Beauty, Makeup, Skin Care

Tips on Summer-proofing your makeup

We can all feel the heat and in some cases, humidity, rolling in to kick off the summer. The sun feels great, only not when your makeup begins to melt off your face. You will not only sweat more but your face will produce more oil. Here are some easy tips to help keep your make looking and feeling fresh.

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Before applying

Use a oil controlling cleanser and blot before applying.

Try using a clay mask once a week to control oil production.

Use a primer first. They create a barrier between your skin and the foundation. They also help your makeup stay on long. Eye primers are also recommended with eye shadow for the same reason.

Face

Apply foundation sparingly. If you can avoid it don’t apply it at all. If you must apply do so sparingly. Light, sheer color is best. I recommend a tinted moisturizer or a light concealer.

You can use a translucent powder to set your foundation. Powders help absorb extra oil as it’s produced.

After application

Keep a sponge handy to smooth out creases as they appear. Then reset with a light dusting of powder.

Blotting papers are extremely handy and easy to carry around. They are also very inexpensive. If you feel slightly oily use one to stay looking fresh.

Other tips

Skip the heavy lipsticks and use a tinted lip balm or lip gloss.  Going lighter and more subtle on the lips will allow you to play with the bright purples and blues this summer. To get extra staying power you can use a lip primer. Stains are also in this season as they boast staying color. If they are too dry pair them with lip balm.

Use a waterproof or water resistant mascara. They have the staying power and look great for all occasions. To remove them effectively invest in oil free eye make up remover to use before cleansing.

Use these tips to beat the heat and keep looking fantastic. If you have any questions, would like clarification, or have tips of your own please share them. I love hearing from you!

 

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Could your makeup habits age you?

For most women makeup is an essential part of the morning routine. It is when you get to cover up what you don’t like and accentuate what you do like. You probably didn’t think that if you used the wrong products or applied it wrong that it could actually age you, or make you appear older than you really are. Yikes!

As women age we tend to fall into two groups, those who go too bold in an effort to hang on to their youth and those who are just trying to cover it up and stay too neutral. Neither extreme provides the benefits you want. This may not be something many of you are worried about now but you will be so I have gone out and found some great tips to help you avoid making these mistakes.

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1. Skip foundation powder. You may be using powder to set your makeup but what you may not see is that powder settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Powder also absorbs oil and moisture, which can over-dry already dry skin. Keep in mind as you get old your skin tends to be drier. If you don’t want to give it up there are translucent powders that will function the same way as your old trusty.

2. Relinquish your black eyeliner.  Eyeliner is great for making your eyes pop and appear more open, however black can be too harsh. One major trend is moving away from black as the end all be all color for eyeliner to browns and other darker, jewel toned colors that compliment your eye shadow. You get the same effect without looking overdone.

3. Don’t overdo the eyes. This goes for putting too much eye shadow on the lid as well as over concealing under the eye. If you put too much on the eyelid it can make them look heavy and weighed down. It can also create a crepey appearance. Apply a thin layer of primer, let it dry and then apply eye shadow. The primer allows you to use less. On the other side, concealer seems like a good way to get rid of the dark circles under your eyes. While this is true, if overdone it accentuates wrinkles and lines in this area. Use a moisturizing eye cream and pat it in with a finger. This helps it melt into your skin.

4. Keep lip liner and lip color light. As we age our lips lose their pigment and color, making lip color more and more important. What you don’t want to do is overdo the liner or the color. Heavy lip liner went out with the 90’s so to avoid this dated look use a liner that closely matches your lip color and follow the natural lip line. Another way to prevent your lip color from going astray is to use a brush instead of applying from the tube. Applying from the tube tends to apply more than you need so instead use a brush by dipping it into the lip color and apply, starting from the middle and working out.

Those are some easy, natural way to retain youth. If you found this helpful please share or leave a comment if you have suggestions or questions.

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Best way to apply liquid foundation: brush, fingers or sponge?

After writing about proper cleansing in addition to how important it is to not touch your face and get dirt in your pores, I began agonizing over the best way to apply liquid foundation. If most women are like me, they apply it with their fingers. In doing some research I found some tips and tricks for easy, streak-free application of foundation as well as recommended application methods.

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It’s okay to use your fingers!

You might think it’s bad for your skin to apply liquid foundation with your fingers, however, that’s not the case. The main reason some experts don’t recommend it is because it can lead to a streaky finish. If you do choose to use your fingers just make sure you wash them before and afterwards so you don’t add extra dirt to your face or accidentally wipe foundation on your clothes.

In order to get a good finish you may want to start with a foundation primer. Primers help increase the longevity of the foundation and create a smoother finish. You also don’t want to use too much foundation so start with a little bit by putting small dots on the trouble zones first. Then blend it in and if you need to add more to a certain area for an even look add a little bit more. Don’t forget to blend down the jawline to your neck, the goal is a natural finish.

The lowdown on brushes

Foundation brushes are recommended by many as they provide a streak-free application for liquid foundation. You will still want to use a primer to create a good base. You should use the same technique with the brush as with your fingers, start with the trouble areas by applying small dots and blending outward. Brushes are a great tool but optional. One must have brush is a concealer brush. They tend to have thicker bristles and are good for getting the concealer all over the blemish. Don’t forget to wash them periodically to rid them of bacteria and makeup that builds up.

What about sponges?

Sponges are another option for liquid foundation application. I don’t recommend using one to apply liquid foundation as they tend to absorb more than makes it on to your face and they need to be regularly replaced for hygiene concerns, i.e bacteria. There is a new generation of sponges called beauty sponges that are highly recommended for a great finish. If you want to use one try getting it wet before applying so it doesn’t absorb as much foundation. The blending ability varies per sponge but they can create a good, natural finish.

The important points about liquid foundation application are:

  1. It’s okay to use your fingers, be sure to wash your hands
  2. Start with a primer
  3. Buildup to the coverage you want
  4. Blend out and down
  5. Make sure to clean your brush
  6. If using a sponge, wet before use
  7. Check for lines and streaks
  8. Wait before applying powder so it doesn’t stick

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