5 Easy makeup tips
By Rahima Jabeen
omen love to look and feel
their best. When it comes
to makeup, some of us will
grudgingly agree that it
does a bit to boost one’s confidence.
The fact is, not all women understand
how to properly apply makeup or even
where to begin. Makeup, when used
strategically can enhance your features
and add a little bit of that oomph
factor. This article focuses on specific
parts of the face. The following 5 tips
are for women who are new to makeup
and/or those who consider themselves
The sunlight is very harsh and does
not gel well with shimmery, glittery
makeup. Start with a primer that
preferably has skin care benefits. It will
allow a light matte foundation to glide
on effortlessly and stay on for longer.
Try spot concealing for breakouts with
a long lasting concealer. Apply face
powder and you’re ready for the next
These three items help to add color,
recede and bring out facial features
respectively. Apply a contouring
powder that is 2-3 shades darker
than your own skin tone under your
cheekbones. Making the fish face can
help with this. For a daytime look, try a
neutral peach shade of blush or cream
formulas, which can be blended in with
your fingers. This can give that fresh
glow. If you apply a shimmery blush,
make sure it doesn’t have flashy glitter.
This can look very unsightly. Skip
highlighting in the day. It can make the
face look oily. Use a pinch on the inner
eye area for a fresh look.
Use neutral matte eyeshadow colors.
There are great matte palettes
available at different prices. Try using
a slightly shimmery eyeshadow on
movable lid area to give some sheen.
Brown, beige and cream shades are
professional and flatter all skin tones.
Eyeshadow can also be used to tame
brows and as a natural eyeliner. Use
a wet brush for more impact. Apply a
little mascara and a white/flesh colored
kohl or eyeliner on the inner rims of the
lower eyelids and it’s time to move on
to the final step.
This is where you can go glossy or
matte. However, it’s always best to
steer clear of frosty lipsticks. Liquid
lipsticks are quite long lasting and
come in mattes and glossy finishes.
Avoid overbearing shades like maroon,
red and dark purple. When at work,
you should look polished and refined.
Keep lip liner very natural, or skip it
5. Evening look
Dab blotting/face powder on, then
swipe on a more daring shade of blush.
Use a highlighting shade from your
eyeshadow or blush palette and apply
on the bridge of your nose, highest
part of the cheeks above the blush
and a little on your forehead and chin.
Contour again. Apply a bit of black
eyeliner to the inner rims of the eyes
and on the top lid if desired. Reapply
mascara and add a fresh coat of
brighter lipstick. In a matter of under 5
minutes, you would have transformed
The use of makeup is a very personal
thing for many women. However, with
the overwhelming number of products
on the market, it is often difficult
to choose what’s best for your skin
type, tone, age and budget. Luckily,
YouTube videos are instructive and
practical. Remember, makeup is not
a substitute for good skin care and
must be removed thoroughly before
sleeping. However, it is a lot of fun and
in the morning, you can do it all over