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.

Image result for How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Boil water in a teakettle.

2
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.

4
Remove the tea bags from the water and let cool.

5
Place a tea bag on each eye. The chamomile is soothing and will decrease the puffiness in your eyes.

Prevention
6
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.

7
Limit sodium and alcohol intake. Try using spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt.

8
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.

Related image

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.

Related image

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.

Advertisements

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.

Related image

 

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

foundationbrushes

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.

Image result for Foundation Brushes

 

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.

Related image

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.
  • syntheticgoat
  • 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.

Kat Von D Foundation

20688760_161169951124100_7442810021932433408_n

A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades. Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection

20759281_1818527411792957_4679724622587887616_n

What it is:
A high-pigment, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish and 24-hour wear—now with a new look in a total of 30 shades.

What it does:
Featuring 30 full-coverage, matte shades—renamed to include undertones for easier shade selection—Kat Von D’s bestselling foundation collection has a shade to cover virtually all skin tones. From the fairest of the fair to deep, rich tones, this shade range has you covered with the same, 24-hour wear and high-pigment formula, beautifully packaged in a sleek new design.

With just one light layer, the creamy formula corrects discoloration, stops shine, and hides blemishes. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful foundation is loaded with proprietary pigments, and an exclusive high-tech blend of silicone elastomers and silicone esters to bind the formula so you get total matte coverage that stays waterproof, fade-proof, and transfer-resistant all day long.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Lock-It Foundation’s innovative airless chamber prevents contamination to protect and maintain the creamy consistency so that every pump delivers a precisely measured, fresh dose to flawlessly cover your entire face.

Prep skin with Lock-It Hydrating Primer for more comfortable wear and better application of Lock-It Foundation.

Kat Von D used an antique wax seal as the inspiration for the new Lock-It Collection design.

#VeganAlert! Lock-It Foundation is completely free of animal-derived ingredients.

“I am proud to say that Kat Von D Beauty products are never tested on animals—and never will be.”—Kat Von D

20688097_237876980068481_6758116355762814976_n

What is the best foundation for mature skin?

What is the best foundation for mature skin? Here are 11 recommended foundations!

A revolution has occurred in the beauty industry. There are now entire ranges being designed for over 30s and over 50s. Designers are constantly using groundbreaking technology to concoct makeup formulas which flatter and reduce the signs of aging.

These high-tech, age-friendly products are designed to fill in fine lines, moisturize, and give a flawless complexion by hiding imperfections and (best of all) to give the face an instant lift.

Your beauty regimen needs change as you age – we all know it. Out with glittery eye shadow, and in with skin smoothing makeup primers and eye serums. Foundations these days are designed to work with, not against, mature skin and actually improve texture and tone. Here are some of the best foundations on the market. They range from those found in pharmacies and department stores to the most luxurious store brands. Yes, there is a difference in quality when it comes to foundation, however these are the most beloved, as well as, tried and tested, by mature women around the world.

1. LA MER The treatment Crème Foundation

Contains the same ingredients as the legendary face crème as well as SPF15 and has the ability to airbrush large pores and any discolorations or pigmentations.

2. Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift Foundation

This is a hidden gem for those with combination, dry or mature skin. It provides a medium coverage that gives the appearance of firmer and lifted skin. The biggest plus for this foundation is that it is oil-free and creates a smooth complexion through its light weight formula

3. REVLON Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup

Great foundation at a fabulous price for all skin types. This foundation is popular regardless of the person’s age, profession or makeup ability.

4. Clinique Almost Powder Makeup

Fantastic for those with sensitive skin as it can cover up rosacea and melisma. It is compact and creates a flawless base.

5. Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup

Perfect for those with normal to dry skin. This foundation instantly makes your skin radiant whilst erasing fine lines for seamless beauty.

6. MAC Face & Body Foundation

For those who want a sheer to light coverage foundation. This foundation is buildable and works best for all skin types except oily skin. It provides a natural satin sheen to your skin whilst being moisturizing.

7. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind

For those who want a light to medium coverage and have the ability to “firm up the skin”.

8. Chanel Perfection Lumiere

If you have an oily T-zone or find your skin oiler in the summer, this is the foundation for you. This is an oil-free foundation with added protection of SPF15, which provides a lovely matte coverage for your makeup look.

9. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Makeup

Perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. It is a creamy foundation, which is specially made for mature skin, and works a treat on sensitive skin, skin with redness, fine lines and wrinkles.

10. L’Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup

Perfect for those with normal, dry or combination skin. It creates a youthful look, which lasts all day without touch ups. TIP: This foundation works best if you apply a Primer beforehand. This will reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. What would you consider the best foundation for mature skin?

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!!

ILLUMINATE YOUR SKIN

Skin looks best when it’s bright, healthy and glowing, but stress and other day-to-day challenges often get in the way of looking great. That’s where the right products can help. If you’ve lost your glow lately, here are some tips for getting it back.

Make your skin glow like J-Lo with these product essentials:

Goldfaden's 3-in-1 Daily Moisturizer

How to get glowing skin

START WITH A CLEAN CANVASS

It’s important to start with a fresh face that is well moisturized. Try Goldfaden’s 3-in-1 Daily Moisturizer ($65 at Goldfaden.com) to prep and protect your skin.

 

Try a luminizing foundation

How to get glowing skin

TRY A LUMINIZING FOUNDATION

A luminizing foundation gives skin a subtle glow and natural-looking finish using light-reflecting ingredients. Try Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ($42 at Sephora), which provides sheer, buildable coverage (which we love), boosts brightness and leaves skin with improved texture and tone. Also tryStila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($38 at Stila Cosmetics).

 

Go for a faux glow

How to get glowing skin

GO FOR A FAUX GLOW

A bronzer can give your skin a brightening boost. Fresh High Noon Fresh Face Glow ($36 at Sephora) is a cream formula that you can wear alone or under makeup to give skin a subtle, sunkissed glow. Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer ($24.50) bestows brilliance with the flick of a powderbrush.

 

Use a highlighter

How to get glowing skin

USE A HIGHLIGHTER

Subtle shimmer or light-reflecting ingredients are the secrets to this tip. Try Benefit Girl Meets Pearl ($30 at Sephora), which gives skin a natural-looking glow. If you prefer a powder formula, try Stila All Over Shimmer Duo ($22 at Stila Cosmetics) to give your skin a subtle shimmer and warm up your complexion.

 

Get glowing skinGO BEYOND YOUR FACE

Glominerals will help you get glowing skin

Bring your faux glow beyond your face with glominerals’ shimmer brick in gleam or luster shades ($33 at gloProfessional.com). Brush along your neck and decolletage to extend your skinkissed look.

Makeup For Brown Eyes

“Fantastic Color Options”Makeup for brown eyes offers exceptional color choices to make your eyes really stand out. There are eye shadows which can be used to brighten your eyes and give them that little extra sparkle. You can use colors that give them a subtle glow for daytime or go all out and create maximum depth for evening.  You have color options galore. Read these makeup tips and find out how to  go from subtle to sensuous to sensational just by applying the right eye shadow colors.

shunmua

Understated Makeup For Brown Eyes

One of the favorite makeup tips that professional makeup artists use to make beautiful brown eyes stand out is to use an eye shadow with subtle shimmer and tint of champagne color. It provides contrast so that your eyes really pop out. At the same times it’s neutral which makes it perfect for everyday wear.
When used in combination with dark eyeliner and mascara, the champagne color contrasts more sharply with the lines to create a more dramatic look. You’ll want to try these:

Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eye Shadow in Champagne Quartz –This is a pinkish kind of champagne that has a lot of shimmer. It is also very easy to blend and stays on for a long time for maximum appeal. It’s $20. Find it at Amazon.com

Du Wop Eyes Eyeshadow Set in Rose has a nice color that works well, too.  Check it out below.

Estee Lauder Double Wear in Pink Blush is creme eye shadow that stays in place. $17.50

How To Create A Versatile Look

Makeup for brown eyes can easily move beyond neutral. Eye shadow colors in pink and plum create a striking contrast to brown eyes.  It’s like mauve makeup – it’s perfect, but it contains more tint that works for your eye color. The warm hues in pink and plum also make brown eyes even more radiant. There are 3 makeup tips you can use right away to make these eyeshadow shades work for you:

Makeup Tip 1.  Go wild and playful by using eye shadow colors in neon or bright pink.

Makeup Tip 2.  For a more subdue tone, use lighter shades of mauve.

Makeup Tip 3.  Dark plums purples can be used to create smokey eyes and elegant-looking lids.

If you want to experiment with the different shades of purple and pink, an eyeshadow palette like the one above is a great choice.  You can use the Du Wop Eyes eyeshadowsets in either Rose or Violet. Each palette set consists of five colors – three powder shades of the same color, a metallic shade for highlight and a matching cream liner. This way you can try out different variations of plum or pink depending on your mood or the occasion. For $32 you’ll be able to mix and match your makeup. Find it at Dermstore.com

Striking Makeup For Brown Eyes

makeup for brown eyes 3If you love green then you’re in luck! Khaki green or forest green eye shadow work perfectly with brown eyes.  Mother Nature attests to the wonderful combination that is brown and green – just think of succulent palm trees.
Makeup artists love to use green eye shadow to liven up brown eyes and give it a hint of playfulness. You can have your pick between earthy greens for a more subdued look and bright, neon greens for a more wild makeup look. This is also a favorite for doing fantasy makeup looks like fairy makeup.

More adventurous souls can try Scott Barnes Eye Ice in Goddess. Developed by the makeup guru Scott Barnes, it’s a shimmery loose powder eye shadow that comes in a jar with a brush applicator. It’s also ultra fine and silky so that blending and smoothing it on is a breeze.

You can even go all out with dramatic eye makeup tips for bold, beautiful and slightly wicked eyes.

Blue Eyeshadow Makeup For Brown Eyes

makeup for brown eyes 4To create a cool gaze pick a blue eyeshadow.  It works for most eye colors and brown eyes are no exception. These makeup tips explain why: Blue eyeshadow, more so bright blues, creates a stark contrast to the neutral brown of the eyes. It can make the eyes more radiant while also giving it a cool, relaxing glow. It is best to choose darker blue eyeshadow for darker-brown colored eyes. For a more playful look, opt for aquamarine or neon blues.  Ready to try one?

A must-have for blue eyeshadow is Urban Decay’s Deluxe Eyeshadow in Electric Blue.  It’s a really intense shade of blue eyeshadow powder that can be blended to create subtle to smokey eyes. It’s very, very smooth on the eyes and feels light and velvety on skin. $18

Even if brown is the most common eye color in the world, a whole plethora of shadows to use as makeup for brown eyes are at your disposal to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Just remember this makeup tip – the right eyeshadow can spell the difference between boring brown to captivating chocolate. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different eyeshadow colors until you come up with that shade that is just perfect for you.