Good light

One of the most important parts of make-up application is ensuring that you are applying it in the right light. More often than not we find the most suitable place in our bedrooms where all of our make-up items fit and make the best of it. So which is best, natural light or artificial light?

If you’re going out during the day or to the office for example its best to do your make-up in natural light. This means facing a window where you have a good amount of light coming in and can really see the texture of the make-up on your skin. The reason why its best to do your make-up in this light is because when in the natural light you’ll be able to spot easily if you’ve applied too much foundation, if a shade is too ashy or too red/dark and if your highlight or glitter is too much. Hold a handheld mirror directly in front of your face in natural light and you’ll be able to apply and blend your make-up better. Fluorescent lights/artificial light don’t usually show colour and texture well and offer a dimmer/duller light that doesn’t show any discrepancies- until you take a picture with a flash that is!

When applying make-up and its dark outside there are lighting options that you can use such as bright white lights which are readily available in most shops and online. There are now smaller mirrors that you can buy that have a light around them, such as this one from Amazon, and its just £15. For my readers in the USA, you can also get this rather cute LED mirror from here. This is better than relying on the lighting in your bathroom, because those bulbs sometimes have a yellow hue which can make your make-up look dull giving you the illusion that more make-up needs to be applied.

To conclude, the answer is that it depends on the time of day but natural light is best and free! When applying make-up during the day and its bright outside then natural light is best. If you’re applying make-up at night use a good artificial bright white light than shines directly in your face and not at an angle. The best way is to get a mirror that has lights around it.

If you have tried these methods and still think your make-up isn’t quite looking right them its time to look into some other factors such as the tools you’re using to apply you’re make-up, your technique, your primer and lastly but most importantly the products your using.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and as always if you have any questions please let me know.

 

Have a lovely weekend x

Make-up products and beauty tools you didn’t know you didn’t need

Let’s face it, its great that we have soooo much choice when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, brushes, foundations, you name it. But there are some products you can definitely go without. Here are just a few:

Lower lash mascara – I’m fairly confident that the mascara you use on the upper lash will be just as effective when used on the lower lash. If you want to catch all the super small lashes, try a comb mascara as opposed to a brush mascara to coat those little lashes. A comb mascara will also beautifully coat and separate all of your longer lashes too.

A cream for your neck – Whatever face cream you choose to use will be just as effective on your neck. Our necks should actually be treated the same as the skin on our face because its just as delicate and deserves the same level of care and attention.

Aftershave balms – If you shave your legs and underarms opt for coconut oil or a vitamin e oil instead to protect and hydrate your skin after shaving.

Translucent Powders – I always thought I really needed this because I have oily skin but if you are using the right facial wash, creams and primers you’ll find that you wont need to use lots of powders and can achieve the finished look that you desire. However, if you are going to have an extremely long day and will be taking lots of pictures then you may want to carry the powder around with you incase your skin gets oily but it probably wont be needed for a normal day at uni/work.

Lip primer – If you would like longer lasting lipsticks then you can use the primer that you use on your eyelid on your lip too, its just as effective.

Hope you’ve found this useful!

Have a great day! x

 

 

 

Relaxed hair care

The way we care for our hair has changed in recent the years. Over the last decade more and more women are caring for their hair using a diverse number of products. Wearing wigs of different colours and lengths allows all women to experiment with new looks switching from diva to princess in seconds! Our hair says something about us and whether you are daring with yours or not, the way we care for our hair does matter.

I have relaxed hair and I enjoy maintaining it but I’ve noticed that different processes produce different results, I’ll explain…when relaxing your hair how long it is conditioned for and the method used to dry it affects the finish and the texture. For example, after relaxing the hair if you choose to use a wrap mousse and then blow dry your hair the finished look is likely to be lighter, more silky and straighter with less body if you use a  dryer and comb. Setting your hair without heat can leave some kinks but also give more volume. Choosing to dry the hair after relaxing using a volumising mousse or setting rollers will give the hair far more volume, body and bounce as opposed to simply curling or straightening the hair.

Knowing your hair and the type of hair that you have is important to treating it correctly. Take time to look at how your hair reacts to different products and how different hairstyles affect your hair too. Some people have hair that grows when in plaits or when in a weave, others have identified the opposite effect.

Its also important to take note of the different textures of hair that are on your head. There are parts of the hair such as the hairline especially that can be fine and delicate, breaking easily when brushed too excessively. Some also have thinner hair at the crown of their heads. Take note of these and ensure that the hairstyles you choose to wear will benefit your hair in the long term.

Nutrition also plays a part in the care of our hair, look after your relaxed hair by drinking water and eating a healthy diet to ensure that your new growth is healthy and strong.

A regular trim of the ends of your hair does wonders for relaxed hair. Keep your tresses pretty and strong by having your hair dresser trim your ends often. Don’t be afraid of loosing length by trimming your hair, those little snips actually promote hair growth and can make hair healthier and longer.

If you don’t have time for your relaxed hair in the mornings try treatments that work on your hair during the night. A lot of brands have creams and moisturizers that get to work while you sleep. Shop around to find one that works best for you…Mizani have a product thats great and is only applied twice a week.

I hope this has been helpful.

Have a great week! x