Beauty Tips for Applying Lip Color and Lip Gloss

applying lipglossLooking for a way to give that instant facelift without a lot of time? Knowing how to pick the right lip color or lip-gloss and how to apply it makes your time in front of the mirror a lot faster. By having the right products on hand, you can quickly get ready for a day on the beach to a night out without a lot of fuss. We’ve all tried buying a lip color only to discover it’s all wrong for us, or had the dud brand that left melted streaks on our lips. So how do you find the right product and apply it?

Choosing your lip color is the first thing you need to do. Once you find the right color for your skin tone, you can pick the shades in that range for the time of day or event. Here’s a few hints for lip colors:

Fair complexions look best when paired with warm colors. Think of peachy or warm pinks and browns. If you go for red, find one with a slight blue tint. If your skin is more olive toned, avoid pinks, orange and red. Wear light brown, or a chocolate red. Those with dark skin look best wearing deep reds and even purple tones, but should avoid pink and orange/red as well.

Once you have a color that works well with your skin tone, it’s time to apply. You don’t want to waste time applying lipstick that will be gone in a couple of hours - get the best look out of your lips for the day.

The first thing you need to do is to outline your lips with a pencil. This will help your color from doing the dreaded “bleeding” or feathering. You can use the same color as your lipstick if you don’t want your color to be noticeable, or elect to go for a slightly darker color for dramatic effects. Your pencil liner will also help you give your lips that pouting look if you line just outside of your lips, or you can minimize by staying inside.

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My Top 7 Beauty Tips

My top 7 beauty tipsSo, you’re looking for those top beauty tips? There seems to be a host of advice when you want to find the most important secrets to your beauty arsenal, but the best advice is to keep your top tips simple. Here are the most essential things you will want to do every time - and for special occasions you have all the priming done for your primping.

1) Skin Beauty Tips

Moisturize and keep your skin in the best condition at all times, and you will look radiant even without makeup. Whatever your skin type, make sure to avoid excessive exposure to the sun and wind, always making sure to use sunscreen.

Cleansing and exfoliating are the most important step to beautiful skin. For a budget friendly trick, try adding regular table sugar to olive oil and scrubbing in the shower. Your skin will be silky smooth and refreshed, with all the dead skin rinsed away. After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, remember to moisturize!

Apply moisturizers while still damp to help lock in the moisture, and make sure to pick the right type for your skin. Oil free for oily skin, a thick oil based for dry skin and alternating between the two if you have combination skin. Make sure that you are applying moisturizing products to more than just your face - pay special attention to your dry skin areas on elbows and knees, as well as the rest of your body.

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Beauty Tips with Cosmetics

applying mostuizer helps give your makeup a smooth baseEvery woman (and man) can use a few simple tricks to keep themselves looking, smelling and feeling beautiful. There are countless tricks of the trade, and by adding a few to your regime that you need the most you can easily and inexpensively find solutions on those days when you don’t like what you see in the mirror. With summer quickly approaching, stick these tricks in your bag to use on the run.

Here’s a few that my friends and I have used over the years of reading too many beauty magazines. Some of course will work better for certain people, but read through and see if you find something that will help you!

The trends today lean towards natural makeup application, giving your skin a beautiful all-over glow. Making your complexion look flawless while still understating the makeup can be a little perplexing for some people. The first thing to do is to find makeup that is not too heavy so you won’t have it running down your face once you meet the humidity outside. Once you have picked the right makeup, how do you go about applying it so it looks right? Here’s a few tips:

Apply a moisturizer to your skin (while it’s clean, of course), to give your makeup a smooth base to work with. Taking care of your skin from the inside out will make it easier to get that look you’re after. Once you have smooth skin, try using a mineral based makeup and some bronzer for that trendy, sun kissed look (without the threat of skin cancer).

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Applying Face Powder - Tips and Tricks

woman applying face powderHave you ever walked down the drugstore aisle and looked at all the brands of makeup with the different types of face powder? It can turn a simple decision into a mystery. Some people don’t know what to do with face powder, and avoid it altogether, while others apply it wrong and lose all of the benefits of the powder. How do you decide what to use and how to use it? Here is a few simple things to make this choice easy.

One of the most commonly used products, face powder is used because it is the quickest and easiest way to cover up blemishes. Face powder also works for “setting” your makeup, and works to create a flawless look. Every girl knows why you go “powder your nose”. Face powder works at giving you that clean look by absorbing oils and grease, thus reducing the infamous “shine”.

Powders will also protect your skin from sun or other harsh weather, all while concealing any discolorations and open pores.

Finding the right powder for you is key, and applying it right makes all the difference. Women have a choice of three different types of powders.

Pressed powder is the type found in a compact, and travels best in a purse. Pressed powder works the best if you are wanting to conceal problem areas on your skin. If you have dark circles under your eyes, or splotchy skin, pressed powder is a good solution. This can be worn alone, or used over foundation to help “set” the foundation in place. This works better for women without oily skin.

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Mineral Makeup Tips

Mineral Makeup Kit with Kabuki BrushPerhaps like myself you have seen the mineral make-up commercials. I must admit that I was a skeptic at first, but at the drugstore one day I found a kit that included everything I needed to sample it - on clearance. With the financial investment lowered considerably, I decided that I had to see if it worked as well as everyone claimed.

Mineral makeup was actually created in the mid-1970’s before it became the new fashion trend. It is made up of natural minerals from the earth, fine ground up. There are not any dyes or chemical that you find in other makeup.

This new trend in cosmetics takes us back to the essentials. Gone are the days of caked on makeup, and back in is the natural look. Mineral makeup is a powder, cream or liquid developed with pure minerals instead of fillers. The type that I tried was the powder, which is simply applied with a quality brush. I simply dab it into the powder and dab it on all over. I was amazed at the difference in coverage that I got with just a little bit of powder.

Since mineral makeup is so fine, it is easy to overdo. Once you have learned the right amount, you will not want the gunky feel of traditional makeup anymore. Since this makeup is weightless, you will not even feel like you have anything on.

Once I saw for myself how great mineral makeup worked, I decided to do a little bit of research so I could tell my friends what it was. I had a couple of friends that I knew would love it. Here are some of the things I learned may help you decide if mineral makeup is right for you.

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Oily Skin Care Tips

woman cleansing skin after facial treatmentRelaxation, living a stress-free lifestyle and lots of sleep are only some of the helpful tips that many health and beauty experts would generally recommend to anyone who wants to have a beautiful skin.

While these tips are generally helpful since the body naturally reacts well to healthy habits, it is also important to know what the specific remedies are in maintaining an oil-free skin.

What causes oily skin?

If you’re dreaming to have oil-free skin, you have to know what causes oily skin and act on them accordingly.

An oily skin can be bad or good. A person who has an oily skin can have the fewer tendencies to develop wrinkles early in life. On the other hand, she will be prone to blemishes such as pimples. This is because the sebaceous gland that produces sebum or the natural oil content in her skin is more active thus causing the skin to be clogged.

Causes of oily skin may be hereditary. Others may be influenced by a person?s hormone levels, diet, intake of contraceptive pills, and exposure to hot or humid weather. Stress has also been proven as one of the major causes of blemishes on the skin especially on the face. Changes in the hormone levels during pregnancy or menopause also affects a healthy skin.

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Teeth Whitening Tips for a Beautiful Smile

woman with a beautiful smile"Smile!"

What woman hasn’t heard those words? Do you hide behind the camera so you don’t have to show those pearly whites - or not so whites? If you have ever been frustrated with your teeth, it’s time to investigate the options for teeth whitening.

Knowing what your options are will empower you to show that pretty grin.

The most difficult of teeth whitening tip for me was to cut back on the coffee. And tea. And red wine. Drinking things that discolor your teeth put any whitening system you choose into overtime work. While you can defeat these stains, it’s easier to eliminate them from the diet.

Teeth whitening toothpastes are available from any retailer. These work by using mild abrasives to clean your teeth. Some brands have chemical agents that work to remove stains. These toothpastes remove only the surface stains by using hydrogen peroxide. Some products help to remove deeper stains. I have actually used peroxide to gargle with - and it does whiten my teeth. It does not have that pleasant, mint taste of toothpaste, however.

If you still aren’t seeing adequate results with the toothpaste products, try some of the over the counter strips and gels. Also peroxide based, these gel products are applied directly to the tooth’s surface two times a day. The treatment lasts 14 days, at a cost of about $15. It should last for several months after treatment.

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Hair Removal Treatments - Getting Ready for Summer

woman applying hair removal creamAh, summertime.  It’s time to switch our wardrobes over to the sleeveless shirts and bathing suits.  While we as women want to have smooth legs  and skin all the time, it’s especially important once we have to bare our skin.  Just what is the best way to remove hair and still have smooth touchable skin?  There are several choices, and the hair removal industry is constantly coming up with new and innovative products.  Here’s a review of how some of these work so you can find the right technique before you pull out those strappy sandals  with that sexy skirt.


The old standby, shaving is still a good option.  The old fashioned razors for women were second rate, but with the new innovative blades we get the same quality as men.  From the new scented shaving cream to the designer razors, women can get awesome results with a good razor.

 Buying the drugstore brand razors is not the thing you want to skimp on.  Having a name brand razor with a quality blade is worth it’s weight in gold.   Look for the number of blades so you only have to make one pass, and the moisturizing strip will help you keep your legs soft.  Always make sure to moisturize your legs (and other areas) after you shave.


 If the razor isn’t the route you want to take, perhaps you want to consider  a hair removal cream or spray.  These are still at home treatments, and while products like Nair have been around for years, there are new types of creams emerging. 

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Dry Skin Care Tips

young woman applying a moisturizer to help with dry skinDealing with dry skin can be so uncomfortable. It itches, flakes, and feels rough and irritated. Dry skin needs to have very special care to help avoid aging more quickly or other unwanted effects of dry skin. Wondering what you can do to alleviate your problems with dry skin? Here are some important dry skin care tips to follow that will provide some relief.

Bathe with a Moisturizing Cleanser

First of all, to treat dry skin all over your body, you will want to bathe each day with a moisturizing cleanser. Many soaps will take away the oils from your skin that you really need. The last thing you want to do is dry out your skin more. So, purchase a cleanser that moisturizes while it cleans. Make sure your shower is not very long and also only use warm water so that you don’t remove more of the oils on your skin. Once you are done, make sure that you only pat your skin dry so you don’t irritate it further.

Moisturize Your Skin Each Day

You should also make sure that your skin every single day. If your skin is really dry you may want to do this a couple times a day. The best time to moisturize is right after you bathe. You see, the moisturizer keeps the water in the skin to hydrate it. When you are just out of the shower, it will seal in the water, helping to keep your skin moist and hydrated throughout the entire day.

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Makeup Tips - Applying Makeup for a Natural Look

beauty young woman with a natural lookApplying make up the right way can lead to a beautiful and natural look. However, applying it the wrong way can make you look bad. You don’t have to over do your makeup to look beautiful. It’s important that you learn to apply makeup for a look that is very natural. In fact, going for a natural look with makeup is really quite easy and quick once you learn how to do it. Here are some great makeup tips that will help you to get that natural look so you look stunning all the time.

Makeup Tip #1 - Choose the Right Foundation

This is one of the most important choices you will make when it comes to makeup. The wrong foundation can make you look like you painted on your face. Make sure that you choose a shade of foundation that basically blends away into your skin when you put it on. You don’t want to change your skin color with the foundation, you just want a sheer foundation to go over imperfections and to provide a good base for the rest of your makeup as well.

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