Saturday, September 28, 2013

5 Steps To Perfect Skin

5 Steps to Perfect Skin
Make-up should be easy and quick and make you look as good as possible. Beauty Editor Helene Larson shows you how to get glam and gorgeous in 10 minutes flat.

Step 1. Create the right canvas: “Foundation will only lie as smooth and even as the skin underneath,” says make-up artist Bruce Grayson. “Cleanse and tone, both morning and evening, and always use products appropriate to your skin type – if you have dry skin, choose more emollient, nutritious creams; combination or oily skin is better served with lightweight gel- or water-based products.” Regular exfoliation is necessary to slough off dead cells that make skin look dull and patchy, to allow optimal absorption of your moisturiser, and to create a smooth surface for make-up.
Try: Keerati Seven Pollen Face Cream (, with added turmeric to protect skin from free radical damage.

Step 2. Lay the foundation: Foundation should enhance your skin, not cover it, and it must match your skin tone exactly – you will probably need a different colour in winter than in summer. To find your perfect colour, Grayson suggests choosing three shades you think are close and painting a thin line of each down the side of your cheek to just over your jaw line, then going out in the natural light to check the colour. “When it disappears against your skin, it’s perfect,” he says. The foundation’s texture is also important – pick a rich, creamy formula to give dry skin a dewy finish, a water-based one to give oily skin a matte finish. For a really sheer, natural look, swap foundation for a tinted moisturiser. Apply your foundation thinly, with a brush, sponge or fingertips, onto clean skin and blend well towards hair and jaw line. An illuminising concealer will cover up under-eye circles and even out skin tone.
Try: Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Foundation in Neutral (, an easy-to-apply blend with a soft finish that’s great for dry skin, or Becca Mineral Powder Foundation in Bloom (, a silky light formula to suit all skin types.

Step 3. Highlight your eyes: Keep things simple by just using one light, neutral eyeshadow across your entire lid, up to the brow bone. Add a little eyeliner for oomph - the type is a matter of personal preference, a pencil giving soft definition, a liquid liner providing a more dramatic look. Draw the liner or pencil along your upper lashes as close as possible to the lash line, to give the illusion of thicker lashes, and then soften by gently smudging with a brush or your finger. Finish with a lick of mascara. Tip: Don’t forget your eyebrows. If you’re lucky enough to have dark, well-shaped ones, just brush them into shape; if they’re sparse, use eyeshadow or a pencil to lightly feather in the gaps, and then brush them to blend the colour in.
Try: Adorn Mineral Make-up Mineral Eyeshadow in Pink Pearl (, a subtle, shimmery shade that goes easily from day to evening, and Dr Hauschka Kajal Eyeliner in Soft Brown (, a rich, creamy pencil that’s a cinch to use and suitable for even the most sensitive eyes.

Step 4. Perfect your pout: Make-up guru Bobbi Brown says, “Use the natural colour of your lips as a guide when choosing a lipstick or tint – the most flattering shades will either match or be slightly darker than your natural lip colour.” To make lipstick stay on longer, apply one coat, blot with a tissue, and then reapply. Like a glossy look? Slick a dab of neutral gloss on top. If your lips are flaky and dry, lip colour will go on unevenly - rub them with a face flannel or use a lip scrub to remove dry patches, and then apply a conditioning balm to hydrate lips.
Try: Figs and Rouge Lip Repair in Peppermint and Teatree (, a zingy balm to nourish lips and help lipstick glide on seamlessly, and Natural Compatibles Enhance Lipstick in Satin (, a versatile neutral colour with lavender oil to condition and vitamin E to protect.

Step 5. Get glowing: Apply your blush last – if you do so before you put on your lipstick, you may find you have too much or too little colour in your face, depending on its depth and tone. Layer blush on slowly: begin by dusting it onto the apples of your cheeks, then up towards your temples, and blend in well. As with foundation, a cream-based blush is usually best for dry skin, a powder formula for oily skin. If you have naturally olive skin, a bronzer may suit you better. Dust it across the points where the sun would normally hit your face – your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. For extra sheen, finish with an illuminising powder across your cheekbones.
Try: Glominerals GloCheek Sheen in Peachy (, to give your cheeks a natural flush, and Ere Perez Natural Vanilla Highlighter ( to softly highlight cheekbones

Source : Nature and Health



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