A concealer should be one shade lighter than the skin's actual tone. This means that it will be visible when
initially applied, but will blend quickly to be invisible when blotted and covered by the foundation (or tinted moisturizer). Remember only to
lightly dab concealer onto the area you want to cover-up. Using too much concealer (especially around the eyes) can result in a raccoon-type
effect, or the eyes looking puffy. Concealer should be replaced at least every six months.
Foundation is typically a translucent liquid or moist powder make-up that is designed to even out skin tone
and create the appearance of smooth clear skin. Foundation is usually applied with a cosmetic sponge and should be applied using a gentle,
dabbing motion for a matte finish. The reason for using the dabbing motion is two-fold. One, by dabbing the foundation onto the skin, you
minimize the risk of rubbing off any concealer and negating its effects.
Two, dabbing the foundation allows you more control over the amount of
make-up you apply. Some women have a tendency to place dollops of foundation on different areas of the face and spread it around using their
fingertips. This can lead to uneven application and a line of demarcation or "swirl patterns" on the face, which as the foundation begins to set
can only be covered by applying more make-up.
Your foundation should match your skin tone as closely as possible. When your foundation is applied, it
should vanish immediately. If you can see where the foundation has been applied then the foundation is either too light or too dark for your skin
tone. After you've applied your foundation, let it sit for a few moments to set.
Foundation should be replaced at least every six months. (Trivia Fact: Long before the creation of foundation make-up, women used powder to soften the skin tone and
give the illusion of even skin. This was most prevalent in eras when pale complexions were the most desired.)
Finishing powder is a translucent powder make-up that is designed to set the foundation make-up and prevent
shine, ensuring a natural-looking, matte finish. Once you've applied your moisturizer, concealer, and foundation, lightly dust the face with
finishing powder using a large applicator brush. The finishing powder should be as close to the same shade as your foundation make-up as is
Once you've applied your finishing powder, your face should look as though it is freshly washed, but not as
though you are obviously wearing make-up. Finishing powder should be replaced at least every six months.
The eyebrow pencil is a crayon-like stick make-up that is used to fill-in sparse or overly-light eyebrows.
Most eyebrow pencils come with a blending tool on one end in order to soften the effect. You should choose a shade of pencil that matches your
hair color or is slightly lighter.
Avoid over-drawing the eyebrows, as the result is an artificial look. Use light, short strokes to add color and fill in any gaps or sparse
areas of the brow. Eyebrow pencils should be replaced at least every six months.