If you’re looking forward to a New Year’s Eve, that may call for a little more of ‘the Ritz’ than usual, you’ve got to be planning a great look for the special night. But, once you’ve bought that sassy black number, what about your makeup? Because actually, you hardly wear any.
You’re thinking you don’t want to go the route of the salon make-up application, because last time you had that done, they had you looking like Lady Gaga on a concert tour!
Because, whether, it’s for a super New Year’s party or any other formal function or even a wedding, it’s difficult for women who wear no, or very little makeup, to feel comfortable with a lot of makeup.
The biggest mistake these women can make is to wear heavy or poorly applied make up that makes them feel awkward and “put-on”.
The very best plan is to opt for a simple but well applied make up that is understated, so they will feel comfortable.
Tips for a simple and natural application:
If you don’t wear it ever, then don’t wear it. Purchasing translucent powder in a compact is a good plan because it won’t add any colour but will mattify and even-out your complexion a little.
That’s all you need. You don’t want to make a mistake and have a too-dark or too-light shade with a foundation that doesn’t match your complexion or is poorly applied. And besides, foundation will end up being a waste of your money, as, guaranteed- you will never wear it again!
The best colour blush for a natural look is either a peach/beige or pink/beige, as it will deposit just a touch of colour on your cheekbones. It is best to use the blush that most closely matches your skin tone.
And remember, if you plan to wear a deep coloured lipstick, it is important to wear your blush subdued. Simply follow your cheekbones with a soft blush brush in an elongated “U” pattern and sweep upward slightly toward the hairline. Blending well is key to a natural result.
The new mineral blushes/bronzers are ideal because when they are blended with care, they disappear, leaving only a hint of colour.
Start with an eyebrow pencil in light or medium taupe, depending on your hair colour. Now fill in the shape just enough to glamorize them but be careful not to make them too dark or it could make you look a little intense and angry- which is not the look for a festive New Year’s.
Next, if you feel daring, smudge a bit of medium-intensity, neutral-coloured eye shadow on the outer third of your freshly powdered eyelid (after using the translucent powder compact, mentioned above).
To do this, start at the outer edge of the eyelid with a sponge eye shadow brush, and build slightly upward toward the crease of the brow and blend inward. End either at the crease or minutely above it. Blending is key. Be very sure both eyes match and the colour blends inward to just short of the middle of the eye.
Follow with black mascara either just on the upper lashes or both upper and lower depending on the look you like. Apply two coats.
It is wise not to go too bold, if you’re not used to it! However, you should wear a festive, rosy-to-reddish lipstick for the occasion.
But if you suddenly feel diva-ish, you could even go with a bright red lipstick – perhaps one with a slight frost that is easy to apply.
There are some rules-for-wearing-red-lipstick, which involve not clashing with your blush, nail colour, attire or skin tone. But for now, it suffices to say bright red lipstick on a woman that never wears much makeup may take you right out of your comfort zone.
So make sure it has a light frost in it which will keep it light and soft-looking. And that’s it.
The finished look is still you- but fabulous! You look dressed up and ready to face all those equally dressed up partiers and you don’t have to feel pretentious or like you’re acting a part.
And why not? You are your natural self— only better. And it only took a few minutes! When you see how a little make up goes such a long way, and how good you feel, you just might want to wear it a little more often.