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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Ways Get a Natural Look With Makeup

With today’s on-the-go lifestyle, many women want face makeup tips to help them achieve a natural look that’s easy and fast, yet with enough polish to make it perfect for any business or personal daytime occasion. Natural face makeup is all about the colors you choose and where you put them.

Makeup Tips for the Natural Look

As Helga Surratt, President of about Faces Day Spa & Salon of Towson, Md., says, “Applying makeup for a natural look is easy with practice.” Follow these face makeup tips for a flawless finish to your makeup application:

  • Start with a clean and moisturized face. This is your canvas.
  • Use concealer for coverage. “To hide imperfections without adding color, use a concealer that has a yellow undertone,” Surratt says. Your concealer should be one shade lighter than your foundation or tinted moisturizer. Dot the concealer wherever you have a spot to cover and carefully blend it in with the rest of your skin using a makeup sponge.
  • Choose the best base makeup for you. For the sheerest and most natural look, use a tinted moisturizer after your concealer and gently blend with a makeup sponge under your jaw line. If you want to use a foundation for additional coverage, use a thin layer and carefully blend it under your jaw line.
  • Mineral makeup is great for a natural look and is easy to apply with a brush.
  • Experiment to find the right texture for a natural look. Mix your favorite liquid or cream foundation makeup with a dab of skin cream or moisturizerfor a lighter, moister finish.
  • For eye makeup, stick to neutral tones. Try taupe, beige, or a light dusting of a dark pink for eye shadow and brown or gray for mascara. “For the most natural look, skip the eyeliner,” Surratt suggests. If you do use it, choose a brown or gray color rather than black.
  • Go light on your lips. “Select nude or sheer pink shades that enhance your natural lip color, and forgo any lip liner,” says Pam Messy of Mary Kay Cosmetics in Owings Mills, Md.
  • Blend. Blending is the secret to using blush. Choose a cream formula or a loose powder applied with a makeup brush. Both are easy to work with. Apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend down. In summer months, you can use a hint of bronzer to add more color to your face. “For the most natural look, use a blush that is closest to the color of your own cheeks after a light workout,” Messy says.

More Makeup Tips for Perfectly Natural Makeup

A few more expert tips will have you putting your best face forward:

  • Sheer, pale colors are great for creating a natural look with makeup. Select blush, eye shadow, and lipstick colors that are right for your skin tone: nudes, light pinks, or beiges are good choices. Surratt says: “Experiment with different colors, keeping in mind that you want to look as though you have no makeup on.
  • Always check your face makeup in natural light.
  • Use quality face makeup brushes for a more natural application, and have the right brush for the right cosmetic, such as a big, fluffy round brush for blusher, an almond-shaped flat brush for eye shadow, and a fine-tipped brush for cake eyeliner.

You can have natural, gorgeous-looking face makeup. With practice, people will think you aren’t even wearing any makeup!

Beauty of Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup has become popular for many reasons: It’s eco-friendly, looks good, and feels light on the face. And because TV infomercials and the celebrities who use and recommend it, mineral makeup has gotten a lot of media attention.

“Mineral makeup has been around for 30 years or more, but has recently regained popularity in the cosmetics industry,” says Scott Gerrish, MD, of Gerrish and Associates, PC, a nonsurgical skin care specialist with offices in Virginia and Maryland. “Mineral makeup was originally used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists on patients after cosmetic procedures to cover the redness and soreness.”

Is mineral makeup right for you? Read on to find out.

The Magic Behind Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is made from pure, crushed minerals and will not cake on the skin: It allows the skin to breathe and gives you a lighter, more natural look than traditionalmakeup. “Mineral makeup comes in powdered, pressed, and liquid forms and has beneficial properties for your skin,” says Helga Surratt, President of About Faces Day Spa & Salon, in Towson, Md.

It is ideal for all skin types, all skin tones, and women of all ages. Mineral makeup looks great, feels great, and helps to bring out your natural glow. “But take care to read the labels and make sure you’re getting pure mineral makeup,” Surratt says.

Why Mineral Makeup May Be Better

  • Mineral makeup won’t clog pores or irritate. As Pam Messy of Mary Kay Cosmetics in Owings Mills, Md., says, “Regular makeup contains artificial chemicals or preservatives, whereas true mineral makeup does not. Mineral makeup is hypoallergenic and usually safe to use on any skin.” It’s also free of oil, talc, perfume, dyes, alcohol, and other potentially irritating and comedogenic, or pore-clogging, ingredients, Surratt says.
  • Mineral makeup ingredients can soothe skin. What it does contain are natural anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as zinc and titanium oxides, which help calm the skin when it’s irritated. These ingredients also offer protection from UVA, UVB, and infrared sun rays. “Read the label, as you want at least an SPF of 15,” Surratt says.
  • Mineral makeup acts as a great concealer. Need to hide imperfections? Mineral makeup is lightweight and conceals, corrects, and covers pigmentations and lines on your face while still allowing your skin to breathe. “It offers skin-enhancing benefits. It smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, conceals blotchiness, and improves the appearance of skin with acne or rosacea,” Gerrish says. Mineral makeup doesn’t need many touch-ups because it has water-resistant qualities that provide long-lasting coverage, another plus.

“Pure mineral makeup is so harmless you can almost sleep in it,” says Messy, “though I always recommend removing all makeup before going to bed, and applying a good moisturizer.”

While no form of makeup is perfect, mineral makeup products can help you avoid harsh preservatives and chemicals while hiding those fine lines and little flaws. You may never go back to regular makeup because of the way mineral makeup looks and feels on your face.

Remedies for Acne

A severe acne breakout that covers your face or body may require professional acne treatment from a dermatologist. But for most people, the occasional pimple or blemish can be handled at home with an over-the-counter acne treatment. There are many options to choose from and different ingredients to consider, so do your homework before putting anything on your face.

About Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments

Healthy habits — including a good skin care regimen, regularly washing your skin, and keeping your hands and oily products off of your face — are your first line of defense in preventing an acne breakout. But no matter how hard you try, you’re likely to get a pimple or two at some point.

If you have regular acne breakouts, take steps to improve your skin care regiment. When problem skin is left untreated, you may experience frustration, problems with self-esteem, and physical scars from your acne. You can treat your acne breakout — so don’t just live with it and hide your face until it goes away.

Which Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments Should You Try?

Over-the-counter acne medication comes in a variety of different forms and strengths. Topical over-the-counter acne medications are available as:

  • Medicated pads to clean the skin
  • Special soaps and cleansers
  • Gels
  • Creams
  • Lotions

These nonprescription acne medication options are a good choice for people who have only mild acne — the occasional acne breakout of small pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads.

You’ll have to decide what’s the best method of acne treatment for you and your skin — whether you need a gel or cream to spot-treat the occasional pimple, or if you need a medicated wash and lotion to keep your whole face or body blemish-free and clear.

Ingredients to Fight an Acne Breakout

Over-the-counter acne medications may contain a few different ingredients to help fight a simple pimple or a full-fledged acne breakout. Common ingredients are:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid
  • Resorcinol
  • Sulfur

Some of these may also be found in prescription acne treatments, but you can get milder, lower-dose versions in over-the-counter products.

The most commonly found ingredients in over-the-counter acne medications are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. They help to rid your skin of excess oil and destroy lingering bacteria to help fight acne. Once the oils have dried up, the skin layers making up the pimple will peel and flake off. Benzoyl peroxide can also help to shrink pimples by reducing swelling and inflammation. Sulfur, resorcinol, and salicylic acid actually help pimples disintegrate and clear up skin.

(Prescription-strength acne medication is stronger — and may offer the option of oral medications and other, more effective ingredients, like retinoids or injections of corticosteroids, that you can’t get over-the-counter.)

Possible Side Effects of Over-the-Counter Acne Treatments

There are some potential, although relatively minor, side effects to consider when using over-the-counter acne medication. Because these treatments help dry up excess oil, they can leave your skin too dry if used too frequently. Other common side effects include:

  • Reddened skin
  • A burning sensation
  • Irritated skin

Always follow the instructions provided on the packaging of any over-the-counter acne medication that you use to help minimize the risk of these side effects.

No acne medication works immediately, so it’s important to understand that it takes time to see results — and that you shouldn’t give up. Some over-the-counter acne medications can take as long as eight weeks to provide results.

If you can’t get relief from your acne using over-the-counter acne medication — or if you have painful side effects — it may be time to see a dermatologist about other methods of clearing up your skin.

How to care for your hair everyday

1. Be a Natural Beauty

You may be able to share jeans or the same shade of lip gloss with a friend, but curly or fine, thinning or thick, each hair texture has its own structure and behavioral tics. The styling tools and tricks that turn one type of hair glossy and manageable may leave a different texture limp and lifeless or fried and frizzy. Here’s how to achieve your best-ever tresses by embracing your natural-born texture.

2. Fatten up Fine Hair

When the researchers at Pantene’s lab used 3-D technology to examine different hair textures, they discovered that not only do fine strands have a smaller diameter than their plumper sisters, they’re also loners. While thick hair fibers rub up against each other willy-nilly, fine hair fibers arrange themselves in a parallel, don’t-touch-me pattern, which creates skimpy volume.

Pantene took all these things into consideration when it created Flat to Volume 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner ($6.99). It contains a polymer called HPM cellulose that boosts the cleansing power of the shampoo so that fine hair won’t wilt under the weight of dirt, scalp oils, and yesterday’s styling product reside.

To help further fatten strands, apply a volumizing mousse, such as Suave Professionals Volumizing Mousse ($2.74) to towel-dried hair. Ron King, the owner of the namesake salon in Austin, suggests this application trick: Squirt 10 little dollops all around your head, aiming directly at the roots, which is where you want to achieve volume.

3. Fake Fullness for Thinning Hair

If your hair doesn’t feel quite as full as it once did, you’re likely noticing more strands clogging your shower drain or being left behind on your hairbrush. In addition to shedding more hair, the circumference of each fiber may be shrinking as well because hair follicles tend to narrow with age.

Tweaking your hair-care regimen to include products specially formulated for thinning hair can help combat temporary hair loss caused by extreme stress, pregnancy, or other changes that weaken the bulb of the hair. Phyto Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo for Women with Thinning Hair ($24) contains botanicals like ginkgo biloba and cinchona bark, amino acids, and fortifying vitamins to promote micro circulation to follicles and improve the density of hair fibers.

Your brush can make a difference in creating the appearance of thicker hair. The small-sized Denman Squargonomics ceramic brush ($8.99) lets you get right up against your scalp to lift your roots for a volume boost.

For an instant fix, Elad Ben Tov, a stylist at Valery Joseph Salon on New York’s Madison Avenue, uses SoCap Hair Extensions to add fullness and length to the hair of some of his celebrity clients (we can’t say who). Available in 81 colors and curly, wavy, and straight textures, “it’s just magnificent, the closest you can come to having a natural head of full hair,” he says.

That magnificence doesn’t come cheap, with a price tag anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for extensions that will last about five months. For a more affordable DIY alternative, check out the clip-in synthetic and human hair extensions at HairUWear. You may also want to consider asking your colorist for a few highlights. “They create lift at the root,” Tov says, “which makes your hair look more voluminous.”

4. Treat Curls With Care

All you curly-haired ladies out there, it’s not just you. Curly hair really is more challenging to manage. That’s because curly strands take twists and turns that can cause the cuticle to lift, leaving hair rough in appearance and touch as well as dry, because scalp oils have a hard time reaching the ends. Plus, women often have multiple types of curls on their head — tighter curls in the front and sides and looser in the back, says Austin stylist Ron King.

For the most control, you have to start with the cut. Layers are essential, says curly hair guru Ouidad. “If you cut curly hair in blunt lines, it’s going to form a shelf,” she says. In Ouidad’s trademarked “carve and slice” method, bulk is sliced away and curls are carved to fit within each other like puzzle pieces. Find a stylist who specializes in curly hair, she says, or one with ringlets of her own that you admire.

Next, you need a gentle shampoo. Look for a hydrating, mild formula like sulfate-freeDevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser ($16). The lathering agents in most shampoos can be drying for curls and often start the havoc if your hair tends to go frizzy and shapeless.

In a misguided effort to manage their curls, many woman pile on styling products. “All that does is turn their hair into a clumpy mass,” says Steve Lococo, co-owner and style director of Borrelli Salons in Los Angeles, “and that leads them to add even more products.” Lococo’s less-is-more advice involves only two products: 1. Working from the nape forward and from roots to ends, evenly distribute a quarter-size amount of Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Holding Foam ($28) throughout your damp hair. 2. When your hair is completely dry, smooth on a bit of lightweight curl-defining serum.

5. Tame a Thick, Coarse Mane

Sure, most women envy your thick, voluminous mane, but the troublesome downside is that the larger diameter and higher protein content of thick hair also means it absorbs more moisture from the environment. The result: frizz alert on even a modestly humid day!

Dry, porous hair attracts water like a sponge. The key to cutting down on frizz is keeping your tresses well moisturized, says Bill Murphy, owner of Atlanta’s William David Salon. Try L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo ($5.99), which is free of drying sulfates and contains natural oils to help hydrate thirsty strands.

Also, the less heat damage you inflict on thick hair, the less likely it is to frizz. The ceramic-coated barrel of the Marilyn Flatter Me Too Brush ($26 to $42) speeds up blow-drying time and helps smooth and straighten coarse hair without the need of a flat iron.

For a one-two styling punch, try Moroccanoil Oil Treatment ($41, available at salons). Made from the nuts of the argan tree, it has a rich, fatty-acid base that smoothes the cuticle when distributed through wet hair, and it also contains silicone to seal in moisture and impart shine when it’s applied to dry locks.

Another way to manage very thick texture is to keep your locks collarbone length or longer; the heft will pull the strands down to reduce bulk. To prevent a wide bottom — something you don’t want for your figure or your hair — have your stylist thin out blunt ends with layers.