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Need some tips on perfect recital or performance makeup? Do you need recital or performance makeup? Check here!


- Start with a clean dry face

- If applying false eyelashes, do so now. Before anything has been applied to the skin.

- Apply moisturizer and allow to dry.

- Select a foundation a slightly darker shade than your normal skin tone. This will help with the stage light wash-out. Try a stick foundation. Dot on lightly and blend in to skin being careful to not leave lines around neck and jaw line.

- Apply loose powder to face. Try to match skin tone or foundation.

- Apply blush by first sweeping your brush through the loose powder then through your powdered blush. This will blend the blush in better.

- Apply eyeliner - For creamy pencil, liquid, gel or pen, use the tip of the brush or point for the finest line, getting right at the base of the lashes. Angle the point for a heavier look. Extend the line from one corner of your eye to the other. (If that corner-to-corner look is too harsh, begin instead at the point near the inside corner of your lid, where your lashes begin.) Creamy pencil may then be smudged into a shadowy effect or left as a defined line.

For powdery pencil or crayon, begin either at the corner of your eye, at the point on your lid where lashes begin or at the outer third of your lid. (The starting point isn't that critical since you'll be smudging the line.) Smudge liner just enough to blur the edge, pushing color onto your lid and/or just towards the corners. Smudging can be done with the ring or pinky finger, a cotton swab or a sponge-tip shadow applicator. Don't tug.

Lining lower lids should be done with a light hand and never directly on the rim of the lid. Generally, liquid liner is too hard-looking on lower lids. Stick with one of the softer effects. (If your upper lid is liquid-lined, your lower lid shouldn't be lined at all.)

- Apply eye shadow - For a simple wash of color, apply shadow from the inner corner of your lid up and across the entire lid to just above the crease.


Use highlighting shadow to brighten your eyes and lift the look of your whole face, whether or not you're wearing another shadow. It can be a lighter, complementary shade of the one you use on your lid, or an all-purpose pale ivory; frosted highlighters are great for p.m. Blend a touch of highlighter upwards from shadow on your lid, toward the arch of your brow and, if you like, extended out a bit --- but no further than the outer tip of your brow.

*Hint: To help prevent shadow from creasing, put foundation on your lids first, wait a second for it to penetrate, then apply shadow.

- Apply Mascara - Date mascara when you buy it and replace it after three months to avoid clumping and bacteria.

*Hint: Save your old brush. Cleaned with eye makeup remover, it's a handy declumping tool. Here are two approaches, your choice:

1. Put on mascara before foundation and concealer, so you can use them to cover up any smudges.

2. Put on mascara last, so lashes won't get dusted when you put on powder.

Either way . . .

- Twirl - don't pump - the wand to coat it. Pumping allows in air, hastening dry-out.

- If you prefer the lightest possible touch, wipe the wand gently with a clean tissue to remove excess mascara before applying.

- Hold the brush horizontally for upper lashes. Start at the base and wiggle it up to the tips to maximize separation and lushness. Allow the first coat to dry completely, then repeat.

- Hold the brush vertically for lower lashes and sweep it lightly across them.

- If lengthening is your goal, fluff on an extra dash of lengthening mascara just at the tips of lashes.

- Apply Lip Liner and Lipstick - Do liner first

Lip liner is optional but if you use it, it should go on first. Don't use liner darker than your lipstick, because if the lipstick fades and the liner doesn't, you're left with just an outline. Use neutral or lipstick-matched liner.

- Starting at the center of your upper lip, draw a line to each outer corner, following the edge of your natural lip line.

- Fill in color all over lips if you want extra holding power for your lipstick.

*Hint: Chill lip pencil in the refrigerator for a few minutes to make sharpening easier.


- A dusting of powder or bit of foundation beneath lipstick can maximize its staying power. Either can dry lips, though, so use a creamy formula lipstick.

- Stretch your lips and starting at the center of top or bottom, glide color to corners. Blot, reapply and blot again for longer-lasting color.

* Hint: A lip brush gives you the most precision in applying lipstick

*These tips and more are brought to you by Avon's beauty experts.


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