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Happy MakeupLicious- makeup removal tutorial

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Flawless, glowing skin is the hallmark of beauty and the first step to achieving it is to maintain a clean skin. Your skin needs to be completely free of makeup before you retire for the night. Even a smidge of makeup left overnight can result in blisters, breakouts and in some cases inflammation (eye makeup).  Aussie Fashion blog’s featured makeup writer, Muskaan Ahuja a Dubai based professional Make-up and Special effects Artist has come up with simple routine make up removal remedies for heavy to soft makeup. As she is often asked which products are best she has consolidated a list of products that she has personally used and is confidant of it’s quality.

To remove very heavy makeup and daily makeup.

 Heavy makeup:

Muskaan offers two solutions. One is a homemade oil mixture and the other is an easily available market product. Heavy makeup is usually designed to stay on for longer periods of time and tends to be waterproof, for example- stage or theatre makeup. It is difficult to remove this kind of makeup with simple surfactants, which are used in regular makeup removers. This type of makeup would require very harsh surfactant based makeup removers and loads of it for thorough cleansing. Muskaan offers two organic solutions, one is a home made, easy to make oil mixture and the other is an organic product readily available off the shelf.

How to make the oil mixture at home?

Ingredients:
Extra virgin olive oil– 5ml

Coconut oil– 3ml

Baby oil– 2ml

Mix it and store it in a clean container, use as often as required.

Here is a pic of the bottle that Muskaan has at home.

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To remove your makeup:
Step 1
Apply little bit of the homemade oil mixture on your fingertips and gently massage it in circular movements. Once the makeup has mixed well with the oil, softly wipe your face using a damp cotton pad. Repeat the process until your skin is completely free of makeup. Remember to be very gentle near the eyes as the skin in that region is very delicate. If it seeps into the eyes then rinse thoroughly with copious amounts of lukewarm water (shouldn’t be hot).

Alternatively you can use a market product.
Muskaan recommends Know-it-oil, which is readily available in the market. This is a VMV product, USDA certified (US department of agriculture) it is basically an organic virgin coconut oil that can effectively remove thick layers of make-up mainly stage or theatre makeup while providing intensive hydration.
Follow the directions given on how to use on the product.
This can be used as a daily make-up remover but she doesn’t recommend using it daily, only when you have heavy makeup on and don’t have time to whip up a homemade remedy.

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Step 2

Is very important and Muskaan recommends making it a daily mantra. CTM (clean/ tone / moisturize) using your regular or favourite brands for this step.

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Cleaning

 

Toning

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Moisturising

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For Daily makeup.

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This kind of makeup does not need harsh surfactants so it can be removed using your regular makeup remover products by damping it over a cotton pad and wiping it gently over the face. And if you are a wipes person, apply a thin layer of your cleansing milk over the face before using the wipes as the cleansing milk will not only help to lift off more makeup but it will also prevent dryness. Muskaan doesn’t recommend using wipes as prolonged use of wipes daily can lead to dryness, soreness or sagging of skin at a later stage of life due to all that hard hand rubbing.
Muskaan uses and recommends dermalogica makeup removing products.

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She recommends Neutrogena wipes but advises the use of clarins cleansing milk under it before rubbing of the make up. Makes the rubbing less harsh on the skin.

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Step 2

CTM (cleansing / toning and moisturising) same as above.

Now, a common question Muskaan is asked is whether you need to use a separate makeup remover for the eyes.

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Answer to this is, ‘Yes of course!”
The skin around the eyes is highly sensitive. The reason being as we don’t have a bone structure underneath the eyes to support the skin and that is why it’s called an eye socket. The skin here is thin and very sensitive. This is worse for a person with bigger or inset eye sockets, which can result in visible dark circles. This area is prone to signs of early ageing like winkles and fine lines. Excessive rubbing while removing the makeup can lead to dry and puffy eyes. In the long run puffiness around the eyes is also caused due to accumulation of leftover eye makeup particles. Makeup left overnight on the eyes seeps through the tear duct and keeps getting accumulated under the eyes leading to heavy puffiness. Sometimes, at a later stage in life to cure this one would need proper medical attention or even undergo a surgery for worst-case scenarios. Thus it is very important to thoroughly remove any kind of makeup from the eyes every night or before sleeping anytime during the day. It is good to invest in a high quality eye make remover as these are usually very mild and these effectively remove makeup without drying the skin around the eyes. Have patience while removing makeup and cleaning the eyes, remembering to be gentle.
Do not dab or rub the product directly over your eyelids using fingers. Always damp the product over a cotton pad and gently swipe over the makeup. Use an ear bud dabbed in product to remove eyeliner that is stuck in-between the lashes and corners of eyes.

Products Muskaan recommends are Lancôme eye makeup remover or Sens’eye by Make Up For Ever and Camomile gentle eye makeup remover by Body Shop.

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In fact, there is this magical product by dermalogica called the PRECLENSE- it provides deep cleansing for every day use. It removes any left over makeup product on the skin. Do not use it if you are allergic to peanuts as it contains kukui nut oil.

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There are many products available in the market; in fact each and every brand has a range of makeup removers for different parts of the face and for every skin type. So explore, consult and use the one which suites your skin type best.

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Lastly, even after you have removed all that makeup don’t forget to Smile!

A Smile is still the best make-up you can wear every day.

Happy MakeupLicious!!

Tina

Muskaan Ahuja (AKA Tina)Dubai based MUA

Visit my page – https://www.facebook.com/MuskaanAhujaTinaMua

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

Email add –  tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel- +971 55 99585856

 

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Happy MakeupLicious- Be Beautiful in 5 simple steps!

Aussie Fashion blog’s featured makeup writer, Muskaan Ahuja a Dubai based professional Make-up and Special effects Artist has come up with a simple 5-step routine that can transform you into a glam diva. A must have guide for the ever busy woman of today, from office to the dance floor in minutes!

This 3rd series of ‘happy MakeupLicious’ brings to you the tutorial of how to transform your look from subtle to a glam diva by just building on to your existing make-up in just 5 simple steps.

Day to Night in 5 Steps

Step 1: SMOKEY EYES.

Use a soft kohl liner along your lash line, then smudge it upwards with your fingertips or a sponge. This would create a Smokey eye in a flash. Dab on an eye shadow in a frosty carbon shade and blend all using a good blender brush.

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Step 2 –  LUSH LASHES.

Forget mascara as adding more coats over dried mascara will only cause it to clump and crumble. Instead, invest in a pair of false lashes that you can whip on in a flash. Apply the lashes using a pair of tweezers for precision and gently squeeze them along with natural lases with mascara on. This will help in blending both together.

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Step 3 – SCULPTED GLOW.

Use concealer under your eye and to cover blemishes. Sweep matt bronzer or a blusher of your choice along the cheekbones towards temples, your forehead and chin. Use a lighter shade to highlight your cheeks, nose bridge, eye-brow line and inside your eye corners.

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Step 4 – PALE POUT

If you’re drawing attention to your eyes, play down your lips with pinkish coloured gloss. Alternatively , use a lip stain for lasting effect, or a long wearing lip colour in a nude or buff shade.

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Step 5- GLAM HAIR.

Pin your hair into a low bun or twist it round, pinning as you go to create a messier look with delicate wisps. Glam it up with a bejewelled hair accessory and you’re all set for a glam evening.

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Lastly don’t forget to Smile as it is the best make-up you can wear every day.

Happy makupLicious!!

Tina

Muskaan Ahuja (AKA Tina)Dubai based MUA

Visit my page – https://www.facebook.com/muskaan.ahuja.14

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

Email add – tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel- +971 55 99585856

 

 

 

 

 


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Happy MakeupLicious: The perfect bronzed beauty

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This is the second post in our ‘Happy MakeupLicious’ series, where we let you in the secrets on applying bronzer like a pro. Our featured cosmetic technician is Muskaan Ahuja, a gorgeous Certified Professional Make Up Artist and Special Effects from ESMOD University Dubai.

In this post she shares her trade secrets for the art of bronzing.  Many celebrities end up as front-page news for their bronzer disasters, the latest victim being Catherine Zeta Jones. Even a bronzer pro like Pippa Middleton, who has been dubbed by British media to have created the ‘middletan effect’, has had her share of  ‘too orange’ royal tan disasters.

So why does everyone still brave dangerous waters like bronzing? Simple, it’s the ultimate look for a fashion and style diva, a sun kissed glow. Summery bronze skin is sexy and sporting it all year round is the hallmark of a true style diva. However the aim is to be a golden beauty not orange faced!

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How to avoid the ‘FAKE TAN’ look?

Aim for one shade darker than your current skin tone, anything more and you are setting the stage for being labelled, ‘Fake Bake’. Also if you are pale skinned try investing in a body lotion that builds up a gradual tan, all over your body. Sporting a bronze face with a pale body is a fashion faux pas you really should avoid.

Wait approximately 10 mins after moisturising your face before you apply makeup, especially a bronzer, as it won’t blend evenly. A lot of bronzers tend to have orange undertones, try to go with a nude-brown undertone.

‘Happy MakeupLicious’: The perfect bronzed beauty tips.

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Our Dubai based expert, Muskaan Ahuja, a professional Makeup and Special effect Artist shows you how to become a woman that knows how to apply a bronzer and look good.  She lists out four simple rules that can turn you into a sun kissed goddess.

“When it comes to bronzing, you either know how to do it or you don’t, “ Muskaan says of the art of bronzing, “and when you don’t, it really looks bad!”

Her simple 4 rules step is as follows:

Rule 1 – Bronzer should look natural, so match it to your décolleté or upper arm. Which is a true match of your most tanned areas.

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Rule 2- Apply bronzer to your face in the same direction as the sun naturally hits it. Apply downward strokes, hitting your T-zone, cheekbones and chin.

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Rule 3 – Never use bronzer to contour your face. You may see this look in fashion shoots in magazines, but it doesn’t work in real life.

“Always accessorise with a smile,” says Muskaan. “A smile is the best make-up you can wear every day! ”

Happy MakeupLicious!!

Tina

Visit my page:  http://www.facebook.com/MuskaanAhujaTinaMua

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

Email: tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel: +971 55 99585856


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Happy MakeupLicious! Forever-Young makeup tutorial.

The art of applying makeup is one of the oldest traits of civilized groups of people and according to Dr. Richard Russell there is a science in the art of applying makeup.  An assistant professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College, he has deduced that a face appears female due to facial contrast and application of makeup enhances this contrast making one appear more attractive. Female skin tone is also lighter than male skin tone, which supports the use of foundation that evens out skin tone and in some case makes the skin appear lighter.

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Plucking of eyebrows, applying eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara darkens the eyes and lashes. Lipstick and lip liners darken the lips giving the face an immediate feminine appeal and thus making it more attractive. Rouge/blush applied artfully on the cheeks give a healthy rosy cheek look.

As part of our ‘Happy MakeupLicious’ series, we are starting a sequence of posts on the art of applying makeup like a pro. Our featured writer is Muskaan Ahuja, a gorgeous Certified Professional Make Up Artist and Special Effects from ESMOD University Dubai.

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Forever Young makeup tutorial.

You don’t need to undergo expensive and not to mention painful laser surgery to get a facelift or a youthful glow. A few clever makeup tricks will have you looking years younger and beautiful in 5 simple steps.

Muskaan has charted 5 simple steps to incorporate into your daily makeup routine that will have you glowing with confidence.

Step 1:  A good foundation.

Skin is the largest organ of your body and the one most prone to ageing as it is constantly battles harsh weather, chemicals and pollutants while it protecting your body. It deserves your care and respect. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, irregularity of pigmentation (age spots), and dryness are the tell tale signs of aging. Good genes are a major factor for youthful skin, however good lifestyle choices and makeup can help minimise the harsh effects of time.

Choosing a good foundation is the fundamental step in the art of makeup.

A good foundation has the following characteristics:

  • A light coverage formula: heavy foundations tend to make skin sag. A light formula spreads smoothly with out clumping and is gentle on the delicate facial skin.
  • Evens out your skin tone: Foundation should match your skin tone and mask age spots giving the appearance of youth.
  • Spreads smoothly instead of just filling up fine lines. If your foundation tends to fill up fine lines you will end up with skin that looks wrinkled. You need to experiment to find one that smoothens out your skin and tackles the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Addresses your skin’s specific needs. A dry skin looks aged and dull. A good foundation that moisturises without caking is what you should lookout for. If your skin is oily you need to find a foundation that isn’t oil based. If you have combination skin, oily T zone and dry rest of the area, you might need to experiment with perhaps two types of foundation. Needless to say money spent on good high quality foundation is worth it.
  • Ensuring that your foundation has a built in SPF of at least 15-20 will protect your skin from further harmful affects of the sun.

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Step 2- CONCEAL AND REVEAL

  • Pick a concealer two shades lighter than your foundation.
  • Place three dots under the eye where the shadows are.
  • Gently pat product into skin, working it into the inner corners, which tend to darken with age.
  • This will mask the dark circles and tell tale signs of a hectic life.

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Step 3 – OPEN YOUR EYES.

  •  Dust some shadow in a taupe or stone colour over the lid.
  • Apply a highlighting formula under the arch to give the appearance of a mini brow ‘lift’.
  • Finally apply two coats of mascara to top lashes.
  • If you use an eyelash curler you will want to curl your lashes before you apply your mascara.

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Step 4 – LET THE CHEEKS GLOW

  • Applying blusher to the apples of the cheeks gives skin a younger glow.
  • Cream formulas give skin a dewy look, but you’ll need to touch up throughout the day, as they aren’t very long lasting.
  • As most skin tends to dry out with age, cream blushers are a good choice and are best-applied using fingertips.

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Step 5 – PLUMP UP YOUR POUT

  • Unfortunately, lips tend to thin with age.
  • Counteract this with a lip-plumping formula.
  • They contain a special plant complex that boosts hyaluronic acid production, instantly restoring the plumpness.

Step 5

Lastly,

A Smile is the best make-up you can wear every day. 🙂

Happy MakeupLicious!!

Tina

Muskaan Ahuja (AKA Tina) Dubai based MUA

 

Visit my page:  http://www.facebook.com/MuskaanAhujaTinaMua

 

Professional Make-up and Special effects Artist.

 

Email: tin_195656@hotmail.com / TahujaMUA@gmail.com

Tel: +971 55 99585856