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Foundation Information: Wear It Well

To Wear Or Not To Wear?

Foundation is one of the most important steps of makeup application (after my Beauty Ammo Kit – more on that in a bit). Getting the color right is crucial. If you are trusting the wrong lighting, wrong salesperson, or wrong formula, there is a lot of room for error. In my 20 years of custom blending foundations, here is what I’ve found:

Many formulas are too yellow. One way to correct this is add a small amount of fuchsia toner to a foundation. Ideally, you want an equal amount of pink and yellow in your skin, and I often have to “de-orange” women’s foundation.

Most women don’t want to look too pale, and there can be added issues like rosacea or freckles, on top of fair skin. Do you go lighter like the base, darker like the freckles or somewhere in between?  Most women want some color in their skin, and look best with a slightly darker formula.

I prefer an oil-free liquid formula: They are easiest to apply and look most natural.

How To Apply

Another mistake women make is blending foundation in their fingers. It ends up looking and feeling too heavy on the skin, and if the color isn’t perfect to begin with, it will sit on top of the skin. It’s best to use a sponge to blend foundation in. You want to get the coverage you need while looking like you have nothing on. Dot the foundation formula on your nose, forehead, chin and on each cheek, and then blend it all in with the sponge. The right color liquid foundation, correctly applied with a sponge, is the secret to beautiful skin. When your skin looks great, you can get away with wearing a lot less make up. One more secret? My Beauty Ammo Kit.

Beauty Ammo Kit: Your Eye Area Arsenal

My 3 step Beauty Ammo Kit is all you need for a flawless eye area. Here’s why:

Most eye creams just absorb into your skin. If you follow with concealer, powder or foundation, the makeup collects in the fine lines and actually makes your wrinkles more pronounced.

  • Step 1 of the Beauty Ammo Kit, Collagen Eye Mask, is a thick, rich base that stays on all day. It contains collagen and shea butter to provide serious hydration.
  • Step 2, Line Putty, goes right on top of the Collagen Eye Mask, and fills in fine lines while it soothes skin with chamomile and witch hazel.
  • Step 3 is my Dual Action Concealer. Once you have the rich base provided by steps 1 and 2, you can use a lot more concealer to get the coverage you need without worrying about it caking, creasing and making fine lines look worse. You can also use the concealer on your eyelid as a great base for your eye shadow.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Travel Beauty Blog for more tips on getting great-looking skin.

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Holiday Ready

Getting Ready to Celebrate

Getting ready to celebrate can be hard work! At just the time when we want to look our best, we do many things that actually detract from our natural beauty. We are constantly running around: from party to party, between friends, family and work commitments and celebrations.

We may indulge in rich foods that we do not normally eat and imbibe more spirits than our bodies are used to. When we finally get to bed, stress over this fast-paced time of year can keep us awake much later than we’d like, leaving us sleep deprived – and looking it!

All this, coupled with the onset of cold weather (here in the Northeast, at least) can have a visible impact on our skin. Many of our holiday commitments may be out of our control, but how we nourish ourselves during this hectic time is in our hands.

Protecting Our Visage from the Elements

Protecting our visage from the elements and stress – basically taking care of it as best as we can – is the most important thing we can do for our overall health and appearance. Make sure to use a rich moisturizer that will protect your face from the cold and wind. B. Kamins Laboratories has a new line of plant stem cell products that offers excellent anti-aging moisturizing benefits, and can be used everyday and all year round. Nia-Stem Moisturizer Kx, is a perfect daily anti-aging moisturizer for all ages and skin types! This non-greasy formula contains niacin, plant stem cells and an exclusive Bio-Maple™ Compound, designed to improve skin tone and texture, enhance cell metabolism and promote tissue regeneration. You will truly see a younger, fresher, brighter complexion.

Daily use of B. Kamins Nia-Stem Moisturizer Kx will help reverse and protect your skin from the signs of aging and visible dark spots due to sun damage. The B. Kamins line is also fabulous for sensitive skin. For rosacea related issues, make sure to check out the Soothing Skin Concentrate.

Pollution Protection

It is also extremely important to protect ourselves from pollution, especially for those of us that live in cities and/or spend a lot of time outdoors. In the winter months, Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash is specially formulated to gently protect us against environmental damage.

Treat Yourself to a Facial

The holiday season is also a great time to treat yourself to a facial. A facial will give you an extra glow, lift and an overall improved appearance, as well provide the added support your complexion needs during this demanding time of year. Best of all, you’ll leave the spa feeling more glamorous and relaxed than before – a holiday gift to yourself you certainly deserve!

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