New beauty can't be gained in minutes, but correct facial makeup applied by an expert can take years from the face, make it seem pretty and beautiful; and give your morale a shot in the arm - all in less than an hour.
To know how to "dress" your face with the aid of cosmetics and a becoming hairdo, it is essential to "place" your face-shape and skin-type and know something about the art of camouflage.
Camouflage is the art of disguising. In a sense, it's a lesson in simple arithmetic - adding and subtracting.
No woman needs to excel in this form of mathematics to know that if her forehead is high or her chin receding she must subtract from the height of her brow and add to the prominence of her chin.
Makeup experts refer to these procedures as "shading" and "spotlighting" respectively. In "shading" you create an illusion of greater obscurity, less size. "Spotlighting" brings out a specific area.
Subtly applied and perfected by practice, camouflage makeup will never make you look as though you've auditioned for a burlesque show.
A made-up face with camouflaged areas is as accepted today as a lipstick. The natural pretty look women claim they want to achieve is what they have to begin with and are hoping to enhance.
They want their cake and to eat it, too. And it's possible with experience and know-how, together with two of the arithmetic basics, adding and subtracting.
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Choose the color of base or foundation with utmost care. Remember that all bases look lighter on your wrist and in the container than on your face.
Check the color by putting a dab or two on the back of your hand - not on the protected, usually lighter, skin of the under wrist. Every woman should have at least two base shades - the darker for daytime, the lighter for evening - not the other way round as so many women think.
For shading or spotlighting contours, features, discolorations, wrinkles, etc., two more bases are needed. One of these (for spotlighting) should be three shades lighter than your lighter shade; the other (for shading) three shades darker than your darker shade.
Both should be in a solid cream stick unless the skin is deeply wrinkled. Then a liquid base would be advisable.
For dry skin use cream or liquid base; dab it on in spots all over face and neck, then smooth it in evenly all over. Use cream or liquid rouge over your base; choose face powder to match the lighter base and wear it confidently day or night.
If your skin is oily, apply cake base with a damp, warm sponge. (A silk sponge is best.) Do not squeeze the sponge out and allow it to sleep on top of your cake. This is where you can begin complexion trouble. Always rinse the sponge well and allow it to dry.
A wet sponge application of cake-type makeup will give a lighter finish. The just-damp sponge will add more color and conceal imperfections.
A temporary bump (not an open pimple or sore, of course) can be quite well hidden by dabbing on and blending cake base with a short-bristled paintbrush-such as you use for lipstick and eye shadow.
Pick cake rouge to add color. Remember that a cake base turns to a flat, matt finish on the skin and does not readily accept cream or liquid rouge. Apply your color sparingly with a brush or fresh cotton-wool puff.
When skin is part dry, part oily, use cream or liquid for all dry areas and a cake-type base in a similar color for oily areas. Apply cake-type foundation last and blend quickly and evenly, watching your handiwork in a well-lighted three-way mirror for preference.
With a fresh, clean sponge, set your base by pressing cool, not cold, water all over face and throat before powdering. Apply face-powder generously with a puff of cotton-wool all over face and neck, pressing (never rubbing) it into the skin. Then brush off in a downward direction with cotton-wool or a soft complexion brush.
When powdering, make a T formation. The top bar of the T covers your forehead and the vertical bar comes down over your nose, lips, and chin.
If your "face" doesn't seem to stay on long, your skin seems to absorb it and within an hour or two you are drained of color and compliments. Try this:
Apply a complete base of cream or liquid. (If you are over 25, use a liquid base.) Rouge, shade, and spotlight as you usually would, powder down, and apply your eye makeup, but not your lipstick.
Using a moderately wet, warm silk sponge, gloss a thin layer of a similar shade of cake makeup over your face and lips. Apply quickly, smoothly, and evenly. After it has set for 30 seconds blot it dry with tissues. Touch-up if necessary your eyes or brows and add your lipstick.
Unless you are very, very young (and shouldn't wear daytime makeup, anyway) and have no lines or wrinkles, don't wear this long-stay makeup in sunlight. It will look makeup. But for indoor lighting or bright lights it will be pretty and attractive, and stay for hours.
Cake-type base will accentuate tiny lines round the eyes and lips and draw attention to wrinkles unless these defects are touched up by spotlighting with an under-base of cream or liquid in these areas.
A cream or cake-type base best camouflages freckles and discolorations. A liquid base fills in wrinkles and lines and is most flattering to mature complexions.
Loose face powder is always easier to apply than pressed powder. Keep yours in a salt-shaker to avoid pressing it down in a box container.
Face powder should be applied with soft cotton. Shake the powder on to your cotton puff, keeping it light and airy, thus preventing it from becoming scrubbed on to the base, smearing or streaking. Use a powder brush after your powder has been firmly patted on to all base-covered skin - including your throat.
After powdering comes your lip-line. Start with lips completely dry. Lipstick will look best over foundation and a slight dusting of powder to help prevent smearing.
Do's and Don'ts
Never, but never, go to bed with your makeup on. Besides staining the bed linen you're inviting skin trouble.
If you smoke, try to keep your cigarette far enough away from your face to prevent the smoke from constantly climbing up your face. I've always suspected a connection between eye lines and cigarette smoke and general drying-out of the skin.
Scrub your wash-basin out thoroughly before washing your face. Have separate washcloths for your face and for your body; ditto towels.
Be lavish in your use of fresh face-cloths. Your face deserves a clean one each and every day. Cut up old bath towels into face size squares just for this purpose.
Girls who have blemishes or any type of open pimples should boil the cloths and complexion brush (if you have one) and leave to dry in the sun. Remember that you can transfer germs and reinfect your skin with soiled washers.
Never put ice directly on your face. And use cold water, never ice water.
When removing makeup, take it off in sections. First gently cream and tissue off your lipstick, then your eye makeup, then cleanse the rest of your face.
Remember that all these movements should be upward.
Alcoholic drinks gradually coarsen any skin texture.