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Is skin care or makeup more important?

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I am often asked the question, "What can I use to cover blemishes or imperfections on my skin."? With so many products on the market, there are lots of options for you. As a professional makeup artist and esthetician, my suggestion is to take care of your skin first. Why? When your skin is healthy, the makeup does its job to enhance your features.

Use a cleanser twice daily. Use a cleanser for your skin type, but be sure not to use anything too harsh for your skin. The perfect cleanser will leave your skin feeling refreshed and comfortable, never tight.

Don't forget your moisturizer. A moisturizer softens and protects your skin against the environment. Even if you only walk a few minutes daily, be sure to use a moisturizer with some SPF to provide you with sun protection. You do not need a heavy or greasy product, a lightweight moisturizer will do.

I love foundations. They come in many forms. It is really important to use a foundation that matches your skin color and tone. Cream and stick foundations add more coverage. Liquid foundations are great during the day and are more lightweight. For minimal coverage, a tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream will work too. What's the difference? A tinted moisturizer is a blend of moisturizer and foundation; BB Cream takes the tinted moisturizer to a new level with the added benefit of sunscreen and CC cream adds color correction to reduce redness in the skin. Mineral foundations are usually powders that are mineral based. Be careful when using on dry skin, the finish can be flaky.

Face powders are available in loose and pressed options. Loose powder traditionally is used to set your makeup and pressed powders are great for mid-day touch ups. Bronzers fall in the face powder category. Bronzers leave your skin with a sun-kissed finished. Bronzer can also be a great option for blush.

Finish your makeup with eye-shadow, I prefer a minimum two-color eye, a shadow for the lid and a highlighter to balance. Don't forget to groom your brows and fill in with a brow pencil. When your brows are perfectly groomed, your eyes become the focus of your face. Black mascara works for most. Black or dark brown eyeliner go-to colors.

Complete with a hint of blush on your cheek bone and lipstick.

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