The art of camouflage

The art of camouflage


The art of camouflage

The secret of smart grooming is to adjust make-up and hairstyle to suit your face. You can create an illusion by playing down your flaws and emphasising your plus points. Have a good look at yourself, your facial features and the shape of your face. Then decide on your look.

The aim should be to give your face symmetry and play down facial flaws. For instance, if you feel that your nose is large or that your jaw is square or if your cheeks are plump, use make-up to create a different look that take the focus away from them.
The first rule you have to keep in mind is that dark colours help tone down flaws, while light colours emphasise them.

Buy foundation in three shades: one shade should be as close to your skin colour as possible; the second one should be a shade lighter and the third, a shade darker. A highlighter helps emphasise areas and camouflage dark spots and patches. Avoid stark white and go for pale beige or pink, cream or ivory. You will also need a sponge for blending in the colour. Blending helps cover lines of demarcation.

To get a round face to seem oval in shape, apply foundation on the entire face. Then apply the darker colour foundation along the cheeks, on cheek points. Apply a blusher under the cheekbone, starting from the centre and going outwards and slightly upwards. Apply a highlighter or translucent powder on the cheekbones to lift them.

For a square or rectangular face:  Use a dark foundation on the jaw line, diagonally, from the ears to the tip of the chin, on either side. Apply a blusher on the cheekbones, blending it in smoothly and softly downwards.

If you have a double chin, apply the darker foundation under the chin line. Apply a blusher under the chin line, to make a soft shadow and minimise the fullness.

To make a long face look wider: Use a darker foundation on the forehead and chin, after applying a basic foundation for the entire face. Blusher should be kept to the top half of the face, high on the cheekbones and blended outwards and upwards.

To make a wide nose appear slim: Apply a dark foundation on either side, from eyebrows to nostrils and use a lighter one down the centre of the nose. If your nose is  broad, use a powder on the nose which is two shades darker than the one you have used on your face. Blend well, so that the make-up is evenly spread. Lines and blotches should not be visible. One learns from trial and error, so practise until you get the right look.

Mane management

Finding the hairstyle to suit individual facial features is important. It also helps play down your flaws.  Thin hair can be cut and styled in a way which adds body to the hair.  

If you have a long face, a short hairstyle that adds width to the sides will suit you. It should not be top heavy, as that would make your face seem longer. Do not have your hair hanging long on either sides. It should add width to the sides. A fringe, or hair falling on the forehead will help. If you have a layered hairstyle, the layers should begin at ear level.

A square face has a wide jaw line. Your hair should be cut with soft curls and waves, which fall around your face, so that the jawline is not emphasised. A side-parting would suit you. The hairstyle can add width on either side of the forehead. This would draw attention away from the jaws. Avoid tying back your hair tightly. For a round face, shoulder-length hair can be worn straight, with the hair falling straight on either side.

Keep a centre parting. Avoid the hair falling on the forehead. If you have layers, they should begin at chin level or lower. The hair can softly frame the face.

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