At-Home Pore Minimizer
So many of us use alcohol to strip our skin of oil with the belief that this will minimize pores. Although it will temporarily, alcohol leaves your skin stripped of its natural oils and vulnerable to environmental damage. The oils that the skin naturally produces is what keeps us looking younger longer. I know that shine can get very annoying throughout the day, but that’s what great products and skin care remedies are for! Your blot powder or powder brush #12 can be a great tool for touchups during the day, but let’s minimize how many times we have to in a day by starting with how we take care of our skin. I always say, “Great makeup starts with great skin.” Along our with our previous friend, Milk of Magnesia, there is a way to reduce pore size and control that shine without stripping your skin of its natural oils, and its also right in your own home! Baking soda is a GREAT pore reducer (amongst all of its other wonderful uses). Here’s what you do:
- Take a handful of baking soda and mix with just enough water to create a paste
- Spread over face evenly without massaging
- Let mixture sit for approximately 3-5 minutes
- Rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and follow up with a light moisturizer (if it’s daylight, make sure your moisturizer has an SPF of at least 15)
Baking soda is a neutralizer which restores pH balance in the skin, minimizes oiliness, and shrinks pores. Do this for 5-7 days once a day and you will see a huge difference in the size of your pores!
POWDER POWER: PART 2 LIPS
Ever wondered how to make your lipstick last at least until lunch? Well, here’s a little trick to making your lip color last even longer without drying out your lips! After all of the effort we put into making our lips just right, who wouldn’t want to look in the mirror hours later and still see the fruits of their labor? I know I do! Just apply your lipstick as usual then blot with a tissue. Using a shadow brush, dust a light layer of translucent powder on your lips fully covering them. Then add another layer of lipstick. For even longer coverage, blot your second layer of lipstick and dust more powder on your lips. Go ahead and add that last layer of lipstick. You can leave your lips as is or pop a little gloss on top. Thanks to our friend, TRANSLUCENT POWDER, you now have your own long wear lip color!
Powder Power: Part 1 Eyes
Do you want to extend the power of your mascara? Well you can just by adding one product that you probably already own! TRANSLUCENT POWDER! This wonderful (and multi-tasking) product helps to thicken and lengthen lashes when synched with mascara.
- Using a disposable mascara wand (can be purchased at any leading beauty supply store like Sally’s or CosmoProf), apply a layer of translucent powder to your lashes.
- Apply your mascara starting at the base of your lashes and wiggle brush as you move out. Apply up to three coats (in my experience, applying more coats causes lashes to have that “spider” look)
Your lashes will have the look of falsies! You now have the key to creating fuller, more glamorous lashes at home!
OIL CONTROL RIGHT IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET!
Milk of Magnesia (a saline laxative) can be used as a clay mask to draw out and control excess oil! Who knew?!
- First, make sure to shake the bottle to mix all of the active ingredients
- Apply Milk of Magnesia to your face (or any oily, breakout-prone areas such as your back or chest) using a cotton pad
- Leave mask on for 20 minutes and remove using lukewarm water and a soft washcloth
- Pat dry
- Follow up with a light moisturizer
This mask is suggested only for oily and combination skin types. Those with combination skin should only apply in areas where oily.