Guest Post: Everything You Should Know About Makeup

Using make up as a cover up or a mask is a common misconception for many women when buying make up.  In all reality, make up should never be used to cover or hide your face.  Instead, it should be used to highlight and accentuate a woman’s natural features.  Many make up companies out there have created various products that are made specifically to encourage bringing to light your own, natural appearance from head to toe.  Listed below are different products ranging from eye-make up to nail polish and how exactly they help bring out your natural beauty.

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Natural looking, healthy hair is at the top of the list.  Whether your hair is long, short, thin, or thick, you always want it to look and be healthy.  Heat is one of the main opponents when it comes to hair, for example, straightening, blow-drying, curling, crimping, etc. are all horrible and damaging to your hair. However, those products are also offered with heat control to help put a limit to the amount of heat you are using to kill your hair.  Also, companies such as Pantene Pro-V, L’Oreal, and many others create shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that help to nurture your hair and keep it healthy. See, these products contain vitamins and nutrients that your hair follicles will absorb.  The vitamins and nutrients in turn will mend and heal your hair the best that they can.  Even when it comes to coloring and dying your hair at home, L’Oreal is a great way to go.  L’Oreal, as well as other brands have created dyes and colors that don’t contain ammonia, which plays a great role in hair killing.  Be sure to stay away from products containing ammonia and when it comes down to it, try to avoid using extreme heat on your hair.

Nails and nail polish aren’t normally the first things that come to mind when you think of natural beauty.  However, there are nail polishes and nail polish removers that are better for your nails than others.  OPI, for example, in 2006 eliminated the DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde from their polishes and treatments.  OPI isn’t the only brand like this, the key is looking around and reading the ingredients to find out what is best for you.

Lipstick and lip balm, for the most part, go hand in hand.  Either way, you will want something that will keep your lips moist and supple, something that will last for longer than an hour, and something that will make your lips pop, but not too much.  Lipsticks that are long lasting contain an ingredient called kaolin, this tends to cause the lipsticks to be drying but it gives it the staying control that you are looking for.  Moisturizing lipsticks contain many ingredients like shea butter that will cause them to wash away more quickly.  Maybelline, as well as a few other brands, came out with a product that provides both the long lasting effect, as well as the moisturizing effect.  Now, when it comes to color it all depends on your skin tone. There are plenty of directories and beauty consultants that can explain what you should do, but basically, if you have fair skin you should stay away from bright pink and orange shades.  Stick to deep, plum reds and wine reds, even light to medium brown will flatter your skin.  Dark skin is almost the same; dark, wine colors and deep, plum colors, along with any shade of brown will accentuate your lips.  Medium skin tones, on the other hand, should stay away from browns that are on the pale side.  As for olive or yellow skin tones choose deep, brown reds and deep, berry shades but avoid the pinkish colors.

Blush and cover up are somewhat similar to lipstick.  For blush, you want something that will accent your cheekbones, nothing too dark, because you’ll look fake and nothing to light, because you’ll look like a porcelain doll.   Cover up is the most commonly misused product and it is extremely important.  If you use too much it will literally look like you put cake on your face.  Cover up can be used to hide facial blemishes and acne, as well as to even out the tones of your face.  Again, just like blush, cover up depends on your skin tone.  Mineral make up is one of the best kinds of blush/cover up to use.  This specific product makes it easy to blend make up together to match your skin tone, all the while it is made of minerals and nutrients that will keep your face looking healthy.

Eye make up consists of mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow, all in various forms.  After cover up, this is the next most commonly misused make up product.  Many people use way too much eyeliner and eye shadow, normally they are trying to create the dramatic look, however, it ends up looking like they got attacked with the make up instead.  Almay is the number one brand that comes to mind when talking about eye make up.  The company created the perfect product.  With a kit for almost every eye color, Almay provides eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara that will do everything and help accentuate your eye color.  Whether you have brown eyes, blue eyes, or green eyes, Almay has the trick for you.  Of course, Almay is not the only brand that offers products like this, but it is always the first that comes to mind.  Mascara is pretty simple and there are all sorts of colors, it just depends on which you prefer.  Brands such as, Revlon and Almay provide a lash-growing mascara that contains nutrient and vitamins that make your eyelashes grow long and beautiful.  Eye make up can get kind of crazy, so you just have to keep in mind that you are only trying to accent your, already, beautiful eyes.

With all that said, make up is supposed to be fun.  Listed above are just guidelines to helping you highlight your natural beauty.  Everyone is beautiful and sometimes all you need is a little bit of make up to emphasize it.


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