You do not need to apply your makeup with a small trowel to make it last! It is more about the correct skin preparation and an effective technique of makeup layering. If you do this correctly, you can apply your makeup very lightly and still have a flawless finish 12 hours later.
Step 1. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin thoroughly, and then apply a generous dollop of moisturiser to your face, and eye cream to your eyes. Leave skin to settle for half an hour.
Step 2. Apply an eye primer to your eyes, and face primer to your face.
Step 3. Ideally using a round foundation brush or your fingertips, apply an even coverage of foundation to your face and under your eyes. Apply concealer to spots on face, or dab on another layer of foundation. Apply a lighter concealer under your eyes to conceal any dark shadows. I personally like using my fingers when I apply foundation to my face as it means I can keep the coverage to a bare minimum in the good skin areas, and apply a thicker coat where I need more help!
Step 4. By using a powder foundation instead of a normal translucent powder, will help make your makeup last, do not be afraid to apply this quite generously with a large powder brush, as it will settle into your skin after approximately 1/2 hour, giving you a flawless finish.
Step 5. Apply a base coat of colour over your eyelid, or a lighter powder foundation and keep layering the eye colours on starting with the lighter colours and building up to darker colours – this assists in keeping your eyes looking clean and fresh. Apply eyeliner last and apply pencil or eyeshadow over the top to either blend it in, or aid in keeping it on.
Step 6. Apply a dollop of cheek cream colour to your cheeks before applying your blusher – this is a double-dip – but helps keep your makeup looking fresh!
Step 7. To keep your lips looking great – apply, lip balm – leave for 10 minutes, then pencil, lipstick and then lipgloss – shiny luscious lips, no bleed!
Yesterday I had a rant about washing your hair correctly, and today II will tell you how to cleanse your face for flawless skin! Because again – you will most probably be surprised that you don’t do that correctly either!
I see more bad skins today than when there were very few cleansing options available for girls on the market – the worst thing I saw was dehydrated dry skin caused due to girls washing their faces with soap.
But I never saw red, inflamed skin, severely stripped skin, thickened skin with whiteheads (those little white lumps which no matter how much you squeeze them nothing comes out). Skin covered in eczema, rashes, irritation, congestion, pimples and acne – and I was a problem skin specialist!
Girls who had acne usually had endocrinal issues, a genetic disposition towards acne, or food intolerances which had not been diagnosed – or a shocking diet.
When you cleanse your face – you should use your cleanser (not face wipes – THEY DON’T CLEAN YOUR SKIN!) from your forehead, down to below your breasts – working cleanser over your eyes, through your brows, back behind your ears, down the back of your neck, across your shoulders and down your décolletage and over your breasts and around and under them.
If you have breakouts on your back – your need to cleanse that as well.
You must cleanse morning and night with a skin suitable cleanser.
If you wear makeup, you need to cleanse twice.
If you work in the city, you need to cleanse twice.
If you were sweaty today – cleanse twice.
Ideally the first cleanse should be with coconut oil, as it loosens the dirt and makeup, soothes the skin, kills the bacteria and hydrates the skin.
It does need to be removed with a face washer unless you are in the shower – then just rinse it off with warm water.
Follow with your cleanser – you will be amazed at how quickly you will see an improvement in your skin.
Blackheads, irritation, redness, fine lines and dry flaky spots will smooth out, if you suffer from blackheads on your décolletage and around your breasts, they will all disappear.
Just remember to exfoliate 2 x weekly and moisturise twice daily everywhere you cleansed! 👇👇👇
As a hair and makeup artist, I cannot begin to tell you how many people who think they wash their hair well, actually don't!
I spend a lot of time at weddings and shoots spraying copious quantities of dry hair shampoo into newly washed hair. So often the smell of oil and sweat which emerges from my client's scalp makes my stomach turn.
And these are not dirty girls either, they are beautifully groomed and clean and frequently have just washed their hair in the last hour or so.
The trick to washing your hair is to wash the scalp, not the hair, but the scalp.
Wet your hair thoroughly under the shower and apply your shampoo to the scalp on the hot spot. The hot spot- is the back of the head where you wear your ponytail or bun. Scrub your whole scalp with your fingertips as if your life depended on it! Then run the foam through the rest of your hair to the ends and rinse.
If the weather is hot, or you are using a natural shampoo repeat. If you have Balayage or an oily scalp with dry ends, you may need to use two different shampoos - one for the roots and one for the ends as you will find that the one which suits the ends will leave your scalp oily and the one which suits the roots will leave the ends dry.
Conditioner must only be applied to the ends of the hair, not anywhere near the scalp - the scalp does not need conditioning. Massage the conditioner into the ends, and with a wide-toothed comb, comb it through all of your hair if you have dry, or bleached hair. If you have natural hair, only comb it through the ends, and 1/2 way up the shaft.
If you use hair styling products or oils - ensure that you use a clarifying deep cleansing shampoo such as @davroe - it is natural and vegan!
If you have ongoing scalp issues, massage Apple Cider Vinegar into your scalp straight after you shampoo, rinse and then condition as usual. Great for dandruff, and itchy scalp. It also removes any product build-up from your scalp and hair.
We all breathe every day but do you actually ‘breathe’. Breathing –really breathing, is fundamentally important to our wellbeing.
Throughout the day we breathe up to twenty-eight thousand times! Which is about as many times as the average person will go to bed in a lifetime!
But how often do you think about your breathing?
Breathing is life, everything breathes people, all animals, all plants, in fact, the whole entire planet breathes.
Breathing is the central unchanging fact of existence.
There is evidence linking laboured or impaired breathing to diseases such as emphysema, asthma and bronchitis. All which affect the immune system – therefore your health.
Are you holding your breath when you a typing at the computer? Or running up the stairs to an important meeting?
Do you ever stop to just take a big deep breath just for the sake of it?
You will find that once you become aware of your breathing – you will notice how discordant it is.
But it is also incredibly easy to remedy!
Every now and again just breathe in and just sigh. Sighing creates resistance to airflow on exhalation and this can help relax the chest muscles.
When someone is stressing you - take a deep breath and release (just do it subtly of course!) How often do you stop and take a deep breath? I know I don’t do it enough – so I now have a sticker on my computer saying BREATHE!
Can a mouthful of oil give you healthy white teeth? It so can! Plus, it detoxifies you!
This strange sounding health practice is right up my ally, as it is a holistic approach to beauty – it not only improves how good you look – but how great you feel and become!
Oil pulling is an age old Ayurvedic treatment – going back 3000 years. It has been widely practiced in India since ancient times as a natural way to detox the body and remedy disease. It has since then been scientifically proven that many diseases found in the body originate in the mouth from nasty bacteria that finds its way down into the gut.
Coconut oil has become the oil of choice due to its numerable health benefits. Oil pulling is not just for the super health conscious, but for anyone after clearer skin, boosted energy levels and strengthened immune system as well as being an amazing way to detox the body. (Great to counteract the big weekend – or lolly or chocolate fix!)
It also has the amazing ability to whiten your teeth – without the sensitivity and pain usually involved in teeth whitening. My teeth look whiter and healthier than ever, and the sensitivity I have suffered from for years (due to teeth whitening products) has completely gone!
Coconut oil pulling works by dissolving the yellowing biofilm crated on teeth by bacteria – otherwise known as plaque. The bacterium is oil soluble which is why oil pulling is such an amazing way to effectively cleanse the teeth without using nasty chemicals found in conventional oral hygiene products. It also means that your dentist trips can be minimized down to just a check up - as there is nothing left to clean - your teeth are just fresh and smooth, which conventional products just cannot achieve.
Oily eyelids can be incredibly debilitating when trying to apply makeup to the eye area because the makeup moves and does not stay put.
But the truth is – there is no such thing as oily eyelids……… We have no sebaceous glands on our eyelids which means we cannot produce oil on them, in actual fact- your eyes are more likely to be dry and dehydrated than oily (think dark circles, makeup which disappears when you apply it, eyeliner which looks as if you have run it over corrugated iron, foundation which clumps, and folds into lines under and on your eyes – yup – they are the symptoms of dehydrated skin)
But if you suffer from what looks and seems like oily eye lids and sockets – it could be caused because of the following issues;
Your eyes are severely dehydrated due to you using drying cleansers for your oily skin, and not replacing the moisture to your face or eyes – so the skin pumps out oil which ends up all over your eyelids.
Your eyes are so dehydrated that the skin absorbs the makeup on your eyes, trying to absorb any moisture from it – which makes you think you have oily eyes because the makeup has disappeared.
You are carrying too much weight – so your body runs hot, and therefore your eye area also runs hot meaning your makeup melts off.
You could also just be someone who runs hot – so this will cause the makeup to melt off.
Your eye-cream is too rich, or has been applied to heavily, or is not suited to your skin needs – this will also cause milia (white heads) – and another reason for milia is because:
You have not been removing your eye-makeup effectively causing makeup, bacteria and dirt to build up over your eyelids and your skin in desperation to protect itself from this dirt onslaught – pushes out more oil around your eye area in an attempt to move the inflammatory makeup which it thinks can cause you blindness.
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