How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes are caused by temporary fluid retention, but this can be easily fixed. While often referred to as the same problem, baggy eyes are a different problem than puffy eyes and require different treatments. Puffy eyes can be caused by allergies, crying, stress or a lack of sleep. A diet that is high in salt or alcohol is also a cause of puffy eyes. By recognizing the causes of puffy eyes, you will not only be able to get rid of them, but prevent the problem as well.

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Boil water in a teakettle.

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Place two chamomile tea bags in a mug and pour the hot water over the tea mugs.

Let the tea bags sit in the water for two minutes so the tea leaves are fully soaked.

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Remove the tea bags from the water and let cool.

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Place a tea bag on each eye. The chamomile is soothing and will decrease the puffiness in your eyes.

Prevention
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Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. While water retention is a cause of puffy eyes, too little water allows sodium to also cause puffy eyes. Balance is important.

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Limit sodium and alcohol intake. Try using spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt.

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Try to get eight hours of sleep a night. Getting too little sleep can be a factor in puffy eyes.

Puffy eyes occur when excess fluid builds up in the soft tissue around the eyes. This fluid retention is referred to as edema. Puffy eyes can cause us to look tired and run-down, even if we aren’t. Many times, we wake up with puffy eyes.

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Causes
The causes of puffy eyes are many, and some are quite serious, but the most common reasons include:

• Allergies
• Bacterial Infection
• Salty Diet
• Stye
• Alcohol
• Sinusitis
• Lack of sleep
• Conjunctivitis
• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
• Crying
• Makeup
• High sodium intake

The following are serious causes of puffy eyes:

Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction
Orbital cellulitis (infection of soft tissue around the eye)

Remedies For Puffy Eyes
If you are experiencing puffy eyes, try the following remedies

Cut back on salt, as salt causes the body to retain water
Place cold cucumber slices over closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes
Antihistamines can be helpful for puffy eyes caused by allergies.
Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, your body will store more water and make eye puffiness worse.
Try using an eye cream that contains Vitamin E.
Cut back on alcohol consumption.
A small amount of Preparation H, rubbed underneath the eyes can reduce swelling. Avoid getting this product in your eyes.
Place cool wet teabags over the eyes. The caffeine helps to reduce swelling and puffiness and make eyes appear brighter and more alert.
Try using Robanda Triple Action Eye Gel, a product designed to reduce puffiness and dark circles and bring back elasticity to tired eyes. (Causes for Puffy Eyes: Make the Changes Now to Stop it, 2006)
Soak cotton balls in ice water and apply to eyes.
Put teaspoons in the refrigerator to chill; lay them over your closed eyelids. Chill extra spoons to replace the others when they become warm.
Chilled potato slices placed over closed eyes will help reduce inflammation.
Try using an air purifier if you suspect your eye puffiness is caused by allergies.
Avoid rubbing puffy eyes, as this makes the puffiness worse.
Splash the face with cold water.
Rest your eyes frequently when reading or working on the computer.
If your eye makeup is irritating the eyes and making them puffy, try switching brands to see if the problem resolves. Remember to throw away an eye makeup that’s old.
Get plenty of sleep.
Try propping your head up when you sleep to keep fluid from accumulating underneath the eyes.
Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator. Applying anything cold helps to reduce puffiness.

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Conclusion
If your eye puffiness is accompanied by more serious symptoms, such as pain, bleeding or blurred vision, is due to an allergic reaction, or if you suspect you may have conjunctivitis or a bacterial infection, consult your physician for advice. Otherwise, you can get rid of puffy eyes with a few of these simple home treatments.

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Foundation Brushes

When you are looking for the best of the best it takes time and money to find the perfect brush just for you. This post is a roundup of what I consider to be the best or most interesting foundation brushes available to us, I will show you a few pictures, share my own experience with them and also some guidelines in order to help you find the perfect foundation brush just for you.

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Foundation application is probably the most complex step of a makeup application, probably the most feared too ! If we go for it, better get it right, we cannot just simply copy someone else’s make up routine, we have to find our very own and as we go along feel what’s right or wrong and fine tune the process. You won’t necessarily need brushes for that, not all the foundations are meant to be applied with them like the Armani Fusion for example. But that’s another story. Don’t please don’t do this at home, you don’t need a hundred brushes to do your foundation, it is just a passion of mine to collect beautiful makeup brushes.

Some foundation brushes are more efficient than others but at the end it will be a matter of following your own preferences and taste. I will show you some of mine which include :

  • Stippling brushes
  • Mineral foundation brushes
  • Flat, semi-flat, round brushes

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My life does not depend on foundation application but I do love it, I think there is an intriguing and experimental process behind achieving a great application of foundation, it can be fun and it can sometimes be depressing ! My curiosity and my delicate dry skin motivated me to research for the best foundation brushes and the best way to apply it. You’ll see that it got a bit out of control (again), but I hope that at least my lack of control will benefit you, help you compare the options and guide you in your own research.

There aren’t that many foundation lovers around me, when I ask them why they hate foundation they say: “I don’t want to feel it” or “I don’t want to see it” or “foundation brushes are too rough”.

I am not saying that it’s necessary to go through this step, absolutely not, but if the reason why you don’t apply it is just because of those reasons be aware that today you can apply foundation and still look natural and fresh and for the tools, don’t worry, there is probably the right one just for you.

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I don’t often use mineral foundation and I don’t often go for more than medium coverage. My needs are those of a woman in her 40′s with extreme dry and sensitive skin who aims for a fresh glowy complexion. Depending on the days I can barely stand to apply make up at all so I need the most efficient tools : the best results possible, in the fewer strokes !

I have tried to pick different types of foundation brushes to guide you in your selection, each one with its own qualities and characteristics, they can really differ in shape, material and it will be up to you to find the one that fits your personal requirements. I don’t have an answer for every situation, if I did, I would not be working in IT !!! Believe me, I wouldn’t.

They can be made of natural bristles, a mix of synthetic and natural hair or only synthetic bristles, so many options are available today and many of them are very good. Do not consider my opinions as expert advice, I will simply share what I think about them and why I love them… or not.

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If You Are Starting

First you want to identify what your profile is (oily, dry, sensitive skin), then what coverage and finish you desire. If you already found a foundation product that is matching what your skin needs, now you can start looking for the right tools. You may think that brushes are very expensive and that the investment may not be worth it, I don’t know about you but I wasted a lot of money on foundation products that didn’t work for me just because I didn’t have the appropriate tools to apply them. I am not saying that brushes will solve all your problems but they definitely will make your life easier, the application more pleasant and they may even save you money in the end.

Targeting A Brush Adapted To Your Profile

Many brush companies will not recommend you goat brushes if your skin is dry and sensitive, they will direct you towards synthetic or stippling brushes. They are right but I still found many full goat brushes that are soft enough for me to use on my very dry skin and I have absolute no problem at all. Basically if your skin is sensitive, it shouldn’t be moving around when applying foundation with your brush, it should not feel “molested”, on the other hand using a too soft brush will require many more strokes to blend and you may want to avoid that too since it may also irritate your skin at the end. The right balance would be a brush that is soft enough but still has efficient blending power. I have got some here.

Below, a synthetic brush vs a goat brush, if you want my honest opinion, this synthetic fun brush looks great and has thickness to it, which should be a good thing. It’s not a terrible brush but these two are a world apart.

  • This synthetic brush MUFE 108 has interesting fibers, at first they look nice, feel nice, but after you used it once, you don’t want to use it again without washing it before. Reminds me of a dirty kitchen cloth (sorry), absorbing quite a lot of product and getting some sorf of film around the bristles that you don’t necessarily like against your skin. I also find it does move my skin around too much (the bristles have a grip), in normal conditions it’s acceptable but I am prone to migranes and even if I don’t put too much pressure on it, despite the fact the bristles are very soft and don’t poke it still is unpleasant on my sensitive skin.
  • The goat brush here is the new Chikuhodo GSN-05, at first it does not look attractive, it’s not white hair, looks a bit yellow-coppery, not the most attractive aspect for some but don’t be afraid of that, this brush is amazing in all aspects, what I want to point out is that this goat brush despite it has darker goat hair, it’is much more pleasant to use than the synthetic for me, more efficient, does not suck product in the bristles and does not feel like a dirty cloth on my face at all, even if I don’t wash it every day, still the same blending power. It does not molest my skin, I don’t need to put a lot of pressure to blend and it doesn’t poke.
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  • Bottom line : Natural or synthetic it will depend on the brush, again it’s a matter of preference and also skin tolerance, some cannot use natural hair at all and some cannot use synthetic.

    Targeting Liquid Or Powder Foundation

    If you have very dry skin you are less likely to use powder foundation and less likely to go for heavy coverage, in most situtations it will end patchy and not comfortable. Even with the right tools it’s difficult to go against these laws. When I apply a heavy coat of mineral powder foundation on my very dry skin, despite the quality of the powder foundation and the perfect brush, after just a little time my skin starts to beg for help, my wrinkles are maximized and dry patches appear all over, it ages me dramatically. Nice brushes will help but just to a certain point.  Choosing the right skincare and foundation product for your skin profile is even more important, then you can try some foundations at the counters see how they evolve on your skin throughout the day until you find the perfect one for you.

    Targeting The Coverage You Desire

    The foundation product you’ll use will really help deliver the coverage and finish you are looking for. In terms of brushes, the denser and flatter the brush, the more coverage it delivers. The fluffier and rounder the brush, the more flexibility you’ll get allowing you to start from sheer and to build up to medium.

Using The Right Makeup Brushes

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Makeup brushes are one of the most highly prized possessions of professional makeup artists.  Using the right brush can allow you to place the color on correctly in just seconds. It picks up the color, holds it and then deposits just the right amount to the face area you’re working on.  When you find the right one you’ll see what a difference precision application makes.  Use these makeup tips to find your favorites.

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Professional Makeup Brushes

makeup brushesThe difference between an everyday makeup look and one that captures the attention is often just a matter of using the right makeup brush.

Professional makeup brushes are different than those you might find at the drugstore, although there are cheap makeup brushes that work.  Professional tools are shaped correctly for easy cosmetic application to the face or body.

Each tool is designed specifically for one main area of the face. Knowing which one to choose will allow you to create maximum impact with a minimum of work.

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“Pro makeup brushes give amazing results.”

Best Makeup Brushes To Start With

Foundation Brushes

    • – You can use these with all types of makeup foundation bases, from creme to liquid.

Kabuki Brush – Short and round. A favorite for applying mineral makeup with.  It can also be used with regular powder cosmetics.

Concealer Brush – It gets in those hard to reach areas like the eyelids.  You can also use it to cover dark circles and spots with.

Contouring Brush – It’s fluffy with a slanted angle to the bristles.  That makes it perfect for the cheek area, but you can also use it under your chin or anywhere you want to apply powder.

Blush Brush – Hitting the apples of your cheeks and appearing like you have a flush of color is easy by using this. It should only take one swipe.

Bronzer Brush – Flatter, wider and fluffier than a blush brush.  Whisk on the look of a healthy tan in just seconds.

Powder Brush – Usually the largest one of your collection.  It’s used for applying translucent powder to set your makeup with.

Eyeshadow Brush – Everyone needs one that’s a standard size and flat.  It can do everything from applying eyeshadow all the way up the eye, highlighting and even work in the crease.

Slanted Eyeshadow Brush – The angle makes it perfect for getting in that crease area, but it can be used for one color eyeshadow application, too.

Crease Brush – A terrific solution for keeping the eyeshadow colors concentrated in the crease area.

Liner Brush – Either a pointed tip or flat slant works.  You might find the flat slant is easier to “walk” your eyeliner across.  This versatile instrument can also be used apply eyeshadow under the eyes with.

Smudge Brush – Going for smokey eye makeup looks?  It’s perfect for smudging everything from pencil eyeliner to eyeshadow. Look for a tiny tip.

Spoolie – This is a like a large clean mascara brush.  It’s sometimes referred to as a brow groomer. You can use it on your eyebrows or eyelashes.  Works wonders.

Lip Brush – You’ll be surprised at what a difference precision application can make on your total lip makeup look.

Those are the basic brushes, and then every makeup artist has their own special ones.  Often they trim old ones to make a specific shape for something they want to try.  You can do that yourself – It’s fun!

4 Important Makeup Tips

1.Start your collection by buying a slanted eyeshadow brush and see what a difference it makes in your look.

2. Keep your brushes separate from your cosmetics.  Use a brush holder or a makeup bag, or brush roll designed specifically for your brushes.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes should be done on a regular basis. Make sure to condition them afterward.

4. Toss out the brush if you find the bristles are coming loose because it can ruin the application.

Amazing makeovers are a combination of professional makeup methods, beautiful cosmetics colors and using the right makeup brushes for placement.

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