In the last few years, makeup has had no rules! Now-a-days, you can wear whatever you want, anytime, any day, regardless if it makes you look like you just step off the set of circus de soleil.
Nonetheless, with all that being said, just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should. Keep in mind in this free nation we all live in, people talk and laugh...and they do both a lot. Even guys! So lets break down what you should and oh so shouldn't be doing in order to keep you looking your most stunning best and not your feared worse!
For all those who didn't know how foundation works, allow me to break it down for you. Foundation is suppose to MATCH your face color not give you a whole new ethnicity. The point of foundation is to either even out your skin tone and give you one natural even look and/or help cover up some imperfections. When applying foundation make sure to match it to your skin and bring it down your neck. I know some people tan in the summer. So if this is you, remember to have a foundation color for winter and one for the summer so that your skin always looks even and goes with your current face color of the season! If not, you look like missy above who seems to have grabbed any foundation in the dark and applied it with a paint brush and blinders on! Yikes!!
If you are not sure what your color is, then go to your nearest Sephora or cosmetic makeup counter and have the sales lady match the available foundations to your face color as seen above. You will know which one is right for you when it blends in and disappears automatically. If the name brand of the foundation you like doesn't have your color, then either grab two bottles and mix them or move on. Nothing says cheap like looking 10 shades different then your natural color. Of course unless you like the oompa loompa look!! Which brings us to.......
Bronzer is one of the greatest makeup products ever made. It can give you that natural sun kissed look...when applied right. However when you over do it, you can look like someone who fell sleep under the self tanning bed for way to long. So when applying bronzers remember, its meant to give you a NATURAL look around your cheeks, temples and forehead. If you over do it, your face will look mutty and or worse...burnt. I don't know if Catherine did her own makeup that day or if her makeup artist was blind. However what I do know is that she looks like a shake and bake chicken dinner.
This is a beautiful example of what a well applied bronzer looks like when done correctly. In this picture you see Ms. Theron looking like a sun goddess who has a natural bronzer glow to her face and not sporting the overly cooked look. You can still see her pale skin color which seems to have been "naturally" kissed by a bit of sun in all the right places. The key is to apply bronzer on the right parts of your face so you stand out with a healthy glow.
Just like makeup, now a days eyebrows have no rhythm or reason either. However with all that being said (again) unnatural looking eyebrows will make everyone "stop and stare" whether you like it or not. Its important that you learn where eyebrows start and end on your face. If you are not sure, or if your eyebrows are just very thick and long, then visit a local bar brow where a consultant can gladly show you the way!
Moreover, eyebrows should never arch so high that they seem like they are touching your forehead and then curve down so unnaturally.
However, they shouldn't look like you grabbed two toothpicks and glued them to your forehead either. Let's be real, you are not fooling anyone when you sport an unnatural brow look. People know how eyebrows work and don't work. Again if you have over tweezed, then give it a rest and let them grow in. Mostly all of us need a little help with an eyebrow pencil. However when it seems like all you have IS eyebrow pencil on your brows, then you know you gone way to far. And if you don't know this, then I don't know what else to say to you!! (However this doesn't apply to people who have no brow hair at all).
Blush should be applied to the apples of the cheeks in a upward sweeping motion. However, you know when you gone wrong and to heavy handed when you look like you been slapped or have been running the NYC Marathon and not a drop of sweat appears on your forehead.
When applied right, blush gives you a natural pink glow to your cheeks. It should seem natural and sheer and blended in properly. The point of blush is to seem like you have a health rosy complexion and not like you smeared paint on your face. If your blush seems like a race car stripe line, then you either need to blend it in better, lay off the heavy handedness, or pick a less pigmented color. Then again if you like race car stripes on your face, then more (horse) power to you!
Make sure when tanning that you pick a color (or setting on the tanning machine) that goes with your hair and eye color. Also remember, naturally tanned people don't look orange, they look anywhere within a variety of brown skin tones. If you are not sure what a natural tan looks like, then google it. If not you run the risk of looking like a painted orange and having people stare at you weirdly because normal people on earth aren't born with orange like complexions. Well at least not the healthy ones or those who don't come for another planet.
I love a smokey eye look just like the next girl. But when you look like someone who got hit with two black eyes, you really need to back up a bit. And while I love playing with colors that make my eyes stand out, however some colors should never be used unless you are going to an 80's dance party.
Your eyelids are not a color wheel. While it may be tempting to play with some colors; subtly is the key. Remember people talk (and laugh) all the time. And while yes I am all about freedom of expression, I am also all about knowing when I am pushing the edge just a little to much. So the next time you want to sport a blue kamikaze Popsicle on your eyes, don't get upset when kids try to lick you.
The worst thing when it comes to makeup is not knowing how to use it. Its important when it comes to powders to know the difference between normal face powder and setting powder.
Setting powder is place on last after you have applied all your makeup with a wand brush and lightly handed in order to set it all in place. Face powder is used after applying your foundation in order to set it. Normally a large face powder brush is used to apply it all over your face. While it should be applied light handed, however normally a bit more is placed on the face versus setting powder. If you use setting powder as face powder, you will get the "I have been sniffing coke" look when pictures are snapped. Nicole and others have learned that the hard way.
However with all that being said, if all else fails and you refuse to listen to go sound advance or the roaring laughter of your friends (or people) as you walk into a room, just remember it can't really get any worse then this!
FYI, circus de soleil is always hiring if you are looking for a job to wow the crowd with!
Keep Smiling (or laughing)!