The perfect shade… of you

What is our perfect shade and how do we get to choose it?http://www.google.ie/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1366&bih=636&tbm=isch&tbnid=HBg2Qfmi1xUF7M:&imgrefurl=http://linahansonblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/makeup-for-every-woman/&docid=DniexEBZgWtQjM&imgurl=http://linahansonblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/rby-inherited-mom-round-face-de.jpg&w=400&h=400&ei=hMd0T6z8OcPPhAemqdGlBQ&zoom=1
Your perfect shade?

Choosing your perfect shade is something very important when wanting to have a flawless and fresh looking make up.

The usual way that women get to choose their foundation is by applying it on their hand until they find the right match.
This is a very common way but will not give you the perfect match!
The only thing you can check by applying it on your hand is the texture of the foundation and not the shade, how rich or light is. Your hands and especially the top of your hands have a very different shade than your face. Usually our hands are little darker than our face.

The best place to choose our foundation is our face! Yes our face as simple as it sounds! I am not asking you to reapply your foundation when shopping but what you can do is test your foundation at you chin area or just behind your chin.

Testing your foundation in that area will give you the closest shade match and will also give you a good comparison to your neck’s shade.

I am making it sound like science, but detail in make up is the what makes perfect.
I have seen so many girls having applied their foundation very badly having a two colour effect from the neck area to the face. This is something that we need to avoid, and the solution is to not apply foundation till your decolletage!

So my ladies, a recap,  we choose our foundation by applying a little quantity at the chin area and compering, checking that it is the same shad as our neck.

You know that I am always here to answer your questions!

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Should I or Should I not ….?

Brushes.. brushes…. brushes… and some more brushes….
I am sure that every time you have visited a beauty store you have been surprised by the amount of brushes these make up artists have hanging around their waist!! You have probably wondered what do they really need them all!!!??
Why so many brushes when you have your fingers to apply make up??… and
why invest in so many brushes when you get some free when you buy your bronzer or your eye shadow??!!
Today I am planning to answer to all these questions and save you some money…. because these brushes can cost! After all, you don’t really need them all!

Foundation brush
The foundation brush!

There are two types of foundations brushes and you can see them below:

Flat

Round


                             

I personally am a big fun of the second one (round) I find it a lot better and easier to use.

Now, why use a foundation brush and not your fingers?

The secret in using a foundation brush is that you tend to use less product, which has three  benefits:

  • Your foundation lasts for longer
  • You don’t end up looking like you have applied a lot of foundation
  • You succeed a more natural and clear look.

You can also use this brush to correct and smooth out your bronzer or blusher if you have applied more than you had too.

This brush is like your magic wand! You can fix your imperfections and you will get so used to it when you start to use it that you would start wondering how you dealt with out it all this time!

The magic number for eye shadow brushes for a non professional is the number 3, if you are a professional… the more the merrier
1. You need a brush as your blending brush and also for applying your base colour.
This brush is a little bigger as it needs to cover a bigger area of the eye cup and work as a blending brush at the end giving you that smokey and edgeless look.
 2. You will also need your angle brush – this brush will help you master the smokey look as well as help you be more precise in whatever look you wish to have.
3. Last but not least you will need a very fine brush for lines. You can use it instead of an eye liner and you will find it to be more accurate and easy to use.
I advise you not to use your fingers nor the small brushes that come free with your make up, as they don’t give you good control and you end up using more products than you have to.
Blusher brush
The blusher brush is something that every woman should own. Try and have two, one to keep in your make up bag at home and a small one that you can always carry around to re apply your blusher… it is the first that comes off…
Best of luck my ladies and remember to have fun when applying your make up!
My brushes vary from Mac, Kryolan, The Body Shop and Crown Brushes.
If you want more details on how to use them feel free to ask.

Dark circles under the eyes – The solution

Working on my lap top a lot, getting a bit older and living in a less sunny country for the past year, I realised that I was losing faith at my favourite concealer which I would religiously apply every morning before leaving the house. I could see my dark circle being more obvious!

My concealer was not any more responding to my needs for a fresher look! I couldn’t just abandon it as this shade (MAC NC20) has been with me for a long time… I just researched and found another way to make it work as good as before!

Using a simple highlighter, that most of us would have for the chick bones area, gives a great effect even for dark circles under the eyes. It cannot be used on its own as it is not as covering but combining it with your concealer it can do wonders!

Apply a little quantity of the highlighter under your eyes and on your eye lids and then apply your shade of concealer as usual.
You will find that you will have a fresher look with less creases during the day, as the highlighter is very light and you end up using less of your concealer.

Please note: If you have very dark blue circles then this will not be as covering for you. What you will need to use is an orange concealer which will even the colour prior to applying your usual concealer.

I hope this helped!
Always happy to answer your question!