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.

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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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Masquerade & Zulu Palette By Juvia’s

Such beautiful and bold eye color palette made to be creative on the eye area for any event. The packaging is just too cute with an African Queen on the cover, not to mention most of the products are vegan. I purchased ( ZULU & MASQUERADE) Monday, and it arrived Thursday. This eyeshadow have occurred with amazing reviews and YouTube tutorials on how well this eye pigment works.

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Juvia’s Place took the beauty world by storm, swatched by every big YouTuber and used in dozens of vibrant, colorful tutorials. It sold out quickly, as fans went crazy for the highly pigmented, 9-shade palette. Now, the brand surprised us all by launching two new eye-shadow palettes that look just as amazing as the Zulu.

The palettes just showed up online. The Zulu Eye Shadow Palette (above, left) has nine bold shades, including a burnt orange, navy blue, yellow, and wine hue. There are six matte shades and three metallic shimmers.  There are both warm and cool tones to play around with. I honestly can’t get over how pretty these are. There are an infinite number of epic looks you can create with these colors, especially when you know how pigmented these shadows really are. Plus, the packaging is as beautiful as always.

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A 16-colour eyeshadow palette.

With a selection of cool and warm toned shades, The Masquerade Palette is inspired by festivities usually filled with beautiful and striking color. 16 richly pigmented colors, created and formulated to beautifully elevate your gorgeous qualities.  The highly-pigmented shades can be applied wet or dry and worn throughout day and night to create beautifully intense looks.

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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.

Pros & Cons of Being a Makeup Artist

I am always receiving emails from aspiring make-up artists and even professional make-up artists on how they can get into this industry – On my tips and more! It’s very hard to get back to everyone and explain about this industry and what direction they can go into. So it got me thinking to do a blog post on some of my tips and pros and cons of being a make-up artist which I hope it can help many of you!

New student makeup artist dream! Is it successful social and professional life? If it is so, then what a makeup artist should do to achieve professional success? The answer is easy: to choose a profession that you are interested in and have a massive passion for. However, among this profession it can be tough and require a lot of efforts. Here are some of my pros and cons of becoming a professional makeup artist from my experience.

A professional makeup artist is highly demanded and is becoming more and more popular career choice, I do think a lot of this is due to how easy the job can look! Well don’t be fooled by this. Makeup artists may work for some organization such as myself for Make-up Academy or take on freelance work. It’s very similar to profession of an artist as it is very creative and interesting and something different and new every day. However, there are a lot of cons and pros that new make-up artists don’t realize until they try to pursue the career.

Advantages

  • It is very easy to take on this career.  It only takes one to two years to study to be able to work or even take short courses; Of course, my top tip is you should never stop learning!! As you need to keep your make-up trends fresh and there are always new skills and techniques to learn
  • You have the most exciting thing as a make-up artist which allows you to express your creativity and to put any crazy idea into practice which I love doing the most!
  • You get to meet new people, visiting new places and what is more exciting, working with celebrities and travelling abroad. I would of never said I would be travelling with my career and the last year I have visited some amazing places whilst doing what I love
  • We get to see the results of our work immediately which in my eyes brings a satisfaction to see happy clients face and the best part from a photo shoot/music video is when you get the makeup images in your email box this is then a chance to show of your skills to the world(which is a real important thing as a makeup artist)

Disadvantages:

  • The competition between makeup artists is so high at the moment, so my tip is to be really assertive and creative and get yourself noticed and be on top of these two areas
  • There is no working schedule, so a makeup artist may be asked to work even at night and very long hours and if you start to moan to clients about this, you maybe not been seen as professional and in some cases never be hired again.
  • There may be problems with regular work so keep on the go and always network. Never have a day of doing nothing! I have nothing going on I will either be blogging, emailing and even playing with new make-up techniques on myself. I have been seen to show this a lot to my followers and I ensure you it pays off.

My final thoughts and tips on how to become a successful makeup artist:

I always tell other aspiring make-up artists to assist local makeup artists & get as much work experience as you can! You see the good, bad and everything that way then.

The beauty of working with Make-up is, it’s constantly changing with trends, products, seasons and having skills like myself within teaching, fashion, photography, media & theater you can choose any career path at any time which will keep your skills and techniques fresh with the on-going changes of makeup. Keep your options open and learn everything aspect of make-up you can. I would say the best advice for you now is working for free, which has given me experience working as a freelance make-up artist.

Meeting some amazing creative people and finally to build a portfolio which I am now happy to show clients. I ensure you this has open up a lot of doors to my makeup world and I have learned so much… your contacts grow and grow. I choose to work for free to build my experience within the make-up industry and to gain a strong portfolio. I do believe that all trainee makeup artists should only work for free if it benefits their portfolio/experiences and they gain something out of it. Unpaid work comes from particular photographers that I feel their work is outstanding and knowing with my skills we could produce some strong images for both our portfolios. So therefore we are returning favors in both parts. So I have now had a handful of collaborations with different photographers, and my work really has grown as a result. I was able to be comfortable with them and try new things, and saw results. Each photographer I worked with on tests moved my work in a different direction and I am grateful to all of them. I would say my confidence, skills and knowledge within this industry is at a very high level now and I would say that is all thanks to working UN paid and meeting some amazing inspirational people along the way who believed in my abilities. After all if I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be where I am today, getting paid jobs.

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How To Blend Eye Shadow

Mastering well blended eye shadow seems to be up there with mastering liquid liner for many of you, well those who contact me through social media at least. To get a nice blend does require a little practice as well as a few techniques, and very importantly, the right brushes!

*I would first advise doing your eye makeup before your foundation, this will allow for any fall out from blending eye shadows to be cleaned away easily without you having to re-do your base!

*Next, remember that powder eye shadows will blend much easier over a smooth, dry base. This is achieved by applying a powder base to the lids before applying the colour shadow.
Translucent face powder or a nude coloured eye shadow will work best.
If you want to apply a cream eye shadow or tacky base of some sort first, for the shadow to adhere to (to make it more vibrant or intense), then just apply your base powder down from the brow to where the cream base ends. This will allow you to still have a smooth blend above your crease line.

*Spend as long as you need when blending the eye shadow. Adding a little shadow at a time and blending as you go will make life much easier on yourself. And so as to not compromise the colour intensity of your shadow, only blend around the edges of the shadow shape that you are trying to achieve!

*Having a blending or crease brush is extremely important when working on a seamless blend. A dense & fluffy, dome shaped brush will work best for this. Check out my video & post on my favorite blending brushes HERE
One more thing to remember when it comes to brushes, it that natural haired bristles will blend powder products much better than synthetic fiber brushes.

*The best example of a perfect blended eye shadow is the “Smokey Eye”. Most people seem to think that this means a black or gray coloured eye but it just means any eye shadow colour that is applied to the lids and blended out to almost nothing, as if faded into your skin.

Anyhow, out with your brushes, whatever colours you like, and remember to BLEND, BLEND, and BLEND!!

Fantasy Girl Contest

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Contest Information

 Join Here

Email – makeupmafiainfo@gmail.com send me your name, number, address, and website.

Deadline: Dec 18, 2015

 Winner will be announced Dec 19, 2015 on all social media and advertised on “Makeup Mafia Memphis” website.

Prize: $100.00 worth of cosmetics mailed out to the address given in the email under your name.

Fantasy Girl Contest 

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Fantasy makeup offers an opportunity to use vivid and extreme colors and ideas. It’s creative design at its best. There are no limitations and you can draw inspiration from anywhere. The key ingredient for visual impact is to use bright colors that contrast and then add an unexpected element. Discover the fabulous looks you can create.

 

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Fantasy Makeup Designs

In this section of the Makeup Notebook you’ll find a number of techniques to push your design skills beyond limits.

The emphasis is on using cosmetics to create your designs.

With a few simple tricks you can alter your favorite colors and use them transform your look for photos and special events.

Then use wild colored contact lenses to enhance your look.

Take your vivid colors and your cosmetic brushes and get started today.

Go wild with eye makeup and colored contacts!

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Fantasy Makeup Looks

Fairy Makeup – For the little girl in all of us the new focus on fairy looks bring back memories of enchanted childhoods. Learn to create fairy designs with vivid eyeliners and eyeshadow colors.

Vampire Makeup – Vampires are back! The vampire craze is hot and you can go subtle or dramatic. It’s a look that will take your breath away. You can even combine it with Gothic style for a romantic version. The choice is yours.

Gothic Makeup Tips – This edgy style offers lots of creative opportunities. It’s daring and you can morph one design into a variety of looks. It takes smokey eyes to a whole new level. You can easily transform it into a vampire look in just seconds.

Face Painting Cheek Art – Yes, you can do face painting cheek art with makeup! You’ll learn simple face painting tips like what to use in place of glitter and how to make your body art last throughout the night.

Halloween Makeup – These are Halloween looks for adults. When you’re in a rush and have only a few minutes the best fantasy makeup tip is to focus on your eyes. Adapt your favorite designs for year round wear.

Fantasy Makeup Inspiration

Where do you draw inspiration when you want to create face art? Anywhere!

The best tip for creating stunning designs is to think vivid color. Color that makes people do a double take and glance twice. Look around you for incredible color combinations.

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Take clues from nature for colorful designs.

For instance, take the colors from a favorite butterfly photo and then adapt them to yourself. Yes, it’s bizarre and that’s why it looks so striking on the human face.

When the color is applied in a small free-form design it will naturally look more subtle. If you want drama use vivid or dark color and use more area for the design.

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Digital Cameras Capture The Fun

When you create looks you love remember to capture them with your iphone or digital camera. It makes it easier to refer back to. You can either recreate the same look or modify your designs. Plus, if you’re face painting with children then you are creating memories for a lifetime. Document your favorite designs with a digital camera for your own Makeup Notebook. Remember to note the colors you used, brushes, temporary tattoos and glitter eyeshadows. If you adapted an airbrush stencil then note which one worked the best.

Tips On Skin Care: Cleansing, Moisturizing and Anti-Aging

To keep your face looking as youthful as possible, you need to proper skin care. Here I show you how to properly cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin while never leaving the house without at least 30 SPF sunscreen. I’ve dubbed this process “The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen,” which I outline in this article. I also include organic skincare tips for the growing number of you who are concerned with putting only natural, organic products on your skin.

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How you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have:

oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged.

The Basic 4-Step Skincare Regimen

Step 1: Cleansing
You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it: See the best cleansers for your skin type. You can find a good cleanser at the drugstore. There’s no need to spend $40 on a fancy wash. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. According to Rona Berg, in her book, “Beauty,” a French cosmetics executive once told her, “Soap should only ever touch your skin from the neck down.” I agree. Choose a creamy cleanser if you have dry skin or a clear cleanser if you have oily skin.

For you organic types, you can cleanse skin with milk or yogurt (who knew?).

Be careful not to cleanse too often, you risk over-cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin. You really only need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can clog pores. If you have dry skin, conorganicsider cold cream like Pond’s, which the French use or make your own organic cold cream using this simple cold cream recipe. Simply apply cream, then wipe off, no water needed (if you have hard water, it can be especially harsh on skin). Most women prefer the water method: Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. I personally swear by my Clarisonic Mia, as does pretty much everyone I know who has one.

Make sure to remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. The area around the eye is delicate so don’t pull or rub too hard. You can also use olive oil as a natural eye makeup remover. Find out more in Use Olive Oil as an Eye Makeup Remover.

In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (I find it’s great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries).

Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. According to Berg, one of the reasons men’s skin looks more youthful than women’s is because men tend to exfoliate daily when they shave.
In my article, How to Exfoliate, I share all my tips and tricks to proper exfoliation. Including why you should throw out the loofah.

There are several exfoliating options that I use weekly.
A facial scrub. You can buy a great scrub or make your own. I prefer sugar scrubs to salt ones, but it’s just a matter of preference. See my list of the best facial scrubs or try out a recipe using brown sugar and coconut oil in Make a Face & Body Scrub With Sugar and Oil.
A washcloth. Put a dab of cleanser and a sprinkle of white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage skin in a circular motion. After a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin is erased. If you have dry skin, try extra virgin coconut oil.
Microdermabrasion. You can buy microdermabrasion kits. I have and found quite a few I like. See my list of the best facial scrubs and microdermabrasion kits.
Chemical peels. In the hour it takes to get a chemical peel, you can take a year from your face. Can’t afford the price tag for a monthly peel? Try some over-the-counter peels that work over the course of a month. I prefer MD Skincare’s.
Retinoids. Retinoid (such as Retin-A or the more moisturizing Renova) also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin. “Collagen is the skin’s structural fiber,” dermatologist Dennis Gross said in O Magazine. “As we get older, it breaks down, creating lines and large pores.” Skincare experts disagree on all sorts of things, but most of them consider retinoids to be a miracle skin saver. I’m addicted to Retin-A, which I pick up in Mexico on my yearly jaunts.
Should you use a toner? Some people swear by toners, but many beauty experts do not (I once read a skincare expert claim, “toners are only for copy machines”). Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser should do this. I firmly believe it’s up to you. If you like the way your skin feels with a toner. Buy it. Use it. Enjoy it.
Step 3: Moisturize
While I know of at least one famous beauty editor who swore skin doesn’t need moisturizer, basically everyone else I’ve read disagrees and is an adamant believer in it. A basic rule of beauty is that if you have dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer. So how much should you moisturize? Your skin will tell you. When your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. Be careful not to over-moisturize — this can clog pores.
See my list of the best moisturizers on the market. For you natural girls, nothing beats a good oil for your skin. You can use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil. Learn more in Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as Overall Body Moisturizer.

Are eye creams necessary? Well maybe. Some beauty experts strongly recommend eye creams. Why? The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. Special eye creams are formulated to “thicken” this area. Yet other experts (including the beauty editors of Allure in their new book) claim your daily lotion works around the eyes just as well.

Step 4: Apply Sunscreen
The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it’s important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. A great trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection. Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 27/7 and can aggravate skin. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it contains Mexoryl (found in my favorite sunscreen La-Roche Posay) or Helioplex, found in Neutrogena products.

Simple Steps for How to Use a Foundation Brush

Use a tapered foundation brush to paint the foundation onto your skin, starting from the center of your face and working outwards. Stipple and pat in the foundation afterwards to blend in any streaks. Beauty sponge: For a sheerer finish, use a beauty sponge with your cream foundation.

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Foundation Brush

If you haven’t used a foundation brush before, it’s important to know the basics so that your makeup can be applied easily and flawlessly.

Flat foundation brushes: Require a skilled hand to “paint” on product, otherwise you’ll be left with streaks or lines. My abilities with a flat brush extend only to using it to apply liquid foundation before then working it in with a buffing brush. However, I’ve seen pros wield this brush alone to apply and buff in foundation—practice (and great lighting) makes perfect.

Buffing brushes: Have densely-packed bristles cut at an even length, which enables you to buff the product into your skin. Buffing brushes can work powders, liquids, creams and gels into the skin for an airbrushed effect. They do all the hard work for you—just gently swirl the brush over your face and watch your makeup blend beautifully. For extra coverage, try tapping the brush on your skin to add more product—you may not even need concealer!

Fingers: Great for cream products, since your body heat warms the product to help it blend easily into your skin. Your fingers are also good for hard-to-reach spaces, such as around your nose. Dab the product in a diamond shape on your face (forehead, cheeks, chin) and then use your index, middle and ring fingers to blend it into your skin, making small, circular motions.

Cream blushes:  Lashundra has some tips for this click blog http://www.leastonmua.blogspot.com… my brush of choice is a stippling brush. Stippling brushes give a super-light application, so you end up with a translucent glow rather than a blocky slick of colour on top of your foundation. My favourite type of stippling brush is duo-fibre (also called the ‘skunk brush’ due to its black and white appearance). Duo-fibre brushes are amazing at delivering sheer application, because they pick up a minimal amount of product.

Preparing the Face

Before you begin the foundation application process, prep your skin so the foundation has a smooth and healthy canvas to adhere to.

  1. Wash the face and gently pat dry with a towel until completely dry.
  2. Rub a lightweight moisturizer on to the skin (this is important even if you have oily skin) and let dry for several minutes.
  3. Apply a foundation primer to your skin. This can be done with your hands or with a small foundation brush. Apply an even coat to the entire face and let dry completely.
  4. If you need to add concealer to any problem areas or under the eyes, do so now. A small foundation brush, concealer brush or even an eye shadow brush make the ideal brushes for applying concealer. When applying concealer, always dab on and then blend.

Applying Foundation

Once your face has been prepped, it’s time to apply the foundation. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to follow these simple tips and create a smooth and even application.

  1. Pour a small amount of foundation (assuming you are using a liquid) onto the back of your hand.
  2. Pick up some foundation with the brush. If you prefer light coverage, dip only one side of the brush in the makeup. If you want fuller coverage, use both sides of the brush to pick up the makeup.
  3. Start applying the makeup in the center of the face so that you can blend outwards and avoid noticeable makeup lines.
  4. Use broad, downward strokes to sweep and blend the makeup onto the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin.
  5. Use the tapered edges of the brush to blend the makeup into those hard-to-reach areas, like the corners of the nose, hairline and around the eyes and mouth.
  6. Check for tiny makeup lines that are left behind after the foundation has set. If you see any of these lines, use a clean end of the foundation brush and lightly blend these areas with small, circular motions.

If you’re using a cream or powder foundation, simply run the brush over the product in its container and follow the above steps. Several companies now offer brushes designed specifically for use with cream foundation, such as the CoverFXversion available at Sephora. Its soft texture and short bristles allow for perfect application without streaking.

Caring for Your Foundation Brush

Once you know how to use a foundation brush, you’ll also want to take note of how to keep it clean. Cleaning all of your makeup brushes is imperative in order to keep them bacteria-free. Lingering bacteria not only poses the risk of causing acne breakouts, it also generally suggests that there is excess makeup building up on the brush.

Most high-end lines offer their own foundation brush cleaners, such as Clinique’s Brush Cleanser or the one from MAC Cosmetics. If you’re a frequent traveler, consider a handy spray, like the Japonesque Brush Cleaner found on Ulta. A great low-cost alternative to these products is plain and simple baby shampoo. Simply swirl the brush’s head through the shampoo and rinse. Pat dry.

Perfect Application

knowing how to properly apply foundation with a makeup brush, you can get the amount of coverage you want and flawless-looking skin. Practice the application steps until you’re comfortable, and your makeup will look professionally and beautifully applied every time.