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Cosmetic Insight

Updated on July 20, 2016


Lip Stain ~ Long Lasting Color

Lip Stick ~ Color

Lip Gloss ~ Helps Shinier appearance

Lip Liner ~ Helps to outline and define lips

Nail Care Process When Applying Nail Polish

1. File and Shape

2. Groom Cubicles

3. Treat Nails with top/base coat

4. Apply the polish color of choice.

5. Seal and Protect (with top/base coat)


Primer ~ Apply before eye shadow for an even, smooth look. A primer is good with shadow or by itself for color correction if you have any redness on your eye lids, making a "clean canvas" look. If you have oily eye lids then I would suggest a matte formula.

Eye Shadow ~ Eye shadow helps to draw attention to the eyes. It adds depth, dimension, and of course, color. I like to use a wet eye shadow brush to apply when the pigment is light.

Eye Liner ~ There are many types of eye liner; Cake, Gel eye liner, Liquid, Pencil, and Powder.

Mascara ~ Helps to add volume (using a thick form), lengthen (using a small brush), help lash separation, and adds definition to your eyes. For separation and definition I would use a spiked mascara brush.

Brow Filler ~ Three types of brow filler are pencil, powder, and gel. Brow filler helps to sculpt and define, even fill your brow. You can combined pencil and powder. Or combined powder and get or a tint.

IF you are using a brush, I suggest cleaning brushes by washing them 1 time per week. I like to wash mine 2 times a week.

Complexion Care

Primer ~ Helps to fill in lines or wrinkles, minimizes pore appearance, and provides a smooth canvas for your foundation to lay evenly. Primers also help for foundation to last longer.

Primers help to mattify, add illumination, reduces redness, hydrate your skin, stops oil and shine, helps to reduce shallowness of skin, and sometimes it can give a bronze tint too.

Primers best for acne-prone or oily skin ~ Light weight/fluid primers

Primers best for dry skin or aging skin ~ Heavy Primers

Foundation ~ Foundation is used to create and even color that looks uniform to original complexion color. Foundation helps to cover flaws. Foundation helps to alter shades of skin.

Coverage Types -- Sheer (BB cream), Medium, and Full.

Foundation best for oil skin ~ Oil Free, Oil Control, or a Mattifying formula. If you have oily skin try to liquid foundations free of mineral oils, petroleum, and paraffin. Try to focus on getting an aborbing powder with arrow root powder, rice powder, or corn starch.

Foundation best for dry skin ~ Hydrating or Moisture-Rich. If you have dry skin, try to avoid powder foundations. When looking for a foundation, look for key words like B5, essential oils, Glycerin in the ingredients list.

Frequently asked questions about foundation

Should I change my foundation with the changing seasons?

I would say yes. During the winter, skin is drier. In the summer, skin tends to be more oily.

How can I avoid a heavy look?

Find the right shade for you. Don't over apply and use the right amount.

Concealer ~ Helps to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and blemishes.

For under eyes yellow tones are best for lighter skin. Orange base tones for darker skin. And you want to select a shade of concealer that is lighter than your skin and foundation.

For blemishes apply your concealer with a small brush before your foundation. It is best to use a green base corrector with a thick/dry formula. Try to have your concealer a half shade darker than your foundation.

One applying tip for matte formula concealer is that it works best with a primer. It will not wear off during the day. If you use an eye cream, allow it to dry before applying the concealer.

Blush ~ Of course, blush is used to add color.

Powder blushes are great for all types of skin, especially oily skin. Blush also comes in a matte or shimmer formula.

Cream blushes are best for dry skin because a lot of them are moisture rich. You can apply with finger tips or a brush. If you are looking for a dramatic affect, I would use a cream blush with a powder blush.

Tints have buildable sheer coverages.

Stains are good because they are fast drying and are ideal for oily skin. Stains are best if you are looking for something that is long lasting.

Gel blushes are best for oily to normal skin. They add a sheer glow coverage that is buildable.

Bronzer ~ Bronzers help highlight your skin with a healthy glow. Helps to give a brighter and sun-kissed appearance. You can apply bronzer to the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. A good way to add bronzer subtlety is by adding a mosaic/shimmer combo.

Highlighter ~ Highlighters give a moisturized glow for a more contoured appearance. Depending on your skin preference, there are three forms of highlighter; powder, liquid, and stick. You can apply highlighters to your cheek bones, cupids brow, collar bones, or even above the arch of your brow.


NOTHING, is more important that moisturizer for your face. Finding a good moisturizer is keys to controlling oil, acne, hydration, everything. I shop at Target for mine. Boots Botanics is an amazing line that is natural. It is a little more expensive but a lot cheaper than others. As an added bonus, most of Boots Botanics products have SPF in it too!

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