They may look like the last thing that you would want to put on your face, but liquid color correctors can hide a multitude of sins. They work by using opposing colors to counteract specific flaws in your complexion. For example, green will tone down redness; blue will make a flushed complexion look paler; white will help cover up dark undereye circles and improve dullness; and purple will give a yellowish complexion a healthier glow. Worn underneath foundation, they provide a good base for the rest of your makeup and help it stay fresh longer.
Choose the best color corrector for your complexion; green is used here to help counteract redness and broken veins. Keep your hair off your face by tying it back or using a hair band or scarf, and cleanse and moisturize the face and neck. Wait about five minutes for the moisturizer to be absorbed. Pour a little color corrector onto a cosmetic sponge and spread a film of it either all over the face, or just onto specific problem areas such as the cheeks. Check that the coverage is even and reapply the corrector where necessary. Apply liquid foundation as normal, making sure that the green does not show through. Green color corrector has counterbalanced a reddish complexion, to give a hint of healthy freshness.
Concealing Undereye Circles – Pour a little white color corrector into one hand and dab some onto your third finger. Smooth fingertip over the dark circle under the eye, making sure the coverage is even. The finished effect: Liquid foundation has been applied over the corrector and to the rest of the face, concealing dark undereye circles and giving a smooth finish.
Liquid foundation produces a more lightweight finish than the cake variety and tends to be easier to use on dry skin. However, some people find it harder to apply; the trick is not to overload the sponge, which creates a streaky, unnatural effect that will be difficult to correct. To finish, always brush over with a translucent powder. The powder helps the foundation stay in place longer.
Keep your hair off your face by tying it back or using a hair band or scarf. Cleanse your face and neck thoroughly and moisturize. Wait at least five minutes for the moisturizer to be thoroughly absorbed into the skin. Pour a little foundation inside the lid of the bottle and dab with a sponge. Using gentle strokes, cover the larger areas of your facc first (the checks, forehead, and T-zone), following their natural contours. Blend well under the jawline and onto the neck, as well as around the hairline. Check unevenness around the eyes and the sides of the nose. Lightly pat with the sponge any areas that need a little more foundation, but do not cover the whole face – that would give a thick unnatural effect. If any marks or blemishes still show-through, cover them up by brushing on a concealer, blending it w’ell into the surrounding foundation. Brush on a translucent powder, again following the contours of the face. For a more matte effect, apply powder using a soft puff and then brush over. The coverage is smooth and even, while any blemishes have been thoroughly concealed; eyebrows have been softly lined to stand out against the foundation.
Cake foundations give a smooth, matte finish that prevents skin from looking shiny and oily. Some can be applied using a dry sponge instead of a damp one and many now contain powder particles, with the result that you only need to apply a face powder on top if you have very oily skin. It takes pi’actice to learn how much foundation to use; if you have put too much on, sweep the sponge over the face again but do not reload it.
Keep your hair off your facc by tying it back or using a hair band or scarf. Cleanse and moisturize your facc and neck. Wait at least five minutes for the moisturizer to be thoroughly absorbed into the skin. Sweep the sponge smoothly across the foundation. If you are using a cake foundation that needs to be applied with water, dampen a sponge and squeeze out the excess water The more water you leave in the sponge, the lighter the effect of the foundation will be; the drier the sponge, the heavier the effect will be. Using gentle, even strokes, cover the larger areas of your facc first (the cheeks, forehead, and T-zone), following their natural contours. Blend well under the jawline and down onto the neck to create a natural effect and avoid a demarcation line. Be careful not to apply too much around the hairline. Finally, check to make sure the facc is smoothly and evenly covered. Use a concealer on any blemishes that still show through.
Massage has been used throughout the centuries as a way of beautifying and treating the face and body. Although a facial massage will not remove any wrinkles that may already have developed, it can help prevent new lines appearing and make skin look smoother, firmer, and younger. This treatment uses a combination of massage and acupressure techniques to stimulate the now of blood to the face and encourage the lymph system to drain away any excess fluid, as well as soothing and firming specific points. While massaging, apply a little of your normal face moisturizer or a hot facial massage gel. For maximum benefit, repeat each step about three limes and use the middle finger to work on each acupressure point, applying pressure for three seconds at a time and repeating three times. Remember that the skin on the face is more delicate than the rest of your body, so you need to work gently and never use too much pressure or pull the muscles.
Forehead & Temples
Character lines are most likely to appear on your forehead. Apply a little moisturizer or gel to your lingers. Place your middle and third fingers between your eyebrows and glide them upward and outward as if smoothing away lines and wrinkles. Apply gerule pressure lo the temples. This has a soothing, relaxing effect and can help relieve tension headaches. It can also make the eyes look less tired.
Eyes & Nose
To combat the fine lines that easily form around the delicate eye area, circle the third fingers out around the eyes, starting at the inner point of the eyebrows and using a gentle gliding action. Apply pressure to the acupressure points shown along the eyebrows, at the outer corner of the eyes and on the middle point below the eyes. This stimulates blood and lymph flow. Glide your middle finger up along the nose line. Then massage the sides of the nose with the middle fingers in a circular motion to prevent the appearance of fine lines. Apply pressure to the acupressure points just outside the nostrils. This can help clear a blocked nose and prevent fine lines from appearing around the nose.
Cheeks & Mouth
Using the middle and third fingers, massage outward in a spiral motion from the chin to below the earlobes, from the corners of the mouth to the cars and from the sides of the nose to the temples. Apply pressure to the acupressure points just below the ears. This stimulates blood and lymph flow to the lower jaw area. Starting from the center of the chin, use the middle finger to massage around the mouth, working upward to smooth out character lines and wrinkles. Apply pressure to the acupressure points at the side of the mouth, above the center of the top lip, the dimple just below the lower lip, and on the center of the chin. This helps prevent character lines from forming around the mouth.
Chin & Neck
Starting at the edge of the jawbone, use ihe thumb and forefinger to pinch the skin gently all the way along the jawline to firm up loose flesh. Work toward the center of the chin and back again. Glide one palm along the jawline from right to left, then the other palm from left to right. This helps improve tone and reduce sagging along the jawline. Place your hands at the top of your neck and glide both palms down the neck. This helps stimulate the lymph system into action. Apply pressure to the acupressure points shown along the hairline, working from outside the ear to the middle of the neck. This helps reduce tension at the back of the head and neck. Pat lightly all over the face for 30 seconds using your middle three fingers. Rinse off any traces of moisturizer or massage gel with warm water. Pat the face with cold water to tighten pores.
Hot water is all you need to create your own home sauna. This simple but thorough steaming treatment will help open the pores, loosen blackheads, and draw out pimples, and it will remove deep-down dirt and toxins to leave skin completely clean. It is suitable for all skin types and should be used about once a week as a supplement to your normal cleansing program, although those with very oily skin could use steaming more frequently.
♦ Never put your face too near the boiling water; this could cause scalding and lead to broken veins.
♦ Try adding a tablespoon of fresh herbs to the water instead of rosewater for a more invigorating effect – lavender, thyme, and rosemary are all good choices.
♦ Once you have finished the steaming treatment, do not go outdoors for about one hour.
♦ If you are tempted to squeeze blemishes, do so after steaming but before toning and moisturizing. Use a clean cotton ball to remove each one.
Fill a clean bowl three-quarters full with boil’.ng water. Add a few drops of rosewater; it is good for moisturizing the skin. Position your face about 12-18in (30-45cm) away from the hot water and cover your head and the bowl with a dry towel. Remain in this position for about ten minutes, making sure that the towel still forms a lent around the bowl so that not too much steam escapes. Tone and moisturize the face .