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Mastering the Cat Eyes

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Cat eyes have long been bringing ladies the dramatic flair known for an uncanny, confident look. With the mere flick of a wrist, the cat eyes liner worn with the perfect precision that can bring them the aura of Cleopatra, the warrior queen of Egypt. But the trick is exact symmetry, equal thickness and an unwavering line on both eyes which can become extremely challenging.

 

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If you want to master this mysterious, witty look that will make you appear more like a predator than a prey, read on. We will tell you a few secrets

1.      A good cat eye is different widths all the way. Begin it with a thin line and make it thicker towards the ending. Even better, Begin at the end i.e. the outer corner of the eye.

2.      A cat eye-liner is not a one size fits all formula. It depends on the depth of the crease and shape of your eye. There are two main cat eye wing shapes: Triangular and curvy. A triangular wing comes straight up and then in. The triangular shape works best for large eyes and adds definition.  A curvy wing comes out, rounds at the bottom and curves up. Curvy wings are best to make your eyes look bigger through the elongated lash line that you create.

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Clumsy Contouring – How Can You Fix It?

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Clumsy Contouring - The contouring trend has recently created a hype among makeup lovers, thanks to the famous Kardashian sisters. However, for those who aren’t makeup pros, it is easy to make a mess of all that contouring resulting in a complexion that looks out of proportion rather than sculpted. But the good news is contouring is not that difficult once you have the required love and prep for it in place.

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a)     See if your face needs contouring: “Not every nose, forehead, chin and temple needs a dose of contour,” says Mehron Makeup artist Stephanie Klasse. Remember contouring looks different in person and in photographs. It’s best to start with the basics and give your cheekbones a boost with just a little contour before you apply your blush. A cool-toned foundation is recommended by most experts instead of a cream foundation finished with a dab of cream blush.

b)     Never choose a shade that’s too dark for your complexion:   Nothing looks more repulsive than harsh contour lines when it comes to good makeup. That happens when you’ve chosen a contour color/bronzer that is too dark for your natural complexion. Then right shade will be almost two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

 

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c)     Blend, Blend, Blend: Blending can be seriously tedious and boring. (Especially when your husband is ready to go and you only have ten minutes to get ready). No matter what, blend it well. It’s the most important part of a fine makeup routine Clumsy Contouring. It will prevent those harsh lines. 

d)     Use the Right Tools: Be sure you have selected the right tools for your face i.e. a proper contouring brush. They’re much thinner than the others and are usually angled for easy use.

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    e)     Never Overdo Your Highlight: Highlighting works in close collaboration with contouring. It not only enhances the features of your face but also sculpts them. Keep it calm and subtle. Wrong highlighting can easily let the camera flash make you look absurd and ruin your evening. Its best to use a highlighter that is not so grainy for the evenings (e.g. Mary-Lou Manizer ) and a slightly heavier one (e.g. Mac Mineralize skinfinish) for the night time.

    f)     Use a setting spray: For a more intense contour, cream shades are the best. However, cream or powder, always use a setting spray. You can choose between a matte finish or dewy finish spray according to the look you want.  

    g)     Don’t put on too much foundation with your contour: There’s nothing like  a subtle contour. The aim is to make the skin look fresh rather than airbrushed. Kim Kardashian recommends using dewy highlights with a touch of contour.

     

     

     

     

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    Why It’s Really Terrifying To Use Fake Makeup Products!

    Terrifying To Use Fake Makeup Products

    With the boom of makeup and cosmetic products, fake makeup has become a severe problem for genuine makeup seller as well as makeup lovers. Although beauty steals are seriously tempting, they come at a risk of getting harmful products. Major brands like Kylie Cosmetics, Estee Lauder Cos. And many others have been fighting fakes since 2003. It had to create a global security team around the globe. Its job was to sniff out phonies, ebay and other third party retailers selling knockoffs.

     Sephora is going through the same issue, especially in the Asian markets. Where is all this fake makeup coming from? China, Duh! As per a Bloomberg investigation, most of these products come from ramshackle operations – think filthy, muddy floors, barrels of dye out in the open and tons of paint thinner, bacteria and carcinogens.

    Now what is a carcinogen? According to American Cancer Society, “Substances and exposures that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens.” Pretty spooky huh! These products are sold are extremely cheap prices to lure customers into buying them and cause serious health risks.

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    China’s DHGate and Alibaba, the giant wholesalers are making sale and purchase of these counterfeit products very easy. They provide a platform to sellers of all kinds to promote and export their products worldwide. How many people actually go to China to check product quality before purchasing?  Worse, China is Pakistan’s next door neighbor which makes it very cheap to ship these products to Pakistan and sell cosmetic products at the prices of genuine products, thus making huge profits. Now, who won't want to buy expensive products at throwaway prices? 

    The Independent (UK) reported in May 2015 that police has found rat droppings, human urine and arsenic substances in fake beauty products including Makeup, perfumes, electrical hair stylers and sun cream. The campaign called: "Wake Up - Don't Fake Up!" The report also stated that "Fake Cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss and foundation have been found to contain toxic levels of chemicals and harmful substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead. All of these can cause allergic reactions such as skin irritation, swelling, rashes and burns along with longer-term health problems."

    Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/rat-droppings-urine-and-arsenic-being-found-in-fake-beauty-products-police-say-10256622.html

    You think that was the scary part? No. The scariest part is that these fakes have such fine packaging and labeling that it becomes extremely hard to spot them. Big brands are including anti-counterfeit measures in their packaging like watermarks, holograms, RFID chips etc. to differentiate their products. Still, they’re not foolproof. So beware ladies, you skin is precious.

     

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    Are You Exfoliating Your Skin the Right Way?

    Exfoliating Your Skin
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    Exfoliation is the key to better skincare but very often, it is done incorrectly. Let us explore what you might be doing wrong.

     The basic purpose of exfoliation is to handle skin blemishes, roughness of texture, blackheads, clogged pores and any other nasty elements hiding behind the skin. When exfoliation is not dealt with properly, the dead skin cells build up and lead to breakouts causing the skin to appear dull and boring. Even scarier is the fact that it brings you wrinkles way quicker than you think.

     Almost all of us have been using scrubs and may seem easy. However, we often forget that exfoliation is not only scrubbing. It requires good technique as much as it requires a good product. We have listed down a few excellent tips for you below:

    ·         Wash your face with warm water before you exfoliate to clean up the surface layer of skin of makeup and dirt ingrained in the skin. Warm water helps open up the pores and eases them out.

    ·         Scrub in circular motions with any facial massage and move from the center of the face towards the edges to get rid of toxic materials. Avoid pressing too hard on the face. Be gentle.

    ·         Don’t exfoliate your skin more than two times a week initially and see if you need to take it up a notch.

    ·         Don’t pick an exfoliant that is too abrasive, mix a cream cleanser in it.

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    For all those with Sensitive Skin:

    Know the kind of skin that reacts quickly to things like fragrances, harsh chemicals, sulfates and rough weather? If that happens to you, switch from physical scrubs to chemical scrubs. A physical scrub contains ingredients like chopped nuts, crystal of some kind, grains, salts etc that help dislodge sticky dead cells wash away. But for people who easily get a blotchy, inflamed skin, it’s a no no!

     

    You need to wash away your dead skin cells without scratching and scraping by using a product with the right ingredients.

     

    The Number One Remedy: Go Natural. Try homemade exfoliation masks from items on your kitchen shelf. They have natural acids to help break up the layer of dead skin cells e.g. oats, strawberries, orange peel powder, honey, and lemon juice (Not really recommended for very dry skin though). Just be sure to mix them with a base like water, oils, yogurt etc. to have an overall gentle experience to your skin. 

     

    Gentle Acids: Use products with gentle acids like glycolic (derived from sugar cane), malic (From fruit), citric (Fruit) and lactic(Milk).

    Peel Off Masks: A moisturizing peel off mask can work wonders without involving any scrubbing. Just apply, sit back, and watch TV or read a book.

    And Wallah! You’re on your way to a brighter, healthier looking baby skin.