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I’m not a fan of girls trying to change the way they look with makeup. Yes, you might say that the purpose of makeup is to change your face, but I don’t think of it that way. I think of makeup as a way to decorate the face and perfect any temporary imperfections. When I hear girls talking about trying to make their nose look smaller or some such nonsense, I get worried. However, that’s not to say you can’t play around with some new techniques. For instance, say you’re trying out a new hairdo, and you know that it works better on people with certain features. If so, there’s no harm in mixing it up. For instance, I think I’m pretty good at elongating my face, if you will. It also helps if I’m just feeling bloated and want to feel a bit skinnier.
To begin, make sure your face is clean and dry. Not too dry, obviously, as you should never apply makeup unless your face is free from irritation and in great condition. Next, apply your foundation that you usually use. Then, dip a mid-sized angled face brush into a bronzer. You want the bronzer to be one or two shades darker than your normal skin tone. You want the color to be basic, so stay away from anything shimmery. Once you’ve gotten rid of extra powder, run the brush along your jaw and temples. Brush up and out. If you still have some lines that just stick out, clean them up with a wedge. If your face still looks spotty, dip the wedge into some translucent powder. This will help face the excess color. If you want your face to look more angular, rather than thin, sweep bronzer into the “hollows” of your cheeks (what sucks into your mouth when you make a fish face). Alternatively, simply apply some soft blush to your apples (right over your cheekbones) with a fluffy brush. If you want to evince a warm glow, use something tinged with gold. If you want to project a cool vibe, go for silver. As per usual, make sure you can’t tell where one product ends and the other starts, and you also need to be extra-cognizant of where the makeup ends and your skin begins. If these solutions still aren’t doing the trick, check out www.ehow.com, which has a wealth of information about all things makeup, and these are also where I perfected the techniques I shared above.