Pandora's box.

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In Greek mythology, Pandora's box is a large box that contained "evils" to be unleashed on mankind, and at the very bottom of the box there is supposed to be Hope. I think all women should have her very own version of the Pandora's box in their houses, but instead of containing bad things, we can fill our own boxes with lots of tools that can make us feel beautiful highlighting our natural beauty to project our own self-image, feel empowered, happy and shine like a star!!!! So for this chapter we are going to sink deep into the world of makeup, and we are going to become friends with a lot of "beauty tools" that every woman should know how to use them for her own advantage.








FACE.
There are different ways to improve your appearance but many of them, like diet, exercise, and plastic surgery are expensive, risky and take a lot of time. So why take chances? You can improve your life dramatically right now simply by learning how to apply the correct foundation to your skin. You will see the difference it makes IMMEDIATELY .


Concealer:
Is one of the most important products in any woman's beauty box In fact, many makeup artists use concealer primarily and skip the foundation completely. Yet many women are afraid of concealers because they don't know how to find the right shade or apply it properly. Concealers are great to cover blemishes, under eye circles, small imperfections, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and signs of fatigue. I love to use salmon or pinky/peach colors as an under eye concealer to neutralize the dark blue undertones from the skin, (that is the best way to cover the under eye circles) also to cover minor blemishes try to use a stick concealer green that will offset redness.




Foundation.
I always say that foundation should be considered like a skin improver, and should always match your skin tone, because you don't want to feel like you are wearing a mask, do you? To choose the right color apply a little bit of the product under the cheek near the jaw line. The purpose of foundation is to make your face look uniform and smooth, it goes on all over your face, neck and sometimes decolletage.

Types of foundation.
Foundations are available in a variety of forms: liquids, gels, powders, sticks, mousse, cakes and it should be chosen depending of how much coverage you are looking for. Make sure that your foundation is oil-based for dry skin, oil-free for oily skin, and water-based for combination skin.

Powders.

Are usually applied over foundation to help "set" it and keep your face free of a shine. Powder is not really meant to add color, their purpose is to help add a smooth finish and keep your face looking fresh and neat. you can find loose or pressed.




Blusher or rouge.
Using the blusher can make your face look younger and beautiful. Choose a color that resembles the color on your cheeks after you have exercised, if you choose something darker it will look fake. The naturally way to apply it is on the apple of your cheeks.





Eye makeup



Applying eye makeup doesn't have to be difficult, you can become a pro in no time. Here is a list of things you should have in you little Pandora's box of cosmetics.


Eyeshadows.Shadows are great to give some colors to your lids. They come in a variety of forms, pencils, powders, creams, gels, but pressed powders are the most popular. They are also available in pearly, shimmery and matte textures. The most important thing to do when playing with eye shadows is to know how to blend, specially if you use more than two shades.

Here is a little handy eye color theory to know.
If you have:

  1. Brown eyes: Shades of slate blue, gray, and plum will help brown eyes stand out.
  2. Green eyes: Shades of pink, salmon, mauve, and brownish-pink will help green eyes look even greener.
  3. Blue eyes: Shades of brown, camel, and taupe will help blue eyes appear even bluer.

Eyeliner.
Eyeliner belongs on the base of your lids, and its purpose is to enhance the size and shape of your eyes. The key to using it correctly is to choose what you feel most comfortable with. Eyeliner is available in liquid, pencil or gel form, but you can use eye shadows as a liner as well. I recommend you to choose the one that is easiest for you to manage.



Mascara.

The common use of mascara is to thicken the lashes and increase the attractiveness of the eyes. Mascara only used to be available in black, but now you can find it in all sorts of colors. Try to choose blacks for night events and brownish blacks or browns for daylight, also if you wanna make a big and bold statement try the colored ones, but keep it darker like navy blue or blacks with a hint of colors.



Lip makeup

Lip makeup is very important to give balance and beauty to the face. The lips along with the eyes, are the moving parts of the face, and therefore attract the most attention.


Lip liner.

The liner is used to outline the lips and make them appear thinner or fuller, thus it gives the lips a perfect shape. Also it prevents lipstick to "bleed" defining the lips and keeping the color in place.





Lipstick.
They come in a variety of colors and shimmers, When you choose one try to think about the rest of your makeup, attire and even skin color. Soft colors are suited for pale skins and vibrant shades for darker skin tones. The best way to apply it is with a brush and the color should always be according to your age.



When applied correctly, makeup can enhance your own natural beauty, it will call attention to your best features and it will conceal or de-emphasize any flaws. When it is done tastefully and skillfully it reveals the competence, attention to detail, pride, respect and sense of self that are the mark of a modern successful woman.



Confidence makes you beautiful and beauty makes you confident!

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