I'm a sucker for a book store and my heart seriously broke when I found out Borders was going out of business. With everything being 30+% I had to stop in and see if there were any good reads on discount. And there was! I picked up this gem from Jemma Kidd. I can already tell I'm going to be using many tricks and tips from the pagers of this beauty bible.
So to start, here are what Jemma calls her ultimate top ten beauty tips:
- Use a flesh-toned eyeliner on the inner rim of the eyes to make eyes appear wider and fresher and to neutralize any redness. Pale eyeliner inside the eye creates a more open-eyed effect, while dark eyeliner inside the eye creates a more elongated focus to the width of the eye.
- Highlighter is a useful took for creating illusions. Dab a creamy highlighter underneath the arch of the brow to lift the brow and make the eyes look wider. Add a touch above the cupid's bow to make the lips appear fuller. You can also mix a little highlighter with your foundation to give a skin an all-over luminosity.
- Well groomed brows frame the face. keep them neat and tidy and define them with a brow pencil, working from arch outward and then on the inner part if needed. Go over the shape with a brow powder, which will soften the shape and make it last longer.
- If you have dry skin, use a foundation and blush with a cream formula which will help to plump up the skin and make it look super-hydrated. For more mature skin, try makeup with invigorating ingredients such as a caffeine and ore light reflecting pigments to revitalize your look.
- Opt for a yellow-based concealer, as it will help to camouflage red or purple tones in blimishes, and complement any skin tone.
- If you have thin or sparse eyelashes, use an eyeliner to fill in any gaps between the lashes and lightly dust them with powder in between coats of mascara to add volume. If you are prone to smudging mascara on your eyelids, use a drop of foundations on a Q-tip to remove it.
- As we mature, brown mascara and eyeliner is more flattering than black. Gel and liquid liners can look to harsh but a damp eyeshadow used as an eyeliner will flow better over fine lines.
- Gently brush your lips with your toothbrush after you brush your teeth to exfoliate them and repare them for smooth lipstick application.
- Use lip liner all over the lips, not just as an outline. This will give a better finish and will hold your lipstick for longer. If lipstick does wear off, you still have an all over color rather than just an outline.
- If you're using cream blush or bronzer, apply it straight on top of liquid or cream foundation and blend it well. If you're using powder blush or bronzer, dust a fine layer of translucent powder over the foundation to set it. This gives a velvety finish and the perfect canvas for applying powder blush or bronzers. If you apply a powder formula directly onto foundation, it won't blend and will look streaky or patchy.
Wow that was a heap of good tips. Some may be new to you while others are part of your daily routine. This book has inspired me to do a series of videos about the tricks I pick up in this book so keep an eye out for those!