Eye Makeup Tips…

  1. Prep your eyes with concealer Concealer can be used to cover up dark eye circles or just the bluish discoloration just under your inner eye. To cover dark under-eye circles, apply 3 small dots of concealer under each eye. Start at the inner corner where skin tends to be darkest, then under the pupil and the third on the outer edge. Pat, never rub with your ring finger (this finger tends to have the softest pad) until the concealer disappears.
  2. Apply eye shadow primer to your lid Eye shadow primer is the secret to keeping your shadow in place for hours. If your eye shadow ends up a greasy pool in your crease, you should invest in a good eye shadow primer. Eye base will keep shadow in place through weddings, fashion shows, events, business meetings, rainy weather  and even a night’s out on the town.
  3. Follow with eyeliner You can use liquid liners or an eye pencil, but I prefer to use dark creamy or gel as eyeliners. Line eyes as close to the upper lashes as possible from the inner corner to the outer corner. Follow with liner on bottom eyes, but only line from the middle of the eye out. Smudge the bottom line with a Q-tip or your finger. You don’t want a prominent line. For a smoky eye, use a brush to pat in a dark eye shadow along the upper lid and below the lid.
  4. Apply eye shadow. It’s great to use a three-toned shadow and build from lids to brow. Allowing them to blend into each other like a rainbow is gorgeous, according to celebrity makeup artist Beatfacehoney. Start with a light color that almost matches your lid. Sweep the color across the lid and up to your brow bone. Follow with a medium color across your lid only. Build on this with a darker color in the crease. Blend the colors well.
  5. Brighten your eyes with a highlighter This step involves only the inside part of the eye. Putting a bit of your lightest eye shadow in the inner corner of your eye will brighten it significantly (this is the makeup artist’s secret and I use this trick all the time). I usually dab a finger into my lightest eye shadow and then I press it into the inner corner of my eye where the upper lid meets the bottom lid. This gives the eyes a “POP”.
  6. Highlight your brow Take the same light eye shadow and dab it on your brow bone, concentrating on your mid-brow outward. Blend with your finger. I like to use MAC, MOTIVES, and Stila’s foil makeup just below my brow and just above it, but a super light shadow will do you.
  7. Curl lashes An eyelash curler will make even long lashes look more gorgeous. For added effect, you can heat the curler under a blow dryer for a couple seconds. Test curler before applying to lashes because you could burn yourself.
  8. Apply mascara Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle back and forth (be careful if the brush is large turn it to a vertical positions). Follow with another few sweeps of the wand. Apply to bottom lashes as well. For more beauty tips http://www.makeupbyshun.wordpress.com

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Why does foundation change color on your face?

Matching the correct foundation to the skin can be challenging, due to the undertones and oils in your skin. However, with the corrective concealer and powder can help control the color change on the face while wearing foundation- (You won’t have that orange shiny look on your face).

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Causes of your foundation oxidizing:

- More acidic skin.
– A pink foundation over a yellow undertone skin color.
– Foundation components reacting to the sebum in our skin.
– Oils in our skin or moisturizer intensifying the color of the pigments.

There are a few ways to counteract this:

- Use a silicone based primer
– Experiment with different foundations to find one that won’t oxidize with your skin
– Get one to two shades higher than normal with your current foundation so that once it oxidizes, it will match your skin color

I personally use Dior Forever Extreme Wear foundation with combination oily/dry skin. I’ve never had ANY problems with it changing hue with me, and the SPF is fairly low meaning the Titanium Dioxide content would be minimal (that means that in photos your face won’t turn stark white–it’s the Titanium Dioxide that reflects the light and makes your face look lighter which is common in brands like M.A.C. powder/foundations).

Finding the right foundation can be tricky–I recommend going to Sephora and trying out different kinds–they will gladly offer you a sample for you to try out.

(Stop The Change of Color on The Face)

You apply your foundation in the morning in what you think is a well-matched shade until 3pm rolls around and one glimpse in the mirror reveals your face has turned orange. What’s happened? You’ve got a classic case of orange-foundation-face. This happens to the best of us because oily skin is tricky-the constant release of oil can alter the color of foundation, powder and concealer. Don’t worry. Help is on the way.

To prevent it: First things first, to avoid color-changing makeup, stick with the right shades and use them in the right places. Different parts of the face have different undertones, which is why at least two different colors are necessary. “Use a peachy color to cancel out blue tones (like under the eyes) and a beige or yellow-based one for the rest of the face,” says Sarah Lucero, celebrity makeup artist and director of education for Stila Cosmetics. “If you use your under-eye makeup to knock out redness, the color will turn.”

To correct it: Rather than trying to cover up any color changes with more makeup, Lucero says you’re better off blotting off the excess with a tissue or blotting paper. “I also like to take the BeautyBlender ($20), wet it and use it like a stamp to reactivate makeup without adding any extra product.”

For a perfect finish: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation ($28) leaves skin looking shine-free without any shifts in color or placement. Plus, the soft powder buffs seamlessly into skin to give an end result that’s similar to a cream or liquid makeup.

 

Homemade Face Scrub Recipes for Oily Skin

Kitchen pantry items, you can whip up some efficient homemade face scrubs without having to worry about toxic substances and chemicals in artificial face scrubs. Using your own homemade face scrubs is the way to go if you’re apprehensive about putting chemical products on your face.

Let’s look at some amazingly simple and easy to make homemade face scrubs:

1. Cleansing Face Scrub for Oily Skin

This Cleansing face scrub for Oily skin works wonders in deep cleaning pores to prevent pimples!

To prevent acne, you need to deep cleanse your face to get rid of the dirt, grime, pollution and germs lodged within your pores. This simple face scrub uses only 3 ingredients: Oatmeal, honey yogurt which are all powerful acne-fighting foods that can be topically applied to acne prone skin.

Before we get into the scrub, let’s glance through the benefits each of the ingredients offers your skin:

Ingredient
Benefit for skin
Oatmeal
Natural absorbent. Deep cleanses pores hence removing excess sebum and germs. Gently exfoliates and nourishes oily skin.
Baking Soda
Deep cleanses pores by breaking down dirt and grim stuck within your pores, leaving them squeaky clean.
Honey
Has anti bacterial and anti septic properties. Kills germs and bacteria that are responsible for acne. Gently moisturizes oily skin.

Tips:

  • Gather your hair away from your face into a ponytail. This is to prevent the scrub from getting onto your hair.
  • Do facial steaming before hand to open up your pores.
  • Do not make the fce scrub too dry and chunky. If its a bit chunky, you can always add more yogurt or honey. Oatmeal is an exfoliator and too much of it will over exfoliate your skin, robbing it of all the natural oils. This will cause your skin to produce more oils and cause more acne!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt

Directions:

Mix all the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Using clean finger tips, rub the mixture in a circular motion, starting with your chin to your forehead.

After 2 minutes, rinse off with warm water. Splash cold water on your face to close up the pores.

Pat dry with a soft towel.

2. Moisturizing Face Scrub for Oily Skin

Super moisturizing face scrub for oily skin! Leaves your skin cleansed and moisturized to control oiliness.

The moisturizing face scrub works wonders for oily skin! It uses three simple ingredients; baking soda, honey and lemon juice. Baking soda is a gently cleanser that rids oily skin of its excess sebum as well as dirt and pollution. Honey has anti bacterial properties for fighting acne while lemon is great for oil control.

Ingredient
Benefit for Skin
Baking soda
Gets rid of dirt, grime, pollution and excess sebum from deep within the pores. Unclogs pores hence preventing pimples.
Honey
Cleanses skin and removes excess sebum. Destroys germs that cause acne. Moisturizes oily skin.
Lemon juice
Natural astringent. Has disinfecting properties that kill off acne causing germs on the skin’s surface which prevents breakouts on oily skin.

Tips:

  • Use only small amounts of lemon juice and baking soda as these two ingredients may burn skin if used in excess.
  • Be gentle on your skin when rubbing this face scrub on your face. Scrubbing too hard can cause irritation and redness.
  • Test this face scrub on a small patch of your skin to verify that you are not allergic to baking soda or any of the ingredients. If it causes itchiness or redness, do not use on your body.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Stir all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Using clean fingers, rub the mixture into your face using a circular motion.

After 2 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

Pat dry with a soft clean towel.

3. Exfoliating Face Scrub for Oily Skin

Got oily skin? Definitely try out this brown sugar face mask that will exfoliate & refresh your skin cells by exfoliating them completely.

Using brown sugar, olive oil and honey, use this face scrub to exfoliate your face, giving it a youthful glow. This exfoliating face scrub absorbs excess sebum on skin and moisturizes oily skin. It also eliminates dead cells on the surface of the skin and removes unsightly skin peels, common with acne.

What are the benefits these ingredients provide for your skin? Let’s find out below!

Ingredient
Benefit for Skin
Brown sugar
A natural humectant. Moisturizes and lubricates skin as well as removes excess oils from deep within skin pores.
Honey
Kills germs on the surface of the skin. Removes excess sebum on skin’s surface.
Olive oil
Unclogs pores. Deep cleanses skin by pushing out ‘bad’ oil from within skin pores.

Tips:

Make sure your face scrub isn’t too chunky. A hard and chunky face scrub may scratch up your face. If its too chunky, add a little more honey to it.

If you don’t have brown sugar, white sugar will do. Brown sugar is gentler on skin and can be used for super sensitive skin.

Don’t be harsh. Brown sugar is good for removing excess oils on oily skin but rubbing it to harshly on skin may strip off all the natural oils in your skin. This will cause your body to produce moreoils!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 table spoon brown sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon honey
  3. 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

Add the brown sugar, honey and olive oil into a bowl and stir well with a spoon.

Using clean fingertips, rub the mixture onto your face working from your chin upwards, going in a circular motion.

After two minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water until all the mixture is off your face. Splash your face with cold water to close your skin pores.

Pat dry with a towel. Enjoy the silky feel of your skin!

 

Full Coverage Foundation For Oily Skin

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All my foundations are full coverage and for oily skin. So, I don’t know how these foundations would work for dry skin. I already told you before about my hunting for  flawless skin (here) with the Maestro foundation by Kat Von D. I am someone that loves full coverage and my preferences come from this.

Starting from my last favorite  Hello Flawless by Benefit (here). I had major breakout s with this one (even though it’s an oil free foundation), it’s very light coverage and what really bothered me was the finger print on my face every time that I finished putting it on my face. It takes forever to dry (if I wanted to retouch for example my eyeliner and touch that area – it would leave a fingerprint there). And also I have to wait a good amount of time to put powder on so it doesn’t gunk up my brush. Don’t wear it alone: it’s really sticky and melts off easily. How funny because every time I looked at the name HELLO FLAWLESS I literally was like “I wish”!!  By the way, did you notice that even though I didn’t like this foundation at all I still wore it until the end!! I am a good girl!!

Shiseido Perfect Refining (here). It was too oily for me. It’s also very light coverage. Not for me!! Both foundations Shiseido and Hello Flawless must be perfect for dry skin in winter.

Dream Nude Airfoam by Maybelline (here): a HUGE surprise! When I got back from Florida I was so, tan and very dark that my foundation shades were to light for me. I felt I was wearing Marilyn’s foundation!!  I didn’t want to spend money on expensive foundation until my tan faded away… So I went to the drug store dying because I had breakouts before with foundations… I saw airfoam on the bottle… I got curious, I tried it and LOVE IT!! Super cheap, dry super fast and a very good foundation.

Studio Fix by MAC... (here)everybody knows… It’s a very good foundation! For years it was the only one I wore on my face. Until…

Perfection Lumiére and Lift Lumiére by Chanel (here): Both are amazing! This is one of the best foundations I’ve ever used. There are four things that I like the most about it: It is a long lasting foundation, It is a buildable foundation, It gives a super natural finish and dries off very fast. There’s also a perfume! Nothing strong!! I can’t tell if it has any lifting benefits or not. The only “liftng” part I can see is the illusion of the skin being brightened. The Lift Lumiére is Marilyn Chudda’s favorite!

Diorskin Forever by Dior (here): This foundation is wonderful and does a great job at evening out my skin tone. It has such a lovely finish. I don’t wear powder at all. It makes my flawed skin look almost flawless. And it lasts so long!

NAKED BY Urban DECAY (here): FAVORITE, FAVORITE, FAVORITE! For many reasons: as great as Diorskin and both Chanel foundations, it has more coverage than them and the has the BEST PRICE! Love it love it love it!! Every time I wear it I always get compliments on how natural it looks. I remember when I wore it for the first time at work at least 5 people made a comment about how glowing and flawless my skin was.

These are my favorite brushes to put my foundation on with:

188 or 187 duo fiber by Mac (especially for summer it gives you a lightweight layer) and the Kabuki flat by Shiseido.  I also like to use this sponge Beauty Blender (for night usually)!

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Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

So you guys know how much I love the Ben Nye Banana Powder, well I may have found something similar! I’ll be honest, I like Benefit Cosmetics, but I really didn’t think this product was going to be a huge hit for some reason. Sometimes I just think when brands launch extensions to lines, it’s just to create hype, but they are not usually that good, well I was wrong! This powder is UNREAL! It mattifies your skin instantly, is SUPER fine so it spreads beautifully creating a gorgeous overall appearance! I’ve always known Benefit to be an every girl makeup brand, but this is totally for makeup artists as well! It photographs beautifully and really does keep the shine away! I actually had a huge light shining on me and flash, and you can see my skin is still matte, pretty impressive! They recommend using this with the POREfessional primer, which I love, but I don’t use all the time since my pores have been under control lately. I typically only use POREfessional on my nose, since pores there seem very difficult to get rid of! Regardless, this product is seriously amazing! The only thing I don’t like is the packaging. I’m not crazy about the small base and larger top, just because sometimes when I am doing makeup for myself or even others, things tend to fall, and this will fall quite easily, I kind of wish it was shorter and fatter! Other than that, this is a flawless product!

Benefit the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

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Tips on Eyelid Primer for Wrinkles

People may accuse me of being much younger than my actual age, but with the gray hairs, wrinkles, and dark circles beginning to appear, I just don’t see it. With my denial comes a myriad of products marketed to cover, smother, and otherwise hide my aging skin. Thankfully I have searched high and low for the best and brightest (no pun intended) to keep your eyes looking lighter and brighter.

1} Olay Total Effects Eye Treatment – This pretty little swirl of eye cream is nothing short of a lifesaver. This miracle working product both reduces wrinkles and lightens the under eye area. I have been using it for a few weeks now and have noticed a significant difference in those pesky black bags under my eyes. Imagine the difference if I would just add some sleep to that routine!

2} YSL Touche Eclat – Yes, I realize this stuff is pricey, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. I moved from using a traditional concealer under my eyes to this and haven’t looked back.

3} MAC Paint Pot in Painterly – The paint pot makes a great eyelid base and keeps your shadows from shifting throughout the day.

4} Garnier Ultra-Lift Eye Roller – Just read the reviews for this eye roller and you’ll be convinced that it should join your product regimen. This little massaging pen works to reduce fine lines around the eyes and is light enough to wear under your daily makeup.

5} Boom Boom Brow Highlighter – Thanks to LuckyFABB I came home with this lovely little brow stick. This double-sided chubby pencil can be used to highlight under the brows, but I also love to apply it to the inner corner of my eyes for little pop.

6} Smashbox Photo Finish Under Eye Primer – I have sung the praises of Smashbox primers for years and this version is no different. Apply a dab of this under eye primer before using concealer (or even better the Touch Eclat) and no one will be the wiser that you went to bed at 4 AM.