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HOW TO MAKE THE KOHL LAST ALL DAY.

To prevent the kohl from dissolving in a pool of sweat or tears, apply a layer of foundation before applying the kohl. On top of this a brush of dark eye shadow and then a liquid kohl. This makes for an intense, dramatised look as well long lasting eye makeup.

WHEN YOU APPLY TOO MUCH LIPSTICK

You're all set to leave, but you feel you've got a lipstick overdose? Sure enough, too much lipstick can make you look, well, not like a movie star but rather like a joker. When this happens, don't attempt to rub it off with tissue or a kerchief or even cotton, as this can leave the lips very dry and not even receptive to another application of lipstick. Instead, blot gently with tissues till they come clean. If there's still a stain, apply moisturiser to your lips, leave it for a couple of minutes and blot again. Then apply a more neutral shade.

OVERCOMING A PROBLEM NOSE

Many of us have nose problems. If it's either too big or long here are a couple of things you can do :

Use Your Hair
Keep your hair above shoulder length. This will de-emphasize the size of your nose. Make sure your hair has some volume and does not stick close to your head. Light colored hair works more effectively, as it tones down the facial features.

Make-Up
Create nose-shrinking shadows. Even if you don't use any other makeup, apply some blush in the middle of your forehead. If your nose shines out then use a concealer, slightly darker than your skin tone, on it. Some experts suggest that you use the concealer on skin just outside your nose. Try both and see which suits you best.

HOW DO I CONCEAL BLEMISHES?

Blemishes like acne scars, pigmented (dark) patches, pits in the skin or dark under-eye patches can be concealed with make-up (use concealers that are available in stick, cake and cream options). Here is how:

. To hide acne pits, apply cream or cake-type concealer into the pits, using a fine brush. The concealer should be one shade lighter than the foundation.
. To hide dark patches, use a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than the foundation. After concealing, apply normal foundation all over the face and neck.
. To conceal dark under-eye circles, it is best to use a foundation and conceal it with a light-toned concealer. Dilute the concealer with a drop of water before applying. Heavy use of concealers can show up lines and wrinkles, so go easy.

If you can't get hold of a good concealer, use foundation instead. In other words, you will need two shades of foundation. One should be close to your skin tone and the other a shade or two lighter. Use the lighter-coloured one for concealing.

Perfect make-up is the outcome of trial and error. So keep experimenting till you get it right.

WHEN YOUR BEAUTICIAN MESSES UP YOUR EYEBROWS .

Has your beautician messed up your eyebrows? Here's a way out.

. Brush the brows straight up with a dry toothbrush, with an eyebrow pencil.
. Draw short, feathery strokes on the hairs around the sparse areas.
. Use an eye-shadow, which matches your brows to make the desired shape.
. Press some powder lightly onto the area.
. Then brush them back to their natural shape.

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