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Many of us use only one facial cleanser, but is it doing a good job? Put your favorite cleanser to the test! After using it, take a cotton pad with a liquid makeup remover on it (like Lancome’s Bi-Facil), and see if your cleanser left any makeup behind. Now, look at the cotton pad: what do you see?
If you found that after half of your face, you really needed a second cotton pad, that is a very bad sign. Some of you will find that you do see residual dirt/makeup (especially foundation), and it may shock you to realize how much product you have left on your face every night. Did you find nothing on that cotton pad? Congratulations, you are getting the most mileage out of your cleanser (and be sure to share it in the comments, so other readers can benefit from your experience!).
Reason to Use More than One Cleanser
- You wear a lot of eye makeup–whether that’s intense shadow, heavy mascara, or waterproof liner. Lots of eye products can be difficult to remove with a typical cleanser, simply because there’s a lot of it, and many products are waterproof and break down best with oil-based cleansers. Additionally, pigmented shadows can stain lids without targeted removal.
- You wear foundation–if you’re good about application, this means that you get close to your hairline, and you get a little on your jawline/underneath your jaw (sort of on your neck). This area is easy to miss when you’re cleansing and rinsing your face (honestly, how many of you cleanse your neck every night?). I know that when I’m rinsing my face, I no doubt miss spots near my hairline!
- You wear lipstick/lipgloss–it may not stay on when you’re eating and drinking, but using a regular facial cleanser doesn’t always break it down.
- You’re acne-prone–you want to be sure you remove any dirt and residue from your face to reduce acne, especially when you know your cleanser does leave something behind.
What to do when your cleanser fails:
Makeup Remover Wipes–these are available through an assortment of brands from drugstore to high-end. A cult favorite are MAC wipes (there is a special fondness for their scent, too), but you can go the drugstore route and come out okay.
- Pros: Remove a lot of makeup at once
- Cons: Can tug more at eyelids and skin
Makeup Remover (Liquid, Gel, Mousse, etc.)–think Lancome Bi-Facil, MAC Cleanse-Off Oil, etc. These are products that are specifically geared to take off your makeup, and they are tested to truly break down makeup products. Some products you can apply and lather, others are meant to be used in conjunction with cotton pads, swabs, etc..
- Pros: Removes makeup very well, leaves minimal residue behind
- Cons: May leave a residue behind, feel oily, sting eyes
Change Your Routine!–we all love that one product that can do it all, but maybe it’s just not cutting it. Maybe that stubborn acne isn’t worth it and could be cleared up with more stringent cleansing habits! Let me share with you what I have found really works well…
- Makeup Removing Wipe: when I wear something really, really heavy for eye makeup or still have the majority of my lipstick/gloss on, I use a wipe to take it off. I go gently, don’t tug much, and never try to remove it all using just a wipe.
- Facial Cleanser: After using the wipe to get off the initial bits and bobs of makeup, I’ll use my normal facial cleanser, which does a pretty good job of breaking down makeup, but it just isn’t perfect.
- Makeup Remover: I take one cotton pad and tap some liquid makeup remover (I use Lancome’s Bi-Facil right now) then go along my face, paying attention to the hairline, jawline, skin underneath eyes, and around my nose (any crevice that might be susceptible to makeup buildup or being missed during cleansing).
How does your cleanser hold up? What cleanser are you using?
What is your favorite work-friendly look combination? We have a ton of readers who rock the work look during the week, and I know they’re always on the look out for new ideas, so share yours!
This tutorial is designed to show you step-by-step how to create a dramatic super smoky green and gold eye look.
You will need: Emerald Green pigment (rich emerald green as a base) + water-based mixing medium*, Goldmine eyeshadow (true gold), Wondergrass eyeshadow (bright medium green), Humid eyeshadow (deep forest green), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Golden Lemon pigment (frosty gold), Nylon eyeshadow (frosty off-white highlighter), Blacktrack fluidline (black gel liner), Femme Noir eyeshadow (matte dark green), and Plushlash plushblack mascara (black mascara) for the eyes. For cheeks: Other Worldly blush (dirty bronze); for lips: CB96 lipstick (frosty coral), C-Thru lipglass (nude), and Reflects Bronze glitter (glittery gold-bronze).
Brushes: 208, 219, 239 x3**
* Water-based mixing medium is a PRO product sold by MAC or DIY with 1 part glycerin (liquid) + 3 parts water.
** 239 #1 will be used wet; 239 #2 will be used for most of the shadows; 239 #3 will be used for black shadow
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Dior’s Goldfever Quint | I love Dior quints for their versatility and how the colors pair so well together. I’m a sucker for golds, so this quint is especially (well, hell, the whole collection) to my taste. Subtle summer shimmers will work well for easy day time looks and even for subdued evening eyes. The gray-mauve and berry-mauve are both deep and dark enough to work as crease colors or to create smoky eyes. My only complaint is that the level of frost in the finish is a bit high to be universally appealing–I’m okay with it, but I do find that sometimes I’ll opt to use a different color (not from the quint) for highlighting my brow.
See details for Dior’s summer launch here.
Guerlain’s Meteorites Pressed Powder |
See details about Guerlain’s summer launch here.
Givenchy’s Prismissime Mat & Glow in Harmony #72 | A small compact palette in checkboard style that features nine squares of color. The first and third columns are matte colors, while the second column consists of shimmery choices. For summer, Givenchy offers Harmony #71 for fairer complexions, while #72 is for warmer/tanner complexions (like mine). I like that they’re separated, because it gives you the opportunity to use them alone, rather than together, but because they are also close together, you could also gently sweep a blush brush over it for an all-over color. The palette can be used on eyes, cheeks, face, or even your decolletage, making it very versatile and multi-tasking. This gives me a nice light bronze on cheeks, and the shimmer lets me highilght cheekbones precisely or lighten up a deeper summer bronze.
See details about Givenchy’s summer launch here.
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What’s your favorite type of perfume? Are there certain notes or things you want in a scent?
This tutorial is designed to show you step-by-step how to create a simple, neutral daytime makeup look to a revved up office look to a subtle evening eye to a more dramatic smoky eye–all with the same basic look. This is a great tutorial for those who go out right after work and can only modify their existing makeup.
You will need: Soft Ochre paint pot (creamy neutral beige base), Blanc Type eyeshadow (off-white matte), Brun eyeshadow (cool red-brown matte), Bisque eyeshadow (soft taupe, mate), Soft Brown eyeshadow (medium warm brown, matte), Silver Ring eyeshadow (frosty silver), Carbon eyeshadow (matte black), Vex eyeshadow (duochrome silver-purple), Feline kohl power (black kohl liner), Plushblack mascara (black mascara), True Romantic beauty powder blush (berry pink), Tenderdusk beauty powder (light berry pink shimemr), Sweetie lipstick (medium pink), and Dreamy lipglass (soft pink).
Brushes: 219, 239, 249 [Note, I’m using a different brush than the 239, but it works exactly the same–it’s an old discontinued Benefit brush; my 239 was dirty!]
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