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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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR UNDERTONES

Skin tone is so important in choosing the right makeup, but you may be wondering just how to go about identifying your own skin tone. What should you look for? What if your skin tone seems neutral but has areas of mild discoloration or redness? The good news is that identifying your skin tone doesn’t have to be difficult.

Skin Tone Test

The skin’s undertone is the warm, cool, or neutral hue that shows through the surface color of skin.  Although the surface color of skin changes depending on sun exposure and other skin conditions like rosacea and acne, the skin’s undertone remains consistent.

Knowing whether your undertone is warm, cool or neutral is the key to ensuring that your foundatoin matches your skin and color products look natural, not contrived. When foundation doesn’t properly match skin’s undertone, the color stands out as orange to copper, pink to rose, or ashen. If makeup looks like the right color in the package but looks odd once applied, you’ve likely purchased makeup with the incorrect undertone for your skin.

There are several ways to determine your skin tone, but here are some quick methods to keep in mind:

  • If you tan easily and do not burn, your skin’s natural melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color) level is higher, and you most likely have a yellow-to-olive, warm undertone. This is true for most African-American and women of Indian descent. Some African-American women with deep ebony skin tones may actually have a cool (bluish) undertone, so dark copper shades look off but espresso-type shades match perfectly.
  • Those who burn and either tan minimally or not at all have significantly less melanin, which results in a pink, bluish-red, or ruddy cooler undertone. In addition, look for telltale signs: a ruddy skin tone has obvious signs of redness or is one that tends to flush easily. Some neutral skin tones fall into this category, particularly if rosacea is a factor, so experiment with cool to neutral tones to see what works best for you.
  • Olive skin tones tend to look somewhat ashen or gray, from the combination of the natural yellow undertone everyone has and the greenish hue that’s unique to olive skin of any depth. Neutral tones tend to work best, but experiment with warm tones as well, as you may fall somewhere in between.
  • Neutral skin tones are those with no obvious overtones of olive, sallow, or pink. People with this skin tone tend to have the easiest time finding foundation, concealer, and powders that are just right for them. In fact, those with neutral skin tones may find they can easily wear more than one shade in any given foundation lineup.
  • The shortcut test: Some people like to rely on the color of their veins: Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins appear blue/purple you are in the cool-toned (bluish) spectrum. If your veins appear green, you are in the warm-toned (yellow) spectrum. Those with neutral undertones will have difficulty discerning the blue/green.

These categories hold true for all women, including women of color; your underlying skin color will always relate to one of these skin tones. You may have been told that you are a particular “season” and your wardrobe and makeup colors should be a specific undertone, either cool (blue or pink tones) or warm (yellow or sallow/olive tones). Unfortunately, the rampant misinformation surrounding skin tone can be misleading when it comes to choosing your most flattering makeup shades.

Shopping for Foundation

When you’re testing foundation shades, it is critical to identify your underlying skin tone and find a foundation that matches it. This can be tricky because your underlying skin color may not be what you see on the surface. For example, you may have a ruddy (red) or ashen (gray) skin tone on the surface but your underlying skin tone is actually slightly yellow to beige. You want to neutralize whatever overtones are present with a neutral- to slightly yellow-toned foundation, thus matching the skin’s natural undertone.

Why a slightly yellow undertone? Because skin color, more often than not, always has a yellow undertone: that’s just what the natural color the predominant form of melanin (skin pigment) tends to be. For the most part, regardless of your race, nationality, or age, your foundation should be some shade of neutral ivory, sand, neutral beige, tan, dark brown, bronze brown, or ebony, with a slight undertone of yellow but without anyobvious orange, pink, rose, green, ash, or blue. Adding those colors to a foundation is never flattering and can look obvious and contrived.

There are a few exceptions to this guideline: Native North American or South American women, a tiny percentage of African-American women, and some Polynesian women do indeed have a red cast to their skin. In those instances the information about neutral foundations should be ignored. Because their skin has a slightly reddish cast, they need to look for foundations that have a slightly reddish cast to them—but that’s only a hint of brownish red, and not copper, orange, or peach.

Regardless of which of these categories you fall into, trying foundation on and making it sure it matches your skin exactly (especially in daylight) is the best way to get a color that looks natural, not like you’re wearing foundation or, even worse, a mask.

Choosing Makeup Colors

Flipping through the pages of a fashion magazine is great way to determine which colors work best with your skin tone.

  • Redheads with fair to medium skin tones like Susan Sarandon, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore tend to wear corals, salmon, browns, ambers, bronze, and other earth tones.
  • Blondes with fair skin to medium skin tones like Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, and Kirsten Dunst favor a range of pink shades.
  • Brunettes with fair to medium skin tones like Julia Roberts and Jennifer Garner are often seen in light rose and soft red shades.
  • Women with dark brown hair and fair to medium skin tones like Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, and Penelope Cruz wear more vivid shades of rose and cherry.
  • Black hair and deeper skin tones such as Halle Berry and Zoe Saldana or Oprah Winfrey wear soft natural tones such as nude pinks, soft browns, and corals.

It is also easy to see that there are exceptions to the rule and as a change of pace all kinds of color combinations (not to mention changes in hair color) are typical. In other words, choosing color can be as diverse and versatile as changing your clothes. To be safe, stay with the basics listed above, but in truth, anything goes as long as it is worn in balance and the colors work together.

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!!

L.A Girl Pro HD Concealers & Colour Correctors

NEW L.A Girl Pro HD Concealers and Colour Correctors. 6 New Shades have been added to the current selection of Concealer Shades, except now we have Colour Correctors to. Yay!
All my Fair Skin Beauties would be so excited as well. There are 2 new lighter shades, Porcelain and Light Ivory.
There is now a shade you can actually highlight with.
Continue reading to learn what Colour Correctors do.
Yellow: Neutralizes the purple/blue bags under your eyes.
Its also great for olive skin tones who want that super Kim K Highlight.
Green: Is great to neutralize any unwanted redness.
It can be from acne, rosacea, blemishes, heat rash etc
 
Orange: Is amazing! to use on olive/deeper skin tones that have extreme dark blue under eyes. Blue being more “cool tone” the simplest way to think of a orange corrector is that it warms up the cool tone. So when you go and apply your concealer it doesn’t look ashy, and it covers the darkness a whole lot better.
Tip: If you are of a lighter complexion, you want to go for a more peach/salmon corrector. The orange can be to strong for your skin tone “otherwise” you can mix it in with your concealer. You only need a TINY bit of the orange corrector, maybe have a play when your not going somewhere important Ha!

7 Tips for Makeup Application Last All Day

 

Most women would prefer to have to apply their makeup once in the morning and have it last all day long.  Unfortunately, by midday, it is usually faded, smeared or smudged, and in need of a major refreshing.  However, there are some things you can do to help your makeup last longer.  Certain tricks and techniques will prevent you from having to do major repairs halfway through the day.

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What Are the Biggest  Problems With Getting Makeup to Last?

As the day wears on and we are exposed to sun and wind and fresh air, the  skin on our faces will produce more oil, which breaks down the makeup we so  carefully applied earlier.  Being able to  control oil and shine will help keep the foundation on and keep the skin tone  even.  Certain cosmetics products, like  mineral makeup, will often last longer because of the natural ingredients and  their ability to control the shine.
Also, eye makeup will often smudge or smear if we rub our  eyes.  Plus, if the right techniques are  not used to apply eyeliner and eye shadow, unsightly creases will appear,  making the makeup look less fresh and clumpy, and it may even start to flake  off.

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What Can You Do to  Help Makeup Last?

If you want your makeup to last all day long, then you need to use better  techniques to apply.  Using the right  beauty products in the right combination, perhaps with a quick midday touch-up,  will help you have a face that looks as fresh at the end of the day as it did  when you started.

Tips for How to Makeup Last All Day

  1. Start  with a perfectly clean face.  Never  apply fresh makeup over yesterday’s leftovers.   You should have washed your face the night before, so all you have to do  is use a toner to remove any oils that may have been created overnight.
  2. Use the  right moisturizer.  Choose a  moisturizer that is right for your skin type (e.g., normal, oily,  combination).  Don’t forget to always use  a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or greater—protecting your face from sun  exposure is super important for maintaining your beauty and reducing the aging  and damaging effects of sun exposure.
  3. Use  makeup primers to help smooth skin.  Primers  help to fill in small lines and wrinkles and make the skin ready to have makeup  applied.  Primers can help to even out  skin tone, minimize redness and help to conceal under eye bags and puffiness.
  4. Apply foundation evenly.  Choose a good foundation product, again, one  that is appropriate for your skin type.   Apply evenly, using a sponge rather than your fingers.  Try mineral based products for best results.
  5. Use  powder.  After applying foundation,  use a translucent powder to “set” the foundation and help prevent it from  breaking down due to skin oils.  Apply  the powder to your eyelids as well, to control the oils that will be created in  the eyelid area which will prevent creasing of the eye makeup as the day wears  on.
  6. Avoid  touching your face.  Resist the urge  to rub your eyes or touch your face during the day.  Not only are you likely to smear or smudge  your makeup, but the oils and dirt from your hands will cause the makeup to not  last as long.
  7. Touch up  as needed.  A quick lunchtime touch  up with a powder compact and disposable blotting papers can help to absorb the  oils that your skin has created in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), and  give you a fresh clean look that will last for the rest of the day.  Lightly apply another layer of translucent  powder by dabbing, not rubbing.  Also,  take a quick moment to reapply your lipstick, and you are ready to go!

You won’t have to worry about having that “end of the day”  look if you take the time to apply your makeup properly in the morning and just  take a few moments for a quick touch up in the middle of the day!  Help your makeup last by doing it right the  first time!

 

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.

 

Stretch Marks And Tanning

Stretch marks can be irritating to look at, but luckily, they can be made somewhat less visible by using tanning treatments. Some people think regular tanning in the sun or spending time in tanning beds can also do the trick, but reducing the look of a stretch mark is actually best accomplished by over-the-counter creams or sprays in tanning salons.

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About Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body when the middle layer of the skin, or dermis, is stretched to a point where its elasticity breaks down. When this happens, microscopic bleeding and tissue inflammation occurs, which results in the raised reddish and purple look of a new stretch mark. When the dermis is stretched out, the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, is also stretched into translucence. After these marks heal, the scar tissue is what results in the permanent stretch mark. Over time, these scars may fade into a silvery white color that is lighter than the natural skin tone.

Tanning Creams

Some ways of achieving a tan without exposing the skin to the ultraviolet rays of the sun are by using tanning lotions and creams. These can include stainers, bronzers and tan accelerators. Creams and lotions are one of the most popular ways of achieving a tan without laying out in the sun since it has less health risks than direct exposure to ultraviolet light. They can also be applied anytime at the leisure of the user. It’s important to make sure that tanning lotions or sprays are applied evenly over the surface the skin to ensure an even tan.

Tanning Salon Sprays

Tanning salons that offer spray tans work the same way as tanning lotions and creams do. Although it is probably costlier than applying creams at home, a salon may be able to achieve a much more even-toned look over the entire body than a person is able to achieve at home.

Tanning in the Sun and Tanning Beds

A common misconception is that the whitish appearance of a stretch mark will go away if it is darkened by tanning in the sun or in tanning beds. This may actually worsen the appearance of stretch marks, however, because they don’t tan as well as the healthy skin surrounding it. Stretch marks don’t tan easily because they are scars, which are resistant to changes in color. Tanning in the sun also poses other hazards, such as damage to healthy skin and the risk of developing skin cancer.

Eliminating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can’t be eliminated by tanning, but they may fade into less noticeable colors over time. To prevent stretch marks from becoming more obvious, it is important to use sun screen to prevent darkening the healthy skin around a stretch mark, which would make the scar look more obvious.