I am a total one trick pony in the sense that I will only ever chose a single feature to play up when I do my makeup. It looks more proportional to choose a single feature also it is a lot faster, otherwise I would be doing my makeup for 90mins a day. AS IF!
Here are my 3 favorite tricks and ponies!
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Although Elle is super young and I am wait for it 28 years old (shhhhhh I know....wahhhhh...but I still got asked for ID on the weekend) creating wide eyed look on your peepers still work for most ages. For your base leave skin natural and only conceal where needed add a little bronzer to contour and lipgloss and then move onto your eyes....I like to line my eyes first, start by pushing the liner into your lash line then work out to create the liner shape you like L'oreal Super Liner in Carbon Black $22.00 is super precise to use and the tiny tip lets you stay in control if you want to go all out and do a cat eye. Using a lengthening mascara like Max Faxtor's 2000 calories $19.95 will help define the eyes, start at the lash base and wiggle up do a couple of coats on top and bottom lashes - making sure the very tips are coated. False Lashes can be scary but do not be intimidated the single clusters are a sinch to apply, search youtube a tutorial for application Ardell Dural Lash Naturals $7.95 are my favorite. Sit them as close to your natural lashes as possible push and place with tweezers till they look like they are your own....Shhhhhh no one will even know they aren't.
Glowing skin is something that some lucky people have naturally but if you don't its cool a few products can make you look like you have just come back from a holiday in the sun on a very exotic island. Firstly the key to glowing skin is hydration so after giving your skin a good rub with an exfoliator apply a generous amount serum I like Estée Lauder's Idealist Even Skintone $80.00 this is going to make you look super fresh and dewy. Conceal any dark circles and blemishes with a light concealer and blend out well the key to this look is that it needs to be seamless and blended very well. Using a cream bronzer will keep the dewy look to your skin, apply the bronzer to the outer areas of your face hollows of your cheeks, jawline and temples this will mimic a natural tan from the actual sun and not from Chanel's Soleil Tan de Chanel $48.40. Lastly using a fan brush lightly dust a highlighting powder on cheekbones, brow bone and your cupids bow to catch the light, Laura Mercier's Rosey Highlighter $68.00 blend everything with a large powder brush till you are perfectly pretty.
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The easiest of all tricks for ponies or Peony's is the red lip! It instantly makes you feel lifted, happy and put together. Matte lips for night, Nars Dragon Girl $39.00, long wearing for work Clarins Joli Rouge 716 Clarins Red $36.10 and glossy for day Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss 61 Fatale $32.00 are all classic reds. If you are more tanned in skin tone then you could lean more to a pink based red and if you are pale then a subtle orange based red would look beautiful too. I find if you are going to do a red lip then shimmer is completely unnecessary and it also doesn't last as long on your lips.