First, you need to have a good look at yourself, your facial features, the shape of your face, considering both individual features and your looks as a whole.
With the right kind of make-up you can give your face symmetry and play down facial flaws. For instance, if your nose seems too large, or you have a square jaw, or plump cheeks, you can use make-up to create a different look and provide symmetry to the face. The first rule you have to keep in mind is that dark colours help to “tone down”, as dark colours recede. Light colours help emphasize.
First apply the normal foundation on the entire face, blending with a damp sponge. Then, apply the darker colour foundation along the cheeks, at the fullest part. Blend the blusher from the cheekbones downwards, fading gently outwards. Emphasising the cheekbones also helps a round face with plump cheeks appear less so. Use your blusher under the cheekbone, starting from under the centre of the eye and going outwards and slightly upwards. Apply highlighter or translucent powder on the cheekbones, to lift them.
Use the dark foundation at the jaw line, in a diagonal line, from the ears to the tip of the chin, on either side. To make a square face appear rounder, apply blusher (rouge) high on the cheekbones, blending it smoothly and softly downwards.
Apply the darker foundation under the chin line. Apply blusher also, under the chin line, to make a soft shadow and minimize the fullness. Apply lighter colour on the chin and blend well.
Use a darker foundation on the forehead and chin, after applying your basic foundation for the entire face. Blusher should be kept to the top half of the face, high on the cheekbones and blended outwards and upwards.
Apply a dark foundation on either side, from eyebrows to nostrils and use a lighter one down the centre of the nose, from the bridge of the nose to the tip. If the nose is very broad, use a powder on the nose which is two shades darker than the one you use on your face.
Use blusher under the cheekbone, starting from under the centre of the eye and going outwards and slightly upwards. Apply highlighter or translucent powder on the cheekbones, to lift them. Both the colours should blend well.
These are some of the tricks of the trade. See what suits you and try it out several times at home. Never try a new make-up for the first time when you have to go out. One learns from trial and error. Don’t forget the old adage: practice makes perfect.
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