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Walking into a Lionesse Beauty Bar is like entering into a universe of beauty. Your beauty. Enter our Makeover Metropolis, where we have all of your styling needs met, and offer tips on how to create the perfect look. We know makeup, and every time our future beauty queens buy one of our fabulous products, they get a free makeover. Come experience the excitement.

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10384905_10154927601620473_7331344446386402419_nAt Lioness Beauty Bar we know flair. Uncover hair care products you have always wished for, while delighting in a professional makeover. There’s nothing like the Lionesse experience. While we help you to discover your best beauty, try our classy refreshments and enjoy the music of our in-house D.J. 
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Elegantly Painted Faces

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There are about as many reasons (occasions) for painting faces as there are choices that can be painted on faces, and this time of year, much like Halloween–but with more of an adult slant–Carnival celebrations are everywhere, from Mardi Gras to Carnival in Brazil. It’s mostly about masks, but any form of out-of-the-box styling is encouraged here, and whether or not your form of face adornment is identity-obscuring, or just some marvelous looking swirls, stars, flowers and intriguing patterns, this is the time to GO BIG with all of it! Check out all the marvelous tutorials online and on YouTube for some ideal looks, and follow up with some preliminary sketches of what you’re going for. When you’re satisfied with one, proceed to paint your face.

Go for the Good Stuff
If you’re serious about painting your face with serious style that will look like more than “too much makeup,” you’re going to need to work with some serious pigments. As the brands of makeup you’re going to find at any cosmetic counter have expanded over the years, there are certainly many more aggressively pigmented shades of certain types of makeup, but a simple online search begun with “face painting supplies” will net you the real deal stuff. Now, what you’re going to find is not some run of the mill paint kit for a backyard children’s party, although that level of product is certainly available. What you are looking for is highly pigmented cakes of stage-quality makeup that is highly developed to offer the most brilliance, visibility and will stand up to more rigorous partying and celebration. A little bit will go a long way, so buy the small size, and you’ll still have enough to share with a friend–or few.

Using What You Have
Even when you only have access to what’s available in your everyday makeup drawer, you can get your powder-based formulations like eye shadows and blush—anything with color—to go more of the distance by applying them with a wet sponge or detail brush. And all of the swirls, lines and outlines are perfect work for liquid liner and either the accompanying brush or a finer or thicker brush than the one that came with it. 

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Technique
Unlike painting on canvas or paper, the most effective technique for painting your face is to first lay down a field of color, and then come back in with a shape-defining outline. Whether you’re creating flowers, stars, butterflies or random shapes, by this approach you avoid the problem of “coloring outside of the lines,” and produce a much more professionally-rendered result. Now, this only applies to the larger areas, as for the small spots of color and details, it’s fine to paint as you go—outline, followed by color. When outlining with your brush, it’s better to be quick and deliberate, than slow and shaky, even if you wind up a bit off the mark.

Extras
Use cosmetic-grade adhesive for adding anything extra, from sequins, to flat-backed jewels and other doo-dads. Glitter is always a nice touch, and while sticking with the same color glitter to adorn each color of paint is a sure thing, mixing one color of glitter atop another paint color requires some visual talent for what looks good. And you can go full-on heavy or light and airy with the glitter application, just as long as you are consistent in any given color field, maintaining the same rate of dispersion and avoiding some areas (within the same color field) being heavily glittered with little to none in others.

Carnival Mask-Proof Make-Up

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Carnival is all about parades, cut-loose parties, and festive balls. It’s about dancing like nobody’s watching to the compelling beats of high-energy calypso music with soca strains and wildly ornamented and ornate, vividly colored costumes, feathers and beading. It’s about creatively and exotically concealing your identity with artist flair in mask form until the big reveal, at which time everyone simultaneously rips away the face covering to share the person who until now, was partying beneath the mask. And when that moment arrives–and it will–and everyone’s true identity is revealed, what shape will “your identity” be in? Will your makeup have withstood the test of time and partying underneath a mask? The answer is, “Probably not, if you don’t apply it with a focus on mask-resistance.

Mask-Minded Makeup Means No Scary Surprises Later
Don’t make the mistake made all too frequently by too many women who are getting ready to attend a masked event. They rather mindlessly stick to the regular makeup routine they follow religiously on a daily basis, without giving a second thought to how wearing a mask might affect the look they’ve worked so carefully to achieve for the face that will be hidden below the mask. If celebs like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry can pull it off, you can too. With some staying power inspiration, you’ll be able to rock that mask for most of the night and still look fab when you pull it off later on.

Fundamentals for Masked-to-Unmasked Flawless Foundation
When the time comes to pull away the mask, your foundation will still be going strong, if you use a slightly dampened sponge to press a quality foundation into your skin. Make sure to go with a long wearing formulation for success. Next, apply your cheek color, and the finish that will be your face’s saving grace at reveal time comes from setting your foundation and blush with a Makeup Finishing Spray. Use this instead of powder. Even powder marked as translucent tends to photograph caked-up looking.

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Keep Your Eyes Reveal-Ready
Some of your eye focus will rely upon how close the mask comes to your eyes, or in how small the eye openings are. The design of many masks will allow for you to come in and manually enlarge the eye openings with a razor or an exacto knife. Just shave off a tad at a time, as you can always cut out more, but you cannot replace what you removed from the mask. Just cut off enough to remove any area or edge that might come in contact with your eyelashes, particularly. And when applying your eye makeup, the best-ever look for wearing a mask is the smudgy, smoky one. Make sure to begin with a good shadow primer. Press a black or charcoal gray gel pencil into your lash line, and with an eyeshadow brush, work it in to blend toward the crease. Shadow or not, along with specific color–above that is your choice. Load up on the mascara, and here’s a wonderful opportunity to sport faux lashes.

Lasting Lipwear
Here’s a great occasion to wear one of the lipsticks formulated to last all day, and there are several good brands. Apply it, and go. Wear a vibrant color–it’s Carnival! And most likely, your lips will be showing with the typical Carnival mask, so make sure they reflect the Carnival attitude.

What You Need to Know Before the Big Chop

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It’s hotter outside. You’re going through a breakup. Your best friend did it. Or, maybe you’re just tired of the same old routine and want to spice up your hair life. Whatever the reason, taking the plunge from long hair to short hair can be intimidating, and it’s tempting to rush in without knowing exactly what to expect on the other side. So before you chop off all that pretty hair, make sure to dust up on your hair knowledge: there’s no need to rush from Rapunzel to Joan of Arc without a little background first.

You’ll Save Money…and Spend More Money
One of the draws of short hair is the smaller amount of product–shampoo, conditioner, and styling product–that you’ll need in a day. For women with naturally oily hair, the lack of dead ends may even make it possible to forgo the conditioner altogether, saving even more money. And let’s not forget about the curling irons, straighteners, and hot rollers that won’t work on your new pixie cut: not using any of these things will mean extra savings for you.

However, you will end up spending more money in at least one way: short haircuts require much more maintenance than long ones. Because hair growth is much more noticeable at a shorter length, expect to spend a lot of time with your stylist (and make sure you love them, since shorter haircuts show more flaws than long ones).

You’ll Probably Need to Adjust Your Color
The difference between coloring short hair and long hair is pretty dramatic: typically, most of the highlights in longer hair are toward the bottom layers, so cutting that off means you may end up with monotone hair. If that’s not what you’re going for, then make sure to tell your stylist that you’d like your highlights to show through in your short cut as well. Depending on the cut, your stylist may place lighter pieces towards the front of your face to keep the cut looking feminine.

You’ll Spend Less Time in the Morning…or More Time
Depending on the texture of your hair and the look you’re trying to achieve, you may be in for a really nice surprise or a nasty shock. Someone who recently did the big chop with wavy, almost curly hair, is able to shower, not blow-dry, and leave the house with a perfectly bedheaded ‘do. However, if you’re into more of a polished look, or have thin, straight hair, expect to spend a little extra time playing with styling products to get the look you want: consider dry shampoo for volume or a ceramide serum for a shiny, professional look. And if you’re going the full pixie route, here’s a tip: skip the women’s section in the salon products and head straight to the men’s. Their styling waxes, pastes, and gels are usually 50% cheaper and work just as well for lady hair as man hair.

The ultimate thing you need to know before doing the big chop? Know yourself: know if you’re just doing it because of some kind of trauma or because you really feel it’ll be a good style choice; know if you’re doing it for someone else or for yourself; and know if you’ll feel confident when you walk out of the salon with your brand new ‘do.

Happy Valentine’s Day: 5 Travel-Sized Beauty Products for Your Big Date

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you may be one of the many who have plans for the holiday whether you have a date with a significant other, family, or friends. Wherever you’re choosing to go, chances are you don’t want to carry around a big, bulky bag, especially if you’re going to a swanky restaurant. That’s where travel-sized beauty products can be a big asset, but you must carefully choose what you’re going to bring. Your purse can only fit so much, and your keys and phone already take up enough space. With that said, the following five travel-sized beauty products are a must for your big date night on Valentine’s Day.

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Oil Absorbing Sheets
Do you really want to step out for Valentine’s Day with oil all over your face? Don’t worry because oil absorbing sheets can be a lifesaver. They’re even good for sweat in case you get super nervous. They come in a small pack, so all you have to do is use one sheet to blot your face, dispose of it in the trash, then you’re good to go.

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Fragrance
Lugging around a big bottle of perfume is way too cumbersome, but there are many fragrances that come travel-sized so they can fit in even the smallest of purses. Spray or roll the perfume on your pulse points: on your wrists, behind your knees, behind your ears, at the base of your throat, and on the inside of your elbows. You may even want to spray some in your hair. However, remember not to go overboard. As lovely as the scent might be, overdoing it can be a total turn-off.

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Moisturizer
Have you ever went to hold someone’s hand and it’s so dry it’s almost uncomfortable? You don’t want to be that person. You also don’t want to be scratching yourself all evening from having severely dry skin. Chances are, you applied moisturizer before you left, but February weather can be harsh and dry skin can start itching out of nowhere. Apply moisturizer on your hands, but don’t forget other areas of importance such as your face and arms. Opt for moisturizers that aren’t going to leave a greasy layer behind, especially on your hands.

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Your Current Nail Color
You leave the house and your nails look fabulous, then you’re out and about on your Valentine’s Day date and you look down only to realize that somewhere along the way your nails chipped. No, it’s not the worst thing in the world to happen, but it is something that you can fix thanks to a travel-sized bottle of your current nail color. Buy an empty mini nail polish bottle, put a bit of your current nail color in, and put it in your purse just in case.

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A Lip Product
There is not one right lip product to tell you to put in your purse; it all depends on what you’re wearing for the evening. With so many types of lip glosses, lipsticks, and lip balms that are small enough to fit in your purse, you won’t have to go without in case you need a touch-up. If you’re planning on doing a little smooching – or you at least hope to – make sure to go with a kiss-proof lipstick!

Now, it’s time to go pack your beauty bag, pick the perfect outfit, and get ready for a Valentine’s Day date you won’t soon forget.

Does Makeup Need to Change with Haircuts?

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Now, when you go in for a half-inch or two off, there is really nothing you need to do differently with regard to your style of makeup. It’s the more dramatic length reductions and scissors-sculpted effects that always have a major effect on the look of your “till now” standby makeup routine. You have surely noticed how some cuts–especially those including a variety of bang effects–that are quite powerful at drawing attention to the eyes, and making them appear large, and doe-eyed. This being the case, an entirely different technique is called for, especially to avoid an “overdone” appearance. If you’re planning on chopping off some serious inches or sections, this read is a good place to get started on how your makeup application might change, as a result.

Change Levels Correspond
The more obviously a haircut impacts your hairstyle, the more of an in-depth critique you’ll need to perform on how to most flatteringly change your makeup–but that’s not where the changes will stop. With extreme-change haircuts, there comes the need to revisit jewelry, the type of purses and bags you carry, your style of dress, shoes and everything you “put on.” Sometimes moving to a short style can bring out your inner gamine sprite, or tomboy, and as a result, your best choice might be to create a lot more subdued effect with the makeup–or you might want to vividly focus on your eyes alone, with some richly applied winged eyeliner and lusciously thick lashes, with “barely there” dominating the rest of your facial landscape.

Choppy Layers and Extreme Razored Edges Love Lips
Choppy cuts featuring some longer layers in the mix always look super sexy and flirty with deeper reds, and the currently trending plums in lipstick simply meld in simpatico unison with the choppy windswept cuts. These well-done lip shades beg to be the star attraction, so a downplay of the other products does a nice job of it.

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Pixie Powered Makeup
When you reduce your coif’s volume this substantially, you’re showing more of your face and the skin that’s on it. This is when sporting an evenly-toned non-shiny skin is most important. While a little radiance from a touch of dusted luminosity at strategically appointed places is ok, your pixie begs for a mostly matte finished skin. Moisturize and prime with matte finishes, and mineral powders are your best bet for matte effects in foundation. Richer, fuller and a tad darker brows rock a pixie, and go lighter on the shadow while laying down a thicker line of liner–replete with a cat-eye point out to either side. For lips, something interesting in a color can do more than the more vivid and bold colors. Pixies love pinky-mauves and light plums–in matte-loving flat.

Movin’ on Up?
There’s no better time for pulling out the more playful colors in lip wear than with a move up in the length of your tresses. With all that new lighter bounce and swing, playful lips will be the absolute best complement for giving you an overall attractive allure beyond words. Rotate the finishes, from sheer to shiny to matte and stains. Lip Power is yours, post-cut!

Evening Shades: “It” Lip Colors for Night Time

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They say that the eyes are the “windows to the soul” but the lips say it all! At night, your makeup needs to be a bit more dramatic to make an impact. Those nude shades and peach glosses that give you a natural, beautiful look during the day will look washed out at night. You need brighter and bolder colors to play up your best look at night.

Hues have changed and become a little more bold and daring this year. Here are a few on-trend lip colors that you might want to try now when you are getting ready for a night on the town:

Fuchsia
Pink is popular right now, and fuchsia is a more amplified version of the color. With fuchsia lips, you can feel feminine and bold. The pink tones will play up the pink highlights in your skin, which will help you achieve the look of a healthy glow. Fuchsia will brighten your face, no matter your skin tone- start with a toned down pink and work your way up to a power packed plum if you are a little timid about this bold color.

Brick Red
Is classic red a little too bright for you? Brick red allows you to get a strong red color, but it tones down some of the highlights for a more mature look. The best part about using a really bold color like brick red is that you don’t have to do as much with your eyes. A natural shadow and swipe of mascara is all you need. You won’t have to worry about thick eyeliner or tricky, smoky eyes.

Burnt Sienna
Burnt sienna is like a rusty orange. It is a brown and red that has a hint of copper. The combination creates an interesting look that you won’t see on everyone else. Burnt sienna is best for warm skin tones, but even cooler skin tones can pull it off. The color will provide warmth, and you can match it with similar colors to intensify the effect.

Plum
Plum is a sophisticated color that will help you bring out your inner goddess. It is a deep reddish-purple color that will create a bold and sexy look. Carefully choose the rest of your makeup. Defined brows and flawless foundation will go best with plum lips. You can bring out the color with a dab of peach lip gloss, as well. Plum lips often go well with darker skin tones, but like burnt sienna, this color can work with any skin tone. You just need to choose your other colors carefully to create the best look for your features.

Getting the right lip color can help you create a polished and pulled-together look. Plus, the right lip color can take your look from drab to fab. Whether you prefer glosses or mattes, you can’t go wrong with these “it” shades! Try out some of these hot new lip colors for your next evening out and see what a difference they can make. You can inject some new life into your usual makeup look.

Lighting Makeup – How Much is Too Much?

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You’ve probably heard the expression depicting the transformative effect that light has on all things, more or less (and paraphrased,) described by “seeing something in a different light,” or “after having seen a thing in a different light,” how it changed the thing or the viewer’s perception of the thing. It’s fairly common knowledge that lighting is often the make-or-break difference for a myriad of visual assessments made every day. One of the important ones is how it can (and will) negatively or positively affect the look of your makeup application.

No Way of Predetermining all the Lighting Types “Out There”
While you don’t have a whole lot of control over the type, color and intensity of lighting provided at the places you’ll be going, some types of lighting ambiance you to choose for the area where you apply your makeup at home are superior to others. These are better able to give you a broader chance of getting your makeup effects right for a larger percentage of lighting effects in places where you are likely to find yourself–both indoors and out.

Go Outside, for the Best Lighting, Naturally
The general consensus among all the top pro makeup artists is that there’s no light as good as natural lighting–that’s found outside during the daytime. The optimum spot for applying your makeup is near an abundant source of daylight from a window or perhaps directly under a skylight. If you don’t happen to have the luxury of such access to outdoors lighting, you can go outside with a good mirror to check your makeup with a good “once-over,” making changes or corrections as you notice them. You may not always have enough time for this step, but when your makeup look matters more, this tip will add to your look’s confidence level.

The Man-Made Lighting Choice
Among professionals, the top choice in artificially produced lighting is natural white light. You can purchase kits that feature a design that prevents them from getting too hot, and give you options for adjusting the height at which the light hits so you can avoid dealing with unwanted shadows. There are some nice “Daylight Bulbs” that are sold, and Walmart.com offers them, for one. In terms of a suitable level of intensity, the pros recommend staying at around 60 to 65 watts for these specialty bulbs. Anything brighter, and you’ll be inappropriately enticed to become more heavy-handed in applying makeup. GE Reveal Bulbs are acceptable choices, and with these, you can go up higher in wattage–to between 75 and 100 watts.

Avoid, Avoid
Any and all forms of yellow light are not your makeup friends. You’ll over-apply. Stay clear of them–as well as rose-tinted lights, which flatly make it impossible for you to see clearly enough for putting on makeup details. And which type of lighting is awarded “Worst-Ever Lighting?” It’s fluorescent lighting, hands-down. You’ll see so many imperfections that you won’t ever want to leave the house.

Secret Makeup Artist Tricks

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall of insider gab sessions breaking down the tricks of any trade–but surely the makeup industry pros could tell us about tricks and especially all the ways they’ve had to come up with instant solutions behind the runway curtains and in the celebs’ dressing rooms or on the set to fix, recover from or prevent a disastrous makeup fail from becoming ruinous to a big budget production. As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and surely the best makeup artists in the big budget world of Hollywood have seen (and found a way to fix) it all. What follows are some of the cool hacks they’ve shared with the world, and for this, we share a hearty “Thank You!”

Morning Coffee & Shave
What is your typical morning routine? Coffee? Vitamins? Yoga? Shaving? No–not your legs, your face! This hack is working so well for women everywhere that we’re wondering why it took so long to emerge publicly. By first creating smooth skin without any hairs, you have a far better chance of getting a perfect coverage with your makeup, and you won’t be deluged by those errant, pop-up stray hairs that have you desperately wishing you had some tweezers at the most inconvenient time. Not just for men anymore, Baby!

Makeup artist filling brows.

Down With Brows
Contrasting what you’ve probably been doing, in doing your brows, brush them all down for filling in the upper edge that complements your natural growth line and makes called-for improvements, then brush them back up and fill in any remaining areas that need it.

Get Your Glow On
By mixing in a powder or liquid highlighter with your regular foundation, you can impart a gorgeous, dewy glow to your skin. Don’t have any specific highlighter? That’s OK–you can substitute a natural light colored eye shadow that’s shimmery just as easily and effectively!

Woman applying foundation.

Customize Your Foundation
Some foundations offer more coverage than you really want or need. If you encounter this problem, it’s easy to fix. Try adding some of your tinted moisturizer to it, a drop at a time, shaking to mix well with each drop. You’ll get the exact coverage you’re after. It’s your makeup–take charge of it–your way! You can even find specific formulations for thinning foundations that you mix to your desired degree–and ultimately, you get more product, with more coverage over a longer period of time. Especially great for today’s “nearly nude” looks.

A Mistified Finish
Sometimes even the most carefully-applied makeup can begin to look “cakey” or start to crack. There are some great finishing sprays you can add to your beauty arsenal that will take care of any problems like this when they occur. They work by forcing your foundation to behave and loosen up. A nice side benefit is these products tend to make your makeup last longer, too.

Guide to Makeup Artist Level Brows

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Eyebrows are back—big, bold and beautiful! After a long run on the thin-and-getting-thinner side, they’re coming into their own again, no longer to be regarded as a feature to be minimized to almost annihilation. Today’s brows are back as a prominent feature on the face, and while they’re still far from taking on a bushy status, they are definitely more prominent and “fully” celebrated. Perhaps it has to do with all of the impressive cosmetics products dedicated to eyebrows of late; first drawing more attention and time spent on pencil, brush and wand detail, and as a result of all this fuss—looking better than ever.

The Ways the Brow Shapes up
Eyebrows have a history peppered with a decent bit of shape-shifting from changing times and styles, but as they’ve moved from perfectly symmetrical arches above the eye to more diagonally angled lines with the arc positioned closer to the outside—to name a couple—they’ve tended to generally remain on the thin to thinner side. We’ve seen the starting point migrate back and forth a bit, just as we’ve seen the stopping point follow changing fashion dictates. At least among all recent civilized cultures, there has never been a move to cosmetically deify the unibrow. It would actually come as quite a shock to find anyone, anywhere who would ever classify a single, centrally connected brow as anything but wax-worthy.

Little Things Mean a Lot
For two such comparatively little facial components, brows actually receive a lot more attention than any other spot on the rest of the face. Biologically, your eyebrows serve the purpose of protecting your eyes from airborne debris, and can even be a bit of a shade-blocker, to boot. We tweeze them, thread them, wax them and depilate them. Then we come back with pencils, powders and some of us even pay for pricey permanent makeup tattoos to fill in and shape them to align with the times.

Pro Sania Vucetaj’s client list includes such regal beauties as Rihanna and many princesses of Saudi royalty, and she is happy to share her expert “browsing” tips. She classifies today’s full eyebrows as “beautiful and exotic looking.” Understanding that not everybody was blessed with substantial brows, she stresses the shape of brows to be the most important aspect, adding that makeup effects can make up for brow insufficiency.

Some of Vucetaj’s “Today’s Brows” Pro-Tips:

  • Have the intended shape in mind before beginning. You want the brow front to align with the upper bridge of your nose.
  • She suggests filling in your brows prior to any plucking. This provides the ideal template for success. Begin at the widest point with your pencil slanted at a perpendicular angle, and turning it to become sideways at the arch and thinnest at the end. Your brow should arch ¾ of the distance beginning at the nose bridge side and ending at the outer end.
  • Once you’ve drawn and filled in your brows, brush them straight up, and you can then come back in and tweeze–which she states is the superior method of all, in removing brow hair.
  • With the brow hairs brushed up, it’s ok to snip any hairs that are obviously longer than the others, extending past the edge, but do so sparingly.
  • Brow pencils containing too much wax can easily clump. Look for a pencil that is more powder. and only a tad of wax, for a more natural look.
  • After the trimming and tweezing, you probably need to come back in and touch up a faded brow line with your pencil.
  • Repeat on the other brow–in a mirror-like fashion.
  • She advises finishing your brows with a light dusting of sheer powder, as this will help to set your work and ensure that it will last.

Makeup to Complement Curls

Woman with curly hair applying makeup

While there are so many girls who have curly hair, only recently have a lot of them even let the world know about it. Straight hair has dominated the hair fashion scene for so long, for a lot of reasons–but finally, curls have come into their own, with amazing response-looks from every direction and we’re discovering that what was previously perceived as a hair pain is actually a hair blessing.

Curl Specifics
The main consideration with curls is that they require special thinking, efforts, consideration, along with a ton of extra conditioner. They look best when worn with certain fashion items, and they are always statement hair, no matter how you style them. Because of the immense popularity that curls are currently trending with, the tips, tricks and hacks for beautifying curls have never before been so plentiful. There are a few uncharted areas we’ve still left to venture out into, within the curly world, and one is all about looking into certain specifics to elevate the curly girl to her rightful status, by curl-specific makeup application and associated techniques.

It Depends
The exact way you wear your curls will have the greatest influence on how you apply your makeup. A lot of the time, curls that are worn wild and free can obscure a bit more of your face, which would necessitate a heavier hand with the eyes, and possibly also the lips. While most of us look better–or  feel like we do–when we’re wearing makeup, curly hair, when done right, can do all the talking–with the scantest degree of blush and lip stain sufficing, but taking a back seat, nonetheless. Pull those curls back and upwards, and give some smokey effects to your eyes, some sparkly eyeshadow just beneath the brows, and a glossy pale pink or peach on the lips, and you’re good.

Dark, playful eyes.

The Curly Girl’s Eyes
Curly girls with big eyes should play them up, double time, with contrasting liner effects and dark, dramatic attention to the lid crease and outside lower portion of the top lid. Mid-lid, some sparkly gold tones play along nicely with the whole curl ambiance, and if you’ve got some extra lashes to power up the babydoll look, go for using them. After applying your lashes, come back with a thin liner stroke to blur the demarcation line between the lash base and your lid. Go ahead and do up the bottom lid with smokey hues, and lay on the mascara, while you’re there. If your eyes are on the small side, you can work the makeup till the cows come home and never accomplish anything of aesthetic value. Go light on the eyes and glam up your lips, full-tilt, with liner, one of those sultry, sexy purple reds that are so now–and total matte or full gloss–none of that in-between stuff will do here.

Brows Around
Curly hair is best complemented by thicker, fuller brows that form a nice, clean arc above the eye. Pencils are fine, but for a softer, more natural effect from more blending power, go with one of the new powder brow colors–never go lighter, and only go a shade or two darker than your natural color, if you must darken at all.

Fundamentals of Foundation
Curls and contouring seem to go hand in hand. There’s something about the geometric sympatico between those effervescent little coils and ringlets cascading down and around your face that is rife for the angular lines of contouring. Make sure to blend well, and don’t go too extreme, but just enough to speak the language of savvy chic unison between hair and face. And an illuminating facial glow is an ideal accompaniment for your ringlets.

More is Fine for Curlies, but…
When you have a longer mane of curly tresses, it’s fine to break the old standard of “pick one.” You get a full pass to accentuate both your lips and eyes more than with other hair types–just as long as you remember there is a “look” line you don’t want to cross–the one that’s prevalent on Broadway stages and circus performers, mostly. Let them keep that much makeup drama for themselves.