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Secrets to Flawless Foundation

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 Secrets to Flawless Foundation

Want gorgeous skin? Fake it! Sure, a proper skin care regimen, smart diet, regular exercise and never even looking at a lit cigarette (much less smoking one) will give you good skin. But to get to great, you need to bring in some artifice: foundation.

How to Choose the Best Foundation for You
The right foundation is what gives stars who walk the red carpet the look of poreless, airbrushed skin. And it can be yours too. First, choose the foundation that’s right for you in both texture and color. If your skin is oily, you’ll want to control your T-zone with an oil-free formula or a powder foundation. Mineral makeup is a good choice too. Those mineralized particles suck up extra moisture.

Opt for a cream or liquid foundation if you have dry skin. Look for words like “hydrating,” “moisturizing” or “luminous” in the product description. 

Hate makeup? Get the benefit of foundation without looking like you’re wearing any with a lightweight tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. These “beauty balms” are all-in-one wonders, acting as primer, coverage, moisturizer, skin treatment, sunscreen and even concealer. Find a shade that matches your skin exactly. When you swipe it across your jawline it should melt into your skin invisibly. Step into natural light to check it. (Yes, you want to go foundation shopping in the daytime.)

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Application Secrets of the Pros
Borrow a few tricks from makeup artists for perfect application. Brett Freedman, a Hollywood makeup artist who has worked on stars like Emily Blunt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lisa Kudrow, says prepping your skin before your apply foundation is key. He likes to lay down a veil of lightweight oil-free foundation with a flat-top brush, allow it to dry for a few seconds and then use the same brush to apply foundation. “That way there’s still a touch of moisturizer on the bristles when I’m smoothing foundation over the skin,” Freedman says.

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Friday Top 5 – The Best Cleansers

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1) Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: Radiant, clear skin is within your reach. For dull, congested skin, Mario Badescu's lathering deep cleanser has the exfoliating power of glycolic acid to break down build-up from skin's surface, reduce minor discoloration and minimize clogged pores which can cause pimples.

2) Philosophy Purity Made Simple:  You do not need a makeup remover and a toner to complete the cleansing process. Most cleansers are formulated to foam, push around, and hopefully rinse away dirt and makeup. 'purity made simple' was formulated to actually emulsify and dissolve dirt, embedded debris and makeup rather than creating a lot of foam without a lot of clean.  Nothing takes makeup off better! 

3) Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser, Pink Grapefruit: An oldie but goodie! Still one of my favorite washes when I start to breakout. This newest version has an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin c, this unique formula clears blemishes and blackheads.  Eliminates oil and dirt without over-drying.

4) Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cleanser: I personally love how moisturizer, and creamy this lathering cleanser is. It is a lightly whipped, high-performance cleanser with an antioxidant complex and skin conditioning ingredients that dissolve impurities and help moisturize the skin. It also provides immediate and lasting hydration to the skin's surface.

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The Beauty Rules of Order

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The Beauty Rules of Order

The sequence in which you apply serums, creams and cosmetics can be as important as the products themselves, so we asked a celebrity dermatologist and a makeup artist for their advice on what goes on when and why.

The Basics of Skin Care

Apply products with active ingredients that are designed to repair before you apply heavier products that protect. These “actives” include antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, peptides, vitamins and pigment lighteners. They contain molecules small enough to penetrate the outer layer of skin in order to get down to the deeper layers where they work to hydrate, brighten, smooth and firm the skin.

  • Heavier products, such as moisturizers and sunscreens, go on next because they function as shields, keeping UV rays out and moisture in, says Ava Shamban, M.D., who is the featured dermatologist on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”
  • “If you make the mistake of topping a sunscreen with an antioxidant serum, the serum won’t be able to sink in since the cells are already sealed,” says Shamban. In other words, access denied, no matter how pricey or terrific the product may be.

The Basics of Cosmetics

Applying cosmetics in the right order results in a natural-looking finish and streamlines the process by preventing mistakes.

  • “It has a lot to do with texture, such as not putting cream formulations on top of powdered ones,” says makeup artist Tonya Crooks, whose regular clients include Megan Fox and Fergie.
  • Using a mineral powder foundation before cream blush will look blotchy because it will be hard to blend the blush.
  • Lipstick should always go under lip gloss, so you can still achieve the shine you’re after.

Top Ten Beauty Rules of Order

Only a beauty-pageant contender would use all of the products that follow, but for purposes of illustration, here they are in their optimal order of application, after your morning cleansing routine.

1. If you use hydrating mists to plump up the skin, or gels for acne or rosacea, apply now. The mists soften the top layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and help conduct water-soluble products down to the deeper layers of skin.

2. Active ingredients in water-soluble gels and serums go on now. Examples are antioxidant serums, AHAs, peptides, vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, growth factors and pigment lighteners.

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India Lee Homemade Java Fix

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Lisa Hanson Global Beauty Serum

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My newest skincare obsession has been oils.  Anything oils.  Contrary to popular belief, they do not clog up your pores, or enhance your oily skin.  Instead, they sink into the skin, add suppleness, and smooth out the skin in ways that no moisturizer can.

Recently, I was introduced to Lina Hanson Global Face Serum and promptly fell in love.  I smother it all over my skin whenever I get the chance! The thing that I adore about the serum is the stunning combination of oils from around the world.  The scents are intoxicating, and the oils instantly absorb into the skin and create an epic glow. 

Lina Hanson, the celebrity artist behind the serum, shares her inspiration by sayin:

“In my travels as a makeup artist, I’ve worked with people of all skin types and skin issues. The one thing that we can all agree on is the importance of flawless skin.  Achieving that perfect complexion is what we all strive for. We spend so much money on luxurious creams and procedures to achieve it, not realizing the products we use are filled with dangerous toxins that harm our skin. I believe using pure and natural ingredients derived from the earth will help your skin get the nutrients it needs to look its best."

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum will benefit your skin in the following ways:

* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

* Reduces inflammation and skin irritation

* Improves complexion and restores elasticity

* Absorbs quickly into the skin

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Organic Skin Care Benefits

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would talk about organic products and their benefits.  Organic skin care has become a huge boom in the industry because of the demand for high quality products that are not harmful to the environment and are gentle on the skin.  This is especially true for clients dealing with skin sensitivities, cancer, or allergies organic skin care is a necessity.  I have found that certain organic skin oils such as Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Argan Oil have been incredibly gentle when my skin becomes reactive to environmental or internal allergies.  For example; Argan Oil has been used by Moroccan women for centuries to maintain youthful looking skin, hair and nails.  The benefits of Argan-Oil are plentiful: Anti-Aging, Anti-Oxidant, Healing, Fortifying, and Restorative. So, why not try some au natural skin care for a change?  

Here are some basic tips of why to try organic, and the things to look for. 

Why Choose To Go Organic…

   1. The products you choose are natural and safe

   2. You choose products that are highly biodegradable

   3. You support organic farming

   4. You will discover how effective natural can be

   5. You avoid petrochemical derivatives

   6. You rediscover the wisdom of traditional beauty routines

   7. You avoid synthetic fragrances

   8. You help to protect bees

   9. You pamper yourself

  10. You use products that are safe, gentle, and particularly suited for delicate areas of the body

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Make sure your products   DO NOT CONTAIN any of the below:

PRESERVATIVES:

• Parabens

• DMDM Hydantoin

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5 Ways to combat the effects of stress on your face

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Even though you lead a busy lifestyle, you don't want to advertise it on your face. All the stress you go through and lost hours of sleep cause you to look older than you really are.

You look in the mirror and all you see is dull, tired skin and more wrinkles. With a few makeup and styling tricks, you can easily combat the effects of even the busiest life.

1. Moisturize
The first step is to moisturize. Skin needs moisture to help heal itself. Plus, a moisturizing cream with SPF helps protect your skin all day while reducing some redness and puffiness. 

To learn more about the 5 Ways to Combat the Effects On Stress On Your Face via SheKnow.com 

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