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August 3, 2009

23 Personalized Beauty Tips

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Photo Credit: Don Flood

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EYE CIRCLES AND PUFFINESS
• Whether those dark circles are genetic or from a sleepless night, you can make them disappear: Tap on a yellow-based concealer to cancel out bluish undertones and set it with loose powder in your regular shade.
Try: Sue Devitt Automatic Camouflage

Hiding eye puffiness is all about optical illusion: Start with an eye cream that contains light-reflecting particles. Then, pat on an equally illuminating concealer. (Avoid powder—it traps light and makes the problem look worse.)
Try: Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Eye Serum, Givenchy Mister Light Corrective Pen

BROWS
• To make your beautiful, thick brows look more refined for a meeting or night out (sans tweezers), apply a white highlighter pencil along the brow bone, covering up stray hairs that may distract from your shape.
Try: Benefit High Brow Pencil

• If your brows are on the sparse side, fill them in with brow powder or matte eyeshadow. Tap a small, angled brush into the shadow—one shade lighter than your hair color—and draw short, upward strokes on top of your natural brow.
Try: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo

LASHES
• To make sparse lashes look fuller, dab an angled brush into cream liner and wiggle it between your lashes at the base; then, add volumizing mascara. For evening, attach a few clusters of false lashes towards the outer corners.
Try: L'Oreal HIP cream liner, Cover Girl Volume Exact Mascara

LIPS
• If you'd like your lips to look fuller, opt for a light, shimmery gloss and a dab of highlighter in your cupids bow. (Avoid the overdrawn pencil—it's an obvious giveaway that you're trying to fake something.)
Try: Stila Silk Shimmer Lipgloss

• If your lips don't have a lot of natural pigment, try a stain in a pinky-nude shade. Dab it all over, allowing it to set, and then apply your favorite gloss on top. While the gloss may fade, the stain will give you all-day color.
Try: Tarte 24/7 Lipsheer in Thursday

COMPLEXION
• To warm up a sallow complexion, start with a pink-based primer, focusing along your forehead and cheeks. Then, tap on a foundation or tinted moisturizer that matches your natural skintone.
Try: Makeup Forever HD Primer

• For a ruddy complexion, Blandino recommends using an illuminating foundation through the center of the face. "Redness tends to concentrate on the cheeks and nose," he explains. Buff the edges out clean with a makeup sponge.
Try: Too Faced Magic Wand Foundation

• If your face is winter-pale while the rest of your body is tawny, you may need to even out: Apply a gradual self-tanner with SPF all over your face and down your neck. Then, dust on bronzer for immediate color.
Try: Jergens Daily Glow Face Daily Moisturizer SPF20

• Skip foundation to play up your natural moles and freckles. Just pat concealer under your eyes, around your nose, and wherever you may have a blemish. Dust on loose mineral powder for a bit of polish.
Try: Bare Escentuals Loose Powder


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