Choosing Better Makeup

3 Nail Polish Tips That Will Help You Get The Perfect Manicure

As far as cosmetics go, nail polish is one of the more difficult ones to master. Sure, eyeliner can be tough, but most people get the hang of it eventually – no one needs to go to an eyeliner salon for professional application. Nail salons, however, do a booming business because getting your nails just right isn’t an easy task to master. However, if you’re looking to save money on your manicure, you can improve your nail polishing skills with a few simple tips. Take a look at the nail polish tricks that you’ve been looking for. Clean Your Nails The worst thing that you can do is sit down to put nail polish on without thoroughly cleaning your nails first. Dirt, hand moisturizer, old polish, or moisture can all prevent the nail polish from adhering to the surface of your nails. This can lead to a spotty appearance or a polish job that chips and peels easily. Clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You might even want to try applying hand soap to a soft toothbrush to get the corners of your nails and get underneath the tips of your nails – oils from your skin tend to collect in those areas, and oil is the enemy of nail polish. Nail polish remover is great for removing oil from the surface of the nail, so even if you don’t have polish on your nail, prep the surface by swiping a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover over the surface. However, you may want to use non-acetone remover, especially if your nails are already dry or splitting. Acetone is harsh and can dry out your cuticles too much. Save the acetone remover for when you need to remove especially dark polish colors from your nails. Time Your Coats Wisely When you need to paint your nails, make sure that you have enough time to devote to the project, because a basecoat and a top coat really are important steps in the process. It’s actually easier for the colored polish to latch onto the basecoat than it is for the polish to latch onto your bare nail. The top coat ensures that the finish is hard and won’t chip easily. Reapply the topcoat every few days to prolong the life of your manicure. You also want two coats of color, to ensure that you end up with vivid […]

How To Protect Your Skin And Look Great At The Same Time

The sun may be a welcome sight in the sky, but it emits some very unwelcome radiation in the form of ultraviolet rays. If you’re ready to enjoy some summer fun and you want to protect yourself against this danger without making yourself look silly in the process, here are some aesthetically-appealing ways to keep UV rays at bay. Use UV-Blocking Cosmetics To shield your skin against the damaging effects of UV-A and UV-B rays (the two kinds of ultraviolet rays that endanger people’s health), you need to wear a sunscreen that blocks both and has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating of at least 15. But if you think this means caking yourself with zinc oxide until you look like the stereotypical white-nosed pool lifeguard, think again. These days you can buy face makeup online or in stores that contains chemical sunscreen ingredients. UV-blocking moisturizers are also available. These products allow you to perfect your look even as you’re protecting your skin. The only downside to UV-blocking cosmetics is that they may not provide enough protection by themselves, partly because the coverage may be uneven and partly because only the face gets protected. To hedge your bets in the battle against sun damage, you need to layer your protection by first applying a clear sunscreen and then applying your UV-blocking makeup on top of it. This strategy helps to secure your long-term dermatological well being without spoiling your appearance in the here and now. Wear UV-Blocking Sunglasses No matter how thoroughly you apply your makeup, the thin, delicate skin around your eyes and on your eyelids can be especially vulnerable to UV rays. Eyelid cancer accounts for up to 10 percent of all cases of skin cancer, including squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer and the deadly melanoma. But the solution to this frightening threat also happens to be one of the coolest fashion choices anyone can make. It’s as easy as choosing (and then regularly wearing) the right pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses don’t just protect your eyes from the UV radiation that can lead to cataracts and other eye problems (although that would surely be reason enough to wear them), but they also protect the skin on the eyelids and around the eyes from that same radiation — especially if they’re wraparound sunglasses that block even more incoming light. Even so, you shouldn’t just grab the first fashionable sunglasses you […]

Take Years Off Your Face: 3 Makeup Tips To Remove Fine Lines And Wrinkles

With Americans living significantly longer nowadays, wrinkles have become a common concern to the aging population. Most Americans are obsessed with the idea of staying, or rather appearing, young forever. There are many anti-aging products available on the market that will do just that; however, the ingredients within these products can take some time before having an effect on your appearance. If you’re looking for a quick fix, turn to makeup. This article will take a look at 3 effective tips in removing fine lines and wrinkles temporarily using makeup. Use a Primer Containing Silicone Before applying any type of makeup on your face, you want to first prepare your skin by applying a primer. A primer will create a smooth surface and canvas for the makeup and will help ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day. The type of primer that you choose to use will have a huge say on how pronounced those fine lines and wrinkles will be during the entire day. To remove fine lines and wrinkles, choose a primer that contains silicone. Silicone is a skin tone miracle worker. It sits on top of the skin and will fill in imperfections, like large pores and fine lines. The silicone ensures that your makeup can be applied smoothly and flawlessly. It also lasts throughout the entire day, so that one application during the morning will be sufficient. Although primers containing silicone are extremely effective, it’s important that you wash your face thoroughly at the end of the day, as the silicone can be difficult to remove. Choose the Right Type of Foundation to Apply Foundation is primarily used to hide skin discolorations and imperfections; however, it can also do wonders in concealing fine lines and wrinkles. The right foundation will help you create a flawless canvas for applying other types of makeup, like eye shadows and blushes. If you’re concerned about wrinkles, avoid cream foundations, as they tend to crease easily. These creases will either accentuate fine lines or will create the illusion of wrinkles even when there are none. Other than making sure that the right foundation is chosen, it’s also important to learn how to properly apply the foundation. You want to use a brush or a sponge to dab or stipple on the foundation. Do not make any long brushstrokes or try to spread the foundation on your face, as long brushstrokes […]