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Saturday, April 30, 2011


Do you covet the pearly skin of the old time starlets and the celebrities of today? Take a deep breath as I'll guide you through the different skin types and what foundations to use with it to turn any dull face into a blank canvas. (No retouching required!)

What do you want your foundation to do for you?

Foundations have different kinds of coverage depending on how much powder it contains. It is there for vital to choose the correct type according to your needs and skin type.


- May contain a lot or a little powder. It is easy to use with you fingers, a sponge or a foundation brush

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15 NC45
Mac Studio fix fluid NC45..


Often contains a lot of powder and will therefore give much coverage. Best used with a moist sponge.

Flawless Finish Sponge On Cream Makeup - 24 Cameo - Elizabeth Arden - Complexion - Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup - 19g/0.65oz

 Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup


- Contains more powder than liquids. Will give a quick and even coverage, but may also clog pores. Thorough facial cleansing after use is highly necessary.

Shu uemura Powder Foundation


Moisture cream with added tint. This thin and light cream will not cover much, but evens out skin tones.

Loreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Radiance Perfector Sheer Tint Moisturizer, Light - 1.7 Oz

Loreal Age Perfect Pro Calcium Radiance Perfector Sheer tint Moisturizer (what a name!!)


The perfect foundation must also go well with your skin type. The most common skin types are oily, dry and combination skin.


Facial treatment
First of all, do not try to dry out an oily skin! This will fool it into believing that it is actually dry and therefore producing more oil. An oily skin needs a good moisturizer that does not contain any grease or oil ingredient. Use an exfoliater 1-2 times per week to get rid of dead skin cells. An oily skin has trouble doing this on its own and the dead skin cells will therefore get pulled back into the pores and clog them up more.

Foundation choices
Use a product that contains a fair amount of powder so that it will matte down shiny skin and also allow for the foundation colour to stay on longer. If you do not wish for a lot of coverage, try using a Tinted Moisturizer and finish up with a translucent powder to get that shine away. If you’re really having problem with getting your foundation to stay put, try a matting primer underneath. 
Body shop matte it The primer will both matt down and pull the foundation closer to the skin.


Facial treatment
A dry skin obviously needs a lot of moisture in forms of creams, but if your skin is flaking off you also need a fat ingredient to allow the skin to bind the moisture. Exfoliating a dry skin is a big help, but remember to use a product for dry or sensitive skin and maximum 1 time per week. By doing so the dead skin cells will be removed instead of stealing moisture from the healthy skin.

Foundation choices
Use products that doesn't contain a lot of powder. There are many liquid foundations that are made especially for dry skin, but I.D. Bare Minerals polwer (it's NOT a powder!) foundation works wonders on a dry skin- just remember to blend the polwer well in the lid to make it melt completely.

 Bare Escentuals Original SPF 15 Foundation Medium C25 -- 8 g


Facial treatment

Remember to treat the different parts of your skin in an accurate way as a combination skin often will have dry cheeks and a more oily t-zone. If so, apply a slightly greasier moisturizer to the cheeks and use your normal moisturizer over the rest. In general the most important thing for a combination skin is that is gets a good cleansing and treatment routine.

Foundation choices
A combination skin will stand most of the different foundation types. If some parts of your skin are extra dry or oily, simply use the advices for these skin types to these areas.


This is where the magic is! Who haven’t bought tons of foundations that have a perfect consistence and coverage, but will just not match the rest of your body? The trick is to find the undertone to your skin colour. Disregard freckles or sporadic shades of red that may be due to heat or other skin conditions. The undertone to your skin colour is the colour you want for you foundation, regardless if it dark or light.

The most common undertone is yellow, but there are also those rear red tones. This occurs often to the very pale (for instant red heads) or to those of a very dark colour (for instant some African skin) When you have found your correct undertone, you jusr need to find the correct shade of light or dark. A foundation cream is always best tried on between your jaw and your neck, and will nearly disappear when the colour fits perfect.


Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer Smoothing Effect Oil Free - 25ml/0.85oz
Lancome 'La Base'

To make sure a foundation stay on evenly and for the entire day it's important to create a good base. A primer will enhance the skin and allow it to better accept the foundation.

The easiest way to prime your skin is to simply cleanse it and apply moisturizer. Let it dry inn for 10 minutes and follow with the foundation.

The best way is to exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week, cleanse your skin and apply moisturiser followed by a foundation primer. This will even out the surface of your skin and let the foundation get closer and therefore stay on longer.


MAC Foundation Brush #190
Mac foundation brush. 190 fra Mac

Foundation can be applied by the use of your fingers, a sponge or a foundation brush

Common facts of the tree:

Work evenly and quick with the product. Don’t let it dry in on one side of your face before you start with the other side.

Don’t let any foundation get caught in your hair line or eyebrows if you want to avoid orange streaks.

Don’t forget your neck! Use a thinner portion and let it fade towards your chest.

If you are using you FINGERS, remember to wash them free form dirt and oils. Apply small dots of foundation to your forehead, nose, chin and cheek and smear on like a moisturizer.

If you are using a SPUNGE apply the foundation with quick press and lift motions. Start along the jaw and work your way over the face.

A FOUNDATION BRUSH is an increasable aid that will save you both time and product. The brush almost works like a paint brush across the face. Remember to allow you final strokes to have a downwards direction to make facial hairs stay put.


A concealer is similar to a foundation, but contains often more powder and is therefore more covering. It is not meant to be used all over the face, but only to parts with need of extra attention. Common places are under the eyes, around the nose, the chin and to acne areas. The colour of your concealer should be origin from your foundation and be about ½ tone lighter than it. Pat it gently and thin into your skin with your finger. If you smear the concealer to much, it will just move back and forth over your skin. Remember to even out the edges so that is blends with the foundation.

Compact Concealer:
Contains more powder and gives the most coverage

MAC Studio Finish Concealer spf 35 NC30

Liquid Concealer:
Contains less powder, but will still give a good coverage. Great for dry skin.

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer Clair II

Highlighter Pen: A highlighter pen is meant to lighten without giving a lot of coverage. It creates an illuminating effect on the face that is any starlets best friend. Try it over your cheek bone, the middle of your forehead, down your nose bone and right above your upper lip. Tips! Blend a highlighter pen with you concealer to make the concealer lighter!

Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLATRadiant Touch 2 Luminous Ivory
YSL Touch Eclait


You should always follow up a foundation with a powder of some sort. The powder does give a matting effect, but the foremost reason to use it is to seal in the foundation and make it last all day. Powders come in both loose and compact forms.

- Coloured powder gives a little more coverage and visibility.

- Translucent powder is colourless and thin and will therefore appear more natural.

MAC Blot Powder/Loose - Light
Mac Blot Powder loose is a translucent loose powder

Chanel Mat Lumiere Luminous Matte Powder Makeup SPF10 - # 40 Sable - 13g/0.45oz
 Chanel Mat Lumier is a compact and tinted powder


Many do feel a bit pale when they find the perfect foundation colour. This is because the foundation neutralizes any colour interruptions you previously were used to seeing, such as red cheeks. In stead of switching to a darker foundation, remember that this is just a first step in a make up process and as soon as little miss blush comes along with the rest of the make-up bag gang, there will be plenty of colour to go around!.

• Tips:

1. The skin colour changes between summer and winter. Invest in two foundations that are suited to your undertone, but one shade lighter and one shade darker. Mix them together to always have the perfect foundation for you!

2. Apply some foundation into your moisturizer to create you own Tinted moisturizer. It won’t cover a lot, but give your face a more even colour and glow.

3. Never test a foundation on your hand. The skin type and colour is not the same as your face!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ahhhh....finally a good one!

 This is without a doubt the best Editorial I have seen in months (partially because the rest have been un-inspired rubish, and partially because this one rocks!) Finally, something with movement, momentum and massive play on nature, pose and format.

Flair April 2011

"Nero Nudo"

Model: Denisa Dvorakova

Ph: Jean-François Campos

Fashion editor: Vittoria Cerciello

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What I want to wear for summe....

Summer is coming and oh how I long to stroll down the beach, dip my toes in the ocean and relax with my man´s best mojito! Oh-wait, I do live on the beach already! But enough of that, one sure thing when it comes to most girls and summer is that we go a little nuts with color and crazy fads of the summer. It´s fun, it´s fine but it won´t really last. So I give you my sure thing picks (also refered to as the classics...) that can be worned on the beach, country side, chasing pavements and club hunting.

Upf 50+ Sun Beach Shapeable Packable Hat Floppy Natural

 To hide under,
         to umpfh up any outfit
      and of course
  to protect my face from those nasty but oh so tempting sun rays


FULL TILT Smock Tube Maxi Dress

Yes, yes, yes....every summer is a maxi dress summer, but what shocks me every year is how many UGLY maxi dresses there are. Always the wrong fit, but gorgeous colors or horrible print with a deasent cut. What is a girl to do? GO SAFE but interesting with a tube cut black maxi and texturize it with knotted belt.

Blues Brothers Dark Black Wayfarer Sunglasses

It just fits everyone, everywhere and with everything, who wouldn´t want that? (and no I´m not asking YOU miss IdontwantanythinganyoneelsecouldpossiblehaveI´lljuststicktomylimegreanhatsinstead)


Miss Me Women's Skid-8 Wedge Sandal

The wedge is sticking around, the tanned is sticking around and the roman (galdiator, jesus or whatnot) is sticking around..still..wear it..

How to pack your makeup bag for ANY holiday!

Ok people, when packing up for a fab holiday on the Seychelles, in Paris or road tripping from LA to Las Vegas, there are a couple of thing they have in common. You should pack chic, sleek and practical. Makeup for holiday should be the same as your outfits. "Sure-thing" basics surrounded by a FEW funky variables. Here is 5 of my top 10 list on products to take with you on ANY holiday:

1. Illuminating lotion for face and body.

Estee Lauder Spotlight Skin Tone Perfector 1.7 Oz. All Sking Types
Estee Lauder Spotlight Skin tone Perfector

- The absolutely fab thing about the illuminating lotion is that when you only have 5 seconds to get up and out of the hotel, plane, cabana or trailer- a quick wipe of it will make your face 10 times fresher without putting any makeup on and of course it's hydrating as well. Winn-Winn situation, no?

2. Concealer with SPF 30
Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer SPF 30 Light
Dermablend Quick Fix concealer spf 30

- Regardless if you are in the city or on the beach during summer or winter, one thing we often do more while on vacation is spend time outside. With all the things to see, time spent gazing up in the sky and on the sun; those crow’s feet are growing bigger around your eyes by the second. So cover up with both SPF and tint for that healthy and sleek look.


Makeup Store Wonderpowder

As a reader of this blog, you will quickly catch on to my passion for wonder powder from makeup store. I don't really even know how to describe it properly as it simply must be experienced; however, the most important thing to know when using it on vacation is that it will give you an incredibly healthy shine without looking sweaty, build on color and cover up minor flaws without foundation. Other than this, is amazing to use over foundation to help it set without drying it out.

4. A very gooood mascara in all ways.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals(R) Flawless Definition Mascara Black
bareMinerales Flawless Definition

Yes- we want full, long, thick, black luscious eyelashes ALL the time! But, it's easier said than done. When on vacation, running around from shopping, museum or zoos during the day and fancy dinners at night, you need mascara that stays on, but is easily removed when wanted. It should also give you thick lashes, but not necessarily be made for long ones. Why? Mascaras used to build up length takes longer time to apply than the volume/thickness ones. When on vacation, you really don't want to waste your time on mascara.

5. The perfect blusher

Lancome Blush Subtil Gentle and Long-Lasting Powder Blusher - Sparkling Effect 20 Peach Fever
Lancôme Peach Blush

The great thing about blushers is that they can be used to so many things if the color is right. For a vacation blusher you should always pick a peachy tone with gold spots so you can use it in your apple cheek, but also slightly over forehead for a bronzing effect and on your eyelids for a wonderful eye shadow tone. For the even more creative, you should blend it into you color free lip-gloss for a perfect flesh shade.

- follow the blog for the next 5 products and instructions, and remember: and comments with makeup and fashion questions will be answered :)