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Bobbi Brown – Foundation Fixes for Spring

Apr

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown was on the Today show today to give some tricks and tips on the perfect foundation.  Bobbi says it is the simplest thing when you get it right, and the trick is it needs to match your face, your neck, your hands; it just has to be the right tone.   My mother has this problem finding foundation, as her neck is a different colour from her face.

Her number one tip for buying foundation is getting the proper colour.  You need to get the one that blends into the side of your face. (Don’t use your hand – wow, I am so guilt of this sometimes!).  Try to look in natural light,  and try a yellow-based foundation.  Yellow foundations get rid of redness, and it is tones we already have in our skin.  Second tip is choose the right formula.  She also loves tinted moisturizers,  they are sheer and great for weekends.  You need to adjust your foundation for spring, as your skin gets dryer or oilier.  You can also adjust the formula by adjusting the moisturizer you wear underneath.

Dark Spots

The first model had some dark spots,  so Bobbi suggested putting foundation on first, taking a touch up stick (not a concealer, because concealer is lighter than your skin, Bobbi applied this with a brush), go wherever there is a spot, let it sit and use powder on top to lock it in place.  Bobbi says if you have dry skin, you can still use a mineral-based powder foundation.

Redness

The trick is to use a yellow tone foundation.  Apply all over.  Use a yellow powder.  A translucent powder could cause ashiness.  By using a good moisturizer underneath, you can still get a great dewy look, even when using powder.  She also used a a cream blush on her cheeks, as well as a bronzing powder all over with a big brush, including a little on the neck.

Bobbi’s Tips:

Never apply foundation on the neck.
Avoid over applying to cover dark spots.
Apply foundation with fingers, sponge or brush.  A brush will give you more coverage.
Reduce redness with a tinter moisturizer.
You can also correct redness with bronzer.
Avoid using a product that is too dense.

Bobbi Brown products can be found at Sephora.com!

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Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

Apr

This is different from the previous creaseless concealer, which didn’t seem to get the best reviews online.   From Tarte’s website:

“Need a full coverage waterproof concealer that won’t crease? Look no further. tarte’s maracuja creaseless concealer is the perfect combination: it offers long-lasting, full coverage in a rich and velvety texture with pure, skin-soothing ingredients.”

 

Starting on 4/6, the first 200 customers to buy this concealer will receive a free creaseless concealer brush! No promo code needed. The brush will automatically ship with eligible orders..

http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-maracuja-creaseless-waterproof-concealer

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Bottom of the Jar Beauty Tips

Jan

Show:  Rachael Ray
Episode:  Trash or Treasure
Date:  January 12, 2012
Guest:  Jenn Falik

On this episode, beauty and style expert Jenn Falik was on to show cost saving tips to repurpose those straggling little bits of makeup you have left (eyeshadow, mascara and bronzer).   I have to say,  I never have this problem.  I tend to buy way too many products and usually have to throw stuff out after using like a third of it. (I am working on this and have totally cut my cosmetics budget!).  So Jenn’s advice is to try and do something different instead of throwing that little bit of makeup out.  MY advice is to skip the first two tips, but try the bronzer one if you actually do have a little bit of bronzer remaining!

Eye Shadow into Nail Polish

So you just use a spoon to scrape out that last little bit of shadow from the palette onto a plate (and muddle it a bit to get it all powdery).  Next, pour some clear nail polish into the powder and mix together using an OLD makeup brush (or a toothpick/old clean popsicle stick).  You can increase or decrease the amount of powder to adjust the lightness of your new nail polish colour.  I don’t really see the point in this, since you have to go out and buy the clear polish.  You also don’t know what the result is AND you are going to gum up the brush or at least ‘taint’ it with a different colour, unless you keep in the same colour family!  Rachael also says don’t do a statement nail.  I love statement nails!   Do it if you want   🙂


Mascara into Eyeliner

So if you are getting to the bottom of your mascara and there’s not enough for the wand to reach, take a pointy Q-tip to get any last bits that you can use for another purpose, a brand new eyeliner.  Not a very precise one.  Also, Jenn notes  as a general rule you should replace your mascara entirely every three months because after that it starts to accumulate bacteria from your eyes.  Even when I use mascara every day,  I never get to the end of my mascara.  Another tip I don’t see the point in, since the Q-tip application seems messy (and I don’t even get close to finishing my mascara, and I am a bad, bad girl who replaces it every 6 months). I also use Blinc Mascara, so I don’t know how well this would work since it is formulated to wrap around lashes.


Powder Bronzer to Custom Bronzing Lotions

I like this idea because if you’ve used almost all of your have bronzing powder, it is obviously a colour you like and that suits you.  One caveat though,  you may like a shimmery or a matte bronzer on your face, but not on your body (and vice-versa).  So scrape out any remaining powder bronzer from the compact into a small glass dish. Then you just add your choice of body lotion, and mix it up to create a custom bronzing lotion.  Remember that this is customizable so,  you can always add other stuff.  Like if your bronzer is matte, you can add some shimmery copper or gold eyeshadow shavings (like the nail polish tip) to create the perfect bronzing lotion for you. My favourite bronzers are Park Avenue Princess by Tarte for shimmer and Hoola by Benefit for matte.


 

Products Mentioned in this post:
Park Avenue Princess by Tarte

Hoola by Benefit

Blinc Mascara

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