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Fingers, Sponge or Brush? Foolproof Foundation Application Tips

Fingers, Sponge or Brush? Foolproof Foundation Application Tips

If you are a lover of liquid foundation you have probably wondered; what is the best way to apply your foundation? I will break down foundation application.

Meet Your Match-Find Your Perfect Foundation

Meet Your Match-Find Your Perfect Foundation

Shopping for the perfect foundation can be a challenge for most people, and so many settle for the wrong one. Everyone deserves to find their perfect match!

Steps to Help You Determine Your Skin Type

Steps to Help You Determine Your Skin Type

It can be difficult to determine whether you have a normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin type. With all the buzz surrounding different skincare products for specific issues, the list of signs to look for keeps growing. Not to mention your skin is changing seasonally, plus it can also change with age. For example, younger people are more likely than older folks to have a normal skin type.

So what exactly is the difference? Your skin type depends on things such as: How much water is in your skin, which affects its comfort and elasticity. How oily it is, which affects its softness. Finally, how sensitive it is. Today I am going to walk you through some steps to help you determine your skin type.

The Bare-Faced Method

Cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. Leave skin bare (and do not apply any additional moisturizers, serums or treatments). After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead for any shine. After another 30 minutes, evaluate whether your skin feels parched, especially if you smile or make any other facial expressions. If your skin feels tight, your skin is likely dry. If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is mostly likely normal/combination. If there is shine on your cheeks in addition to your forehead and nose, you most likely have oily skin.

The Blotting Sheet Method

This method is much faster and often an excellent differentiator between oily and dry skin types. After cleansing your skin, wait an hour, then gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face. Hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible. If the sheet picked up little to no oil, you most likely have dry skin. If the blotting sheet reveals oil from the forehead and nose areas, your skin is normal/combination. Finally, if the blotting paper is saturated with oil, it is extremely likely that you have oily skin.

Normal Skin Type

Not too dry and not too oily, normal skin has:

  • No or few imperfections
  • No severe sensitivity
  • Barely visible pores
  • A radiant complexion

Combination Skin Type

Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have this type. It may need slightly different care in different areas.

Combination skin can have:

  • Pores that look larger than normal, because they’re more open
  • Blackheads
  • Shiny skin

Dry Skin

You may have:

  • Almost invisible pores
  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Your skin is less elastic
  • More visible lines

Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.

Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

  • Your genes
  • Aging or hormonal changes
  • Weather such as wind, sun, or cold
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
  • Indoor heating
  • Long, hot baths and showers
  • Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers
  • Medications

Use these tips to help your dry skin:

  1. Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily.
  2. Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps.
  3. Don’t scrub while bathing or drying.
  4. Smooth on a rich moisturizer right after bathing.
  5. Use a humidifier, and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
  6. Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.

Oily Skin

You may have:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion
  • Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Things that can cause or worsen it include:

  • Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
  • Stress
  • Heat or too much humidity

To take care of oily skin:

  • Wash it no more than twice a day and after you sweat a lot.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
  • Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. They’ll take longer to heal.
  • Look for products that won’t clog pores

Sensitive Skin

It can show up as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.

Skincare Basics For all types

No matter what type of skin you have, these tips will keep it looking its best.

  1. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Avoid direct sunlight, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  3. Don’t smoke.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Wash your skin gently but thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed.
  6. Moisturize.

I hope this helped!! What is your skin type? Once you have determined your skin type, feel free to use my FREE Skin Care Analysis tool. You can access it by clicking HERE!

7 Steps to a Flawless Face

7 Steps to a Flawless Face

If you’re anything like me, you’ve always longed for a flawless face. I have struggled in the past with acne and oily skin, and that combination is not one that usually yields a flawless finish. Luckily for you, I’ve tried just about everything out there, […]

Celebrate National Lipstick Day With The Best Lipstick Formulas

Celebrate National Lipstick Day With The Best Lipstick Formulas

National Lipstick Day encourages you to wear your best color, and with so many lipstick formulas to choose from it can be hard to know which is best.

7 Lip Contouring Pictorials to Make Your Lips Look Fuller

7 Lip Contouring Pictorials to Make Your Lips Look Fuller

This month I have been covering “All Things Lips”. With fuller lips being all go the rage right now, I have to ask: Are you looking for a way to get fuller looking lips with out injections? Ladies today I am here to teach you about lip contouring! Yes girl, there is such a thing and every single one of you can do it!

All Things Lips

If you have been following this blog, you have learned how to properly prep your lips, how to achieve the perfect lip shape, how and why you should use lip liner, along with how to choose the best lipstick color. If you haven’t been following a long, you can go back and catch up. Today, I want to share with you ways that you can enhance your pout with a little lip contouring.

Choose The Right Colors

The first thing that you will need to do is pick out the lipstick color that you would like to wear. Once you have the perfect color, choose a lip liner that is 1-2 shades darker. Choosing lip liner that contrasts slightly with your lipstick will bring out the shape of your lip and make your lips look fuller by creating contrast and shadowing.

If you aren’t sure which shade of lipstick to pick, try a lipstick color that complements the undertones of your skin.

The Techniques

There are many different techniques that can be used to get a fuller look on your pout, so I scoured social media, and picked out the best lip contouring pictorials out there to give you a better idea of how you can enhance your natural lips.

Classic Contour

Classic Lip Contour

I love this visual created by Huda Beauty. It’s a slightly different version of the basic lip lining you learned last week.

Before you start, make sure that you enhance your natural lip shape for the perfect pout!

Ombré Lip Contour

Ombre lips

I love this lip contouring pictorial by @makeupbyliha. This is a great example of how you can use a darker lip liner to shade in the right areas to give the illusion of a fuller lip.

Using a lighter lip color in the center brings the middle of her lips out for the perfect pout!

Highlight & Contour

Highlight and contour your lips

This artist added some highlighting to her cupid’s bow up to her nose as well as under her lower lip. Notice how she put just a touch of dark there too.

A little bit makes a big difference but it still looks natural.

Redefine Your Pout

Redefine your pout for a fuller lip

In this lip contouring pictorial, the artist used concealer to cover up her natural lip line to create a new shape to her lips.

Notice how she also added a bit of a darker concealer under her bottom lip to give the illusion of a plumper pout.

The Right Amount

Lip Contouring with highlighter

In this contouring pictorial, I loved how she used a lighter highlight color first on the Cupid’s bow and down the center of her lip, followed up by the lip liner.

This technique can be used with any color combination and creates a beautiful pout.

A Touch of Gloss

Glossy lip Contour

For this lip contour, first she used a lip pencil to give the illusion of a plumper lip, then she used a light lip gloss to blend everything together.

I would suggest using a pout plumper to get a little more plumping action 😉

A Little Volume

Increase Lip Volume

In this contouring pictorial, the artist didn’t use a lip liner. She used a pencil highlighter on her Cupid’s bow then went right for her lip color. Using a lip brush will give you the control to get an even line.

I love how she added just a pop of shimmer highlighter to the center of the lower lip to add just the right amount of volume.

Lip Liner Basics

Lip Liner Basics

HOW to use that lip liner to enhance your pouts. Lined lips have staying power, and lining the lips will also help to prevent your lipstick from bleeding.

How to Find The Perfect Color Lipstick For YOUR Skin Tone

How to Find The Perfect Color Lipstick For YOUR Skin Tone

What color lipstick works best for your skin tone? I am going to walk you through which shade ranges and undertones will best compliment your complexion.

8 Steps To Determine Your Skin Tone

8 Steps To Determine Your Skin Tone

Do you know your undertone? Your skin tone, aka undertone, is different from your complexion, which is the depth of your skin (light, medium, dark). Your undertone will remain the same no matter how much sun you get, even if you’re pale in the winter and tan in the summer. There are three different undertones – cool, warm, and neutral. Determining your skin tone can be helpful in many ways–it can help you choose the best blush or lipstick color, help you know which hair color is most flattering, and even which color clothes you should wear to really look like a million bucks!

Cool vs. Warm

Before I help you determine your skin tone, let’s cover some basic color theory about cool and warm colors.

Alright, now that we have those basics covered are you ready to determine your skin tone is once and for all? Follow these steps:

1. Wash your face

Start with bare skin. Your skin should be clean and free of makeup and lotion. Make sure you wait about 15 minutes, as your skin may appear pink from scrubbing and make it difficult to see your true undertone.

How to determine your undertone

2. Find natural light

Different lightbulbs can change the way your skin looks. They are usually warm or cool and they may cast different colors on your skin, and interfere with the appearance of your skin tone. Choosing a spot by a window to look for your undertone will prevent you from misjudging what you see.

3. What color are your veins?

Look at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist. This is a quick way to determine your undertones-if your veins are visible. Hold up your arm in the natural light and determine the predominant color.

If your veins appear green, you likely have a warm skin tone.

If your veins appear blue or purple, you likely have a cool skin tone.

And if you can’t tell if your veins are green or blue, or you see both colors-you may have a neutral skin tone. If you have an olive complexion, you likely fall into this category.

How to determine your undertone

4. How does your skin normally react to the sun?

Do you tan easily? Do you burn or get freckles? The amount of melanin in your skin determines how it reacts to sun exposure and can help you determine your skin tone.

If you tan easily and rarely burn, you have more melanin and you likely have a warm or neutral skin tone.

If your skin burns and doesn’t tan, you have less melanin and therefore a cooler skin tone.

Some women with very dark, ebony skin may not burn easily but still have a cool skin tone. So keep in mind that you may have to try a few more steps to determine your undertone.

5. Hold a white piece of paper up to your face

Looking in a mirror, look at how your skin looks against the white paper. It may have a yellow cast, a blue-red or rosy cast, or it may not appear to be either, but be ashy or look like a gray color instead.

  • If your skin appears yellowish or sallow beside the white paper, you have a warm skin tone.
  • If your skin appears pink, rosy, or blueish-red, then you have a cool skin tone.
  • If your skin appears gray, your skin probably has an olive complexion with a neutral undertone. The green from your complexion and the yellowish undertone combine to create this effect. You can experiment with neutral and warm tones, since you fall somewhere in between.
  • If you can’t determine any cast of yellow, olive, or pink, you likely have a neutral skin tone. Neutral tones can look good in foundations and colors on both ends of the cool/warm spectrum.

6. Do you look best in silver or gold jewelry?

Aren’t sure? Hold a sheet of gold foil in front of your face so that it reflects light back on your skin. Note whether it makes your face look grayish or washed out, or if it enhances your skin. Then try with a sheet of silver foil.

  • If the gold foil looks best, you have a warm skin tone.
  • If the reflection from the silver foil makes your skin glow, you have a cool skin tone.
  • If you don’t notice a difference (both silver and gold are flattering), then you likely have a neutral skin tone.
  • If you don’t have gold or silver foil, try laying gold and silver jewelry on your wrist to see which one is more flattering.

7. Look behind your ear and inner wrist

 If you have acne, rosacea, melasma, or another condition that might mask your skin tone, have someone look at the the skin directly behind the shell of your ear or backside of your neck, as this area is less likely to be affected. You can even look at your inner wrists.

Have them look at the skin right in the little crease behind your ear.

  • If your skin is yellowish, then your skin tone is warm.
  • If your skin is pink or rosy, then your skin tone is cool.
  • If they have difficulty determining, they can hold a white piece of paper near the skin. That should help them see if it appears yellow or pink.
Your Eye Color can help determine your skin tone

8. Look at your eyes

Your eye color can be a key to determining your undertones. Lighter eyes like blue and pale brown usually mean you have cool undertones, while gold flecks usually indicate warm undertones.

  • For example, ice blue eyes usually means you have cool skin, while honey brown eyes usually mean you have warm skin.
How to determine your undertone

Let me ask you again…do you know your skin tone? After going through each step above, I hope that it finally answered this question once and for all!!

How To Achieve The Perfect Lip Shape

How To Achieve The Perfect Lip Shape

Use makeup to enhance thin or shapeless lips. With the right products, you can create the perfect lip shape that you have always wanted.