Foundation

STAY AWAY FROM THE FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION!!!!!!

I love full coverage foundation but only when done correctly.
In today’s day and age, thanks to the influence of Instagram, people have taken to the cosmetic stores in search of the fullest coverage foundation in the world in order to achieve the plastic barbie doll look.
There are two things wrong with such a search with the first being that full coverage will not play to everyone’s favor and the second being that barbie’s out and Bratz is in.

Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE full coverage foundation but only if it works for the person.
Full coverage foundation has the tendency to age a person’s appearance by several years as it can easily settle into fine lines, wrinkles and pores even with the aid of a pore and line filling primer.

In order to avoid this, there are two things to keep in mind.
The first thing to keep a look out for is the coverage of the foundation that you are currently using. If it is extremely full coverage then it would be best to sheer it down with a moisturizer. This will benefit you by moisturizing the face and plumping up the skin, therefore giving you a more radiant and youthful appearance, and will also give save you product as mixing a full coverage foundation with a moisturizer will cause you to use less product compared to using just the foundation alone.
If you do not need the coverage, try using a medium or even a sheer coverage foundation. These allow your natural radiance to shine through, giving you a youthful glow.

The second thing to keep in mind is how you set your foundation.
For those with extremely dry skin, it would be advisable to stay away from setting powders as they will cause the foundation to dry and crack, giving you an aged appearance. If you have dry skin, it would be best to set your makeup with a setting spray as it keeps your makeup in place without drying out your skin.
For those who tend to get oily throughout the day, the best thing to use would be a powder as this will help to absorb the oils that could break down the foundation and cause it to slide around, decreasing the wear time your makeup.

Remember that it is just makeup. Some people apply makeup as a hobby to find peace and relaxation, others want to supplement what’s missing, and the rest just want to go wild and create new and interesting shapes and effects that end up on the cover of vogue magazine
At the end of the day, it is just makeup and there are no set rules.

Shaving

So as someone who grows a considerable amount of facial hair, I have to shave every two or three days in order to maintain smooth skin for the ideal surface to apply makeup or to relieve myself of the rough and itchy existence that is facial hair.

The way I begin shaving is after taking a hot shower when the shaft of the hairs have been saturated with water and softened.
After getting out of the shower, I pat my skin dry and begin applying a shaving cream.
The thing about shaving cream is that it is applied to provide lubrication between the skin and the blade. My own little personal hack with this step is to use a hydrating lotion or moisturizer. I prefer to use Cetaphil lotion as it is water based, extremely affordable, and allows the blade to glide across the skin. Another product I use every now and then is Ponds cold cream. This is supposed to be used as a makeup remover however it is a very rich hydrating cream which makes it a great product to use in place of products specifically made for shaving. A third and final product that I love to use in place of a shaving cream is a hyaluronic acid gel. This is a thick clear water-based gel that is amazing for the skin and provides quite a slick surface for the blade.

The best way to use all three products is to apply them while the skin is a little moist. This provides additional slip for the blade and further reduces the chance of getting nicks and cuts while shaving.

As for the blades, most people would think that expensive blades with several blades are the best for shaving. In reality, price and blade count do not dictate the comfort and quality of a shave.
Some people may prefer more blades while others like the feel and effect of a single or double blade razor.
Personally, I do not have a preference when it comes to blade count or brand. As a matter of fact, I currently purchase all of my blades from the dollar store where I can get multiple razors with varying blade counts for a single dollar.
My favorites from the dollar store include the six-bladed razor as well as the dual-edged safety razor.
Both razors have given me satisfactory results as my skin was smooth and had little to no razor bumps, cuts, or nicks. Despite this, there was a bit of a learning curve with the safety razor as I had never used one before until a couple of days ago. But struggles aside, both razors were able to perform very close shaves leaving my skin smooth.

As for the popular brands such as Gillette, Bic and the dollar shave club, I do not notice a difference between the quality of the shave when compared to the dollar razors. When it comes to the brand of the razor, it is 100% up to my own personal preference. I currently own several Gillette cartridges and will continue using them simply because I have been using them for several years and find it difficult to part with the brand.

At the end of the day, what you decide to shave with is completely up to you.
I hope that these tips and tricks from my own routine will help you get the closest shaves possible.