Steps To Applying Flawless Foundation

Creating a flawless foundation may appear difficult especially after several attempts that will end up with blotches, patches and caking. When you look at magazines, you will see cover girls with full coverage and flawless foundation—no no caking, streaks, or patches. The truth is, there are tips that you can follow to achieve a flawless foundation application:

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•Wash your face.
It is always important to have a clean face before applying foundation. Using a good facial cleanser, gently cleanse your face. Continue to work on a lather. Remember to wash and not rub. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water.

•Apply a toner.
Apply a facial toner after washing your face. It removes the excess dirt from your skin. It also removes the residues from your facial cleanser. It not only freshens up your skin but also balances you skin pH after washing. It is best to chill the toner before use to help close your pores.

•Apply moisturizer.
Facial moisturizers help solve issues such as drying, oiliness, and aging of the skin. Most of the moisturizers out in the market contain organic ingredients that help keep the skin healthy-looking. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to choose a moisturizer that has a label saying “non-comedogenic” and “fragrance-free”. For the blemish-prone skin, experts recommend the use of tinted moisturizer. This type helps even out the skin tone and discretely covers the blemishes of the skin. Apply a hefty amount of moisturizer. This is good for the skin since it re-hydrates the face and brings back the lost moisture due to facial cleansing and chemical exposure. Be sure to apply the moisturizer all over the face and the neck. Let it stand for about ten minutes before proceeding to the next step.

•Apply primer.
Apply a primer over your face. This serves as a makeup base for smoother application of make up. Primer can help prolong your makeup application. The advanced formulation of makeup primers helps treat, protect and smooth the skin. It also helps in fighting off the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun exposure and aging. Best buys are those that contain botanical extracts that help diminish redness and blemishes. Some primers also contain sunscreen protection to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.

•Choose a foundation.
Select a foundation that is suited to your skin tone. Try on at least three different tones on the back of your hand to determine the best foundation that suits your skin. Apply a small streak from the lower cheek to the upper cheek evenly using a dabbing motion.

•Foundation application.
After choosing the best foundation tone, you can now proceed to coverage. Apply a quarter cent-amount of foundation at the back of your hand. Dip a damp makeup sponge or foundation brush into the foundation. Make sure to keep both sides coated. Apply the makeup in dots over your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Blend in an outward motion working toward the hairline and jaw line. Use gentle outward strokes. Finish off by brushing some loose powder over the face and neck.

For a slightly sun-kissed look, apply a hint of bronzer over the cheeks, chin and forehead. Applying your makeup foundation using these methods could help you achieve a flawless look.

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Homemade Facial Mask Tips

Homemade moisturizing face mask recipe is a natural, easy to make and an inexpensive way to get rid of puffy and irritated skin. It will also give you a healthy glowing skin. Here is one of the best homemade moisturizing mask recipes for face.

Homemade Moisturizing Face Mask Recipe

Things you’ll need:

Plain yogurt – 1 cup

Aloe Vera gel – 4 tablespoons

Method:

– Pour 1 cup of plain yogurt in a small bowl.

– Add in 4 tablespoons of fresh aloe Vera gel and mix the ingredients together thoroughly.

– Apply this homemade moisturizing facial mask to your clean face using a gentle circular motion.

– Make sure to apply to the eyelids as well, but avoid directly getting it into the eyes.

– Leave it on for about 2 to 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

– Use it on a regular basis.

Homemade egg white face mask Egg white is used in various homemade skin and hair care recipes. It is fully loaded with skin friendly properties. It helps improve skin texture and tone. It contains an ingredient, ovalbumin which is very helpful for treating skin related infections. Lysozyme, found in egg white is known for its skin clearing properties Note:- Do not use it over dry skin and it is better to not use is more than twice a week. Things you’ll need:-1 egg white1 teaspoon milk Few drops of honey Method:– Mix all ingredients together.- Apply this mask on your face using a brush or your fingers and avoid it around your mouth and eye areas.- Leave it on for about 30 minutes.- In order to remove this mask, try to splash some lukewarm water on the face then gently remove the mask by rubbing it with your hands. Now, wash your entire face and neck with lots of water. Benefits of egg white mask on skin:– It is good for shrinking the pores. Which intern, helpful in the prevention of many skin related problems like acne, pimples etc.- Egg white masks clean the skin very deeply, making it soft, supple and bright at the same time.- It is well known for skin tightening.- It is beneficial in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and the neck.- It is good for oily skin as, it helps remove excess oil from the skin,- It is good for you, if you want to get a radiant glow on your face. Homemade olive oil face mask Olive oil is an excellent weapon to combat many skin related problems like dry skin, premature aging, wrinkles etc. It is loaded with skin softening and skin moisturizing properties. Here are some homemade olive oil face mask recipes: Homemade olive oil face mask recipes NORMAL SKIN Things you’ll need: Curd – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – ½ teaspoon olive oil Parsley juice- ½ teaspoon- Make a mixture by mixing all the ingredients give above.- Apply this resultant mixture on your face.- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then wash with warm water. Cucumber – olive oil cleanser and softener Juice of ½ cucumber Olive oil – ½ teaspoon Sour milk – 1 teaspoon- Mix all the ingredients and apply this mixture on the face and neck.- Leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse with cold water. DRY SKIN Onion – olive Oil combo:1 onion Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Honey – 1 teaspoon- Bake a small onion with peel in the oven, clean the onion and pound.- Now, add other ingredients to form a fine paste.- Apply this mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes. Beans – olive oil for dry skin5 to 7 boiled white beans Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon- Knead 5-6 boiled white beans and add other ingredients.- Apply the resultant mixture on your face for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. OILY SKIN Tomato juice- olive oil mask Tomato juice Starch – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – ½ teaspoon- Mix all ingredients together.- Put the mask on the face. Wash with warm water in 20 minutes. Oat flour-olive oil combo Oat flour – 1 teaspoons our milk – 1 teaspoon Olive oil – 1 teaspoon Kitchen salt- ¼ teaspoon- Mix all ingredients.- Apply the resultant mixture on your face for 20 minutes.- Wash with warm water. SENSITIVE SKIN- Mix sauce from ¼ banana + 1 teaspoon of grated fresh cucumber +1 teaspoon olive oil. – Apply this mask on your face .- Leave it on for thirty minutes.- Wash with cool water. ALL SKIN TYPES- Mince dill and mix 2 tablespoons of it with 1 teaspoon olive oil.- Now, add pounded oat flakes to mixture.- Apply it on your face .- Wait for 15 minutes before washing with warm water. ANTI AGING MASK- Make a mixture by mixing ¼ lemon + 1 teaspoon olive oil +1 yolk + some pounded oat flakes.- Apply it on your face and neck. for 20 minutes.- Then wash with warm water.

How To Contour Your Face

Where you should contour:
  1. On the sides of your forehead and along your temples to make this wider area appear more narrow.
  2. The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears to in the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline to lengthen your face.

Contouring and highlighting are like chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream: best together. First, let’s review these makeup techniques before getting into the mind-blowing contouring maps that follow.

Contouring is when you use a matte (read: not shimmery) powder, cream, or pencilproduct that’s two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.

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Highlighting (or strobing) offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. To properly highlight or strobe, use a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light.

Figure out which contouring plan is right for you based on your face shape. Here’s a handy guide:

Diamond Face Shape

How to tell if your face is shaped like a diamond:

  • Your hairline is more narrow than your cheeks.
  • Your chin is slightly pointed.
  • Your face is longer than it is wide.

Where you should contour:

  • ​The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where you should highlight:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Heart Face Shape

How to tell if your face is shaped like a heart:

  • Your cheeks are wider than your hairline.
  • Your chin is narrow and pointed.
  • A true heart-shaped face also has a widow’s peak.

Where you should contour:

  • Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the wider upper half of your face and the more narrow lower half.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.​
  • The small area right below your chin to soften the point.

Where you should highlight:

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, which brightens your eyes.
  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin to help broaden these naturally narrow areas.

Oblong Face Shape

How to tell if your face is oblong:

  • Your face is almost twice as long as it is wide.
  • You have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.

Where you should contour:

  • Along your hairline to create the illusion of a lower hairline.
  • Under your chin to make your face appear a little rounder.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where you should highlight:​

  • Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten your eyes.

Oval Face Shape

How to tell if your face is shaped like an oval:

  • Your face is 1.5 times longer than it is wide.
  • You have no major points along your jaw, chin, or hairline.
  • Your face resembles an upside-down egg.

Where you should contour:

  • The sides of your forehead just slightly to make your hairline appear a little more narrow.
  • The area below your cheekbones starting from your ears and ending in the middle of your cheeks.

Where you should highlight:​

  • In the middle of your forehead and the middle of your chin.
  • Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.

 

10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

If you thought the FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food supply, you’ll be equally appalled, if not more, on its regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products. The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products.

There are thousands of chemicals in your products, many of which are being absorbed into your body. These companies have cart blanche to use any ingredient or raw material without government review or approval.

This industry is highly unregulated. There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.

Many of these synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and are carcinogenic. I can’t go through all of these harmful chemicals, but here are 10 you should highly avoid.

Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that areassociated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.

Synthetic colors. If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.

Fragrance. This particular category is pretty scary, because what does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” But as the consumer you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.

Phthalates. A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances (remember the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.

Triclosan. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studiesraise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There also wasn’t enough supporting evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment.

Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments.

Toluene. A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Toluene has also been linked to immune system toxicity. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.

Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans — these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.

Sunscreen chemicals. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.

It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. Be sure to: eat clean, avoid chemical-laden processed foods, drink plenty of filtered water and look for products that are certified organic if you want to avoid these toxic chemicals.

Educate yourself and do your research before you buy. Think of something you absolutely love, and the time and energy you apply to it. Use the same, when it comes to your health. You have one life to live and one body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may pay for it later in sickness.

Be sure to check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.

I would love to hear from you. Do you check your beauty product labels? Will you commit to limiting your exposure to these toxic chemicals?

Vanessa Cunningham is a New York-based nutrition & lifestyle coach and dynamic speaker. She helps busy working professionals reduce stress, banish unhealthy cravings, lose weight and increase their energy levels. Trained in over 100 dietary theories, Vanessa creates customized plans for all her clients that are fun, sustainable and empower them to meet their goals.  Vanessa Cunningham!