Beauty Brief. The Ten Commandments of Makeup Application and Proper Skin Care.

June 1, 2010 • Beauty


Here at Second City Style, we believe that although beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, there still exists, a set of specific commandments to follow in both makeup application and properly caring for your skin. With a million and one cosmetic brands to choose from you should always stick with what works for you, and we commend those who pride themselves in self-expression and not over indulgence. So put your best face forward, and take a look at our list of ten makeup commandments. We guarantee your skin will thank you!

Commandment Number 1: Thou shall take the time to find the right color of foundation for your skin. If your face is a completely different shade than your neck, odds are you didn't choose wisely. Try Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Foundation that contain shade sensing micro beads that instantly adjust to match your natural skin tone. Voila! You're done.

Commandment Number 2: Thou shall not use too much bronzer. Of course the cast from ‘Jersey Shore’ would disapprove, but c'mon, adding too much bronzer ages you – tacking on additional years. Celebrate your youth with Clinique's Almost Bronzer Powder with SPF 15 that includes a tone gauge to match your natural coloring.

Commandment Number 3: Thou shall wear a minimum of SPF 15 in your daily moisturizer. The primary factor of maintaining your skins radiance and healthy appearance rely on the daily use of sunscreen. Sorry folks, but the 'baking bare less' at the beach era is so 1980 Baywatch. Try Neutrogena's Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30.

Commandment Number 4: Thou shall drink plenty of water to maintain you skins natural glow and overall well being. Doctors recommend the daily intake of 8 glasses of water per day, and I believe you should push the envelope a bit and make it an even 10. Get jazzy and add lemon or cucumber! Cheers!

Commandment Number 5: Thou shall remove all makeup before bed at night! Seriously, the raccoon super-star eye in the morning is not hot, and I guarantee that you'll have even more problems once your pores become clogged from debris and oil. To make this task simpler, try Noxzema's new Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths that even rid eyes of waterproof mascara! Now you really don't have an excuse!

Commandment Number 6: Thou shall exfoliate regularly. Whether you are an oily, dry, or combination skin type, exfoliating is a must if you want your skin to look its best. By riding the skins surface of dead skin cells, you'll reveal a bright luminous complexion that will have strangers asking you for your best kept skin care secret! There are various ways to exfoliate, but I recommend Clinique's Exfoliating Scrub that contains menthol for a refreshing zing after you rinse. Hello, lover!

Commandment Number 7: Thou shall blend your eye shadow. An ultimate pet-peeve of mine is seeing a glob of eye shadow on a gorgeous palette that lacks symmetry. If you love to wear multiple eye shadows, it is essential that you buy an eye shading brush to mix all of your colors together. For carefree blending, try the M.A.C Blending Brush.

Commandment Number8: Thou shall not use your lipstick as a blush. Being the product junky that I am, I have yet to find a lipstick shade that serves as both a great color for my lips and cheeks. If they were created equal, don't you think one of the two wouldn’t exist? If you're short on time, try Becca Aurora Palette Compact that’s crammed with lip gloss, blush and eye shadow in one! It can’t get any more convenient than that.

Commandment Number 9: Thou shall not line your lips with extreme dark shades. The dark purple lip liner with bright pink lip gloss is an ultimate cosmetic sin. If you're having a hard time choosing a lip liner, the rule of thumb is to choose a color that is no darker than two shades of your natural lip color (with the exception of red). If I can distinctly see your lip liner drawn on your lips, then we have a problem. Try a Bobbi Brown lip liner in beige – a shade that compliments most complexions.

Commandment Number 10: Thou shall have fun with your makeup! If you're worried about not applying your makeup correctly, it's OK. It takes practice to master the fancy tricks of our favorite makeup artists, and the good news is that we can wash it right off if we make a mistake. So take a deep breath, and have a good time! You'll be surprised at the inner artist that exists within!

– Nicole L. Townsend



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One Response to Beauty Brief. The Ten Commandments of Makeup Application and Proper Skin Care.

  1. Chantelle says:

    Great advise!!!!

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