Before you put on any makeup, begin with moisturizer. Apply moisturizer over your entire face, paying special attention to the areas around your eyes and mouth. Give yourself a facial massage while applying your moisturizer. Massage stimulates blood flow for a natural glow. Allow your moisturizer to sink into your skin for a few minutes before you start applying any other cosmetics.
To get your makeup to last all night, start with makeup primer. Primer will help your foundation last while also mattifying your skin to reduce shine. Try Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Primer or Becca Mattifying Primer. After your primer, follow up with a liquid or compact foundation to even out your skintone. Blend your foundation thoroughly, paying special attention to the jawline.
For girls' night out, start by applying a medium shade of eyeshadow from your lashline to the crease. Use a darker shade in the crease itself, blending upward toward your brow bone. These beauty tips will accentuate your eye shape and color.
Add some glamour to your look in the form of eyeliner. Glitter or sparkling eyeliner in a shade such as purple or green can really make your eyes pop. However, you also can't go wrong with jet black for evening. You can use eyeshadow as liner too. Use a small dense brush to line your eyes. Dip it into water before applying the product for deep, intense color.
Make your eyelashes look big and bold by curling them first with an eyelash curler. Then for high definition, apply two coats of lengthening mascara in deep black to extend and separate your lashes. "Touch up any mascara mistakes by using a Q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover," says makeup artist Jill Sampson.
Make your lipstick last longer by filling in your lips entirely with lip pencil before putting on your lipstick. This will provide a foundation to help your lipstick stay in place. Apply your lipcolor straight from the tube, or use a lip brush for more precision. Red lipstick is always a hot choice, but for springtime, shades of coral and orange lip color are trendy options.
Blush can enhance your cheekbones and give your face a boost of color so that it doesn't look washed out. Blush comes in a variety of formulas -- powder, liquid, gel and cream. Follow these tips to select the right type and shade of blush. For nighttime, your blush should be a little deeper and more dramatic than day.
To set your makeup, apply a dusting of finishing powder allover your face. Use a powder that is formulated for your skin type. If you have dry skin, don't use too much powder -- it will just dry your skin further and enhance any fine lines or wrinkles. For oily skin, use a makeup setting spray. These sprays absorb oil and make your cosmetics smudge-proof and budge-proof.
When going out, always carry blotting tissues. These little miracle tissues blot away oil and sweat while leaving your makeup intact. Our favorite is Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper (available at Sephora.com for $20 for 100). For oily skin, the best bargain is Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.