Tips for Oily Skin
Make Up Application Tips:
- Only buy makeup products dedicated to the treatment of oily skin.
- Always use astringent with acetone before applying makeup so that the pores are closed.
- Absorb the excess oil with blotting paper before applying makeup.
- Don’t make your cheeks too colorful. Keep it simple and soft.
- Don’t forget to touch up your powder every few hours throughout the day.
What Ingredients to Look For:
- Only use foundations that have titanium dioxide, which is a natural sun protector.
- Makeup containing serecite; this will reduce the appearance of pores and also help absorb oil. To absorb oil and reduce the appearance of pores, look for makeup with serecite.
- Find foundations with kaolin clay to help control oil.
- By using makeup with zinc oxide, you’re getting the benefits of an anti-inflammatory for your skin.
- A great habit to get into is using a lavender water spray on your face throughout the day. It’s great for hydrating oily skin and also has antiseptic properties. Before applying makeup, you can first apply cucumber juice to improve the overall appearance, and achieve a better pH balance for your skin.
1. Line and fill your lips with bright pink lipstick. We love M.A.C’s Show Orchid.
2. Using liquid eyeliner, draw different sized half circles on your upper and lower lip in a scattered pattern. Be creative with placement. If you’re unsure, use a picture or another item that is leopard print to guide you. We love M.A.C’s Liquid Eyeliner.
3. Fill in the half circles with gold liquid glitter eyeliner, using a lip liner brush. We love Sephora’s Glitter Eyeliner in 07 Gold.
How to apply green, yellow & purple Corrective Concealers
Makeup concealers hide spots, dark circles, pimples, scars and provide smooth-on, blend-in camouflage cover-up for skin flaws. At one time or another we all want to conceal some type of imperfection on our face. Caking on makeup concealers will make the skin flaw stand out even more. Most flaws on our face are color-related flaws such as dark, bluish under-eye circles, blemishes or birthmarks to name a few. In order to mask the flawed color and make it less obvious, you need to use a neutralizing makeup corrector such as a green, yellow or purple concealer.
Neutralizing colors are colors that appear opposite on the color wheel. For example- blue neutralizes orange, green neutralized red and so on. So in order to cover red blemishes and blotchy skin, you must neutralize the color first with a green makeup concealer. Then, cover with foundation makeup. By just adding a typical colored makeup concealer, you won’t conceal the problem because the red or blue tones will shine through. So you always need to neutralize the flaw first, then cover with your shade of foundation.
Makeup Color concealers are made typically in 3 color choices- green, yellow, and lavender (mauve). You need to understand which color concealer will neutralize the flaw. Look at the flaw you want to cover. What color is it? Is it acne (red) or under-eye circles (blue)? By identifying this first, you are now ready to conceal those little imperfections!
- Yellow concealer: Also known as Apricot in color, used to conceal bluish bruises, under-eye circles and mild red tones on the face.
- Lavender concealer: Used to normalize yellow-colored skin imperfections such as sallow complexions and yellow bruises. It can also help conceal very dark under-eye circles and dark spots on bronze skin tones.
- Green concealer: Used to neutralize red tones on the skin. Use this for covering blemishes, zits, red blotches, rosacea, port-wine stains
Money $aving tips
- If you have a drawer full of half-used lipsticks, don’t throw them away and buy more. Take a pillbox and dig out the lipstick colors and put them in each square. You’ll have a great carrying case and palette to create new colors like the pros do.
- You can use a great lipstick color as a cream blush. Choose lighter shades and blend on after foundation but before powder.
- No need to buy one shimmer highlighter shadow for the eyes and another for the face. A single shade serves both purposes.
- When your mascara is dry and not applying well, run it under hot water for 5 minutes. Good as new.
- Brow gel is a waste of money. Use regular hair gel on a brow brush or old toothbrush for the exact same effect.
- For a whiter smile, brush teeth with a bit of baking soda.
- Instead of expensive facial scrubs, use a small handful of regular white sugar. Just lather up your face with a cleanser, then scrub in the sugar using your finger tips in small circular motions.
- Q-tips work just as well as brushes. However, for really good, inexpensive brushes, visit your local art supply store.
- Vaseline is one of the best eye makeup removers ever.
- When your favorite shadows or blushes break, don’t throw them away. Put the remains in empty film canisters and use them like loose powders
Applying foundation: if it’s a powder, mix it into your moisturizer and blend it in as you go. This can give you a lovely dewy look.
And only apply foundation where you really need it. Otherwise, if you have good skin, go natural :] Your skin will love you for it! Especially in these warm months ahead, it is crucial for your skin to breathe.
6 Foods for Glowing Skin
Best source for skin glow is using home remedies for skin glow with consistency and persistence then results shall be seen in a short while.
A glow on the skin communicates a healthy you from inside and outside. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetable and drink 2-3 liters of plain water in a day to keep the body fit from inside. Furthermore for the outside skin well being, use the face packs made from these 6 foods for glowing skin.
- Cucumber - It is the skin’s “best friend”. It replaces the dull skin with striking glowing skin. Grate one cucumber and squeeze out its juice. Dab this freshly prepared cucumber juice on the face and neck with a cotton ball. And put the left behind grated cucumber on the eyes. Re-apply the juice on the skin 2-3 times in the span of 20 minutes. Later wash the skin water. Use it everyday for that wonderful glow on the face.
- Egg Yolk - The yellow part of the egg called as egg yolk is excellent for akin glow. To one egg yolk mix ½ olive oil and 4-5 drops of lemon. Apply it on the skin. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse it off. In case the pack dries up prior to the set time of 15 minutes then also wash it off. Egg packs must be cleaned immediately once it dries up else it stretches the skin and might lead to fine wrinkles. Hence ensure to wash the face as soon as the pack dries. It is best for dry skin and normal skin.
- Avocado - It is a nutrient-rich fruit. It leaves the skin well nourished and moisturized. Take one fully ripped avocado and mash it thoroughly. To this add ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Mix well. Smear this paste on face and neck. Hold it for 10 minutes, then after rinse it off. With regular use the face shall start glowing face.
- Banana - This fruit when mixed with honey gives instant glow. Take one tablespoon well mashed fully ripped banana and ½ teaspoon honey. Mix both together and apply it on the face. Then after 15 minutes clean skin with lukewarm water. This can be sued once in two days for best results.
- Coconut Milk - Freshly prepared coconut milk does wonder for the skin. In 2 tablespoon concentrated coconut milk add 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder. Mix both well. Using a flat brush apply the mixture on the face. Allow it to dry and after 15 minutes sponge down the pack from the skin. This pack suits all the skin tones.
- Orange - It is a good source of ingredients that assist for getting the skin glow. Take out the juice of half orange. To this add 2 teaspoon of curd and mix well. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it as it is. In the course of 20 minutes orange juice and curd shall penetrate deep inside the skin layers and fulfill all skin nutrient requirements. Later rinse the applied pack and pat dry the skin. Glow shall come on the skin with regular use of the pack.
Make the skin happy with these 6 foods for glowing skin because the natural skin glow comes on a happy skin. You would agree to this!
EYELINER APPLICATION TIPS!
Ever wonder what style of eyeliner does what to your eyes? Well hopefully these 4 styles of eyeliner will help you next time you’re trying to create the perfect look with eyeliner!
- Sleeping on your back will prevent many wrinkles and breakouts on your face, and even wrinkles in your cleavage area.
- Put on a coat of clear nail polish before a colored polish to keep your nails from discoloring.
- After washing your face, rinse in cold water (fair-skinned people should use cool instead of cold) to close the pores and tighten the facial muscles
- If you are out of quick-dry spray for nails, dip your fingers into a bowl of ice-cold water. (Don’t to touch the sides of the bowl.) Your nails will dry very quickly.
At-Home Natural Skin Care
Here are a skin remedies you can do right at home! Most of them require simple items we all have in our homes!
1. Avocado Carrot Cream Mask
This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.
2.Cucumber- Honey Toner
1 medium Cucumber, peeled and cut up into pieces
2 tsp. Honey
Puree cucumber in a blender. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set the sieve over a glass bowl or measuring cup. Pour the cucumber puree through the sieve and let it stand for 15 minutes for the juices to drip into the bowl. Pour the clear juice into a clean bottle and add honey.
To use, shake the bottle and saturate a cotton pad with the lotion. Sweep over face, neck and chest morning and night, and let it air dry (about 3 to 4 minutes). Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 1/2 cup.
1 T Yogurt
1 T Honey
To Make: Add the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face.
To Use: Pat this mask onto the skin for a moisturizing, penetrating, hydrating, soothing application that will also help to clear up skin problems.
4. Lavender- Honey Milk Bath
3 T dried Lavender flowers*
1 1/2 cups whole mild, cream, or combination
1/3 cup Honey
Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.
*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores.
5. Lemon Mint Elbow Bleach
1/2 C Mint Water
1/2 Lemon, squeezed
To Make: Make a thick infusion of Peppermint, strain out the herb and to 1/2 cup of the liquid add the Lemon juice. Mix together.
To Use: While studying or working, apply this liquid with cotton pads to the elbows; let it dry and make another application. Repeat applications 3 or 4 times. Do not remove.
Why: The Lemon juice acts as a bleach, the Mint as a soothing aromatic astringent.
6. Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant
2 tablespoons Apricot Oil (you may substitute olive oil)
1 teaspoon of coarse salt, such as Kosher Salt, or Sea Salt
Mix together all ingredients, massage into hands and feet, rinse, and pat dry. Strawberries contain a natural fruit acid which aids in exfoliation.
Treatment for Dark Under Eye Circles
Grated potatoes can lighten under-eye circles. Potatoes contain an enzyme called catecholase, which is used in cosmetics as a human skin lightener.
Run one spud through your food processor and stuff the raw mash into a piece of cheesecloth. Apply to the area directly beneath your eye don’t let the potato juice come in contact with the eye itself and leave for 15 to 20 minutes.
Choosing the Correct Eyeliner to match your Eye Color
When choosing your eyeliner, you should take into consideration the color of your eyes. The main rule to follow is not to choose a color that takes away from the natural beauty of your eye color. For example, if you have blue eyes, you should not consider wearing a blue eyeliner or eye shadow that is more intense than the blue of your eyes. Eyeliner is supposed to make your eyes stand out, but you do not want people to notice your eyeliner instead of your eyes.
One exception to this rule is people with brown eyes. People with brown eyes can wear any color eyeliner or eye shadow that they want.
If you have blue eyes, your best bet is to choose brown or bronze eyeliner. This can help enhance and bring out the natural blue of your eyes. You may also try the classic colors that include taupe, gray, purple, violet, deep blue (make sure that it is a shade darker than your eye color), and black mixed with bright blue for shadow. These color schemes work especially well with the shadows.
The ideal eyeliner color for people with green eyes is purple or brown. The purple eyeliner can really enhance and bring out the green of the eyes. Hazel eyes have a little more leeway when it comes to choosing an eyeliner color. Because there is so much gold and brown in the eye, purple, bronze, brown, and gold colored eyeliner and eye shadow are ideal.
Navy and charcoal always work to define the eyes. Powder blue is also a great way to highlight any eye color. For a little fun and funk, sparkly silver give girls an extra edge. These colors work great for any color eyes and they can accent your eyes nicely making you look great.
Although contouring & highlighting is a daunting process, it’s one of the most powerful tools - pairing them nicely can totally transform your face by playing up your features and downplaying your flaws. Before you actually do these, it is necessary that you know your face shape. Once you know this, you can contour and highlight your face to balance your face shape.
“To contour is to use a darker color to push back areas that are naturally receding and to highlight is to use a lighter color to bring forward areas that are naturally prominent”
What you will need:
1. Contour: color that is one to two shades darker than your foundation eg. brown eyeshadow, bronzer or a darker foundation.
2. Highlight: color that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation eg. a shimmery white/beige eyeshadow or a lighter foundation.
3. Tools: Brush, sponge, fingers - whichever you find easier.
Simply follow the picture taken from Kevyn Aucoin as below on where to contour & highlight:
Where to Contour:
1. Under your cheekbones - to sharpen round face2. Along the sides of your nose - to slim a wide nose3. Under the tip of your nose - to make nose to appear shorter4. Jawline - to disguise double chin5. Creases of your eyes - to create a deep-set eyes 6. Temples - make a wide or very round forehead appear narrower
Where to Highlight:
1. Front of the forehead2. Browbone & Inner corner of your eyes - it will add brightness to your eyes3. Right above your cheeks - creates the illusion of higher cheekbones and gives a nice glow4. Along the bridge of nose - creates the illusion of sharper nose5. Cupid’s bow (lips) - very flattering and really emphasizes the lips
Tips & Tricks:
1. Remember to blend in the color very thoroughly so there are no harsh lines.2. Aim for something that blends into the skin but gives off a nice healthy sheen. Highlights should not be obvious, but they should enhance.3. If you use cream to contour, make sure to apply after your foundation and before your setting powder.4. Start out a little at a time – it is always easier to add more color. 5. Remember that practice makes perfect!