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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Fashion Colorful Makeup

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Are you aware that when you enter a room, you are sized up in only a few seconds? This means, you have to be at your best fashion colorful behavior. Color is a huge part of what presents a ‘good first impression.’ Having the right makeup colors will enhance your youth, make you feel confident and accentuate your most natural beauty. If you have the wrong colors, it can make you appear tired, drained and aged.

When it comes to selecting makeup colors, a lot of women have absolutely no clue. Some women wear their colors based upon their instinct. Other women just go with the current trend in fashion. And still, there are others who wear colors that friends recommend. This will result in erroneous choices, money wasted and a ‘not so’ flattering look. However, you don’t have to guess when it comes to colors and neither do you have to be an expert.

Go to your retail stores and you will see a variety of colors to choose from, but make sure you have a fashionista with you.  Just kidding! We are going to give you some excellent tips here to get you started.

 

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Personalizing your color

To personalize and customize your colors, we will use the seasons to give you a clearer vision when it comes to eye, hair and skin tone. For the season lingo, you will know whether you are warm or cool; light or deep.

Warm or Cool

Warm colors exemplify earth tones, brown or gold shades. Cool colors symbolize gray, white, black, deep blue, turquoise or blue greens. It is possible for any woman to wear any color, but the variance is in the shade.

Beyond a doubt, the most significant representative to determine if you are warm or cool is the color of your hair.  If you are unable to determine your precise eye color or skin tone, then your hair color will offer the next best solution because it frames your face.

Light or Deep

Now that you know whether your color is warm or cool, you need to determine if it is light or deep. Again, your skin tone, color of hair and eyes will be the primary determining factor to decide if you are light or deep. If your eyes are light blue or light green, your color would be lighter. If your eyes are brown or black, then you are to choose deeper colors. If you are deep, then you will select a tan makeup color to match your skin tone.

Conclusion

On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your skin tone, eye and hair color – with 1 being lighter and 10 being deeper? You would choose a deep ebony color for a 10 and a paler color for a 1. For example, most people from the Middle East have deep skin tones and dark eyes. So they would choose a deep color. Conversely, most Europeans have hair that is blonde and lighter eyes, so they would choose lighter colors. So if you fall into the category of deep, you would be between a 5 and higher. If you fall into the category of light, you would be between 1 and 4.

Congratulations! You now can determine the right makeup color for your skin tone.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

Beauty tips for Bedtime

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Ladies – you should always follow the proper beauty routine at bedtime. Why? It helps to maintain your beauty and youthful appearance for years to come. It makes you feel good, look good and gives you the confidence you need. Your life as a woman can be hectic and sometimes, you may be too busy to even think about pampering yourselves, but believe me, it is necessary; not only for beauty’s sake, but for your overall health, hygiene and self-esteem. You will feel more attractive and innately feminine.

The benefits

The benefits outweigh the time you have to devote to this little ritual each day and night. The best products will get the best results. Remember, that exposure to the sun, sweat and other air pollutants during the day time can damage your skin. At night, your skin will be able to absorb the application of excellent skin products without interference from the outdoor influences. The pores in your skin need the essential beauty crèmes and moisturizers to be rejuvenated and repaired.

In addition, those products that will make your skin look oily and sticky during the day time can be applied on your skin at night. There are more benefits than disadvantages in enhancing and improving your skin before bedtime as long as you use hypoallergenic and natural products. It is recommended that you use FDA approved products.

Here are some really good tips to follow:

  • Never, never, never go to bed with makeup on
  • To get that youthful and fresh appearance, use skin moisturize before you retire for the night
  • Use a sweet-scented lotion to soothe you mentally before bedtime
  • Use a wide toothed comb on your hair to increase blood circulation on your scalp

The wisdom in taking off your makeup

Makeup might not take long to apply during the mornings, but after you have had a long day at the office and come home tired, it might seem like quite a task to get that lipstick, cream, powder, foundation, eyeliner and eye shadow off before crawling into bed exhausted. Forget the excuses. It will be worth it!

The reasons:

  • Leaving makeup on overnight will result in skin breakouts, blemishes or acne
  • Dirt and bacteria from the environment will clog your pores and damage your skin
  • Your skin won’t be able to breathe well with makeup left on. It creates a barrier between the air and your epidermis
  • Your skin will age faster as a result of not removing makeup with a facial cleanser and then applying a moisturizer or anti-aging crème
  • You will have supple, youthful and soft skin if you carry out your bedtime beauty habit

Other tips

It is preferred that you sleep on satin sheets and pillow cases. Why? This helps you to avoid any extreme friction between the sheets, your hair and skin. It reduces the chances of hair breakage and skin creases that may result in future wrinkles. Apply a lip balm at night as well. This protects your lips, keeps it soft and prevents it from stripping.

Your skin, hair and face are not to be taken for granted. You only have several years to take care of it right before the aging process begins. Why do you think some people age gracefully? It is because they did a good job while they were younger. The time is now and it is never too late at all!

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