How to Care for Your Makeup Tools

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Are you looking to turn up your makeup with total glam? Are you the kind of woman who uses heavy makeup or do you prefer a lightly made up face? There are many variations that you can work with such as smoky eyes, liquid eyeliner, glowing blush and popping lipstick. You can also opt for the natural shades or hue colors. However, for any makeup that you are going to apply, you need the proper tools.

Your makeup bag MUST have a good applicator brush so that you can accurately apply your make up. In addition, it must be of the highest quality. Choose a brush with natural fibers and cuticle that will help you to grab the pigments on the bristles. When your make up tools are high in quality, it stands a better chance of lasting you for a longer time as long as you maintain it properly.

Below are several tips to finding the right makeup tools and how you should maintain them:

The first step is to select the right set of brushes for applying makeup.

Choosing the right set of makeup brushes – don’t just focus on how the set of brushes look. What you are looking for is sturdy, durable and something that can get the job done more efficiently.

Focus on the four most important brushes – there are four specific brushes that are a must-have and these are:

  • Eye shadow approximately the dimensions of your fingertip
  • Small brush used to blend and smudge
  • Oversized powder brush
  • Small fluffy brush to use as a bronzer

You also need a highlighter as well as a blush. These can be easily stowed in your purse while you are on the go. Beyond these four makeup tools, you can elect to add specified brushes for concealer application. For your concealer brushes, you should have a one and a half inch applicator to freshen up areas under the eyes. Additionally, you’ll want a tiny, pointed brush to conceal blemishes. For subtle and complete coverage, you should consider using a makeup sponge.

Taking care of your brushes

Don’t wait to rinse your lighter toned brushes; especially when you apply bright colors. Do it as soon as you use it because this will help to prevent it from staining. Clean your brushes on a regular basis. This will eliminate any bacteria or buildup of product material. Use an alcohol-based cleaner because they will dry faster. Read the cleaning instructions before using.

Another way to clean your brushes is to add mild shampoo to some warm water and wash. However, this option requires drying time of about eight hours. For brushes that are heavily stained and dirty, you may want to use cleansing oil.

When your brushes are washed or cleaned, you need to reshape them so that they are ready to be used. Make sure the brush is damp with either water or alcohol; after which you would use your fingertips to mold each of them back to their correct shapes. Lay the brushes on a clean towel to dry. Make sure that they are laid flat. Water will be prevented from seeping into the handles of the brush.

Don’t dry your makeup brushes directly in sunlight and never use a blow dryer. These will damage your brushes over time. When time is not in your favor, using alcohol to clean your brushes is the ideal choice.

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5 Top Foundations

I bet you are not aware that accurately blended foundation with the right color can take away years from your looks. Why, you may ask? Well, when your skin tone is uneven, it adds years to your skin. So choosing the best foundation to cover those uneven spots is essential to a younger look. Be sure to select a foundation that matches your skin tone. Try the foundation before you purchase it. If you are buying a liquid foundation, you should first rub some on your cheek and if it disappears, then you have the correct shade. Here are the top five foundations that you can start with.

 

1338885_fpxEste Lauder Double Wear

Women who have oily skin can find it hard to buy the right foundation that makes them look good. If you have oily skin, you may have trouble with enlarged pores. You may also notice that your makeup may appear darker as the day progresses. Why? Well, the makeup will mix with the oil on your skin to make it dark. Lucky for you, there are options for oily skin.

So, what is the perfect foundation for your oily skin? Este Lauder Double Wear will do the job. It is a quality foundation that provides a solid defense against oily skin. Your facial appearance will greatly improve. Women with oily skin will have issues with acne. This foundation will even out your skin and hide the acne or any other imperfections.

 

MCPT18Mac Mineralized Cream
One of the prominent cosmetic brands in the United States is Mac Cosmetics. Even though their products are a little pricey, it is worth the investment.  The company has a wide range of products to suit a variety of skin tones. Most of their foundations have SPF protection. This is an additional plus to achieving healthy skin. Mac Mineralized Cream is one of my preferred items. It is handy because you can take it along with you wherever you go and it is liquid based.

The application process is easy and it is highly recommended for women with dry skin. The company also went as far as to incorporate antioxidants and Vitamin E into their products to revitalize your skin cells and give you a younger look.

 

E2LE_mBobbi Brown Foundation

Bobbi Brown Foundation has attracted many women. This product was designed to enhance the female skin and give it a more natural color. In the November 2004 issue of Health Magazine, Bobbi Brown won the Best New Foundation with its tint moisturizer, which is a rich formula that is perfect for women with very dry skin. The product is easily blended into the skin for light coverage. It also provides deep moisturizing to the skin for reducing fine lines.

 

 

Porcelain_IvoryLaura Mercier

Laura Mercier offers a liquid foundation that is water based, but extraordinarily creamy for a smoother finish. It is not oil based and yet the skin coverage is great. The colors match your skin fairly well. To apply, you would use a sponge and you decide how much coverage you need by how much of it you apply.

 

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All of Chanel’s makeup products are of the highest quality and great for women with hypersensitive skin types. Chanel has always provided the best quality products for females of all ages to improve and nourish the skin. Chanel makeup focuses on a biological look for a variety of skin tones. Once you buy a Chanel product, you will possibly want the complete makeup line.

 

Conclusion

I couldn’t go without mentioning Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. It is one of my talked-about foundations. It provides excellent coverage and it feels like you have nothing on your face because it is so lightweight and the application process is so simple. The best way to apply this is with your fingers. If you have dry skin, do put on a moisturizer first. This foundation will last all day and you will not have an acne breakout with this product. It also comes in ten shades.

Adapting to today’s fashion trends despite your age

Ok, so you are getting older and you still love to look chic and stylish! What else is new? You are not alone and you don’t have to feel guilty about making your own fashion statement. You don’t have to answer to anyone, but yourself. Do what pleases you, but don’t go overboard. Since you know who you are, no one can decide exactly what you should wear. However, in this article, I am going to give you little tidbits that have worked for many people over the age of forty.

Most women love clothing and love to be a part of the new fashion trends. However, not all fashion trends are meant for the younger or older crowd. You have to pick what works with your body type, appearance, height, complexion, and personal taste. You could be over forty and still be passed for a younger person. You could probably get away with dressing younger. But it all depends on how you feel about it.

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If you look younger than your age, you could probably pull off wearing thigh high boots and reasonably short dresses. This can be done without looking inappropriate. However, before you consider those thigh high boots, here are some things to consider:

  • Wear with slim fitting jeans
  • Wear black opaque tights
  • Put on some sheer pantyhose

Don’t buy thigh high boots made of patent leather. Choose a matte-looking material like suede. It will give you a mature look that is appealing and stylish. Forget about the complex shoe details. Choose styles that are simple.

Things to consider

If you want to dress age appropriate and still look confident and alluring, here some things to consider:

  • Dress feminine and leave the cute look to the younger women. This means you won’t dress in tier clothing or too much frills. Instead, choose an appealing wrap neckline, tailored suits, long statement earrings, the all black look, leopard prints and leather.
  • Wear fitted clothing, but not too tight. Get your right fit. This means you should know the measurements of your body before you go shopping.

There are some timeless items that are still in your wardrobe to wear. Your silk scarves and double-breasted jackets are never going to be unfashionable; no matter what age you get to.

Simplify your wardrobe

Simplicity is usually the key to looking fabulous and yet trendy. You don’t have to resort to the more expensive look. Clothing that you see on the red carpet worn by celebrities can be yours at a fraction of the cost. Go to designer stores and take a peek in their ‘look books.’ You will get plenty of ideas there for someone your age.

olderfashionTry to wear colors that complement your skin tone and tones down your outfit such as burgundy, camel and bottle green. Remember, when you were in your thirties, you used to go for the bright colors to spruce up your wardrobe for a much youthful look. After forty, you would take it down a notch.

Do you see yourself in an olive green top, camel skirt coupled with a burgundy blazer? That is truly chic, sophisticated and smart. What you did was to inject just a little color into your outfit to help bring out your personality. The outfit is simple, but will spark up some conversation on your way to the office or out to dinner.

Matching your hairstyle with your wardrobe

Your wardrobe should also match your hairstyle.  Older women will wear a shorter hairdo even if they have to cut their long tresses. It gives you a more classy and stylish look. Watch what your favorite celebrities in your age group are wearing. They are not always right, but close to it. You can emulate their hairdos or something similar as well as some of their fashion statements.

OMG – your lips are NAKED!

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Nude lips are the beauty style statement of our time. They’ve officially transcended from a trend into a new classic. Originally applied to downplay the rest of the face when a dramatic smoky eye, lengthy lashes or a major blush moment took center stage, they’ve now officially stolen the spotlight. And believe the hype: Whether you’re fair and blond like Charlize Theron or have a medium complexion like Jessica Alba, they really are universally flattering!

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