Beauty Solutions: Concealer, Uncovered

Are you making the best choices when it comes to concealer?

Beauty Solutions is where we go through the most common beauty issues and give you the down and dirty on how to fix them, one by one. Keep your eyes on Beauty Scene and say, ‘goodbye’ to another beauty drama with every article!

Question: How do I apply concealer?
Not sure how to cover up? Here are a few tips to make applying concealer less confusing:

Order Up – Always remember, concealer first, then foundation. Although some question this order, it makes for a smoother end result.

True Colors – When choosing a concealer, go one shade lighter than your foundation, though not too much lighter. The goal is to make your concealer easier to blend. Green concealers neutralize red zones on your face, like blemishes. It doesn’t work as well on darker spots, like underneath your eyes. Yellow helps even skin tone overall, it’s the safest concealer shade. Pink works well to neutralize dark blue or purple areas on your face, like darks pots. JAFRA’s Imperfection Corrector blends easy and has yellow, green and lilac concealer options so all of your concealer needs are covered in one compact!

Light and Loose - Using a loose powder over concealer sets it in place and takes evening your skin tone one step farther. Choose a concealer that’s lightweight so the product doesn’t look caked on. Always apply with a sponge for crease-free application and less streaking.

Stay Hydrated - Moisturize your skin first. Dry skin can make concealer look packed on.

Mix Things Up - You can also mix your concealer with highlighter and a little eye cream for a quick DIY product that will give your puffy peepers a pick-me-up. 

Summer Hair Protection

Don’t take your tresses for granted

Summer is here, and while we’re all pretty mindful about protecting our skin with sunscreen and moisturizers, most of us don’t realize our hair needs protecting too! So, unless you’re gunning for limp locks that look more fried than sun-kissed, make these precautions part of your beauty routine ASAP.
Shampoo Rules: Sulfate-Free and Sparingly
You need not have a keratin treatment to enjoy the benefits of shampoo sans-sulfates. Sulfate-free shampoos are more delicate than the alternative and strip less moisture from your hair, especially if you use them less often. Try washing once or twice a week depending on your hair texture.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate…
Ingesting plenty of water isn’t just good for your skin and your body – it’s vital for healthy hair, so drink up. Also, add a cold water rinse to the end of your shower and find a nourishing conditioner or after conditioning oil with plenty of omega-3 oils to seal in the moisture.
Air Dry over Hair Dry
If all possible, let your hair air dry during the summer months. Sound scary? Worry not, the right products will keep it healthy and tame the frizzies.
Hair Mask Magic
Face masks may be all the rage this year, but hair masks are not far behind. The right mud mask can soften, smooth and tame your tresses. You’ll wish you’d started using them sooner.

SPF on Top
The reasoning here may or may not be obvious. It’s not just your hair that can get sun damaged; it’s your scalp! A good head scarf, hat, or even a ponytail will keep your hair and scalp safe. A swim cap will also help, especially in chlorinated pools. Scalp SPF is a great option too. It comes in a powder form, and it will keep you from getting a dry, flaky scalp. After all, no one wants that. 

Hair Color Control

How to keep your tinted tresses rich and lustrous

Whether you spend hours and plenty of dollars getting primo professional hair color, or you’re a do-it-yourselfer who often wishes they had an extra pair of hands to help get it on just right, the follow-up question when it comes to hair color tends to be, “How can I make my color stay fresh and shiny longer?”
Master Haircolorist Garry Simmonds of Oliver and Laurent in Beverly Hills, has a head-full of knowledge on the subject. “The truth is, especially in the sunny months, 4 to 5 weeks is a good run for color. Hair tends to fade over time; blondes can go yellow and brunettes get brassy, but you can protect the color longer by using the right products.”
The hair color myths say you shouldn’t wash your hair for a day or two after coloring; that you need to use a heavy conditioner, wash it less often, and alternate wet with dry shampoos to make color stay fresh. “The truth is that hair products these days are so much better than they’ve ever been that you really don’t need to worry about those things, as long as you invest in good products. Use a mild sulfate-free shampoo for color treated hair as needed to hold the color and luster,” says Simmonds. “Sulfates can strip color and moisture from hair. As your hair begins to fade over time, use a mild shade reviving color shampoo, instead. It’s enough to freshen up color nicely.” Follow with a light conditioner for color treated hair.  All a heavy conditioner will do is weigh down the hair and make your blowout harder to do.
“The sun is hard on color treated hair,” says Simmonds. You can wear a hat if you’re going to be in the sun for long periods, but they really can’t do much to protect color from UV rays. A hat with built-in sun protection is effective. “The best thing you can do for color treated hair when you’ll be out in the sun all day, is to shield your hair with sun protection in the form of a good hair oil,” says Simmonds. They help prevent fading with UV filters and preserve moisture and shine.

About Face

The importance of skin-specific care

It seems so simple. You’re fresh out of the shower, ready to moisturize your body; why not just use your body cream on your face, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, skin care products are specifically formulated for the different parts of your body. That means that what’s good for your feet, back, legs or hands, may not necessarily be good for your face. In fact, nine times out of ten, non-facial products are actually detrimental to the skin on your face. Don’t buy it? Here’s what you can expect:

Clogged Pores
You wouldn’t use spackle to paint your bedroom walls, would you? Imagine the result (a thick, bumpy wall instead of a smooth one). Well, using body lotion on your face is basically the same thing. Body lotion is meant to be applied to the thicker, more durable skin found below your neck and décolletage where it can sink into the holes where moisture has dissipated. If you apply a moisturizer like that to your face, clogged pores are bound to happen. That can lead to breakouts, blackheads and a generally dull complexion.

Irritated Surfaces
Most body products (moisturizers, soaps, cleansers, etc.) contain fragrances, which is why we smell so great when we get out of the shower. However, these added scents aren’t usually non-comedogenic. These sweet smelling additions to the product can be irritating to your face and even cause black heads. The result is red, splotchy and itchy skin. Go for products that have a much lower level of fragrance than your body products.

Dry Patches
pH levels play a big role in your skin looking healthy, hydrated and radiant, especially the skin on your face. pH stands for "potential hydrogen". The skin's barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in oils and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. Your skin’s acid mantle should be slightly acidic with a pH of about 5.5, but when it's too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive. This keeps your skin from fighting off the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.  
Using soap on your face that is intended for your other body parts will throw that pH level off. This can make your skin dry, flaky and dull, even if it’s normally oily and acne-prone. A face wash that’s specifically formulated for your skin will keep your pH levels, and your breakouts, in check. Sure it’s an extra investment, but we shudder at the alternative.

Last, but certainly not least, if your skin is in any way sensitive, body creams and washes used on the face can actually cause infection. These usually manifest in the form of a rash. That’s because products developed for the face are designed specifically for that skin. If you use a non-hypoallergenic product on a part of your body other than where it was intended, be prepared for it to come back to bite, or blemish you.
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