Sunday, February 17, 2013

Achieve a Persian inspired makeup look in 10 steps

Once you go Persian, there is just no other version. The Persian Empire once possessed a history that was richer than the world's wallet. The women embodied prominence, elegance, and finesse. Although the Persian persuasion is quite palpable in the world today, it has become distinguished since reality television has made its mark in the entertainment industry.

With amazing Persian beauties such as Sarah Shahi, Nazanin Boniadi, Lilly Ghalichi, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mahnaz Afshar, Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Bahar Soomekh, and Nadia Bjorlin, Persian women truly exemplify an exotic beauty yet classic ardor that is both unique and matchless.

As a Persian woman, I have received many messages asking "How do you do your makeup?" or "How can I look Middle Eastern?" And as a response, I cannot help but speak the truth. I do my makeup the way I believe complements me. The way that makes me happy. Even though Persian makeup is unique as the woman who wears it, with the right guidance anyone can achieve a Persian inspired makeup look. Are you ready? Let's get started!

STEP 1 - First and foremost, it is important to apply a primer before your foundation and concealer followed by your powder. As you allow your primer to set, you want to apply your foundation and concealer. To set your face makeup, it is important to use a good powder.

STEP 2 - Persian women are all about contouring and before you move onto the eyes (which are in fact the most important part of the Persian inspired makeup look) you want to contour various areas of your face using matte blushes and bronzers. Start with the nose and chin, followed by the cheekbone and then upper forehead area.

STEP 3 - As you continue creating the Persian inspired makeup look, you want to apply eye shadow primer on your eyelids. As you allow the primer to set, you want to apply powder under your eyes because you will have eye shadow fallout.

STEP 4 - Apply your eye shadows. You want to use cool and/or neutral colors that are generic (blacks, browns, grays, silvers, golds, etc.) Start with your main shade followed by your darkest shade. Use at least one matte shade in the mix. Blend and touch up as much as possible. Do not brush away the fallout just yet. Instead, apply a highlight (or lightest eye shadow shade) towards the upper part of the eye near the brow bone and also add this same shade towards the outer areas of the eye near the tear duct.

STEP 5 - It is important to use gel eyeliner when creating this look more so than any other type of eye lining product simply because it is a very flexible makeup essential. You want to use black because black will make your eyes stand up. Whether you have brown, hazel, blue, green, gray, etc. eyes black will always compliment them in a dramatic sense.

STEP 6 - As you apply, you want to make sure that you apply the gel eyeliner on the top part of the eye, extending out towards the outer corners. Apply lightly on the bottom, but connect the extending parts on the outer part of the eye. Then, you want to line both the bottom waterline followed by the top waterline (tightlining).

STEP 7 - It is important to use eye lash primer on your lashes, as this will avoid any smudging, flaking, or smearing. Unlike other primers where you should allow it to set into the skin, you want to apply your mascara almost instantaneously after applying the primer simply because it works better that way. If you decide to use two different mascaras, apply them back-to-back.

STEP 8 - Brush away any fallout and retouch your eye shadow if necessary. You want to start with the eyebrows. They should be natural yet refined meaning they can be dramatic, but not over the top (not too thick, not too arched, etc.) Apply whatever eyebrow product you use to your eyebrows.

STEP 9 - Next you want to focus on the lips. For this particular makeup look, you want to go natural simply because you want the attention drawn to your eyes most of all. It is important to use a lip liner that is a shade darker than the lipstick you intend to use. The lipstick should also be matte and not possess any shimmer.

STEP 10 - Lastly, after you apply the lipstick, you want to touchup whatever needs to be touched up. Then you want to take a makeup setting spray and spray your face afterwards.

Tabrikat! You have just created the Persian inspired makeup look, khanooma. Khoshgel joons. Omidvaram rooze khoobi dashte bashi!

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