You do not need a professional makeup artist to put your best face forward, just some simple tools to get the job done. The basics would be primer, coverage such as a tinted moisturizer or foundation or powder, eye shadow in at least two colours to match your costume, eye pencil, mascara lipstick/gloss, fix it spray and blotting sheets. Additional decoration such as face jewels are easy to apply; just make sure and get some spirit gum or eyelash glue, matching stones (which you can get at a craft store or Samaroos in Trinidad) and have an idea of the design. One tip is to apply the glue to your face exactly where you want the stones to be placed as opposed to putting the glue on the stone itself. Blotting sheets are to be used AFTER your makeup application to absorb any excess sheen, use throughout the day instead of reapplying powder which will just cake when mixed with oil and sweat.
These are some examples of faces seen on the road for Carnival 2007; some are simple yet effective while others are more flamboyant in the decoration but I think all the ladies pictured here look great:
The topic of makeup has been covered numerous times so I will re post the links to the articles in the archives, hopefully they will give as much help as they did this year:
Carnival Makeup - Makeup looks from the launch of Carnival Nationz
The Cat's Meow - Beyonce's Animal Print eyes, puurfect for the Cheetah ladies.
Carnival Jewels - Tips on applying face jewels;don't forget the Spirit Gum which is an excellent adhesive.
On Line Makeup Lessons, Helps and Tips - Useful links to makeup help on the WorldWideWeb
About Those Face Jewels - More face jewels ideas
Camouflaging Imperfections - Products for stretch marks and other skin blemishes.
Applying False Eyelashes - Step by Step guide to putting on the falsies
Inspiring Makeup Art - Lots of photos of creative makeup.
Lash Out - Feathered Lashes and how to make your own