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How to Keep Your Face Matte All Day

Keep your face matte all daySummer has been well under way here in the U.S. and temperatures have been literally off the charts for the past few weeks. With the increasing temperatures unfortunately comes increasing oil production on your face. Even though the dewy, glowy look is trendy, many people with oily, acne-prone skin prefer a matte – but natural- face.

Here are my top 6 tips for how to keep your face matte all day, all summer long.

 1. Cleanse in the A.M

If you don’t normally cleanse your face in the morning throughout the year, you should definitely start cleansing in the A.M for the summer. During the summer, temperatures at night increase, which causes your skin to produce oil and sweat during the night. Make sure to wash all of that nastiness away in the morning with a gentle cleanser- my favorite is Aveeno’s Calming Foaming cleanser.

2. Use a Primer

After you apply your moisturizer and SPF, try using a primer to create smooth base, mattify your skin, and give your makeup something to cling to so it doesn’t slide off throughout the day. I love Tarte’s Clean Slate Poreless Primer, which was recently reformulated and repackaged but works just as well. For those with incredibly oily skin, trying spreading a tiny bit of Milk of Magnesia over your oiliest areas to completely block out oil.

3. Change your Foundation

The heavy, creamy foundation you use during the winter may not be the best for your skin during the summertime. Try switching it up and using a lightweight, water-based foundation like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. If you need more coverage or makeup that lasts a longer time, try using a lightweight long-wearing foundation. Revlon’s new Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation has all the staying power of the classic Colorstay foundation, but with a lighter, more summer-appropriate texture.

4. Powder it up!

Many people tend to skip powder during the winter and spring, but during the summer a good powder is essential to keeping a matte face all day. Dust a matte translucent powder or powder foundation over your entire face, focusing on your T-zone. Two great powders are Maybelline Dream Matte and Rimmel Stay Matte- both give a beautiful, natural matte finish that lasts for hours.

5. Set it with a Spray

If you need your makeup to last a long time or have very oily skin, try setting your makeup with a setting or finishing spray. After you’ve finished all your makeup (face, cheeks, eyes, etc.) hold the bottle about 6 inches away from your face and light mist it with 1-3 sprays. The Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray and Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting  Setting Spray both have great reviews and are well known in the beauty community; for a budget option, try e.l.f Makeup Mist and Set for a fraction of the price.

6. Blot and touch up

Even with the best makeup, your sweat and natural oils will break it down over the course of the day. When you feel your skin is starting to look shiny, first blot away the oil with blotting papers like Clean & Clear Blotting Sheets. Then, touch up any smudged foundation and dust fresh powder over your T-zone. This way, your makeup will look as fresh and matte as when you first applied it.

Hope these tips help you on your quest to keep a beautiful, matte face all day long during the summer!

Author:  Rachel Sheldon

Learn how to organize your makeupAt some point, every woman looks in her makeup drawer and wonders when it all went wrong. With so many different types and sizes of products, it’s difficult to find a method of organization for all your cosmetics, so it easily becomes a jumbled mess. Here are a few easy tricks for how to organize your makeup that anyone can do on any budget.

1. Divide your products by type

The first thing you have to do is take all your makeup out and separate it into 3 categories: face products, eye products, and lip products. Within those three, you can divide your makeup into any number of subcategories. I would suggest sticking to 2 or 3 subcategories each, depending on how many products you have. For face makeup, separate it into base makeup (primers, foundations and concealers), face powders, and blushes/bronzers. For your eye makeup, divide it into eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras. And for lip products, make a separate pile for glosses and lipsticks.

2. Pick your tools of organization

Bamboo Drawer Try for Organizing Makeup and JewleryThe best tools you can have to organize your makeup are bins. Plastic, metal, or wood – they come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes at all price points. The small plastic bins from the dollar store are great for separating makeup if you’re on a budget. If you have a bit more money to invest into your organization, check out the Container Store, Target, and other home goods or office supply stores. My favorite trick is to use cutlery divider bins from the kitchen section because they have built in sections where you can keep certain types of products together. Or, you can get pretty bamboo organizing trays like these ones from the Container Store.

3. Make the most difficult decisions

The last thing to do before your start putting all your makeup into the bins and back in the drawers is to go through and decide what to keep and what to toss. A key to keeping your makeup organized for good is to always get rid of products that you don’t like, don’t use, or that have gone bad. Always throw out your mascara after 3-6 months, and toss your foundations after a year. Powder products like eyeshadow and blush will last longer, but if they start to get a chalky coating then throw them in the trash.

I hope these tips helped you if you have been struggling with a messy, disorganized makeup collection. Taking the time to reorganize your makeup makes getting ready in the morning much easier because you know where everything is and don’t have to waste time searching for a product. And now that you know how to organize your makeup with these quick and easy tricks, you’ll have a stellar cosmetics collection within hand’s reach in no time at a low cost.

How to Use Concealer as Foundation

How to Use Concealer as Foundation - try MAC Select Cover Up as one waySometimes when I wake up in the morning, I really don’t feel like using foundation or have the time for it, but I still want to look polished and cover up my acne and redness. Can you tell me how to use concealer as foundation, or if this is even ok to do?

On some days, doing a full face of foundation is just too much of a hassle. On days when you want to look fresh and natural without using foundation, but still want to cover up your problem areas, concealer is the perfect solution.

To use just your concealer as foundation, you will need two different concealers: a peach-toned one for under the eyes, and one that matches your skin perfectly to cover blemishes.


MAC Strobe Cream foundation primerThe first step is to start with fresh, moisturized skin and use a primer to even your skin’s texture – I would recommend MAC Strobe Cream to add a fresh finish. Then, with your fingers or a concealer brush, blend the peachy concealer under your eyes to conceal dark circles.

MAC Strobe Cream primerMAC Strobe Cream primerNext, use the concealer in your skin tone with your ring finger to cover up any blemishes. If you have larger areas of redness or acne to cover, mix a liquid concealer like MAC Select Cover Up with a tiny bit of your moisturizer and blend it over the problem area with a foundation brush or a damp makeup sponge.

Lastly, set your face with a translucent powder, or a powder foundation for extra coverage, and you’re good to go! One of my favorites is Bare Escentuals’ Mineral Veil. This is a great option for mornings when you’re running late, or days when you just want to look flawless and natural without using foundation.

P.S. One other way to use concealer as foundation is to take a powder foundation that’s also meant as a concealer. I use Benefit’s Hello Flawless and dab it on over the areas that need concealing. Then I use the brush to lightly go over my whole face. It doesn’t provide as much coverage, but it does the trick if you don’t have much acne to cover up.

Korres Finishing PowderI just received this question from a reader who is confused about all the different types of powders, particularly the difference between setting powder, finishing powder, and translucent makeup powder.


What’s the difference between setting powder and finishing powder? and translucent powder too.
How am i supposed to use them? and are they necessary?
(i have very oily skin btw)

My Answer:

Setting powder and finishing powder are the same thing. They are meant to ‘set’ your makeup to make it last longer.

Translucent powder just means that it won’t add any color to your skin, so it won’t interfere with your makeup. It can also be used on its own.

If you have oily skin, a setting/finishing powder that has oil control is great for controlling shine during the day. You can also use a special oil-absorbing powder, however you need to be careful that you don’t keep adding more powder all day or it will start to cake up. Just carry around some oil blotting papers with you. You can get them in a regular pharmacy, such as the ones by Clean and Clear called Clean & Clear Instant Oil Absorbing Sheets.

For a more upscale brand, people love Boscia Blotting Linens.

When it comes to my favorite finishing powder, I love Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil.

Hope that helps!


How to Choose the Right Shade of Mineral Foundation

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation MakeupChoosing the right color makeup is always challenging, so in today’s post I’m going to give you some tips on how to choose the right shade of mineral foundation. Mineral makeup is an extremely popular makeup for acne prone skin, but picking the correct shade is more difficult because of the powdery consistency. Oily skin can make it look darker after it has sat on your skin for a little while. At the same time, the type of lighting in stores or at home can give a deceptively lighter or darker look.

Here are a few tips for making sure you get the perfect, natural look you want with your mineral powder foundation:

1. Pick at least 2 or 3 shades to test out, so that you can compare them.

2. Put the three colors next to each other against your jaw line. That where you will want to make sure that your makeup “disappears”, so that you avoid the dreaded mask look.

3. Use whatever moisturizer you normally apply underneath makeup and let it set first.

4. If you have sensitive skin and tend to get a little red, let it calm down after wiping off your existing makeup.

5. If your skin is oily, try picking a slightly lighter shade than your natural color. It can get darker as your skin gets oily.

6. If your skin is dry, pick a color that matches exactly. If you go too light, you will look chalky.

7. Don’t just listen to the salesperson’s opinion. Bring a friend to give honest advice on color.

8. Check the color in different parts of the store under different lighting. Take a mirror and look at it in natural daylight as well.

9. Whether you buy your foundation in a store or online, ask for a sample or two to bring home and try out. Online stores will often provide them as well.

10. If worse comes to worse, you can mix two shades of foundation to get one that  matches your skin exactly.

A couple of final notes:

  • Always try to let your foundation sit on your skin for an hour or so before you make a decision. Just go off and do some shopping or something else. Then come back and look again.
  • Remember to blend the foundation over your jaw line, otherwise you might still look like you’re wearing a mask – even if the shade matches exactly!

Even if you follow my tips on how to choose the right shade of mineral foundation, it’s possible that you won’t get it perfect the first time. So, make sure you keep all your receipts. I’ve never had a time where a store or website wouldn’t take back makeup that didn’t suit me.

Bare Escentuals Matte Mineral MakeupP.S. Here’s a few of my absolute favorite brands of mineral makeup for sensitive, acne prone skin:

Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation – for oily skin

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation – for more sensitive skin

Good luck and feel beautiful!

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