“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.” (Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes, Chapter 9, verse 9)


What I love most:
Being born a woman and all that this gender entails. 

My Makeup Application
Cosmetic Makeup Icons
My Facial Qualities
My Makeup Look: Modern Glamour 

My Beauty Skincare Routine

Always when I’m at home, as a beauty skincare routine its three times a day at the very least; I cleanse, tone and moisturise my face first thing in the morning. And if I’m not going out for the day, I repeat this procedure once again in the afternoon, as I’ve found that my face really needs to be refreshed, and I do it all again at night no matter what the time is, followed by an application of a rich night cream that leaves my face feeling satin smooth and an eye cream/gel because as I’ve aged the skin around my eyes have changed texture although not yet wrinkled, which I kinda expected though to happen already ‘cos I laugh alot even internally about something seen or read. 

And I don’t follow the rule of patting my face dry with a towel. For I actually stand there and let it dry by itself, naturally, being skin and all, that’s what its supposed to do, it was designed that way, so best let it get on with its function, or else one would only be taking away the natural moisturiser it would have had to keep the skin supple: WATER.

(Note: for nine months surrounded by water of the womb, and the body is made up of 78% water too, so allocate a percentage loss for the facial area which is exposed to dry air and towel drying effects on the skin.) 

Although I will admit to the fact that when in the workplace, sometimes during the lunch hour or before leaving for home, I would remove all my cosmetic makeup and re-apply it, after I’d washed my face and moisturised it, as I’d really hate it, and still do, hate it when my face feels tired or tight under the makeup.

And also because I personally think that any makeup be they powders, blushers, eyeshadows and foundation of any type, even with a primer, shouldn’t be worn longer than 6-7 hours at a time from the moment its on the face.  As by taking the makeup all off and then re-applying it, will also prevent that masked or caked-on feeling occuring when your face has had enough.

For I ain’t worried about remaining with the exact same face makeup throughout the day, nope, as I’m not aiming nor have I ever aimed to have an immortalized makeup ‘Editorial High Fashion Magazine’ look, nor is it my personal makeup style for the ‘Mummification Cosmetic look‘ as in long lasting facial makeup — nope, and doing any makeup application without knowing what kind of style one is trying to achieve with a specific technique would make it look unwearable as a makeup don’t, as it spoils the entire face if its not done properly.

For which for makeup to be done properly, I use a magnifying swing mirror for eyeshadow and false eyelash application, and the regular side for blush, foundation and lipstick appliance, and a Proteam Tray Table with Light’ (30cm x 22cm) to stop my makeup products rolling off the table, particularly lipstick, mascara, pencils and eyeliner tubes, as I got fed up of retrieving them from the floor in the middle of trying to do my makeup, but most importantly, I use this tray so that all my makeup items are in one place, and at hand plus neatly organised.

As for my makeup look, its about being aTemporal Montage’ that although put together by me, it manages yet to still remain timeless, in that moment, can also change but it doesn’t matter when that happens, because it so suits my fluent lifestyle which only requires makeup to be worn for a minimal duration.

As even in the career of a catwalk or photo spread model, they don’t wear makeup for longer than that either, just for the event and then its taken off (actresses/actors have to bear it for longer between scene takes unfortunately for them), that the rest of the time is spent caring for their facial skin. 

Weblink Articles: How to Touch Up Makeup and How to Re-apply Your Makeup in a Public Ladies Restroom.

Therefore, I also remove any trace of makeup as soon as I return from an outside event, I’m in the bathroom taking it all off, whether at night or during the day. For the makeup did its job, due to the cosmetic makeup having protected my face from all the grime and pollutants that can be airborne in the environment (town and countryside), whilst at the same time, having the other dual purpose of me looking presentable in public, my facial skin needs to rest. 

Neither do I wear make-up at home for practical reasons ie. gardening or visiting the doctors etc, its unecessary. Unless I’m practising a makeup technique that needs time to perfect until I’m ready to go outside with it on, or of course, you’re holding a dinner party at home and need to be presentable just as much as your guests will be.  So I give time, set aside at home, to caring for my facial skin on a daily basis, that is, as its the very first feature people tend to focus on (with or without makeup). 

I exfoliate my face with a clearing scrub, every two weeks by using the budget method of the ‘tooth-brush skincare treatment’, that is done by using a battery operated toothbrush, that was strictly brought for that purpose (also see video tutorials in The Makeup Basics blog page on related skincare procedures) and a daily gentle facial scrub as a maintainance routine, as other types of facial soaps does nothing for my skin.

And so doing a daily facial scrub helps invigorate my facial skin, because as I age I need to lock in more moisture into my skin than when I was younger, it gets thirsty so I let it drink; as I don’t follow the rule of only applying the size of a two pence coin in the palm of the hand. I tend to use a dollop, then wait until it has absorbed, then another dollop of moisturiser, I ain’t mean with it just because of a brand name and cost, I have no loyality anyway, thus perhaps another dollop. And because of the acidity in the hands is different from the face, as it can cause a chemical reaction to have a breakout in spots, so I now use a makeup sponge to apply my moisturer daily, just as I would use cotton pads to apply other facial products, therefore keeping my hands totally from my face as much as possible.  

And if needs be, I spritz my face with water especially in central heated conditions, and for that it needs its pores unclogged so exfoliating maintains this nicely, to get any real benefit directly and externally onto the facial area, instead of just drinking water internally for the whole body, that also helps the skin.

I also give myself a gentle facial massage using a small drop of olive oil, followed by a face steam once a month, and will also carry out the beauty treatment of a Hydrating Facial Mask once every two weeks or so, as I find this helps to leave my facial skin very soft to touch, even with the mild adult acne I keep this up.

And yes, as a preference, I shave off any female facial hairs as a routine too, something I vowed I’d do as a teenager whenever they started to appear, and I’ve maintained this oath, but I’ve had to learn to do this properly: see slide show on the wet shaving technique which I use to get rid of the baby fine hairs on the face and a video tutorial feature ‘Treating Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hair’ for details, so I don’t care if I’m seen buying male shaving products at all, although some women visit a beauty salon instead for the same product treatments as it works unisexually: facial hair is universal.

For the problem I’ve also inherited maternally is facial in-grown hair, which occurred after having a child, as the same happened with my mother’s skin condition, that can also occur at the on-set of puberty in both sexes, but for women a change in their hormones can make in-grown facial hair re-appear, which for me, I deal with, see below for further details) for my skin otherwise is like a newborn baby’s in feel with that same padded texture [aside comment: now if only I could get them deities out there to stop pinching me cheeks, for its plump enough as it is! Although any chance of this happening will be a fine thing indeed-y.] 

And for the most part, female facial hair, although it maybe baby fine hairs that are on the face of any woman over puberty, which is downy in texture, the facial hair tends to show up more when wearing the cosmetic makeup of powders and blushers regardless, as it can cluster the colours and give a harsh appearance to the face unintentionally, and therefore makes the facial application of cosmetics much more difficult to get the right effect when wanting the colours to be very gradient on the face.

My Makeup Application 

The reason I can spend time putting on my makeup properly (nothing is slapped on, its done with minutae skill speeded up alittle just so you knows), is because I’ve already planned and laid out what I’d be wearing; clothes, accessories, shoes, coat, bag and chosen what wig or hairpiece goes with that look, all organised from the previous night, and would you believe, checked the weather forecast (living in Britain its a must-do rite) to ensure its right for the temperate weather conditions. 

Therefore, once washed and I’ve dressed, the rest of the time left remains for me applying my makeup look, because I’d already chosen the colours I want to apply from the night before also, I can just get on with putting it on, which can be done in about twenty minutes from start to finish, especially if its a technique I’m familiar with, which has been practiced for years and mastered.  

Okay for those curious enough, whom wanted to know when I started wearing make-up. It happened in stages rather than at once, as my skin care routine had already been established. So I began wearing makeup when I was 12½ years old, and I never did anything makeup wise that would have been considered garish. I started with different tonal red lipsticks, and when lip pencils came in, I wore those instead to outline my lips, adding as a lip shine using ‘vaseline’ for a glossy look to them as a top coat at that time.   

By the age of 14 years old (see picture on the left, and yes, that was my adapted school uniform look for that day, note the grey pencil skirt, of which I’ve already said elsewhere, in my mavarine.com website, is that I wore that style often back then in the 1980s, but what can’t be seen in the photo, is that the pencil skirt, made of flannel material which was so very soft to touch, had three gold buttons and gold piping running down from the front left-hand side hip panel, finished with a split…lovely…which was in-keeping with my school house colour of yellow, I say quickly.)   

Sorry, back to the subject at hand — cosmetics — as I wasn’t allowed proper eyeshadows nor could afford it at that age neither, I wore lipsticks as eyeshadows by covering it with a light dust of face powder (I used my mother’s powder compact but she didn’t know…shhhh), to give it a matt finish to the top eyelid.  However, what I did wear was eye-liner pencils for the bottom eye lid colour, as I had different coloured eye-liners that could be applied in this way; as they had a cream finish to them, then the brown or black kohl as the main eyeliner, lastly followed by mascara.  And this makeup look was for school!! 

And I didn’t wear blusher until I was 17 years old because it took awhile to perfect what colour suited and where to apply it on the cheeks due to my skin tone (see ‘Blusher Application 101’ video tutorial).  

As well as, I would have to say, that out of all makeup techniques, personally, this one was the hardest to get right, as you can go wrong with eyeshadows but pass it off as being experimental or being dramatic, but not so with using blusher incorrectly, it can make or break a makeup look I think.  So a question should always be posed before blusher application: what texture (powdered can give a hint whereas cream blushers can give a translucent glow) do I want to bring out from my cheeks to create a two dimensional, as this is what should be the aim to achieve on this part of the face for (being geometrically illusionary) a cosmetic look?  Long question I know, but valid to ask oneself. 

However, my advice to anyone, if in any doubt don’t apply it, its best to leave it off until confident by practicing at home for a time; as preferable to not leaving the house looking like an apprenticed clown, the rest of your makeup look will still hold true, even though applying the blusher correctly gives that, I would say to coin a phrase: the final kiss of glamour.  But once I did master the blusher technique, I saved that for an evening look mostly when out clubbing (see picture on the right).  

Also I didn’t wear foundation of any sort back then, as there weren’t any for women of colour in Britain. So I do remember vividly my first brand of foundation base makeup, which I brought when I was 18 years old, and that was the Flori Roberts compact foundation, as was first launched at the Department Store of Arding & Hobbs’ in Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, London.  However, to come right up-to-date in the 21st century, I use the foundation of the MAC brand of Studio Fix Fluid in the colour of NC45 for my face as a base to all makeup applications generally, as to when I haven’t been tanned during the summer months, than its usually the colour of NC50 in the Studio Fix Fluid by MAC.

Weblink Video and Articles: How to be Confident At The Makeup Counter!! The Makeover Counter Diplomacy 101Makeup Counter Etiquette: Tips From a Pro, and The Best Places To Shop For Cosmetics In London.

And in addition to purchasing my very first foundation at the Flori Roberts cosmetic counter, it was where I was also taught how to bring out my almond shaped eyes more, by having a makeup tutorial from a professional make-up artist around that time too, for I’d never seen it done that way, even now, but if I happen across a video tutorial on it I’ll post it to this page. Update: Although I couldn’t find a video, I found instead a picture which is on the left. The difference from other eyeshadow techniques for almond-shaped eyes, is that you take the highlighter colour, in this case ‘Nocturnelle’, from the centre of the eye right up to the browbone and nowhere else, in an upward sweep (diagionally to finish under the curve/arch of the eyebrow) of the eye shadow brush. And I still remember how to apply this eyeshadow technique in that particular way for when I’m not wearing glasses, also see in the middle of this page on how to make your eyes pop, with a step by step guide even behind glasses.  

Cosmetic Makeup Icons

Raquel Welch, Salma HayekLela Rochon, Catherine Deneuve,
Belinda Carlisle, Dina CarrollQueen Latifah, Amy Sky, Aaliyah
and Gina Lollobrigida

But why wear makeup? Many have asked. Well for me personally two reasons: the ritualisation of it and the transforming qualities. 

For I really do need as a woman some form of ritual, and in modern society there isn’t much else going on that I can attach myself to, that I would consider appropriate, for that need of my feminization to be satisfied.  Because without wearing makeup: be that of a female, for which there are many in this world, and that is all that you will see and nothing more, if cosmetic makeup isn’t applied.  

Okay, for further understanding, its like drinking that first cup of tea or coffee in the morning.  However, do it in a rush and you burn your tongue, and blowing on it doesn’t make it cool any faster either, as you rush to the front door to greet what lays ahead on fast-forward. For that brewed concoction is meant to be sipped slowly, one small sip at a time, and thats many a persons ritual today.  Then, and only then, do you appreciate the taste as well as the aroma. For this ritualised ceremony can and does, I believe the expression is: sets you up for the day.  As a ‘ritual’ is the bed rock of distinction, similar to the freemasonry society solely for men, and its affirmation principles.  

And wearing makeup gives me that every time I lay out my cosmetics on the table, and sit in front of the mirror, I pick up the first item which I reach for, that is, now automatically done, the tools of my makeup brushes assisting me, applying the colours to my face, one by one by one, as thats what makes it a ritual, you see.   

Then the transforming qualities begins by my hand. I am in complete control of the process, and me alone, it belongs only to me, called self-possession.  For confidence only comes from how skillful its applied, and practice makes it happen.  As to be true to oneself entails knowing what makeup look you want to achieve — without the bare-faced cheek showing to one and all — as regression in looks should never be considered for they’ve not settled into their faces yet.  For the right cosmetic look can make a woman dangerously attractive, more so, when matched with her personality thus far removed from merely attractive.   

And what I get from applying the makeup so well is, when you look upon me in public and smile, but how was never your mystery, for you know what I had done to achieve this makeup look, its the behold a glory is in front of me called: WOMAN, which you confirm always as a tell-tell sign by that admiration I meet in your eyes.   



My Facial Qualities

My Face Shape is: Medium Round and Plain in features.  

Mavarine aged 35I have plain features with a medium round face shape, which mean’s its bone structured without sharp angles and tending to be wider at the cheeks as well as having softer ‘corners’ along the jaw-line and the outline of my flat forehead area (see picture aside on the right, of me aged 35). As the round face shape is fuller and more youthful looking, than other types of faces, no matter what age, but the problem being with a round face shape is that it has no dominate features, as you can tell.  

Therein, the goal with a round face, such as mine as you can see by the photograhs posted to this blog, is to add height and making the face appear slightly longer. And this illusion of appearance of the face to make it look longer, can be done either with a blusher colour to suit your shading area, that isn’t too heavily applied, just a hint will usually do, and even with a bronzer or foundation makeup of differing shades; to give some basic contouring (see video tutorial below) to the face. I also have a genetically given double chin: so I diminish this by putting a dark foundation on either side of the lower jaw line (see video tutorial below).  

My Eyebrows: Round

They’re naturally rounded in form, but it made my face look even more rounded, although I’ve always kept them well groomed, I’ve been dissatisfied with not making the best of them and wearing my glasses to their best advantage, and I wasn’t that trusting in reforming them to gain a more pleasing form until I was absolutely sure it would work, and as I’ve aged they’ve become more sparse and with grey hairs (see weblinks below for further information on how to deal with this for eyebrows).

However, it was time to act, so I’ve reshaped them after much experimenting because I’ve learnt which eyebrow shape really is best without over plucking them or doing anything extreme to their natural roundness.

For this specific eyebrow shape has a soft angled arch of the brow, with a sleek inner corner at the start of the brow, followed by a curved bottom and short tail end (see picture on left) which is most suited for a round face and/or someone with almond-shaped eyes, which I have naturally both, so I now do this method for eyebrow shaping and grooming and it works rather well with eyeglasses too.

And this eyebrow shape is so suitable, as it gives that ‘Mysterious’ look to a round face female as in “I know something you don’t know’ look that’s intriguing and super sexy (see picture on the right) as well as being feminine. As this shape of brow will also lift the whole eye area, making it look much larger, especially when counter balanced with smokey eyeliner smudged along the lower eyelids.

As to my features, a brow shaping technique can be used to give the illusion of a round face being longer in length; this is done by giving it a slightly high arched brow application by plucking out the excess eyebrow hair to accomplish this but still keeping the round shape intact because the aim is for well-groomed brows and nothing more than this. Also see video tutorial features Eye Makeup and Wearing Glasses blog page on how this is done as a method.  

And due to not having a steady hand for long periods of time, and I’ve really got to see what I’m doing whilst shaping my eyebrows, I will be trying out a new method using a plastic Eyebrow Template Stencil Shaping DIY Tool that I brought from Hong Kong, that I got instead of the put hand and hold over eyebrow as you try and shape at the same time or the stick-on but won’t stay put type of eyebrow stencils to assist me, filling with charcoal (greyish-black) coloured pencil or powder by using an angled brush on my natural rounded eyebrows to be in alot better shape. 

In addition, groomed eyebrows are important for wearing glasses; as they draw attention to this part of the face, and moreover, adding a dominate feature to someone who has a round face shape is a bonus, as well as, giving a balanced look to the whole face. 

Weblink: for further information on covering grey eyebrow hairs and how to fill in sparse eyebrows using correct technique.

My Nose: Short and narrow

Also the other features that I correct with makeup, is my short nose: so to de-emphasise a short nose, I apply a small amount of highlighter make-up along the top of the nose down its whole length (usually concealer, such as the one I’m trying currently to custom blend my own is a: 10 piece Concealer Cream Bronzer Palette Kit Makeup Set because then I can get the mix right for my complexion as the seasons change too).

My Eyes: Almond shaped

Plus as well, I had to learn to enhance my almond shaped eyes (see video definition in ‘Eye Makeup & Wearing Glasses’ blog page) that needs correcting with makeup, as it looks like I have deep-set eyes with my glasses on, and I use an under eye concealer in the shade of lilac for my yellow skin undertone that I place underneath my foundation of choice.

My Lips: small and full.

And I’ve learnt to make my small mouth with full lips slightly wider by creating an illusion; by pencil lining my lips just beyond their natural line, adding a gold tone colour to my cupids bow lip area and using a glazed lipstick, and I sometimes tend to use a 3D lipstick technique (also see video ‘Lipcare & Lipstick’ tutorials blog page) to give it a bolder definition. 

In short, all these techniques can be done to make my eyes and lips look impressively large, as a dominate feature, thus making my round face shape, look relatively smaller and longer overall. 

My Skin type is: Combination. Having dry skin with an oily T-zone, and suffer from breakouts as well as dry skin. In this case, I choose a foundation that is both hydrating and oil-free. 

My Skin Surface/Overtone is: mild acne, blemishes: facial ingrown hair, open pores and hyper-pigmentation. 

The surface overtones of my mild adult acne, due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which I am still having to control with a disciplined skin routine, are found mostly on my cheeks, chin and forehead, leading to hyper-pigmentation, as it has in my case, been confirmed that this has been caused by a hormonal imbalance and sensitivity to environmental factors; whilst the spot blemishes are caused from the inherited problem of facial ingrown hair which look like pimples but aren’t and this also has to be dealt with by using such treatment as the B & C Skin Tight Ingrown Hair Creme or the B & C Skin Tight Extra Strength lotion, as both these products and perhaps others similiar to them help to control acne too as well as the in-grown facial hair problem.  And my open pores are caused from my skin type T-zone on these areas of my face.  

Mavarine aged 24My Skin tone: happens to be the colour of Orange: Gamboge & Yellow: Mustard.  

Note: For the colour of ‘Gamboge’ in human culture of Parapsychology, it is thought that people with gamboge auras are said to be capable of altruistically directing their faculties toward unselfish purposes (see link above).

Makeup Colour Reference: Dark Beige & Medium-Tan

Which means I choose a ‘Medium to Full Coverage Foundation’ that is excellent for evening out the skin tone, concealing blemishes and helping with discoloration in the skin, sometimes mixing two/three foundation shades, therefore custom blending to get the skin tone right as to appear as naturally close as possible (see my picture on the left) to the skin’s overall colouring (also see ‘Foundation 101’ video feature).  As its a well known fact that indoor home lighting from light bulbs and office lighting systems aren’t the same as natural outdoor light which also varies through the day, does affect how the foundation is seen on the face.  

Weblink Articles and Video features: Explanation of the different Day & Evening Lighting and Makeup, Choosing Daylight Bulbs followed by an actual demonstration of Makeup and Lighting/Blue Light Bulbs and the importance of How to Choose the Best Lighting for Makeup Application for all skintones.

And also I factor in the seasonal changes, that is, in the Summer months I naturally tan to a darker shade in the orange hue (thus I also use a Medium Protective Sun Lotion Spray on any exposed body areas such as neck, arms and legs too) and in Winter I go the mustard-yellow with a hint of an orange sorbet in skin-tone, so have another set of foundation products for this too.  

I have also found out over the years, that the barely there ‘natural look’ from a tinted foundation does nothing for my face (pre-adult acne/teenage years) and the skill involved is very basic thus suitable for church-attendees, and the ‘bleached/dyed look’ from a matt foundation makes me look dead or clownish respectively on my skin tone, which has two colours to contend with, and isn’t a single block of shade nor tint, as both applications of makeup tend to do, as forementioned, giving a one-dimensional effect with the facial appearance of heavyily-set. 

Therein, as my skin tone has two colours, its already two-dimensional in its appearance, so there is no need for me to reduce it to a one-tone colour, instead I want to make the most of this potential of a two-tone colouring, by creating the effect of being three-dimensional, which is the exact standard to reach for in makeup, that being what most Makeup Artists strive for, and a two coloured tonal skin can achieve this effortlessly with the right makeup style suited for their dual skin tone.

So my face suits from personal experience two particular makeup effects that achieves the three-dimensional standard, which must be taken into consideration when incorporated into what suits the face, that is, the ‘dewy look’ facial makeup for daytime, achieved from a liquid foundation (with an instant bronzing gel that is without any shimmer and/or is a sheer colour, that I apply to my face) and the ‘bronzed glow look’ with a cream foundation (that I use with a oil-free bronzing gel) for an evening makeup look, which both these applications of makeup effects in fully being utilised, suits my skin’s facial appearance of a light-touch and the ‘Modern Glamour’ makeup style, that has been and is my signature look.

My Skin Undertone: Warm.
Season Colour: Autumn.

This is the main colour to my skin. So in the ‘Warmed tone’ make-up range of colours I usually look for matte eye shadows in colours like copper, russet, as well as, golden brown for my eye contour area (also see below in ‘My Makeup Look: Modern Glamour’ about the eyeshadow colours that work with my glasses).  So I tend to use the Maybelline Mousse Eyeshadows as a primer/base, I  just apply a small touch of the eyeshadow mousse with my fingertips to my eye lids, then I go over them with a matching eyeshadow to make those colours stand out more and for a softer appearance to the eyes. The other kind of alternative budget method for an eye primer is to use a lipstick as a base for the eyeshadow to stick onto (see ‘Makeup Tip: Eye Primer’ video.)  

And the colours dark purple, browns, grey and black as eyeliners to add definition, and depth for a matt smokey or shimmer eye shadow effect, for the special evening out, with a gold coloured eyeliner pencil for the inner corners of the eye near the tear duct. A dark yellow or gold tone colour is used to highlight the centre eyeball area and under my outer corner eyebrow areas.  

Plus, I use a golden bronze and luminizers: an oil-free bronzing gel, which I let dry and apply before my foundation, to accent my cheeks rather than adding the colour in powder form, particularly for the daytime and in the workplace environment, and at the moment I’m trying out: Bloom Instant Bronzing Gel – Non-Shimmer that is better for my combination skin type, (and yes, it washes off completely after usage), and the NYC Bronzing Face Gel – Sheer Colour, which both just gives that fresh look to my face (also see Makeup Tutorial Ideas – Part 1: ‘Get The Look Group G – Tan to Dark Skin Tones’ for video tutorial) instead of using bronzing powders.  And as this is a key product in my signature makeup look of modern glamour, I do wear the bronzing face gel all year round. 

And if I want the effect of a cream blusher, than I use the lipstick colour as a cheek stain, followed by a dust of powder, so that they both match, that is, without having to try to find the exact same colour in powder form. But if I want to add a slight touch of powder blusher with colour its either burgundy, deep crimsons or plum blush for my cheek area for an evening occasion.  However the perfect colour for my cheeks is a Strawberry coloured blush, which matches my natural blushing colour (yes, I’ve been known to blush unfortunately!!) And this strawberry coloured blusher overall goes well with my skin colouring for a very natural daytime makeup look.   

And in regards to my natural lips (see photo of my bare lips on the left hand side) that has a soft-rose-pink pigmentation to them with a cool-blue undertone.  For whilst at home, I always use a lip balm on a daily basis and keep them well conditioned at all times regardless, not only due to habit from when younger, but also because of environmental factors, okay, and I also like them to look kissable, even if their not being kissed physically, ahem, but preparation is always a must, ahem. (Also see video tutorials on Lip Care & Lipsticks for further information on this blog).

And I’ve found that the pigmentation of one’s natural lips plays a part in how the lipgloss or lipstick will finally look, therefore, sometimes to tone down/up a colour or act as a base, using a lipstick brush, I will put on a blue lipstick to prepare my lips (and skip the foundation step, I don’t need a yellow under-tone on my lips and it does nothing for them expect makes them appear ashy even after the lipstick colour has gone on…yuk, although I will sometimes use a translucent powder) and use as a base a blue lipstick, and I will point out that I’ve got a pale, medium and dark blue colours with different finishes, ie. metallic blue, matte blue, because it depends upon whether I want to intensify the shade of lipstick, before I add the choice of lipstick colour of the day (or night). 

Note: if you do have a lipstick thats too blue then mix a dot of yellowy concealer into your lipstick, or apply a yellow based loose powder, or even a gold lipstick, and apply the coloured lipstick on top to tone it down. There will be just enough warmth in the product to take the edge off a too cool/blue shade. And for making yellow based lipsticks cooler in tone, then do apply a blue lipstick on the lips and apply your lipstick on top…just a little will do and you’ll have a new shade by toning it down.

For the reason of doing all this, is to balance out what the skin-tone lacks in the face by using your natural lip under-tone to your advantage, because its the one area that is totally different to your facial skin undertone, and I’ve never seen a person with a yellow based skin undertone that has a yellow base lip tone. Never. I’ll be suprised if there was. ‘Cos normally there is always a constrast. For example, yellow based lipsticks are a disaster on me, although my facial skin has yellow undertone, but when I put on a blue based lipstick on, suddenly my whole face is balanced and in harmony.

So its no good putting it on the back of one’s hand as a swatch-test to try out a new lipstick colour when in the shops!! The hand isn’t naked muscle as its covered with skin, as opposed to the mouth which is exposed muscle tissue. So lipstick will look completely different on the lips when you get the shade home and actually put it on your lips for the first time (then it will either suit you by chance or its so wrong for your lip colouring and its corresponding undertone). So its best to find another way of testing out lipstick before you purchase it at great expense and time.  For the best way to test your any new lipstick colour, is by testing it on your palm fingertips which has exposed muscle the same as your natural lips (see photo of technique on the left-hand side for illustration).

However, when I do wear a lipstick and/or lipglosses through the year, during the seasons of autumn/winter, I wear a Red Rose colour that means ‘deep emotion’, so I usually wear this shade either in the warm colours of copper reds, gold-red or burnt red lipsticks, along with a corresponding red lip liner as the base.  For example the NYX ‘Hestia no.526’ Round Lipstick Cream, which is also appropriate for an evening look too.  

But also if I want a nude glamour appearance to my lips, the colour of choice is always a Lavender Rose colour which signifies ‘enchantment’, so I either use a sugar plum or rosewood (as shown in the cropped photograph on the right above) lipstick range particularly for the seasons of spring/summer to wear this colour. So that the overall effect of the lavender coloured lipstick choice of the day, compliments my whole makeup look and also my lipstick colour on my lips doesn’t appear harsh in the sun-light, plus this colour is most suitable for the workplace environment.   I also keep a note of the different combinations that worked well (or at times when a lip liner works good with a lipgloss or lipstick) and keep them together in a small bag, so I’m not trying to remember off-hand, so as they are together I can just put them on my lips with fussing around for them.

This corresponds to my colour season of Autumn for the warm skin tone. As it compliments my skin tone, I could wear colours that are earthy. Basically, colours that make one think of a warm, crisp Autumn day is typically going to flatter an Autumn woman (click on former link to see colour chart). Autumn women are all about glowing warmth and muted beauty.  An Autumn female can wear colours that make you think of something exotic, spicy and mysterious with absolute ease.

Weblink Articles: Season Color Analysis Of How To Find Your Season and ColorsColour Analysis Mini Seasonal Swatch Wallet and How to Choose a Warm Toned Red Lipstick and How to Choose the Right Shade of Lipstick

My Makeup Look: Modern Glamour.  

Mavarine Du-MarieI wear my glasses sitting in the middle of my nose as a preference, not on the bridge, so my glasses are made with this in mind (as shown with photograph on the left). 

I’m very near-sighted (from an accident at pregancy stage: my mother fell) with an optical prescription of -19.50 thus wearing my glasses all the time and hence I put make-up on carefully with a magnifying mirror which is with a 5x magnification and not the standard 3x magnification which is also available for those with poor eyesight such as myself.  And I only switch to the ordinary mirror magnification when making up the rest of my face and when I want to view the completed makeup look wearing my glasses; as would those looking at my face would also see me as too; for a final check before leaving my home to go out.  Therefore utilising both sides of a mirror; the ordinary side for applying foundations, blushers and lipstick, whilst the magnified side has its advantages for eyebrow shaping, applying eyeshadows and false eyelashes for a fair amount of accuracy.  

As also wondered by others is how I manage to put makeup on without using a mirror at all!!  The answer is simple: when younger the most important thing I learnt about makeup is bone structure, and the possibility of losing more of my eye-sight as I aged made me aware that a) I still wanted to wear makeup when older and b) there wasn’t any reason why I couldn’t. Thus I set about learning how to feel with my finger tips the outline shapes of my facial features. So when there is no mirror available I’m still able to put makeup on without problems, with the subtle touches of colour. And the only thing I don’t apply is mascara as I don’t want to poke myself in the eye, but putting on false eyelashes is an alternative to this as a solution.  However, it would be useful if the cosmetic industry placed some sort of braille on their products to identify the colours, as thats one of the main problems of the partial blind/blind women have, such as myself.   

Therefore, when looking at my eyes they appear tiny behind the lenses, its like having very deep set eyes (also see video makeup tutorials below), and one tends to see more at the top than the bottom half of my eye area. This is illusionary, as my eyes are almond shaped and averaged sized, which happens to be well suited for applying eyeshadows for a daytime glamourous look and for a sultry effect for evening events.  

Hence, the eyeshadow makeup technique I tend to use most often is from the 1930’s-1950’s art of makeup style (see blog) being the ‘cat-eye’, or the ‘wing-tip’, otherwise known as, the 1950’s old-school glamour look achieved by the cat eyeliner method, thus the flirtation of the eye movement, for example in: Arabic eyeshadow applicationsis more noticeable even when wearing glasses, using a bent angled eyeliner brush, which is brilliant, as I can stare straight ahead whilst applying the eye-liner gel, as it was pretty darn difficult to keep one eye closed, which in my case with being short-sighted with different eye strengths, and trying to see where one was going with the straight eyeliner brush was hard work, so using a bent angled eye-liner brush is really brilliant, and then finishing it all off by high-lighting certain areas too, that is, to make the eyes pop, see illustration below for technique.
How to Make Your Eyes Pop: 
And the colours that I tend to wear to make my eyes pop, is generally are a warm beige, gold or a pinky-peach colour, sometimes champagne, because they are the least harsh, even behind my eye-glasses and they have the most impact, however, in my eyebrow area, I tend to stick with a peach colour which is generally softer and has a warm polished finish to the eye makeup, and I highlight under my outer lower lash line with an illuminator pencil as an eye definer.   

Another advice from me when wearing eyeshadows with glasses is: chose the glasses frame’s colour wisely, even the rimless ones that you might have tinted.  Which I didn’t know until I changed the colour of my actual frames from black to a metallic red-violet, was that this plays a huge part of what eyeshadows can be worn along with my skin tone. I spent sometime experimenting with eyeshadow colours to find the right colour that still worked harmoniously with the eye area, that didn’t make my eyes any smaller and worked well with my face still when I wasn’t wearing glasses.  

For example, to illustrate my point, when I wore the designer brand DKNY, black framed eye glasses (see picture on the right), I could wear most of the range of eyeshadow colours, as black was such a neutral colour in this regard, but the disadvantage was that the black framed glasses was a dominate colour on my face even with my skin tone.  Therefore, there was clashing elements going on, which meant that one didn’t see my face in totality, meaning anyone looking at me their eyes would stop dead at the black framed glasses, as facial glances always seem to start at the forehead and travel downwards ending at the chin feature, therefore focusing on my black framed glasses they weren’t taking in the rest of my facial features.  However, in the summer months, I still wear these black framed glasses because I have got the clip on sunglasses to go with them, and therefore lends itself to a modern glamourous look when worn this way.   

Whereas, with this designer brand Belushi, red-violet coloured glasses frame (see picture on the left), I’m limited to in my eye palette to the different coloured purples, greys (grays), pinks, reds and browns shades for eyeshadows (which can be a good thing as this becomes ones staple makeup choice), so I tend to play up on the intensity and mixing of them to bring them into play with my iris eye colour of milk chocolate brown, skin tone and skin undertone of ‘warm’ too, which works with my overall glamourous makeup look. 

And this was determined by me using a ‘colour wheel chart’, firstly by swivelling the wheel to the arrowed colour of the eye glasses frames as the ‘pure colour’, in this case, red-violet, then looking at all the mono-chromatic tints, tone and shades of that colour grouping. 

Weblink Information: Online Colour Combination Tester

Then looking along at the side of the red-violet to the ‘analogous colour’: violet (along with its tints, tone and shade values). And then taking on the opposing side into consideration the ‘analgous colour’: red (along with the tints, tone and shades from that family). 

But the ‘complementary colour’ of yellow-green didn’t do anything for me, it made my eye area appear too harsh and cold ie. washed-out, when I tried it as an eyeshadow colour of varying hues (although it might work with another kind of skin tone other than mine, for example by using the colours: Green, Purple, Teal and Pink for the eyes) and with the red-violet eye-glass frames it was horrible!  

However, in second place the other hardest eyeshadow to work with is the colour red, I think it does depend on skin tone for wearing red eyeshadow effortlessly, so for my complexion I use a subtle wine-red colour instead, as seen in for example the: Burgundy Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial video feature, which really works well when used with a touch of the colours gold/brown.  

And in third place the colour that can go so wrong is blue, see video on How to Pull Off Wearing Blue Eyeshadow tutorial as an exemplar. So personally for myself, I use the colour blue very sparingly indeed. Mostly as an intensity shading colour only, as anything bright to bring my eyes forward on the lower lids has to be a good thing.  Blending it into the crease, along with the dense shade thats abit darker on the outer corner to add some depth, but only half way, then fading it out as it reaches the inner corner of the cease, for I don’t want to enclose my eyes. Then leaving the upper lid area totally neutral in colour for my skin complexion, such as brown or a red-wine colour, and also, this is the only occasion I don’t highlight my brow bone at all whatsoever.  And that works okay with my red-violet glasses too.  

And to do a smokey eye make-up look, working out that for red-violet eyeglasses frames, I found the best value colours in the grey scale are between value 3 and 4, so I use those for this smokey eye makeup look application for evenings out on the town.  

Thus having found all this out, through trial and error over the years, its all those above mentioned colours as eyeshadow, I can wear with my glasses frame colour, eye colour, and it also goes with my skin tone being orange-mustard yellow and my skin undertone of warm, that is, no matter what colour I’m happen to be wearing clothes-wise.  

Web Beauty blog: Modern Glamour WoC

Weblink Info: Makeup Styles, About Makeup StylesHow To Create Your Signature Makeup Look and Make up Tips for Modern Glamour Beauty Look, and an online Modern Glamour Makeup Ideas Look Book, as well as an online Modern Glamour Look-Book on eye makeup for glasses wearers. 

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