Makeup can not only transform your features but make you look more radiant, energized and awake. Here are five tips that can make you look like you had a full 8 hour rest and recharged for the day to come.
1. Moisturise or use a face oil
The most important step to radiant skin is to provide enough hydration for your skin. Facial oils are becoming more popular as they can help balance and add hydration to the skin regardless of your skin type. To get naturally glowing skin, read 5 Ways To Get Hydrated, Glowing Skin and Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin.
2. Use a foundation with a dewy, glowy finish
A foundation that has a matte finish may make your face appear dull. Choose a light reflecting foundation or use a BB cream which has sheer coverage but doubles up as a moisturiser. The finish of your foundation should give you a dewy yet natural look.
3. Use a highlighter
Adding light to the correct places on your face can make you look more awake. Highlight above the cheekbones, in the centre of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and even slightly above the cupid's bow of your lips.
4. Use a light, brightening concealer
The eyes give it away. Hide those dark circles and puffy eyes. Choose a salmon-colored concealer under the eye first to counteract the dark circles, then blend a light reflecting concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone under the eyes to fake a bright eyed look.
5. Add a pop of color to your makeup
If all fails and you are short on time, add a pop of color to your look. Throw on a vibrant colored blush or lipstick such as coral or bright pink for an instant awake look.
Nothing is more festive than wearing the classic red lip during the holidays. The red lip creates an instant glamorous yet polished look that is appropriate for all holiday gatherings. Here is a list of the top five low end and high end red lipsticks that is worth the investment during the most wonderful time of the year. To learn how to make your lipstick last throughout an entire party, please read my post on 5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day .
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Siren In Scarlet
This is a new favourite; one of the most moisturising and non-drying matte lipsticks one the market. It is a brighter red that instantly brightens up your face and makes you look more youthful.
New York Color-Ultra Moist Lip Wear Retro Red 308B
One of the most inexpensive red lipsticks around. This lipstick works exceptionally well on those with warm undertones. The packaging may not be the most durable, but the product itself is moisturising and wear well for the price.
Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Fire and Ice
A favourite for many years, this red lip has a little bit of a coral undertone. Known for its creamy consistency and long wear ability, Revlon Super Lustrous Creme formula lipsticks are not only affordable but comparable to many high end brands.
MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo
Pair this red lip with a cherry lip liner and its known to give you the classic Snow White red lip. Since it has a matte formula, remember to exfoliate your lips and apply lip balm before putting this lipstick on.
NARS Red Lizard
NARS is known for its high impact and bold lipsticks. Red Lizard is a slightly darker classic red that has a flattering blue tone which makes teeth appear whiter.
Here are five products that will keep your makeup looking beautiful at the beach/pool even when you get wet. Summer is here and not all of us can go makeup less when we have a beach/pool day. Many products claim to be water-resistant but only a handful can be considered truly waterproof. For more longlasting makeup tips, read my series of posts on How to Make Your Makeup Stay On .
MAC Liquidlast Liner
All other forms of eyeliners, especially pencil, can smudge upon contact with water. MAC's liquidlast liner has a gel-like formula that takes a few minutes to dry but does not smudge at all afterwards.
Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
As the name claims, this mascara has been put to the test under wet conditions. The mascara is also extremely volumizing, lengthening and holds the curl after using an eyelash curler.
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
One of the newest breakthrough product of the makeup industry, Anastasia's Dripbrow Pomade has invented waterproof brows with its gel-like texture. Do not underestimate what eyebrows can do for your face. Having nice full eyebrows frames your face and makes your look years younger.
Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream
Skip the foundation if you are afraid of it melting off and spot conceal with concealer instead. This Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer can conceal scars, acne and even tattoos.
Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow
These cream eyeshadows are super easy to apply and very blendable. Maybelline offers a wide array of colors from Bad to the Bronze; a metallic bronze color to Tenacious Teal; a perfect vibrant color for the beach/pool.
Here are the most reliable high-end and low-end eyeshadows that last all day without touch up. Many love wearing eyeshadow but wearing eyeshadow can be high maintenance. With the below eyeshadows, you will have vibrant, non-creasing eye looks all day long! To see ways to make your eyeshadow stay on all day, read my post on 5 Ways To Make Eye Shadow Stay On All Day .
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Eyeshadow
In a cream formula, this eyeshadow is smooth, easy to blend and waterproof. This shadow is perfect for getting wet and is quick to apply with your fingers.
Too Faced Eyeshadow
From their Natural Eye Palette to their Chocoloate Bar Palette, Too faced eyeshadows have rich, fine texture that offer maximum payoff and very little fall out. Use along with Too Faced Shadow insurance or wet your brush to get even more vibrant and lasting results.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
From their Naked palettes to their single shadows, Urban decay makes one of the most popular eyeshadows for all beauty lovers. Urban Decay creates versatile and exquisite colors that are hard to come by. Use with the famous Urban Decay Primer Potion for the most intense looks.
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow
Like the name, these eyeshadows feel like silk and blend like a dream. You will apply the shadow evenly and perfectly every time with this formula. You can add more intensity and staying power by layering a matching shadow on top.
Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow
The formula feels velvety and lightweight and you get almost no fall out. These shadows are very buildable so you can create a sheer wash of color or create a rich pigmented look. The Color Design Eye-Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner palettes contains perfectly coordinated shadows as well as liners to complete the eye look.
Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo
A cheaper version of the Make Up Forever Aqua Cream, these shadow are like tattoo on your eyes until you decide to take it off at the end of the day. These are best applied with fingers and if applied with a matching eyeshadow, the eye look is budge-proof.
L'oreal Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow
A complete dupe of the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Silk Eyeshadow, these shadows feel like pressed pigments and are very buildable as you can layer pigments on top of pigments. This line of eyeshadow offers perfect shades to brighten the inner eye corner.
Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hr Wear
In a stick format, these are great for on-the-go. The pencil form makes it easy to get precise application to get the desired looks. The dark colors can also be used as eyeliners or to create smoky looks when smudged.
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow
Known for their eye enhancing colors for brown, green, blue eyes. These shadow strips offer the most flattering colors for any eye color. Take the guesswork out of picking eyeshadow colors and use these shimmery coordinated shades.
Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeshadow
A dupe for the Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow. These quads offer silky, buttery shadows that have almost no fallout due to their ingenious texture. This line offers vibrant quads that are perfect for spring and summer as well as office appropriate neutrals.
Glowing, radiant, hydrated skin is the best makeup you can wear. Beautiful skin looks youthful and timeless. Whether you naturally have dry skin or have dry skin during the winter, here are 5 ways to prevent dry, flaky skin.
1. Exfoliate on a regular basis
Exfoliate your skin once or twice every week to get rid of the dead skin cells. Using a gentle exfoliator that does not strip away the natural oils of the skin will keep your skin smooth and do not over-exfoliate as it can make your skin dry.
Perhaps the most important step to your daily skincare regimen. Using a moisturizer to hydrate your skin twice a day can maintain moisture in your skin and prevent wrinkles.For acne prone skin, read my post on 10 ways to get acne free, clear skin- the secret to great skin .
3. Use a hydrating, gentle cleanser
Choosing a cleanser that does not have harsh chemicals or drying ingredients can prevent dry skin. Stay away from acne fighting ingredients that dry out the skin and select a creamy or milky cleanser that claims to hydrate the skin.
4. Pamper your skin with hydration
Treat your skin to deep hydration at least once a week. Use a hydrating mask, hydration serum or oil treatments to rejuvenate your skin.
5. Eat Well, Stay hydrated, Sleep
Hydrated skin starts from within. Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of water and get your beauty sleep. Not only will your skin be hydrated, the texture of your skin will transform also.
To learn about how to use makeup to appear more awake and glowing, read 5 Ways To Look Radiant, Energized and More Awake With Makeup.
Here are the top 10 best long lasting eyeliners of all time; these liners are smudgeproof, budgeproof and offer great color payoff. The list will include different formulations of liners as well as price range to suit all budgets. Say goodbye to raccoon eyes! For the top 10 tips and tricks to prolong the wear of any eyeliners, visit my post on 10 Ways To Make Your Eyeliner Stay Put The Entire Day.
L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black
Price: Around $10 US
Liner Type: Liquid felt pen
Intensity: Carbon black is very intense, but the liner also comes in black mica and earthen rock brown
Smoothness: Glides easily with no tugging of eyelids
Waterproof? No but very fade resistant and lasts all day
Blendable? Not blendable, dries fast
Milani Liquid Eye Eyeliner in Black
Price: Around $7 US
Liner Type: Pencil
Intensity: Very pigmented true black color
Smoothness: Liquid-like smoothness
Waterproof? Quite waterproof, claims all day wear up to 24 hours
Blendable? Very blendable for 15 seconds before the liner sets
Maybelline Ultra Liner Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black
Price: Around $7 US
Liner Type: Liquid felt tip
Intensity: Dark black
Smoothness: Smooth and precise application
Waterproof? Completely waterproof with no skidding or smearing
L`Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24 Hours in Blackest Black
Price: Around $10 US
Liner Type: Gel
Intensity: Extremely intense carbon black with lacquer finish
Smoothness: Extremely creamy and smooth for easy application
Waterproof? Very waterproof, claims 24 hour wear
Blendable? Not very blendable
Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
Price: Around $6 US
Liner Type: Pencil
Intensity: Black but not extremely dark
Smoothness: Soft and glides on effortlessly
Waterproof? 100% waterproof
Blendable? Blendable until liner sets
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Price: Around $25 US
Liner Type: Gel
Intensity: Opaque and jet black that gives the intensity of liquid eyeliner
Smoothness: Very smooth gel texture with great glide
Waterproof?: Water-resistant but not waterproof
Blendable?: Need to blend quickly with product before product sets
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
Price: Around $20 US
Liner Type: Gel
Intensity: Very dark
Smoothness: Extremely silky and soft to provide smooth glide
Waterproof? Quite waterproof although not stated on website
Blendable? Can be blended before it dries to create soft smoky effect
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion
Price: Around $20 US
Liner Type: Pencil
Intensity: Perversion is the blackest black, also available in zero which is a less intense black
Smoothness: Velvety soft and
Waterproof? Yes and lasts 24/7 as name implies
Blendable? Very blendable for first 30 seconds
Lancôme Artliner 24 H Bold Color Precision Point Eyeliner in Black Diamond
Price: Around $30 US
Liner Type: Liquid foam tip liner
Intensity: Bold color with wet-vinyl finish
Smoothness: Foam tip allows smooth application
Waterproof? Does not indicate waterproof but will last 24 hours
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Price: Around $18 US
Liner Type: Brush tip
Intensity: Ink black with high pigment and no streaks
Smoothness: Fine brush tip offers fluid-like application
Waterproof? Yes with no cracking or melting
Blendable? No, sets fast
Here are 5 simple ways that can help dramatically decrease the size of your pimples. Pimples come at the worst time, right before a special event like a date or wedding. These tips will allow the pimples to heal in the shortest time.
1. Keep the skin clean
An effective cleansing regimen is one of the most important steps to zap pimples since pimples form due to clogged pores. Once you see the pimple start to appear, use an oil free cleanser (best if the cleanser contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) and spend time massaging the area before rinsing. Then pat your face dry gently with a clean towel.
2. Apply a concentrated topical agent to the area
Keep a concentrated acne treatment gel or cream in your medicine cabinet. Apply a gel or cream containing 2% salicylic acid or 5% benzoyl peroxide as soon as you feel a pimple forming. This may decrease the size and shorten the life of the pimple. For a list of effective acne products. Read my post on
Reviews on the Most Effective Acne Products.
3. Moisturize your skin with acne fighting cream or gel
Many skip this step because they believe it will make their face oilier and cause more breakouts. The cleanser and the topical agent may be harsh on your skin; using an oil-free moisturizer will hydrate the skin but not make it oilier.
4. Avoid touching or squeezing the pimple
Touching or squeezing your pimple may transfer the bacteria to other location on your face and cause more breakouts because your hands are full of bacteria. Use clean hands if you really need to squeeze the pimple and apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide topical agent afterwards. Remember also to keep your pillows and sheets clean so bacteria does not spread to your face.
5. Wear minimal makeup
It is important to let your skin breathe when you have uncontrollable breakouts. Putting lots of concealer and oily foundation on the pimple can cause the pimple to worsen and prolong the healing time. For easy tips on covering pimples, visit my post on 10 Tips to Cover Pimples, Blemishes, Acne Scars, Freckles Perfectly. Wear your makeup for as little hours as possible to allow the pimple to heal the fastest.
The key to having a healthy tan is moderation. Here are 5 must-have products that will help you achieve a natural, believable tan from head to toe.
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Hands down the most affordable matte bronzer you can find on the market. This is a stand out product from NYC and even beat a majority of the high-end bronzers. The tone of this bronzer is perfect as it has a hint of warmth so that it gives you a tan that isn't muddy and does not make you look orange.
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Finally, a long-lasting bronzer that universally flatters all skin tones. Use a light hand if you are fair and use it as an all over bronzer if you are darker for a healthy glow. The product distributes evenly with perfect pigmentation every time for fool-proof application.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Think of this as tan in a can. Heads off for Sally Hansen for producing an instant, water resistant glowy bronzing product. Don't let the name throw you off, this product can be used all over the body.Depending on the shade you select for your skin tone it can be used to add a natural shimmer to the skin or a goddess tan that photographs beautifully.
Physician's Formula Bronze Boosting Glow Booster Season to Season Bronzer
Physician's Formula is known for its high quality products perfect for sensitive skin. This versatile product allows you to customize the desired bronze level through all seasons. Why purchase a bronzer for each season if you can have all in one palette.
Tarte Amazon Bronze Amazonian Clay & Annatto Body Bronzer
With Tarte, you know you are getting natural nourishing ingredients that has skin improving properties. This natural looking all over bronzer hydrates the skin by decreasing dry patches while absorbing excess oil. With a generous amount of product, this bronzer will be worth your investment.
Any imperfections on your skin can draw unwanted attention. Here are 10 effective and easy tips to cover any imperfection on your face including pimples, blemishes, acne scars and freckles. Try them out and also read my post on Reviews on the Most Effective Acne Products.
1. Prepare your skin
It is important to create a good canvas for any product you will put on top of the blemishes. Exfoliate weekly and use a moisturizer before applying any products. To learn more about ways to quickly get rid of pimples, read my post on 5 Ways To Get Rid of a Pimple Fast!
2. Choose the perfect formula of concealer
Concealers come in various formulas from creams, liquids to powders. Depending on your skin type, choose a liquid concealer for dry skin, cream concealer for drier skin and powder concealer for oily skin so your skin will look natural and blended.
3. Choose the perfect concealer color
Match your concealer shade perfectly. Try the concealer before purchasing the product or read reviews for color match before purchasing. A concealer that is too light or dark magnify the imperfection.
4.Apply foundation before concealer
The worst scenario is using too much product on the imperfection which will emphasize the flaw. Apply a good layer of foundation first and then conceal the rest of the imperfections. This will help save your makeup products too.
5.Use the perfect tool to apply the concealer
Using the perfect tool make the process hygienic and effective. Generally, a concealer brush is the best applicator. Do not use too much of the product, slowly build your way to cover.
6. Use a yellow or green based corrector
Neutralizing the imperfection first can camouflage the flaw. For a blemish or pimple, applying a green corrector below the concealer to neutralize the redness. A yellow based corrector may be used on darker pigments or scars but is best for under eye circles.
7. Select a multifunction concealer that heals your acne
Many are skeptical about applying products on acne because it may prevent healing. Some concealers on the market heal the acne by drying it. An example is the Vichy Normaderm Anti-imperfection stick which contains lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA) that conceals and penetrates the imperfection to dry it out. To read more about how to treat acne, please read 10 Ways To Get Acne Free Clear Skin.
8. Top off the concealer with a powder
Apply a thin layer of powder over the imperfection. This will help extend the wear of the concealer and mattify the area to avoid shine accentuating the imperfection.
9. Blend the borders of the concealer
When it comes to apply concealer on blemishes or acne, always apply on the spot as well as a little past the borders. Blend the concealer into the rest of the foundation to accomplish a uniform look.
10. Keep your skin hydrated for the rest of the day
Your blemish or pimple can start to dry throughout the day and get noticed. Spray a hydrating mist or spring water on your face to keep the makeup looking fresh.
Here is a list and description of the top 10 long-lasting foundations offering the best coverage; 5 high-end and 5 low-end (in no chronological order). Having perfect and flawless skin the entire day makes the biggest difference in your makeup. Foundations should make you look youthful, healthy, and make your skin look naturally flawless. The foundation acts as a canvas for the rest of the makeup to perform. To even increase the wear of these foundations, please visit 10 Ways to Make Your Foundation Stay On All Day
Estee lauder Double Wear Foundation
- Offers at least 15 hr of worry-free and comfortable wear. Oil free and fragrance free.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation
- Feels light-weight, great coverage. this foundation looks better as the day goes on.
- Excellent coverage, may feel heavy for some or cause breakouts. Has a very studio-like and photogenic finish.
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation
- 100% Full Coverage. Transfer resistant, helps to absorb oil for a matte finish.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Full Coverage Foundation
- Natural ingredients with SPF of 15, Skin smart technology makes this foundation great for dry, oily or combination skin.
Revlon Colorstay 24 Hr Foundation ( liquid and whipped)
- A cheaper alternative to Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation. Need to work with the formula fast but by far one of the most popular foundations ever created.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr Foundation
- Very affordable and comparable foundation to Revlon Colorstay Foundation. Easy to blend but has limited color selection and is not fragrance free.
Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hr Foundation
- Amazing coverage, fragrance free, oil free. Lacking in yellow-toned color selection.
- Great packaging with pump. 16 hours of continuous wear, SPF 18 and enriched with vitamin and mineral complex to fight signs of fatigue.
Almay TLC Truly Lasting Color Foundation
- Great for acne prone skin. Enriched with green tea and vitamin E to help with acne scaring while providing 16 hr of wear.