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Health, Beauty & Fashion

Make-up Guru shares 3 tips

Tips from Laura Mercier
The Straits Times - January 20, 2012
By: Karen Tee
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Make-up Guru shares 3 tips -- PHOTO: LAURA MERCIER

As Laura Mercier's director of international artistry and promotions, Ms Tayaba Jafri's (inset) job is to travel around the world to dish out tips and tricks to make-up artists and customers.

The American brand, which was founded in 1995, is best known for its 'flawless face' mantra.

Its bestsellers are its primers and foundations, which are formulated to give a natural finish.

The 35-year-old Canadian, who is based in Toronto, has also done make-up for celebrities such as Renee Zellweger and Lily Allen for shoots and red-carpet events.

She is frequently featured in magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Elle for beauty advice.

On a business trip to Singapore this week, she took time to share three of her favourite make-up tips with Urban.

 

1. If the skin at your temples is blemish free, do not apply foundation to this area, which starts from the outer corner of the eyes to the hairline.

This is generally the part of your complexion that looks the healthiest, so letting this small patch of skin shine with its natural glow will prevent your face from looking overly made-up even if you have applied foundation to the rest of your face.

2. To prevent bold lipstick from feathering, line your lips with a white lip liner before colouring in with a lip liner in a colour close to that of your lip's natural colour.

Set the lip liner with a light dusting of translucent loose powder before applying a layer of lipstick.

Set this layer of lipstick with another light coat of the same loose powder.

Apply the second and final layer of lipstick.

If you want your lips to look glossy, dab a hint of lipgloss to just the middle of your upper lip. If you apply lipgloss to your entire lip, it will cause your lip colour to run.

3. Unlike in the United States and Europe, where women prefer natural-looking brows, Ms Jafri says Asian women still prefer shaping their brows into thin strips.

Many also prefer the pain-free process of shaving their brows to other methods of hair removal.

However, Ms Jafri says this causes a 'five o'clock shadow' on the eyebrows as shaved hair tends to grow back within a few days.

The hair that regrows also tends to look coarse due to the cut strands of hair.

Instead, she suggests visiting a professional to get your brows tweezed or threaded to shape them in a way which best suits your face.

It will take at least two weeks for your brow hair to grow back and there will not be any stubble.

 

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