THE FIVE THINGS YOUR MAKE UP ARTIST WISHES YOU KNEW
The world of cosmetics is constantly changing and after a while it gets hard to keep up.
Concerned about the wrong information travelling through social media and online websites, expert make up artist Viorela Coman has created a helpful list of beauty related myths and facts. Here is what she wishes you knew:
Highlighter is not the same as concealer:
One of the biggest misconceptions about highlighters is that they can conceal the undereye area, making your dark circles simply vanish. The truth is highlighters, with their radiant particles, will actually draw attention to them and not really fix the issue. What you do need is to use a full coverage concealer which will erase any kind of discoloration and darkness. Match it exactly to your skin tone, anything lighter will draw attention to this area and highlight any imperfections. If you really want to use both, use your illuminator on top of your concealer to perfect the area. Dab it with your ring finger or a soft brush around the eye area and focus on the inner corner of your eye and a bit on the lid too. The ideal texture should be hydrating, light-radiating and lightweight. Some examples are Delilah Take Cover Radiant Concealer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer.
Exfoliating is a must:
Most of her clients think that exfoliating is optional, but she believes this is a required step in the skin care routine. The build-up of dead skin cells will make skin appear blotchy and uneven. Any scrubs, glycolic peels, exfoliating products used regularly are safe to use, leaving skin looking fresher and smoother, which will help with the make-up application process. She recommends the Caudalie Gycolic Peel Mask and the Peel and Polish by Pixie Beauty.
Make-up wipes are not recommended for everyday use:
Make wipes, if used regularly, can clog up the pores and do not clean your face effectively. Instead, use micellar water and cotton pads, they are your safest bet. For instance, you can try Bioderma, H2O Micellar Water or Nivea MicellAir Water, to remove waterproof make-up.
Sun damage is real:
In fact, 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun so make sure you protect your skin using a broadspectrum and noncomedogenic sunscreens containing SPF 30 or 50. They are the most effective in preventing the long-lasting effects of sun exposure. Viorela recommends La Roche Posay La Roche Posay Anthelios Lotion and Bioderma Photoderm Aqua Fluid.
Choosing the right foundation is actually easy:
Viorela’s advice on the subject is to always see the closest matching foundation in natural sunlight and not in artificial drugstore lights as that can cause confusion. Dab a tiny bit of foundation on your jaw line and notice if it blends perfectly with your skin tone and voila, you found your match.