Bridal Makeup


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One of the most important day of your life, which you’ve dreamt about since you were a little girl, is just around the corner and there are still so many things that need to be done for that special day-your wedding. It seems that time is not our friend and it is not so generous the more that day approaches. So, starting to get prepared ahead of time is the best idea. There are so many things to think about, there are so many people to contact, a lot of plans to be made. And in the end everything should come perfect…because that is your day and over years you still want to remember it with so much enthusiasm.

Make-up plays an important role when it comes about weddings. Not only the bride should have her makeup done, but also the other attendants, and that is because when taking pictures or making the video the skin and other features will look all smooth and defined.
I am thinking of brides as very delicate beings, so gentle and sensitive. They are all beautiful and makeup should only enhance those features so that when they walk down the aisle they still look like themselves, but in a more glamorous way.

There are certain things to consider when choosing the makeup for the brides, and few of these are the color of the bouquet, the type of dress, the hairstyle, the age, but also if she is allergic or sensitive to any of the cosmetic ingredients.

Every bride is in the center of attention on her wedding day, so the way the makeup is applied should be perfect. The foundation should match her skin tone and it is meant to emphasize its beauty and not cover it. Anything that has a high SPF should be avoided if you do not want to look too white in the pictures. The eye makeup should not compete with the lips and cheeks, so the attention will be drawn on either one or the other. Colors that emphasize the bride’s iris are a choice for eye makeup, but also eye shadows that coordinate with the bridal bouquet could be used. Some choices would be roses, salmons, plum, lilac, pink, chestnut, grey or neutral. Stay away of frosty or shadows that are too sparkly as they reflect light and could look white in photos.Tears on the wedding day are to be expected so waterproof mascara is a must. Also, false lashes are suggested for the eyes to look more opened. For the lips, never go too pale, because they need to be caught by the camera. Few ideas are coral, pink, raspberry, mauve, red.

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Pin-up makeup

makeupbydiana-com_pin-up_makeupBettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor are just a few names that I am sure everybody that hear about the pinup period will associate it with these memorable icons. The era when this type of makeup was in bloom included the period between 1940s-1950s, but even nowadays it offers such a sophisticated look, so easy to achieve.
Here are the steps you have to follow in order to achieve that doe-eyed look.

Once the face is cleansed and moisturized, apply a concealer to cover all the imperfections (dark circles, any blemishes that might exist etc.). You can apply it over the entire eyelid, as well, in order to bring more light to the eyes. Then, go with a foundation as close to your skin tone as possible, making sure it is blended very well. If you cannot find the perfect match, choose a light-tone foundation. It is preferable to have a matte finish to it. Using an illuminator, add some brightness above the eyebrows and on the cheekbones zone, blending it around the eyes. Add some powder to set up the foundation. The pinup look is also characterized by a flawless complexion.

Now that we have a perfect canvas, we can continue with the rest of the makeup, taking into consideration that the main focus should be on the lips.
The eyebrows should be well groomed and penciled, thickening the beginning part and curving them a little. Make them look bold and even. Apply a very light color such as vanilla, ivory, nude, champagne, on the entire eyelid, and contour the crease using taupe, pink or grey. The color used for the contour could be used to line the bottom lash line very soft. The star of the eyes remains the black eyeliner, which could be either in a liquid or cream form.

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How To Apply Sun-Kissed Makeup

makeupbydiana-com_sun-kissed_makeupWe all know that the sun is one of the biggest enemy of the skin aging, but some of us still spend hours trying to achieve that tanned look. I personally am so afraid of taking a sunbath, but love at the same time the sun-kissed look. So here it is how you can get a sunny glow without damaging your skin.
Apply a tinted moisturizer first or a foundation that gives you a sheer or medium coverage. Make sure you dust a little loose powder to set it but at the same time to create a smooth base for the bronzer that is to be applied.

Time for the bronzer, my favorite for every summer! You can apply it by using a Kabuki brush, making sure you shake any excess off before. Consider that when we tan, we do not get an evenly color. So go just over the areas that are more exposed. The easiest way to apply the bronzer is drawing the number three on each part of the face, starting with the forehead, continuing with the cheek and ending at the jaw line. Then add a little product over the bridge of the nose, neck and décolletage.

The best eye shadow color to illuminate the eyes is bronze. It will go with any eye color. Other colors that would work are golds, browns, beiges, preferably in a shimmery texture. If you want to skip the shadow, just a pencil in the colors that I have mentioned would look beautiful, as well. Black or brown mascara and you are almost done!
For the lips I recommend to keep them natural, just add a little gloss over.

And do not forget: if the sun is there, use a high SPF to protect your skin.

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How To Apply Makeup On A Mature Skin

makeupbydiana-com_mature_skin_makeupAs we age, our skin texture becomes thinner and we notice that skin around the eyes becomes saggy. Do not be afraid to apply makeup, as there are some good tips to consider when dealing with aging skin.

After an anti-aging moisturizer is applied, we should make any corrections before applying the foundation. The dark circles under the eyes will be covered with a concealer lighter in texture, in order to avoid the folds to become more obvious. Age spots and other discolorations will be covered with a special corrector, as well.

When choosing the foundation, I recommend one that will give you a full coverage, but still not looking heavy, with moisturizing and anti-aging properties, as well, and with a dewy finish. Stay away of the matte finishes, as they will get into the wrinkles and feel obvious on the face. I prefer to use an illuminating concealer around the eyes, especially in the outer corners, to make the eye area look rested and to give the illusion of lifted eyes. Loose powder can be applied to set the foundation. I prefer the powders that diffuse the light and create the illusion of less wrinkles.

We can move to the eye area now. If the eyelid is much wrinkled, we could concentrate more on the lips or skin, going very light on the eye color and using matte shadows. If the eyelid is not wrinkled, we can apply a darker shadow in the corners and a pearly shadow in the center of the eyelid.

In order to give the illusion of an eye-lift there are three methods to be considered. Turn the liner up at the corner of the upper eyelid, curl the eyelashes and line the eyebrows above the natural line, especially the tail of the brows, as this tends to fall as we age. The bottom lash line should be shaded very soft, in colors such like gold, mauves or blue grays. The top line should be 2-3 times thicker than the bottom one, in order to create that lifted effect. A good idea is to use a white pencil inside the lower rim to open up the eyes and cut any redness that may exist.

Apply an iridescent red blush to give the face life and light. If the face is very dry, apply a cream blush instead, right on top of the foundation, before the light powder is applied.

Lining the lips will create a more definition and will prevent the lipstick from bleeding. For a longer wear color, you can apply the lip liner all over the lips, and then go with the lipstick. Mature skin should stay away of the brown color lipsticks, using instead reds, pinks or corals. If preferring to add a gloss, use it only in the center of the lips, as applying it all over the lips will make the lipstick bleed.

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How To Apply Blush

makeupbydiana-com_blushApplying blush, also known as rouge, will give every woman a healthy look, accentuating their cheekbones and adding warmth to the face. This is also a good way to create a youthful appearance to the face.

We are all used to smile when it comes to apply the blush. According to Rae Morris, a multiple award-winning makeup artist, the muscle that protrudes is not always the cheek muscle, so when relaxed, the area will fall back closer to the mouth than the cheekbone. This way, we end up aging ourselves. For everyday makeup, the right area to apply the blush is between the corner of the mouth and corner of the ear as the base and corner of the nose and temples as the upper limit. There should be a distance of two fingers between the corner of nose and the blush color.

There might be exceptions, depending on what kind of look we want to create.
Blushes come in formulations like compact powders, liquids, creams, sticks, loose or gels. If you have dry or more mature skin wear a cream texture blush rather than powder, so this will not creep into wrinkles. But if you still prefer a powder type formula, stay away of the matte ones, opting instead for the pearly tones in order to get a dewy look. On the other hand, oily skins might use matte powder formulas.

When selecting the color for a natural look, for fair skin, peach, coral or rosy shades work the best. The olive skin looks great in dark rose, peach, orange or bronze tones. Black skin is flattered by bright colors like plum, fuchsia, warm apricots or deep bronze. As regards the redheads, the best colors are peach or coral shades.

And do not forget: blush color should be in the same color family with lip color (both warm or both cool).

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How To Apply Evening Makeup

makeupbydiana-com_evening-make-upWhether going out in the night or having a special occasion, the makeup we wear should be different than the one we are used to wear every day. That means that more definition is required for the eyes, cheeks or lips. But most of the time, the star of the evening makeup will be the eyes.

So, here it is a simple way of creating an evening look.

After the face is cleansed and moisturized, I recommend applying the makeup for the eyes first. This will prevent any falling shadow messing up with the makeup base. The first step of the makeup is applying a corrector on the entire eye area, both on the eyelid and under the eyes, in order to correct any skin redness and to cover the dark circles. It is very important to blend the corrector at the base of the eyelashes. By doing this will assure that the makeup will go smoother and will stay in place all night, as well. But before any color is applied, sweep a little loose powder on the entire eye area.

Now we are ready to apply the color. We don’t necessary need more than two shadows. An easy choice is using black and vanilla. One of the easiest methods of applying them is blending the black color on the entire mobile eyelid up to the bone. Fill in any gaps between the eyelashes with a Kohl black pencil and apply it also inside the inner rim of the upper and lower lid. Blend it into the black shadow, using an angle brush and fix it with shadow below the lower lashes. Using a thick brush, blend the light color on the brow bone and the inner corner of the eyes. Applying two coats of mascara is very important as the emphasis of the makeup is on the eyes, you can even add more drama by using some false lashes. Do not forget about the brows. Use a natural hair color eyebrow pencil or powder to fill them in. Clean any excess of eye makeup with a Q-tip or clean brush.

Having the eyes all made up, we can apply now the foundation to even out the complexion and set it up with a translucent loose powder. Because we want the attention to be on the eyes, the lip color should be a soft tone. As regards the cheeks, we could use a heavy pigmented color as the night makeup blush is stronger in intensity.
If black is too much for you, it could be replaced by dark grey, brown, green, blue or purple.

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How To Apply Everyday Makeup

makeupbydiana-com_everyday-make-upEven if it is just a simple day, no special occasion coming, there is a type of makeup everyone could use, without being too much. Therefore, this is the makeup for every day, which should look natural, but elegant.

The most important steps for achieving any look is cleansing the skin and applying the proper moisturizer based on your concern. The eye area is the most delicate one, so don’t ignore it and opt for a special moisturizer designed for that.

I usually prefer to apply a primer before the makeup is done, in order to assure a smoother application and better wear of the makeup. Concealer is one of the best friend when coming to cover any imperfections like dark circles under the eyes or age spots. It can also be applied on the upper eye lid, to make this even and serving at the same time as a base for the eye shadow. In this way our eyes look rested and fresh. A sheer foundation is applied all over the face, to even out the color of the skin. It can be applied with a foundation brush, a sponge or with the fingers. But the best of these is using a brush. Think that you are painting and the finish will be seamless. While using a sponge, this will absorb too much product. If more concealer is needed, you can apply it one more time on top of the foundation, just on the areas that still have shadows. I prefer to use an illuminating concealer after the foundation is applied to brighten up the eye area. If used before the foundation, the brightening effect will disappear.


Using a powder to set up your makeup is necessary. I recommend a translucent loose powder, as it is lighter and will create a natural look. It can be also swept over the lids, so the shadow will stay longer without getting into the crease.

When choosing eye shadow colors, the best ones to look natural are the earth tones like brown, gold, orange, beige, olive. The brown looks good with any eye color. There shouldn’t be more than two colors on the eye for a natural makeup. To define the eyes, an eyeliner is applied and smudged with a brush for a soft look.
We should not forget about mascara, in order to achieve thicker and darker lashes. Again, both black or brown works well.

Many women skip making up the brows, which actually give a frame to the eyes and expression to the face. They should be well groomed and brushed in a natural shape. Use an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill in any gaps. Eyebrows should be done only after the foundation and powder is applied, so there will be no remaining of these products on the hairs.
The blush and the lip color should be both in the same color family, both warm or both cool.

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