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Classic Hollywood Glamour

I have been asked time and time again how to achieve this kind of look. There is a sexiness to it that is incredibly refined and sophisticated, yet not overdone. It’s radiant, emotes confidence and represents a modern throw-back to classic hollywood glamour.

How To:

Skin:

- Skin should look fresh and natural, yet, perfect.
- Ensure that the skin is supple and smooth before the application of any foundation.
- Start with a hydrating brightening serum. An oil-free moisturizer will also work.
- Choose a foundation that contains silicone, such as L’oreal True Match, which slides easily onto the skin and isn’t too heavy of a coverage.
- If you require better coverage, go over areas with a concealer. This is especially important for under-eye circles. I love the Lancome Effacerness UnderEye Concealer!
- Lightly dust the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin) with a translucent powder. Go light on this application so that you don’t lose the radiance of the skin. Do not apply powder on the cheeks. The dewiness will act as a highlighter. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder is a fabulous and inexpensive choice.

Cheeks

- A cream blush will give you a beautiful dewey finish that mimics the illusion of blushing from within. Find one with a red/pink undertone.
- Apply on apples of cheeks with fingertips and gently spread to cheekbone and lightly up to the temples.
- On top of the cream blush, apply a liquid highlighter. There are several to choose from but I like the one from Benefit  and the one from Carmindy (both available at Shopper’s Drug Mart).
- Use this same highlighter lightly on the bridge of your nose to give the illusion of a straighter, more defined bridge. You can also apply it above your cupid’s bow to give your lips a pouty effect.

Eyes

- Start with a champagne eyeshadow on the eyelid.
- Use a medium brown matte eyeshadow on the crease and blend thoroughly. The point of doing this is to create a contour. It’s not necessarily to add a lot of colour or smokiness.
- Use a shimmering highlighting shadow (vanilla is best) on the brow bone.
- Apply a liquid eyeliner following the natural lash line and extending out of the corners in a winged up shape.
- Apply LOTS of mascara or even a false eyelash to dramatize the look.
** Note: Curling your lashes prior to mascara is recommended in all situations but especially in this look because you want a really winged up 50′s effect.

Lips

- Ensure that your lips are NOT chapped or dry. Use a toothbrush to lightly scrub the dead cells and apply a medicated lip balm to moisturize and plump. 
- Find a lip colour that you want to use and buy the matching lip pencil! There are no rules for what colour to use. Makeup is fun so experiment with colours until you find one that makes you feel the best (Email me for recommendations if you are stuck or unsure).
- Line your entire lip with lip liner first. This will act as a bond for your lipstick, will make it last significantly longer and will make sure that you don’t end up with a hideous outline when your lipstick eventually fades out.

THAT’S IT FOLKS! Try it out and enjoy it. Remember that makeup  is art and your face is the canvas. Have fun painting. :-)

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