There is an art to applying foundation all over the face. Surprise! It has nothing to do with using the sponge as if you are trying to cover your face with face paint. In fact, we dont recommend the use of sponge at all! In applying foundation, it is advised that one makes use of a brush. This will ensure the even spreading out of powder dust. This will prevent nasty blotches from forming on your skin. It will also prevent uneven distribution of powder pigments from developing. Just a tip, before you apply the foundation, make sure you clear your skin from impurities with a toner. Apply a thin coat of sunblock as well as this could serve as base already. The base will allow the foundation to stay longer and more natural than it would without one. It will also prevent the dusts of the powder from entering the pores.


Using Primers for Flawless Looking Skin

laura mercier oil free primerRegular visits to the dermatologist for skin care is not realistic for everybody with tight schedules and even tighter budgets, which is why we resort to makeup to hide imperfections instead.

When trying to hide imperfections, women usually use foundation and concealers. And while the combination of the results in a pretty good looking skin, the use of primers before applying foundation will give you even more flawless looking skin.

The great thing about primers is that it does more than provide better coverage for your skin, thus hiding imperfections such as blotching and acne scars even better. What primers do is actually act as a base that ensures longer lasting foundation and makeup. This means less retouches throughout the day. On top of this, the best makeup primers will protect your skin, keeping it smooth and moisturized even with regular use of makeup. Of course, even if you use an excellent primer, we still recommend that you use makeup removers at the end of the day to keep your face clean.

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New Discovery: Banila Makeup Brushes

Photo from Banila Co.

All beauty-savvy women know the importance of one’s tools: from concealer sponges to eyelash curlers, the perfect pair of tweezers to the best makeup brushes, makeup tools are just as- if not more- important as the makeup itself.

Which is why we’re so excited to write about our latest discovery: makeup brushes from Banila Co. A brand from Korea, the country that brought us the magical BB cream.

Whatever you might know of South Korea, which is often in the news for unpleasant topics such as breaking patenting laws (ahem, Samsung) and accusations of US comfort women, the country consistently produces cosmetics that are affordable, well-designed, and of good quality. Banila Co.’s brushes are no different.

While priced slightly higher than other Korean brands such as Etude House or The Face Shop, Banila’s brushes also seem to be of higher quality to us; the foundation brush, which is what we use the most, is soft and non-irritating. It held thick MAC liquid foundation very well without “collapsing” into a matted mess (something that, unfortunately, we’ve experienced with other inexpensive brushes).

The eye shadow base brush is excellent, as well; long, soft bristles lie flat against the eyelid, and provide excellent base coverage.

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But our favorite has to be the Kabuki brush (shown above), which has become our go-to finishing brush- it applies loose powder to perfection. Simply brilliant.

Banila Co. Products are available online from W2Beauty, and Amazon.


Keeping Your Face Clean with Makeup Removers

We use makeup to accentuate our best assets and hide imperfections at the same time. The problem though is that makeup itself can be a cause more skin problems in case you get an allergic reaction to the makeup you use or are not careful about removing the makeup at the end of the day. Even if you use the mildest of makeups, not stripping your face of your makeup will eventually cause skin irritations that can result in acne. This is why it is very important to use a good makeup remover and use it as part of your daily beauty routine.

In choosing a makeup removers, make sure that you get one that is suitable for your skin type. Major skin care brands like Neutrogena and Clinique have a good range of makeup removal products that has just about anything you need to keep your face clean, from eye makeup removers to moist towelettes that are perfect for those on-the-go.

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Tips to get Make-up tips


People think that it is easy to buy a make-up but I say otherwise. I find it really hard to choose one for myself because there are a lot of items to choose from and not all will suit your skin type and your color. That is why it is important to read something about make-ups and sometimes ask from experts and learn from them. Also it is a good practice to watch television shows that showcase make-up sessions. I, for one, watch local television shows that give tips on how to apply make-up and choose the color that compliments my skin. And last but not the least, try to experiment. I love doing it. Whenever I have free time, I sit in front of my mirror and just experiment with my make-up.


When To Let Go

Skin irritation often starts with the wrong product that you use and apply on your face. Oftentimes we forget to check the products that we use on our face because we tend to think that cosmetics don�t expire just like our food.

But then think again, expired makeup can cause serious problems to your skin and your health. Always remember when you had bought the product you put on your face.

Products that you apply to your eyes, like mascara, last for only about 3 months. Facial moisturizers, eye shadows, concealers and lipstick should be discarded after 12 months.


Irresistible Eyes

alluringeyesAs the old adage says, the eyes are the windows to the soul, this may be true for it has the ability to express emotion even without a word being said. Hot and bright colors are in when the temperature starts to rise to new heights and what better way to face the world on a hot summer night on the town that with bright, bold and alluring eyes.
First prime the underneath of your eyes and eye lids with some matte foundation which makes the skin better to handle. Get hold of a slanted brush and starting from the point near the nose, dab some of your favorite colors extending it out from the eyes outwards. [Read more...]


Long-term effects of Makeup

Makeup enthusiasts at times don’t consider the negative effects that go with the excessive usage of makeup. It is a fact that its usage leads one to looking her best in an occasion or looking fresh regularly but it is also a fact that there are harmful effects that are neglected. Users are unaware of the fact that the too much makeup can negatively affect one’s skin and worse, one’s health. Parabens and athletes are two commonly found chemicals in makeup that could actually lead to side effects such as that of the development of cancer. This alone gives its users this reminder; a reminder that it is normal to have that desire of being beautiful but it is a must that one knows the limit behind this desire. Not all things that make one beautiful are safe. With this, the aim of looking good always goes with certain precautions that one should not take for granted.


Most common makeups and its uses

There may be numerous makeup brands that appear to vary on quality but nonetheless, what is presented by one brand is almost the same as that of the other. The most common makeups are the concealers, face powder, eye makeup, blush, and lipstick. Concealers are used to cover unwanted features and imperfections on the face. These are used to somewhat give one’s face that even tone. Face powder is used to give that fresh appearance. Eye makeups include the eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, and others. These makeups are used to enhance the eyes making it look bigger or smaller. Usually, eyes are made up in accordance to the outfit and brings the totally of a person’s look. Blush, on the other hand, is used to give color on the cheek more specifically, rosy cheeks. Lastly, lipsticks are applied to give color to one’s lips. There are varying colors that are patterned on one’s outfit and even to how fit is that color to one’s features.


Expensive makeup

Clinique, Mary Kay, Clarins, Chanel, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Stila, Shu Uemura are just some of the most expensive makeup brands. There are women who choose to spend much money on these kinds of makeup arguing about how it’s better in the aspect of color, quality, and even texture. There are actually minimal differences present between the effect brought by the cheap and expensive makeup. Nonetheless, the ones available in the expensive brands are readily available at a cheaper price. It is still the case that women don’t take those things in consideration and one aspect that believe to be of great influence to them choosing the more expensive ones is popularity. As more women choose to buy these costly makeups, others will tend to follow just to keep up with the trend. Indeed, these makeups are advertised and presented to buyers in the best way, easily convincing those into its usage.