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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Concealer Basics To The Rescue

Concealer is everybody’s friend. We’ve yet to meet a person who couldn’t benefit from a dab here and there. It brightens up the complexion and targets discoloration more effectively than foundation. Here are some of the top spots we cover up daily.

Under The Eyes

Even the most even complexion can feature discoloration under the eyes—a result of anything from lack of sleep to genetics. Dabbing a concealer one shade lighter than your skintone under and around your eyes will add a lifted effect to the area, making you look awake and refreshed. Try a creamy option such as Inglot Cosmetics Cream Concealer.

Around The Nose

A must for those on the go. The area around our nostrils tends to redden from element exposure and nose-blowing from seasonal allergies—all of which can make our schnoz appear larger than it really is. Using concealer to match your skin tone on a well moisturized nose will keep you from looking like a circus clown through pollen season. Try a full-coverage concealer with a built-in brush, like BY TERRY Touche Veloutée, for easy on-the-go touchups.

On And Around The Mouth

Make your lip shape pop by priming around your mouth with a creamy concealer such as ILIA Vivid Concealer—an all-natural option. Evening out skin tone around the lips will create a more defined lip line once you scribble on that lippie in fire engine red or perfect plum. Is your lipstick not bright enough? Pat a bit of concealer over your lips before applying a sheer color to up the brightness factor from beneath.

Over Blemishes

Concealer is acne-prone skin’s best friend. Where heavy foundations lend an unwanted chalky look to the whole face, applying concealer liberally to sporadic spots and splotches is a great way to cover up what you don’t want to show, while letting the clear areas of your face still go bare. We love a pencil option such as this one fromNudestix Concealer Pencil to target red spots with no mess. Tip: set with powder to blend spot coverage and even out texture between covered and uncovered areas, and you’re good to go.

5 Ways to Wich a Right Blush

We like to think of blush as pretty foolproof. There’s no detail work to master, no lines to stay inside of, and it looks great on everyone. But we also think that there’s a little more to applying blush than just dusting it on. Carefully placed blush can manipulate the appearance of your face shape in sneaky ways, and without much effort (we’re not talking about those trendy seven layer step systems). Play around with the looks below to find what application meets your own beauty needs. The results may surprise you!

Center Blush

For those who wish to soften their bone structure or have a square-shaped jawline, this can be a game changer. Apply rounded bursts of blush to center of the cheek– right on the apple. It will have a rounding effect on your entire face. What’s more, center blush can have a widening effect on the eyes. Done correctly, you’ll look like a doll.

Lower Blush

If your face features a long or prominent chin, you can even things out by placing your blush just below the apples of your cheeks– over the bone. This creates the subtle illusion that the apples of your cheeks rest a bit lower, and will elongate the upper part of the face to keep you looking balanced.

Upper Blush

Popular in Japan, blushing underneath the eyes can create an either sickly, or youthful appearance that might be seen as an extreme for some. However, applying your blush up high can make a short face appear extra long. For those with small or round faces, it’s worth a try– keeping the blush just above the apples is a happy medium to blending it into your eye makeup.

Outer Blush

Contour blush (shading around the cheekbones and temples) can draw focus to the center of the face– a plus if your face is on the wider side. Do too much and you’ll look like a Ziggy Stardust revivalist (no complaints here!), but do a little and you’ll find it to be a subtle way to add structure without joining the contour club.

Full cheeks

It’s not for everybody, but BIG BLUSH can work magic on those with large or long faces. Coloring outside the typical blush lines can shorten the face significantly and even shape it, depending on whether you apply rounded pats or sweeping strokes. Try it with a subtle shade and skip the heavy eye and lip looks. That will keep your cheeks the major statement.

Tips to Conceal Blemishes

It happens when you least expect it. You wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and discover a very visible pimple. Ouch! It not only hurts, it looks painful, too.

Don’t fret. There are several quick and easy beauty products that will help you hide breakouts so that you can go about your day without feeling self-conscious. Of course, serious acne needs treatment, but whether you’re waiting for it to take effect or just have to deal with the occasional zit, camouflage is as close as your foundation, concealer, and a face powder.

Shopping for Concealers: Best Advice

“Be careful in choosing your makeup,” advises Scott Gerrish, MD, a nonsurgical skincare specialist with offices in Virginia and Maryland. “Some makeup contains oil or other ingredients that can make your acne worse. Make sure that you select quality makeup and consult an esthetician or dermatologist when in doubt.” Foundation can be a workhorse beauty product for you; read labels and look for formulas that provide blemish-fighting ingredients and offer better coverage.

  • Buy foundation concealer, and face powder that are meant to work together. All three should be in the right shade to match your complexion; test the color at your jawline. You don’t want to draw more attention to your flaw by wearing a shade that’s too dark or too light for you.
  • Test the foundation and concealer on a hidden spot on your face or neck to be sure there is no allergic reaction.
  • Carefully wash with your usual face cleanser, gently pat dry, and apply anyacne medication that you may be using.
  • Use a concealer first and apply with a makeup brush or sponge — don’t use your fingers, as they can transmit oil and germs that could lead to more acne. “Gently dab a small amount of concealer directly onto an acne spot and then carefully blend it with a small makeup sponge,” says Helga Surratt, president of About Faces Day Spa & Salon in Towson, Md. Let it dry thoroughly.
  • Next, use a makeup sponge to gently dab on your foundation; this technique keeps you from disturbing the concealer. If you wear foundation all over your face, apply it and take a step back to see if you need an extra dab right on the pimple. If so, blend it in very carefully at the edges. If you’re wearing foundation just to camouflage the zit, fan out the edges to avoid leaving any demarcation lines.
  • Use a large makeup brush, says Pam Messy of Mary Kay Cosmetics in Maryland, to lightly apply an oil-free powder to set the makeup and remove any traces of shine from the foundation.
  • Clean brushes thoroughly and toss the sponges or carefully clean them to avoid transferring oil and germs.

What to Do When Acne Is Severe

Special products are available for camouflaging severe acne. These products contain silicone and other ingredients to help hide redness and scars. Consult your dermatologist for advice on the best beauty products to use in conjunction with the acne medications and/or topicals you’re using to combat severe acne. You want to make sure that your beauty products are enhancing, not taking away from, the effectiveness of your treatments.

The next time you have a blemish or two on your face, don’t think you have to pull down the shades and hide at home. Instead, reach for your beauty-product arsenal, and perform your best vanishing act.

Tips to Hide a Tatto

Whether it’s a wedding, meeting your significant other’s parents, or a big job interview, there may be occasions when you just don’t want your tattoo on display. You don’t have to wear a long-sleeved turtleneck in the middle of summer to hide your tattoo, or go to great lengths to have your tattoo removed. Some tattoo cover-up tips and the right makeup are all you need to make your tattoo blend in, at least for a little while.

Buying Tattoo Makeup

The first step is to buy cosmetics that will effectively hide your tattoo.

“Start out with a color of concealer that is much lighter than what your natural skintone is,” says Brandi Maynard, a professional makeup artist at LeBliss Salon and Spa in Louisville, Ky.

You’ll also want a second concealer a couple of shades darker than the first one, so that you can use both for the best coverage without spending a fortune on several shades of foundation. A bronze or tan color would work well for your darker shade, says Maynard.

Dermablend is a great brand of concealer used by makeup artists as a tattoo cover, says Maynard, and it’s designed to offer thick, opaque coverage to hide tattoo ink, birthmarks, and scars.

You’ll also want to buy a translucent powder to use as a tattoo cover. For a good powder that doesn’t make the cover-up job look caked on, Maynard recommends the brand Makeup For Ever.

You don’t need special or expensive tools to apply the tattoo makeup either, just a makeup sponge or your fingers and a big brush for dusting on the powder, Maynard adds.

How to Apply Makeup Over a Tattoo

Starting by carefully cleansing your skin; this gives you a fresh palette for your makeup application. Begin the tattoo cover by gently blotting on a layer of the light-colored concealer using a makeup sponge or your fingertips until it looks smooth. Be careful not to rub in the makeup, Maynard says, or you’ll just be pushing around the product without getting good coverage. Using the blotting technique will also help you to conserve your makeup products, making them last longer. Let the concealer dry. Then, use your powder brush to apply a light layer of the translucent powder on top.

For the next layer, add a bit of the darker concealer to your light concealer, and mix the two together in the palm of one hand. Gently blot the blended mixture over the tattoo until smooth, then dust again with the translucent powder.

Keep layering the products, gradually adding more of the dark concealer. The number of layers you’ll need depends on your tattoo. Once your tattoo is sufficiently covered and blended into your skin, finish off your work with a light spritz of hairspray. “This sets it a little bit more and sometimes helps it be nontransferable,” says Maynard, meaning the tattoo makeup won’t wear off or rub off on clothing, furniture, or anything else you might brush up against.

You can keep your tattoo a secret without spending a fortune on expensive makeup or hiring a makeup artist to do it for you. Invest in a few good makeup products, use them sparingly, and show off your skin without fear of someone spotting your tattoo.