Beauty & Confidence: Beauty & Makeup Tips
By Jackie Schneider for Beauty & Confidence
We all have our favorite tried-and-true shades and products in our daily makeup routine. But if you’ve been using the same eye shadow or lipstick since high school, it’s time for a change. Switching up your makeup is one of the easiest ways to update your look — without having to invest in a whole new wardrobe.
Fortunately, there are a number of new hot-off-the-runway trends, like bold lips and pops of pastel, which are both fun and wearable. With my tips for makeup application, you’ll be able to pull off a fresh new look — without much effort.
Makeup Routine Shake-up: A Bold Lip
A colorful pucker is one of the easiest ways to brighten up your entire face. But what if that fire-engine red lipstick makes you feel more clownish than couture? Opt for a poppy or coral color. These shades have the same oomph, but they’re more versatile — and they won’t overpower your face.
To take the vibrancy down a notch, swipe on your lipstick in a thin layer. Blot after each swipe with facial tissues, which are gentle on the lips’ sensitive skin. Then reapply; repeat until you reach your desired shade. Or make your own tinted lip balm for a gentle glow: Using a well-sharpened pencil instead of lipstick, lightly sketch color onto your lips. Then blend all over with a lip balm.
Makeup Routine Shake-up: Pastel Eyes
For a summery twist, consider using one of the pretty Easter egg-hued eye shadows that are popping up at makeup counters. When done right, these shades can add a dramatic pop of color or create a subtle, romantic smoky-eyed look.
If you want a natural, understated look, use shades that are in the same color family as your eye color — for instance, a mint shade for green eyes. Prefer a more dramatic look to make your eyes pop? Consider this color guide for makeup application:
- Green or hazel eyes: lavender
- Blue eyes: peach creamsicle
- Warm brown eyes: cornflower blue
- Cool brown eyes: mint green
At the drugstore or makeup counter, look for a shimmer instead of matte shadow. Because these products contain less pigment, they’re easier to blend and produce a more subtle effect.
How to apply: To keep the shadow from falling under the eyes or onto your cheeks, place a facial tissue beneath your eye to catch any of the loose powder. Then brush a thin layer of shadow across the entire lid. Moving the brush back and forth, blend a second layer into the eye crease. Finally, add a little highlighter (a lighter shade) to the brown bone and the inner corners of your eyes.
Makeup Routine Shake-up: Decorated Nails
Another way to wear these popular pastels: on your nails. The next time you’re in the drugstore, pick up a light green, yellow, pink, or purple shade to instantly give your outfit a summery twist.
To go one step further, try an embellished nail. Although these designs look time-intensive, the application is surprisingly easy. Start by selecting two shades of peach polish. Paint your nails with the base shade. Once that layer has dried completely, take a toothpick and dip it into the other accent color. Dab off excess polish facial tissues, making sure that only a small amount is left. Paint dots onto your nails carefully; make sure to evenly space them out. Wait until the dots are dry, and then paint over the entire nail with a top coat.
Makeup Routine Shake-up: Creamy Cheeks
This season, all-over bronzer has taken a backseat to a blushing glow. But applying this look the old-fashioned way can miss the mark. That’s because powder blush is more visible, making radiant skin appear dull.
I suggest using a cream blush because you can control how much and where the product is applied. With two fingers, dot the blush onto the apples of your cheeks (to find them, smile). Then move your fingers in a circular motion to blend the dots of color into your skin. To make it look completely natural, go back with soft facial tissues, which will protect delicate skin on your eyes and cheeks, and smudge the blush even more.
Jackie Schneider is a licensed cosmetologist, hairstylist and makeup artist. She is the founder of Jackie Schneider Beauty, an on-site beauty service in New York City. Visit her at JackieSchneiderBeauty.com.