Archive for March 2012

Using Liquid Makeup

Some ladies want to have good coverage on their face because they have blemishes, or perhaps they always have what they feel is uneven skin. These same ladies may be afraid of liquid makeup because they fear it will look unnatural or they find that it wears off too quickly and they have to keep applying, which can both lead to a messy looking face. If you want the coverage of a liquid, there are things that you can do to make sure it stays on and that it looks natural while you are wearing it.

When you want to wear liquid makeup well, you first have to prep your face. In order for it to go on smoothly and naturally, and for it to stay on throughout the day and on into the night, you have to have a good base. This is not complicated and will only add a minute to your makeup routine, if that. Always make sure you use a good facial scrub so that you do not have dry skin problems, and to make sure oils are neutralized. You can use a scrub in the shower each morning. It only takes seconds.

On top of that prepped skin, you want to have a good moisturizer underneath your liquid makeup. You may want to find one that is especially made to go on the skin as a makeup base. Your liquid makeup will stay on your skin much longer, and look much better, with a good base underneath. These moisturizers should be good for the skin and should not feel greasy. You only need a little bit. Put it on right after you shower and right before you apply your makeup, if you do them at separate times of the day. If you do makeup right after the shower, once is plenty.

When you put on your liquid makeup over your base moisturizer, use a sponge to apply it. You can find these in any store that sells makeup. These will ensure that you are putting your liquid makeup on evenly, and will not pull on your skin like your fingers will. Too much pulling at the skin with your fingers causes early wrinkles. Smooth the liquid foundation out with the sponge and then stand in natural light to make sure you have hit all spots. Blend in under your chin and jaw line, not along it, and make sure it also blends along your hair line.

Lastly, find a good powder to put on over your liquid makeup. Find something that is the same shade, or one that is sheer so that it does not alter the color of your foundation. Use a blush brush to apply a thin and even coat all over your face and down under your jaw and chin. You can use light circular motions to lightly apply the powder so that it blends and does not clump on your face. This sets the foundation. Then you can apply the rest of your makeup as usual. This usually works well for good coverage, a good look, and long lasting makeup that you can count on.

Nourish Your Skin While Creating the Perfect Look With BECCA Cosmetics

While women may go to extreme lengths to enhance their beauty, most would be satisfied with a flawless, dewy sun-kissed complexion. That goal is within reach with the flawless, natural-looking line up of BECCA Cosmetics. BECCA Cosmetics was founded by Rebecca Morrice Williams, a Australian native who wanted to give all women a flawless, natural look - regardless of their age or ethnicity. As a former model, Williams was something of a perfectionist. Her goal was to give women's skin a flawless look.

As a result, she focused on perfecting her foundations and concealers. In an effort to provide something for women of all ethnicities, BECCA Cosmetics ended up with 34 concealer colors and 30 different shades of foundation. After that, BECCA Cosmetics developed what is called the "3-Step Skin Perfecting Makeup System." It enhances the beauty of all women, giving them a flawless and radiant look. This three-step process is prepare, perfect and set.


The preparation step is basically applying a hydrating or matt primer to your skin. It may not sound very glamorous, but just as you prepare a wall before you paint, you apply a primer to your skin to create a smooth surface on which you apply your make-up. The smooth surface helps minimize lines and pores. After that, you apply a color base with a 25 SPF. With just a touch of pigment, the base evens your skin, moisturizes it and protects it from the sun. In addition to the sun protection, the base contains anti-oxidants vitamin A, B, D and E, which only make your skin more supple and radiant.


The perfecting part comes from BECCA'S stick foundation. Apply it lightly to the whole face or just to those areas where you need more help with coverage, such as blemishes, dark circles under the eyes, or red blotches to your skin. Finish up with a touch of crème blush to the cheeks for a perfect complexion. Or maybe you should try the Mineral SPF 30 Primer. It too will make your make-up water resistant and the micronized zinc oxide provides a barrier against harmful UV rays.


After all this effort, you want your perfect look to stay all day. What you want to do is "set" the make-up in place with a water-resistant finish. Fine loose finishing powder gives you a light matt finish that lets you stay looking fresh all day. Because it is a light finish, your make-up won't cake up on your face and stays fresh for hours.


So where do you start to get this flawless look? Try BECCA'S Shimmering Skin Perfector. The ultra fine mica reflects the light and gives your skin that glowing look. It also offers SPF 20 protection against UVA and UVB sun rays. It is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, which increases the moisture of your skin and also helps repair damaged tissue. A great way to try BECCA Cosmetics is with a package like the Five Color Palette Compact. It comes with a two-ended brush along with a Turkish Rose crème blush, Doeskin powder eye shadow, Tweed powder eye shadow, Quartz crème eye shadow and Barbarella eyeliner compact.

The crème blush is made rich in vitamin E. Because it is so creamy, the long-lasting color will stay with you. It is recommended for most skin types, except very oily skin or blemished skin. Now that you like what you are seeing in the mirror, set that look with a fine loose powder and brush duo. BECCA Cosmetics loose powder can set your look for up to 12 hours. Remember it is only designed to set your look. Don't expect it to offer more coverage. Because it also smoothes your skin, you will not get that cakey look that sometimes shows up several hours into your day.

And because it is a powder, you will not get that greasy feeling created by some liquid and cream products. BECCA Cosmetics has stuck to its goal of giving women flawless-looking skin - and the effort has paid off. After launching in 2001, BECCA Cosmetics opened its flagship store in London just four years later. Today, BECCA Cosmetics are distributed around the world and BECCA Cosmetics has regional headquarters in North America, Europe and back home, down under in Australia.

"My search for the 'perfect foundation' became a mission that was to prove as elusive as the search for the Holy Grail!" said founder Rebecca Morrice Williams. "It seemed impossible to find products that not only concealed blemishes, but that also looked natural, felt like no make-up was being worn, and stayed on all day. Finally after more than six years of scientific development, the BECCA range ended that search. "Her satisfied customers are the beneficiaries of her tenacious search.

Celebrity Makeup Secrets: How To Get Your Best Look Ever With Celebrity Tips And Products!

Why does celebrity makeup always look so perfect?

Celebrity makeup artists have tons of tips and techniques for applying makeup that most people never heard of! Want to be one of the few in-the-know? We've gathered some great ones for you right here! Here you will learn some great makeup application secrets to get your most flattering eyes, eyelashes, eyebrows, concealer, foundation, blush and lips ever

Celebrity Eyes:

Makeup artists have many tricks up their sleeves to make celebrities' eyes pop! They first put an eye shadow primer or some foundation on the eyelids, so that the eye shadow has something to hold onto. For eye shadow colors, they'll select three shades which are variations on the same color (i.e. light green, medium green, and dark green), or in the same neutral color family (i.e. beige, brown, and dark brown). They will put the lightest color on the brow bone, the medium color on the lid, and the darkest color in the crease. This will emphasize the shape of the eyes and make them stand out!

Other tricks for glammed-up, red carpet eyes include lining the lower inner rim of the eyes with a white pencil to make them appear bigger and applying shimmery clear lip gloss to the top eyelids to make eyes sparkle. Celebrity makeup artists also apply shimmer powder under the brow bone to draw more attention to the eye area and they always smude eyeliner with a Q-tip to make it look less severe or smokier.

To create cat-eyes (like Brigitte Bardot in the sixties or Pamela Anderson today), celebrity makeup artists use dark brown or black eyeliner to exaggerate the end of the eye so it turns up slightly. If you decide to go this route, remember that smudging is the key to perfecting this look!

Celebrity Eyelashes:

Celebrity makeup artists also have many secrets for eyelashes! They always curl eyelashes first to maximize length and curl. They then dust them with powder which makes the eyelashes look much thicker after the mascara is applied! Celebrity makeup artists will often use two coats of mascara, the first will be a lengthening or separating formula, and the second, a thickening formula, to max out eyelash potential! Mascara clumps are combed out between coats.

For special occasions celebrities may use false eyelashes (their secret is dark eyelash glue) or may have eyelash extensions applied which are semi-permanent variations.

Celebrity Eyebrows:

Celebrity makeup artists know that enhancing the shape of the eyebrows is one of the most dramatic ways to improve a celebrity's appearance. Celebrity makeup artists use Treezerman brand tweezers most often to shape eyebrows. They tweeze the hairs under the arch of the eyebrow to further emphasize it and pluck away any strays. Eyebrows are filled in with the feathery strokes of an eyebrow pencil in either "blonde "or "taupe" for blondes, "auburn" for redheads, and light brown or medium brown for brunettes. Only black-haired gals should fill in their eyebrows with a "dark brown" eyebrow pencil" and nobody should use a black eyebrow pencil as it looks too severe. A secret weapon of celebrity makeup artists is brow sealant, which keeps this brow look in shape all day.

Celebrity Concealer:

Amazing Concealer by Amazing Cosmetics is favored by many celebrity makeup artists. Concealer is usually applied with an eye shadow brush. It is applied in thin layers which are "built up" until the blemish is covered. Concealer typically is applied before foundation. For really red blemishes, makeup artists often use a green concealer first which tones the redness down under foundation.

Celebrity Foundation:

Laura Mercier Foundation is very popular with celebrities. Foundation is usually applied by celebrity makeup artists with a sponge for the most natural looking coverage. Celebrity makeup artists use a foundation primer which is worn between your moisturizer and your foundation. This product refines the skin and helps foundation stay in place all day. If you can't spring just yet for celebrity products, try Revlon's Color Stay Foundation with Soft-flex, which stays in place all day and comes in an extensive variety of shades.

Celebrity Powder:

Celebrity makeup artists almost always use loose powder in a translucent or skin matching shade. They will apply it with a puff and then dust it away with a big brush, or will apply it with the big brush, being sure to shake off any excess first. Then the celebrity will carry around a pressed powder or blotting papers in her evening bag for touch ups. Some celebrities skip powder all together for their dry skinned clients. Powder is great for keeping foundation in place for the longest period of time, however.

Celebrity Blush:

Nars and Stila blushes are very popular with celebrity makeup artists. While these are powder blushes, there are other makeup artists who prefer gel blush because of the dewy, healthy glow it imparts. Blush is never applied with anything but a big, fluffy brush. It is applied on the apples of the cheeks in circles, or is swept from the apples to the hair line. Shimmery blushes like Nars blush in Torrid can make the cheeks appear to be glowing, according to celebrity fans.

Celebrity Lips:

MAC lipliner in Spice is the shade thought to most closely resemble natural lip color for most people and is a favorite of celebrity makeup artists. Celebrities often use lip-plumping products like City Lips and LipFusion which have both won awards from Good Housekeeping! Lip gloss is applied at least to the center of the bottom lip to make it look fuller.