Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Makeup Tips - Get That Summer Sun-Kissed Bronze Look

Summer is a terrific time to experiment with makeup and try different looks. Our skin usually has a little base tan and the increased humidity makes for a wonderfully dewy complexion. Looking for something different that anyone can wear? How about trying a bronzed look. This can be done very simply with the right make up colors. Be sure you select the right shades for your skin type. If you have very fair porcelain skin, you won't look natural with a deep copper look. A light glow is more flattering and natural so you'll want to select a more peachy light bronze shade to work with. If you have medium skin, a more tawny or terracotta bronze works best, and for darker skin tones, choose deep bronze and copper shades. For most people, sheer color works best on your face. Make up should be applied sparingly with particular attention to blending, and don't forget your neck!

First, mix a little gold shimmer in with your foundation.

Next, apply a bronzer to the prominent areas of your face that the sun would most likely hit naturally, like your chin, cheekbones, forehead. Helps to keep the look natural. I always prefer bronzing powder to creams and gels. They hold up best. Use a large brush to apply rather than the small ones that come with most bronzers, you will get a much more even and natural application.

Now, dust a little blush on your cheeks. Be sure your blush has a darker pigment than you normally wear.

Next, apply bronze eye shadow to your eyelids from your lash line to your crease.

Next, apply a small amount of shimmery light gold eye shadow under the arch of your eyebrows and to the inside corner of your eyes. This color should be quite a bit lighter that what you are using on your eyelids.

Apply black mascara.

Finish your look off with some beautiful Sheer Bronze Lipstick. For an extra gorgeous effect for your lips, dab a dot of your gold shimmery eyeshadow to the center of your lower lip in your pout spot.

And there you have it!

Quick Makeup Fix for Sensitive Eye Lids

If you find that you have sensitive eyelids that become itchy or flaky after wearing eye shadow, especially shimmery eyeshadow, you are most likely allergic to the mica in the eyeshadow. The mica is what gives the eye shadow the glimmer effect. My suggestion to you is to avoid wearing eye shadow altogether and instead, focus on highlighting under your eyebrows by blending in a pale white concealer under your arch. Next, use a gel-formula eyeliner and smudge it into your lash line. Be sure to read the ingredients to make sure it does not contain mica. If it is shimmer-free, it probably does not. Then finish your look off with a hypoallergenic mascara. There are quite a few brands of mascara to choose from that are hypoallergenic. Two that I know of that are great are Maybelline and Almay

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Help for Oily Hair

Hi YouTips4U, I hope you can help me. I have really oily hair. I also see dandruff. I have tried oily hair shampoo and Head and Shoulders. If I don't use Head and Shoulders every day, I get super oily right away. Please help. I know it's not good for my hair to use Head and Shoulders every day, but only to treat dandruff.

YouTips4U: Hi, I will definitely try to help.

The key to controlling oily hair is to be sure you are shampooing your scalp thoroughly, not your hair. Use a shampoo for oily hair because it has stronger detergents for removing oil and be sure you massage your scalp vigorously and thoroughly. Do not ever use your fingernails; only fingertips. You may need to repeat your shampooing more than once. You should repeat shampooing until the shampoo produces a lot of foam. It will not foam well until it has removed the oil. You should skip the conditioner because if your hair gets oily that quickly, you will only contribute to it getting oily faster if you condition your hair. Lastly, be sure to limit combing, brushing, and handling of your hair as much as possible. These movements contribute to bring the oily down your hair shaft rather than staying on your scalp area. The more you handle your hair the more your scalp gets stimulated as well which causes more oil to be produced. Remember the oil is produced by the scalp; not your hair. Many people continually touch their hair during the day, especially around the face and by the end of the day their hair is limp and oily. Handle your hair as little as possible.

Periodically, you may want to rinse your scalp with Apple Cider Vinegar. This is a wonderful clarifying treatment and can be very helpful for dandruff as well. Please also check out my other postings on tips for oily hair. I think you will find them very helpful for in between shampoos.