Ever wish you had thicker hair or sculpted cheekbones? Well, stop wasting time dreaming, and try these beauty tricks from Allure that will maximize the art of illusion.
I know a thing or 20 about faking stuff, primarily beauty stuff. On the daily, I'm faking everything from full brows and long hair to my hair color and my lash length . . . I could go on. Natural beauty is amazing, but doesn't always come naturally for me. Sorry Gaga, I definitely wasn't born this way. So here are the tips and tricks that are crucial to a good beauty con.
Flat hair be gone. If it's not one thing, it's another. For me, it's the issue of fine, completely non-voluminous head hairs. I usually remedy these dire straights with clip-in hair extensions, but let's be honest — that's not every lady's jam. Luckily, there are some tricks to faking that Victoria's Secret model-esque hair, with little to no drama. First, skip out on the hair oil/silkening products pre-blow dry. You need to roughen up your business, not smooth it out. Try using a root lift or mousse instead to build a voluminous base. After you blow dry, create waves with a curling iron or flat iron. Using texturizing products like beach spray will also help to add fullness. I also always carry a mini size of dry shampoo on my person to sop up any midday oily gross factors and add more volume and texture throughout the day.
Beef up that pony. If you're afflicted by "tiny topknot syndrome," also known as an undersized bun, due to a lack of thick, lustrous hair, light teasing works wonders on this dreadful situation. This remedy is also great for a sad sack pony tail. Once your hair is 'tailed, tease a little with a comb, then spritz with either surf spray or dry shampoo. You can leave your voluminous pony as is, or twist it up into an actual human-sized bun. Socks need not apply.
Discover more ideas, including how to sculpt cheekbones and get a voluptuous pout, when you keep reading.
Get Bambi eyes. I am a major proponent of eyeliner in every damn situation. It totally opens up your eyes and makes you look more awake. Plus, and here's the realness — when applied in a specific manner, liner will give the appearance of thicker, more plentiful lashes. Applying this lash-bumping look is best done with a pencil, gel or cream liner, and not one of the twist up ones. You need a liner that's a little on the softer textured side. You want to dot and wiggle the liner of your choice INTO your upper lash line — right in between your lashes. It fills in those sparse, skin-showing areas, and gives the appearance of insane amounts of lashtastic-ness.
Rise of the cheekbones. I almost don't even want to bring up contouring, because it has been covered to death since a certain reality show family hit the scene a few years back. But, since not everyone was born into a beautifully cheek-boned face, the world of contouring definitely has its merits. The basics are this — use a darker-than-your-skin bronzer/powder/concealer to make portions of your face recede, and use a lighter-than-your-skin whatever to bring them forward. I like to use a matte bronzer under the cheekbone area, and especially on my upper forehead and hairline, because my forehead rivals Tyra Banks's. Then I use a lighter concealer under my eyes and blend down to where a normal human's cheekbones would be. In fact, simply brushing on a little of a shimmery blush directly to the apples of your cheeks can totally bring the emphasis on those c-bones.
Lip service. I've heard some variation on "I can't wear red lipstick. My lips are too thin/full/small/big" so many times. First off, yes, you can. They are your lips, they are unique to you, and you should highlight those puppies. But, if you are looking to add the appearance of fullness, the rules of contouring also apply to the mouth area. Darker and matte colors will make lips appear smaller, while glossy and lighter stuff (especially in the center of the mouth), will make lips appear more voluminous. For instance, if you're wearing a pink lipstick, take a light pink shade and blend a little into the center of your lips. Next, pat a little gloss onto the same area. It gives the illusion of fullness to that area. Now, go get your fake on.
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