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Make-up rules every girl must follow

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Weekend Plus Desk :
Make-up may seem simple but a bad blend or a wrong pick can spoil the look. Here are some pointers to keep in mind.
 Brows before blush
 More than eye shadows and blush, the biggest deal is brows, says Delhi-based make-up expert Shagun Gupta, who feels that people don’t understand how important brows are. “It has to match the shape of your face. I would say go for fuller and shaped brows,” she advises.
There are rules to shaping the brows and it all depends on your face shape. What she also emphasises on is a decent gap between brows. A thumb rule is to have a gap that matches the width of your nose.
Gupta is certified for brow shaping which is a discipline in make-up now. Also pay attention to the ends that should be well-defined. Make-up artist Anuj Dogra says that if there was template of perfect brows it has to be Deepika Padukone. His advice? Keep brows stronger.
Don't follow videos blindly
Gupta also cautions that eye-shadow make-up videos are very deceptive. “These videos are lit specially and edited professionally, so results of the shadow colours may vary when you try to translate it to your eye,” she notes.
A good start to eye shadow is to use a primer for your lids, as that makes the shadows then show true colour.
Gupta advises not to go too matchy-matchy with shadow colours and your outfit. Dogra advises picking matte shadows for better colour. Use shimmer on the upper lid and not the socket as that can make the eyes look deep set. Other things to be careful about: amount of kohl, liner shape and non-clumpy mascara. “Always blend the shadow with no sharp or defined line and use the highlighter just under the brows, not covering the socket bone,” he suggests.
Highlighting 101
Gupta is not a big fan of highlighting as most people overdo it. “The idea is to make you glow not like you have a bulb on your nose,” she adds. The rule: don’t use it on your nose as it can make it seem like you have an oily T-zone. Also, highlighters accentuate acne.
Gupta swears by glitters in different ways from eyeliners to face - it can make your sparkle in the right manner. Dogra adds, “Always apply the highlighter on the highest bone point of the cheek and not all over or you'll look oily. The Indian tone is already peachy and doesn't need much enhancement.”
Lip service
When it comes to lipsticks, it’s a good start to line with a lip pencil to demarcate it first, Dogra suggests. The right step is to first moisturise, draw the line so that broke lip line is not seen and then fill in and blend.
Dogra eschews the overdrawn lip trend that in most cases seems like you have tried too hard to make it look plumper than normal.
If you have dry skin, don't use too much powder as that blocks the pores. Use a blot film and mineralised powder.
To use the powder, take a wet sponge and sprinkle it with powder. Use light pressed powder or translucent compact Bangladeshi skin doesn't need too much bronzer. Just a touch of a shade 3-4 times darker in colour and apply it lightly on the jawline, towards the cheek. It's not for small foreheads.

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