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8 Things You Should Be Doing For Beautiful Skin

Cleanse, tone moisturise!! And… Exfolaite!!

So you wouldn’t believe the amount of people I speak to on a daily basis that have many skin concerns and when I ask them their skin routine they reply with… wait for it… “soap” yes soap, so many people are still using soap on their skin and the damage it does to the skin is unreal, soap is drying, ageing, it causes spots by drying the skin out so much the body tries to fight the dryness and over produces oil causing blemishes and blocked pores. Even if you’re not using soap, are you really doing enough with your skin? When your really young and your skin looks amazing anyway you probably don’t feel the need to fork out on skin products that don’t really change the way your skin looks but it’s not until later on that you see the damage that all that neglect caused, trust me on that one! Get yourself a cleanser or facial wash to kindly remove your makeup, a toner to keep it fresh and a great moisturiser to keep it hydrated, it’s just as important to get a good exfoliator and exfoliate your skin twice weekly or more depending on the chosen product, exfoliating your skin is a great way to remove dead skin cells, help your skin regenerate and also aids absorption of your moisturiser, you may think your moisturiser is too oily but it may just be that your skin could do with a good exfoliation!

Sunscreen

Oh I wish I had listened to the older people who told me to wear sunscreen, the ones who warned me of the ageing power of the sun. Growing up I loved and still to this day love to be bronzed and brown, it’s all fun and games when your young and frying yourself in your back garden. Sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare routine, on a daily basis even if it is raining we should still be wearing sunscreen, as harmful UV rays penetrate through the clouds and still cause sun damage to our skin, not only is this dangerous to our health but also very ageing for the skin, sun damaged skin brings out pigmentation, dryness and in some cases an almost leathery appearance, do yourself a favour and just take two minutes to apply it over your moisturiser, it doesn’t take long and it really does matter.

Washing your makeup of before bed

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Then why do we leave it on! Leaving makeup on in the night will cause breakouts and congestion, in the night our skin is working repairing its self from the day and it will quite literally drink your makeup right off your face, especially if you have been drinking alcohol, and lets face it alcohol is the reason we all offend, forget to wash our faces and wake up looking less ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and more ‘Harley Quinn’. It’s not just the makeup that causes the breakouts, throughout the day even if you don’t wear makeup bacteria and all sorts of stuff like food and dust will be on our faces, sleeping in that is not good for our skin, just washing your face before bed could rid you of blemishes you didn’t even know you had coming.

Washing your hands before washing your face

This one is quite commonly forgotten or not even thought of, throughout the day we touch everything, and the things we have touched have been touched millions of times by other people, the transfer of germs is uncountable, but when we go to wash our faces at the end of the day, we should most definitely start by washing all of that unthought of bacteria off our hands so that we are effectively cleaning our faces in preparation for our moisturiser. So that we are not transferring and trapping germs into our skin.

Touching your skin

Again when thought about in great detail it seems obvious that we shouldn’t continuously touch or scratch and pick our skin, germs that are on our hands and underneath our fingernails from touching public door ways, surfaces that others touch or plain human contact live on our hands until we wash them, now I’m not saying we should all become OCD and wash every time we touch something or somebody, but we should be mindful of our face and not touch it all the time, this can lead to imperfections and skin infections.

 Changing your pillow case 

You change your pyjamas every other night or so, so why not treat your pillowcase with the same respect, your face lies on that pillow each night, you may dribble, sneeze cough, just generally breathe all over it that without counting sweating, touching it with your hands and dead skin shedding all over it, if you have a dirty pillowcase washing your skin a thousand times isn’t going to do any good while lying on a dirty pillowcase each night.

Drink plenty of water

It’s a well know fact we know we should be drinking more water, water flushes out toxins in our body keeps our digestive system clean and in turn our skin clean too, obviously it has all sorts of other amazing benefits like caring for all of our organs and oh yeah – ‘keeping us alive’ but yet again we already know we should be doing it, i’m not going to write an essay on what we already know – so stop it, drink some water.

  Keeping a regular facial appointment 

This one may seem unnecessary to you after all if you are looking after your skin at home and following all of these steps then why would you need to book a regular facial – well… its more about maintenance of the skin, you may have issues with your skin that need identifying and resolving, if this isn’t the case then a check up for your skin is required to keep it in check, your aesthetician will be able to spot subtle differences or changes in your skin that need assistance before you have even noticed them, noticing these differences soon can prevent breakouts and rashes, premature ageing through dehydrated and drying skins. You wouldn’t skip your dental appointment and you don’t just visit the dentist when you have a problem, you look after your teeth so in turn you should show your skin the same respect! It is the largest organ ours bodies have after all!

To book your Eve Taylor prescription facial today call LS Permanent Makeup on – 02920598115 and start your journey to beautiful skin.

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Contouring Correctly

I thought I would start writing little tip articles for ‘how to’ on different beauty treatments, like do’s and don’ts. This blog will be about how to contour correctly, contouring has become huge and as a result I have seen some fabulous and some disastrous efforts of this!

Contouring has always been around for Makeup Artists, although the term contouring has become extremely popular and made fashionable by many celebrities, one in particular is infamous for her contouring and highlighting! That person is obviously one ‘Kim Kardashian’ she supports a heavy contoured look and it has become so popular that girls (and guys) all over the world have wanted to join in on the quest for the perfect contour.

So what is contouring you ask? Contouring is a way of using different shades of makeup to create sort of shadows on the face to change the face shape or to enhance certain features of the face, it is usually combined with highlighting for maximum effect. For example… if you had a wider shape nose and you desired a thinner look to your nose you could use contouring to create little shadows either side of your nose and highlight down the centre giving a thinner appearance.

Now that we know what contouring is we can talk about how doing it correctly is so important, it should be subtle and natural, when you have contouring that is too heavy it defeats the object of the contour in my opinion. Some people would disagree with me on this point as heavy makeup looks where contouring is very obvious are very popular, since contouring is shaping your face like sculpting and defining with makeup then it should look like your face is naturally that way, and that is where the artistic flare and skill comes in. The key to contouring correctly lies in the ability to understand the face shape, not all faces are the same and there are lots of different shapes, each face has a different natural shadowing, and to contour correctly you must determine the face shape and contour accordingly to flatter that face shape. This is where mistakes are usually made, there are lots of ‘how to’ videos on contouring on YouTube and other social media platforms and people will watch these and copy them exactly not taking into consideration their face shape.

This is an example of poor contouring.

Lyndsey Lohan looking rather grey from over build up of product, wrong choice of contour shade that is also too dark combined with poor blending producing those stripe like lines on the cheeks that we want to avoid!

Common mistakes

Choosing a colour that is too dark – a typical mistake of contouring is to choose a contouring shade that is too dark for your skin tone, this would lead to obvious lines on your face that are not desirable and just make us took like a Picasso painting, I love Picasso’s work but not for my face thank you!

Wrong placement and understanding of face shapes – Everybody’s face is different, different shape means different placement of contouring and highlighting, not understanding your face shape can cause the opposite effect to what you are trying to achieve, and you can end up enhancing features of your face that you were originally trying to disguise. Trying to be realistic with what is actually achievable is also a good point to bring up here, we want our contour to look as natural as possible and contouring to the point where we are changing our faces to look like someone else is where a lot of people go wrong, you’re enhancing your own features not morphing into somebody else. Unless its halloween and your going as ‘Micheal Jackson’ then that’s totally acceptable!

Too much product – this is another biggie, I have seen many YouTube tutorials where girls are piling on so many products, first starting with wet contouring and then finishing with dry, and the combination of all of this may look great on camera but in real life it will look very tacky, too full on and just plain cakey.

These are some examples of good contouring.

Three of my clients, three different face shapes each with a natural contour tailored to their own face shape and skin tone.

DO DO DO!

Keeping it natural, choosing the right shade for your skin tone – only choose a few shades up from that of your natural skin tone to contour with, this will help you to get a better blend and stop that awful stripy look from happening!

Blending out any harsh lines – the key to a natural contour is to ‘blend blend blend’ no harsh lines makes for a natural sun kissed glow, use the same techniques you would for blending out your smokey eye, just on a larger scale.

Not causing to much product build up – know when to stop! The more you layer your products the more your likely you are to get product build up, (funny thing that?) especially with shimmery products and this can cause greying in areas, this gives a cakey dirty not at all fresh look to your makeup and should be avoided at all cost, just take your time because it is so easily done!

Hopefully you have enjoyed my post on contouring! Makeup is a way of expression, some may desire a heavier look than others, but I hope that reading this can help you to establish what it is that you want and how to better achieve it! Its all trial and error and if I can help just one person avoid half the mistakes I made with makeup whilst growing up then it will all be worth it!

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Semi Permanent Makeup Today

Semi Permanent makeup has blown up! All of sudden its everywhere despite the fact that it has been going on for years! Dating back as far as the Ancient Egyptians! As we all know Cleopatra sported a very darkened defined eyeliner and eyebrow look, but what we didn’t know was that some of that makeup was actually a form of cosmetic tattooing, back then of course it would have been done using some sort of manual creation, and I imagine a very painful and gruelling process, no numbing cream, god knows what sort of pigment, and the practice of piercing the skin in what I cant imagine was a very sterile environment. But who knows! Thank goodness for pharmaceutical grade pigments, sterile needles and lets not forget that ever so friendly numbing cream!

     

The first machine reportedly to be created was by a ‘Samuel O’ Seilly’ of New York in 1980, and in the USA a Dr. Crowell Beard who was an occupational Surgeon and was the first person recorded to perform a permanent eyeliner procedure, tattooing the eyeliner as a replacement for loss of eyelashes. Can you just imagine being the first person ever to have eyeliner tattooed on!? Very brave indeed.

So we know that its been around for years, but why all of a sudden is it everywhere? Almost being treated as something new.

There are a few factors I have considered –

Fashion – makeup is very in, not that it wasn’t before but as I recall around ten years ago having zero eyebrow, only waring foundation, lots of blusher, mascara and pearl pink lip gloss with glitter. (Shudders at the thought) Back then and I don’t mean to speak for everyone but most of us didn’t know what we were doing and we didn’t really care either, I actually was a beautician at this time and still got it very wrong. Makeup has grown so much in the last ten years that now you can completely change your face with it, and with the growth and fashion changes so did the eyebrow, what once was fashionable to just have just a thin line of a brow on your face is now the complete opposite and thicker more natural and defined eyebrows are very desirable, with this brings a surge of people from years of constant over plucking who now need their eyebrows repaired with the aid of cosmetic tattooing, some that require a fuller more defined brow or just want to make their lives a tad easier by having their brows perfect all the time without having to pencil them daily. Maybe this is you?

Social Media – The increase of different platforms of social media has gone wild and with that so has vanity, people are posting hundreds of ‘selfies’ all over the world per minute and with this comes the need to look perfect. I don’t think ever before has there Been such a need to enhance the way we look as there is at this current time. Although some of that sounds negative there are upsides of how powerful social media can be and sharing pictures of people who have lost eyebrow hair etc.. through illness and then Been able to undergo a cosmetic tattooing procedure to help them improve how they feel about themselves is a pretty amazing thing.

Social Acceptance – another major reason for growth is how acceptable it has become to be individual, you can now be and look exactly as you want without (too much) judgement. The world has grown and developed a far more open minded outlook on people expressing themselves through their appearance. This is one of my favourite things about today – each to their own.

All these factors attribute to the way semi permanent makeup is viewed today, the way I see semi permanent makeup is as an enhancement of your own natural beauty, I prefer to work with the features you have and perfect them. For example one of my favourite procedures is the lash enhancement I offer, this is a tattooed line right into the lash line very close to the waterline and makes your lashes look fuller, thicker and darker. Making your eye colour pop the way it does when you wear mascara. I also love using semi permanent makeup to correct symmetry in eyebrows and lips. Another one of my favourite things is how people don’t realise how big their lips actually are! So many of us have loss of lip pigmentation towards the corners and outer edges of our lips and just filling this with a little natural to your lip colour can really enhance the appearance making them appear fuller, plumper, more symmetrical and more defined! For me Semi Permanent Makeup is not a ‘replacement’ of makeup, it’s to enhance your features so that you feel better when your not wearing it, but it isn’t a replacement of heavy makeup. Fashion changes and with that so does makeup and beauty trends, cosmetic tattooing shouldn’t be regrettable and able to be outdated. My top tip is to keep it natural and keep it simple!

In terms of where we are today? I think we are in a pretty wonderful place with the combination of new makeup techniques and products that are the best they have ever been!