We hope everyone has been enjoying our Reader Request Series so far. Today we are going to tackle another thing that is tough to tackle – fine lines and wrinkles.
Becky asks… “What can I do about my laugh lines?”
The market is flooded with anti-wrinkle creams, youth serums and tons of products for mature skin. Although we cannot get into all of those things in this post, definitely leave a comment below if you would be interested in having us write an in-depth post about anti-aging products.
For today’s post we are going to cover some tips and tricks that can help you disguise and fill fine lines.
As with anything, you want to start with clean, fresh skin. Remember that adequate sleep and hydration can work wonders for your face.
Next you will want to moisturize. If your skin is dry, whatever product you apply will be visible, stick to any dry patches and make any fine lines more prominent.
After you moisturize, you can use a skin plumper such as Dr. Brandt’s Lineless Lines No More. This product instantly plumps skin and after 15 minutes it can reduce the wrinkle line’s depth by 32%. This is a great quick fix in the morning before makeup and is especially great to use before a party or an important event.
Choosing the right foundation is important in ensuring that you are not highlighting any fine lines. Make sure to use a liquid foundation that isn’t too heavy. You want to ensure that foundation looks natural and sinks into your skin instead of caking and creasing where you have lines. A thiner, lighter consistency will help accomplish this.
Using cream-based products is a really great trick for avoiding drawing attention to fine lines. You want to really dab in the product to make sure it is absorbed. If you layer it too thickly then the opposite can happen and the cream can crease and look unnatural.
It is important to remember not to use bronzer on any fine lines. The darkness of the bronzer will emphasize the depth and create more of a shadow. If you have crows feet, dab a tiny amount of highlighter on the outer corners of your eye. This will reflect light and camouflage the lines.
Again, be sure to take great care of your skin with lots of water, moisturizer, sleep and a good diet. This will help you look and feel great from the inside-out.
Tomorrow is the last day of Reader Request Series, we have really enjoyed answering your questions. If you have enjoyed this series or found it helpful, let us know in the comments box below and we can do it again soon!
On day three of our Reader Request Series we are covering a tricky topic for most – how to properly fill your brows. Almost every woman has dealt with patchiness, an over-pluck disaster and non-symmetrical brows.
Anonymous asks… “I have really thin eyebrows, and I want to know how to fill them in properly so that they don’t look fake! What sort of products and techniques should I use?”
Still have questions? Let us know in the comments box below! We will see you again tomorrow to answer another one of the great questions that were submitted.
What spring style, or trends are you looking forward to trying for the first time, or doing again with the changing seasons? Let us know via the comments box below!
Holiday Countdown – Day 9!
If done correctly, contouring and highlighting can look really natural and attractive. If done incorrectly, it can look really obvious and it won’t be very flattering. One of the most important things to pulling this off, besides the know-how, are the products. You want to make sure that you are equipped with the right products to make it look natural.
You will need a matte bronzer that is darker than your skin tone, but not too dark. You can use a powder or cream, and you will want it to be about 2 shades darker. This makes it dark enough so it is noticeable, but still light enough to be blended in to look natural.
For a highlighter, there are a variety of consistencies you can choose from. There are liquid highlighters, powder highlighters and cream highlighters. It doesn’t matter what you choose to use, as long as the pigments finely ground so that it is a subtle glow, not a glittery disaster.
Another thing to be aware of is if the highlighter has silver or golden undertones. Choose silver if your skin tone is on the cool side, and a gold highlighter if your skin is a warmer tone.
Start your makeup routine as you usually would with a clean, moisturized face. Then apply your foundation and concealer as you usually would and set it with a powder.
Then take your bronzer and work it into the hollows of your cheeks. To find them, you can suck in your cheeks and do the “fish face.” Start by making a line from your hair line down to about 1 inch from the corner of your mouth. Blend in circular motions and bring the color up to your temples and down to your jawline.
Take your highlighter and apply it onto your brow bones, down the center of your nose and at the top of your cheek bones.
Then apply your blush and anything else as you normally would. And you will have your finished look with a highlighted and contoured face!
Check back tomorrow for day 8 of our countdown that will feature some holiday hair ideas.
Sometimes it is difficult to decide what to dress up as. It is even more difficult to think about what you might already have in the house to help create a costume for less money. To help you out, listed below there are 10 items you most likely already have in your cosmetic bag that will help you create an amazing Halloween look!
1. Black Eyeliner.
This is a staple that can be found in almost any gal’s cosmetic case. There are a variety of types: pencil, kohl, gel and liquid. For Halloween, liquid and gel liners will be easier because they are generally easier to apply when trying to execute specific details.
This is a guilty pleasure for Halloween. Rhinestones are one of those things that, if used right, look amazing. Halloween is a great excuse to utilize them to take your look to the next level. Unfortunately rhinestones aren’t wearable for everyday, so take the opportunity to incorporate them in a fun way with your costume!
3. Pigment Powder.
Like rhinestones, pigment powder can add such dimension to a makeup look. Due to the drastic nature of Halloween and costumes, this is a perfect time to experiment with it! If you don’t have pigment powders in your cosmetic bag, take an old eyeshadow and crumble it up to create more of a loose powder! The color will be more pigmented and you’ll get easier (and wider) application.
4. An Eyeshadow Palette.
You know when you are hesitant buying a palette because there are some neon colors that you will surely never use? Now is a great time to use them! You can use them on the lid and all over the face depending on your costume.
This seems general, but dig through your makeup collection and pull out your mattes in the shade range you will likely use with your costume. A good dark brown matte eyeshadow or bronzer can be your best friend in achieving many popular Halloween looks that don’t call for the flashiness of rhinestones (2) or pigments (3).
This is the one day a year where you can’t possibly be wearing too much concealer! It can help with a variety of things like cleaning up lines to make them more precise, for contrast and to “erase” the lips. Erasing you lips means that you can construct a new shape or build unnatural color on top of them without the natural reddish color showing through.
Brushes are really important to achieve the accuracy needed in these makeup looks. Make sure that you have, and clean all of your brushes before you start so you have everything on-hand and ready to go!
8. False Lashes.
False lashes are always fun to wear when dressing up. Now, there are so many options besides the “standard” false lashes. If you have had your eye on some wacky lashes, work them into your Halloween look!
9. Eye Makeup Remover.
This is a staple product, and will come in really handy when experimenting with Halloween makeup. If you are using pigments (3), they can tend to fall and get messy, and for any mistakes made with the eyeliner (1) or eyeshadow (4).
10. Setting Spray.
One of the most important things to remember when you are finishing up is to use setting spray! This will help your makeup stay put and last throughout the night!
Oxblood is the hot hue of the season. Almost anything is available in this dark burgundy shade. Leather pants, purses, trench coats, headbands, t-shirts, dresses, ankle boots and many more things. There is no surprise that it has become a hit in the makeup world as well. You can find this shade in blushes, eye shadows, lip liner, lipsticks, eyeliners, mascara and nail polish.
Though you may not want to wear such a bold shade on your wedding day, this shade would be great for a night out with the girls or a bachelorette party!