A Lovely You – Makeup Tips for Every Woman

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I’ve heard mixed reviews about Maybelline’s latest product innovation,Dream Bouncy Blush.I was on the fence for awhile before I decided to buy one, but I finally caved. Keep reading after the break for my full review.

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When finding a concealer to tackle your particular skin concern, it can seem like a daunting task. Whether you have issues with dark circles, redness, or blemishes, these are some of the best concealers for all of these skin concerns.

Dark Circles

Dark circles under your eyes can make you look older and tired, even if you’ve had a full night’s rest. For those who are prone to dark circles, you need a concealer specifically designed to tackle even the worst cases. Concealers that contain light-diffusing ingredients are a great bet, as are ones that help reduce the overall appearance of puffiness. Ones to try: Tarte Dark Circle Defense Natural Under Eye Corrector, $32, Sephora; Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer, $27, Beauty.com; Almay Wake Up Under Eye Concealer, $7, Drugstores.



A concealer with green or yellow undertones can help counteract redness and allow you to fake a flawless complexion. If you’re tired of suffering from red, irritated skin, here are a few good concealers to try: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $28, LauraMercier.com; Maybelline Corrector Concealer, $5.99, Ulta.com; Boots Botanics Complexion Refining Anti-Redness Concealer Stick, $9.99, Drugstores.



When concealing blemishes, use a light hand to avoid drawing even more attention to the problem. A concealer with skin-clearing ingredients can also help treat existing acne while covering it up. Ones to try: Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer, $7.99, Drugstores; Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, $21, Sephora; Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer, $21, DermStore.com.


Unfortunately, I suffer from sensitive skin so I normally have to be very careful about the products I use. Thankfully, I’ve found several foundations that work great without irritation. Are you still looking for the perfect foundation for your sensitive skin? Check out my recommendations after the break!

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Finding the right foundation can seem like an impossible task. Not only do you have to wade through countless formulations and brands, but you need to find a shade that works for your skin tone too. Keep reading for my advice on how you can find the perfect foundation with just a little effort.

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When choosing the perfect blush, you definitely need to consider your skin type. Different formulations work on certain skin types differently than they do on others, and you want to make sure you’re choosing one that will work for your specific skin type. With that in mind, I’ve created a basic list of some of the most common blush formulations to help you pick the one that’s right for you.


Arguably the most common type of blush, powder blush can be used on nearly every skin type. However, those with oily skin can definitely benefit from powder blush as it won’t exacerbate the problem. Additionally, because of it’s denseness powder blush tends to last a lot longer than other formulations. One to try: CoverGirl TruBlend Blush, $6.47, drugstores.


Gel blush, also called cheek stains, are great for oily and combination skin. While they impart a sheer wash of color to cheeks, they tend to dry very quickly so you need to blend immediately to avoid streaking. If you have exceptionally dry skin, you’ll likely want to steer clear of gel blush because it will be difficult to blend into skin before it dries. One to try: Tarte Cheek Stain, $30, Sephora.


For ladies with dry skin, cream blush is a gift from the Heavens! It blends in well with fingers and offers great color while allowing your natural glow to shine through. Make sure to apply cream blush with your fingers and blend, blend, blend the color in for a natural looking flush. One to try: NARS Cream Blush, $27, Sephora.


Also called highlighters, shimmer blush can accentuate cheekbones and add a subtle, light reflecting gleam. These types of blushers are perfect for evening wear, but aging women should avoid using them in spots that are highly wrinkled (you’ll just draw more attention to that area!) Otherwise, these are great for all skin types. One to try: Stila All Over Shimmer Duo, $22, Stila.com)

Which blush type do you prefer using? Do you have a particular brand you swear by? Don’t  be shy, tell me about it in the comments and as always stay lovely!


Unless you are one of the lucky few who wake up with a naturally glowing complexion, most of us have to use whatever products we have at our disposal to fake it. Unfortunately, we don’t always get it right. The following steps are part of my tried-and-true method to faking a flawless face.

1. Prep

Before you can show your radiant complexion to the world, you need to set the stage. Use a gentle, non-abrasive scrub to remove dry, flaky skin and dead patches; apply moisturizer immediately following. After allowing the moisturizer to sink into skin, I like to then apply a foundation primer which helps smooth and even out skin tone while giving your makeup a good base to adhere to. I’m a huge fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36,sephora.com)

2. Cover

After prepping your face, choose your favorite foundation and apply a thin, even coat over your entire face using a makeup sponge or foundation brush. Take care to avoid piling products on; you want a smooth, even finish – too much product will cake and settle into fine lines. A tinted moisturizer can be used instead if you aren’t a fan of foundation. Once the foundation has set, apply concealer to problem areas, such as under the eyes, on red spots or to cover blemishes.

3. Set

Using a large powder brush, sweep a loose setting powder over entire face, taking care not to use too much. (One to try: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, $34, sephora.com) A setting powder not only helps makeup adhere to your skin, but adds a “finished” look by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and other skin problems. Once you’ve set your makeup, finish your look by applying your favorite blush or bronzer, and voila!

We aren’t all lucky enough to be born with flawless complexions, but with a few essential products and a little patience, you can fake it beautifully for a look that you’ll love to show off to the world. Do you have any tips I neglected to mention here? Don’t be shy; leave them in the comments – and as always, stay lovely!

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