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4 Foundation Tips: What is Best for You?

September 17th, 2013 • Posted by The Brow Parlour • Permalink

The right foundation is key to your overall look. If your foundation is the wrong shade or looks blotchy, it can drastically change your image. To find a foundation that looks natural, you'll want to check out these four tips.

 

Test foundation on your jaw line

Many women rub a little foundation on their hand or arm to test the color, but this isn't the best way to find the right shade. The best place to test the foundation is on your jawline.

Check your look in natural light

You should have natural light while testing out new makeup. Just take a mirror over to a window to get a glimpse of the new look. If you don't have access to a window, be sure to test your makeup out once you're home. If you don't like it, return it. You'll want to check on the return policy before you buy it.

Different season, different foundation

One shade does not fit all. Your complexion changes with the seasons. You don't want to use the same foundation in winter and summer. In winter, your skin is sun deprived and pale. During summer, you're bound to get a little tan. All the more reason you'll need two different shades of foundation.

See our makeup specialist for the best foundation

When it comes to finding the perfect foundation, department store makeup falls short. It's not easy to match your skin tone under the florescent lights of big box stores. Instead, make an appointment with our makeup artist. You'll get the best quality makeup and application tips.

 

Cheat the Clock with Your Youthful Skin

September 2nd, 2013 • Posted by The Brow Parlour • Permalink

When it comes to wrinkle prevention, you're never too young to start protecting your skin from the rigors of age. There are some tried and true methods to look younger than you actually are. Some are so vital that they merit repeating, while others you may not have heard of before.

Don't Worship the Sun

Most dermatologists will tell you that staying out of the sun is one of the best things you can do for your skin. When you must be in the sun, wear an appropriate level of sunscreen and reapply regularly. Have you ever seen someone who spends a lot of time in the sun for work or just because they love the bright rays? The skin can take on a wrinkled, leathery appearance if overexposed for a long period of time.

Eye Cream

Anti-aging eye serums can be applied to the corners of eyes to prevent tiny crow's feet from appearing. Dab on over makeup mid-day for an extra wrinkle-preventing boost. Some women also dab a bit around the mouth area, where laugh lines like to appear. Although the formula is made for sensitive eyes, it is a moisturizer that will also work on other areas.

Remember Your Hands

Hands show the age of a woman, even when her face lacks wrinkles. When applying anti-aging products, remember to put some on the backs of your hands to protect them as well. The skin on hands is thinner than other parts of the body, so give your hands the extra care they deserve.

Finally, don't be afraid to try new products. Even though your mother and your mother's mother may have used a particular type of face cream, times change and there are advances in the way products are made that can keep you looking younger longer than the generations that wore skin care products before you.

 

Sensational Summer Skin

August 12th, 2013 • Posted by The Brow Parlour • Permalink

The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy some fun, relaxing outdoor activities in great places, with family and friends. However, no matter how much work you’ve put into sculpting your body for swimsuit season, there are still other aspects of summer body care that you need to address. Namely, taking care of your skin should be a key priority during the summer months, and like just about any part of healthy living, proper summer skin care requires a multifaceted approach.

Protect It: Even though the tanning industry promotes bronze skin as being the ideal image of health and beauty, this picture really couldn’t be further from the truth. Opt for being outside during the hours when the sun’s UV rays are less intense (early morning or during the evening) or choose to cover your skin with light, breezy fabrics during the day. If you must be outside during the middle of the day, make use of an appropriately strong sunscreen, and be sure to reapply it throughout the day.

Moisturize It: While it’s easy to remember to lather up your skin after a shower during the winter months when dry skin is a common problem, it is equally important to keep your skin well hydrated during the summertime as well. Use a moisturizing body wash and apply lotion immediately after you shower in order to keep your skin smooth and soft all summer long. Moisturizing your skin can also be a great way to get that “tanned” look without actually damaging your skin cells, thanks to the invention of gradual “tanning” lotions. Better yet, for a flawless, professional bronzing, visit your spa for a spray tan. They've come a long way in terms of actually nourishing the skin while they impart that healthy glow-without the sun damage!

Hydrate It: Healthy skin (and overall health in general) cannot be obtained without maintaining proper hydration—something that is significantly more difficult during the hot summer months. Whether you’re running five miles during your mornings or you’re sitting in an office from nine to five, keep a bottle of water near by you at all times. Having easy access to water will remind you to drink throughout the day and eliminate any excuse of “It’s just not convenient.” Not only will your skin thank you (Hello, clearer complexion), but drinking an adequate amount of water can also help you regulate your hunger cravings—a fact that may be beneficial for anyone seeking to lose weight.

Heal It: Finally, no matter how many precautions some of us take, the summer months often find a way to damage our skin anyway. This is where the importance of proper healing enters the picture of summer skin care. Whether it’s a case of a blistering sunburn, peeling skin, or itchy mosquito bites, the way that you care for your damaged skin can determine how likely your skin is to heal without permanent scarring. We always recommend seeking out your skin care professional for solid advice and expert care as a place to start. There are some things you can do, as well, to help common summer skin issues.

 

 

If you’re battling sunburn, be sure to apply cooling aloe-based lotions. If you’re dealing with peeling skin, use a gentle exfoliant to make the peeling as even as possible, and follow this with regularly applied moisturizing lotion. If bug bites are your nemesis, try to apply anti-itch creams to keep yourself from scratching them; generally speaking, the less you scratch a bug bite the less likely it is to leave a scar.

Enjoy the summer months by taking care of your summer skin. Not only will it look beautiful and healthy this season, but proper skin care will ensure that your skin is a shining example of health and youth for years to come.