Favorite Products of the Month!

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Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub

with Sea Salt (for your scalp)

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Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid

Compact Foundation

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NIA 24 Eye Repair Complex

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Kiehl’s Algae Mask

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E.L.F Studio 3-in-1 Macara Primer

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Nail Foils

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 Must Haves This Month!

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Laura Mercier Paint

Wash Liquid Colour

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupté

Tint-In-Oil

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Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal

Natural Finish Foundation

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Artis Elite Mirror Collection

Make Up Brushes

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Perricone Chloro Plasma

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IBM Repair Gel Polish

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Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir

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Revlon Photoready Kajal

Matte Eye Pencil, Matte Marine

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Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over!

Hydrating Gel Facial Moisturizer

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Bioré Combination Skin

Balancing Cleanser

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Les Senteurs Gourmandes

Eau de Parfum, Vanille Violette

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Sumigaki Japanese

Charcoal Toothpaste

Algenist Genius Ultimate

Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour

Skintuitive Blush, Energy

 

Changing Your Makeup Seasonally – Change The Formula & Color!

Do you wear the same makeup year round

 


Change over to formulas during spring and summer that are waterproof or long wearing pencils and mascaras as well as cream eye shadows this will help keep makeup from melting away.

Like your cheek, eye, and lip color, your foundation needs to be switched up during the summer months.

 

You have a summer wardrobe and winter wardrobe — the same applies to your face.  9 out of 10 people have a complexion that is one to four shades darker in the summer!!!!

 

Check your foundation under natural light it should be blended seamlessly with you skin. If you can differentiate your skin from your foundation – it’s time to pick a new color!

Ways to Change the Texture & Look of Your Foundation

Mix Ins:

Color Adjusters

Facial Mist

Facial Oil

Fine Shimmery Powder

Glycerin

Liquid or Cream Luminizer, Highlighter, or Bronzer

Moisturizer

Other Foundations – Colors & Formulas

Primer

Water

Color Adjuster

 

Layering:

Powder

Primer

Facial Mist

Make Up Setter

 

Application:

Air Brush

Brush – Dry or Wet, So many Types From Choose From

Fingers

Sponge – Dry or Wet, Wedge, Round, Rectangle, or Beauty Blender

 

 

 

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.

 

My Beauty Must Have for April!

Alba Hawaiian Facial Scrub with Pineapple Enzyme

Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist

ElanVeda Skin Renue Skin Rejuvenation Essential Oil Formula

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer

Raw Natural Beauty Natural Minerals Foundation

Bare Minerals Hydrating Mineral Veil

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel

NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pigalle

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Glisten

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Sarah Horowitz Parfums Perfect Veil Pure Perfume Oil Roll On

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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How to Apply Liquid Foundation!

Via makeupandbeautyblog.com

1. Grab your favorite liquid foundation

Grab your favorite liquid foundation. Now, I almost always choose a full coverage one, as this method will sheer it down a bit, making it suitable for most skin types and needs. Pour or pump an amount about the size of a nickel or quarter (this will vary depending on the condition of your skin) onto the back of your hand or a palette.

2. Take a dense, flat-top brush

Take a dense, flat top brush (my favorite is the Sigma F80), and dip it into the foundation. Dot this onto your nose, the cheeks, around the borders of your face, and your chin (one “dip” should pick up enough product to lightly dot around all of these areas).

Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush

3. Starting at the nose…

Starting at the nose, stipple in small, tight areas, moving to the cheeks and the borders of the face, stippling product inward towards the center. Repeat this process for your chin.

4. With what is left on the brush…

With what is left on the brush, stipple over the area above your lips and below your mouth. Avoid the area where you get smile lines for now (this will look weird, but we’ll correct this malfeasance later.

5. If you regularly use foundation under your eyes…

This next step is only if you regularly use foundation under your eyes, rather than or in conjunction with concealer. If you don’t, skip to the next step. Take a bit of foundation on the outer edge of your brush, and dot lightly under the eyes, concentrating the product at the lower inner corners where your undereyes are darkest. Stipple lightly over this area, taking the foundation applied under the eyes up and onto the eyelid and browbone.

6. Stipple across your forehead and into the hairline

You should have about 1/3 of the product left. Take some on your brush, and stipple it across your forehead and into the hairline (almost as bad as the jawline is a blatant change in color at your hairline, which many people tend to neglect). Your entire face should now be covered (except for the small area around your smile lines).

7. Dot under your jawline

Take the remainder of the product on your brush, and dot it under your jawline. Stipple this upwards to “connect” with the product on your face, and downwards slightly to fade it into your neck. Stipple lightly where your ears connect to your face.

8. Stipple all over your face

Stipple all over your face, using any excess product to deal with problem areas. This distributes the foundation evenly. You may now go over your smile line area, which will only be covered with a small amount of product, greatly reducing the chance of creasing.

9. Buff in a circular motion

After you have stippled all over your entire face once, lightly buff in small circular motions using the same brush. This blurs imperfections and removes any excess product, and melds the product with your skin, giving it a natural skin-like texture. Make sure to buff under your eyes, over your eyelids, and around your hairline to blend the product into the tight borders surrounding these areas. Keep buffing until the foundation starts to feel a bit tacky (it usually takes 2-3 passes over my entire face and under my jaw to get to this point).

10. Apply any cream face products now

Apply any cream face products (blush, highlighter, contour, etc.)

11. Let your foundation set

This step is crucial. Let the foundation set for 3-5 minutes. Take a tissue, and blot all over your face, avoiding the nose if you have large pores. Pay special attention to the eyelids, lines under the eyes, and the corners of the eyes (where excess product will definitely have creased and collected). If your foundation tends to set into your smile lines, you may wish to buff very lightly over this area once more using the same brush as before.

12. Apply loose powder with a puff

Apply loose powder with a puff, rolling and pushing it into the skin.

13. Finish with any other powders and blend

Apply any other powder products (blush, bronzer, contour, etc.), and blend well.

This may seem a tad complicated, but ignoring the setting times, this whole thing takes 5-7 minutes at most, and results in smooth, even, porcelain skin.

If you wish to sheer down this application even further, dampen your brush slightly before application to prevent excess product from being absorbed by the bristles. Make sure to always use a (relatively) clean brush for application (I tend to wash mine every 3-4 days) to avoid caking. And never forget to set and blot!

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