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The Straits Times, Urban
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Brown-ing nicely
by Karen Tee

Going au naturel - on the face, that is - may be daunting for most women.
However, American make-up maestro Bobbi Brown has created a cosmetics empire by teaching women how to look good, naturally.

'All women really want the same thing: to look like themselves, only prettier and more confident,' Brown writes in her latest make-up guide book, the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual.

With this in mind, Bobbi Brown senior make-up artist Suzannah Salleh shows you how to create a fuss-free day make-up look.

Then, take your look from day to night in a matter of minutes.

The secret: Put a little more effort into your morning routine.




1 Start with a cleansed and moisturised face.

2 Use a corrector with pink undertones to neutralise dark eye circles. Apply with a concealer brush, starting from the inner corner of the eye, making long strokes outwards. To blend in the product, use your fourth finger as this has the lightest touch and the heat from it helps make-up meld into your skin.

3 Next, with a concealer brush, dab concealer on the under-eye area up to the top of your cheekbones to brighten the area. If this looks adequate, skip the foundation.

4 Apply foundation from your nose outwards. Note: When applying foundation on the forehead, blend into the hairline to avoid the mask-like 'geisha' look.

5 Unless you have oily skin all over your face, lightly dust loose powder only on the T-zone. Otherwise, excess powder will settle into the facial fine lines, emphasising them.

6 Use some bronzer to warm up your complexion. With a bronzer brush - a large brush with a flat head - lightly dust bronzer on areas where light hits your face, such as the forehead, nose bridge, chin and temples.

This will create the illusion of contours on your face.

7 Smile, so you can locate the apples of your cheeks easily. Use a blush brush to apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks. Sweep the brush outwards towards your hair line, then blend downwards.

8 When applying lipstick, use a lip brush for more intense colour and precise application.

Smile to stretch your lips so their creases will be coloured in too, or your lips may look patchy.

Be sure to colour within your natural lipline to avoid 'clown' lips.

9 Use a matte eyeshadow as the base for your eyes. Pick a shade that is at least one shade lighter than your skintone and brush over the entire eyelid up to the brow bone.

Use a midtone shade - that is about one shade darker than your skin tone - and blend into the entire socket.

With an eyeliner brush, dot gel eyeliner on the entire upper lashline.

Finish with two coats of mascara.


10 You just need one extra shade of eyeshadow to create that smokey-eyed look so right for night-time.

Instead of black, pick a shadow with purple, green or blue tones for a lift.

Using an eyeshadow brush, start from the outer eye corner and work inwards to the lid centre. Blend upwards to the socket line.

Reapply another layer of black gel eyeliner to top and bottom lashlines.

11 Use a shade of lipstick as close to your skin tone as possible so the focus will be on your eyes. Apply a layer of lip gloss for shimmer.

This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times.

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