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How To Apply Concealer

There are actually proper techniques in applying these products so that they can really accomplish the job of making you look great. Check out the following tips.

For those who want to know how to apply concealer properly, professional make-up artists nowadays are united in endorsing the triangle method for under the eyes. Not only will this diminish those dark under-eye circles, but this will also highlight the cheeks to create a more natural look. A lot of women usually do their concealer in a half moon shape, and that just really makes the concealer look like bright under-eye patches. Instead, you should blend the concealer either using your ring fingers or a damp sponge, and then dab it with generous amounts of translucent powder.

Let the concealer and powder “bake” for 5 to 10 minutes if you want the brightness to last so much longer. After that baking time, with a soft fluffy or fan brush, gently brush away excess powder.

If you’re concealing a pimple, use a color corrector first if it’s quite red. Green concealer is the perfect base; dab it on using a small concealer brush, or even just a Q-tip, then let the color sit there for a bit before using a concealer that closely matches your skin tone. Make sure to blend the concealer around the blemish so it doesn’t look like a patch, and then set it with a good setting or finishing powder.

When it comes to applying mascara, make sure your wand does not have extra goop. To prevent goopy lashes, some pro makeup artists recommend dabbing the tip of the wand on a facial tissue to get rid of extra product before finally applying mascara in a zigzag motion through your lashes. The zigzag motion will help separate the lashes for a fuller look and it will also target those little corner lashes. You can also use those lash guards that will cover your lids. Or, if you don’t want another product cluttering your vanity table, just use an old business card to cover that lid as you apply mascara.

Foundation and Concealer

We can therefore not afford to neglect our looks. An important tool to enhancing our beauty is makeup. Makeup will enhance our strengths and will also cover those embarrassing blemishes we don’t want seen in public. However, incorrectly applied make up can lead to embarrassment. It is therefore wise to learn the correct way of applying makeup. The following beauty tips explain the process of applying the foundation and concealer.

Beauty tip number one is that when you decide to apply makeup, you must first carry out a thorough analysis of your skin to determine whether you have oily skin, dry skin or normal skin. Examination of the skin will also determine the skin tone, eye color and other parameters relevant in the choice of cosmetics. A makeup artist at your cosmetic store should be able to assist you in assessing your skin so that you may select suitable products for your skin, from among the many cosmetics available. Armed with the right products, you will now be ready to advance to the next step, which is the actual application of makeup.

Beauty tip number two is that before you apply any makeup, you must first wash your face and your hands. This gets rid of dirt and bacteria which may have accumulated on the skin. You can then apply a thin layer of moisturizer and allow it to soak into the skin for a while. The moisturizer will help make your face smoother. Afterwards, rinse in warm water and pat the face dry with a towel. Make sure your towel is always clean. A dirty towel is likely to spread bacteria on your skin leading to skin problems like pimples, especially if you have an oily skin. If you wish, you may apply a primer; this improves the texture of the skin making the foundation last longer. They are available in most cosmetic shops.

The next stage is to apply the foundation. You must select a foundation which matches your skin color. When you blend the foundation, it should melt into the natural skin color without leaving any noticeable trace. Most foundations have orange or pink based colors. However, a yellow based foundation has been proved to be most appropriate for all skin colors. Test the foundation on the jaw line or on the fore head to ensure that it matches the skin. The foundation should then be applied on the face using a brush with light downward strokes. The finger tips or a sponge are equally efficient, especially when you want some concentrated attention on a particular spot.

The foundation should be applied to cover the whole face, from the hairline down into the neck. If the foundation is not blended into the skin of the neck, you may end up looking as if you are wearing a mask. Open the mouth when applying the foundation to expose the jaw line, so that you can properly blend the foundation and make it invisible.

The foundation can also be applied when wet. In this case, mix some foundation with water or moisturizer and apply using a brush. A sponge or puff may also be used with light downward strokes. The foundation will dry into a fine even powder. Apply the foundation around the eye area but do not apply any over the upper eyelids. Set the foundation with loose reflecting powder using a large powder brush immediately after the application.

You may probably wish to apply both a foundation and a concealer. A concealer is also known as a color corrector. It is similar to a foundation but it is much thicker and is used to cover pimples, dark circles around the eyes, spots and other prominent embarrassing blemishes on the face. The purpose of the concealer is to make the skin color more even. It serves a similar purpose as the foundation. The point to note is that a concealer has more color or pigmentation and is used to cover particular prominent areas or blemishes, while a foundation may be used to cover a wider area of skin.

Concealers come in different shades. Some have shades which match the color of the skin while others have sharply contrasting colors meant to camouflage particular blemishes. A light colored or white concealer may be used to cover dark spots, while dark colored concealer may be used on a lighter skin patch. Selecting the right concealer can be quite a dilemma. Which shade is the best to go for? For most women (and men), yellow based concealers, like yellow based foundations, are the most suitable. You must however decide what it is that you want to use the concealer for. Because of the sheer difficulty of ascertaining the right shade, you need to seek the assistance of the make up artist at the cosmetic shop. You must try out the concealer to ensure it is just right before you purchase it.

Concealers are packaged in different forms. They may be liquid, semi solid, pencil or felt tip. Which ever the choice you make, the concealer should be applied carefully in thin layers, which can then be built upon until the blemish is fully concealed. When using both a concealer and a foundation; which should come first? This question is quite tricky. When you apply the foundation first, you will realize you may not need much concealer. On the other hand, if you apply your concealer first, you may not need as much foundation. Also since some concealers contrast sharply with the skin color, they must be applied before the foundation. All in all, it is up to you to decide what works best for you.

When applying the concealer, apply small amounts on the blemish and then using the pad of your middle finger, tap it in or press it in using a rolling motion. Never rub it in. Make sure the concealer has blended in properly and is not obvious. After this, dust fine, loose powder using a fluffy brush to set it in.

A concealer and foundation are very important items on your dressing table. They play a very important role in enhancing beauty. They strengthen appeal and also disguise those blemishes which otherwise ruin the flawlessness of your complexion. Remember that beauty is mostly perceived with the eyes. The skin is the first part of your body that anyone looking at you sees. You must therefore ensure that you pay attention to it. The foundation and the concealer are the foundation to your beauty. Learn to use them.

Evening Primrose Oil

For some choosing to put manmade chemicals in their bodies is not an option. What is complimentary medicine? It is a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as homeopathy and acupuncture.

In some cases traditional medicines and alternative therapies are used in conjunction with each other. For example a cancer sufferer maybe treated with chemotherapy but receive acupuncture or take essential oils to help ease the pain associated with their treatment.

Natural medicines can have many benefits and treatments such as herbalism dates back thousands of years and in certain parts of the world they are still used as everyday medicines.

The most common alternative medicines are essential oils. They can be found in many forms and if you walk into any health food shop you will see the shelves stacked with all the different types of natural medicines you can buy.

For example; Evening primrose oil is a new essential medicine to grace the shelves of our medicine cabinets. It’s a wonder natural medicine that is now widely used to treat a range of different ailments in men, women and children. It has been used in chinese medicine for thousands of years.

Evening primrose is a beautiful vibrant yellow wildflower that grows throughout the United States. It is extracted through cold pressing the seeds harvested from the flowers and drawing out the raw oil.

Evening primrose oil is packed full of amazing health benefits. It has been proven to have an impact on hormone health, skin, hair and bone health. It’s full of essential fatty acids, which are necessary for overall general health, but as the body cannot make them you usually absorb through food. It’s particularly high in omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids, both of which play a role in brain health as well as growth and development.

Fish oil is usually the ‘go to’ for the omega fatty acids, but if you do not eat fish or like the taste of the tablets, evening primrose oil is a good alternative.

Evening primrose has been widely recognised in treating hormone health and many women now take it to treat PMS symptoms and for encouraging good hormone health, especially important if you are trying to conceive. Due to its benefits on hormones, it can also help with acne. As it helps balance the hormones it can be really helpful in treating acne associated with hormonal imbalance.

The university of Maryland carried out research that proved it can also be beneficial for hair loss, when people massaged the oil into their hair, over time they noticed a significant rate of hair regrowth. If you suffer from alopecia this could be a very exciting find for you.

Due to the fact evening primrose is packed full of omega fatty acids, the benefit it can have on overall skin health is impressive. It is often used to treat serious cases of eczema.

Benefits of Eyebrow Threading

Some of the main benefits are

  • Unlike plucking, in this process, the hair takes much longer to grow back. The hair is uprooted from root to tips which ensure that the hair doesn’t grow back again for at least a couple of weeks.
  • This process does not leave any spot marks. Due the fact that the hair is uprooted completely the areas remain clean and neat. All you can see is the skin
  • In the case of plucking or waxing, hair re-growth is often uneven. Some people complain that their eyebrows have come out thicker and fuller which can really deteriorate one’s look. But in threading, hair grows evenly and gradually.
  • It’s convenient to do. Unlike waxing, you don’t need to do much preparation in this process. All you need is a thread and an expert professional.

Trying it for the first time

Yes, it’s true that trying this process for the first time can be a little painful, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. Before and after the process, just put a layer of lotion or cream over the area. As the pores remain wide open for quite some time, it is not advised to wash the area immediately.

Considering the fact that most women are conscious about how they look, it’s normal for them to splurge high on their makeup. Any kind of cosmetology therapy is available at most salons and parlours. All you need to do is find a salon which you find suitable. Be careful here as doing any kind of beauty therapy in an unknown salon can be a risk; you don’t want that for your face.

Fairness Creams

Whenever I go to market, a moisturizer and a sunscreen lotion is a must pick for me. I don’t use fairness lotions, but a lot of people have a perception that fairness creams help them to enhance their complexion and offer them radiant and trouble-free skin.

Though, I do not hesitate to do research on my behalf and have explored a few facts about the fairness creams available on the market.

  • If you are not aware, let me tell you that most of the fairness creams contain bleaching agents. If the content of the bleaching agents present in these creams exceeds the level considered as safe, it may leave a harmful effect on the skin over time. Also, the long-term usage of these creams may pose serious health issues. In rare cases, it may cause skin cancer too.
  • None of the fairness creams can change the actual complexion of a person. All of these creams provides temporary results so that the user gets addicted to the product.
  • Many creams contain harmful ingredients like mercury that may cause abdominal pain, increased thirst, constipation and other skin problems. In many instances, it may result in severe allergies.

The manufacturers of these beauty products claim that they use anti-aging ingredients and sun protection formula in the manufacturing process of these products that is quite safe on the epidermis.

I feel that there is no harm in using any of the fairness cream if it contains ingredients that are safe on skin. The best alternative would be to opt for some natural formula that ensures fair, radiant, and youthful skin. It’s better to consider using an Ayurvedic cream or a lotion known for providing clean and clear skin.

We can always think of giving a try to home-made beauty recipes. Ingredients like turmeric, sandalwood, coconut water, saffron, gram flour and honey are known as the natural skin cleansers and moisturizers. These elements can also enhance the complexion of a person if applied on the skin regularly.

About Homemade Face Wash

Some things I have learned to create instead of buying is my Laundry soap, cleaner, and much more. Today I thought I would give a run down on a new face wash I have been trying.

After a lot of research and constant repining on Pinterest, I think I have come up with a pretty simple technique, I have gotten it down to between two to four products! One of the main ingredients I use is Coconut Oil, I do have oily skin so I was pretty hesitant on using it. You would think that when you have oily skin, you NEVER want to use oil on your skin. But, it actually has helped counter act the oil my body makes, so that my skin is really soft and not oily throughout the day.

Second ingredient is Honey! Honey has many anti-bacterial traits and is good for treating acne. If you’re like me, you have tons of break outs and scars, and just when you think you finally have clear skin again, you have a totally new break out ALL OVER your face. My skin is really sensitive and if I even touch my face once, I have a break out.

A third ingredient you can use is pretty much any type of Essential Oil. Tea Tree is really good for spot treatments, as well as Rosemary. The oil I like to use is Lavender, not only because Lavender also is great for treating new or old break outs, but because when I use it at night it puts me in a great relaxed state after using it.

The last ingredient that I use is great for exfoliating your skin, nut. I don’t recommend putting it in your cleanser every day because exfoliating your skin is taking layers of skin off your face and isn’t always good to do every night. The last ingredient is Oatmeal! Most people take the oatmeal and ground it so its finer, but I just use it how it is because I feel like I get the best clean that way.

Using your wash. Most days throughout the week I will use my wash with just Coconut Oil and Honey, I’ll put the Lavender in after a long day. I massage it onto my face for a few minutes, then I will take a washcloth under the hottest water I can handle, ring it out, and hold it on my face to open and warm everything up. I massage my face with the washcloth as well to get the oil off and then that’s it! The process is the same with the Oatmeal, I just use that about three times a week to help get rid of dead skin.

Stop Having Oily Skin

In these cases, the intervention of a psychologist is necessary to deal comprehensively with the problem, since it is not only a physical issue that a dermatologist should be responsible for, but also an emotional one. Having acne involves many conflicts with self-esteem, safety, self-acceptance, bullying and other situations whose consequences are serious and, in some cases, extreme, such as suicide.

But not all is lost; Fortunately, there are some beauty tricks to avoid acne and its consequences. These are simple to follow and besides making you look better, they will give health and cleanliness to your skin, which translates into a person who looks good and, therefore, feels good.

  • Hydrate your skin
    We might think that having a greasy complexion is not convenient for a moisturizer, but that is a serious mistake. We must keep the pores hydrated with a special cream for your skin type and without artificial or extra fat. The free oil creams are the ideal ones, since in addition to hydrating, they refresh.
  • Use sunscreen
    This product will not only prevent grease from becoming present, but it will also avoid stains and delay the aging of the skin. The sun tends to “take advantage” of oily skin to leave its mark when burned too much.
  • Exfoliate your skin
    There are natural products that do not irritate the dermis; In the same way, there are chemical products that help to keep the pores closed and with the proper humidification. Exfoliate the face helps to remove impurities and dirt residues that accumulate; It is advisable to do it at least once and maximum three a week.
  • Use makeup oil free
    In fact, if you can go through life without a foundation, much better, but if you choose to use it, it is best that you look for a specific oil-free product for oily skin. These visibly controls the production of facial fat and maintains a matte effect much of the day. If during the day you notice that the grease appears, do not retouch with more makeup; With a handkerchief, gently remove the shine or use translucent powders to tint and seal the makeup.
  • Drink water
    Try to keep your body hydrated. Do not stop drinking water throughout the day, because when the body has enough fluid, the fat that the skin produces secretes a natural glow, not an excess of it.
  • Wash your face with neutral soap
    Do not use the same soap with which you wash your body. Buy a special one for acne and shine or choose any neutral bar; These are free of oil, perfumes and dyes, which irritate and cause grease and shine to appear. Dry with a special towel.
  • Change the pillowcases
    Do it at least every week and try to make them cotton. You will prevent the bacteria from staying in one place for a long time and reproducing. You will give a break to the face and you will avoid acne.
  • Do not touch your face all day
    Avoid, as far as possible, touching your face. If you are going to do it, try to wash your hands before. Sometimes it is very easy to remove the excess fat with your palms or fingers, but doing it that way will only cause the bacteria to spread on your face.

Handmade Soap

Handmade soap is great to me and seems to be better for my skin overall. I have heard from many others that purchase soap from me and they love it as well. The benefits of using handmade soap is better than store bought soaps for many reasons. The main reason being all of the chemicals and additives used in store bought soaps. Handmade soaps do not contain all of the harsh chemicals in them that other soaps do. My base recipe includes olive oil, but you can incorporate many different types of oils including coconut oil, or grapeseed oil, and more – just to name a few. I usually use a mix of oils to make my complete mixture for the soaps I make. Using a mixture of different oils along with some other items can give the best results.

People often ask me if you can make soap without lye. The short answer to this is yes, you can. You can make lye-free soap from a pre-mixture you can buy at your local hobby store or arts and crafts store that is called melt and pour. This simple method of soap making is easy for anyone to get into at home and can be fun for the whole family. This is the easiest way to get started making soap. If you want to make real homemade soaps then you will need to get the proper materials and equipment for doing so, and find good recipes from respectful resources online to get started.

Using Melt and Pour: Purchase melt and pour at your local hobby store. Using molds of almost any kind you can heat the melt and pour soap in the microwave and pour into the molds. Allow the soap to harden – using the freezer can speed this process up. Remove your soap from the molds and enjoy your soap!

There are many variations you can do with melt and pour soap including scents and colors and shapes and sizes. Your imagination is the limit.

Making Handmade Soap From Lye: Make sure you have all the proper equipment to make this type of soap. Find some reputable places online with good recipes. Pick a recipe you want to use and make sure you have all the ingredients available. Measure out all of your ingredients and follow the proper procedure making sure you wear protective gear since you are working with lye.

There are many resources online for making handmade soap, the equipment needed and so on. I started for about $150.00 with everything to make my first few batches of soap, and I grew from there. I know have hundreds of essential oils for scents, and many different types and sizes of soap molds that I can work with to make a lot of different types of soap.

Homemade soap can be a really good hobby – as I found out starting that all of my friends and family were interested and now purchase soap from me on a regular basis.

Maintain Virgin Hair

Virgin hair is donated by a living individual person that is not chemically processed, styled or coloured so that they possess the natural qualities and feel 100% natural with your own hair. They are often straight as they are not permed before use. In simple words, they are exactly the same which was on the donor’s head.

These are often harvested from young women with long, full healthy hair, which will be clear of greys, split ends and other damages. They are usually collected in ponytails so that their cuticle remain healthy and already show shiny, soft texture. Virgin hair is the highest quality hair extension option available in the market.

When saying chemically untouched or not at all permed, it is meant the same before collecting the hair from the donor as well. Even prior to donation, the hair should be not styled, relaxed or not exposed to any type of hair treatments. These types often show an undamaged cuticle, which in turn results in the softer and natural texture of the hair extension or replacement.

Cuticles are the vital part in your hair. Once they are damaged, it may cause serious problems like tangling, dryness, frizziness, to the hair, whether your own or the extension you use. So it is important to maintain them or to choose the best quality product. Cuticles may be replaced by silicone, but they fade away quickly.

Once used by the accepter, these extensions can be an easy styling component as they are too soft and easily manageable when used with appropriate products. If you want to maintain your hair’s natural quality as such, just follow some basic habits while styling occasionally.

Instead of using chemical permanent dyes or colours, you can use temporary and conditioning dyes. These temporary ones can affect your hair less harshly than those permanent dyes and help to retain the natural quality. However, to get lighter shades of hair temporary hair dyes are not advisable as they need to be bleached.

Also, to get curly and permed hair, adopt natural or less wary methods that don’t affect the hair very much. For example, to get curls, instead of permanent methods or harsh heating equipment, use temporary methods. Just braid or twirl your damp hair and pin it for a night to get temporary curls without damaging the natural beauty.

Wrinkles Above Lips

You need to simply prevent it with a good treatment to protect the lips from further lines on lips. Choose a lip balm or Vaseline to protect your lips from wrinkles. This balm must contain element to protect the lips from sun and treat the area with it.

Here are some tips that will help you to get rid of wrinkles around the lips and make it more beautiful:

  • Get a good moisturizer and night cream from the market that will help to protect the lips from wrinkles. You must apply it daily and will definitely get result within two weeks.
  • Drink plenty of water in a day. Intake 8-10 glasses of water in a day is must to make your lips moist and smooth, as dehydration is the only reason for the wrinkles.
  • Smokers have very deep wrinkles around the lips. You must eliminate smoking from your daily routine as the chemical added in it create the lines on your lips.
  • Collagen is very effective to apply on lips. This will help you to prevent the dead skin over the lips and make it smoother.
  • Avoid facial expressions such as squinting or smiling. This causes the fine lines and wrinkles over the time.
  • Remove the dead skin from your lips. All you need to do is rub your lips twice in a day that make your lip smoother and free from wrinkles.
  • You can even take injections to treat the lip wrinkles. But you must take an advice from doctor before you medicate this problem.