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Oil-free makeup is designed for individuals who have oily or acne-prone skin, as oil-based cosmetics can clog the pores and irritate the skin. Those who have sensitive skin may also benefit from the use of oil-free makeup. There are several types of oil-free cosmetics, including foundation, blush, and concealer. Instead of using oil as a base, most oil-free products use water because it will not clog the pores on the face.
One of the most popular forms of this type of makeup is oil-free foundation. Most foundations contain oil, which can easily cause acne in those who already have oily skin. A water-based foundation will offer coverage without adding any extra oil to the skin. Since foundation is typically applied to the entire face, it can be extremely helpful to those who have acne-prone skin to use an oil-free product.
Concealer that contains oil can also clog the pores. Much like foundation, concealer is used over areas of the face that are prone to breakouts and oiliness. Often times, concealer is used on top of blemishes in an attempt to cover them up. An oil-free concealer can be especially beneficial for those who use the makeup on already-existing blemishes, as it does not contain any added oil and so won't exacerbate the problem.
Although it is better to use a powder blush on oily skin, many prefer the dewy appearance that a cream blush provides. Oil-free cream blushes are available to those who have oily skin but still wish to use a creamy blush. Oil-free bronzers are also available for those who prefer a bronzed appearance. Like the majority of oil-free foundations and concealers, oil-free cream blushes and bronzers are usually water-based.
When using oil-free makeup, one may find the use of an oil-free makeup remover to be helpful as well. Typically, liquid makeup removers contain a considerable amount of oil and can cause acne when used regularly. Oil-free makeup removers usually contain aloe vera or cucumber extract to soothe and moisturize the skin while removing makeup from the eye and face area.
Many oil-free makeup products also contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, which helps to treat and prevent acne. It is important for those with oily skin to regularly wash the face with a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil. Using an oil-free moisturizer on the face can also be helpful in the prevention of acne.
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Red-haired individuals can follow the same basic makeup guidance as those with other hues of hair with a few exceptions. The best makeup for redheads begins with facial makeup, the shade of which will depend on whether the hair is naturally red, which normally includes a pale skin tone, or dyed red, in which case skin tone can be darker. Cheeks should be kept natural and color emphasis kept to either enhancing eye color or emphasizing lips. Earth tones should generally be avoided, but pinks or reds are fair game, though they're often thought to clash with red hair.
Makeup for redheads should start with flawless skin, which can be achieved from a combination of foundation, powder, and concealer. Redheads with naturally pale skin may need to turn to specialty department brands to find shades of foundation and powder that are pale enough to match their natural tone, while dyed redheads can typically find a match in any makeup line. Face products should be tested in artificial and natural light to ensure a perfect match, and the products should contain sunscreen protection when available.
A hint of blush warms up the pale cheeks of natural redheads. Shades of pink do the best to simulate a natural flush and thus won't clash with the hair. Pale redheads should use a light shade of pink, while darker skin tones can use a medium shade. Careful application is the key, using a proper blush makeup brush and working slowly. Heavy blush will create a clown-like effect.
Eye makeup for redheads depends on eye color, with green and blue eyes most common for natural redheads. Purples and pinks accentuate green eyes, while blue eyes are brought out by shades of purple, silver, and rose. Brown eyes work best with eye shadows and eyeliners in shades of purple, green, and blue.
Lips can be played up instead of eyes. A bold look can be achieved with matte lipstick or a richly-pigmented gloss to match the natural lip tones or in a shade darker. Lip stains or sheer gloss is better for a daytime or more natural look. Reds and pinks are unexpected shades of makeup for redheads, as they're traditionally thought to clash.
Earth tones are best avoided when selecting makeup for redheads. Neutral shades of brown and copper can wash out the complexion when compared to the hair. This includes eye shadow, lip color, and blush. If earth tones must be used, it's best to use them sparingly, such as with a brown eyeliner, and use the shade next to a more complementary color.
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When choosing the best way to apply makeup, it is important to match the makeup with the shape of a person's face. You can do this by first determining the shape of your face and then choosing the makeup that accentuates certain features. Emphasizing or deemphasizing the eyes, chin, or cheeks is possible by using different techniques with foundations and blush. Applying makeup that defines the features of different face shapes — different face shapes require different approaches — can help to bring out the beauty of any person.
The typical shapes pf a person's face are oval, round, or square. There are also heart-shaped and pear-shaped faces as well, which are not as common as the others. Specific methods work best when comparing makeup and face shape.
Matching makeup and face shape for people with round or oval faces can be easily achieved by first applying a base foundation and then applying a second, darker foundation to highlight the the temples, cheeks, and chin. The darker foundation acts as a contour for these features, which highlights and brings out these areas of the face. There are ways to create dramatic effects with an oval or round-shaped face, which include using shades such as black and grays to produce a smokey look. People with oval-shaped faces tend to have symmetry that the others do not, so they can choose nearly any type of makeup effect. Round faces look best when accentuating and lightening the forehead and chin as this acts to create an elongated effect.
Many people who have square-shaped faces tend to accentuate the wrong areas, thus enhancing the boxy shape. It is important to consider the makeup and face shape when highlighting certain areas. Square faces typically require highlights on the cheek areas to add dimension to the shape of the face. Adding blush to the cheeks can usually expand them and create an oval look.
There are certain makeup and face shape techniques for pear-shaped and heart-shaped faces that can produce appealing results. Applying makeup to pear-shaped faces works best when the cheeks are outlined. This draws the focus to the center of the face rather than the chin area. Those with heart-shaped faces tend to look best when the eyes are lightened by using a highlighter under the eye area. This helps to keep the attention on the center of the face as well.
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Although blush and bronzer are both used to add color to the face, there are several differences between the two products. Bronzer is typically used to make the face look tan, while blush is meant to add a flush of color to the apples of the cheeks. Blush and bronzer also come in very different shades, with bronzer coming in browns and blush in shades of pink, orange, or plum.Blush and bronzer can also be used to contour the face, although blush can only be used to bring out the cheekbones, while bronzer can be used in other areas.
The main purpose of bronzer is to add an overall glow to the face. Blush and bronzer are both applied to the cheeks, but bronzer can also be applied to the bridge of the nose, chin, and upper part of the forehead to mimic the look of a natural tan from where the sun would hit. Blush is typically only meant for the apples of the cheeks, the areas that stick out when a person smiles, and across the cheekbones, stopping at the temple. When blush is applied on the chin or forehead, like bronzer, it tends to look unnatural.
One of the main differences between blush and bronzer is the colors in which they come. Unlike bronzer, which comes in varying shades of brown ranging from light to very dark, blush can come in colors from orange to plum, although a variety of pink shades are the most common. Both products, however, can be in shimmery or matte formulas.
A matte or satin bronzer can be used to contour the face, bringing out a person’s natural angles and often providing a slimming effect. When bronzer is applied to the hollows of the cheeks, it can make the cheekbones appear more prominent. A light application of bronzer down either side of the nose can make this area appear slimmer, while a soft dusting across the tip can make the end of the nose appear smaller. Applying bronzer around the perimeter of the face can make wider faces look leaner, and can also draw attention to the center of the face.
Blush has very limited contouring effects when compared to bronzer, as bronzer is typically only a darker shade of a person’s natural skin tone. Since blush is a different color, it can be used to sculpt the cheeks themselves when two different colors are used. A bright blush on the apples followed by a darker blush in the same color family across the cheekbones can slightly alter the shape of this area. Blush cannot typically be used down the sides of the nose, in the hollows of the cheeks, or around the face as bronzer can.
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Blush is a cosmetic product primarily used to add a rosy hue to the cheeks. It is typically available in shades ranging from pale pink to bronze. There are two main forms of blush: cream and powder. The difference in the textures of the blushes can alter the appearance it gives the cheeks. The precise application method may also vary between the two blush types.
Cream blush is a smooth textured product that usually comes packaged in a small pot or other shallow container. It can be applied with either the fingers or a soft makeup sponge because it can be spread and blended into the skin easily, due to its creamy consistency. Some makeup wearers may like to use cream blush over other types because it often gives a slight sheen to the cheeks. It is typically more pigmented than powder blush and adds more color per application, which may be preferable to those who want heavier cheek color.
The major difference between cream and powder blush is that powder blush is dry and has a lighter texture. It is available both in a loose version and a solid pressed version and is applied to the cheeks with a brush. Those who use powder blush may prefer its sheer color, which allows them to control the intensity of the color by choosing to apply thin layers until they reach their desired appearance.
Choosing between cream and powder blush can also depend on the wearer’s skin type. Applying powder blush onto dry skin can cause skin irritation, so those with dry skin may have better results with cream blush. Its glossy texture may add much needed moisture onto the dry skin. Using powder blush on dry skin can also draw attention to any skin flakes or cracks because the powder particles may cling to them or sink into any crevices. Conversely, cream blush may not be suitable for oily skin because it may accentuate shine. If oily skin is especially slick, the product may not be able to properly adhere to the skin and could require constant reapplications to maintain the cheek color.
Cream and powder blush may also react differently when paired with other makeup products, such as foundation and concealer. Cream blush tends to work most effectively when it is applied directly onto either bare or lightly moisturized skin, rather than layered on top of heavier makeup products. If the cream is rubbed onto thicker makeup products, it can build up and look darker or clumpier than intended. Since powder blush is lighter, it may work better for those who wear full coverage makeup.
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Choosing the best blush color depends on skin tone, hair color, and even wardrobe preference. For example, people with sallow or yellow undertones to their skin may prefer to use a blush color with a pink tint to it. Generally, the color pink counteracts yellows in the skin, making the skin less likely to take on a sallow appearance. A good indicator of which type of blush color to use is to match the color with how the face appears after mild exercise.
People who have winter complexions tend to have rosy or blue undertones to their skin. In addition, these people typically have dark hair and dark eye color. Skin tones for people with winter complexions range from very pale to sallow or yellow. Also, people with winter complexions may want to use a blush color with a pink or blue undertone to it. Conversely, orange-toned blush color is not the best choice for those people who have winter complexions.
For someone with a summer complexion, a blush color with mauve or golden undertones will enhance the complexion, where a blush color heavily hued with pinks or blues may not be as attractive. The consistency of the blush can also influence how it looks on the skin. Powder blushes tend to fade more quickly than rouge-type blushes, which are highly pigmented and more intense and vibrant. In addition, many cream, gel, or rouge blushes are water and oil resistant.
Powder blushes sometimes do not stay true to their natural color. This can be caused by oils in the skin or from exposure to water. To keep blushes from changing colors on the face, people often use make-up primer, which is a lotion that readies the skin for foundation make-up and blush. The make-up primer landscapes the complexion so that make-up does not seep into the pores or rub off easily. In addition, primers can usually be purchased anywhere blushes and other cosmetics are found.
Age may also play a role in choosing blush color. People who are older or more mature, may prefer a blush that is red and bright. Young people, on the other hand, might choose a blush that is lighter in texture and not so red. For these individuals, a facial bronzer might be a good substitute for blush or rouge because is provides a warm sun-kissed glow rather than providing a shock of intense color.
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Blush, or rouge, is a type of makeup often applied to the cheek area of the face with a makeup brush in order to even out skin tone or to add more color. It is commonly found as a powder, but can also come in other forms, such as creams or liquids. Sometimes, blush is also used to make the face look wider or longer.
Like many other forms of makeup, blush is considered likely to have originated in area of Ancient Egypt. There are passages in the Old Testament that mention various kinds of makeup being worn. Although blush is mostly just applied to the cheekbones, ancient people often applied it to their lips as well. Men sometimes also wore blush in this way.
This cosmetic was considered immoral to wear during the Victorian era. Pale skin was generally considered to be a fashionable indicator of status. Women who did want some color would instead typically pinch their cheekbones. Such a method is usually not recommended for modern women, because it can sometimes lead to blemish breakouts or broken capillaries.
In its earliest forms, blush was made out of things like mulberries, beet juice, or strawberries. In the 18th century, more dangerous substances, such as mercury and lead, were used—a trend that stopped around the 1920s. In modern times, liquid and cream blushes are typically made out of unique dyes and cold cream. The powdered form is generally made out of a talcum powder that has been dyed a shade of pink or red with rosewater, carmine, or safflower.
Some women choose to wear blush all the time, especially if they have fair skin. Others prefer to wear it only for a special occasion. Theater directors often require actors to apply it because stage lights can make the skin look more pale than it really is.
Those who want to wear it in order to make their face appear wider should begin by looking directly into a mirror and applying a dark shade of it from the middle of the eye over to the temple. A lighter color can be applied in the top part of the cheekbones.
If a narrower face effect is wanted, a dark shade of the makeup is typically applied near the hairline and outer edges of the face, stopping at eye level. The look can be completed by placing a lighter color above and below the darker color. In addition to the cheek and eye areas, theblush can also sometimes be dusted on the forehead, nose, and chin.
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Learning to apply blush is an important part of creating a great makeup look. The basic tools needed to apply blush include a large round brush, powder, cream, or gel blush, and a mirror. In addition to using simple blush techniques, more advanced applications can include the use of bronzer, contrasting blush, or shimmering powder.
Choosing the right type and color of blush is the first step to a finished look. Since colors range from pale rum pink to vibrant red, it is important to find a blush that matches skin tone and looks natural, while adding a healthy glow to cheeks. People with pink skin undertones tend to look better in cooler colors, such as rose or plum. Yellow skin tones may look better with coral or bronze shades. Olive or dark complexions can handle bold colors, such as burgundy. Blush comes in powder, gel, and cream formulas; while gel and cream blush may give a more natural look, powder blush can be easier to blend and adjust for proper coverage.
Rouge is typically applied over foundation or tinted moisturizer, though it can be used on bare skin as well. If applying over liquid or cream foundation, allow the base several minutes to dry before trying to apply blush. Adding color before base has fully dried can cause foundation to smear, and may lead to uneven coverage.
For a basic, healthy looking glow, apply blush to the apples of the cheeks. To find this area, simply smile in front of a mirror and note the raised area of skin on the cheeks. If using powder blush, dip the brush in the formula, tap or shake excess color off, then apply evenly to both sides. Blush should stop a few inches away from the nose, and should not extend above the eye line on the sides of the face. With a gel or cream blush, apply the rouge with a sponge or finger tips, then quickly blend.
To create the illusion of a slimmer face, it may help to apply blush or bronzer in a darker shade that can be used to create definition in the cheeks. For this method, suck cheeks in, making a “fish face” in front of the mirror. The indented area on the cheeks is where darker blush can be added. Dust darker blush in a V-shape, from below the cheekbones back to the indented area, then blend with a brush or sponge. When a lighter shade is added to the apples, the contrast will help cheekbones stand out. To increase the illusion more, use an eyeshadow brush dipped in sheer shimmer powder to draw a faint line along the crest of the cheekbone.
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The best way to soothe a ruddy complexion is to identify the cause of the redness in the skin and to treat that specific cause. A ruddy complexion many be cause by skin problems such as acne and rosacea, but it may also be caused by skin irritation. There are a number of ways to define the causes of a ruddy complexion. In many cases simple analysis in one's own bathroom mirror will do the trick. If the cause of redness in the skin does not seem to be a direct result of acne or rosacea, consider consulting a dermatologist for a more professional analysis.
Once the cause of redness in the skin has been identified, start to take steps to soothe the redness. For those who are suffering from acne, there are a number of acne treatments on the market that may help to reduce the frequency and intensity of breakouts. Finding the best product may be a process of trial and error. In some severe cases, those suffering from acne may be prescribed an oral medication. When the breakouts begin to decrease and blemishes begin to heal, the ruddy complexion should also being to subside.
Those who are suffering from rosacea should also seek out a skin treatment that helps to soothe skin redness. As with acne treatments, it may take a process of trial and error to find the best treatment. Dermatologists and aestheticians can be consulted as part of this process.
A ruddy complexion may also be the result of simple skin irritation or dryness. Make sure not to use products that create a stinging or burning sensation on the face. Also, make sure that the face is properly moisturized at all times. Choosing a moisturizer that has a bit of tint to it may help to soothe the skin and cover up the redness a bit.
In some cases, a ruddy complexion may be the temporary result of certain skin treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Be sure to give the skin proper aftercare and the redness should diminish within a few days to a few weeks, depending on the intensity of the treatment. These instructions should be collected before leaving the spa or dermatologist's office where the treatment was performed. In some cases, a special topical product will be used to treat the skin for a number of days or weeks following the treatment. Be sure to use these according to the instructions.
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Effective ways to hide age spots on the face include using foundation makeup, concealer products, and opaque powders to the facial and forehead areas. Facial age spots are a common manifestation of aging and can also be attributed to sun exposure. In addition, age spots can appear as brown, black, or gray flat areas of pigment made of melanin. This substance is what gives the skin it's color, or pigment.
One way to get rid of age spots on the face instead of simply concealing them is to have them bleached by a medical professional. Although this process is somewhat effective in fading sun spots and age spots, it doesn't always work. For this reason, dermatologists often recommend simply concealing the blemishes with makeup and other concealers, which is simple and cost effective.
Age spots, which are also known as liver spots, can develop on all parts of the body. They appear most frequently on the hands and face, which makes them so visible. People are sometimes self-conscious about these spots, feeling like the marks make the person look old.
Blending two colors of cosmetic concealer, such as green and beige, can help neutralize various colors of age spots on the face. A skin-toned concealer stick may also conceal them. The concealer should be dabbed onto the age spot and not rubbed into the skin. If more coverage is needed, a light coating of face powder can be used over the concealer and the process can be repeated.
It is important to note that hiding age spots on the face may require multiple shades of concealers, depending upon the color of the marks. For example, if they have a red or pink cast to them, a green- or yellow-based concealer may be effective in concealing the marks. When applying concealer, however, the person should try not to cake the product onto the spot, as this may call further attention to the area and may cause the concealer to crease or even change color.
Mineral makeup is often very effective in concealing age spots and other facial imperfections. These concealers are effective in covering under-eye circles, broken facial capillaries, scars, and even freckles. In addition, mineral makeup also contains sun protection to help protect against future age spots. It is available in liquid form, pressed powder form, and as a loose powder.
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