HOW TO COVER A PIMPLE
First of all, don’t pick or squeeze (but you already knew that). I’ve learned the hard way: it’s much easier to conceal a smooth bump than an irritated, crusty, flaky one. You may even want to lay off the topical treatments if you get the cystic kind of pimples, because they’ll only dry out your skin without treating the underlying inflammation.
So pimples are red, yes? A lot of people swear by colour correctors—so, the green ones would counteract the red— this may be an unnecessary step. What works for me is to first cover the area (along with the rest of my face) as per my usual routine with a liquid foundation.
Then I’m ready to go in and do the detail work with actual concealer. You want one with an opaque, creamy texture that will stay put and not cake or smear. The ones in a pot, like TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer, are great…
Now, here is the trick…use a LIP BRUSH to cover your pimple! Unlike concealer brushes, which have a larger, flat head, lip brushes are small and pointy—and therefore perfect for dabbing the tiniest, most precise amount of concealer on to the target. I’ll say that again: you want to DAB, not rub, and concentrate the concealer just on the discolouration of the pimple itself, not the surrounding area. This is really the key to a natural look.
Next I recommend setting your work with a pressed powder to make sure it stays put all day. My favorite is Cover Girl Clean in warm beige. I have been using this on myself since I was in high school. To this day, I haven’t found a better pressed powder!
For the pimple, don’t use the sponge applicator. I actually take a bit of powder on my finger and press it into the pimple by hand, since dusting with a brush can rub off some of the concealer. I let it sit for maybe a minute or two before I take a small fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend the powder out. (You’ll want to use the powder everywhere you get shiny, not just where the pimple is—otherwise your skin will look weirdly matte in one spot.)
The last step is a spritz of facial mist:
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At-Home Gel Manicure
Why you need to try this:
1) You’ll need to buy only one product in order to get the perfect gel manicure.
2) You can use regular nail polish that you already have — no need to buy a special gel nail polish!
All you need for this at-home gel manicure is Gelous Advance Nail Gel Coat ($5.99 at Sally’s Beauty Supply), any nail color of your choice, a clear top coat and a nail buffer.
First things first, remove any nail polish from your nails for a clean canvas. Use a file to shape your nails and clean up any rough edges. Next, buff your nails until they are smooth using a nail buffer. Then remove any nail dust, dirt, or oil from your nail by swiping a cotton ball soaked in acetone (or any nail polish remover) over your nails. Now you’re ready to apply your gel manicure. Follow these simple steps:
1) Apply two thin layers of the Gelous Nail Gel to your nails, allowing a couple minutes in between to dry a little bit. After applying your second coat, allow the gel to set. I waited about 3 minutes.
2) Next, apply a layer of your nail color and allow to dry (about 5 minutes)
3) Apply another layer of Gelous Nail Gel on top of your nail color and allow it to set for about 2 minutes so that it’s semi-dry. Make sure that the ends of your nails are sealed by swiping the brush over top. This will ensure you won’t see a single chip for the entire duration of your gel manicure.
4) Apply a second layer of nail color.
5) Finish it off with your choice of top coat. Stick with a fast drying top coat with high shine for the best results.
TA-DA! A gel manicure for the fraction of the cost! If you have every product but the Gelous Nail Gel Coat already, you’ll have only spent $5.99 for this at-home gel manicure. Can you beat that?
Try it out! You won’t be disappointed! It will last a few weeks and you’ve done it all on your own!
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When it comes to your beauty routine, it’s natural to pick up a bad habit or two. While it’s not the end of the world if you slip up once in a while, repeating the same mistakes over and over is considered poor hygiene and can potentially lead to skin irritations, eye infections or breakouts.
1. Sleeping with makeup on
Damone ALWAYS reminds you to “take off all of your makeup before you go to sleep”. Neglecting to remove your makeup before bedtime is a big beauty no-no. It clogs your pores and can cause acne breakouts. Plus, if you do it repeatedly, your skin can look dull over time due to product buildup.
To rectify this bad habit, he recommends that you hit the bathroom sink the moment you arrive home for the night, before you get too sleepy. "If you still can’t manage that, keep makeup remover wipes or even unscented baby wipes on your nightstand so you can do a quick wipe-off before you hit the sheets," he advises.
2. Using dirty makeup brushes
Think about all of the surfaces your makeup brushes come in contact with: your face, your bathroom countertop and the inside of your makeup bag, to name just a few. Given that makeup brushes see a lot of places, they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from becoming bacteria magnets.
"Eventually, if you continue to use the dirty brushes, they will irritate your skin and cause itching and burning eyes," says Tracey Peart, Makeup Artist. Using dirty brushes also impacts the look of your makeup: "The application won’t be as flawless. Dirty brushes make for streaky application," she says.
Peart recommends cleaning your brushes once per week. “Wash them with water and liquid dish soap or shampoo once a week and lay them flat to dry,” she says. Proper brush care will also extend the lifespan of your brushes, saving you money since you won’t have to replace them as often.
3. Over-tweezing your brows
Brow maintenance is key to looking groomed and polished, but some women get carried away and pluck until they’re left with tadpole-like brows. “Many women start plucking and don’t know when to stop. They always think that ‘just one more’ and they’ll be perfect,” says Peart.
This is not the case. Too much tweezing can completely change the look of your face. “If your brows are too thin, they can make your face look bigger and, most importantly, they can make you appear older than you are. Thicker eyebrows are much more youthful looking,” Damone says.
To get a nice shape for your brows, try not to get too close to the mirror. If you get too up-close-and-personal it’s very easy to lose perspective of how much hair you’re removing. Damone suggests booking an appointment at one of his salons in New York or Beverly Hills or going to see a Damone trained brow specialist in your city!
To get the full picture, Peart recommends taking a few steps back from the mirror, and switching back and forth between brows so both your right and left brow get equal attention.
4. Improperly applying eyeliner
Many women make the mistake of pulling their delicate eyelids too taut when drawing on eyeliner. Stretching the eyelid is bad because it causes fine lines and wrinkles, and can cause injury to the very thin skin around the eye.
Instead, try this simple technique: Keep your eyelid closed and relaxed when drawing on your liner. Don’t draw one continuous line; do short, even strokes all the way across the lid to get the most natural-looking line.
5. Touching your face
Touching your face throughout the day is something that most women do subconsciously, without even realizing it.
Consistently touching your face encourages the transfer of dirt and oils from your fingertips onto your skin, which can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Wear makeup! Wearing makeup often keeps us from touching our faces because we don’t want to smudge or make a mess of a fresh application.
6. Picking at blemishes
Blemishes are never flattering, but if squeezed, they can look even worse and leave permanent scars. Resist the urge to pick, and if you must get rid of a blemish, visit a professional esthetician who can gently extract whiteheads or blackheads.
7. Using old makeup
Like most household items, makeup expires. Once the package is opened, makeup products become more susceptible to contamination, and can collect bacteria.
These germs will not only cause blemishes and skin irritations, but if you apply old makeup around the eye area, they can cause eye infections, Mascaras should be replaced every three to four months; foundations and lip products last around a year, and powder eye shadows and blushes can last up to two years.
A good idea is to mark the date you opened it somewhere on the product – place a sticker on the bottom of the product, for instance – so you can keep tabs on how old it is. And remember: Never share your makeup with anyone. It’s just asking for cross-contamination and a host of skin troubles.
With just a few tweaks to your existing routine, you can nip any bad beauty behaviors in the bud, and be on your way to a safer and healthier beauty regimen in no time!
Full of vitamin goodness
Kiwifruits or kiwis are full of vitamins and minerals, making them highly nutritious. They contain an abundent level of vitamin C that is even higher than that of oranges, as well as excellent levels of vitamins E and A. Their mineral content is exceptional too. The presence of a high concentration of potassium means this fruit has great healing qualities. One kiwi contains 40 micrograms of antioxidant beta-carontene and fat soluble vitamin E. Plus it is rich in phytonutrients that protect our cells against radical damage.
Good for cleansing
Apart from the antioxidant qualities, I found out that raw kiwis are particularly good to cleanse our skin because they contain an enzyme called actinidin, which works to dissolve protein based dead skin cells and dirt on the skin. This will help leave your skin fresh and clean.
Using it as an exfoliating cleanser
It’s quite easy really. Use a green kiwi for cleansing purposes. All you have to do is chop one into slices and then mash it into a pulp. Apply to your face as a cleanser or you can apply to your skin after you have cleansed and use it more like an exfoliator by rubbing the pulp all over your face after washing.
Keep on the skin for a few minutes and then rinse and tone! You should see any dead skin cells, cleared away!
More ways to use the kiwi
This exfoliating cleanser is rather easy to use. Nothing too complicated. But you may want to vary by adding kiwi to yogurt or honey as a face mask.
Give it a whirl and let me know how it worked for you!
Strawberries contain Salicylic Acid so they are particularly good for acne prone skin…. They are also natural skin brighteners because the acids remove the dead skin cells leaving you with brighter, smoother skin!
What you’ll need:
2 TBSP Honey, Juice of 1 Small Lemon, 1/4 Cup Yogurt, 1/4 cup Mashed Strawberries
Squeeze your lemon into your mashed up strawberries. Your lemon is going to provide you with a chemical exfoliation…just like the strawberries. It will also brighten your skin by removing dead skin cells!
Pour your honey into your mashed strawberries and lemon mixture. Honey is a great natural moisturizer and it also has wonderful anti-bacterial properties.
Pour your yogurt into your mashed strawberry, lemon and honey mixture and stir until smooth. Yogurt is going to supply your mask with even more anti-bacterial properties to rid your face of bacteria. Calcium is also thought to increase cell renewal. If you find that you would like your mask to be thicker…you can add a tablespoon of corn starch to bulk it up. Your final product will look something like the picture above.
Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse and then moisturize! Enjoy your skin!