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RealSimple.com: Makeup Tips for 8 Common Problems

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After: Jessica Aguiar

After doing the makeup routine on her own for a week, Jessica says, “it’s very easy to follow and I was pleased I was able to do the majority of the look with things that were already in my bag. My absolute favorite thing I learned was how to blend my eye shadows to make my eyes pop, especially on days when I am tired from being up all night with the baby. It definitely makes me look more awake and I have received tons of compliments.” While she’s learning the steps, Jessica is finding that the full routine is taking too long to do daily, but she does her eye makeup faithfully (skipping lining the corners: “I just ended up with smudged eyeliner”) and loves the blush stick. “The overall look,” she says, “is more polished.”

How-Tos:

1. Apply foundation; blend with a damp makeup sponge. 2. Apply concealer to eyelids, then under the eyes in an upside-down triangle; blend with fingers. (This will help brighten the under-eye area and create a little contour on the face.) 3. To create a quick, soft smoky effect and add depth to the eyes, apply pencil in short, little strokes on the outer corners of the upper eyelids. Blend with a round contour brush. 4. Brush eye shadow in Texture onto the creases of the lids and the outer corners. 5. Apply a light dusting of loose powder over the lids: A subtle touch of shimmer will make the eyes pop. 6. Line the upper lashes and the outer half of the lower lashes with pencil. To set the liner and give it an extra boost of color, use an angled brush to trace over it with eye shadow in Twinks and in Sketch. (Blend shadows into the outer corners of the eyes for more drama.) 7. Curl lashes, then brush on mascara. 8. Apply a bit of Cream Stick on the cheekbones, forehead, chin, and tip of the nose—anywhere the sun would hit naturally, which lights up the face. Blend with fingers or a makeup sponge. 9. Fill in brows with pencil. 10. Blot the T-zone and the sides of the nose with pressed powder to reduce any shine. 11. Finish with lip color.

See Jessica's own photograph of herself, post-makeover.

(Elinor Carucci)
RealSimple




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