Men love make-up that gives our skin an even tone and sub­tle colour, and here’s how to fake the look...

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BEAUTY -

For a sub­tle, sexy glow

1 A heavy layer of foun­da­tion can make you look over done and hide your nat­u­ral skin tone. Dampen a sponge with water (this will thin the foun­da­tion for a nat­u­ral, even ap­pli­ca­tion), then start in the cen­tre of your face and blend the prod­uct out­wards to fade at the edges.

2 Next, us­ing light pres­sure rub your hands over your face; the heat from your skin will re­move any thick spots and en­sure seam­less ap­pli­ca­tion.

3 The pur­pose of us­ing blush is to mimic a healthy glow. Find a cream blush (pros pre­fer them as they melt into your skin and don’t look chalky) in a colour that matches the in­side of your bot­tom lip (this is the clos­est hue to your nat­u­ral flush.)

4 Use your fin­gers to dab the prod­uct on the ap­ples of your cheeks and press the left­over blush onto your cheek­bones. This will cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a real flush.

De­fine those eyes

1 Guys are at­tracted to well-de­fined, thick and long lashes. So al­ways re­mem­ber to curl, curl, curl! This will also make your eyes ap­pear larger.

2 En­hance your lash line us­ing co­coa brown (for light com­plex­ions) or black (for darker skin) and ap­ply it along the up­per lash line, then dab a cot­ton bud across to dif­fuse the line.

3 Next, don’t go easy on the mas­cara, ap­ply at least two coats. The first coat will give you length, while the sec­ond will give you full­ness and def­i­ni­tion. Avoid clumps by adding the sec­ond layer while the first is still damp.

For a kiss­able pout

1 Men love soft lips with a rosy tint, and you’ll need mois­ture to cre­ate plump­ness, and sheer colour. Prime your lips with a balm and work it in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion to in­crease blood cir­cu­la­tion.

2 Find a lip­stick that matches the colour of your lips, and press, don’t glide the colour onto your lips from the case. This will cre­ate a stain-like fin­ish, which looks nat­u­ral, but sexy. Use a cot­ton bud to re­move ex­cess colour from your lips.

3 Top it off with sheer lip gloss. Ap­ply it more heav­ily in the cen­tre of your lips to re­flect light, hence cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of a fuller, sex­ier pout. ■

Make Up For Ever La Bo­hème Aqua Eyes in Brown, ` 890 The Body Shop Cho­co­ma­nia Lip But­ter, ` 225 Lakmé In­vis­i­ble Fin­ish Foun­da­tion SPF 8, ` 575 YSL Créme De Blush in Pow­dery Rrose, ` 2,080 Dior­show Liner Wa­ter­proof Eye­liner in Black, ` 1,600 Ori­flame Power Shine Lip Gloss in Nude, ` 329 Shi­seido Per­fect Rouge Lip­stick in Baby, ` 1,300

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