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15 TIPS I WISH I KNEW WHEN STARTING WITH MAKEUP

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I love makeup if you haven't yet noticed. And I'm proud to say that I have basically taught myself how to do makeup - by reading blogs, watching youtube tutorials, reading magazines, etc. Nobody really gave me any real advice. So of course I have done MANY mistakes along the way. But I have also learned a lot of useful things and today I'm going to share them with you. So here are my 15 tips I wish I knew when starting with makeup. (sort of a letter to my younger self) 

1. Don't buy expensive primers, they all basically do the same thing. My advice to you would be to buy Nivea Men Aftershave Balm because it's much more affordable and it works just as well as other primers. It contains Glycerin, which makes your foundation stick to it and stays put all day long. It doesn't make you look greasy, it's very light and absorbs very quickly, leaving your skin both moisturised and primed for the application of the rest of the makeup.  

2. Always do your brows. It just looks weird when your whole face is done up and your eyebrows just aren't there. They are so useful because they frame your face and can literally change up your whole makeup look. Also another tip: DON'T TOUCH THEM. Trust me with this one. Many women have over plucked their eyebrows and now can't grow them back. I have to admit - I have done the same thing (I think I was 13 or 14) once and then they thankfully grew back so that I don't have to worry about that now. 

3. Contouring and bronzing are NOT THE SAME THING. For many years I have contoured with warm bronzers all over the cheeks. But what you really need to do is to lightly bronze up your cheeks with more warm/orange based bronzers and then add the contouring shade which is more cool/grey toned to the hollows of your cheeks. 

4. Highlight! On top of the cheekbones, tip of your nose, cupid's bow. It will make you look young and healthy.

5. Another troubling thing is a CONCEALER, especially under the eyes. Many people mix up highlighting and concealing and basically do just the first thing. According to the makeup artists you should do to the following steps: start with a concealer that has a rosy ("salmon") undertone. It will cancel out the dark circles under your eyes. Then you should follow up with a light/yellow based concealer, applying it in a triangular shape and highlight. Keep in mind to do the second step very lightly because you can risk making it appear very cakey! 

6. Use a TRANSITION SHADE. If I knew this trick before, my eye makeup wouldn't be so horrible back then. It's a colour slightly darker than your skin tone, which you put right into the crease with a blending brush. It will make a transition between a light shade on the lid and darker in the crease very smooth. 

7. Figure out what is your eye shape (round, normal, hooded, etc). Not every eye-makeup will suit you. This can be very tricky if you follow Youtube tutorials, which all basically do the same steps. Research for some tutorials from makeup artists that explain how to find perfect makeup for your eye shape (I recommend you to check out Wayne Goss - he's awesome). 

8. Line your lips. Your lipstick will look more polished, it will define your shape + make your lips appear bigger. It will also make your lipstick game even stronger. Which we all love. 

9. Don't forget about the eye makeup when you're wearing glasses. I used to put just mascara on because I thought it wasn't even worth trying if glasses cover up all the effort. I realised that if you just line your eyes with a winged eyeliner that will frame your eyes and make them pop - even behind the glasses. 

10. Choose the perfect foundation shade. Looking for the right foundation goes further than just matching it to your complexion (which you have to always test on the jawline and never on your hands!). you have to know your undertone too if you want to pick colour that looks more natural on you -  Cool, Warm and Neutral undertone. Check your wrists: if you are cool your veins on your wrists are mostly blue and purple and you have red or pink hues. If you are warm your veins are mostly green and you have more golden hues. And if you are neutral your wrists are a mix of green, purple and blue and your skin is also a mix of golden and pinkish hues. 

11. Even if you are extremely pale that doesn't necessarily mean that your undertone is pink. I am pale and my undertone is golden/warm. Many brands, especially drugstore ones, usually provide foundations in the lightest shade (usually called porcelain) with pink undertones. And if you are pale, just like me, you always find these kind of foundations very odd looking on your complexion. It's because of the undertones. A great foundation that has a yellow undertone is from Revlon Colorstay  in the shade 150 Buff, which is my most used winter shade. 

12. Don't use a ton of foundation if you have bad skin (pimples, scars, etc.) - it'll just make you look cakey. Use a foundation with a light to medium coverage and then build it up only on the problematic parts of your complexion or just use a concealer to cover up your imperfections. 

13. Every lip colour suits you! You just need to find out, which shade is the right for you. 

14. Practice makes perfect, especially with winged eyeliner. You need to make some errors in order to learn, because nobody does things perfect on their first try!

15. And finally my last tip: just have fun and don't be afraid to experiment with different looks. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. In the end it's just makeup and it washes off at the end of the day. 


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Kot ste verjetno že opazili, sem velika oboževalka ličil. In lahko vam ponosno povem, da sem se praktično vsega, kar vem glede pravil ličenja, naučila sama. Prebirala sem različne revije, bloge, predvsem pa sem spremljala Youtube "tutoriale". Nihče mi ni posredoval praktičnih nasvetov glede ličenja. Zato sem posledično storila VELIKO napak, obenem pa sem se naučila tudi mnogo koristnih stvari, ki jih bom danes z veseljem delila z vami. Torej, tukaj je 15 nasvetov za vsakogar, ki šele dobro začenja z ličenjem. 

1. Ne kupujte dragih "primerjev", saj vsi delujejo na popolnoma enak način. Sama vam svetujem, da kupite Nivea Men balzam po britju, ki je izredno ugoden in deluje po enakem principu kot ostali "primerji". Vsebuje glicerin, ki skuži kot vezivo za tekočo podlago, ki se nanj "prilepi", in tako ostane obstojna dlje časa. Same kože ne zmasti, se hitro vpije in je izredno lahek. 

2. V svoj ritual ličenja vključite tudi polnjenje obrvi. Sama sem mnenja, da izgleda dokaj čudno, če je celoten obraz popolno naličen, obrvi pa ostanejo neopazne. Obrvi so izredno pomemben del obraza, saj ga definirajo - če jih oblikujete na pravilen način, vam lahko popolnoma spremenijo obraz (seveda v pozitivnem smislu). 

3. Nanašanja bronzerja in samega senčenja t.i. contouring ne smemo kar tako hitro enačiti. Kar nekaj časa sem tudi sama delala napako, da sem bronzer uporabljala za senčenje lic. Bistvena razlika je, da se bronzer uporablja za rahlo obarvanje lic in je bolj tople/oranžne barve, medtem ko senčenje  (contouring) opravljamo bolj precizno z bolj hladno/sivkasto barvo. 

4. Osvetljujte polt (highlighting) - na vrhu ličnic, konici nosu in nad zgornjo ustnico. Osvetljevanje bo dodalo vaši polti mladosten videz in sijaj. 

5. Še ena izredno pogosta napaka je zamenjava korektorja in highliterja pod očmi, saj veliko ljudi opravi le slednje. Sodeč po nasvetih znanih vizažistov, bi morali slediti naslednjim korakom: najprej na podočnjake nanesemo rožnato obarvan korektor ter šele nato, zelo na rahlo, dodamo bolj rumenkasti highliter, da obraz osvetlimo in ga posledično ustvarimo bolj budnega. 

6. Pri nanosu senčil vedno uporabite prehodno barvo, ki je rahlo temnejša od odtenka vaše polti in jo nanesite na očesno gubo (kot očesa), da s tem ustvarite bolj mehek prehod med svetlo barvo na sredini veke in temnejšo ob robu. 

7. Ugotovite, kakšna je vaša oblika očesa, saj se, čeprav se tega ne zavedamo najbolje, tudi v tem aspektu izredno razlikujejo med seboj. Na podlagi rezultata pa nato prilagodite izbiro makeup-a. 

8. S črtalom za ustnice ustvarite natančno obrobo, saj boste s tem dosegli bolj urejen izgled ustnic. 

9. Ne pozabite na uporabo senčil in eye-linerjev, tudi ko nosite očala. Čeprav se mi je večkrat zdelo, da popolnoma brez potrebe nanašam senčila, saj se tako ali tako ne bodo opazila za očali, sem kmalu ugotovila, da z na zgornjo veko nanešenim črtalom oko lepo oblikujem in s tem dosežem, da je veliko bolj opazno (in ne izgubljeno pod močnimi okvirji očal). 

10. Pomemben faktor pri nanosu ličil je definitivno pravilna izbira tekoče podlage (ki jo morate med preizkušanjem v trgovini vedno nanesti na čeljust in ne na roke). Pomembno je vedeti, da morate za doseganje naravnega izgleda pri izbiri upoštevati tudi podtone vaše polti (hladen, topel ali pa nevtralen podton). Pri tem vam bodo pomagala vaša zapestja: če imate žile večinoma modre ali vijolične barve, potem imate hladen (roza) podton in vam na splošno bolj pristoji srebrn nakit. Če imate žile zelene barve, imate topel (zlat/rumen) podton in vam bolj pristoji zlat nakit. Če pa imate nekakšno zmes zelenih in modrih žil, pa je vaš podton nevtralen. 

11. Tudi če imate izredno svetlo polt, to še ne pomeni, da imate roza podton, ki je nekakšen večni stereotip. Sama sem kupila vrsto različnih najsvetlejših tekočih podlag in vse so na moji koži izpadle izredno nenavadno (čeprav naj bi mi barva ustrezala). Kmalu sem ugotovila, da imam topel/rumen podton, večina znamk pa ustvari nasjvetlejše tekoče podlage (ponavadi z imenom oz. barvo porcelan) z roznim podtonom. Po dolgem iskanju pa sem končno našla podlago pri Revlonu, ki ima topel podton - Revlon Colorstay v barvi 150 Buff. 

12. Ne nanesite ogromno pudra, čeprav imate slabo kožo, ker bo to le še poslabšalo vašo situacijo. Nanesite podlago z rahlo prekrivnostjo ter nato na problematične predele nanseite korektor in s tem ustvarite videz bolj naravno brezihbne kože. 

13. Ne bojte se uporabljati različnih barv šmink. Najti morate le pravi odtenek, ki vam bo ustrezal. 

14. Vaja dela mojstra, tudi kar zadeva ličila. Iz napak se učimo, zato se ne bojte napak, saj nihče ni popoln. 

15. In na koncu še moj zadnji nasvet: ne bote se eksperimentirati z ličili. Če zamočite, jih vedno lahko z lahkoto odstranite! 



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