New Foundation Formulas and How to Use Them!

Drops:

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Custom Cover Drops are NOT designed to be used alone. Failure to shake well before adding drops to your favorite product will distort the coverage and result in less than desirable results. Mix with your favorite product, nothing but pure pigment is left behind—allowing you to customize your ideal level of coverage. Blend them with anything liquid to create your desired coverage, including moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations, and tinted moisturizers that are water-, oil-, or silicone-based. Your level of coverage by adjusting how many drops you use: one drop for sheer coverage, two drops for medium coverage, three drops for full coverage, and four drops for total coverage.

Serums:

Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation

Dior Skin Nude Air Sérum de Teint

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

-Shake the bottle before use, some serum foundations need mixing before applying.
-Use the included dropper to dispense the desired amount of foundation into the palm of your hand, onto your fingertips, or directly onto a foundation brush.
-Apply starting in the middle of your face and moving outward, then onto the neck and décolletage.

-Wait 15 to 20 seconds for the foundation to set (drying a little) before continuing to blend.
-Repeat until the desired amount of coverage is achieved.

Gel:

Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel

March Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation
-The formula melts into skin and dries.

-A brush is best but a sponge can be used. I would avoid using your fingers they can add extra oil when applying foundation.

Spray:

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

Dior Skin Airflash Spray Foundation

-Shake well for five seconds before each use.

-Use paper towels or tissues to protect clothing as needed. I recommend wearing a cloth wrap around headband to prevent getting foundation in your hair.

-Extend arm straight out and bend at elbow 90 degrees.

-Close eyes and mouth hold the can 10 inches away from face while pressing on nozzle. 

-In one quick, continuous motion, spray a layer of foundation over the face in the shape of a Z, starting with the forehead and ending on the chin. Make sure to spray the bridge of the nose not the tip or you may accidentally breath in the foundation.

-Or, spray foundation onto a rounded not flat foundation brush and buff into face for fuller coverage or spray six to eight inches away from face spraying.

Mousse:

Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Transformative Oil-Free Foundation

Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup

-Starting at the center of your face and blend outwards with your fingertips, you can finish with a brush if needed.

I always recommend setting foundation with a small amount of loose powder especially if the foundation contains silicone.

My Favorite Eye Colors for When I Have The Moody Blues!

Urban Decay in Hijack

Nars Khao San Road Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eye Liner

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Prussian

Eyeko Midnight Blue Mascara

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color BL722 Nightfall

Butter London Wink Cream Eyeshadow in Inky Six

Urban Decay Loose Glitter in Reverb

NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I210 Light Turquoise

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Big Blue

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks Cobalt

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Cobalt

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Indigo

Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow 18

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate in Saturate

Great Celebrity Make Up Artist’s Tips!

Natural & Organic What Do These Words Really Mean?

Natural is a word that has been thrown around so much I almost feel it is a throw away word.  Its most common usage is to distinguish phenomena that exist only because of humankind from phenomena that doesn’t, presumes that humans are somehow separate from nature, and our works are un- or non-natural when compared to, say,  honeybees.

When speaking of food, skin care, or cosmetics, “natural” takes on an even more complicated meaning. Why? Every country has a different definition of the word, the US for example, the FDA has given up on a meaningful definition of natural food (largely in favor of “organic”, another ambiguous term. Many plants are the result of thousands of years of selection by humans, from a plant that wouldn’t exist without human intervention.

Many words are grouped in with the word organic; chemical-free, and natural.

The usage in many cases is technically incorrect [though of course all] food is all organic, because it contains carbon, etc. The concern is the way they are used to dismiss and minimize real differences in food, skin care, and cosmetics and product production.

A product can be synthetic and manufactured or produced, but be safe; and sometimes be the better choice. Added preservatives prevent bacterial growth in food, skin care, and cosmetics which is not a bad thing. Things can be natural and “organic”, but still be quite dangerous.

With food, skin care, and cosmetics it is very, very important to go by the expiration date when they contain no preservatives.  There are many organic/natural products that are great and contain natural or organic preservatives, they do exist, just be conscious label reader!

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Favorite Cream Foundations and Tips on How to Apply Them!

Photo: Alex Beauchesne

Cream foundation is more versatile than you think!

 

 «»To get the best out of any foundation product, skin needs to be perfectly prepped. Always moisturize the skin with (optional: a brightening serum) moisturizer. Then lightly apply a layer of primer.«»

 

You can wear cream foundation as is for opaque, full coverage, or translucent.  Mix it with it with some primer to make it translucent. This is a foolproof way to retain the foundation’s coverage without looking caked on.  It helps the makeup blend seamlessly with the first layer of primer that you have already applied.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation

Japonesque Luminous Foundation

 

For dry or combination skin types, use your foundation brush and buff the foundation onto the skin, concentrating on the center of your face, which is typically where your skin has the most discoloration. The further you get from the center, the less coverage you want.

 

Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation

For a natural, healthy-looking flush to the cheeks, I like to apply color directly to the apples of the cheeks with cream blush after the cream foundation has been applied and before powder is dusted over the skin.

When I want cheeks to look more defined and polished, I will sweep a powder blush along the cheekbones after the cream foundation has been set with powder.

For that ‘no-make up look’ where the skin looks radiant, apply cream blush sparingly to cheeks. Blend blush to a fresh finish. Cream foundation is then layered over blush.

Shiseido The Makeup Stick Foundation

Shiseido Advanced Hydro-Liquid SPF 15

Remember with cream foundation less is more!

A little bit goes along way!!!

Dot a small amount of foundation onto face and blend.

Maybelline® Dream Matte® Mousse Foundation

Inglot AMC Cream Foundation

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

 

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Ageing Foundation

You can use a liquid foundation, first, to create a smooth, even and radiant canvas and then blend a little amount of cream foundation on to the cheeks and forehead to give skin more coverage. Making your skin look super-polished and never cakey or heavily made up.

 

About Face: It’s All In The Order!

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serum
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Primer
  6. Liquid Foundation
  7. Concealer
  8. Blush….. Eye Shadow……. Bronzer…….Etc.
  9. Translucent Powder!!!!

Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder

Powder to finish your face keeps your face set so that your make up doesn’t rub off.

Most primers contain silicone and the water in your make up is repelled off the silicone.

The powder is that final touch to lock the make up together so that your face lasts all day.

A Giant Step Forward for Animal Activists: European Union Banning Animal Testing for Cosmetics!

You’ve probably heard by now that the European Union has banned animal testing for cosmetics.

That’s right as of March 11, 2013, it is illegal to sell products that have been tested on animals or products that are formulated with ingredients that have been tested on animals.

The only real impact on the beauty companies is that they won’t be able to use any NEW raw materials that have been tested on animals. This law doesn’t retroactively ban ingredients (or products for that matter) that were animal tested years ago – those are grandfathered in and can still be sold. So while this could theoretically stifle innovation it’s not going to cause anyone’s existing businesses to grind to a halt.

Why no animal testing is good for you:

It’s exciting to think of all the animals that will be spared the excruciating process of animal testing – no one likes to see animals suffer unnecessarily.

Why no animal testing is bad for you:

While the EU law makes life safer for animals it makes it less safe for you (at least a little bit.) That’s because the law prohibits specific tests for “carcinogenicity, photoallergy, cutaneous allergy, toxicokinetics, reprotoxicity, teratogenesis, toxicity[—]sub chronic and chronic[—]and photomutagenesis. These are important tests because they’re needed to determine whether the products are safe for human use and there are no non-animal alternatives at this time.”

In other words, when this law is in effect companies will not be able to use the most accurate type of testing to ensure their new products are safe for you to use.

This won’t be an issue for most products but it will be for those innovations that require cutting edge chemistry. So, rather than market products that haven’t been proven safe, companies will probably chose not to market them. Which means you won’t be able to use the latest and greatest beauty breakthroughs.

Eventually, alternative tests will be developed so all in all the testing ban is probably a good thing but I wanted to make sure you’re aware of both sides of the story.

Me personally, I couldn’t be happier for this law, it is about time!

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Sephora is All Eyes on Emerald, the Pantone Color of the Year!

Sephora + Pantone Universe The Color of The Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Code Prismatic Shadow Block – Emerald

Sephora + Pantone Universe Spectra Blend Eye Brush Roll

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block – Bionic Color Emerald, White Asylum, Crown Blue

Sephora + Pantone Universe Graphic Lift Liquid Eyeliner – Emerald

Sephora + Pantone Universe Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner – Emerald

Sephora + Pantone Universe Colorbyte Lip Wands

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block – Elemental Emerald Shimmer, Appleblossom, Camel

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block – Eclipsed Emerald Glitter, Amberlight, Olivine

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Sculpting Blush Dusty Pink, Pink Mist

Sephora + Panetone Universe Color Charged Graphic Lacquer – Emerald

Sephora + Pantone Universe Mini Graphic Effect Lacquers – Emerald

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Block Beauty Box

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Contour Face Brush Set

Courtesy Photo (3); Time Inc Digital Photo Studio

 

Make Up Trick: What to do with all those business cards laying around!

Here is an eye makeup trick that I picked up over the years.

Use business cards to keep your mascara from getting on your skin when applying by holding a business card against your skin.

This works above and below your eye for both your top and bottom lashes. The cards are just the perfect size.

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Foundation Mistakes…

Reblogged From Tres Savage by JakeCheck out his Blog!

Foundation – or more, the entire art of perfecting your skin is the most important part of the whole process of applying makeup. Today we’re going back to the basics and talking about the 3 biggest mistakes to avoid when applying your foundation. Let’s face it – throwing on some lipstick or mascara isn’t really rocket science…but making your skin look both natural and flawless, well – that’s another story. Here’s what you shouldn’t be doing!

1. You’re not using primer underneath your foundation.

   OK, so welcome to the blogosphere – you’re obviously new around here because I feel like we talk about these all the time! Most people look 110% better with a primer – no seriously, they do! Most primers  are silicone-based…and silicone is larger than the pore so it’s almost like it creates a “second skin” that helps your makeup to go on smoother and last longer (since the makeup isn’t traveling into the pore). Not to mention the fact that a lot of companies are now adding skinvigorating ingredients into their primers to help delay the signs of aging, combat acne – whatever!

Korres – Pomegranate Mattifying Face Primer

Non-Silicone

Korres – Quercetin & Oak Age-reversing Primer

Non-Silicone

MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Microperfecting Primer

MAKE UP FOR EVER – HD Microperfecting Primer

Silicone based


2. You’re applying your foundation with your fingers or a sponge.

   I’m sure most of you are longtime finger users – that’s all  about to change though! The reason foundation brushes (check out my favorite foundation brush here) are so superior is because they blend your foundation effortlessly and use much less product. This obviously leads to a smoother, more natural finish – and a lot less money down the drain! The biggest issue with sponges is that they tend to only be good for stippling product into areas for extra coverage; they have a lot of issues with blending out those tight edges – not to mention the fact that blending can take forever with a sponge! Finally, to finish this up, the reason you don’t want to use your hands is because all too often the heat from your hands causes your foundation to oxidize and change color (not to mention the amount of product wasted when you slather it on with your hands) – that being said, are you going to break your bad hand habit?

3. You’re applying concealer under and not over your foundation

   This one doesn’t make sense to me – you’re putting concealer on the areas you’re most concerned with then going over the whole face once again with foundation…don’t you think that’s a little bit pointless? When you apply your foundation over your concealer you’re adding extra layers of coverage where it might not be needed – which means a heavier, less natural finished look. The key to perfecting the art of foundation is to apply a light layer of foundation first (remember, if you need more coverage you can always mix your concealer and foundation) and then to follow-up with concealer on the areas that need it most.

Check another related post by CT Esthetic:

Skin Primer the true skin base

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