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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.

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?


5 Beauty Benefits of Exercising Regularly

Most of us go to the gym not just to look good, but to feel better as well. We sweat out to gain self-confidence, shape our muscles and to shed off those extra pounds. But other than being beneficial for our overall health, exercising actually has a lot more to offer – its myriad of beauty benefits.


  1. Gives Youthful Glow to the Skin. Other than a perfectly toned body, a glowing skin is also something that you’d get from exercising regularly. Working out regularly increases your heart rate and the increased blood flow pushes all the minerals, vitamins and oxygen into your skin’s capillaries, resulting to a youthful skin. It might even give you a little flush on your cheeks that will make you skip on applying your blush.
  1. Improves Skin Elasticity. Not only does exercising provide younger-looking skin, it also aids in improving the skin’s elasticity. The ideal workout routine for this? Yoga exercises. Working out using yoga poses helps in countering the gravitational effects on the skin, thereby increasing its elasticity. It even promotes movement of your lymphatic system, which is responsible for improving your immune system. With this, you’re sure that your skin is cleansed inside out.
  1. Stimulates Hair Growth. Surely, the last thing you’d expect to get from working out in the gym is better hair. Guess what? Exercising does help in getting beautiful locks. The increased blood flow and circulation from exercising is what stimulates hair follicles and hair growth, resulting to lovelier strands.


  1. Cleanses the Pores. Sweat often gets a bad reputation for the belief that it clogs the pores. Truth be told, sweating is actually your skin’s way to detox itself naturally. A good sweat session is comparable to a steam clean that eliminates the toxins on your skin. Just make sure that you remove all traces of makeup on your face before hitting the gym to prevent clogged pores.
  1. Stops the Stress Hormone. Not only can cortisol wreak havoc on your waistline, it can also accelerate the aging process of your skin. This stress hormone has been known to damage the collagen and elastin, while slowing down the growth of new skin. Luckily, this can be avoided by just exercising alone. By exercising regularly, your body is able to create healing endorphins that effectively counteracts the harmful effects caused by cortisol.

Working out regularly has long been proven as the best way to improve our health and physique. Now, not only does this it serve as an excellent way to lose weight and tone your body, you can already reap off the beauty benefits that exercising also offers.


4 Things to Consider to Become a Better Beauty Shopper  

Shopping for beauty items that perfectly fits your budget, personality and needs is a skill usually sharpened over time. Luckily, there are other ways for you to become a better and wiser beauty shopper than emptying your back account. Aside from chatting with your friends, reading some reviews, and studying the prices of each product, there are several steps that you can incorporate in your shopping routine to ensure that you’ll score the best product fit for your needs.


  1. Read some expert or blog reviews about the product. You’ve seen a commercial promoting a new beauty product and it seems like the solution to all of your beauty problems, right? If so, we suggest that you do some research and read several reviews first before you decide ordering it in bulk. Look through websites and forums to read some discussions about the newest beauty products out in the market, and see if the item really targets your concerns.


  1. Know the shelf-life of the product. Another important thing to look into is the product’s shelf-life. This will help you become a better beauty shopper because you’ll be able to create an estimate as to how much of the product you’ll be able to use before it expires. Moreover, this will also prevent you from wasting your hard-earned cash by throwing the remains of the product that you failed to use. So step back and analyse your habits first before your decide on making a purchase.


  1. Study the prices of different brands. Some beauty items are usually sold straight out of the brand’s website, and in department stores, and are often priced competitively. Once you hear about a new product in the market, be wise enough to check on the brand’s website or check on actual stores like Ulta and Sephora to get the best price before purchasing the item.


  1. Test out the product. After reading some reviews, take the extra step of personally testing out the product to ensure that you’ll get the total product satisfaction that you’re looking for. Don’t immediately cross out the product just because one person disliked it. Remember that all of us have different hair and skin need, and not all cosmetic colour is flattering for everyone in exact same way.

Cosmetic stores like Kohl, Sephora and Ulta have disposable tools that you can use to test the product on yourself. Department stores, on the other hand, have makeup artists that can give you a mini-makeover to show you how the product really works.


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