Skin Care and Makeup Application

When it comes to skin care, some people just don’t realize what affects the weather, pollution and diets have on their skin.
Fluids and a well balanced diet can help some but a good skin care routine is essential to healthy, fresh and vibrant looking skin.

Some things to remember when it comes to skin care:

Lotions – if you have dry skin, you should be using a heavy moisturizing cream but if you have oily skin, you should be using a light lotion. For combination type skin, you can use a light cream or lotion.

Sun Block – UV (ultra-violet) rays from the sun can not only cause cancer but it can damage the elasticity of the skin, causing wrinkles. It can also cause blotchy, dry skin, and if you burn, it can cause scarring.

The higher the SPF (sun protection factor) your sun block contains, the more UV rays it absorbs, keeping them from harming your skin.

Wrinkle and Age Spots – To minimize wrinkle and age spots you should minimize the amount of exposure your skin has to the UV rays by limiting your time in the sun, and when you are in the sun, wear protective clothing and use the proper sun block.

Give your skin a firmer appearance by using creams and lotions with AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids). Using creams and ointments to moisturize the skin can help reduce dryness and cracking.

Acne – Keep in mind that if you have acne and are using cleansers with astringents, they can dehydrate the skin so you should be moisturizing with a lotion that is non-greasy.

Lips – Keep your lips moist at all times, also try an organic lip balm!

The first tip to applying your makeup for a natural look is to use you brushes for their intended purposes to assure smooth and carefree application.

Foundation – Your foundation should be applied with a sponge. Dab the foundation all over your face, concentrating on the areas under your eyes, blotchy spots or anywhere you may need extra coverage. Now, smooth the foundation over your face using the sponge.

Blush – Using your blush brush, start at the hairline closest to your ears and downward to the “ball” area of your cheeks.

Eye shadow – Using a matte eye shadow that is closest to your skin tone, as the base, cover your entire eye lid. Then use an iridescent color, that is close to the color of your base, highlight from your brow bone to the corner of your eye and then outward along the lash line.

Loose Powder – With your powder brush and almost as if you are trying to tickle someone with a feather, cover your entire face lightly with the loose powder.

Mascara – Using the tip of your mascara wand, simply sweep it across the ends of both the upper and lower eye lashes. Doing this twice on the upper lashes will give the appearance of longer, fuller eye lashes.

Lipstick – Your lipstick should be close in color to your eye shadow and blush and should completely cover your lips. After you have applied it, simply brush across it using your lip brush to fill in any lines for smooth looking lips.

Taking care of your skin and looks is not a hard job. Neither is purchasing the items you need to do the job. You will find all the items you need at stores on the Beauty Bar page at:

Enjoy the beautiful you.