Its not your mother’s beauty routine! The days of “one size fits all” beauty are long gone. The face of makeup and skin care is constantly changing. Advancements in technology and the latest makeup trends have given us new ways to enhance our features naturally and help our skin maintain a youthful glow longer than ever. That means we may need to make some adjustments to our everyday beauty routine to keep current. Here are some basic rules of thumb to help you revive and update your daily makeup and beauty routine.
Use a facial cleanser, not a body soap, designed for your skin type. It may sound silly but make sure your hands are clean if you are going to touch your face. A cleansing brush or other device is a great tool to help you cleanse more effectively. Use tepid water and blot dry when you’re done. Cleansing wipes are good in a pinch for quick makeup removal but make sure to give your face a thorough cleanse the following morning.
Get a Serum and Eye CreamFacial serums are the new normal. These are light weight products with active ingredients, like anti-oxidents and hydrators, that penetrate more deeply into the skin. Serums should focus on your main skin concern, whether its lines and wrinkles, refined pores or increased radiance and should be followed with a moisturizer. Face creams are generally not concentrated enough for the delicate skin around your eyes so you’ll need a separate product. You wouldn’t use a body cream under your makeup would you?
Use the same guidelines as a serum when choosing an eye cream, focusing on your main concern (wrinkles, dark circles etc). Simply tap onto the orbital bone that surrounds your eye and watch it work its magic.
Here are 3 steps for naturally looking blush: contour, blush, highlight, repeat. Use a deeper color ( not necessarily a bronzer) in the hollows of the cheeks. Apply a “pop” of color onto the apples, and a sheer highlight on the tops of the cheek bone. Blend lightly with a clean powder brunsh for the perfect cheek every time.
Simple Smoky Eye
The smoky eye is here to stay and has become a beauty staple rather than a passing fad. The most important thing to remember about the smoky eye is that it’s a technique and not dependant upon a particular color. So don’t jump straight to the darkest eye shadow you can find. Instead, start with a medium-deep tone. The most intensity should be focused at the lash line, both on top and under the bottom. Use a slightly lighter shade in the crease and a highlighter under the brow bone. Use brushes to blend. Finish off with a liner on top, under the bottom and on the water line for a very sultry look.
Brows That Wow
Grooming your brows is not an option. Have them shaped, tweezed, waxed, or threaded on a regular basis. Use a pencil, powder or pomade to define and fill in where you need it.