When I hit 35, I decided to get more serious about skin care and makeup. I have become a regular at the cosmetics counter at my local department store where you buy an item and get a bunch of samples for free! Makeup and cosmetics can be fun, easy and inexpensive if you follow these tips:
1. Your foundation will look only as good as the skin underneath. To get an even, smooth look, cleanse and exfoliate regularly.
2. For a longer lasting foundation, try a product with silicone. The silicone creates a sweat-proof and smudge resistant second skin.
3. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to allergic reactions, make sure you test new cosmetics on a small patch either on the inside of your arm or your neck. If after 24 hours you don't have a reaction, it is safe to use the product.
4. If you have acne or find you cannot use any skin care products without getting an allergic reaction or dry itchy skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist.
5. A powder bronzer under blush can really even out skin tone. I dab my brush in the bronzer, then into the blush and lightly cover my whole face.
6. For a new bronzer, use a foundation that is two to three shades darker than your skin tone and apply where you would use your bronzer.
7. Papaya mixed with plain yogurt into a paste makes a great exfoliating mask for all skin types!
8. Use an egg white mask for a quick fix for diminishing the appearance of pores.
9. Take care of the skin around your neck as well as your face by applying moisturizer. This is a delicate area which is quick to show wrinkles.
10. Use mascara sparingly. Using too much will make your eyelashes stick together and form into blobs. Dip your brush only once to do both eyes making sure you twist, not pump the brush.
11. No matter how tempting it might be to drop into bed after being out late, don't do it. Your skin will thank you if you remove all traces of makeup and apply your skin care cream before going to bed.
12. For great looking eyes, make sure to use powder shadows for a natural look and a eyeliner pencil for drama at night. Make sure the liner has a smudge tip at one end to get that smoky eye look. Only line the top of the eye is you're looking tired. You don't want to bring more attention to dark circles under the eyes. Neutral tones with a hint of color are flattering on everybody.
13. For sheen on the eyelids, dab a bit of Vaseline for a pretty reflective quality, as well as moisture. Open up the eye with a gold/beige shimmery high lighter onto the brow bone.
14. Don't throw away cash on an expensive eye makeup remover! Find a pretty glass bottle and fill it with baby shampoo.
15. If your cream eye shadow dries out, use a few drops of water or mineral oil to soften it up again.
16. Potatoes, like cucumbers, will reduce the appearance of dark, under-eye circles.
17. Use blush as a lipstick, then use clear gloss or lip balm over it. Longer staying power.
18. Natural ingredients have been used for centuries as makeup: apply beet juice to lips and cheeks as a stain,or mix it with melted bees wax to make your own lip balm! Cayenne pepper can plump the lips, but use with caution!
19. Use eye makeup remover to treat super dry, chapped lips. It's a great nighttime lip treatment!
20. Cosmetics do not last forever and using old products can cause irritations. Here are some guidelines:
* Foundation - 1 year
* Concealer - 1 year
* Powder - 2 years
* Mascara - 3 months
* Lipstick - 1 year
* Eye pencil - 1 year
* Eye Shadow - 1 year
* Powder Blush - 2 years
* Cream Blush - 6 months
* Moisturizer - 1 year
* Eye Cream - 1 year
* Sun Screen - l year