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Nine beauty tips for an instant face lift

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Handy makeup advice to perk up your face; at least until you wash it!
Late nights and hectic partying can put a dampener on your looks. If you find yourself standing in front of the mirror wishing your complexion didn’t look so dull or your eyes so lifeless, it might be time to try some savvy new makeup tricks that can make you look younger, prettier and fresher in a flash. Sure, the makeover will last only till you wipe it all off, but these clever ploys can at least save the day.
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# 1 Moisturize well

It’s understood that you need a clean, hydrated canvas to work on, but it becomes even more important if your skin looks parched and sallow. Slather on a moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture. You’ll see how smoothly makeup glides on afterwards. Try Colorbar Visibly Better Moisturizing Lotion.

# 2 Use a liquid concealer

Using a concealer is vital for great coverage to hide those pesky fine lines. Ironically though, the more concealer you slap on the more obvious those lines get. You need a product that hides an uneven skin tone, redness and wrinkles. Creamy, liquid concealers like L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer work best, says makeup artist Arshis Javeri. Using a waxy stick or pan concealer will just get cakey in a couple of hours. Look for a formula with light reflecting particles that blur imperfections for a soft glow. Always use the concealer brush or sponge like PAC Concealer Blending Brush to dab it on because finger application can look streaky very quickly.
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# 3 Apply a yellow base foundation

Indian skins have yellowish undertones; applying a rosy pink foundation is a no-no unless you’re auditioning for a part in a Geisha Girl video. Besides, yellow warms the up the skin, making it look younger and fresher. It’s a good idea to use a makeup brush or sponge like Colorbar Peppy Duo Foundation Sponges. Wring out a wet sponge, apply a pea sized bit of foundation on it and go over your face in dabbing motions. Between the sponge absorbing some formula and the water thinning it, you’ll have the perfect sheer coverage you need. Too light for you? Repeat the procedure for an optimal finish. Try using GlamGals Pure Matt Ultra Waterproof Liquid Foundation or L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24h Foundation that spread easily and provide good coverage.
# 4 Leave your eyebrows alone, or tweeze just a little
Thin, tweezed to the last hair brows can age you. Faces tend to get asymmetrical as we get older and trying to correct that by reshaping your brows won’t help. Just tweeze obvious strays. Besides, the natural bushy, shaped look is very in right now.
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# 5 Fill in with a light brow pencil

If your eyebrows look a bit scanty, fill in the gaps by all means but never with a jet black brow pencil. Harsh, bold brows look unnatural. Instead use a brow pencil in a shade lighter than your natural coloring. Nykaa like Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil, Shade Black Brown. Hold it at a 45 degree angle and lightly stroke over the sparse areas. The result: thicker, lush brows in a flash!

# 6 Contour for a sharper profile

Nothing defines youthful, fresh faced beauty better than a sharp jawline and chin. To fake that contour using a bronzer two shades darker than your natural skin tone or foundation. Apply it along your jaw line and under your shin to make your face look slimmer and tighter. Nykaa loves Makeup Revolution Bronzer Reloaded. You might also want to perk up your look with a face highlighter like NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator. Apply on your forehead, cheekbones and down the sides of your nose for an instantly sharper look. “It’s a great way to add a subtle youthful definition to your face,” say makeup artist Ojas Rajani, “especially after a late night when puffiness can make your face look flat. Golden beige or honey look good on Indian skins,” she adds.
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# 7 black eyeliner

If you’ve been using black eyeliner or kajal since you were in college, stop right now! Switch allegiances to your new bestie, deep brown eyeliner. “It has the same sophisticated impact but looks less jarring,” says Rajani. Tight line along your upper and lower lashes, flicking it upward slightly to create the tiniest, chicest wings. Try Maybelline New York Hyper Ink Glitz Eye Liner - Stardust Gold or Lakme Eyeconic Kajal - Classic Brown

# 8 Go nude (with your eyes makeup)

The nude eye makeup look is a pretty and polished way of boosting your skin tone without appearing as if you’ve tried too hard. Pick neutral pallets in glimmery honey and beige brown shades of eye shadow, like Revlon Colorstay Créme Eye Shadow, Palette Pink Petals or Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Palette, Palette Copper Brown to make your eyes look bigger. Then apply the blackest volumizing mascara (like Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara) to define your eye shape and make the whites of your eyes look clearer and whiter, says Javeri. If the look is too nude for you, just dust with black shadow to define the corners of your eyes to make them pop or throw on a light dusting of coppery gold shimmer on the inner corner of the eyes to really wake up your face.
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# 9 Plump up your pout

Use a home-made scrub of yogurt and brown sugar to slough off flaky skin before going over your lips with a nude toned lip pencil like Nykaa Lips Don't Lie! Line & Fill Lip Liner, Shades Latte or Nectar. Burnt rose or peachy brown lipstick like Maybelline New York Superstay 24 Color 2 Step Lipstick in shades Forever Chestnut, Always Heather or Infinite Petal suit most Indian complexions.L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Gloss
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