How to Use Corrective Make-up Techniques

Updated at: Jun 14, 2013
How to Use Corrective Make-up Techniques

Corrective make-up techniques can help a beauty enthusiast hide a lot of imperfections, but the key is learn to do it like an expert.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
Fashion & BeautyWritten by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: Jun 14, 2013

Girl posing with make up on

Corrective make-up is a technique by which the light and dark colours of the skin are highlighted and the contours featured, creating such an illusion that there is better balance and tone throughout. For example, you may be able to use corrective make-up to make a narrow lip look fuller or work on unequal eyebrows and make them appear symmetrical.

Things to Keep in Mind

Considering that corrective make-up is used to correct the imperfection, one has to be a little but careful and a perfecto at sliding the brushes at the right curves. If you are a beginner, you must keep the following things in mind when beginning to try corrective make-up.
• Highlighting stresses on a feature
• Shadowing minimises the feature and makes it less noticeable
• Blend your make-up to produce a seamless transformation between the areas.

Corrective Make-up for the Eyes

• If you have round eyes, lengthen them by extending the shadow beyond the outer corners.
• If your eyes are closely set, make them appear far apart by placing a light shadow in the lids close to the nose and a shadow of darker shade on the outer edges of the eye lids.
• Extend the shadow slightly beyond the side of each eye to make them look larger.
• Use reflective, light colours on the crease to make the eyes emerge if your eyes are deeply set. Make sure that you use darker shades only sparingly.
• If your eyes are prominent, make them less noticeable by blending a medium to dark shade of an eye shadow over the most prominent part of the eyelid and then blending it upwards close to the brow.

Corrective Make-up Techniques for Face

• If you have a round or square face, blend darker foundation on the outer edges of the temples and along the jawline and cheekbones. Use a lighter foundation along the center of the face i.e. from the forehead to the tip of the chin.
• If you have a narrow face, use a light foundation from below the cheekbones and along the jawline.
• If you have a receding chin, use a foundation that is lighter than the highlighter used for the chin.
• If you have a wide jaw, use a foundation that is dark in shade below the cheekbones and along the jawline.
• If you have a double chin, use a dark foundation under the jawline and over the double chin.

Corrective Make-up Techniques for Lips

• Make thin upper lips look fuller and more defined by lining it up with the help of a lip liner and following it up by filling it in with a lip colour.
• If both of your lips are thin, use a light shaded lip liner to line the boundaries and fill it with a light lipstick to make the lips look bigger.
• If your lips are full naturally and too much that you want them to look thinner, draw a line just inside the natural lip line and fill the lips with a soft colour. Avoid any colour that is frosty or a lipstick that is glossy and attracts unwanted attention.
Most of the beauty makeovers that you see on the internet are more of the work of Photoshop software and little of what the expert or individual. So, do not be disappointed if your make-up does not match up to the standards of the images on the internet. It is after you have experimented for a while that it really makes a desirable remark.

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