Many people hold the assumption that makeup simply serves the purpose of concealing one’s flaws or to make one achieve a generally more presentable appearance to society. While this is certainly the case for some people, these are not the only functions of makeup. Makeup does not only allow a person to make physical, surface-level transformations, but it also holds the power to bring about a change in the wearer’s emotional state.
Whether you are a minimal makeup wearer or someone who puts out all the stops with their makeup, there are several ways for you to use cosmetics to give yourself a confidence boost. Here are three easy looks you can create that will help you do just that:
A Dark Lip
Nothing says powerful and confident like a dark shade of lipstick. Pair it with an outfit that makes you feel like the girl boss you are and you are ready to take on the world! Exaggerations aside, there is no denying that putting on a dark lip colour can be the ultimate power move for some people. When applied correctly, a dark lip colour can make you look elegant and chic as well as help you display the appearance of someone who knows what she wants and has the drive to get it. The only thing about wearing a dark lip colour is the hassle of application and the inconvenience of maintenance. If you are a beginner at wearing dark lipstick, the most important thing you need to do to ensure your lipstick stays in the vicinity of your lips is to line your lips. Choose a lipliner that matches as close as possible to your lipstick shade, line your lips as precisely as you can and then feather it out — there should not be a harsh line around your lips, we are not in the nineties after all. After blending out your lipliner, apply your lipstick by using a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet. A lip brush allows for more precision and will help you build up the colour bit by bit. Once you have coloured in your lips, blot it and depending on how intense you want the colour to be, you can go in with another layer of lipstick for a deeper shade or leave it as it is for something more subtle.
Wing Out Your Eyes
A cat-eye look is one of the harder styles to master when it comes to eyeliner, but it is definitely the one with the most power play. If you shy away from doing a cat-eye for fear of it looking wonky, simply use this trick to help you achieve a flawless cat-eye look: paste on a bit of tape onto the corners of your eyes (line it along your lower lash line) and use it as a guide to draw the wing part of your cat-eye. This allows you to get a sharp and neat wing, as well as ensures the liner on both eyes are on the same level. If you want to achieve an even more defined wing, apply a bit of concealer along the lower part of the wing using a flat-top eyeliner brush and blend the concealer out, ensuring it mixes in flawlessly with the rest of your base. This will also serve the purpose of lifting your eye area, providing you with a wide-awake appearance. For a bolder look, you can opt for brightly-coloured eyeliners such as cobalt blue or violet instead of the standard black eyeliner. If you wish to up the intensity of your cat-eye, tightline your eyes with black eyeliner to make your cat-eye stand out even more.
A Strong Brow Game
Full-on and bold eyebrows in all their hairy glory were once frowned upon by makeup lovers. But with the rise of supermodels like Cara Delevigne and Taylor Hill, who have unabashedly graced the covers of magazines and walked the runways with their thick brows, strong eyebrows are now a coveted part of a confident makeup look. If you already have thick eyebrows to begin with, then all you need is a coat of brow gel to keep the hairs in place and you are good to go. However, if you fell into the trend of super-thin, nineties eyebrows and plucked your brows almost to non-existence, then you will need the help of several products to achieve the bold brow look. Firstly, brush up your eyebrow hairs so you can see the shape of your brow. Next, with either an eyebrow pencil or powder, fill any gaps in your brows in an upward motion. Make sure to draw in small strokes to make it appear more natural. If you went a little overboard, simply brush through your brows to take off some of the product. Once you are satisfied with how your brows look, apply a coat of brow gel to ensure all that product you have put in stays in place.