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Makeup for Pale Skin

Many people are very fond of tanning or simply being out in the sun; but that isn’t the case for everyone! Throughout the world, a very pale skin tone is loved by a large chunk of the population. What those people don’t think about though, is that most makeup is not made for such a fair color. Very bright or dark colors can easily look ridiculous.

The first step is finding a foundation that matches your skin. This will be the hardest task that you face, because most tend to be a bit too yellow or shades too dark. Even the lightest ivory shade might be too dark! Cover up your foundation with a translucent powder and double check the colors to make sure your skin looks evenly colored.

Once your base is finished, the rest is quite a bit easier! If you are a fan of blush, a light pink will give you a very pretty rose-like glow. This will add a perfect freshness to your face. Light eyeshadow mixed with a simple shaded gloss can do wonders for pale skin, and don’t forget the mascara!

When you are finished, you should have a very classic and beautiful look. Pale skin has never looked better!

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April 7, 2010   Comments Off

My Favorite Foundation

I am not a liquid foundation girl. Although I tend to have slightly splotchy skin due to all my freckles and sun damage, I still steer clear of overall foundation, especially the liquid kind. I just prefer a more natural fresh look as well as feeling. It’s just a personal preference. I am able to even out my skin tones by other means.

So, after I apply concealer to spots that need to be hidden, and sunscreen over everything, I finish the look with a powdered foundation. I use Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation in the color “fair”. It has an SPF 10. For some people, this product could feel very drying. I think that since I use it over my regular sunscreen that isn’t a problem for me. It fills in my pores and makes everything smooth and even. It also lasts a long time and stays in place. It’s so much easier to get a smooth even look with a powdered foundation as opposed to a liquid one. I use a big fluffy brush to apply it.

Remember, liquid foundation is not a preference for everyone, and this is a great option if you’re looking for an alternative.

March 17, 2010   Comments Off

Correcting Under-eye circles

Under eye circles are the root of all evil for some girls! Waking up in the morning, heading to the mirror and realizing that you have those awful dark markings can be a horrible surprise. So what do you do? Do you throw on all the makeup in your collection just to cover them up? Not exactly.

Before we get to how to fix it though, there are a few preventive measures you can take to stop them before they begin: Always get enough sleep at night. Beauty rest does wonders! Also; rubbing your eyes sleepily in the morning may be the cause of these cruel circles! Try to avoid doing so if possible.

Now, on to what you’ve all been waiting for! Making the dark circles fade away like magic! The first step, as with any makeup, should be to put on a nice moisturizer. From my experience, the next best thing to do is to apply a concealer directly to the circles. Instead of rubbing it in with a finger or a sponge, pat it with your finger until it is covering that darkness!

Now simply cover with foundation and a light powder, and you’re done! Bye bye circles!

March 3, 2010   Comments Off

My Favorite Wrinkle Cream

In the never ending search for the perfect miracle cream to stop these wrinkles, I am currently using Loreal “Advanced Revitalift Anti-wrinkle concentrate“. I have not been using it very long, so the jury is still out on this product for me as to whether I will continue to purchase it in the future or not.

From what I have learned so far, it does make my skin feel very silky and not gummy like many other moisturizers. It does seem to produce some toning to my skin as well. I wish I could say that it has erased my wrinkles, but I think it will truly take a real miracle to do that. Either a miracle or something more drastic like surgery, which I am not exactly keen on doing. My vanity has not gone there yet!

The Revitalift cream comes in a very handy tube, which I really like, as opposed to those awkward jars that most creams come packaged in. This should make it easy for travel.

So, while I wait to see if it truly has wondrous effects, I do know that I already like it better than most other similar products I have tried. I wonder if others will have the same beauty results.

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February 10, 2010   Comments Off

My favorite Concealer

This is the second entry where I am reviewing all of the products that I use on a regular basis. This week it is my concealer! I use Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer, in the color “fair”.

I just discovered this product about a year ago and I love it. It is great for small blemishes that I want to cover and it really does last all day. It’s like a nice paint when it goes on and it won’t come off after it dries. Hide those blemishes! Most of the blemishes that I am trying to conceal are actually dark sunspots caused by sun damage that I got when I was younger and never wore any sunscreen. It does a good job of concealing them and blending in with my natural skin color.

I like the applicator on the wand since it helps blend and spread nicely. It’s also a great value and really seems to last a long time. This is definitely a winner and something I will continue to buy.

January 6, 2010   Comments Off

Holiday Makeup Tips

The festive party season is about to begin. Is your makeup ready? Make it special by adding a few special items to your makeup collection. Start with some radiant bronzer, –not too dark though. You want just enough to give a boost to dull wintertime complexions, but not so much that you are trying to look like you have a summertime tan.

Next, treat yourself to a new fragrance. This can be for you, or just for your house! Get some holiday incense or spritzer. Choose scents that remind you of the holidays like pine, nutmeg, oranges, or cloves. If you treat yourself to a fragrance, splurge on a perfume that is sophisticated and not to sweet.

Finally, get in the spirit. If you’re going to paint the town red, start with your lips. If your normally wear the same lip color day after day (a bad habit that I am into myself), then it’s time to brighten things up. Normally I wear a dark pink shade of lip color for my daily color. Recently I attended an event where I wore a black dress and carried a red feather boa. I had bright red lipstick to match. When I saw photos of myself in that bright red lipstick, I was stunned at how radiant I looked! I am planning to wear it more during the holiday season.

November 18, 2009   Comments Off

Speed Beauty

Suppose you have been at the beach all day basking in the sun and sand. You have a hot date but are late getting back to your hotel because of traffic problems or you just couldn’t find your car! Now you have less than 15 minutes to change clothes and make yourself presentable, otherwise you will be late and lose your dinner reservation. There is not really time to shower. What do you do?!

Believe it or not, there is time for a quick presto change-o rinse in the shower before you throw on your clothes, although probably not enough time to actually wash your hair, unless you have a wash-n-go style that you can default to. If you do, then go for it, otherwise, give your body a quick rinse so you’ll feel fresh.

What makeup items are critical?

The answer is: Eyeliner, mascara and powder!

That powder will soak up all the oil and sunscreen to give your skin that fresh matte look. This is definitely easier to do in the summer when you may have a little more color on your skin. Reapply your mascara and eyeliner, then you can freshen your lipstick in the car on the way to the restaurant, because like most beauty conscious babes, you probably keep lipstick in your purse.

Now you’re ready to go! Enjoy your dinner date!

September 23, 2009   Comments Off

Beauty Tips for Facial Hair

Facial hair… I’m not talking about eyebrows, or those of us who have an unfortunate mustache that we have to wrestle with. I’m talking about that baby peach fuzz that is all over your face, and most of your body for that matter. On some women, that peach fuzz gets to be quite thick! It’s really distracting and makes it hard to get your foundation on smooth.

Believe it or not, some women choose to remove that hair. They use a facial hair remover, or even shave it. The thickest areas for this hair are on the lower cheek especially near and along the jaw. I have found that shaving looks ok, but it grows back stubbly and no one wants a rough face. Just trimming this fuzz with some tiny grooming scissors is an acceptable alternative. It won’t remove all the hair, but it will get it to an acceptable level where it isn’t so distracting.

If the idea of this is giving you the heebie jeebies, then just remember that this is no worse than having to trim a projecting nose hair, or an eyebrow hair that is growing wildly out of control. If you have never experienced a wild hair like this, just give yourself time. You probably just aren’t old enough yet. Those hairs tend to get wilder as we get older.

The expensive option, of course, is electrolysis if you can afford it. It will probably take more than one treatment to get the results you want.

July 15, 2009   Comments Off

Foundation Tips

What do we need to know about foundation? Well, first of all there is no “rule” that you MUST wear foundation at all. You have to evaluate your own look as well as your lifestyle and decide if you need it. Then what? Well, basically there are four types of makeup foundation:

Liquid Foundation – This is the most popular and widely used. It helps even out your skin tone, but if you have problem areas, you will likely need a concealer on those spots first. Liquid foundation comes in water based for oily skin or young acne prone skin, and it comes in an oil base for mature dry skin.

Cream Foundation – This is thicker and more opaque. It gives a much more flawless look and is great for mature aging skin. It can also work as a concealer.

Tinted Moisturizer – This is moisturizer and color in one bottle. It works well if you don’t need a whole lot of coverage or if you have a very active lifestyle (meaning lots of exercise, etc.)

Dual Finish Powder Foundation – You can apply this dry like a powder, or use a damp sponge. It works well if you have oily skin and don’t want it to appear to shiny.

As you grow older, you might want to re-evaluate your foundation to meet your skin’s changing needs. Almost all of these foundation options come with a sunscreen option, which is a fantastic idea. I personally start with a sunscreen, and then use a concealer for my problem areas, and finish off with a light powder on my oily areas.

March 11, 2009   Comments Off

Avoiding the Mask with Foundation

Nothing is less appealing than a woman who has a clear line across her jawbone where her makeup ends and her bare skin is revealed. She’s tried to look her best, but instead she just looks plastic. What can you do to avoid this?

One of the most important thing you can do to avoiding the mask look is blend and choose the right color. If it disappears on your skin, then you know you have the right color. Be sure to look at your neck color in comparison with your face. Choose a warm color if your neck is much darker than your face, which is a common problem for women who have been careful to sunscreen their face but have forgotten their neck!

When applying foundation with your fingertip or with a sponge, the thing to remember is that you probably don’t need it all over your entire face. The problem areas where your color is uneven is where you want to concentrate. If you do your entire face, you are much more likely to end up with the mask.

Use the minimum amount foundation that you feel you can. The heavier your foundation is, the more likely you will end up with the mask look. Foundation will not do much to get rid of fine lines. In fact, it may make them more obvious. If you have a lot of fine lines, you might do better with a more forgiving tinted moisturizer instead of liquid or cream foundation.

Blending is extremely important. If you do wear it over your entire face, be sure to extend it over your jawline to avoid that boundary look. Also – check near your hairline to make sure it is well blended there as well. Look at yourself in different lighting as well.

March 4, 2009   Comments Off

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