caked-up? No problem. Just take a thin piece of tissue and wipe off your foundation from your cheeks and then apply your blush in a soft sweeping motion. You will see the difference yourself.

13. It is always advised to apply your make-up, especially foundations, for a more natural and fault-less finish. But the lesser known fact is the way in which the brush should be used. Foundation should be applied on the face with downward strokes of the brush, instead of dragging the brush upwards. This is because our facial hair grows in the downward direction, and applying foundation in the opposite direction can make the hair look more prominent and give a stubble effect.

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14. For achieving the red-carpet worthy, radiant skin which is neither too dewy nor too matte; professionals swear by using highlighter before applying your foundation. It gives that glow from within. And who doesn’t love a glowing skin?
15. For covering tiny zits and blemishes, give the bulky tube of concealer a break. Instead of applying concealer directly from the stick, use a thin eyeliner brush to pick up the product and apply it to the target area. Again, blend, blend, blend, to make it look less visible and top it off with a bit of setting powder.

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16. Last of the make-up tips for your face is to toss out your make-up product when they exceed their shelf-life. The average time a foundation lasts is about 6-12 months; whereas a blush can last up to 12-18 months. Expired products can do you more harm than good.

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