Makeup has been around for centuries; even Cleopatra in ancient Egypt decorated her face. Women throughout history have considered makeup essential. Makeup doesn’t do magic, it just enhances the beauty you already have.

Whether you’re a stay at home mom, career woman, teenager, or doting grandmother, here are some makeup and beauty tips for you.

Exercise and diet

Naturally, you must take care of your body to have healthy and radiant skin. Exercise and a proper diet are still required. The stress your body feels can reflect a lot on your face, so be sure to de-stress. Hydration is also important, drink more than the 8 glasses of water required per day.

Follow a skin care regimen. The simplest is the 3-step method: cleanse, tone, and hydrate.

Cleaning

Cleaning is the most fundamental step in facial care. Removes dirt accumulated on the face during the day and old makeup. Cleansers come in the form of creams or lotions. Get the one that is perfect for your skin type. Never use ordinary soap as a cleaner. It has ingredients that can damage the skin.

Toner

After cleaning your face, use a toner. Removes residual dirt from your makeup and the environment. Plus, it can help hydrate, revitalize, and balance the pH of your skin.

Hydrate

The final step is hydration. Moisturizers prevent skin from drying out by rehydrating it. Before buying these products, be sure to read the label and stay away from products with chemicals that can damage your skin.

Note: Since cleansing is an integral part of skin care, make sure your brushes and sponges are clean before applying cosmetics to your face. Brushes and sponges can be cleaned with your regular shampoo. Also, don’t use expired cosmetics – keep track of their expiration dates.

Once you’ve completed these three steps, here are some simple tricks to help you put on makeup and enhance your inner natural beauty.

Start by applying a cosmetic foundation to your face.

Eyes

Unless you are going to a party, the least is the best. You can even get away with just applying mascara to make your eyes fuller. However, if you insist on putting on eyeshadow, go for brown ones. Make sure your eyebrows are well groomed. Gives a more polished look. To help camouflage those dark circles around your eyes, apply a small amount of concealer makeup, but not too much to avoid that velvety look.

Lips

If you want a long-lasting lip color, try this quick tip: Line your lips with a lip liner that is a shade darker than your lipstick. Next, fill it in with your lipstick starting from the middle out. The last touch would be the lip gloss. Like the lipstick, apply it from the center and avoid putting it in the corners of the lip to prevent it from running. Now, you have that sexy, full lip.

Adding some color / tint to the cheeks (stick blush) is the last and final step.

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