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There's a lot of debate on which should come first. Many would say the foundation should come first. I say whatever works for YOU! When I'm doing full coverage, I preferably put my concealer on first. Why? Because I'm using a powdered concealer. For my foundation I use a creamy foundation. When I apply my concealer (under eye dark circles) I always use my finger when applying and blending to warm it up. This will take away the harshness of the concealer. Then I apply a creamy foundation over it. After my foundation is applied I then go back and apply a liquid concealer (in a shade lighter than my foundation) under my eyes to make them "pop" or highlight that area. So my lovely ladies you have to take in consideration the types of products you're using. But ultimately you do what works for you!
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Concealer is used to well; conceal the imperfections on your face. May it be dark circles, broken veins, black heads or skin discoloration. Concealers today being creamy and soft, they gently glide on the surface of the skin giving you a natural and flawless appearance.
There are different colors of concealer, just simply think of the color wheel. To cancel out a color use the opposite color on the color wheel. Green covers the red areas of your skin, such as pimples or rosacea. Purple works the best on yellow or discolored areas such as pigmentation marks . Blue concealer counteracts and neutralizes orange tones in the skin caused by tanning. And Yellow concealer can be used to conceal bluish bruises, darks circles and bags. Just a little FYI if you have oily skin use a gel based or water based concealer and for dry skin a creamy concealer works best.
CONCEALER COLOR WHEEL
COLORS OPPOSITE PRIMARY COLORS
I believe plucking and shaping the eyebrows can really transform a person's face. Many women pluck their eyebrows with tweezers and some may wax them. Others may even do the newly popular thing and that's "threading" them. If you have wild, stray or bushy hairs growing from your brows, I say, PLUCK them! You can also trim your eyebrows by brushing them up and trimming them and brushing them down to trim them. For more information on how to pluck your eyebrow.
Look straight into the mirror. Hold a pencil vertically against one nostril. See where the pencil meets your brow? That's where your brow should start. Tweeze in the middle between there and the other brow.
Next, pluck only from beneath the brow and remove any obvious stray hairs.
To get the right arch, angle the pencil to the outer side of your pupil, with the eraser end at the side of your nostril, and the top just past the middle of your eye. The spot where the pencil hits the brow is where the top of the arch should be, about three-quarters of the way out. Create a line that tapers upwards to this point. Repeat on the other side.
Next, angle the pencil so it aligns with the outer corner of the eye. Where it hits the brow is where the eyebrow should end. At this point, it should taper slightly down.
Now, use your Brow& Eyemakers Pencil with very light, feathery strokes to fill in gaps along the entire brown line.
What looks good on one woman may not look good on another. This could possibly be that women
have different skin tones. It is very important for you to choose your makeup colors in line with
your skin tone. The undertones of your skin impact how your makeup colors
look when applied to your face.
UNDERTONES OF DIFFERENT SKIN:
Fair Skin- yellow, gold, reddish or rosy, pale peach, pale pink
Olive Skin- Yellow, Yellow- orange, yellow- red
Dark skin- red, red- brown, blue, blue- black, ebony, orange- brown
For Fair skin women blue- reds and pinks are best for the lips while softer shades like pale pinks or peach looks great. Fair skinned women should avoid extreme colors over the cheeks as this can appear be too excessive. If you want a dramatic look, use dark colors but make sure you take all (eyes, lips and cheeks of your makeup
shades into consideration.
Olive skinned women can pull off bronze shades and brighter colors the best. Gold, coral, orange- reds
look great on the lips. Medium colors give you a "natural’ appearance . Lighter and darker shades give you a bold look.
With dark skin tones, avoid pale shades and use more of mahogany, burgundy, red-browns or even purple for your lips. Dark colors make for a "natural" look. With medium colors the makeup is more evident, however, you still can achieve an attractive look when properly applied. Brighter colors need to be chosen very carefully otherwise they appear too vivid.
Determine Your Skin Tone
Your complexion falls into a range from seven possible tones.
The first being fair, 2) fair light, 3) light, 4) light medium, 5) medium, 6)medium deep and 7) deep. To determine yours, choose three colors that are similar in shade, make sure they range from light to dark and apply it directly to the jaw line. The one that blends with your face is the correct color to apply.
Find Your Undertone
The undertone is the hint of color under your skin. If you look your best when you wear shades of brown, dark green, and orange, your undertone is warm. Pink, rose, or pastel shades, your undertone is cool. If you look your best in all of these shades, your undertone is neutral
The Perfect Combination
Together your skin tone and undertone determine your True Match. Remember: your skin tone can change with the seasons and with age, so you may need to change your foundation from time to time to make sure the shade is true to you.
The color wheel theory will help you to understand colors and it will teach you the best and correct way to use them. It also helps you understand which colors complement you and your skin tone.
PRIMARY COLORS SECONDARY COLORS TERTIARY COLORS
Primary Colors: Red, yellow and blue
Traditionally primary colors are the 3 pigment colors that CAN NOT be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues.
The primary color blue is the strongest color and is associated with coolness. Red is associated with warmth and will add a fullness appearance. Yellow gives the least strength but will add both warmth and coolness.
Secondary Colors: Green, orange and purple
These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.
Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellow-green
These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That's why the hue is a two word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange
COMPLEMENTARY COLORS ANALOGOUS COLORS
Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. When mixing these two colors together you get browns or grays. Also complementary colors can brighten and intensify your look.
Analogous colors are right next to each other on the color wheel. Theses colors serve each other for a perfect highlight. The darker colors are used to define the eye shape and add depth while the lighter ones highlight the eye.
Below my lovely ladies are links from an expert on how to care for your skin type. I hope this information helps you.
DRY SKIN: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/dry-skin/_/dry-skin-care
NORMAL SKIN: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skin-care-basics/_/normal-skin-and-how-to-care-for-it
COMBINATION SKIN: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/combination-skin/_/all-about-combination-skin
OILY SKIN: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/oily-skin/_/very-oily-skin
Dry Skin: People with dry skin, their pores tend to be very fine. At times the skin is dry and tight after cleansing, thus creating wrinkles and red patches. This is happening because the skin is lacking oil. Regular moisturizing and exfoliating are a vital part of daily skin care for dry skin.
Dry Skin can produce:
- Almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Less elasticity
- More visible lines
Normal Skin: Normal skin looks fresh and vibrant, with few to no breakouts and the pores are very small.
Normal skin can produce:
- No or few imperfections
- No sever sensitivity
- Barely visible pores
- A radiant complexion
Combination Skin: Combination skin can be the most common skin type there is. Your cheeks and eyes are the dry area, where your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) are the oily areas.
Combination skin can produce:
- Overly dilated pores
- Blackheads - Shinny skin
Oily Skin: Oily skin has enlarged pores and are prone to getting acne. The oily skin especially looks greasy in the T-zone area.
Oily skin can produce:
- Enlarged pores
- Dull or shinny complexion
- Blackheads, pimples and other blemishes
THE MEANING OF EXFOLIATE:
To use an abrasion or a related treatment to physically remove dead skin from your skin.
WHY IT'S GOOD TO EXFOLIATE THE SKIN:
You reduce the risk of irritating the skin and developing whiteheads, blackheads or pimples when cleaning off the dead skin cells. Exfoliating leaves your skin looking more radiant and healthy.
In lieu of your daily skincare routine, its important to take some EXTRA care of your skin over the weekend. Although there are debates on exfoliation and doing so as a daily routine, I recommend you do it according to your skin type. So you may need to exfoliate once or twice a week. You're still promoting healthy skin.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE THE SKIN:
There are four ways in which you can exfoliate the dead skin cells:
Granular exfoliation is best to use on young teenage skins with no acne.
Cream exfoliation is best to use on mature skins (women between 40-50 years)
Enzyme exfoliation is usually used with a steamer and it works well on older skin types and acne skins.
Chemical exfoliation is used to remove any spots, blemishes and acne scars from the face.
Here's a little DIY TIP - At times exfoliating products can be a bit expensive so a nice household product you can use to substitute is brown sugar and olive oil (moisturizer). It's makes a excellent sugar scrub.
Having a clean face is vital for clear skin. Achieving this is just simply by washing your face. Here are a few tips for a clean face.
∙Cleanse your skin twice a day; every morning and every night before bed. Cleansing gets rid of left over makeup that will end up clogging your pores.
∙Be gentle when cleansing around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body.
∙Avoid ordinary bar soaps. Use facial cleansers that are gentle and designed for your skin type. Regular soap is high alkaline which will dry out your skin.
∙Toning your skin is the second step in your daily skin care regimen. Toner gets rid of any excess cleanser that is still on your skin, it refreshes the skin and evens out its pH levels.
∙Moisturizing your skin and keeping it well hydrated is an important step to follow. It helps the skin to maintain its normal moisture balance. Drinking plenty of water will help as well.
∙Exfoliate at least once a week. Gentle exfoliation buffs away dead cells on your face giving you smoother and brighter skin. Make sure to find a scrub that’s suitable for your skin type.
∙Only rinse with warm water, never with water that is too hot or too cold.
∙Invest in a facial once in a while.
If you’re like me you love a good facial. Many women who've had facials report they get them because it's a relaxing experience. But, ideally, a facial should be about skin care, not just relaxation. Caring for your skin should always be on your daily list of things to do. However, a facial should be apart of your cleansing regimen. The way you look plays a very crucial role in the way you feel about yourself. When your skin is fresh, glowing and healthy you feel confident and self-assured. Proper skin care gives you great looking skin which works wonders for your self-esteem!
Here is what a great facial can provide: