That touch of glamour...

Party Perfect

That touch of glamour...

It’s that time of the year when you need to look your ravishing best after a long day at work. Shahnaz Husain shows you how to add that oomph factor to your evening look

Getting ready for a party doesn’t stop at having worn your perfect party outfit and setting up your hair.

No party attire can be considered complete without wearing some makeup, which can make you stand out in the crowd. Here are some tips that will help add some glamour to your evening and night makeup:

* For darker skin, go for plum, wine or burgundy as lipstick colours. For fair skin, use beige, pink or orange undertones. Dark brown or dark grey eye shadow can be applied over black eyeliner for a muted effect. Look glam by using mauve or pink eye shadow with silver or gold highlights.

* For the smoky eyes look, apply eye shadow and eye liner close to the lashes on the upper eyelid and smudge it with a cotton bud. Then apply a dark shadow over it and blend it outwards and slightly upwards. Apply liner just below the lower lashes, smudge it and then apply eye shadow. Use gold or silver highlight under the brow bone, depending on our outfit and makeup.

* While choosing foundation for a fair ivory skin, go for beige with a rosy tint. If the complexion is fair, but sallow go for beige or biscuit. For reddish complexion, a softer beige will help. Olive complexions look better with brownish beige, while for brown and dark skins, try out foundation colours in natural brown tones.

* Where lips are concerned, a dark complexion looks good in vibrant colours and pale colours should be avoided. For those with fair skin, avoid very dark colours. For normal Indian complexion, go for warm earthy colours like coral, wine, plum, strawberry, orange, tangerine and shades of red. One can also mix two colours to create the desirable effect.

* Blusher colours need not match lip colour exactly, but it should be in the same colour tone. For example, if you have worn an orange-toned lipstick, avoid pink blush on. For fair skin, try pinks and reds. If you have a sallow skin, avoid orange. For olive complexions, colours like rose, coral, russet, amber, copper are flattering, while plum, wine, bronze and burgundy may suit darker complexions.

* Brown shadow may be applied on the lids and a darker brown in the crease of the eyes. Use gold highlights.

* The products you would need are moisturiser, foundation, powder, blush-on, eye shadow, mascara, eye liner, lipstick and glitter in gold or silver. Gold or silver eye shadow can be used to highlight.

* Use gold foundation to add a golden glow to the skin. By adding a golden-tinted powder, it adds a golden glow and is great for night makeup. For glamorous eye makeup, use brown, bronze and gold eye shadow.

Apply dark brown eye shadow in the crease of the lids, to add depth. Highlight under the brows with gold. Apply gold eye shadow to shape the eyes and along the bone line. Outline the eyes with dark eye pencil or eyeliner. Apply it on the upper lid, close to the lashes and smudge with a cotton bud. Gently blend a line of kohl or eye pencil on the lower lid. Try a touch of blusher at the outer eye, just under the eyebrow.

Looking natural

If you do not want to go in for heavy makeup for a party, how about going in for a natural look using foundation in sheer and translucent shades? This can be achieved very easily:

* Apply powder for the foundation to set.  Pay more attention to the oily areas of the face, like nose, forehead and chin. Press the powder all over the face and neck, with a slightly damp sponge as it helps it to last longer.

* If you want to cover up your pimples and pimple scars, use a little bit of creamy foundation and apply it directly on them. Avoid rubbing or smearing.

* Pat it on the skin and then apply loose powder on top, blending the powder with the rest of the skin.

* Use a blusher, but be subtle. The aim should be to give the complexion a healthy glow. Use a powder blusher, as they are much easier to apply and usually come with their own applicator brushes. Apply on the cheekbones and slightly below it.

You can use your finger tips to dot the area with blusher. Then, blend with the brush, outwards and slightly upwards, making sure there are no harsh lines or a blotchy effect.

(The author is a beauty expert)

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