Saturday, January 24, 2009

Make-up Tips by Troy Jensen

I got these make-up tips from Troyjensen.com, one of Kim Kardashians make-up artists.

Advice and tips:


1. Get yourself some good brushes. It will really help you to create all your best looks. It all starts with the right tools and the right products…

2. Don’t keep unused make-up too long. Get rid of it or give it to your lil sister and make room for some new colors. Keeping organized will help you to plan out all your best looks.

3. Have a variety of foundation formulas. A sheer formula; for the days when you need just a hint of coverage. Tinted moisturizers can do the trick, as well. A medium coverage formula; for days when you may need a little extra help, in evening out your complexion or to cover a few breakouts. A potted concealer or stick usually does the trick. By keeping a variety of formulas, you will always have just the right coverage. Sometimes, you may need a little of both.

4. Start any make-up application with a positive affirmation. {example: “i’m a great make up artist” etc.} Repeat it in your head. It works when you start to believe it. Then go for it! Play and create whatever you want.

5. No obsessing, judging or, comparing. Make your own cool list. What do you like? Consider all the good things you love or that are going on for you and actually turn them into a cool-list. Read them out loud! Follow your own ideas of what you personally like. ”green eyeshadow”? Go for it! Be original and don’t be afraid to express your ideas. Who knows you, might start a trend or two.

6. Eyebrows: they say, “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Then the eye-brows are the windows frame. Through the decades we have seen the coolest shapes in eye-brows. Today, trimmed, arched and gelled, brows have never been more groomed. Tip:”don’t pluck too high of an arch, it can give you a look like you are angry all the time.” Instead brush with a brow brush or a clean mascara brush and snip with nail scissors. If your brows are a bit too dark, try brushing a little bit of gold or bronze mascara with a bit of brow gel. It will soften the face and show off your eye make-up better. If you love the look, you might want to color them lighter. Make sure you have a professional show you what to use. You wouldn’t want them too light or too brassy.

7. When using shimmers on the body or face. Tip: mix avery small amount of the shimmer in with your face/body lotion or in with your foundation. That way your skin will have a nice natural glow and not look too frosty or glittery…but fresh and sexy.

8. I love using lashes, whether they are individuals or a full strip. Lately i’ve been using half a strip and placing it on the outer edges of the eye. Tip: cut about half of the end off. Just use the beginning part and place it where the end would’ve been. The smaller hairs blend great and the slightly longer hairs lengthen the eye with out being too long. Finish, by adding a touch of mascara to the base of the lash. Always use an eyelash curler first. It helps the faux lashes to sit on the natural lash base. It may take a little practice, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s a breeze.

9. In my kit you’ll find high end products as well as all my favorites from the drug store. Tip: shop around and don’t feel pressured to buy. You may find something that you love on both counters.

10. Are you stuck in a beauty rut? Tip: visit a make-up counter and ask to try something that catches your eye. Such as; a good moisturizer? A little pot of loose glitter? A shimmer cream that works on cheeks and lips? Black eye-liner? A sexy shade of lip gloss? Do you want to change your look, like the celebrities i work with do? Tip: be a natural girl. Try a tinted moisturizer, cream cheek color and a little mascara. Want to be a rocker chick? Try a natural self tanner, black eye-liner and a sheer red lip gloss. Then, change to a girlie girl. Try a cream shadow and dot it on your brow bone, or a shimmer face cream, dotted at the top of your cheekbones. Add a lash, like i’ve explained on # 8. Finish, with a flavor scented lip gloss. These are easy, because you can do almost all of it with your finger tips. Sparkle add’s a feminine touch. So whether you want to be a low maintenance diva or a full out glamore girl, these are just a few tips to get started.

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