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Great Makeup Tips?

Posted in makeup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by LPB

Here is the 10 Great Makeup Tips i found on the blog.

Frankly, i disagree with most of the tips; don’t get me wrong, the principles are right, but rules are meant to be broken! Aren’t they?

IMO, we could be more resourceful, creative & daring.

Remember, you are your own guru.

Put on whatever you feel comfortable with; whatever makes you happy.

Makeup Tip 1)

Apply concealer to the areas of concern like eye bags, dark eye rings or any blemishes for better foundation coverage or for a more natural skin tone.

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Well, i find optically illuminating highlighter offers a much credible and forgiving coverage to dark circles.

If you couldn’t be bothered by concealing, why not try the smudged smoky look? Bet you got a fairly good base to begin with already.

In terms of blemishes, i tend to cover mine with my usual foundation. I just apply mine in layers with a concealer brush to build up the coverage, allowing each layer to dry off completely before the next.

If the blemish is not to prominent and i am in a playful mood, i actually turn it into a mole by painting it with liquid liner.

Makeup Tip 2)

If you have not been sleeping well and need to look fresh in an instant, blend a little concealer to the outer corner of your eye, put on simple eye shadow and a tinge of blusher to make your face glow.

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I believe in applying a highlighter or beige shade with subtle shimmer over the inner corner of my eyes, lining the lower rim of my lids to open up and freshen up the windows to my soul.

When i am really tired/busy, i just put on a pair of shade or glasses with nice frame.

Makeup Tip 3)

Make your lipstick last longer by brushing your loose powder gently across your lips, press tissue paper onto it and reapply the lip stick again.

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I just make sure I buy a good lipstick with great staying power; it’s not difficult to find a long lasting lipstick in a shade you like these days.

Makeup Tip 4)

To save money on specialized face contouring products, use any ordinary face powder which is few shades darker than your usual one and apply to the sides of your jaw line.

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Contouring? It’s so 80s, it’s so “dynasty”! I firmly believe that contouring should be left to the professionals. I do not try this at home, okay, maybe for my halloween do.

Makeup Tip 5)

Add a drop of witch hazel to turn normal foundation into a medicated one to prevent acne and pimples.

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Witch hazel distillate shrinks pores temporarily ( by irritating the skin so that the pilo-sebaceous units swell up and you  pores disappear ), it doesn’t prevent acne/pimples/oily breakthrough!

Would you rub chillies on your lips to make them appears redder and more voluminous?

When it comes to foundation, my mantra is the 3C1F -Chemistry ( formula), Colour ( shade & tone ), Coverage and Finish.

I like Tiffany, De Beer, Cartier, Harry Winston on my ring finger; I will not put any inferior foundation on my face.

Makeup Tip 6)

Extend your eyelashes by using mascara with lengthening and volumizing properties.

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Well, what can i say? A mascara is a mascara; A great mascara is a miracle. It’s the lingerie equivalent of your wardrobe; It’s tiny, it’s sexy, and never underestimate its charm. Yes, it does need to have a clean, polished finish that oozes elegance & sultriness. 

Makeup Tip 7)

Rub your hands together before applying your moisturizer to your face for better absorption.

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Yes, heat does enhance penetration of your moisturizer, so does serum or any lotion/potion with superb spreadability. Unless you are using that La Mer stuff……

In fact, i do like massaging my face oil/cream in a fashion my facialist once taught me, in order to aid the lymphatic drainage & improve circulation.

Makeup Tip  8)

When using blusher, always brush your cheeks in an up-down-up “U” shape to create that smiley look on your cheeks.

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I like to apply blusher to the apples of my cheek – this gives me a radiantly flushed appearance; and i only smile if i fell like smiling.

I disregard the rules about matching the hue of your blusher to you underneath skintone ( cool,neutral,warm ). Sometimes clashing of elements make wonders.

Makeup Tip 9)

Apply only a dot of lip gloss to the center of your lips and spread it out gently. Do not coat your entire lips with lip gloss as it will make your lips look oily.

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Gloss in the center makes your lips look poutier/fuller.

If you like full on gloss effect, go ahead, a gloss is a gloss, it should be shiny & juicy. I even apply gloss over my eyelids for a sparkly look!

Oh yes, i hate to admit this, but expensive gloss does smell nicer, taste better & last longer.

Makeup Tip 10)

Give your eyes that lift by applying the correct type of eye shadow colors and also highlighting the eye ends near the nose area.

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Remember what Coco Chanel said? Always minus 1! Do not go overboard with the shades. I know Dior’s 5 colour palette looks great over the display counter, but putting all 5 shades onto your lids will be another story.

My experience is pinkish shades never look good on puffy lids; Monotonous finish can be very flattering if done right; cream shadow is great if you are in a hurry.

No, you dont have to match the colour of the shadows to your iris; you can highlight wherever you want.

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The Morning After beauty S.O.S

Posted in skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by LPB

Inspirational read from http://www.journallive.co.uk by Liz Hands.

( I had edited the recommended products based on my personal encounter with those miracle lotions & potions )

Just like budgets, diets and alcohol limits, beauty regimes tend to go out of the window during the party season. Seasonal drinking, dancing and cavorting make for fun times during December but it’s our face and body that suffer on those dreaded mornings-after-the-night-before.

Luxurious beautifying mornings are replaced by a hungover scramble for any quick-fix that will leave us looking vaguely human again.

Luckily the beauty world is more than equipped to help us hide night owl habits in a flash.

Time to stock up on Alka-Seltzer and an armful of SOS after-party products.

WAKE-UP CALL

The alarm has gone off and crawling to work in your duvet is just not an option. Hit the shower for a reviving wake-up call. Avoid turning the temperature gauge into the red – a lot of moisture evaporates from your skin during a hot shower, making you even more dehydrated.

“Invigorating citrus oils can be very effective at supporting post-party recovery,” says Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates.

“Pink grapefruit and rosemary are particularly good at stimulating the circulation and helping with the removal of toxins.”

TRY: Molton Brown Enlivening Toko-Yuzu Bath & Shower Gel

I personally recommend Bliss Super Minty Soap’n Scrub – this popular mammoth minty soap now comes ‘melted’ in this jojoba bead packed peppermint cooling and exfoliating soap scrub paste .

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Finished this invigorating regime with Dr Hauschka Rosemary Bath – contains essential oil of Rosemary which warms and vitalises the body; or Sage Bath – for refreshing and revitalising tired, swollen and burning feet. Helps feet which tend to feel cold and which suffer from callouses. Revitalising the entire body, especially after sport and over-exertion.

EYE BAG ALERT

If sleep has become a rare commodity during the party season, your under-eyes might resemble your Christmas shopping bags. But lack of sleep isn’t the only cause of dark circles.

“In Chinese medicine dark circles and bags under the eyes are an indication that there is stress on the kidneys, which makes sense after lots of parties and late nights,” explains Sally Penford of the International Dermal Institute.

“Look for light diffusing products. These will act like a multitude of tiny microscopic mirrors that deflect the light away from the eye and help disguise dark circles.”

TRY: MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

I believes in de-puffing eye gels, Eve Lom  Eye Serum – this concentrated, lightweight serum comes to the rescue of tired, puffy eyes. Use it morning and night and during long-haul flights to hydrate the delicate eye area, reduce dark undereye circles and smooth dry, fine lines. Euphrasia extract and camomile soothe, tone and reduce puffiness, while the mineral malachite protects against free radicals.

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 I also love Amanda Lacey Illuminating Eye Gel – with the very best, professional grade botanicals with natural proteins, anti-oxidants and age-defying technology, this silken gel works deep-down within the skin to rejuvenate, firm and lift, while micro-specks of soft focus mica adjusts light reflection to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and under eye circles. Moisture retaining mucopolysaccharide provides long-lasting hydration while soothing actives reduce bruising and puffiness.

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Also, bathing your eyes with witch hazel enriched Eyewash will shrinks those tiny blood vessels on your conjunctivae.

FACE S.O.S

Avoid magnifying mirrors at all costs after a wild night on the tiles – you don’t want to see red eyes, blotchy skin and puffy cheeks staring back at you. Ensure your face is make-up free, then begin your fresh-faced disguise.

“Achieving a public-friendly façade is the way to look at it,” says David Horne, education director at the Jemma Kidd Make Up School.

“Concealer is going to be your best friend, whether you’re backstage at a party or waking up on the hotel floor. You can mix it with your eye cream to make it more hydrating if the skin’s dry, put it straight on from the product to get more coverage or even use it as a foundation if you mix it with some moisturiser.”

TRY: Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

I loves YSL Flash Radiance Skincare Brush – With a single brush stroke, signs of fatigue are erased, and skin is left feeling velvety smooth and fresh with radiance! This high-performance formula combines all the benefits of a skincare product with the precision and ease of a brush, the silky and comfortable texture glides over the skin, leaving it feeling incredibly fresh and invigorated. A blend of energizing active ingredients combine the Grain of Paradise extract with caffeine to erase signs of fatigue. On the skin’s surface, light-reflecting micro-pigments are able to capture and diffuse light, to reduce skin imperfections and boost radiance. 

A seaweed derived sugar forms a veil that maintains moisture on the surface of the skin and protects it against external threats. Wheat proteins combined with sugar extracted from oats and a silcon elastomer allow for the formula to quickly smooth fine lines, leaving it feeling soft and velvety. 

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Finish with Armani Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup SPF 12.

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The last thing you want is a thick, pasty, cakey complexion that highlights all the sins; So i strongly recommend a light, natural finish that’s more forgiving ( if done correctly, will gives you the well rested glow )

HAIR REPAIR

Woken up with locks like Amy Winehouse after an all-nighter? There’s only so far you can go using the ‘I’m working the bed-head hair trend’ excuse every day at the office.

If your boss is giving you funny looks it’s time to put some effort into your crowning glory – minus pricey salon blow dries. “Apply serum through the lengths to add definition and a glossing effect to tired or dull hair,” hairdresser Mark Hill recommends.

“A shine serum will not only smooth down unruly morning after hair and reflect shine from the sleek finish, but also nourish deep into the shaft and cuticle.”

I like James Brown serum; Chanel No.5 or Coco Mademoiselle fragrant hair mist will even refresh your hair and conceal that sickening smell of yesternight smoke/sweat……

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Agyness Deyn may be supermodel of the moment but the party girl is regularly snapped with her long limbs covered in bruises. If you’re prone to bumps and knocks, you may wake up after a night out looking like some rare breed of purple leopard.

Dr Chris Steele, GP from This Morning says: “There isn’t anything you can do to prevent bruises, but it is possible to minimise the longevity and appearance of them by using arnica, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help speed up the healing process.”