Tuesday, November 12, 2013

30 Tips for a Flawless Face

  • If you always seem to end up with caked-up foundation, try applying it in thin layers, buffing with a big brush between each one. You'll save foundation, your skin will look natural, and it'll still cover everything!
  • Applying your concealer in an upside-down triangle shape (versus just under the eye) helps the color blend evenly, and has the added advantage of making the whole area look brighter.

  • Got a zit on your nose red enough to get you mistaken as Rudolph? Dab some Visine eye drops on it and watch the redness fade.
  • We've all heard it before. Putting anything with oil on your face is a guaranteed way to get breakouts. But on the contrary, as long as you're using a non-comodogenic oil, the chances of an adverse reaction are quite slim. The perfect example of a good-for-your-face-oil? Coconut oil.
  • Picking at your skin is one of the worst things you can do to your face, but once you start, it's hard habit to kick. Keeping a thick ponytail holder (not a rubber band!) around your wrist and snapping it lightly at the urge to touch your face should help. If this still doesn't help you quit after a few weeks, you'll need to find something to occupy your hands when you feel like touching your face. Typing, texting or painting some clear nail polish on your fingertips (can't touch your face with wet nails!) are great options.
  • Keep your makeup brushes clean! You'd be surprised how much bacteria and gunk is all over those brushes, and how badly your skin can react to a dirty powder brush. A good guideline is to wash all brushes used with liquids to gels after each use, and brushes used with powder products at least once a week.
  • While we're at it, clean any electronics that come in contact with your face at least twice a week. This includes cell phones, handheld phones, headphones, etc. Think of all the things that touch that stuff. Oil from your face and fingers, bacteria and germs, not to mention environmental irritants in the air. Use an alcohol prep pad to disinfect and clean your electronics, and make sure that any touchscreen devices have screen protectors before cleaning!

  • Sometimes, your face can look a little washed out after finishing your foundation routine. For the days when they happens, a little setting spray (such as Fix+) and buffing gently will add the natural dewiness back to your skin. Follow up with your favorite highlighter on your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and brow bone, and you're good to go!
  • Consistency is key. You can have the most expensive, detailed routine in the world that takes 10 products and half an hour, but if you don't stick to it, it might just be faster to flush money down the toilet. If you can't make yourself stick to a product heavy routine, make a habit of cleansing and moisturizing twice a day and build on top of that if necesary.
  • Twice a day! No excuses. Wash in the morning to get off any oil or dirt that settled into your pores overnight, and wash at night to remove makeup, dirt, and oil from environment, hard work, oily skin, etc. Washing after exercise is a good habit to get into as well.

  • If you suffer from seriously sensitive eyes and can't tolerate the chemicals in eye makeup remover, get a tub of Vaseline (rhinestones optional)! It removes almost any non-waterproof eye makeup your throw at it, and can also double as a soothing, anti-aging, eye cream. It's very thick, so only use it at night, and let it soak in while you sleep.
  • Clarisonic owners, take note. You can pop the outer ring of the Clarisonic head to get a deeper clean around your T-zone. Do this once a week, and you'll see a big reduction in blackheads.
  • Eating an unhealthy diet doesn't necessarily affect your skin, but eating a healthy one does! Keep your diet full of fruits, veggies, and water, and you'll notice some really fantastic results.

  • Fall is in full swing, and you know what that means? PUMPKIN spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds...you get the idea. So, next time you're carving a pumpkin or making a pie, set aside some of the insides and use it as a face mask. It's a natural plethora of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • While washing your face with warm water is great at killing acne-causing bacteria, try rinsing off your cleanser afterwards with cold water. It shocks your system, helping you wake up, and gives your skin a pretty glow. It also closes your pores, making them temporarily smaller!
  • Sleep! When you don't get enough sleep, it puts stress on your body's system, including your skin. Personally, when I don't sleep enough, I get angry red pimples all over my face, combined with dry spots and dullness. So do yourself a favor and grab some extra Zzzzs tonight. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • When you buy a new foundation that seems cakey or streaky, try applying it with several methods of application to see which one works best and looks the most natural. Often it's not the foundation that's the problem, it's the way it's applied. So if, for instance, that new bottle of MUFE cakes when you use a stippling brush, that's not to say it won't look great with your Beautyblender.
  • Contouring is your best friend, any day. When your skin looks a little "blah", proper use of bronzer, blush and highlighter an make a big impact. Spend some time on the weekend reading tutorials and practicing on your face. Once you've learned to utilize these skills, it makes your face makeup look 10x better.
  • It cane take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to see results with a new skincare product routine. Stick with it for at least twelve weeks, if you don't see any difference by then, you most likely never will, and it's time to switch your routine up again.
  • You don't know what a skincare emergency is until you wake up on the morning of a big, important event with an enormous pimple that can't be hidden by any amount of concealer. On frustrating days like that, crush up an aspirin and mix in a pea-sized amount of honey with a drop of tea tree oil. Dab the paste onto the offender and wait 10 minutes before gently rinsing it off with cool water. Pat a little moisturizer on top, and you should see some serious improvement in a matter of minutes.
  • One of the most important parts of applying face makeup perfectly is having a great primer on hand. A good primer glides over dry skin, controls oil, and creates a smooth canvas for foundation to applied over. While there are some great expensive options out there, one of my budget-friendly favorites is L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base.
  • You can use hydrocortisone cream to get rid of cystic acne bumps. However, it should be used only in a skincare emergency, since it's a steroid and can thin out the skin over time. Be sure to only dab it on the cyst!
  • For a casual, low-maintenance look that still covers everything necessary, smooth on two thin layers of light coverage BB Cream or tinted moisturizer, then cover any bad blemishes with a heavy duty concealer such as Make Up For Ever Full Cover. Finish up with a small amount of pressed powder patted onto the skin with a puff.
  • Always have a Dove Beauty Bar on hand. It works wonderfully as a face cleanser for acne, and can also help calm sensitivity after having a bad reaction to a product.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to kill bacteria in pimples. It's a great option to have when you've got a real mountain growing on your face, but it can severely dry out the skin, so as always, use a rich moisturizer on top of it!
  • Learn to give yourself a facial massage, and find a set of instructions that works for you. I really love the detailed instruction on the Shiseido site, which you can find HERE. They promote anti-aging and overall skin health.
  • When you apply liquid skincare products, apply them in an upward motion. Pulling your skin down causes premature wrinkles and irritation. Use firm but gentle strokes for best results!
  • Always apply your foundation down and outward. This ensures that all the little peach-fuzz hairs on your face lie flat, helping to avoid that fuzzy, caked up look.
  • If you get puffy eyes in the morning, stick your eye cream in the refrigerator overnight. When you apply it in the morning, the cold will shrink the blood vessels, bringing down the puffiness.
  • Before applying a face mask, use a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. It'll help the mask to get deeper into the pores and pull all kinds of impurities to the surface.
Hope you enjoyed this list!

Lainey L.

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