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Old 25-Feb-2009
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Make-up timeline

To ensure your eyes stay healthy and free of infection when using
make-up, heed the following due-date rules. Throw out your mascara
after three months, powder eye shadows every nine to 18 months, and
cream eye shadows every six to 12 months. Sharpen your eyeliners
often to keep them clean.

Mascara mistakes

To avoid mascara flake-off or smudging on your face, apply a thin
cost of mascara to top lashes only. Then run an eyelash brush through
lashes to prevent clumpy mascara build-up.

Get a rosy glow

Want your face to radiate a healthy glow? Try using a gel blush or
cream (instead of powder) in a rosy shade of pink to create a more
natural look. Gels or creams are more transparent and blend smoothly -
rub it on the apples of your cheek and blend up towards the eye for
a glowing complexion.

Minute manicure

Need a fast fix for unpolished n ails? File nails into a square
shape, buff them to create a bit of shine and apply a clear coat of
polish. Next rub in cuticle oil around the edges of the nail and
moisturize your whole hand. It takes less than 15 minutes and will
give your appearance a polished look.

Brow etiquette

The trend in eyebrows for this season is natural looking, not sparse
and skinny. Use a tinted brow definer or eye shadow to fill in scanty

Fix tired feet

Pamper your tired feet with a luxurious footbath. Fill a basin with
warm water and add a few drops of essential oils. Next place marbles
or small stones (found at your local garden centre) into the basin.
Run your toes and soles of your feet over the marbles, and relax for
15 minutes.

Eye/lip pencil care

Before sharpening your eyeliner or lip pencil, place them in the
freezer for 10 minutes. They will harden slightly and not break when

Eyeliner hint

Women with deep-set eyes should use liquid liner instead of regular
pencil eyeliner, to prevent smudging in the crease of the lid. Liquid
liner does not smudge as easily.

Nail polish know-how

Is your nail polish from last season too thick? Chances are the
polish has begun to thicken at the bottom of the bottle. Add a bit of
nail polish thinner to the bottle to get the maximum use of your nail

Foundation Tester

When picking out a concealer or foundation, always test the colour on
the inside of your wrist. The skin there is the most unblemished and
will give you a good idea of how it will look on your face.

Extend your foundation

Want to extend the life of your foundation and cut down on heavy
concealer? Mix a drop of it with your natural moisturizer to create a
luminescent look for your skin.

Curl Your Lashes

Before curling your eyelashes, heat the curler with a hair dryer for
a few seconds. Test to make sure it is not too hot, then apply to
eyelashes. The heat will lock in the curl on extra long eyelashes.

Foundation Secret

Apply foundation to your face AFTER you have done your eye make-up.
This helps you to fix any last minute smudging from mascara or
eyeliner under the eyes.

Lipstick Trick

Love matte lipstick, but feel your dry lips wreck the look? Apply a
lip balm to lips before starting your make-up routine. By the time
you have done your eyes and rest of the face, your lips will be
moisturized and ready for the matte lipstick.

Manicure tip

If you have been sloppy applying nail polish, simply soak nails (when
dry) in warm water for a few minutes and then rub off extra nail
polish gently with a finger.


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