“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” ~Dante Alighieri (more…)
It’s easy to make your lips look fuller if you have the right cosmetics to do it. The concepts you use are the same ones you learned in art class all those years ago. Contrary to what some women might think, less is more when it comes to your lips.
You’ll need lip liner, foundation or lip base, and lipstick that is a shade lighter than your lip liner.
Create the Full Lip Look
There are cosmetics that really do make your lips fuller, but they can still look small if you don’t apply your lipstick correctly. Those cosmetics contain allergens so that your lips essentially have an allergic reaction and swell a bit. They may even tingle. Feel free to use that type of lipstick if you like, but by applying the technique here you can make your lips look even fuller, though not like you just cam out of a bitched cosmetic surgery job.
Begin by applying the base. Whether you use foundation or a lip base, this is an important step to make your lipstick last longer. It can also help prevent the bleeding of lipstick into the lines around your mouth.
Once the base has been applied, it’s time to work on the lip liner. Think of your lip liner the same way you thought of the crayon or marker you used top use to outline pictures. You’re going to do the same thing with your lips. Outline your mouth at the very edge of your lips.
*Tip: Unless you are going to be on television, never take your lip liner or lipstick outside of your lip line. They can get away with it on television and in pictures because those are 2D images. In 3D (the way we see real life) it just looks like a small child put your makeup on for you.
Take your lip liner to the corner of your lips, where the top and bottom meet. Fill in about a 1/2″ on either side, on both the top and bottom, using your lip liner. You are really just filling in the thinner parts almost to the point where your lips begin to get a bit fuller. Always work toward you lips and mouth rather than toward the outside of your lips.
Now, fill in your lips with the lipstick. Work from the outside to the inside instead of going all the way across your lips. Once the lipstick is applied, blend the line from the lip liner, pushing toward the inside of your lips. When you get done, the outside of your lips should be a shade darker than the inside, but should not be showing a line.
Experts say that you spend roughly one-third of your life sleeping. Certainly, you want to make every moment count toward the physical and mental rejuvenation that a good sleep provides! So, how can you enjoy a restful night of slumber?
Put these 8 tips into action now to experience some of the best sleep of your life:
Investigate your evening routine. Think about the activities you’re involved in from the time you walk in the door to the moment your head hits the pillow. The goal is to increase your awareness about what you’re doing and see if it could be interrupting your sleep.
- Are you playing catch-up by bringing work home from the office? If so, your mind may be on overdrive and unable to turn off.
- Do you find yourself consumed with doing household chores like laundry and house-cleaning? In that case, you’re probably lacking time for relaxation.
Plan to be in bed with the lights out for at least eight hours. Do you stay up until after midnight? Try to schedule evening activities early, so you can still get eight hours of sleep.
- If you have trouble falling asleep, you might want to make it eight and a half hours.
Allow time to unwind. If you’re super busy, you’ll probably be rushing around until you finally collapse on the bed in hopes of getting a few winks.
- Instead, give yourself at least an hour to shift gears and relax before bed. Everyone needs some downtime.
Clear your mind from the day’s chaos. Maybe it’s reading your kids a bedtime story or taking 20 minutes to meditate. Focus on shifting your thoughts from the intense to the trivial. A tranquil mind invites more sleep than a chaotic one.
Create an uncluttered, relaxing bedroom environment. Although you may think that a cluttered bedroom is benign, it may be preventing relaxation and interfering with your sleep. Besides, clutter draws dust, which can cause breathing difficulties during the night.
- The first step is to put everything away. Clothes can go into drawers or the closet. Put junk mail and magazines into the recycling bin.
- The second step is to organize what you have left. Place a lamp, reading materials, and your alarm clock on your night stand. Set the scene for a comfortable night’s slumber.
- The third step is dusting. Use a damp cloth and clean all the surfaces in your bedroom each week to ensure an environment where you can breathe easily. If you spend just 15 minutes dusting and tidying your bedroom, you can prevent future clutter.
Turn off electronics at least one hour before bed. The light emanating from backlit screens like cell phones, tablets, and e-readers can trick your body into thinking it’s daylight and time to be awake. Plus, it’s best to rest your eyes from such gadgets before trying to sleep.
Take a warm bath rather than a shower. If you tend to struggle with sleep quality, it may be that your shower routine is invigorating you rather than relaxing you. Sitting for a few minutes in warm water can help your muscles relax and prepare for sleep.
Practice breathing in bed. Take deep breaths through your nose, hold them for five to eight seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Do four of these breaths after you switch off the lights, and you’ll feel your body immediately relax.
Adopt these practices will help you create a restful bedtime routine. When you establish consistent relaxation habits, your body will become accustomed to them, and restful sleep will follow. Soon, you’ll be sawing logs with the best of them. Sweet dreams!
Eyes have been called the windows of the soul because of how much they communicate. Eyes give your face energy and individuality. They do not have to be a certain size or shape to be considered pretty – all eyes have their own unique beauty.
When makeup is applied to look natural it will bring out the eye’s true color and enhance the eye’s beauty. When you feel good about your makeup you will be more confident and will have one less thing to worry about.
A subtle application of eyeliner, shadows and mascara work together to create magic and make your eyes look their best. Here’s how to do it.
Eye shadow is meant to highlight and define the eyes. Eye shadow is used to create depth to bring out the beauty of the eyes. A dark color used on the lid will make the eye appear smaller, while a lighter color will make it appear larger. That is what eye shadow is about creating illusions.
These are the basic techniques for the following eye shapes:
- Small eyes: Don’t use too much shadow or liner – it will make you eyes look smaller. Apply a light color on eyelid, use a darker color in the crease and use a highlighter under the brow.
- Large eyes: Wear darker shadow on the lid and extend it to the crease. Use a flat color under the brow to highlight.
- Deep-set eyes: Use light colors on the eyelid and under the brow. Use a medium color in the crease. Emphasize the outer corners with shadow.
- Wide-set eyes: Use darker colors on the inner corners of the eye.
- Hooded eyes: Apply light colors on the lid. Use darker colors from the center of the eyelid to the outer corners and blend.
- Round eyes: Make round eyes longer by using color all around and extending toward the outer corners.
- Asian eyes: Apply highlighter under the brow. Use light shadow on the inner half of the lid and a darker color on the outer half.
Tips to Remember
- Light colors cause the eyes to open, dark colors will cause the eyes to recede
- If you have very light skin avoid dark shades
- Be careful with shimmer – they will bring attention to imperfections and wrinkles.
- The eye area is the first to show age; don’t tug on the skin.
Eyeliners are meant to define the eyes so they should do just that, not be the focal point of your makeup. Eyeliners come in various colors and forms liquid, pencil etc.
Keep the eyeliner natural. Pencils are available in many colors (for the best look stick to black or brown) and can be sharpened for a fine line.
For a smudged effect use a sponge tip shadow applicator or an eye shadow brush. When your pencils are too soft refrigerate them. When they are too hard soften them by holding them between your fingers.
To line the eye, start on the lower lid, just beneath the lashes.
When you are finished always smudge the line with your sponge. Stay as close to the lash line as possible.
On the upper lid, draw a line form the inner corner to the outer corner, thickening the line toward the outer corner.
After the age of 40 keep the line in between the lashes.
Mascara and the creation of beautiful lashes:
Mascara frames your eyes and can make your face come alive. Mascara softly accentuates the eye while thickening and darkening the lashes; it is the finishing touch for eyes.
There are several different types to choose from, thickening, and waterproof to smudge proof. Waterproof will need a special remover and smudge proof will wash off easily. It is not a good idea to wear waterproof mascara for extended periods of time since it has a tendency to dry the lashes.
Select a shade of mascara that complements your coloring. Dark shades on pale eyes with brown lashes will darken them and will look harsh. Stay away from blues and other colors since they will ruin your look.
Lashes that are hard to curl may need the help of an eyelash curler. Curl your lashes before you apply mascara – hold for ten to twenty seconds.
To apply mascara look straight into your mirror with your chin slightly lifted so you can see your lashes. Insert the wand only once and twist, don’t pump. Pumping can break the brush bristles and distribute the mascara unevenly and will dry out the mascara faster.
Start by rolling the wand from root to tip in an upward motion. Reinsert the brush and apply again. If your eyelashes are thick and long they may clunk together. If this happens let them dry and then separate them with the corner of an eyebrow brush.
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For the past years, seaweeds have been a popular food additive in almost all parts of the world. According to studies, seaweeds are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E and K which can keep the body healthy and strong enough to fight many types of diseases. Aside from having loads of vitamins, seaweeds are also know as good sources for minerals such as potassium, odium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc.
Since seaweeds have high vitamin and mineral contents, researchers found out those seaweeds are not only good as food additive; they are also potent ingredients for beauty products. Studies show that seaweed beauty products are effective and safe to use in almost all types of skin.
In fact, seaweed beauty products are considered as one of the best in the cosmetic industry today. For the past years, many players in the cosmetic industry came up with different beauty products using seaweeds are primary ingredients.
Caring For Your Skin
Skin types vary from person to person thus it is not safe to assume that what works for another person will also work for you. Fortunately, there are now different types of seaweed beauty products for different types of skin so you need not worry about finding the right seaweed beauty product for you. Just make sure that you use the seaweed beauty product accordingly to avoid any untoward incidents.
If you are one of those people who are prone to allergies, you should be extra careful when using any types of beauty products. Before you apply the seaweed beauty product on your face or any parts of the body for that matter, you must read the label carefully and take note of the ingredients used in the product. Make sure that the beauty products do not contain ingredients that can trigger your allergies.
Moreover, before you actually use the beauty product, you should test it first by applying it on a small portion of your skin. Wait for a few hours for any signs allergic reactions. If you notice any itching or burning sensations on the area where you applied the beauty products, do not use these products.
On the other hand, you should be careful about using seaweed beauty products if you are suffering from acne and other types of skin breaks. To be safe, consult your dermatologist before you apply seaweeds beauty products on any affected area of your skin. Note that some types of beauty products can have some adverse effects on sensitive skin.