Q&A Setting your Foundation & Covering under-eye Circles

Hello and Happy Fall!  I recently started answering some makeup questions via video and this is the short version along with the product recommendations (and the places you can find them).  Please let me know if there is a makeup question I can answer for YOU!

Using Concealer to Camouflage:

1. Apply concealer first, before foundation

2. Under-eye circles: orange based color for light skin; carmel color for medium skin; orange (mixed with foundation) for dark skin

3.  Apply only to areas of discoloration – not on cheekbones

4. Blend with fingers or brush to “pat in”; sponge will “erase” color

5. Cover red spots with an olive based concealer; don’t use “green” pigments

6. Follow with your foundation to blend colors

7. Apply ALL other makeup then set with a blot powder, mineral powder or loose HD powder

Long Lasting Foundation:

1. Choose a foundation with pigment

2. Creme applied with damp sponge = liquid with excellent coverage

3. Liquid applied with brush = light product but make sure it has a good amount of pigment

4. Mineral powders applied with big brush = good coverage, natural SPF & not absorbed into pores

5. Set with your choice of powders (see above) and mist with toner or water to eliminate “matte finish”

Product mentions with LINKS:

The Balm corrector – medium

Laura Mercier – concealer #2

MUD (The Makeup Designory) corrector – orange (for dark skin)

Prescriptives concealer – warm

Bobby Brown concealer – golden

MAC blot powder compact

Revlon Color Stay – liquid foundation

Bare Minerals – mineral makeup

Sheer Cover – mineral makeup (great concealer DUO!)

Sheer Cover – medium setting powder

Makeup Forever HD powder – colorless

Ben Nye setting powder – banana

Bobby Brown setting powder – golden orange & pale yellow

These are the lines, find your perfect shade!  Let me know what you think..

Mixing Your Summer Foundation

So porcelain is the new “healthy glow” – we don’t want to bathe in the sun and lay in the tanning beds anymore.. (well, maybe we do but we KNOW we shouldn’t).  So with summer beginning TODAY (Happy First Day of Summer 2012), it is time to tan your face the healthy way – with makeup!

These are my Top 3 picks for deepening your foundation for the summer to give you a safe tan:

Light coverage: Take a deeper liquid foundation and mix it with a light moisturizer (with SPF included) for a beautiful TINTED MOISTURIZER. (the moisturizer corrects a color too dark for your skintone)  1 drop of foundation with 1 drop of moisturizer, blend it together and you have a beautiful LIGHT tinted moisturizer.

~ You can also try a product like Advanced Mineral Makeup which is a ‘liquid’ mineral makeup. (Light coverage and great natural SPF with the zinc & titanium dioxide already in the makeup).

Med coverage: Take a tinted moisturizer and mix in the next shade up or a darker liquid foundation together. This will give you amore coverage and an airbrushed look.

~ I love mixing Laura Mercier’s oil-free tinted moisturizer & silk creme foundation – the blend is flawless. (I use this combo on all models during photo print shoots for a natural flawless finish.)

Full coverage: Creme foundation is always a heavier coverage, but I love using this combination: Cinema Secrets professional cream foundation or MUD creme foundation. Wet a sponge (not soaking wet just slightly damp) and dip into the foundation container then apply. Great coverage, less heavy application. Makes a cream into a beautifully blended thick liquid.

~ Applying self tanners or airbrush tanning will also intensify the color of your skintone. You avoid damage from UVA/UVB rays and when applied daily, can maintain a healthy tan. Mixing your self-tanner with moisturizer is an easy way to control and blend the product without strange streaking or over application.  (Remember your skin may be tan, but you still need to apply the SUNSCREEN!)

Have a Beautiful Summer.. enjoy your healthy glow! And ALWAYS add a Smile!

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