So last year we went over the top with makeup. Faces were painted lighter or darker than our actual skin tone till heads and bodies did not match. Eyebrows on Fleek till they almost touched the hairline, layer of lashes topped off with clumpy mascara and the list goes on.
This year let’s bring it back to basics. We are doing so much to look good and relying on makeup to make us feel complete.
After your shower, bath or deep cleanse go have a look at yourself in the mirror….
Leave your eyebrows to grow now don’t get me wrong they may look a bit wild for a short spell but they will look better in the long run. I suggest plucking the tail end of the eyebrow to help define the brow. As the brow starts to grow and get thicker the more you may pluck under the brow pluck as minimum as possible though just a few strands. In the meantime fill in the brow with a pencil in a soft brush stroke motion. Alternatively, you may use a brown eyeshadow and a small tapered brush.
Time to buff the skin….
Buy a pair of exfoliation gloves and PH balanced soap Dove is a great one to use. Wet the gloves and lather the soap in them an apply to the face. In small circular motion rub around the face playing great detail to the chin area, the crease besides the nose and where ever you have pimples and blackheads. Do not be alarmed if you find when washing the gloves out that the water will be dirty. This is old skin cells, old make up you thought you had washed off and oil from greasy skin.
Hydrate the eyes
As we age around the eye area changes and you will notice dark patches, puffy eyes and crow’s feet. To help these areas looking refreshed try the old fashion cucumber on the eyes. Also, try stores for gel form creams that contain witch hazel and cucumber, another suggestion is using eye whitening drops.
Most of us will find that out complexion has several tones. We may be darker on the forehead and around the hair line and lighter on the cheekbones but everyone is different. The same suggestion to uses around the eyes can be used on the face. There is also multiple amount of serums on the market specifically designed for your skin needs, Bobby Brown Cosmetics do a good range.
The more eyelashes enhancement we use the more we lose our lashes especially if they are not being taken off correctly. Use a mild eye cleansers and cotton pads to wipe away eyelash strip glues. With your eyes closed use soft down and away motion to wipe away any eyeshadow, mascara and glue. Keep doing this until the eyelash strip comes away and continue to clean until cotton pads are clean. If you are considering on rocking your natural lashes but need a them to look thicker then may I suggest a volume mascara. Find one with the brush bristle are very close together these brushes tend to get every lash even the tiny ones in the inner corner of the eye. A good trick is to apply mascara to the front and the back of the lash wait couple minutes and apply again. Word of warning some cheaper brands tend to clump up and make the lashes cakey so your best bet is by trial and error until you find the right one for you.
What I have informed you of are just suggestion but you may find other way that best suit you. I am a makeup lover but we are relying too much on makeup these days. The more we do to correct our skins imperfection the less makeup we need to perfect our makeup looks, plus makeup was designed to enhance what we already have which is natural beauty. So the next time you apply your makeup just remember less is more.
So your foundation is not sitting well on your face like it used too. This could be down to several things:
1, If you have just returned of your holidays where the climate was either hot or cold then this could course for your complexion to change. Depending on where you went your skin may go darker or lighter. Now that you are home your skin will take time even out so no need to throw your foundation away. Alternatively you cannot wait that long and you have gone darker then buy a cheaper brand. I would not waste money buying a foundation at a cost £28 and more for it not to be used again after 2-3 weeks. If you have lovely friends and family that may give you a bit of theirs until you skin is back to normal.
If your complexion has gone lighter from a holiday or cold weather then use a lighter concealer with your foundation and blend into the face well. Illamasqua have great blendable concealers and used with a beauty blender will create a perfect finish.
2, If you have recently been unwell this could also change your complexion. When pinching those cheeks won’t help then follow the steps above and use a bronzer to create some more radiance and a peachy blusher. Goodbye zombie ….hello glow and radiance.
3. Your brushes or applicator is dirty……yuck. For personal use clean your brushes 1-2 times a month. Sponges or puffs throw them away. Buy multi packs of them and make a saving even Pound stores sell them now. Some people have never cleaned their brushes and what happens is product continues to build up in the fibres as well as bacteria. Think about it say you broke out in a rash and prior to this you have been using your brushes then the beginnings of the outbreak is now in your brushes. When you are well again them brushes still have the virus.
4. Your foundation could be out of date. I have come across a few makeup bags in my time to see and smell that products were more than ready to say bye-bye.
The symbol above is what lets you know how long to keep your product. I the dates could vary from 6 – 24 months. It can be found either on the box or on the product itself. Put a reminder in your phone calendar when to purchase the next one
You are the lucky ones you can wear what you like cream, liquid or powder.
Look for BB Creams as they have hydrating properties. Try Sleek or Revlon
Try a mousse cream like Maybelline or powders, I love Sleek powders and my favourite Illamasqua. They are lightweight products that will not give you that “I am melting” look.
Very tricky as you are dry in some areas and oily in others. Try a light liquid foundation and the press powder over the oily areas.
You need hypoallergenic foundation meaning you need to use products that won’t break out your skin and the products with vitamins to help you. Try Nars, Clinique, Chanel, Bare Minerals and Bourjois.
Ok so Wedding Season is upon us and the bookings for organgised brides will have already been secured but every year I get the last minute call which is always they same. It a bride who does not wear makeup and after a good deal of coaching have been told to get their makeup done for the special day. What had usually happened then the bride has left it until the week of the wedding to try and find a mua.
Ladies for all that do not know you need to book your mua in advance for several reasons and what to expect and why.