A fierce, flawless face without the fuss is forthcoming -- amp up your application arsenal with the tidy technique of a homemade makeup stencil. Sometimes called shields for their sublime skin protection, stencils secure a set cosmetic design without the spills, smudges and speckling from your brushes -- whether traditional or air-powered -- and sponges. Pamper yourself with precision and get your eyebrow or lip shape looking perfect, or play artist with your appearance for divine, daring details.
Draw your design onto a sheet of acetate paper or cardstock with a marker, or tape a paper printout of the design directly onto the edges of the sheet with masking tape. Leave a 1-inch-wide border around the edges of the design.
Hold the design against your face to compare the size and shape. Make any necessary corrections.
Lay the design atop a cutting mat. Tape all edges of the design to the edges of the mat to hold it still while you work.
Insert the tip of a craft scalpel into a design line and pull the scalpel along the line to copy it precisely.
Rotate the mat as you work to get the most comfortable cutting angle for each line. Gently pull the scalpel along each line until all lines are cut.
Draw the scalpel along the edges of any rough or jagged lines to smooth them. Secure any tears in the paper with a small piece of masking tape.
- If working with a heat cutter on acetate instead of a scalpel, place the acetate over a piece of safety glass. Touch the tip of the cutter to the acetate and move it steadily over each line to melt the material.
- Experiment with alternate stencil materials, such as lace or feathers, to get a variety of effects.
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