If your skin is clear, leave out foundation during the day. Use baby powder, or compact power. Pay more attention to the oily areas of the face, like nose, forehead and chin. Press the powder all over the face and neck, with a slightly damp sponge. This helps it to set and last longer.
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If you want to use foundation at night, choose a water-based one. Add a drop of water for a lighter coverage. Before applying foundation, apply astringent lotion if your skin is oily, or moisturising lotion for dry skin. Wait for a few minutes to allow the skin to absorb it.
Blending is important to achieve a smooth finish then apply tinted loose powder on top to “set” the foundation. Or, use compact powder. The blusher comes next, or you can apply it at the end. Use powder blusher. Pink or peach blusher would suit most skin tones. Apply on the cheekbones and slightly below it. Use your fingertips to dot the area with blusher.
Then, blend with the brush, outwards and slightly upwards. Apply highlighter on the cheekbones. Highlighters should not be white. Choose from ivory or pale pink. For the eyes, use a brown eyeshadow on the eyelids. Use the same brown shadow under the lower lashes, instead of eyeliner or kajal.
Take a darker brown eyeshadow and apply it on the upper lid, close to the upper lashes. The entire effect will be natural. If you want to line the eyes, use an eye pencil. Give your eyes a light touch of mascara. Make sure the lashes do not stick together. Brush them with an eyelash comb.
For the night and for a more dramatic effect, use a dark brown, or dark grey eyeshadow on the eyelids close to the lashes and stroke it upwards and outwards. For the smoky-eyed look, line the eyes with eyeliner close to the lashes and then smudge the eyeliner slightly with a sponge-tipped applicator. It should not be a harsh line.
For the lips, plain gloss can be enough for the day or add a touch of gloss over light pink or mauve lipstick. The coloured gloss is also available. Avoid using lip liners and just brush the lips with lipstick, going for shades of pink, from pale pink, to rose or tawny pink. At night, go for rose, coral or bronze, or just stick to pink. Last, but not least, wear a light flowery or lemony fragrance, nothing too overpowering.