Choosing products that give you beauty benefits and jaw-dropping results

Choosing products that give you beauty benefits and jaw-dropping results

Often times jaw-dropping results are achieved by a new hair cut, a new outfit or using really effective skin care.  Always choose products that compliment your skin tone, with quality ingredients.

A good moisturizer is key to healthy looking skin.  Your facial moisturizer should contain retinal, which comes from Vitamin A, to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Also make sure the moisturizer is oil and fragrance free.  You should also use a moisturizer with SPF 15 for daytime use to help stop the damaging effects of the sun.  If your skin is moisturized properly, your make up, when applied goes on much smoother and blends nicer than if your skin is dry and flaky.  Dry and flaky skin can cause your makeup to go on very uneven.

Mineral makeup is the most exciting way to create a sheer glowing complexion and create a soft even color. Make sure that you choose a color that compliments you skin tone.  Mineral foundations are great for evening skin tones, covering freckles, blemishes and age spots.  They are also great for helping to hide the dark circles under your eyes, and making large pores disappear.

The best lipsticks are the ones that last, have the right colors, and are made with quality ingredients.  These lipsticks don’t only change the color of your lips but they are healthy for you lips as well.  Helping to keep your lips moisturized, smooth and soft is key to having beautiful lips.   If your lips are cracked and dry your lipstick will go on unevenly and it will also fade faster.  Even the smallest cracks around your lips will cause your lipstick to bleed.  Use a soothing lip treatment with sweet marjoram, lavender, and tarragon, which promote healing and also provides a smooth base for your lipstick.  With soft lips your lipstick will look and feel better than ever.  You should always carefully choose lipstick colors.  To do this you need to first find out if your skin tones are “warm” or “cool”.   If you are “warm” then the undertone of your skin is yellowish, if you are “cool” then the undertone is bluish.  Everyone is either “warm” or “cool”.  The warm colors tend to be earthy, such as coral, amber, brown, and brick red, sandalwood, taupe.  The “cool” colors tend to have names associated with berries, such as pink, raspberry, cherry, lavender, plum, rose, strawberry, and mauve.  Carefully choosing colors that are right for you can definitely cause jaw-dropping results.

Choosing the proper eye makeup is very important.  Remember you want to accentuate your eyes not cover them up.  Also knowing how to apply your eye makeup is very important for that jaw-dropping effect.   Make sure that you get the right color for your skin.  A small amount of glitter around the eyes will always turn a head or two.  Make sure when purchasing that glitter you get one that is for eyes and is hypoallergenic.

Adding some layers to your hair can definitely make a difference.  Pick a haircut that is right for the shape of your face and body.  Having the right haircut is very important.  If you have had the wrong haircut for your face and body shape, the right one can really get jaw-dropping reactions from friends and family.   The same applies to hair color, go darker maybe add some red or blonde highlights.   Choose a color that compliments your skin tone, or maybe just bring out the natural highlights in your own hair color.  Color is always fun to play around with and can also give you a very different look than what you are use to.

How to determine what is too much makeup

When you leave your house for school in the morning, does your mom complain that you are wearing too much makeup?  If you’re not sure what the right amount of makeup is to wear, there are a couple things to do to make sure that you are not wearing too much makeup.  Here are a couple of helpful hints:

1) How much time do you spend putting on your makeup? If you are spending more than 25 minutes put on makeup in the morning, there is a good chance that you are wearing too much makeup.  For an average person with natural looking makeup, the average amount of time to apply makeup is usually 10-15 minutes.  This time frame is for a person who wears light mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, foundation, blush, and lip gloss/lipstick.  If you can apply all this makeup within this time frame, it is probably light and natural looking, so that it is not too much makeup.

2) Do your features look dark and harsh? Too much makeup often ends up looking like the lines of your face are harsh and dark.  You want to make sure that makeup gives you a very soft, womanly look.  If you makeup lines are looking very dark, then you probably are wearing too much.  Try to wear lighter makeup during the day, and only let your makeup be slightly darker when you go out at night.

3) What kinds of colors are you using? Remember, the purpose of makeup is to naturally highlight and accentuate your facial features.  If you are not wearing natural colors, and your makeup detracts from your features instead of highlighting them, you might be wearing too much makeup.  For example, wearing a lot of bright blue eye shadow and dark red blush probably is going to look like you’re wearing too much makeup.

Another thing which is a sure-fire indicator of too much makeup is the color of foundation.  If your foundation color doesn’t match your skin completely, it can make you face look either orange or pasty.   Also look closely at the way you blend your makeup – does your makeup look caked-on or does it rub off on your clothes?  If you feel like either of these things applies to you, then you probably have too much makeup on.

The color of your eyeliner can determine if it looks like you’re wearing too much makeup.  If you have blonde hair and wear black liquid eyeliner on top and underneath your eyes, it might be too much black to highlight your skin.  If you do prefer to wear black liquid eyeliner, make sure that you apply it in a thin line, close to the roots of your lashes.  The thicker your eyeliner is, and the further away it gets from your eyelash roots, the more likely it will appear that you have too much makeup on.

4) Are you wearing every single makeup product that is available? When wearing makeup, it is a good thing to keep in mind that you don’t have to wear every single makeup product that is on the store shelf.  Generally, someone who wears foundation, concealer, powder, blush, mascara, eye liner, a few shades of eye shadow, lip liner, and lipstick is probably wearing too much makeup!  Remember, you don’t have to wear every single makeup product that’s out there.  For example, you might have naturally rosy cheeks and not need to wear blush!  Or, you might have very even skin tones and not need to wear foundation at all!  If you have relatively dry skin, there is not a reason to wear powder, because it’s really geared to help get rid of shiny faces.  Remember, always strive to have a natural appearance, and your makeup will look great!

Evening out skin tone without looking caked-faced

There are a lot of things that you can do to even out your skin tone without looking caked-faced from wearing too much makeup.  In fact, there are some things that you can do in your skin care before resorting to powder makeup and liquid foundation!  One of the best things to do to even out your skin tone is to exfoliate your skin regularly and to daily wash your face.  Usually normal skin conditions require a person to exfoliate 1-2 times a week.  You should wash your face at twice a day – once in the morning, and once at night.  These basic steps will help to even out your skin tone naturally.
In regards to makeup, there are a couple of different options that you can do to make sure that you don’t end up looking caked-faced.  If you feel like you’re looking to fake and “caked-on” with liquid moisturizer, try a different option.  Tinted moisturizers are a great alternative, because they aren’t as thick and messy as liquid foundation.  They are geared to blend into your face better than foundation.
Another thing that you can do to have a more natural skin tone appearance is to make sure that you have the foundation color that is right for you.  Often people can appear caked-faced because they aren’t quite using the right color to match their skin.  One way you can tell your makeup shade is right for you is if it matches the color of the skin on the inside of your wrist.  Dab a little bit of foundation there and rub it in.  Does the color blend in well?
You can also even out your skin tone without looking caked-faced by only adding your foundation or tinted moisturizer in certain spots on your face.  You can also buy different kinds of cream concealers that are made for these kinds of “spot treatments.”  Usually “problem spots” on the face that need evening-out are the nose, chin, and dark circles under the eyes.  First try adding makeup only to these problem spots, and see if that helps your skin tone.  If you have lots of red spots on your skin, you might want to look into getting a yellow concealer, which is sometimes called a corrector concealer.  The yellow in these tones even out the red color to give you a natural, even look that isn’t caked faced.  If you have dark circles under your eyes, you could look into getting a green concealer, which focuses on neutralizing the dark color for a more natural appearance.
Sometimes these spot treatments are the best way to avoid looking caked-faced, especially because you often avoid putting lots of makeup on your cheeks and forehead.
Because your cheeks and forehead cover such a large part of the face, they often are the biggest clues if someone has too much makeup on, and it’s best to avoid as much makeup in these areas as possible.  If you feel like you do need to add makeup to your forehead and cheeks, be especially sure that you blend in everything properly in these areas.  If things aren’t blended in all the way, or they aren’t the right shade for your face, you will probably get a line of makeup along your jaw line or at your hairline.  This often makes a person look unnatural and caked-faced.
Another type of makeup that can help you to not look caked-faced is powder.  Usually loose powders give a more natural appearance than compact powders, but both can do the trick if you are careful in their application.  Just make sure that you don’t put too much powder on your face and that the powder color is right for your skin.
These tips are general suggestions for people to even out their skin tone and avoid looking caked-faced.  However, all skin types are different.  If these tips and ideas for evening out your skin tone still don’t help, you might need to consult with your dermatologist or a beautician for further suggestions.