Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Skin and Makeup Advise from a PRO

The last post with Skin and Makeup Advise from a Pro {here} outlined using lip liners and creating a natural look with cosmetics.

Wilhemina : US Vogue

Today's advise is all about getting started and choosing the right foundation.


"What preparation do you recommend before applying makeup"?


'Starting with a clean palette is important and I will address the cleansing process, types of cleansers and various products on the market in an upcoming post. 
To ready your face for makeup it is important to start with moisturizer. All skin care and makeup products that are developed to work with various skin types, it's important to choose a moisturizer that compliments your needs.'

'Take the time to let your moisturizer set into your skin before applying makeup on top....... UNLESS - you have very dry skin. If your skin is dry it is important to use a moisturizer specific for dry skin. If you are using a foundation, use one that is moisture enhanced and apply it immediately following the moisturizer {otherwise you will get a caked on look}.'  
'If your skin is oily - again, use a moisturizer specific for oily skin and use a primer before you apply makeup. The primer will help 'set' the makeup application.'
'Some of my favourite primers are: Hourglass Veil Mineral {the splurge} or L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base {the deal}.'



"I'm confused, TONER or NOT"


'This is a personal preference ! But what I will say about toner is that they have evolved a great deal over the years. Long gone are the days of using a toner that is stripping and drying. Today's toners work on the concept of putting moisture back into the skin.'

'If a new toner is on your skincare shopping list, look for one that does not contain alcohol. Instead, choose one that does contain ingredients to revive the skin such as thermal or rose water. My personal favourite is Avene's Gentle Toner. I love the Avene skincare line which is from France in the Languedoc Roussillon region. And let's face it, who doesn't want to have beautiful skin like French women do.'


"Do I need to change the SHADE of foundation I use from season to season."


'YES !  You should invest in a winter shade of foundation and a summer shade of foundation. It's not just about the colour, it's also about the temperature.'

'Always, always choose a foundation with SPF or apply sunscreen prior to moisturizer. Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunblock goes on smoothly, is non-greasy and offers several levels of protection for various times of the year {spf up to 110}.'
'Your winter {or cooler weather} foundation will be need in a shade to compliment your skin tone during the months when you do not have as much natural colour. The proper way to test colour is on your face near your jaw line - not on the back of your hand. Winter foundation could include something with more moisturizer in it to combat the effects of the harsh cold.'
'Summer foundation should be lighter, a tinted moisturizer works well during this humid time of year. Again, test the shade at your jaw line to ensure that it is not too light against your extra summer colour'.

'In an early post I advised readers of something that is worth repeating again:
Keep it Simple. If you think "maybe I should add more to this" - DON'T. Instead put the makeup brush down.'

Next Up .............. using the right makeup tools and how to care for them. 

beauty quote via


  1. This is such a great and informative post and I love that last quote! It's perfect!

  2. The last quote is wonderful!
    Some really great tips but I may be one of the few who doesn't need to change my foundation for winter and summer.
    I wear a massive amount of sunscreen on every inch of my body, every day and live under very large hats.

    Melanoma taught me a lot.
    Nice post! I also love the Avene line of products.

  3. I agree with you...when thinking of putting a little more on...put the make up brush down ;-) So true!!
    I love the Avene skincare in a bottle.

  4. wonderful quote...and I love the Avene range also...fantastic... xv

  5. I recently posted on the (skin) benefits of pantothenic acid.
    Friend, and fellow blogger Chania of Razmataz commented on Avene products, and how she has used them for some time, with great results. I will definitely be checking out soon