Skip the salon: 10 professional DIY makeup tips

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Hi all, I came across this amazing post on the web and thought of sharing it with you all. Check out these 10 amazing DIY beauty hacks! We spend hundreds & thousands of dirhams at beauty salons in our quest to look perfect and flawless. We cannot do it ourselves because we do not possess the knowledge that beauticians and makeup experts do. The good news is that now you can, read on to know how you can look absolutely gorgeous in the comfort of your own home.

1. There are so many great ways to use Vaseline in your beauty rituals. For thicker, darker, longer looking eyelashes just apply some Vaseline to your mascara brush everyday and then use your mascara regularly. You’ll see noticeable results!

2. In the UAE, we are exposed to heat and then air conditioning throughout the day, which can make the skin dry and flaky. For a smooth application of foundation it’s important to get rid of that dead skin sitting on the top layer of your face before you apply foundation. Mix a bit of brown sugar with honey and gently scrub your face and lips (use a toothbrush for the lips). It’s an easy and cost effective method to exfoliate the skin but works!

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3. Makeup looks more complete when colors are coordinated. Color coordinate your lips with your cheeks to create a uniform look that brings your makeup together and looks natural. I love using any lipstick or colored lip balm and then applying some to the back of my hand. From there I use my middle finger to apply the color to the apples of my cheeks by blending upwards and outwards. Looks natural yet together, and it’s so easy to do!

4. It can be tricky to wear red or deep colored lipsticks. As you’re applying lip liner smile a little so the lips get tight and it’s easier to apply. Fill in the entire lip with the lip liner and then with the help of a good lip brush apply the lipstick starting at the center of the lip and blending it outwards. Using a lip brush takes more time to apply but gives you precision.

5. Everyone loves a nice contour. Fake those killer cheekbones by making a fish face to find the natural cheekbone contours of your face. Then use a large fan brush to sweep on a contour powder or matte bronzer. The fan brush blends as it applies.

6. When you make a mistake while applying lipstick don’t wipe it away. Wiping smears the color further and creates a messy look around the lips. Instead, use a bit of concealer on a pointed concealer brush to erase it. I love to use the #195 from MAC. It’s the perfect brush!

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7. We all have days when we breakout with pimples. To make them less obvious, stick with matte textures. Anything shiny or shimmery on top of a pimple reflects light making it look more obvious.

8. To create a ‘glow from within look to your skin’ apply your illumizier before you apply foundation. By doing so, the skin absorbs the illuminizer and then blends into the foundation for a more natural glow. I like using Pond’s Gold Radiance Day Cream because it’s a cream but has a gold shine to it.

9. When you’ve applied too much foundation and don’t know what to do, instead of wiping it off which will irritate the skin; spray on MAC Fix + and then take a tissue and lightly pat it on your face. Your makeup will instantly look more natural.
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10. We’ve all heard that using a white pencil in the water line can make the eyes appear bigger. For Arab and Asian skin try using a nude pencil instead. White can be too harsh for our skin tones, nude looks a lot more natural and makes the eyes look bigger!

Hope this helps, comment below to us know what worked fr you!

Until next time then xoxo….

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VIVA Beauty Awards coming to Town !!

Hey there  Gorgeous Gals!!

Today I come bearing good news for all of you !!! The 7th Annual VIVA Beauty Awards are taking place right here in Dubai on the 22nd of May.

The date is saved in the diary, the venue is set and hundreds of glamorous guests are waiting in anticipation for what is known to be the most spectacular event on the calendar: the seventh annual VIVA Beauty Awards. Held at the magnificent JW Marriott Marquis, this year’s Awards celebrate eternal beauty icons who continue to fascinate us and inspire the worlds of beauty and fashion.

After weeks of testing and evaluating, hundreds of beauty products across categories such as skin care, hair care, make-up and fragrance have been whittled down to an outstanding shortlist, by the VIVA team and a beauty panel that included make-up artist Sophie Leach, presenter Gabriela Miloda, and blogger Zahra Lyla Pedram.

This year there are 21 VIVA Beauty Awards presented across 10 categories in the prestige and mass market respectively, celebrating the products women turn to for their beauty needs, such as: Best Foundation, Best Perfume, Best Mascara, Best Nail Polish, Best Hair Salon, Best Nail Spa, Best Anti-Ageing Product, Best Hair Product, Best Face Moisturiser, Best Lipstick, Best Body Product and the Editor’s Choice Cult Classic.

The winners will be picked by readers like you and me, who, as usual, have the final say. So, log on to www.vivabeautyawards.com by May 10, 2014, to cast your vote for your favourite beauty picks, and you will enter the draw to win a cash prize of AED 5,000!

Sounds cool doesnt it? Im super psyched to be attending and you should too, blog about #vivabeautyawards and you too could stand a chance at gaining yourself an entry pass!

Hope to see some of you wonderful ladies there!

Be bold, Be beautiful Be YOU!!!!

Lots of love – Thebeautyblogme xoxox