FEED YOUR FACE!! Face-friendly snacks to stabilize your blood sugar (and keep acne and wrinkles at bay): Greek yogurt with blueberries, which tastes like cheesecake; green beans (either freshly steamed or freeze-dried, or even green-bean chips, not low-cal, I know, but they are better for your skin than potato chips; find them at nutsonline.com); and my personal favorite: dark chocolate covered almonds. Watch out for the sugar! Sugar is broken down by the body into glucose, which binds to the collagen in skin, making skin less resilient. Sugar is also inflammatory, which means it can worsen acne and rashes.
IS YOUR MAKEUP MAKING YOU SICK? You'd be surprised to discover what ugly creatures can live in your beauty products. Find out what you need to do to fight these germs and look great. Among the most common bad guys found in makeup are Staphylococcus epidermidis (which causes staph infection). Check out these easy guidelines from Dr. Alfredo Torres, an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Because there are no expiration dates on things like mascara, eye shadow, or foundation, there's a bit of a debate about when it's best to toss them out and start fresh. Dr. Torres says you shouldn't use any product longer than 3 months to prevent infection!! The way a product is applied can determines the likelihood of it becoming a playground for bacteria. Use a sponge when you apply foundation and toss it or wash it after each use. Sometimes the contamination may not be in your makeup but in the applicator or brush you're using. When, if ever, was the last time you cleaned that blush brush?
How To Apply Makeup for Your Face Shape A light contour to sculpt and frame the face goes a long way. To do this, choose a matte, light taupe eye shadow or blush, and with a blush brush softly layer a shadow to the strategic areas of the face. At home the best place to do this is in natural light and away from direct sunlight.
1. For an oval shape face, lightly contour the upper part of the temple area. Place color against the hairline and gradate color inward.
2. For a heart shape face, contour the temple and upper cheekbone area. Place color against the hairline and gradate color inward. This will create a narrower upper part of your face and balance your heart shape.
3. For a square face, place a little shadow on the outer corners of the forehead and outer corners of the jaw line. Keep the application rounded and blend inward.
4. For a round face, place a little contour below the check bone and elongate. Start at the hairline and blend inward while softly following the check bone.
5. For a triangle face, lightly contour the side of the face running from the upper check bone to the upper corner of the forehead.