Why is it that women from other parts of the globe just seem more chic, more exotic, more radiant? Is it the water…the air…the wine? Nope, it’s the makeup. And you don’t have to buy a plane ticket to get it. Follow these easy tips for your very own passport to pretty.
France: Red lipstick
Striking, sophisticated red lips are a birthright for French women, and they manage to wear them effortlessly night and day by pairing a clean, fresh face with a signature shade that works with their unique coloring.
Fair skin: Choose a blue-based red with berry undertones, like MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo.
Medium skin: Try a true, neutral red or one with a bit of a brown base, like Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in Le Rouge.Olive skin: You can pull off an orange-based fire engine red, and make it look like classic instead of garish. Try L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Volcanic.
Dark skin: Most bright, pink or poppy red lipstick are made for your complexion. Try Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave.
India: Khol-rimmed eyes
Get sultry, exotic eyes like Frida Pinto by ditching your regular eyeliner for a velvety khol pencil like Guerlain Terracotta Khol Kajal Intense Indian Kohl. It glides smoothly, blends easily, and is a bit oilier so it has major staying power.
Glide the pencil in one smooth motion inside the lower lash line. Then draw your upper line starting from the inner corner and sweeping out to the outermost corner of the lashes. Use a cotton swab to blend out any hard edges so the effect is soft and smudgy.
Japan: Ageless, radiant skin
Smooth, perfect skin takes a combination of good genes, good diet, and good luck. But you can fake it fast with some strategically placed highlighter, like Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. Put a touch on brow bones to open the eye, and a dot inside the corner of each eye to look more awake. Blend in a swipe on the forehead (from the end of one eyebrow to the end of the other) for a lifting effect. Illuminate and define cheeks by putting highlighter at the top of the cheekbone and blending toward the hairline.
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