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What to look for when choosing makeup and how to make them work for you

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When you are going out on the town with your friends, a special event or a big date – you need to look your absolute best. However, without a great strategy and the right tools, your best efforts can end up a hot mess!

My hope is that this article can help make it less of a mystery and more of a science for how to make makeup products work for you.

Choosing the right foundation

Choosing the right foundation for your skin type is an important decision. The wrong foundation can cause a breakout, and if it doesn’t give you the coverage, you want it could make you look worse than not wearing any disguising makeup at all. At Lumen Beaute, you can find many beauty products and brands to help you make the right decision when choosing your foundation.

Tinted moisturizers are a great option for most skin types because they even out your skin tone while hydrating your skin. This is an excellent alternative to full coverage foundations that can feel heavy on your face. Many tinted moisturizers also come in different colours, so you can find one that matches your skin tone perfectly. These products may also have SPF protection.

Foundations come in many different forms that range from liquid to cream to powder formulas. You should choose the type of foundation based on what you’re looking for in coverage and finish. Oil-free liquid foundations offer full coverage in a light formula that is good for most skin types, especially oily complexions, because it minimizes shine throughout the day.

Concealers are liquid, or cream formulas used to hide dark circles under the eyes and other imperfections on the face. Powder foundations come in many different formulas as well, but they’re generally best for dry or mature skin because they don’t clog pores like liquid or cream formulas may do.

What to look for in an eyeshadow

Eyeshadow can be used as a tool to make your eyes pop, accentuate your best features and create an overall look. The colours you choose for your eyeshadow can also give a quick snapshot of your personality or mood. For instance, blue eyeshadow is appropriate for any occasion, and purple eye makeup is often worn when a woman wants to appear sultry or seductive.

Taupe eye shadow is appropriate for daywear and nighttime wear, while colours such as red or brown can make your eyes appear more dramatic. A rose gold eye shadow is a great colour choice if you have green eyes. If you have hazel eyes, choose colours with yellow tones such as peach or gold. Lastly, use copper or gold colours to bring out the gold flecks in your eyes with brown eyes.

Getting your lipstick shade right

We all know that lipstick comes in a wide variety of colours, but it’s essential to understand what those colours mean. Lipstick is generally described in three different ways, Color Family, Undertone and Hue.

The colour family of your lipstick indicates the general category that your shade falls into. For example, reds are a red-based colour family, or blues fall under the blue-based category.

The undertone of your lipstick tells you whether your shade is warm-toned or cool-toned. This is also known as “cool” or “warm”. A cool-toned lip shade means that it has more blue undertones, whereas a warm-toned lip shade has more yellow undertones.

Your hues will vary in tone and intensity. The lower numbers generally have a lighter tone, while the higher numbers have a darker tone. For example, if you wanted to look at bright reds, you’d want to look at shades between 9 and 10 on the colour scale.

Look for primers to fill in the cracks

When choosing a primer, one question to ask is whether you want to cover up wrinkles or simply smooth skin before applying makeup. Some primers are marketed as anti-ageing products, but they are really just moisturizers with a bit of colour and makeup-like texture thrown in. Primers meant to minimize wrinkles are thicker and have a matte finish. They fill in fine lines and pores and create a smooth surface primed for foundation application.


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