A reader requested guidelines on wearing eye makeup for contact lens wearers. I wear contacts (clear, color and circle lens) myself so here are a few tips you guys can use.

* Pop in your contacts before you apply any eye makeup. This way, you will be able to see more clearly and avoid any mistakes.

* Try not to rim your inner lash line to avoid tearing. But if you really need to do so, use a waterproof or smudge-proof liner. My picks are MAC Fluidline and Prestige Automatic Eyeliner.

* To avoid eyeshadow from dropping into your eyes and causing irritation, either use a cream formula or simply wet your brush before using powder eyeshadow.

* Pick a mascara with minimal flaking and smearing. I like CoverGirl LashBlast and L’oreal Voluminous.

* Remove contacts before you remove your eye makeup to avoid damaging them.

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Want to know how to make your foundation melt into your skin and look uber natural? Here are a few tricks you can use.


* Less is more. It is easier to build up the coverage than tone it down. Always start with little amounts then add in more if necessary.

* Using a foundation brush can help to give an airbrushed look. I highly recommend MAC #190 foundation brush.



* Set your foundation with a spray to take away any cakiness. Try MAC Fix+, rosewater or even just spring water. Make sure you spray from at least 6-7 inches away.

* Check under natural light to make sure there are no streaks.

* For a natural look, use a tinted moisturizer or simply make your own by mixing your foundation with your moisturizer.

* When you blend foundation, start from the center of your face and blend outwards using light, downward strokes. Powder only your oiliest area to avoid looking too made up.

* If you have applied too much, tone it down by running a slightly damp sponge over your skin.

Summer is here and that hot icky weather is definitely one of the biggest nightmare for all of us, especially if you wear makeup. So what can you do to make your makeup stay on your face and last longer in the heat?

* Pick a foundation that is either water-based or oil-free. With too much oil in your foundation, your makeup will only slide right off your face in the hot weather. Better yet, skip foundation completely and use a tinted moisturizer with SPF instead.

* Use a primer before you apply your eye makeup. Urban Decay Primer Lotion and MAC Paints are too great choices.

* To avoid smearing, use a waterproof liner like MAC Liquidlast Liner and waterproof mascara like Max Factor Aqua Lash.

* Pick an eyeshadow in a cream or cream-to-powder formula for minimal creasing. Try MAC Shadesticks or MAC Paints.

* Sweep a thin layer of translucent powder over your eye to soak up excess oil when you are done.

* For the lips, just go with a sheer gloss and skip liner to avoid smearing.

When it comes to makeup for teens, the key is to keep everything sheer and natural.

Face
Never cover your entire face with foundation. Teens usually have good skin so use a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone and apply concealer to cover up zits. Apply powder only on oily areas and to set concealer. Powdering your face all over can add years to your age.