So You Want Good Skin?


My “tip for the day” is a message that I post on my Makeup Artistry by Tiffany page on Facebook. Today’s brief tip was about how makeup is not the enemy in terms of clear skin. The problem that I see with most people is that they are not cleaning their skin before going to bed. People blame the cosmetics for breakouts (and in some instances, with sensitive skin, the products ARE to blame), but they don’t realize that sleeping in makeup is really the cause. Speaking of sleep, if you aren’t getting a well rested night of sleep on a regular basis, your skin will tell on you!Purple Makeup Prince Shirt

Developing good habits over time will decrease skin problems. Aside from removing makeup properly, one must also keep their cosmetic tools clean too. Using dirty sponges and brushes on clean skin is like washing dishes in dirty water. Sounds gross? Well, it is gross to use dirty tools on your skin, especially if you are sharing those products or using them on other people. Transferring bacteria from your skin to your tools and products is dangerous will send you running to the dermatologist or even an emergency room.

Eating healthfully will do wonders for your skin. You can buy all the luxurious products being marketed to help your skin, but if you’re not investing in a better diet, your money will be spent in vain. I am not a nutrition expert, but I do know from consulting with doctors and skin care experts that people MUST eat fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins in order to provide their skin with the proper nutrients. Swapping out sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol for water will help keep your skin looking fresh too.

Lastly, managing stress in your life will help you keep your skin looking great. Eliminating relationships with people who get on your nerves, getting yourself organized at work and home, and using exercise as a well to combat stress are all ways to keep skin issues to a minimum. You can’t be your best, inside and out, if you can’t manage your life in a way that is not stressful.  Learning how to let go and only deal with the issues you can handle is hard for most of us to do, but it must happen. When my skin is looking dull, and I see darkness under my eye area, I know it means I need to reassess what’s going on in my life and start making changes.  Make sure to take better care of yourself. Your skin will thank you.

Until next time,

Tiffany

 

 

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Who’s Skin? Not Mine!


My skin USED to just be dry with sporadic eczema flare-ups, but lately, due to hormonal changes, I now have to experience something I’ve never dealt with before: acne. What the heck? I have pimples now, and I am genuinely confused about how to care for my used to be parched skin.  I had to ask myself: do I chuck my “dry” skin moisturizer in favor of oil free products or do I just spot treat the acne areas?

If you’ve graduated from dry skin to combination skin, welcome to my world, where things are not making sense. I have to roll with the punches and so I’ve started using a combination of oil-free cleansers and moisturizer along with my normal dry-skin products. So far, this regime is starting to work, and I’m thankful because I’m frustrated with the way my skin looks right now.

As a makeup artist versus being a licensed esthetician, I am a great “cover up artist,” with just a little bit of skin care knowledge, so I know how to make my skin (and the skin of others) “look” good, however, getting to the root of the blemishes is a better long-term solution. I know better so I have to do better. Upping the ante on my water intake, insuring that I remove all traces of makeup before bedtime, and being consistent with how I use my skin-care products will help my face get back to “normal” or at least MY version of normal. Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Tiffany

Sephora + Pantone and My Color IQ


Color IQFor those of you who are not familiar, beauty emporium Sephora partnered with color company expert Pantone, to develop an identification system for matching foundation accurately. I had been TRYING to get myself to physical store (I shop for makeup and beauty products online more than in person) for MONTHS, but finally, I had a day to myself where I could explore my own Color IQ.

As a makeup artist, I am used to mixing foundations for clients and for myself, to achieve the perfect color. I have eczema, and as a result, my face is discolored due to old eczema rashes that healed but caused hyperpigmentation (the skin darkened due to an increase in melanin). It takes me forever to find the right foundation (actually, make that plural, as I have to use more than one), so I was quite curious to see if Color IQ would correctly identify which foundation would work best for my face.

First of all, let me just say that the Sephora employees at the Lincoln Park location here in Chicago are AWESOME! Asia helped me identify my Color IQ by taking 3 pictures of my face with the hand-held camera that exclusively photographed my skin in total darkness for an accurate view of the true color of my skin, without distractions from fluctuating things like natural light, etc. Once she took the pictures, I received an on-screen list of the best foundations for my skin color. There were 16 total, and I also was given variations if I needed to select a foundation that was lighter or darker depending on my preference. The list was then emailed to me, which I thought was extremely helpful, even for a professional. With so many foundations out there, I can sometimes forget what works best for me! Here’s my list below (but please keep reading after the list and pictures):

MAKE UP FOR EVER
HD Invisible Cover Foundation
180 Brown
$ 42.00
NARS
Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Polynesia
$ 42.00
LAURA MERCIER
Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free
Mocha
$ 43.00
BAREMINERALS
bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Warm Deep
$ 27.00
LAURA MERCIER
Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Mocha
$ 43.00
SMASHBOX
Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15
10
$ 42.00
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY
Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
86 Cocoa Deep
$ 48.00
BECCA
Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème
Mahogany
$ 44.00
CLINIQUE
Even Better Makeup SPF 15
Pecan
$ 27.00
LAURA MERCIER
Oil Free Suprême Foundation
Rich Sienna
$ 45.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION
Matifying Compact Foundation
D65
$ 9.00
KOH GEN DO
Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
303
$ 62.00
BOBBI BROWN
Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15
Chestnut
$ 47.00
MAKE UP FOR EVER
Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation
No. 85 – Brown
$ 36.00
LANCÔME
Teint Idole Ultra 24H
540 Suede W
$ 45.50
DOLCE & GABBANA
The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Golden Honey 170
$ 67.00

I decided to try the first foundation on the list, which is Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 180 Brown. I have red undertones in my skin and this foundation really made my skin look natural but I did notice that I had to apply more than one layer to get the best coverage. If you follow my blog, then you must know that I ADORE  Make Up For Ever (MUFE) and use many of their products, but the HD foundation was one that I had not yet tried. I think that it really gave my skin an airbrushed quality that looked fantastic in both natural and artificial light. I’ve seen other bloggers post that the foundation did not work for them (i.e. it was too oily, didn’t give enough coverage, etc.), but I have dry skin, and it worked for me.

I used my Stila One Step Foundation Brush to blend the foundation, and I have to say, I was really pleased with the overall results! Now that I have my list of new “go to’s” for foundation, I am going to start testing out the Color IQ theory more extensively.

Until next time,

Tiffany

 

You Are What You Eat


“You are what you eat, from your head down to your feet.”  This was a song we learned as children to help us understand why nutrition was so important for the development of our bodies and minds. We sometimes forget to take care of ourselves when we forget to drink H2O, eat leafy green veggies and consume fresh fruit. Not eating healthy is the sure-fire way to do some major damage to your skin. Using a good sunscreen is not enough. Also, you can splurge on the best beauty creams and cosmetics on the market but they won’t do you any good if you’re not eating healthy.

I’ve had people ask me what kinds of makeup (foundation) can they use to “cover up” blemishes. I tell them that no brand in the world will cover up bad skin, and that good eating habits, along with drinking plenty of water is the best “makeup” they can buy!  I’m all about flawless makeup application (if you’ve been following my blog you should know this), but part of the reason why MY skin looks great is because I am conscious of what I put into my body.  I’m not speaking from a “lose weight, get fit” perspective, because I have my own struggles in that area. But I am saying that makeup can only take you so far, and you have to do the rest.