Makeup for Oily Skin

We can't all be blessed with normal skin. Unfortunately, for many of us, oily skin is our struggle. On the positive side, those with oily skin have skin that doesn't show the signs of aging as quickly as other skin types. So, when life gives you lemons, create lemon juice and water to apply on oily skin. Rinse with warm water.
Oily skin can occur at different stages in your life; adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause. Hormones can play a role in oily skin. Oily skin is characterized by large pores, dullness, a grease-like appearance, and roughness. The sebaceous gland produces excess oil thus giving the skin the shine associated with oily skin.
Washing the face several times a day can make the situation worse, causing the gland to produce even more oil. Choosing the right skin regimen and makeup for oily skin is not as difficult as it might seem.


Identifying Your Skin Type

  It is important to know your skin type. Examine your face closely. Do you see large pores, flakes, or redness? Each can indicate a different skin type or be indicators of oily skin. Take a tissue to your face and blot. Did you absorb oil? If your self-examination reveals large pores and oil on the tissue, you could have oily skin.   The redness can be from excessive washing or sensitive skin. I have combination skin. It is very oily with large pores in the t-zone and dry around my cheeks. If you are still unsure, consult a dermatologist or aesthetician.


Taking Care of Oily Skin

Caring for your skin now will provide benefits for the future. Your skin will thank you five years from now. Know how to take care of you skin, both inside and out. It is important to drink water so that the skin remains hydrated. Taking vitamins, especially vitamin B2 and B5 will also help your body. These vitamins can help the skin look more radiant and improve paleness.

Products for Preparing Oily Skin for Makeup

When cleansing, use an oil-based cleanser since it will help dissolve oil better. Do not use harsh cleaners that leave the skin feeling tight. This tightness will restrict oil flow and lead to clogged pores later. Also, massage the face when cleansing to avoid pushing dirt and oil into the pores. Scrubbing will clog the pores. Rinse with warm water to help dissolve oil. Use a mud or clay mask one or two times a week.
Read labels. Look for products that are for oily skin. Avoid products that contain alcohol since alcohol dries the skin. Petroleum based products such as mineral oil   contain too much oil and can further clog pores. Use astringents containing acetone. Acetone dissolves oil better.   Moisturizers need to be oil-free. You may only need to moisturize certain areas such as around the eyes. Mature skin will need to moisturize the entire face.
I find that applying cucumber juice before applying makeup helps my skin's appearance. Witch-hazel will do the same. Both are excellent ways to create a more balanced ph for the skin. You may even want to spritz lavender water on your face several times a day. It is a good hydrator for oily skin as well as providing antiseptic properties.

Makeup for Oily Skin
Read labels. There are some items that should be avoided and some items that you should look for in makeup for oily skin.   There are certain makeup companies that are known for their work in designing products for specific skin types. I recommend Clinique .   It has a reputation for excellent care and products. I also like Jane Iredale Cosmetics . This is a mineral based line used by many dermatologists.

1. Avoid products containing oil from petroleum. This includes mineral oil. Use oil-free makeup or makeup that is intended to benefit oily skin.

2. Avoid makeup that contains alcohol. Alcohol will strip the skin of oil, which may cause the body to produce even more.

3. Look for ingredients such as bismuth oxychloride and dimenthicone. Both can clog pores and may cause blemishes. These are commonly found in foundation or powder based products.

1. Find foundations that contain titanium dioxide, a naturally occurring sun protector.
  2. Makeup for oily skin should contain serecite to reduce the appearance of pores and help absorb oil.
  3. Kaolin clay added in foundation will help oil control.
  4. Zinc oxide used in makeup will act as an anti-inflammatory.
  A makeup artist will use products designed for a customer's skin type in order to promote healthy skin. It is equally important for the makeup artist to become familiar with products and ingredients for specific skin care. Knowing how to take care of a customer's skin will benefit the client and the makeup artist's reputation.


Fantasy Makeup

Fantasy makeup offers an opportunity to use vivid and extreme colors and ideas. It’s creative makeup at its best. There are no limitations and you can draw inspiration from anywhere!

Fantasy Makeup Designs
In this section of the Makeup Notebook you’ll find a number of makeup tips to push your design skills beyond limits.
The emphasis is on using cosmetics to create your designs.
With a few simple tricks you can alter makeup and use it to transform your look for photos and special events.
Then use wild colored contact lenses to enhance your look.
Take your vivid colors and your eye makeup brushes and get started today!



"Go wild with eye makeup and colored contacts!"


Fantasy Makeup Looks

Fairy Makeup – For the little girl in all of us the new focus on fairy makeup brings back memories of enchanted childhoods. Learn to create fairy makeup with vivid eyeliners and eyeshadow colors.

Vampire Makeup – Vampires are back! There’s a new vampire craze and you can go subtle or dramatic. It's a look that will take your breath away. You can even combine it with Gothic Makeup Tips for a romantic version. The choice is yours.

Gothic Makeup Tips – The newest makeup style on the scene offers lots of creative opportunities. It's daring makeup that you can morph into a variety of looks. It takes smokey eyes to a whole new level. You can easily transform it into a vampire makeup look in just seconds.

Face Painting Cheek Art – Yes, you can do face painting cheek art with makeup! You’ll learn simple face painting tips like what to use in place of glitter and how to make your body art last throughout the night.

Halloween Makeup Ideas  – These looks are Halloween Makeup for adults. When you’re in a rush and have only a few minutes the best fantasy makeup tip is to focus on your eyes. These looks are adaptable for year round.

Fantasy Makeup Inspiration

Where do you draw inspiration from for fantasy makeup? Anywhere!

The best tip for creating unusual makeup designs is to think vivid color. Color that makes people do a double take and glance twice. Look around you for incredible color combinations.

"Take clues from nature for colorful designs."

For instance, take the colors from a favorite butterfly photo and then adapt them to yourself. Yes, it’s bizarre and that’s why it looks so striking on the human face.
When the color is applied in a small freeform design it will naturally look more subtle. If you want drama use vivid or dark color and use more area for the design.

Makeup Artistry

Makeup artistry pushes makeup beyond all expectations. It's fun to enhance fantasy makeup designs and it's easy to do. The following makeup tips will give you some ideas.
Temporary Fairy Tattoos – Adding fairy wings or an entire fairy design in a temporary form is easy if you know how to apply temporary tattoos with a pro method. It tells you the insider tips for making them last as long as possible.
Cute Fairy Tattoos – Choose your favorite fairy design and capture her with a temporary tattoo. It can even be a test run for your final permanent design. This is the hottest tattoo trend in years and perfect if you love body art.
Crystal Tattoos – Stick on crystals add both sparkle and dimension to any makeup look. It can be seductive or wild makeup depending on the color of crystals you use. Try it to give your designs that professional look.
Crazy Colored Contact Lenses – Makeup artistry has inspired a whole new line of contact lenses. Fairies, vampires, elves and more will want to own a pair for those special gatherings and events. Add the wow factor to your makeup!

Digital Cameras Capture The Fun

When you create looks you love remember to capture them with your digital camera. It makes it easier to refer back to. You can either recreate the same look or modify your designs. Plus, if you’re face painting with children then you are creating memories for a lifetime. Document your favorite designs with a digital camera in your makeup diary.


Makeup Tips For Green Eyes

"How To Enhance Your Color Of Green"

The best makeup tips for green eyes are the ones that play upon the the natural flecks of light emanating from your irises. You can use these tips to find your which colors work for your particular shade of green. When you’re done you’ll be able to quickly select new colors in the range that is right for you. Yes, you can wear blue eyeshadow!

Gorgeous Green Eyes

When it comes to makeup tips for green eyes keep in mind that there are different shades of green. Green eyes can be very light to deep green. There are also shades that appear to be nearly turquoise. The majority of green eyes will fall into one of the four color levels below. Select the level that is closest to your color. Then try out the recommendations for eyeshadow selections.

Makeup Tips For Eyes: 4 Green Levels

1. Are your eyes deep dark green? This color is also referred to as forest green. It is an intense green, the darkest of all greens. If you have this color you can wear almost any shade of eyeshadow and darker colors look especially good on you. In addition, you can wear most shades of eyeliner. The darkest brown eyeliners look exceptional on you.
2. Are your eyes sea green? (Almost turquoise?) This color range shows a distinct green tone that almost appears to be blue at times. You can wear everything from the light eyeshadows to the mid-range shades. Your color of green eyes even looks good in blue eyeshadow! The darkest eyeshadows can still be used for lining your eyes.
3. Are your eyes light to mid-green? This is a true green often with golden or pale flecks of color. Sometimes women with this shade of green have difficulty wearing darker eyeshadows. Limit the dark shadows to the outer edges of your eyes and use them for lining your eyes. Keep your choices of shadow to those that are not darker than your own eyes.
4. Are your eyes soft green and almost gray? Then they are a mysterious green. They are the lightest green. It's a tricky color and you may have encountered a number of problems in selecting eyeshadows. The truth is that you can wear most light to mid-range colors. You need to be extra careful not to overpower your color. Use medium colors to line your eyes with and use in the crease. Pass on the darker shadows.

Your Universal Color

Once you’ve determined your shade range it’s time to select colors. There is a universal color for green eyes – complementary color. The color that complements green is the one that is opposite it on the color wheel.
The opposite of green is red and the way that is translated in makeup terms is to choose a color with red in it. This means that purples, violets and mauves are actually your universal colors because they contain more red in them.
If you have a darker skin tone or you are tanned, you’ll find that these shades look striking on you!
Find out more about colors that work for you in Part 2!

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Makeup tips for seniors

When you hear the term "mature skin" do you know what it really mean? It means skin that is less elastic, less hydrated, and looser. It supports spots, lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. This is a normal occurrence and a result of life lived.
Mature skin is physiologically different from a young skin, and should be treated differently.

What happens to our skin as we age?

The epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, losses lipids, making the skin drier and thinner. The epidermis does not recover as quickly from injury and blemish. The skin becomes transparent and more susceptible to lesions.
  • The dermis, the inner layer of our skin losses collagen and elasticity. The supportive subcutaneous fat becomes thinner as well, causing the skin to sag. Pores, follicles and oil glands become prominent and the skin is more sensitive to sun.
  • Photoaging - changes in the color of the skin happen. Sun freckles, liver spots suddenly appear.
  • The skin becomes dry.
  • Gravity, facial movements, exposure to sun, to the elements, to smoke – all those affect the aging of the skin. Gravity causes drooping of the eyebrows, the eyelids, fullness under the chin and longer ears.

What is the best treatment to keep the skin in good shape?

Eating habits, smoking, sun exposure and genetics come to play in influencing the shape of our skin. For a mature skin, all the experts say the same thing: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Get enough sleep and avoid spending time in the sun without sunblock.

Makeup for Mature Skin

Read more: Makeup Foundation for Mature Skin: Makeup Tips for Older Women
Makeup for mature skin serves two purposes: add color to faded skin and cover small blemishes and wrinkles. It is important to understand that mature women's makeup is not done in orders to look younger.
It is done to accentuate the beauty of the mature look. The result should be a feminine look, radiant and compliment the body. Women with mature skin are no less attractive than young women - though in a different way of course.
Every few years a woman should reassess her makeup texture and color and adjust it to her changing skin. What looked good at 40 might not look as good at 50, with the texture of the skin continuing to change.
The makeup foundation for the mature skin should thus be less heavy. Mature skin tends to wrinkle easier with movement of the expression lines and heavy makeup might make those lines seem more visible. The base should be rich in moisture and not dry. So powders are not recommended. All makeup should be applied after the moisturizer had some time to be absorbed. Contrary to our natural inclination to cover what we can, the foundation should not be heavily applied. When the layer is thick it is not absorbed well into the skin and creates a "caked" look and feel. When it comes to makeup for the mature skin, less is more.

What kind of foundation to use?

There are a few steps you should take before you get to the foundation:


Primer is every good makeup artist secret weapon. It is a makeup base that is clear and oil-free. It improves the end result by bonding the makeup better to the skin and smoothing rough patches. Almost all the companies carry a Primer. It is applies after the cream has been absorbed and before you apply any other product. Primer helps neutralize the oils; it shrinks pores and makes the skin a little smoother to apply the makeup on. An eye Primer will ensure that the eye shadow will stay smooth for long hours and the lip Primer targets the small wrinkles around the mouth and softens dry and cracked lips.
Prices for a face Primer range from $11 for Temptu Primer to Jan Marini for $75.


The Filler comes in a tube or a pencil. It helps in filling in deep wrinkles for a few hours. The Filer is applied on the expression lines or under the eyes to reduce the swelling and brighten the area.


Used to conceal pigmentation and discoloration that can't be covered by makeup alone.
A green concealer will take care of red spots and broken blood vessels, an orange concealer will counter dark spots, and purple concealer will neutralize yellowish spots. It should be one tone lighter than your makeup.
Applying Concealer to the inner and outer corners of the eyes for example, will make the eyes appear refreshed and awake.


The foundation should match the color of your jaw. Mature skin needs all the moisture it can get, so try to stay away from powders. Use the products above to do little individual touch up, and then apply the foundation lightly.
For older women skin use liquid makeup that reflects light like Elizabeth Arden Intervene($19 - 36), Clinique Even Better Makeup ($15), Almay Anti-Aging makeup ($10), Laura Mercier Silk Cream foundation ($40), that add luminosity to the skin.
Tip: If you are used to using powder and feel naked without it, use a translucent powder and apply it to the T – your forehead and nose. If you apply it to the whole pace, it will make you look matted.

What to avoid when dealing with mature skin?

Matte makeup formulas: those make the skin look dull and dry.
Too much foundation: apply it lightly, so you won’t look overly made-up. If you have to stay long hours outside the house, apply it lightly and take the bottle with you for touch ups after lunch.
Wrong shade: make sure the shade of the foundation matches your skin tone in daylight as well as under the electric lights of the store. Revisit your decision of the shade every few years.
Wrong application: When applying the foundation use a soft sponge and make sure to blend the edges over your neck and under the ears.
Changes in texture, type and resilience, as well as changes in the shape of our eyes and mouth require an update to your makeup technic. There are plenty of good products for older women that can help you look your beautiful self. Apply it wisely and you'll be a winner.

AS always I welcome your feedback! Please leave a comment

Makeup Tips For Blue Eyes

Makeup tips for blue eyes are pretty straightforward. The trick is to learn which colors look better on blue eyes, and start with those, and then branch out with the colors that you are personally drawn to. Women have a unique ability to choose colors that are complimentary to them. Just because colors are suggested doesn't mean those are the only colors suitable for you to wear.

Colors For Blue Eyes

There are some colors that seem to be made for blue eyes. Icy pinks, silver, gold and violet all come to mind. You can expand your selection by also choosing taupe, gray, and other purples, like lavender.
If you want to add a little "oomph" to your makeup, try a bright blue instead. I know, I know. You've always heard bad things about blue eyeshadow. However, these makeup tips for blue eyes include bright blue eyeshadow because it will make your eyes really stand out. Try it and see what you think.
Also try turquoise, and if your eyes have green in them, mint green is a great choice. Bright pinks and fuschia are great choices as well. And if you really want to mix it up, try mixing black with another color. It will look striking and it usually best for nightwear.

Application Tips

Now, I wouldn't give you makeup tips for blue eyes without giving you tips to apply them. If you're already comfortable with your application you don't need to read on. But if you think you might like some guidelines to help you, keep reading.

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