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Playing catch-up: Today’s make-up basics

MAKE UP can be your best friend or your worst enemy and when it turns on you, you are generally the last to notice. You wear your make up for hours; hence it has to be a combination of beautiful, comfortable and resilient- just like your man.

If you started wearing make-up more than ten years ago, chances are you will struggle with today’s make-up techniques and products, which is about as hi-tech as today’s technology. To catch up, you need to buy, learn about and use the new basics below:

Primer
One of the fist things one learns when painting with oils is to treat the canvas with Gesso first. This protects the fabric and fills in the cracks, providing an even surface texture for a painting that looks beautiful for centuries. The same theory applies to painting your face.
Once upon a time, all you needed for great make up was a good moisturizer base. Not these days. There’s a make- up primer for every skin type – moisturizing, anti-ageing, anti-blemish, mattifying and even sweat-proof.

Eyelashes
You might have thought putting on a fake pair of lashes was something of an overkill but not today. It is virtually impossible to pull off a complete made-up look without a pair.
Look for reusable human hair lashes and a VERY good fixer.

Brow kit
Forget about your eyebrow pencil- or you can keep it, but as a keepsake. These days there are far more important materials to attain the perfect brow, as the brow has become the focal point of every well made up face.
Rather, you will be needing an entire kit consisting brow powders, gels, concealers and tools such as would make a regular pedicure kit green with envy.

Contour/highlight
Forget blushes, which is now only relevant to the white skinned make up user. Contour makeup is your fast-track to cheekbones worthy of the catwalk; by playing around with light and shade, you can totally transform your face, whether it’s a slimmer nose or a more defined jawline. The world of contour cosmetics has come a long way since the craze began seven or so years ago.
It’s an art that is here to stay, one that’s worthy of investing some time in.

Setting spray
It is no longer enough to wear make up and go. It is also no longer customary to excuse yourself to go powder your nose when you are at a public function. This is where setting spray comes in.
In addition to keeping your make up fresh, setting sprays are usually infused with moisturizers, sunblocks and acidity regulators.


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