Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Makeup: Back To Basics with Sneha Kadaba | Face

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Hi everyone, I'm Sneha and I’m really excited to be guest blogging for Carolyn!  I’m doing a series of ‘Back to Basics’ blog posts on make-up, which should hopefully help you out if you’re new to this crazy world of beauty.  It’s going to be split into three parts – face, eyes and lips.  So let’s start with the face, shall we?

There are SO many options when it comes to choosing a base for your makeup – tinted moisturisers, CC creams, BB creams, DD creams (?!) and of course, good old foundation.  So how do you know what will work for you, and where on earth do you begin?  It isn’t as hard as you think, and it all starts with getting to know your skin. 
Take a long look in the mirror and examine what you see.  Is your skin even toned, or do you see a lot of pigmentation, discolouration or spots?  Do you have a problem with fine lines, or do you struggle with dry patches or large pores? Remember – it’s perfectly fine to have any of these issues – it’s just that you have to keep them in mind when choosing a product.
If you have dry skin (characterised by dry patches, itchiness  or a general tight feeling to the skin), then you’ll need a base specially formulated for it.  Stay away from anything that says ‘mattifying’ or ‘oil-control’ because that will just dry it out even more.  Instead, opt for bases that say things like ‘luminous’, ‘dewy’ or ‘hydrating’ as they’ll help to keep the moisture in. 
Tinted moisturisers would also be a good option for you, but they tend to have lighter coverage than traditional foundations so they’re a good option if you’re not looking for much coverage.  If you do go for a foundation, cream foundations or mousse foundations will work well for you.

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Oily skin tends to break down whatever product is on it (speaking from experience here), so you’ll have a better chance of your base actually staying on your face if you use a mattifying primer.  Go for thinner formulas, look for oil-free versions and give powder foundations and mineral makeup a try since it’s less likely to slide off the face. 
Oily skin can often be problem skin, so if you have a lot of breakouts, look for foundations that have acne-fighting ingredients in them (Neutrogena and Clinique make some really good ones).
Remember that your skin changes throughout the year (weather, stress and your environment can all play a part), so it’s always smart to keep a couple of options at all times so you can switch it up.  It’s also important to keep in mind that your foundation can’t do everything.
Smearing a full-coverage foundation all over your face will create a mask-like effect, so use light layers and use concealer to cover the problem bits.  This looks much more natural.
When choosing your base, try to see what it looks like in natural light.  Store lighting can often be deceiving!  The last thing you want is to be blown away by how you look with your foundation in store, buy it and step outside only to discover that your face doesn’t seem to belong to the rest of you.  Match your foundation to your jawline (not the back of your hand) because this will give you a more accurate match. 
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help!  More often than not, shop assistants are very happy to help you out and premium brands will let you get a mini-makeover in store along with a sample for you to take away.
I hope this has helped! It can take a while to find your perfect match but don’t worry, it’s make-up after all – isn’t that what makes it fun?
Sneha
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Hello there you lovely lot!
I just wanted to quickly say a big thank you to Sneha for doing this guest post series here on my blog and that if you want to check out her blog (which I highly recommend doing) then click here.
Carolyn
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