Penny is no make-up artist and doesn't play one on TV, but I've learned quite a bit over the years. Friends and family often ask about my make-up looks, products, tools, and/or application. Here are some of the most common tips I get asked about.
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Eyebrows - There are lots of good videos on YouTube on how to fill in your brows so that they look more natural. Penny likes Anastasia Brow Wiz the best, and bareMinerals Brow Powder as a backup. Find the product that works best for you but remember not to make your brows too dark; they don't have to be the exact color of your hair either. More importantly, learn about the shape of your brows and the best shape for your face. It's best to use short strokes for a more natural look; and a firm brow brush to blend the product into your brows. I also learned to relax my face and brows when I'm filling them in. By not raising your brows you have a more realistic perspective of what you will look like and its easier to apply the product line.
There are a few things in my arsenal that I still have to practice to make perfect.
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This is a technique often used to enhance or diminish certain facial features. If you want to enhance your cheekbones, or make your nose look slimmer in photos; contouring is the way to go. Due to its popularity among celebrities, there are lots of beauty bloggers sharing tricks and tips on contouring on YouTube, Pinterst and elsewhere. The key here again is to BLEND. One of the most helpful instructional pieces I've seen so far is this blog on how to contour for your face shape which was recently sent to me:
- Make sure you have the right tools for the job. Invest in good make-up brushes and ask the professionals which brush works best for which product. And remember, they don't always have to be expensive to be good.
- Take the time to have a professional MATCH your make-up to your skin tone. So many folks are walking around with the wrong shade and in the "selfie" obsessed world we live in...it shows. LOL! Trust me...its trial and error...and Penny doesn't always get it right either. :-)
- Wash your brushes often to avoid contamination and break-outs. Once a week if you use them daily...or every 2 weeks at least.
- Using lip liner (in the same color) under your lipstick or gloss will help to make the color last longer.
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