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Enhance your natural beauty Ladies over Forty
August 15th 2011

In order to keep looking your best, the makeup you use needs to change with age. Here are some guidelines for ladies over 40.

Foundation

Most women use a pink-beige foundation. When we are over 40, the skin tends to encounter redness. I recommend using a warm-based foundation to knock out the redness. A pink based foundation will only enhance the redness.

Concealer 

Use a liquid concealer not powder. Powder will only enhance the fine lines. Conceal under the eyes, inner corner of the eye, and bridge of the nose, around the nostrils and under the lip. Concealing these areas will act as an instance face lift.

Blush

With age, skin has less glow and loses pigment. Wear more blush to restore the glow to the skin.

Eye shadow

Try to keep frosty and shimmery shadows to a minimum. Placing a small amount of shimmer in the inner of the eye will lighten the eye area.

Eyeliner

To lift the eyes apply more eyeliner to the top than the bottom. The golden rule is two-thirds liner on upper eyelids: one-third on lower eyelids. Applying heavier eyeliner (whether pencil, powder or gel) to the lower eyelids will instantly age and drag down the face.

Lashes

Curl lashes to open eyes. Make sure you use high quality mascara that does not run. If your eye area has less tone, only apply mascara to the top lashes.

Eyebrows 

Thin brows will age you by at least ten years. A common mistake made by many is thinning the brows too much and having the space between the brows too far apart. If this is the case, consult with a beauty therapist in a program to re-grow and shape the brows. Otherwise, use a brush and matte powder to fill in your brows

Lips 

The more lines around the lips, the lighter the lip colour should be. Also with age, lips tend to sag downwards. If this is the case do not wear dark lip shades as this will bring attention to these areas.

Colour me pink!
June 13th 2011

This season's must-have trend is a bold, bright and colourful lip with many celebrities choosing to play with colour by sporting a statement lip. Bright shades of pink are emerging the season's hot new colour and we are seeing the prettiest of pinks; magenta, fuchsia pink, raspberry and neon pink. Even the classic red is being given a pink twist.


These shades are a fabulous choice for those who want a youthful look and are not afraid to make a strong impression - the bolder, the better. The pink tones will also give you a million dollar smile as they make up your teeth appear whiter, unlike orange shades, which enhance the yellow.


This trend is extremely versatile; every skin tone can pull off a bright pink lip! From porcelain skins, like Emma Stone, to olive skinned beauties like Jessica Szohr, to deep complexions like Rihanna, it looks sensational on all!


These are my top five tips for pulling off the bold and bright pink lip:
1. Prep your lips: exfoliate and moisturise the lips before application for a nice smooth surface (I recommend using Phyt's Soin Comfort Des Levres - lip balm). Let the lip balm sit and saturate on the lips before lipstick application.
2. The definition: a loud pout requires a defined lip line. I recommend applying the lip colour with a lip brush for utmost precision. It is not easy to get a straight lip line if the tube of lipstick has lost its original shape. You must use a lip brush.
3. Less is more: applying too much lipstick will make the colour run.
4. Making it last: use this application method ‘apply - dab with tissue - reapply'.
5. Party time: Remember to drink through a straw and air-kiss only!


Get the look:
- Issada ‘Mauve' Lip Liner
- Issada ‘Joy' Lipstick
- Issada ‘Daiquiri' Mineral Lipgloss

 

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Finding the right foundation for you
March 21st 2011

Did you know women buy around seven foundations before finding one that works for them?

Finding the right foundation for your skin is a difficult task. There are two factors to consider when choosing foundation - color and formulation. Today, we will discuss choosing the right shade for your skin tone. This is best done in consultation with a professionally-trained Makeup Artist.

Your undertone - the first step is to determine whether your skin has a yellow or pink undertone. When assessing, it is important to look at your arms and chest, as well as your face.  Foundations are designed to suit either a yellow or pink undertone.

Matching the foundation - match the foundation to your décolletage (chest), not your neck, arms or hands. The arms and hands are darker than your face and the neck is the lightest part of the body as it does not receive direct sunlight.

Testing the shades - choose three colours similar to you skin tone. Apply the different shades in a strip from your cheek to your jaw line and then slightly blend into your skin. One shade will blend nicely into the skin and it will be difficult to tell the difference from the foundation and your own skin. The foundation that blends in best is the right shade for you. You may need to test several shades before you get this result. Double-check the foundation in natural light as artificial light can change the colour of foundation.

Do not go darker - it is tempting to choose a shade that is darker than your skin tone to give the illusion of a tan. I do not recommend doing this as it will not look natural and actually ages the face.

Different seasons and occasions - I recommend everyone should have two foundations - one for the winter months, when your skin is naturally paler and one for the summer months, when your skin is slightly darker. You can also alternate, exchange and mix throughout the seasons - whenever your skin tone gets lighter or darker.

Fake tans - If you enjoy getting a fake tan, make sure you have a foundation shade that is suitable for tanned skin. Never wear your original foundation shade with a fake tan - this will make your face look white and appear like a mask.

When choosing foundation, your age and skin condition is also important. In future blogs we will cover choosing the right foundation formulation and how to correctly apply your foundation.