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Basic Makeup 101: Anatomy of a Timeless Classic
By Ernie McCraw
?The little black dress, a single strand of pearls, or a beautiful shade of red lipstick — the classics never go out of style. It’s the same with cosmetics. No matter what the occasion, the time of year, or the latest trendy product at the cosmetics counters, you can’t go wrong with these time-tested treatment routines that never seem to fade away.
From Brigett Bardot, Ingrid Bergman and Marilyn Monroe to Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Biel, lush lashes have always been a starlet classic. And don’t fret if you weren’t blessed with naturally thick lashes, because there are several tools to help volumize your eyes.
Boosting your natural lashes can be as easy as the mascara you choose. Volumizing mascara coats lashes with a thickening formula to give lashes a fuller look. With Palladio Thickening Mascara, the brush is thick and wide to quickly coat as much of the lashes as possible with just a few strokes.
Lengthening mascara contains fibers that extend the length of each lash. The brush is spiral and less dense than a volumizing mascara brush. Savvy Infinity Lash Extender Lengthening Mascara is a good choice. Lash primer is a colorless conditioner that both thickens and volumizes lashes. The brush is short and dense. Try Claudia Stevens Eyelash Thickener before you apply your usual mascara.
An eyelash curler can also help to make lashes look fuller by pressing lashes so that they curl up against the lid, giving the eyes a more open look and making the lashes appear longer.
To really pump up your lashes and give yourself the most dramatic look in seconds, you can’t go wrong with faux lashes. A starter kit such as Ardell Fashion Lash contains everything you’ll need: lashes; adhesive and positioning tool. For a more natural look, use faux lashes on just the outer third of the eye.
C. EYE CANDY: Faux eyelashes, lash curlers, and lash-thickening and lash-lengthening products are perennial hits in the arsenal of beauty consultants and fashionable women of all generations.
From full coverage to slightly stained, classic red lips are the perfect accent to any look. To get the results that work best for you, choosing the right formula is key.
Glosses provide the sheerest color and the most shine, but they aren’t long-wearing lip color. You will need to frequently reapply a gloss. A cream has more pigment and provides full-coverage color with a semilustrous finish. It is easy to create a stained look by dabbing on a thin layer with a makeup brush.
Long-lasting colors have micro-pigments that set quickly and have a low-luster finish. They are dryer than a cream or gloss and can withstand eating and drinking. These longer-lasting lip colors generally resist bleeding and feathering, and are great because you can apply them once and go all day without a touchup. All reds are not created equal. Test out several shades to find the one that works best for your skin tone.
A. FRAME FOR A SMILE: Choosing lipstick is now and foverer shall be all about ensuring the correct color, sheen, and serviceability for your particular needs.
Speaking of skin tone: Those of us who are Caucasian do our best to imitate chameleons, changing ivory complexions to bronze during the sunny summer months, only to turn around and go back again to a more natural color with the onset of fall. No matter what the season or what your natural skin color is, clear, healthy skin is something that never goes out of style.
Bacteria that becomes trapped inside pores can cause blemishes. Acne-prone people tend to shed the cells that line the pores more slowly, which is what can lead to breakouts. To maintain clear skin, stick to a regular skin-care regimen, including products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, which cleans out clogged pores, and benzoyl peroxide, which is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
Beyond Belief ABH Pore Refining Foaming Cleanser is gentle enough for all skin types and is formulated with alpha beta hydroxy acids. Disposable wipes such as Beyond Belief Daily Exfoliating Dry Cleansing Cloths are the easy way to thoroughly cleanse your skin and remove makeup at the gym or when traveling. For severe or persistent acne, consult a dermatologist.
B. KEEPING BLEMISHES AT BAY: Chances are you’ll always want to use a foaming deep-skin cleanser to zap any chances of breakouts.
Ernie McCraw is director of beauty education for Sally Beauty Company, the world’s largest distributor of professional beauty products. A licensed cosmetologist for more than 30 years, he is a frequent contributor to fashion and beauty publications nationwide.


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