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Make-Up and Skin Care consultant, Katrina VanDoran, answers
makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like
Hi my name is
Kiley and I hate wearing make-up. I try to wear as little
as possible but it always looks bad, I don't like foundation
or powder because it makes my face feel loaded down and
very oily. I wash my fash every morning and night and take
off make-up before I go to bed. I don't know what the problem
is. How can I look pretty with make-up but wear barely none
at all? And how can I get my eye lashes to curl good? Thanks.
Kiley, Thank you for your inquiry. The first step you need
to make is to have a very good cleansing routine for your
face. Never wash with soap! From your email it seems you
may have oily or combination skin. For those skin types,
I recommend you use a cleanser like Colosé's cleansing
lotion. If you have normal or sensitive skin then
use the cleansing
milk. The next step is to use a toner. This helps
remove any excess dirt, oil and make-up the cleanser missed
and closes your pores. The final step is to apply a moisturizer.
For oily skin the best moisturizer is Milk
make-up the right way does take practice. If you feel foundation
makes your skin feel heavy and oily, then you may be using
the wrong foundation. The longer wearing foundations are
heavier as are the foundations that turn into powders. Avoid
those. In fact, you can avoid most foundations and just
use a cream cover-up for blemishes and dark circles-cover
sticks work just as good. Apply those and blend into the
skin by dabbing your finger-don't go back and forth with
your finger. After you have applied either a light foundation
or cover stick to the problem areas I suggest you use a
loose powder and apply a light coat of powder all over your
face with the brush. Loose powder is light and translucent
so it does not't appear heavy. You can brush off any excess
powder and it blends your skin very nicely and reduces shine.
Applying color to your face that does not look overdone
and heavy requires you to pick colors that are near your
For eyes: Pick a color that is near your skin tone-either
a pinkish, cream, yellow, or olive color that matches your
skin tone is best. Make sure the color is a light shade.
Apply that color over your entire lid. Then take a shade
darker than that original color and apply that in the crease
of your lid (keep the light shade at the top and the bottom
of your lid). Apply mascara to the top of your eyelashes
and use a lash curler to get the full, curly lash you want
(you can purchase a lash curler for around $2.00). Avoid
mascara that is extended wear or that will make your lashes
extra thick as those tend to dry your lashes and they look
too heavy for the look we are trying for you. I prefer waterproof
mascara especially if mascara you have used in the past
leaves dark smudges under your eye. For eyeliner you want
to go with a brown or a black (the same color as the mascara)
and put it on the upper lid in a line across the entire
eye with more heavy stroke at the corner and a lighter stroke
at the inner portion of the eye. Lower liner is optional
and I would avoid it for day and maybe use it at night.
Eyeliner is an extension of your lashes and helps those
Lips: I recommend you use a cherry Chap Stick followed by
a berry or pinkish lip-gloss. Find a lip liner that matches
your lip color or the berry/pink lip-gloss. Don't go for
the really reds or the dark browns unless those match your
skin tone, otherwise you will look over done.
Cheeks: Apply a color that is a bit darker than your normal
skin tone, neutrals are good. For example if you have light
skin a pink tone will work very well. Here's the important
part. Apply it only to the apple of your cheek. Smile and
apply the blush to the round portion of your cheek. Dab
it on and blend with your fingers in a circle. Do not go
back and forth. Your blush does not need to go into your
hairline. Remember its call blush and apply where you would
blush if you were given a great compliment from a gorgeous
man. Bronzer also works well for a suntan look. Again apply
it at the apple of your cheeks and dab a bit at the top
of your forehead and your chin. I will say that I think
these steps will help.
I do recommend going to a salon and getting a shape to your
eyebrows for around $7-$10.00 and then maintain that shape
with tweezers. Eyebrow definition really does a lot to make
you look fresh and helps people really focus on your eyes.
Good luck and have fun practicing with the colors and the
tips I have given you. Let me know if you have any other
I do not use make up very frequently because when I do I
get blackheads and pimples. What is the problem, how can
it be solved?
Mary, Anaheim CA
I am sorry
to hear about your disappointment with make-up. The prime
cause is usually not the make-up but the cleansing routine.
You must be very thorough when removing make-up at the end
of the day. Never be tempted to go to sleep without cleansing
your face. You might also like to add a cleansing lotion
and toner to your nightly routine. Do not use soap. Deep
cleansing your face will prevent your pores from becoming
clogged which enable bacteria to grow.
Katrina, What is a good sunless tanning product? I don't
want to look orange. Elaine, Scotsdale, AZ
tans are really the answer for a tan all year round without
the risks of UV damage either from the sun or tanning salon.
The new gels, sprays and lotions no longer smell, go on
streaky or look orange. For a really natural look just follow
these steps and I promise you will get fantastic results:
always apply after a bath or shower in which you used an
exfoliating type product. Our body scrub contains little
sandgrains that quickly and gently remove dead skin cells
and blemishes. Skin gets a fresh glow and feels like silk.
Then apply a moisturizer to the skin. Now apply your self
tanning product. We of course recommend our Colosé
auto-bronzant. Be sure to wash your hands right after application
so they do give you away! Do this for a few days and you
will have a very nice glowing look.
I have a major problem with cellulite. Do the creams really
work? Doris, Rancho Dominquez, CA
Doris, Luckily, not all cellulite products make false and
unsubstantiated claims. Some new firming creams actually
do help to firm and tighten skin on the backside of the
thighs... but do not expect miracles. These new firming
creams will not magically "melt away" your cellulite...
They are only a supplement to massage, diet, drinking plenty
of water and exercise. Read
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