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The Secret to Makeup That TRULY Lasts All Day…

16 Feb

Good Morning Readers!

Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer SPF 25; photo Steven Krause

I happen to be a consumer who believes there is no way the beauty mixologists can shell out a “technological breakthrough” with every new product’s reveal. We’re just not all that advanced! I mean, we’re still offering tattooed eyeliner as a reasonable solution to our morning laziness. (Do they just not tell you that your lids will sag, and that sagging lids leads to sagging tattoo ink, and that leads to two skinny, wrinkly, black caterpillars inching their way away from your lash line?! That’s really a question, by the way, if anyone feels compelled to extinguish my confusion.)

Okay, moving on from my rant… I am just not falling for the “longest lasting makeup” gimmicks. Instead, I like to take matters into my own hands and create the perfect atmosphere for the truly longest lasting makeup.

I was enlightened with this tip by a make-up artist whom I’ve worked with on many occasions, so it’s hard to say when, specifically, it was passed on. I’ve used it every day since then though, so you know it’s got to be a gem!

Before applying makeup, wash your face thoroughly. I know, I know, you washed it last night… but during the night you shed millions of dead skin cells that are just waiting to be sloughed off with that morning rinse. After washing, apply a moisturizer with your fingertips, using a small circle motion, to your face and neck. [Don’t forget under the jaw-line and to extend coverage all the way to your ears]. This can be a simple clear moisturizer, or one with a tint. Either way, I suggest using one with an SPF of at least 15.

Let the moisturizer soak into your thirsty skin for about 30 seconds, or until skin looks dewy, but not wet.

Next, dust on your daily powder, whether it be loose or pressed, again in circular motions. Take care to coat your large round powder brush evenly by tapping off excess product before touching it to your face. Start with your most oily areas first: chin, nose and forehead, then blend them into the other zones until you are satisfied with the coverage! Voila!

This trick makes powders last all day long by giving the itsy-bitsy powder particles something dewy to bind to. They essentially set themselves when combined with the moisturizer, creating a beautiful, long-lasting palate!

If you don’t currently own a quality daily moisturizer, try one of these:

RUNWAY: Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer SPF 25, $42.50. Click HERE to find a retailer near you.

MY WAY: Garnier Fructis Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28, $12-13, available almost anywhere. Click HERE to find a retailer near you.


Out of Concealer? Try this…

3 Dec

Good morning sunshine!

We know you were out late last night, but no one else needs to know! Have you ever found yourself on those early mornings staring into the mirror, gazing at those dark circles… and your perfectly colored concealer has conveniently evaded you? Next time this happens, don’t fret or settle for dark circles. Try this straight-from-the-runway tip instead:

The slightly thicker and somewhat dried out foundation that is found inside the cap can also double for concealer. And the best part? It’s already the perfect color!

This isn’t an every day use tip, but keep it in the back of your mind and you’ll be thankful for it sooner or later!

CHECK BACK LATER: Fight that dry winter skin for good!

Welcome to the RUNWAY DIARIES…

5 Nov

We’re always looking for that miracle tip that will change our lives forever, aren’t we?! Well, I can’t promise that everything I write about will have that life-saving magnitude, but I can promise some amazing backstage information that will make your already beautiful self, more glamourous… much more easily. You’ll feel ready for the runway on a daily basis. And who doesn’t want that!?

I’ll begin with one of my favorite tips: FLAWLESS FOUNDATION. I acquired this tip from a make-up artist of mine on a photo shoot set when I was 15 years old. I would cite her name, but it’s been way too long, and my memory just doesn’t support that kind of knowledge.

To achieve a natural, flawless foundation, roll the long smooth handle of your largest powder brush from the tip of your forehead to the tip of your nose. Continue rolling the brush handle from the upper lip and onto your chin (Don’t put on your lipstick before this, obviously). Again, start at the forehead, this time just above your temple and roll down, over the cheek bone and down past the jaw. Repeat on the other side. Fill in areas that still need smoothing (sides of the nose, center of cheeks, etc) by slowly rolling the brush handle in a downward motion. Don’t forget your neck! Start at the jaw-line and roll to the collarbone. Voila! Insta-beauty.

This trick smooths down those baby hairs we all have on our face, but forget about dealing with. With all the brushing and swirling going on with our powders and foundations, these itsy-bitsy hairs get all ruffled up in different directions, giving us a more cake-y and unrefined look. It also seals the microscopic powder bits to our skin, instead of our hairs, making for a longer lasting base.

Now, go have a flawlessly excellent weekend!

If you are looking for a great new brush that also works well for this trick, try:

RUNWAYChantecaille Face Brush, $70.00, available at Nordstrom (in-store/online).

MY WAY: Face Secrets Bronzer Brush, $11.99; or Face Secrets Synthetic Powder Brush, $8.99, both available at Sally Beauty Supply (online).