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Tuesday’s Tip: Lip color

Ask any woman of the Winter or Spring seasonal pallets, and she will tell you, if she could only grab one cosmetic for her survival pack, it would be her lipstick. Of course if she is a Natural or Gamin Img.ID, she would prefer to use the space for something more practical, but I’m just saying we women have certain needs, and sometimes they are as simple as a lip gloss!

It is often said that they eyes are the window of our soul. For this very reason, the focus of every makeover should be the eyes. For women with strong, clear contrasting colors in their hair, skin and eyes attention is drawn to the eyes when color is applied to the lips, making their whole appearance more radiant and alive.

This is why lip color is essential in some survival kits.

Whether lip color is vital to you or not, be sure to make your choices according to your color chemistry, or you will feel as if you are “all lips.” Also, allow the color to set a few minutes before deciding if you like it or not.

Common questions answered:

  • Yes, Lip color is usually the last step for a makeover. And no, we have not yet discussed eye liner, eye shadow, or loose powder; but some Img.IDs do not do well to wear eye liner and/or shadow, so I am addressing the lips first, since this is their final step, at least for everyday makeup.
  • Lip liner is a great look on the Dramatic and the Gamin, but may be a bit too strong for other Img.IDs, unless the liner color is very close to the lipstick color. Liner is a great tool to create illusion of a fuller, or thinner lip simply by lining the outside or inside of the lip (respectively)
  • Your lip color will last longer if when you apply your liquid foundation you also cover your lips. Also using a quality product makes a difference in it’s lasting power.
  • One final point: Lipstick is made of oils that do expire and go rancid after some time; if your lipstick has a funny aroma, and tastes a bit off, it is time to discard it.

Tuesday’s Tip: Blush

One of the most common mistakes women make when applying their blush is in placement. Your blush should be applied according to your facial shape; it is meant to accentuate your cheekbones more than it is to bring color to your face. Out of a desire for rosy cheeks, your tendency may be to apply the color to the balls of your cheek, but this tends to achieve only the look of a plump face, whereas if you apply it under your cheekbones as a shadowing effect, you will accentuate your bone structure, which is most often more flattering.

Some important advice:

  • Choose a blush color within your seasonal pallet. If your hair, skin and eyes have cool undertones and you choose a warm color (with any of your makeup) you will struggle to make it blend or look natural.
  • Always use quality makeup brushes, as this will enhance the quality of your makeup application.  Your blush brush should be soft and rounded, so that the effect it brings is subtle.
  • After filling your blush brush with the powder, tap the excess off before placing the brush under your cheekbone (if you are using a cream blush, be sure to use a makeup sponge). First place it where you want the most color, which is in the hollow of your cheek, directly under your eye, then bring your brush back toward your hairline. The further you place your blush from the center of your face, or the more horizontal of a line you brush toward your ear, the wider your face will appear. You can use this to your advantage to create balance. In general, if you have a:
    • Oblong face, apply blush horizontally, creating the illusion of width.
    • Square face, apply blush at a slight angle upward.
    • Diamond-shaped face, apply at a steep angle upward (also, wear light color eye shadows).
    • Round face, apply at a strong angle upward (and accentuate the eyes – we will be talking about this in a few weeks).
    • Heart-shaped face, apply slightly horizontally, also, apply blush some at the temples.
    • Triangular-shaped face, apply at a strong angle, also apply some blush to the neck, under your earlobes.
    • Oval face, follow your cheekbone creating a shadowing effect.

My final blush (& eye makeup) tip I will elaborate on in four weeks, but for now: do not worry about the obvious line you just created, resist the urge to smudge it with your fingers, I will share with you a far better trick of the trade that will make your makeup appear natural and stunning, so that you can soar with Confident Beauty everyday.

Talk with you next Tuesday!

Tuesday’s Tip: Mascara


Scientists say that we should be purchasing new mascara every 3 months. Their reasoning is because of the bacteria that cultivates inside the tube’s ideal environment; I like the idea, because with so many advancements happening in the lash-enhancing industry, it is a great excuse to try another brand.

With so many options out there, how do we find the mascara that fits our individual needs best? Here is some simple advice:

  • Choose the right color: Only Winters wear black well, Summers do better with a charcoal color: Autumns and Springs should wear browns. If you are a Gamin or Dramatic, you may want to explore non-traditional colors as well
  • Choose the right wand type:
    • Thick wands add bulk as well as length, but should be avoided by those with short lashes, since it makes it difficult to reach the root without smudging the eye area.
    • Narrow wands add length without the bulk and tend to clump less; this is great for those with thick lashes that want a natural look. (My recommendation for the Ingénue, and the Natural)

I wish I had a dollar for every woman who has given up on wearing mascara simply because she was using the wrong kind of product for her needs!

A few other tips:

  • If you curl your lashes (recommended especially for Romantics and Ingénues) do this on fresh, clean lashes before applying mascara.
  • Always apply mascara from root to tip, do not worry about touching the eye area with the first application.
  • Apply first coat of mascara after foundation and allow to dry before using a damp cotton swab to erase any product left on skin.
  • After blush, eye shadow and loose powder foundation, apply a second coat of mascara (this time being careful not to touch the wand to the skin) right over any dust left on the lashes – this will add to their volume.
  • Do not touch lashes until completely dry.
  • If lashes need separating, use a brow brush to comb them apart.

Tuesday’s Tip: Foundation

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The great foundation factor

The next step, after skin care, in a good makeover is to create an even toned canvas. This is done with foundational makeup.


When choosing your foundation there are four things to consider:

  1. Moisture: foundations come in many types and weights. Choose one that works well with your skin type. If you have oily skin, you do not want a cream foundation that has a lot of moisturizing in it; if your skin is dry, you may want to avoid a powder foundation, unless it is over a liquid.
  2. Coverage: If you have fairly even and blemish free skin, you may find a light liquid, sheer tint, or powder foundation to be enough coverage.
  3. Undertone: knowing your seasonal pallet is a huge help here. If you have cool undertones in your skin, you will not be able to get a warm undertoned foundation to blend well (or visa versa) If you are unsure of which you are, choose a neutral based color.
  4. Depth of color: Your foundations should match your skin color. Pick a color that seems to match the back of your hand, test a small amount of the colors you are considering to your jaw line, the one that blends completely (disappears) is the correct color for you.

A couple additional tips:

  • Always use a makeup sponge or large brush (for powder foundation)
  • Apply small amount to cheeks, forehead, chin; blend down and out.
  • Blend into neck and decollate with makeup that remains on the sponge.
  • Allow to dry before applying other products.

Tuesday’s Tip: Skin Care

Some of you have been asking for makeup tips, and so for the next seven Tuesdays I will be sharing simple tips for your foundation, mascara, blush, lip color, eye liner, eye shadow and loose powder.  These tips will be given according to the various Img.IDs because not every woman can carry off the same style of makeup. (You Ingénue’s and Naturals may only want to read the next four weeks, since you may find the last several steps undesirable for your image.)

Today let’s talk about the most important step in a good makeover; a step too often overlooked.

The artistry of makeup is most alluring when applied to a canvas of clean, moist skin. If your skin is not freshly washed, toned and moisturized, you may find that your makeup does not blend well (and no-makeup is more appealing than streaked-makeup any day!) so be sure to freshen up before you make up.

Get into a skincare regiment twice a day. Washing your makeup off at night is important, because while you sleep your pours open up wide and any makeup residue sinks deep into them, but it is not enough to apply your makeup over last night’s moisturizer since your oil glands were also working in your sleep, not to mention the dust settling on your face all night. Repeat your regiment in the morning before your pours close in around that dust and oil and you should find that you will win the battle over blemishes. Note: this is true for all ages, but for us more mature ladies, our morning routine may be slightly different than at night if we are taking advantage of any of the amazing anti-aging technology that is available to us.

Skin care is chemistry; find the products that work well for you, and stick with them. Also be faithful to the full line of that product, do not mix and match; each step is designed to work with the others. Often a poor response to one product is because the ph balance does not work well with the other line you are using it with. Also, give each brand a full month to trial its benefits; it is wise to give your body chemistry a chance to run a full cycle. If you experience a breakout, and it is not a hormonal issue, it may be that your new product is more effective in drawing out impurities, and you may find it worth sticking out a few temporary pimples if you will have fewer breakouts in the future.

When a skin care regiment simply does not work for you, give it away and try another one. Well-groomed skin is simply too important to give up on. Invest in yourself.

Next Tuesday we will discus how to paint a beautiful image on your freshly prepared canvas. Perhaps this week you could take some time to give yourself a full facial… Have fun!

Your Most Valuable Accessory

Smile, it increases your face value.

When I was a young teen my dad would always tell me that I looked so much prettier when I smiled. Of course what I heard was that I looked ugly and harsh and I needed to be more pleasant. I admit that when I’m far less defensive now, in my forties, but still I often catch myself in the mirror with that horrible look of seriousness. I may even wear the pondering look more now than I did back then, after all what was there to be so serious about back then?

Laughter doeth good like a medicine.

 Scientists will tell you that humor actually heals the body- so does God’s Word. It’s a truth that’s not hard to believe if you’ve ever tried laughing when you are feeling sick or depressed. It may be hard to get started, but while laughing, it is hard to feel pain. 

Today I encourage you to laugh a little, smile when you feel down and out, keep going because

The joy of the Lord is your strength and He gives you all you need for life and for godliness, and He makes everything beautiful in His time.