Make Foundation Last Longer

A friend of mine just gave me a great tip on making her foundation last longer and she swears by it, so I wanted to pass this along. In order to double the life of your foundation, squirt a few drops of alcohol free facial toner into the container. Shake a bit and then apply as usual. The cleansing and moisturizing ingredients in the toner will keep the foundation from drying out and cracking. Now your foundation is a toner as well. ūüėČ So you can reap the rewards of both products and save time by doing so.

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Choosing the right makeup

Creating a perfect base is the most important step in makeup. ¬†Without it your eye and lip shades will highlight imperfections such as lines, blemishes or redness. ¬†Base makeup to most people means a mask of foundation, but that’s not necessarily the case at all. ¬†If you’ve got great skin, then all a base means is you dab a well applied concealer and some blusher. ¬†Most people do need a bit more coverage then that. ¬†With any type of foundation, to¬†find your correct color, apply a selection of colors that closely resemble your skin tone to your cheek. ¬†Then using a mirror see which one blends better into your skin. ¬†It is always better to go a shade lighter then darker when choosing a color.¬†

The Differences

  • Liquid Foundation.¬†¬†Liquid Foundation provides sheer to medium coverage. ¬†Liquid foundation should be applied to a cosmetic sponge and then dabbed onto your face, forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. ¬†Then using the sponge spread the “dabs” evenly over the entire face. ¬†Using fingers when putting on foundation can add germs and toxins you may have handled to also be applied onto your face. ¬†Do not use too much, as it will end up looking like you are wearing a mask.
  • Cream to powder foundation. This is ideal if you are looking for a matte finish. ¬†You apply this type of foundation with a damp cosmetic sponge. ¬†The look will be a dewy, matte finish that gives full coverage.
  • Tinted Moisturizer. ¬†This is the lightest type of coverage you can use. ¬†It’s a great product if you do not like to wear heavy foundations like me. ¬†I love tinted moisturizers! ¬†The one I use is called awesome, just ask me what I use, maybe I will send you one for free to try. ūüôā ¬†It has an spf of 15 too, so its great this time of year. ¬†(tip: if you plan on sunbathing or be near the pool/beach use something stronger then spf 15) ¬†Many women have the misconception that you use this to make yourself look tanned. ¬†Not true if you are matching your skin tone, which you should you do as with any other type of foundation.
  • Stick Foundation. ¬†This type of foundation offers more coverage and is faster to use then liquid foundation. ¬†The only drawback I find is that you have to use your fingers to blend it into the skin. ¬†If you don’t use your fingers it can tend to look streaky. ¬†This is a great product if you have small blemishes that need hiding, or under eye circles and don’t want to use a concealer.
  • Bronzing Gels/Sticks/Powders. ¬†For a more sun kissed look for the summer months, a bronzer of bronzing gel is a great product to keep handy. ¬†If you choose a gel type, make sure it is sheer so it does not look like a mask on your face when it is applied. ¬†Always use a bronzer of any type sparingly. ¬†You are trying to enhance your natural color, not create a fake tan. ¬†Brush the bronzing powder lightly across the skin to create a golden glow. ¬†Do not use it all over your face, it will make your face look dirty rather then tanned. ¬†ONly apply these where you would naturally get a sun tan (nose, cheeks, forehead). ¬†I LOVE my bronzer, ask me what I am using :). ¬†ANY skin color can use it and it always looks natural. ¬†It has this awesome kabuki brush that you can get with it and best thing, the brush does not shed!
  • Loose Powder. ¬†This should be used to set the foundation you choose. ¬†You brush this over your entire face with a big fluffy brush. ¬†Translucent is the best color to get. ¬†If you have warm skin tone you may opt for a yellow based rather than a pink one.
  • Pressed Powder. ¬†To create a total coverage, apply this over foundation. ¬†However, do not smooth it on the skin, apply it with a powder sponge in a rolling motion.
The best way to apply the products I mentioned is with a cosmetic sponge.  If using a sponge that is re-useable then you want to make sure to keep it clean.  This way you are avoiding any bacteria build up and can avoid blemishes from the bacteria.  You can wash the sponge in a little baby shampoo after every use. If you are using a powder brush for applying the powder, the perfect brush is just over an inch across and fluffy.  Again you have to keep it clean and must clean it after each use.  You can use baby shampoo and wash it with that and then let it dry thoroughly.  If you need a quick dry, instead of washing with baby shampoo you can use a spray bottle and fill it with rubbing alcohol and spritz the brush lightly with that its ready for another use.
Choosing the right color
  1. Never try a foundation on your hand.  Your hands tend to be darker then your face, after all they probably get more sun then your face does.  Instead apply it to your jawline.  The right shade for you is the one that disappears into your skin.
  2. If you cannot decide between two foundation shades, choose the lighter one, as the darker foundation will create more obvious lines on your jawline and make you look like you are wearing a mask.  However, if you have BLACK SKIN, matching your foundation to the lightest areas of your face can make you look ashy.  Matching the darkest and you will look overly made up. So what you want to do is match the skin color on your neck for a great look thats natural.
You are wearing too much makeup if….
  1. You cannot see any pores on your face.  Your natural skin texture is supposed to show a little.
  2. You makeup is shining.  Use a blotting paper rather than reapplying your powder.
  3. You can see a line around your jawline that shows where your makeup starts.  Either change the color and go lighter, or smudge it into your neck to eliminate the lines.

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Perfekt Beauty

image I was flipping through one of my many fashion magazines I subscribe to and I saw this product called “Perfekt Beauty” Skin perfecting gel. Of course, this sparked my interest so I read more about it. It is a gel that is supposed to leave you with an airbrushed finish to your skin. I already use my own foundations that I love, but I am always in the market for something that may be better. Perfekt beauty states to be a foundation that reduces the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and reduces redness. What I like about it is that it comes in a pump bottle. Pump bottles always make my life that much easier Winking.

Now I don’t know if it works or not, but it is supposed to be sweat and water resistant. It also is enriched with powerful anti-oxidants and vitamins A and E to keep skin healthy and beautiful. It sounds like a great product to try. Let us know if anyone has tried this product and what you think about it. After all, at a hefty price of around 57.00 it’s better to hear what previous users think of it before forking over the cash. If you know other foundations that are great, please share with us!
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Applying Mineral Makeup

People might wonder, “Why mineral makeup? Why should I choose it over regular makeup and how do I apply it?” There are numerous reasons why mineral makeup is better than regular makeup. Mineral makeup has loads of minerals and can be like a vitamin cocktail for your face and skin. It contains hypoallergenic power that is made up of magnesium, zinc, gold and titanium.Women can now get the refreshed look they would have after a makeover at the spa and they can even sleep in the makeup as it is healthy for the skin. It minimizes crows feet and wrinkles, whereas, regular foundations can enhance the wrinkles. Mineral makeup is being marketed just like organic food has been marketed. There is a massive demand for natural based personal products and using natural ingredients from the earth.

This makeup has dramatically reduced the risk of acne problems and allergic rashes and reactions amongst many women. It contains no alcohol, perfumes, or other chemicals and is the safest makeup on the market for our skin. The fashion and cosmetic industry has jumped on the opportunity to use and market these new mineral based makeup products.

This miracle makeup contains an ingredient that even protects our skin from sun damage, future wrinkles and sun spots. Major makeup companies are getting involved with mineral makeup such as Maybelline, Milani, Cover Girl and Revlon to name a few. It is very important to apply mineral makeup to get the full effects of it. Here are four steps to help you apply mineral makeup properly.

1. Make sure your face is completely clean of any oils and dirt. You can even do an exfoliation beforehand to completely purify your skin and then apply a facial cream to soften your skin. The cream acts as a soft base before you apply any mineral makeup.

2. Choose a foundation or Kabuki brush and apply just enough of foundation on your face, neck and t-zones. Blend in the foundation with the color of your skin and keep it light. Cover all areas of your face for a nice even, fresh look.

3. Apply some eye liner now and then use your Kabuki brush to dust off any extra foundation powder. If needed, dab your finger into your foundation and cover little blemishes, dark circles and spots.

4. Apply blush, eye shadow and mascara after the foundation has settled. Now place some lip liner on your lips and then lipstick. Do not apply the lipstick too heavily and keep it looking natural. Use soft colors and the right shade of foundation depending on your skin color.

Now that you have applied all of your mineral makeup, take a look in the mirror. If you find you have any problem with your finished project then use a Q-tip or cotton stick to make minor adjustments. If you have any shine on your face use a tissue to blot it. You will now have a fresh look with a healthy glow that is great for your skins health.

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Our Image Starts from Within

How we feel about ourselves is the image we project to others. With that in mind, let‚Äôs talk about a way to project a positive image for this Mother’s Day. Whether you are planning an evening out with your kids or a special dinner at home, preparing for Mother’s Day should start in the quiet of your own surroundings with these simple steps:

  1. ¬†Prep your canvas:¬†Without a properly prepped canvas, your make-up application will look good at best. Let‚Äôs go for fantastic! Start preparing for your evening with¬†NutriMinC¬ģ RE9¬ģ REgain Illuminating Enzyme Peel.¬†This product has Alpha Hydroxy Acids which help renew cells, firm the skin and give the appearance of smoother lines. Sloughing off dead skin cells is a great start to a refreshed, glowing complexion. Now, follow up with your skin care system to complete the preparation process.
  2. Prime your canvas: Try Virtual Illusion Makeup Primer to tone, smooth and minimize the visual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply with a cosmetic wedge and allow the primer to dry completely before proceeding with the make-up application. This primer will extend the life of your make-up while visually minimizing enlarged pores. Primers are a must-have in your make-up kit!
  3. Apply foundation:¬†Using¬†Line Defiance Makeup,¬†apply foundation with a cosmetic wedge in the ‚ÄėT‚Äô-Zone. Using a very light concealer, highlight your bone structure (cheekbones, bridge of the nose and across the chin), then blend and set with a loose powder. Now, emphasize your contours using the¬†No Sun Intended, Bronzing Powder. Remember that a highlight brings an area forward and a contour causes an area to recede. When planning your make-up for an evening event, you need to go for the gusto! This is simple to do – just use a heavier hand when applying your contours.
  4. For the eyes:¬†Try the ‚ÄėSmokey‚Äô eye technique from my DVD,¬†Impact Your Image. This is truly an elegant, classic look for a special evening! Focus on using darker shadows (i.e.¬†Inkling, Smudge, and Charade¬†About Face Eye Shadow‚Äôs) to enhance your eyes and add a touch of drama. But you‚Äôre not done yet‚Ķ to top off the Smokey eye for a special evening, you MUST apply false eyelashes! Try the individual lashes from a drug store in a medium or long length. If the idea of applying individual lashes gives you hives, buy full lashes and cut them in half. Be sure to apply mascara to your own lashes BEFORE you apply the false eyelashes. (Side Note: NEVER apply mascara to false eyelashes.)
  5. Now Рgo for the finale! Top off the look with a neutral lip. Remember, eyes OR lips… you choose which you want to emphasize. Try Twig or Illusion About Face Lipstick and overlay the lipstick with Copper About Face Sheer Shine lip gloss.

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How to Apply A Foundation, wet or dry

When I first watched the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”, I loved it. I’m not sure if it was because of the beautiful love story, or because of the elegance of the make up and colorful kimono designs. A Geisha is very recognizable by their face snow white, eyes and eyebrows lined in crimson and black, with bee stung lips. The origins of this kind of make up is uncertain, some people think that it comes from the middles ages when a Japanese traveler returned from Europe telling stories about “pale faced” beauties. Some other people think that this kind of make up originated from China and was adopted by the ladies of the Japanese Court. This last theory seems to be the most accurate one.The products and procedures to apply the geisha style make up was quite unique. They used either a rice-flour powder or a lead-based powder mixed with water into a thin paste and applied to their faces as a foundation. They would leave a line of bare skin around their hairline to give an illusion of wearing a mask. On the nape of the neck they used to leave two”V” shape lines unpainted and for special occasions they would leave three lines unpainted.While this make up style seemed to be very attractive at the time, public interest started once again into its origin spurred by the book and movie of the same name “Memoirs of a Geisha”, I wouldn’t advise it as a daily make up routine, especially since it contains lead.Impressions are all that matters for some people, I don’t completely agree with this statement but I certainly think that first impressions are very important, and our personal appearance often leaves a deep impression on people around us. So I’d like to think that a clean, natural look is always important.Since everything in life has a base or foundation, make up also has its own foundation, and to properly apply it is an art. I just recently sampled a brand new product from makeup primer from my favorite company. Being pretty skeptical I figured I would try it out. I could not believe that it actually would make my skin look even toned and smoother, but to my surprise it did just that. The product is creamy but has a silky feel when applying it to your face. After applying this primer, I proceeded to use my foundation. It went on very smoothly and my sometimes dry/oily skin was smoother and my makeup was even! In this very small tutorial I’m going to introduce you to the art of properly applying foundation in 8 very simple steps.

STEP 1: You should choose the kind of foundation you’d like to apply. Powder foundation (wet or dry) it’s better for light, fast coverage. Liquid foundation it’s better used for medium coverage while cream base foundation it’s great for full coverage.

STEP 2: Select the right shade of make up foundation that matches your skin tone. Avoid choosing too dark of too golden shade tones. This is probably the most important step of the whole process, because choosing the wrong shade might lead to a caked-on or clown-like appearance.

STEP 3: Prepare your skin for applying the foundation, use the right moisturizer according to your skin type.

STEP 4: At this point your are almost ready to start applying your foundation, but it’s also very important to choose the right method to apply it. You can use either your finger tips, a make up sponge or a foundation brush according to the kind of foundation you choose to apply.For a liquid foundation it’s better to use the tips of your fingers to apply a little at a time until your face is completely covered. Applying foundation with fingers yields maximum coverage.For a cream foundation you should use a make up sponge, make sure it’s very clean before you use it (you should always wash your make up sponge after using it, to avoid germs and bacterias). You should apply it in downward strokes to blend it completely.For a powder foundation it’s better to use a foundation brush. Tap the excess powder off the brush or sponge before applying the makeup.

STEP 5: Now it’s time to apply your foundation. Apply dime-sized bit of make up foundations to the center of your forehead, on each cheek and on your chin. Work in small areas and make sure you blend properly the foundation in each area before it dries. Use small dots of make up foundation under your eyes to conceal dark circles.

STEP 6: Make sure to apply make up foundation to other areas than your face as well, to avoid the two colored or mask like appearance. Apply it on your neck, ears, eyelids and around the hairline.

STEP 7: Once your foundation it’s evenly applied, you can proceed to apply the rest of your make up. And last but no less important is the next step of this tutorial.

STEP 8: Always remove all your make up before going to bed. This is very important to let your skin breath free from any kind of products and chemicals, and for a fresher look in the next morning.Many experts advice to use all your make up from the same line of products or brand, because colors match better and are formulated in the same way. For a natural beauty look it’s important to choose pure, safe, beneficial products. You should carefully read every product’s labels to know exactly what products and procedures they use.I hope this tutorial was helpful on your search for a beauty, sophisticated yet natural look and we can all benefit if you tell give us your impressions on how to properly apply the make up foundation…

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