5 Ways To Get Hydrated, Glowing Skin and Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin





 

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.


2. Moisturize

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.


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.

For acne prone skin, read my post on 10 ways to get acne free, clear skin- the secret to great skin .


Top 10 Best Long-Lasting Eyeliners That Stay On All Day





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.









 

                                         LOW END

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
Blendable? No




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







                                    HIGH END

 
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



LancĂ´me 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
Blendable? No


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
 



5 Ways To Get Rid of a Pimple 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
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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. 


Top 5 Best Bronzing Products Of All Time for Face and Body



 
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.



10 Tips to Cover Pimples, Blemishes, Acne Scars, Freckles Perfectly





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.

Top 10 Best Long-Lasting Foundations That Stay On All Day



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







 


High End:
 
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.
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
  • 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.

Low End:

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. 
 L'oreal Infallible Foundation

  • 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. 



5 Ways to Stop Mascara From Smudging






  



Here are 5 amazing ways to avoid the raccoon-eyed look created by smudging mascara, which is never a good look for everyday, especially at a professional setting. Smudging mascara can make you look tired, sloppy and ruin your entire makeup look. Here are 5 ways to prevent your mascara from running, so you can look polished and put together at all times. 














1. Choose the right eye cream or moisturizer

The cream or gel you put around the eye can make your mascara run. Choose a water-based instead of oil-based formula and apply a small amount only. Do not apply any on your eyelashes as it will create a barrier on the lashes which will not allow the mascara to adhere; thus causing smearing throughout the day.

 
2. Avoid oily skin

Many individuals have oily eyelids which can come in contact with your mascara and cause smearing. Keeping your skin hydrated but non-oily is essential. Use oil controlling cleansers, toners and moisturizers or blotting paper throughout the day to keep the oil away.




3. Set your eye area with powder 

Whether its after your apply your foundation or concealer, always set the eye area with a bit of setting powder to keep the area dry. This will prevent the mascara from contacting any oily surfaces around your eyes.








4. Choose a waterproof formula mascara

This may seem like a given but it may be the easiest solution. Choose a waterproof mascara that does not flake or a water-resistant formula that is easy to take off at the end of the day. The drier formulated mascara tend to stay put longer. One of the best waterproof mascaras is the Lancome Hypnose Waterproof mascara.

5. Try various eye looks


If you only wear mascara and no powder eyeshadow, your mascara is more likely to smudge since there is no barrier between your skin and mascara. So try different looks and have fun. One good way to prevent mascara from running to your lower lids is to apply eyeshadow along the lower lash line.






Please read about my other How to make your makeup stay on posts:
5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day
10 Ways to Make Your Foundation Stay On All Day
5 Ways To Make Eye Shadow Stay On All Day
10 Ways To Make Your Eyeliner Stay Put The Entire Day

5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day




1. Exfoliate your lips

Just like your foundation, having the perfect, smooth canvas can prolong the wear of your lipstick. Exfoliate your lips regularly. You can splurge on a lip exfoliator or simply spread brown sugar with olive oil on your lips and gently brush off the dead skin cells with a soft bristled toothbrush.


2. Prime and condition your lips

Never underestimate the use of a lip balm or conditioner. Apply a thin layer of the product to smooth out your lips and moisturize them so your lips are ready to take on the lip color. 




3. Use a lip liner and lip brush

Your lip color often fade in a non-flattering way. Lip liners allow the lipstick to stay within the border of your lips. Lip lining can also create definition to your lips and prevent feathering or bleeding of your lipstick. Using a lip brush to apply your lipstick gives precision and make the lip color last longer. 

4. Seal your lipstick

There are a few techniques to do this. The traditional blotting technique is efficient. Apply one layer of lipstick and using a tissue paper, blot the lipstick by pressing your lips on the tissue quickly 1-2 times. Another way is to dab a little bit of translucent powder over your lipstick to seal the lipstick in place. Feel free to reapply a little more of lipstick if the intensity of your lipstick fades during the sealing process.



5. Choose a long wearing lip product

More and more long wearing lip products are on the market. Lip stains is a light weight product that stains your lips and gradually disappears over a long period of time. A popular product on the market right now is the Revlon Balm Stains. A liquid lip color can be heavier on the lips but stay on until you take them off with a remover. An option is the Maybelline 24 Superstay Lipcolor which also comes with a balm stick to prep your lips. 

Please read about my other How to make your makeup stay on series:
5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day
10 Ways to Make Your Foundation Stay On All Day
5 Ways To Make Eye Shadow Stay On All Day
10 Ways To Make Your Eyeliner Stay Put The Entire Day




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