Sunday, February 28, 2010

a work in progress

Ok everyone... I have given you some info and basic tips on makeup and makeup accessories. This blog is a work in progress. Right now I just don't have time. I will add pics to all the blog topics to give you a better view of what I write about.So if your tuning in for the first time, you didn't miss anything. I will be working on this blog sum more.. There is so much to write about when it comes to makeup.. If minerals are not for you; not to worry I will be adding different brands to my website very soon. Until next time, I hope that what I have written is helpful. I have a few other projects going on as well as life. There will be more to come..


Monday, February 22, 2010

Colors that match skin tones

These are easy tips to follow when learning the right colors for you. There are two categories that all of these fall under. Warm and Cool tones. Consider the tone of your skin first, than the eyes and hair. When creating a look, everything matters. Even though these are very good tips, do not be afraid to experiment and have fun with your looks.


Eyes: golden brown, green, blue, turquoise or hazel with gold flecks.
Skin: brown with golden undertones, pale with peach or gold undertones, freckled, ruddy or golden due to a tan.
Hair: brown but throws off red tones, red, strawberry blonde or grey with a yellow cast.

Best colors:
Cheeks - apricot, peach, bronze
Lips - bronze, plums, spice, cherry reds, yellow reds, brick reds, apricot browns, soft peach, soft beige, cocoa, toast, brown-peach, peachy-bronze.
Clothes - brights such as red, blue, yellow, and earth tones such as khaki, rust, olive, warm brown, beige.

Worst colors: Bluish pinks or dull, pale pinks.


Eyes: Deep brown, black/brown, grey blue, dark blue, hazel with grey or blue flecks.
Skin: Chocolate brown, true olive (most Asian and Latino skin), medium with no color in cheeks, or pale with pink in cheeks, pale with pink undertones, or bronze due to a tan.
Hair: Blue-black, dark to medium brown with no red undertones, golden blonde, grey or white.

Best colors:
Cheeks - Pink, rosy shades
Lips - blue reds, berry, soft rose, mauve, burgundy, maroon browns, raisin, pink-browns.
Clothes - deep jewel tones, burgundy, navy, deep indigo, chalky, soft pastels.

Worst colors: yellow & orange

Tones and colors that best suit the eye color.

BROWN: Play with dark violet, navy, blue, black or chocolate tones.

BLUE: Blues, grey-mauve and violet are especially good.

GREEN OR HAZEL: Eggplant, copper red, purple, mauve and various browns. A dark shade of teal as well.

Monday, February 15, 2010

How to find your skin tone

Choosing a concealer or foundation for your skin tone can be tough. Every cosmetics company calls each shade a different name. But if you are sure about your skin tone this can become an easy task, no matter the product line you choose.
Tip: It’s always been said, to match the shades to your wrist. Well, that’s not always right. Your arm can be a totally different tone than your face. If you tan naturally, have splotchy skin this can easily create a problem. Instead match the shade to your chest, neck area. This will also prevent that ugly “makeup line” that appears on the jaw line if the tones aren’t matched properly. If your skin tone changes with the seasons, I advise that you find your tone for winter and the summer.

Cool: Your skin tends to be pinkish and you burn rather than tan in the sun. If your skin is a bit deeper your tan tends to be reddish rather than brown.

Neutral: Your tone is peachy, without obvious yellow or pink tones. You either burn immediately, or burn and then tan slightly.

Beige: Your coloring is beige-peach with a touch of yellow, and you may tan a bit.

Warm: You have noticeable peach to yellow undertones and tend to tan easily. If you are very pale you may still burn a bit at first. Your tan tends to be warm golden brown.

Golden: You have a rich yellow skin tone, without a hint of pink or beige. You tend to tan easily, unless you are very pale.

Olive: Your skin tone is beige without a hint of pink or yellow. You probably tan easily even if you are pale.

Level 0 Shade: Almost white on the skin. For the palest skin tones

Level 1 Shade: Extremely pale but with a bit of color.

Level 2 Shade: Pale but with color undertones.

Level 3 Shade: Light to medium skin tone.

Level 4 Shade: Medium skin tone.

Level 5 Shade: Caramel skin tones with any undertone.

Level 6 Shade: Between medium and deep.

Level 7 Shade: Deep Bronze or dark tan skin tones.

Level 8 Shade: Dark brown skin tones.

Level 9 Shade: Deepest skin tones – Usually called Ebony.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Beauty tip # 1

A few tips for skin care whether you have acne, oily, dry to combination skin or rosacea.

Everyone knows that this can be a problem that can cost you dearly. So here are some FREE tips on how to take care of your skin.

For dry to combination skin types, you can use soda water as a wash. This is a good for exfoliating the skin and giving it a clean smoother texture. Moisturize with a non greasy lotion, or use some extra virgin olive oil.

For oily skin try using lemon juice as an astringent. Rubbing your face lightly with the juice will help remove any excess oil that may be hiding inside your pores. It can also exfoliate you skin.

To calm irritated skin or rosacea these are some natural herbs found in pill form or teas. Aloe, fenugreek, burdock root, chamomile, red clover, rose hips, selenium, B vitamins and zinc. These can be soothing to the skin. They can be found in your nearest health foods store. There is also some, unique pine soaps used for cleaning the irritated rosacea areas. As for creams, I advise you get a prescription to properly treat the problem. These are just some soothing methods.

To treat blemishes. Forget the alcohol, use peroxide instead. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE!! I myself have been a victim to falling for that wives tale.

For a mint wash you can lay a warm damp clothe on your face for ten minutes. Take 1 tsp of peppermint oil in ½ cup cool water. Apply these by dabbing over your face with a cotton ball; never rub!

Also, a dab of triple antibiotic over night can help as well.

For a nice over night moisturizer take a quarter size portion of extra virgin olive oil and apply it all over your face. It will also give your skin a nice smooth texture.

Though these tips are useful, be sure to stay on your daily regimen. Eat healthy and drink water (pineapple juice is great for flushing out impurities as well)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How to choose the right brushes and care for them

Here's a way to test out a brush. Balance the brush on its very tip. Hold the brush vertically on the back of your hand, bristles down, and lightly bounce the brush to test the strength of the bristles. They should only have a slight bend; if they splay or flatten completely, then the brush will be too difficult to use, and the makeup will go everywhere except where you want to put it.

When doing detailed work such as applying eyeliner or defining a brow, you need to add a little pressure with your brush as you apply it. If you have a bad brush the slightest pressure will move the bristles from 1mm to 5mm. And that is huge distance when talking about eyeliner.

With all brushes is a 50/50 ratio, you can buy an expensive brush or a painters brush and get a better outcome with the cheaper painters brush from the craft store. So this is a handy tip when going out to buy brushes.

To properly care for your brushes wash them once a week with a brush cleanser. I use paint remover which works great it is a soap. It washes clean. After I have cleaned them I use germx hand sanitizer. Let them dry on a towel.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Basic make up tools part 2

Make up sponges:

Makeup sponges, also known as cosmetics sponges, can be used to apply or remove certain types of makeup. You can also use them to apply moisturizer or a cleanser. They come in many varieties which can be found at local stores. You will find them wedge shapes, round puffs, infused with Vitamin E, smooth, rough, porous, dense.

Triangular, smooth, semi-dense makeup sponge wedges are best used to apply liquid foundation. A good wedge sponge will be smooth and have small pores for a flawless smooth liquid application. Sponges with larger pores will be good for removing makeup. They are also available infused with Vitamin E which is said to nourish and protect skin.

Smaller wedges with well-defined edges are best for blending in small areas. The sharply crafted edge can be used to fix or make changes to eye makeup without disturbing the entire area, and is perfect for managing lipstick smudges. To make changes without dragging the makeup around or smudging it, you can wet the sponge first. You can also do that before applying the liquid foundation or concealer.

A rough, porous makeup sponge is the best choice for makeup removal. These sponges are highly absorbent, and their rougher texture serves as a tool for dislodging makeup embedded in pores, ensuring a clean, fresh face. I highly recommended a cellulose makeup sponge for cleansing. These sponges hang on to cleanser during the removal process and if water is added to the sponge, the amount of cleanser needed is reduced. The porous nature of the cellulose sponge allows the cleanser and water to be distributed throughout the sponge and mixed together when gently squeezed. You can use sponges if you clean them properly. But I would strongly recommend that you use a new sponge for every application.

You also have other tools like eye lash curler, eye brow brush, eye lash separator. But these are pretty self explanatory.

When curling your eyelashes look straight and down and then curl them. Be sure to curl them for 20 seconds. Then add your mascara, use the eye lash separator to keep your eyelashes from sticking together.

Basic make up tools part 1

Basic makeup application tools:

Foundation Brush

Foundation brushes have long, flat bristles that are tapered at the ends, which is good for applying the liquid foundation evenly. There is also a concealer bush that looks the same just smaller.
Powder Brush
Powder brushes are big and fluffy, which allows them to apply loose foundation evenly.
Kabuki Brush

A kabuki brush has a large bunch of bristles firmly packed into a circular base, with a very short handle. This brush is commonly used for buffing on different types of face powders and can be used for mineral makeup. This brush will give you a complete even finish.
Blush Brush

A blush brushes are used for adding color to your cheeks. There are two types of blush brushes that are most popular: large and fluffy blush brushes or small and angled blush brushes. The bristles should be soft, which will give you a more natural look.
Eye shadow Brush

Eye shadow brushes are small and come in a wide variety of shapes. Angled or pointy eye shadow brushes are used to line the eyes; blunt brushes are used to add color to the eyelids.

Monday, February 1, 2010

How to find your face shape part 2

Oval shape:

If your face is rounded, long and narrow without any dominant areas. It is an oval shape and is a harmonious shape.

Round shape:

If your face looks circular, short and wide with a low round hair line and a short chin and rounded jaw line. You can slenderize by adding to the vertical emphasis to make it appear more oval.

Oblong shape:

If your face looks long and narrow with a wide jaw line. You can apply deeper tones under the chin and horizontally at your hair line. Giving the horizontal lines should be emphasized as much as possible. Especially brow shape, cheek color and lip shape. You can also use highlighting to give you a visual look of width.

Pear shape:

IF your face has a narrow forehead and hair line is broad and straight. You can add width to the forehead by highlighting with a lighter tone; to reduce the width of the jaw line.

Heart shape:

If your forehead is wide and your jaw and chin line is narrow. Minimize the width of the forehead with contouring with a darker tone and widen the jaw line by highlighting with a lighter tone.

Diamond shape:

If your cheek bones are predominant contrasts with a narrow chin or jaw line. You can minimize width of your cheek bones by contouring them with a darker tone. Highlight your jaw line and forehead with a lighter tone.

How to find your face shape part 1

When you want to find your face shape, you can start with measuring the three sections of the face. You can do this using the three section technique, let’s begin.

Section one:

Starts from the front hairline and ends at the middle of your eyebrows.

Section two:

Starts from the middle of the eyebrows and ends at the tip of your nose.

Section three:

Starts from the tip of your nose and ends at the tip of your chin.

If all three sections are equal then your face shape is called a harmonious one. If your face isn’t harmonious don’t worry. When makeup is used properly it can give you a flawless look. Try following these steps.

Comb and pin up your hair and get it out of your face

Remove any jewelry and glasses you my have on.

Look in the mirror and measure the sections with a fabric tape measure