The best ways and places to store cosmetics
Messy makeup? Taking care of your cosmetics and storing them properly will extend the products' shelf life and eliminate clutter.
Many of us rely on cosmetics to give our skin a healthy, flawless look. Unfortunately, we don't always take care of our makeup, leaving it lying around the bathroom or rattling about in our purses. Proper storage of cosmetics increases their shelf life and is essential for keeping your skin healthy and beautiful. And with the variety of cosmetic cases and other storage options available, there's no excuse not to go out and get organized!
MAKEUP STORAGE AND CLEANLINESS. The most important thing to remember in storing makeup is to keep it out of direct sunlight. Light and heat can degrade the products' preservatives, not to mention bleach out the colors over time. Keep your makeup in a cool, dry room. (This goes for fragrances, too.) It may seem most convenient to store cosmetics in the bathroom, but the constant changes in heat and humidity every time someone takes a shower may affect the products. Moreover, it isn't sanitary: studies show that every time a toilet is flushed, bacteria is released into the air, settling on every surface in the room. You definitely don't want to leave your makeup and brushes lying out there!
AT-HOME STORAGE. A hard-sided train case (Samsonite is a good brand) or multi-shelf cosmetic box (like the kind made by Caboodles and sold in department stores) is ideal for storing cosmetics at home. In fact, any box with separate compartments may be used to keep products from rattling around, breaking, or smudging each other. Molded plastic cases are practical because they are easily cleaned. If you choose to keep your cosmetics in a drawer, use a compartmentalized cosmetic tray (an odds-and-ends desk drawer tray from an office supply store will also work and may cost a bit less). Keep cosmetic brushes and applicators in their own compartments and clean them with soap and water on a regular basis.
TRAVEL CASES. Frequent travelers will definitely want to invest in a sturdy train case for makeup and other personal care items. Professional-quality aluminum cases are good for this; they're relatively expensive, but a good investment. Look for one with a shoulder strap for added convenience. If traditional leather luggage is more to your liking, find a well-made piece that is fully lined with a spill-resistant material and contains easily accessed pockets and compartments. If affordability is an issue, go ahead and take an inexpensive plastic case. Just be sure that it is durable and can take a lot of knocking around in overhead bins and car trunks. When traveling, avoid leaving your makeup kit in a hot place like a locked car; everything will melt! If you fear that exposure to heat is going to be unavoidable, invest in a small freezer pack or two and keep them in your case when you're on the go.
FOR YOUR PURSE. Let's face it: the purse is the most common place to keep makeup, and is often the messiest. Who hasn't cracked a lipstick tube or broken a compact hinge when fumbling around in a purse? Hard-sided lipstick cases and small, zippered leather makeup bags are a necessity for keeping your cosmetics intact and your purse clean. If you're prone to having a dozen lipsticks littering your purse, a palette compact is the perfect storage item for you. This slim unit contains a mirror, lip brushes, and a number of wells; all you do is add a slice of each of your lipsticks to the wells and there you go: many colors, one small compact.
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Make Up Tips
Lip Plumping: 5 Secrets to Bigger, Poutier Lips
1) First of all, a great lip plumper is a must. I would not recommend those lip plumpers which contain harsh, drying ingredients like cinnamon, as my experience with these has only been temporary fullness, with dryness that inevitably follows. Hydration is key to keeping plump lips, so drying them out only defeats the purpose.
2) Drink lots of water to keep the skin and lips well hydrated. This keeps you internally hydrated. Ever notice how when you're dehydrated (thirsty), your lips tend to "shrivel"?
3) When applying your lip plumper, open your mouth as wide as you possibly can. This allows the plumping agents to get deep in the crevices and cracks and helps to fill out the lip tissue even more.
I especially like to use this technique at night when I apply a generous layers of lip plumping conditioner, so that I wake up with plumper lips. If you want, you can even use your hands to "stretch" your lips out wider, so you can get deeper penetration.
4) Lip pumps are available, but these are kind of an awkward device, although they do produce dramatic lip plumping for up to a few hours after use. Word to the wise on lip pumps : Do not get overzealous with them, as you will most assuredly end up with bruised lips or blood blisters.
5) Start out very slow with these if you choose to use one. The way they work is they draw fluid into the lips by actually forcing it into this localized area through a suction mechanism. Rumor has it, these nifty little devices are used on some photoshoots on models to create an instantly plumper pout.
Makeup tips for EyesYour eyes can be made to look attractive by following our eye makeup tips and eye beauty secrets which can enhance your charm further. The first step towards eye beauty is to have well-shaped brows. Keep your eye brows in shape by plucking out stray hairs. The only way to tame an out of balance and an uneven brow line is to tweeze or thread the unruly hair. Removing eyebrows by tweezing or threading is the best known method. Take the sting out of the operation by dabbing the eyebrows with a piece of cotton wool dipped either in eau-de-cologne or astringent lotion. Then, take your tweezers and holding the surrounding skin taut grip the hair close to the roots and give a sharp tug in the direction the hair grow.
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Eyebrow Care Beauty Tips
- Tweezers with thin Tip: Good for grasping small, fine hairs, and plucking ingrown hair.
- Tweezers with Slanted Tip: Gives maximum control.
- Tweezers with Square Tip: Best used for removing coarse hairs or several hairs at a time
Eyeshadow Makeup Tips
Caring For Your Delicate Eye Area: The eye area is the area to show the signs of ageing for many people and is also a problem area for fluid retention.
Here are few tips on caring for the delicate eye area:
Eye shadow That Stays Beauty Tip
Many women have problem of melting eye shadow, but If you use a damp eye shadow brush and apply a layer of face powder to your lids and allow to set, the shadow will stay in place for the day. Takes some time but the effort is well worth it.
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Makeup tips for plus size womenThis article discusses dos and don'ts for plus size women wanting a great look from their makeup
Makeup is the all-consuming topic for many women. Men run it a close second, but most women enjoy discussing makeup, various formulas they've found, what works, and most important, what doesn't work. Women of all shapes and sizes are vitally concerned with finding good tips that will enable them to look their best. Plus size women are no exception. They may also have unique issues that mean their makeup application is even more critical.
It is probably a good idea to start out with a few no-nos for makeup on plus size women. Garish colors are out for any woman, but particularly plus size women. Anything that looks bad on an average size woman will be magnified on a plus size woman. Stark blush that attempts to create a hollowed-cheek look is also a bad, bad idea. It just draws attention to the fuller part of the face. Women should always strive for foundation that matches their skin, but this is crucial for plus size women. A telltale line at the jaw that is a dramatically different color from the skin on the neck makes the woman look as though she is wearing a mask.
Makeup for plus size women should do what all makeup attempts to do: accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative. With this axiom in mind, a plus size woman can put together a great look.
Since most plus size women have rounded faces, this is usually a good place to start when thinking about makeup. To re-emphasize the point, a plus size woman should choose a foundation that matches her skin as closely as possible. She should also think about a more matte finish, rather than a dewey one.
Blush should compliment her skin and hair. It should also never be applied so that it looks artificial. Regardless of what the fashion magazines say, a darker blush below the "apples" in the cheeks does not create a slimmer face. It looks like dark blush applied in the wrong place. Take it from a woman who has tried that trick. It doesn't work. Blush should be applied to the apples of the cheeks. Smile and apply the blush to the fullest part of the cheeks.
Perhaps the most important makeup tip for a plus size woman is to cast out fear. She should never be afraid of having smoky eyes and sultry lips. She should not be afraid of being sexy. If her makeup is sexy, she will feel better about herself, and this will show up in her behavior. She will be sexier to those around her. And what, after all, is makeup about, if not to make us look and feel better about ourselves?