The Keys to Flawless Skin

29 Mar

You very first step to achieving nice skin is going to be good skin care. It is so import to take care of your skin with a gentle cleanser and a moisturizer. Before your apply any makeup, you want to wash and moisturize your face.

Primer is an optional step, as some don’t find it makes much of a difference. It creates a smooth surface to apply your foundation. It helps fill in any lines on your face. It also helps your foundation last longer. Smashbox PhotoFinish is a popular primer, but Monistat Chafe Relief Gel is a cheaper alternative. Although Monistat is not a makeup product, it has the same active ingredient as the Smashbox primer which is dimethcone. L’Oreal has also started making a line of foundation primers. Now where it gets confusing is when you come across colored primers. From time to time, you’ll see peach, green, and purple. These are color correcting primers. For example, if you experience a lot of redness in your cheeks, a green primer is going to minimize the redness. Peach and purple are going to reduce sallow tones.

Concealer would be the next step. Some people like to use their concealer after their foundation, but I like to use it before because it helps it blend with the foundation.You’ll want to use a concealer one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. This is going to bring some brightness under your eyes and cover dark circles. You want to apply the concealer in an upside down triangle shape under your eye. The first point of the triangle would be the inner corner of your eye, the second the outer corner of your eye, and the third being right above the apple of your cheek. If you don’t suffer from dark circles, you make choose not to use a concealer.

Next is foundation. There are liquid, power, and cream foundations. You really have to play around and see what you like best. There are some sources that will tell you that if you have oily skin you should wear a powder foundation, and if you have dry skin you should wear a liquid or cream foundation. This is not true all of the time. I’m an oily skin girl and I much prefer to use a liquid foundation. A liquid foundation is going to give you a fuller coverage than a powder. A cream foundation is going to give you the heaviest coverage and I find it looks cakier than the other two. There are several different tools that you can use to apply foundation. You can use your fingers, a cosmetic sponge, a powder puff, a stippling brush, a flat foundation brush, or a stippling brush. Brushes are going to give you a cleaner finish, but they’re more expensive than a powder puff or cosmetic sponge.

A lighter alternative to foundation is a tinted moisturizer. This isn’t going to give you as heavy a coverage as foundation. Its light and quick which is good for when you don’t necessarily have a lot of time to get ready. You can purchase one, or you can simply mix a liquid foundation with some of your moisturizer and apply it all over your face the same way you would do a regular moisturizer. Its a very natural look.

The final step (also option) is to use a setting powder. This is going to help your makeup last longer. It will also help reduce any shine or oil. Some people like to use a translucent (meaning colorless) powder while others like to use the finishing veils sold by various brands. Popular ones include the Bare Minerals Finishing Veil as well as the Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil.

Now many people like to add other things to enhance the look of their face makeup. I love blush. I think it gives everyone a nice glow. Blushes come in powders or creams. Cream blushes tend to look more natural than powders, but powder blushes are going to last longer. Bronzer is also a nice option. It gives you a bronzed glow that is very cute for the summer. Be careful though as its easy to go overboard. Another more advanced option is highlighting and contouring. I wouldn’t recommend it until you’ve gotten more practice with makeup, but basically it comes down to making certain parts of the face darker or lighter in order to flatter your bone structure.

Peace Love & Lipgloss

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