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Showing posts with label foundation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foundation. Show all posts

Friday, August 17, 2012

Make-up crimes: Are you guilty?

August 17, 2012 0 Comments

None of us is perfect, especially when it comes to make-up.  Today’s post is about make-up mistakes or "crimes" as I like to call them.  Thank God there is no make-up jail! 

Here’s a list of make-up crimes and how you can avoid them…

Dark lip liner and light lipstick
Unless you are going to an 80’s themed party, you need to choose your lip liner in a shade close to your natural lip colour or the same colour as your lipstick/gloss.

Lip liner extending beyond the lip line
What have you learned in kindergarten? – Do not colour outside the lines!  Same thing applies to lip make-up.  Just line the border, not beyond.  If you want fuller lips apply a lip-plumping product and finish with a dab of clear or light gloss on the centre of your lower lip (this will reflect the light and make your lips appear fuller).

Drawn-in eyebrows
Women with lush, full brows should skip any added colour; all they need are tweezers for stray hairs and some brow gel/clear mascara.
To plump up sparse brows, apply brow powder with an angled brush.

Caked-on foundation
This will only draw more attention to the problem you’re trying to hide.  Instead, try this:
For fine lines: Mix in a little moisturiser with your foundation. Click here to find out more.
For blemishes: Apply your foundation lightly and evenly, and then use a full coverage concealer on the blemishes.
Visible foundation line
To avoid this mistake, choose the right shade for your skin tone.  Your foundation should match your skin tone.

Obvious blush line
Use a blush brush, not the small applicator that comes with some products, and blend, blend, blend.
If you apply too much, tone down the colour with a light dusting of translucent powder.

What make-up crimes have you committed?  I promise I won’t judge! J


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Foundation 101

March 14, 2012 4 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today’s topic is foundation.  I will tell you a little bit about the many types of foundation available, and how to apply foundation properly.

Foundation is used to create an even colour to the complexion, to cover flaws and give a healthy glow.  A thicker, drier foundation covers more, but it's harder to blend.  On the other hand, a lighter one is easier to blend, but doesn’t conceal imperfections as easily.

Different types of foundation:

Tinted moisturiser
Use if you don't need a lot of coverage but just want something to even out your skin tone.

Liquid foundation
It applies smoothly and is easily found at local drugstores.

Cream foundation
It is thicker than liquid foundation, ideal for normal and dry skin.

Mousse or whipped foundation
Mousse/whipped foundation is liquid foundation with air whipped in, making it lighter and smoother.

Cream-to-powder foundation
You can find this type of foundation in compacts, in tubes or bottles.  Its biggest advantage is the fact that you don't have to put on powder to set it.

Powder foundation
Loose powder or pressed powder.  This type of foundation is ideal for oily skin.

Mineral foundation
Mineral foundation has very few ingredients and tends to be perfect for people with sensitive skin.

Stick foundation
Come in solid form.  These tend to dry quickly and provide a matt finish, ideal for oily skin.

How to apply:
1.   Wash you face.
2.   Apply a moisturising sunscreen, moisturiser or primer.  If your skin is dry, it will absorb the foundation soon after it is applied.  If your face is oily, make sure that your moisturiser is oil-free.

3.   Let the moisturiser, sunscreen or primer set for a few minutes.
4.   Apply concealer where needed.  Pat, never rub, into skin.

5.   Using a make-up sponge, brush or the tips of your fingers, apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose.  
6.   Blend!  Blending is key for a flawless finish.  

7.   Set the foundation with loose powder immediately after application. 
If you use a sponge or a brush, wash it out regularly.

Use a translucent finishing/setting loose powder.

Heavy foundations and powders, can settle into lines and wrinkles making them look deeper.  Instead, use a sheer tinted moisturiser.  For more tips check out this post: Does your make-up make you look older?

What is your favourite foundation?


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Make your own tinted moisturiser

October 11, 2011 0 Comments
What is a tinted moisturiser?

A tinted moisturiser is a moisturiser with a hint of colour that can be used in place of foundation for a natural appearance. 

Advantages of tinted moisturiser:

Undoubtedly, there are some great tinted moisturisers on the market but, maybe you don’t want to spend extra money on a product you won’t use as much.  In that case, it's so easy to make your own with liquid/mineral foundation and moisturiser.  Besides, when making your own tinted moisturiser, you can determine the level of coverage you want/need.
Tinted moisturisers give you just a hint of colour that you need to look and feel pulled together without the fuss of a full make-up application.  They are perfect for younger girls who are just starting to wear make-up.  Foundation can be too heavy and make young girls look older.
It’s also a great choice for ageing skin; the added moisture helps to de-emphasise the appearance of wrinkles.  You can read more about make-up tips for ageing skin, in this earlier blog post: Does your make-up make you look older?

How to:
It's really easy to make your own tinted moisturiser.  Just mix your favourite foundation and moisturiser together and apply to the skin.

Mix a small amount of the two products together until they are completely blended.  For a lighter coverage, use more moisturiser and vice versa.  Apply all over your face and just under the chin.  You can apply with your fingers, just like you would apply a regular moisturiser.  Finish with some translucent loose powder to eliminate shine.

So tell me, do you prefer a full coverage foundation or a light tinted moisturiser?