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The Basics of Contouring and Highlighting

Applying makeup has become an art in recent years thanks to the variety and quality of a number of cosmetics available for every skin type and complexion. With so many makeup tutorials on the Internet, however, most people tend to forget the basic rules when practicing contouring and highlighting. This guide will help you remember the rules on when and how to apply contouring and highlighting.

Know Your Face Shape

Make a map of your face using a foundation starting on the temples, hairline, cheekbones, and nose tip. The goal is to highlight your best features and to create proportionate features. This means you have to be honest about how large or small your nose is or how rounded your cheeks are.

Apply Light Concealer on the T-Zone

Once you’re done applying and blending the foundation, brush a light concealer or lighter foundation on the T-zone of your face which include the area above the eyebrows, your nose, and your upper lip and chin. Then apply the same product under your eyes, above the jawline, and above the cheekbones.

Don’t Use Glitters

Pick a highlighter that almost has the same color of your skin to make it look natural. Anything that is shiny or sparkly will make your face look chalky. For light skin tones, use light pink or pearl, while those with darker complexions should use warm gold or golden brown.

Know When to Use Tools

If you love using creams, blending is better with your fingers because you can easily wipe off or blend in the excess. If you are using a powder, look for a fan brush made from natural bristles because they are easier to control and are soft on the skin.

Find You Cheek Hollows

Most women want to have the supermodel cheekbones, but if you have a rounded face, look for the hollows in your cheeks. Shade the areas just beneath it using an inward stroke beginning from the top. Then stop one inch before the shading reaches the corners of your lips. If you have rounded features, you should shade along your chin and your forehead instead so that your face won’t appear longer.

Add a Blush

Don’t leave your cheeks colorless if you’re highlighting and contouring because you will look sickly. For those with fair skin, choose pink and peach shades, while those with darker complexions should use soft plum. Apply the blush only on the apples of your cheeks.

Start with Eye Makeup

If you are planning to use bold eye makeup colors, beauty experts recommend that you start with your eyes before you contour to avoid messing up your foundation. If you want to use lighter eye makeup, just use the same product you used to contour your cheeks on your eyelids.

Don’t Overdo It

Highlighting doesn’t mean you need to highlight ever feature on your face. Just focus on your cheekbones, brows, chin, and nose tip. Use light coats as much as possible and blend the cream on your fingers before rubbing it on your face.

Beauty Habits That Actually Ruin Your Style

We’re all guilty with one of these habits, like styling our hair too much or wearing makeup more days than not. But knowing what’s good and bad for your body will let you reexamine some of these seemingly-harmless beauty habits.

Too Much Makeup
Putting on makeup is a favorite hobby of a lot of people, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But there should be days when you let your skin rest from too much exposure to chemicals. Make it also a habit not to wear tons of makeup when you don’t need it. Masking your beauty with overdone makeup will also affect your self-confidence and will make you rely more on the art to feel good about yourself. Makeup should highlight your best features and hide some flaws, and not worn as a mask to create a different you.

Working Out with Makeup On
Even if you can find tons of makeup products that are waterproof and long-lasting, it’s not a good idea to wear one when you’re sweating a lot. Not only will the beauty products block your pores, it could also trap dirt and bacteria that cause acne and other skin problems. Always make sure that your face is clean before working out.

Using Expired Beauty Products
Do you love trying out different beauty products that your room looks like a mini salon? It’s time to look through those products and throw out the bottles you don’t use anymore, because if you stock them up for more than a year, their formula will most likely have broken down. Buy only the products you intend to use and never keep a stock of beauty products because they will be less effective and might even cause health problems later.

Not Removing Your Makeup Before Sleeping
Maybe you wash your face before going to bed, but do you check your pillowcases, too? Even if it’s not visibly dirty and there’s no stink coming off from your pillows, dirt, oil, and excess makeup have accumulated in your pillowcase after a few days. Make it a habit to change them once a week and always wash your face before going to bed to minimize the accumulation of germs.

Over Styling Your Hair
Even if your hair can be cut and grown, that does not mean you’re free to abuse it all you want. Dry, damaged hair isn’t caused by shampooing everyday, but by over-styling and frequent trips to the stylist for coloring, straightening or perming. Even if you don’t visit the salon often but subject your hair to the heated styling tools everyday, you will cause the keratin in the hair shafts to break down.

Scrubbing Too Much
Exfoliation is good for your skin, but scrubbing too much can cause issues that you have been trying to avoid in the first place, such as dryness, acne, and other skin problems. Limit exfoliation to not more than twice a week and use a gentle scrubber such as a washcloth.

4 Sunscreen Mistakes You’re Probably Making

It is no secret how sunscreen helps protect the skin. However, despite this, many people still do not wear it regularly—what’s worse, many of those who do wear sunscreen don’t use it correctly. Read on and find out the most common sunscreen mistakes so you can protect your skin against cancer, age spots, wrinkles, and rough, dry skin caused by extensive sun exposure.

  1. You’re still using the same bottle for the last three years.

Regardless of the kind of product, expiration date matters; and as for sunscreens, they’re only good for a maximum of three years (and it’s not even advisable to wait until that long to make a replacement). The active ingredients in sunscreens that protect you from harmful UV rays deteriorate over time, which means using older bottles will no longer provide the necessary protection. If planning for a beach getaway soon, and you can’t remember when you bought that bottle of sunscreen, it’s time to pick up a new one.

  1. You don’t put on enough.

Perhaps, you have heard that a shot glass of sunscreen is enough for the entire body. However, the problem is, a 200-pound man is going to have more surface area to cover than a 100-pound woman. The best you can do is to use enough amount of product to evenly cover the entire surface of your skin and take the time to massage it in. A better rule of thumb: when in doubt, slather on some more.

  1. You rely so much on ‘waterproof’ sunscreen.

For the record, there’s no absolute ‘waterproof’ sunscreen. In fact, the FDA no longer allows the words ‘sweat-proof,’ ‘waterproof’ and the like. Based on tests made, sunscreens that can be used for swimming are water-resistant for only up to 80 minutes. After that, you need to reapply—even if it takes another 20 minutes to wait for the product to sink into your skin before swimming again.

  1. You only put on sunscreen when it’s sunny.

A gloomy day does not give you the license to skip sunscreen in your daily routine. Just because you cannot see (or feel) the sun does not mean it’s not doing any damage to your skin. The sun’s UV rays penetrate through the fog and haze, and if you have sensitive skin you can still get sunburn even on cloudy days. As long as it’s daytime, even if you’re staying at home, apply sunscreen as you would every day.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, young or mature, professional or not, you are prone to the damages caused by the sun’s harmful rays, if you do not take the precautionary measures of taking care of your skin. Make applying sunscreen a part of your every day skincare routine and keep in mind these reminders for a healthier and younger looking skin.

Knowing the Different Types of Lipsticks


They say diamonds are girl’s best friend but in truth, it can be as simple and inexpensive as lipsticks. Lipsticks are a staple here in Singapore especially for women. It is famous not only here but around the world because it can enhance beauty. It comes in different sizes, colors and types.

If you are particular about makeup, you surely know about the types of lipstick. If not, it is time that you know its types so you can make an informed decision at the end of the day. Do not limit yourself with the common types because there are many available in the market. You have to know lipstick styles because it depends on the shape of your lips and your mood.

Here are some types that you should know about:

  • Moisturizing lipstick – Sometimes you do not care about the color. You just need to make sure that your lips are smooth and soft. To avoid dry lips, it is better that you choose moisturizing lipstick.


  • Matte lipstick – Matte lipstick is popular these days because it offers colourful and pleasant shades. Matte lipstick can create a younger and smother effect so many women choose this. If it is combined with aloe and vitamin E, the effects are commendable.


  • Sheer lipstick – If you do not want moisturizing lipstick because it looks too shiny or flashy to you, you can consider sheer lipstick. You have to be careful though because the color appears darker in the package compared to the actual colour when put on the lips.

  • Cream lipstick – Cream lipsticks are often used by women with small lips. Lips will look shiny too but it can have a smooth effect.


  • Gloss lipstick – Another choice for women with small lips is gloss lipsticks. Gloss lipsticks will also have that shiny finish but it can improve your lip’s depth of dimension. If you really want it, you can combine it with many traditional lipsticks.


  • Transfer-resistant lipstick – If you want your lipstick to be with you for at least four to eight hours, you have to consider this type. It is known for its long wearing property. Unless you eat something oily or greasy, your lipstick will be fine.

Now that you know the types, which one will you pick? If you want, you can just pick them all – you only need to decide on the color based on your undertone. Undertone should be understood so you can choose wisely. You can get the help of makeup experts for a start. You can even read articles and watch critiques about lipsticks.

6 Telltale Signs You’re Addicted to Makeup


With a sea of cosmetic collection seating in your vanity, have you ever wondered if you are addicted to makeup? Can you dare going out of the house without putting on something on your face? Do you have all of the best and newest beauty products? Are your favourite hangout places include Sephora and Ulta? Find out whether you’re a makeup-holic by checking out these five telltale signs.


  1. Flying with only carry-on luggage is a nightmare.

How is anyone supposed to fit all her beauty necessities in a carry-on bag? You’d prefer paying for your checked baggage than travelling without your favourite lotions and potions with you.

  1. You have multiple pieces of the same product.

Do you own 15 sticks of nude lippies, 10 pans of taupe eye shadows, and 5 tubes of volumizing mascaras? Then, you could be dealing with makeup addiction. Unless you are a makeup artist, you don’t need that much makeup in your stash.

  1. Going out without slapping on foundation and lipstick is a no-no.

You can be considered a makeup-holic if you can’t step out of the house without makeup on. It’s fine to look nice and pulled together when heading to the grocery. But if you need a full-face makeup to go to gym, that could be a sign of some serious addiction.


  1. It takes forever for you to prep-up.

Another sign that you could be addicted to makeup is when it takes hours and hours and hours for you to get ready. Makeup-holics can take so long to prepare because they want to look perfect, which isn’t healthy. Remember that makeup is there to enhance your natural beauty, not cover it all up.

  1. Watching makeup tutorials is your favourite past time.

A beauty junkie usually spends all of their spare time reading articles and watching videos about beauty and makeup. While it’s totally fine to perfect your makeup prowess, don’t let it stop you from living your life.

  1. You carry at least six tubes of lipsticks and glosses in your purse.

You know that it adds a good amount of weight to your handbag, but you just can’t bear not to have all of your lipstick options day and night. Sure, it’s okay to bring tubes of lipsticks, but you try bringing only two colours—a day-appropriate and a night-appropriate shade.

Being addicted to makeup can be something you can be proud of. After all, everybody just wants to look beautiful all the time. However, it also has its downside—it can be a costly obsession. So, what’s the verdict? Are you makeup addict?


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