Beauty Tip # 852: Concealer or foundation first?

Apply foundation first and then your concealer. By applying the foundation first, you can see exactly what areas you require more coverage. As you apply the concealer you will see if more or less is required.




Too Faced Magic Foundation Wand

Abracadabra! This Too Faced magic foundation wand (A$61.95) is brilliant. It is the most convenient and time-saving foundation I have ever used. I went into Kit Cosmetics asking for a foundation that was quick and easy to apply. If it takes too long, I won’t wear it. Kit Cosmetics sure didn’t disappoint. They listened to what I wanted and totally came through with the goods.

Just push the button at the bottom of the wand and the foundation is released through the brush head attached at the top of the wand. The brush makes blending foundation effortless and performs like a pro with zero effort. The foundation is undetectable and makes your complexion look flawless. The coverage is also buildable and the formula is pigment rich which means that a little goes a long way. The oil-free formula feels silky and hydrated and is great for all skin types. Apply all over your face or just where needed.

It takes little time to apply and is really convenient and time-saving – especially early in the morning when you have pressed snooze on the alarm clock one too many times.

7 Gorgeous Shades – matches every skin tone to perfection.
London – Fair
Hollywood – Medium
Caribbean – Cocoa
Paris – Light Medium
St. Barths – Bronze
New York – Light
Miami – Tan

Smashbox halo hydrating perfecting powder

Smashbox halo hydrating perfecting powder (A$84.95) is the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built-in. It reduces fine lines & wrinkles in 10 minutes! It’s advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide deliver powerful anti-aging benefits while the patented hydration system continuously revitalises skin and provides a hydrated look that won’t accentuate lines and wrinkles. It will give you a brighter and more radiant complexion all day long.

When I first put this powder on, I thought it was good… but not great. It was just like any other powder, not very impressive. I looked in the mirror 20 minutes later and was pleasantly surprised. I could not stop admiring how perfectly clear my skin looked. It just made my skin look flawless and radiant and feel really soft and luxurious. It just takes a few minutes to really sink into the skin before your complexion is perfection.

You can wear this powder alone or as a finishing powder over your favourite primer and/or foundation. For the perfect amount of fresh powder every time, simply twist the shaver, swirl your brush into the powder and apply to your face. The powder in a way is like a pressed powder. The compact has a built-in shaver that shaves off the top layer of the powder creating a loose powder. It gives you the perfect amount of powder, leaving no mess. The powder is great for all skin types and is free of oil, talc, and parabens. The compact includes a custom kabuki brush for flawless application, otherwise you can use your own regular powder brush.

The facts:
After 10 minutes there is a 33% decrease in the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
After 6 weeks of use, there is a 67% decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles overall.

Fair – For porcelain and ivory skin
Light – For light beige and sand skin
Medium – For warm honey and caramel skin
Dark – For deep tan and bronze skin

Ingredients: Mica, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Isopropyl Linoleate, Synthetic Wax, Polymethyl-silsesquioxane, Water, Zinc Stearate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Dehydroaceatate, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Trisodium Edta, Peat Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Dimethicone, Gold. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Smashbox Artificial Lights Luminising Lotion

Smashbox artificial lights luminising lotion (A$34.95) is definitely a must have in my makeup bag. I am all about the glow and love a bit of sparkle. This lotion is all about the lighting, and lighting is everything. This luminising lotion softens the way the light reflects off the skin and adds radiance. It also helps to hide wrinkles and imperfections. Stored in a new airless pump for freshness to the last drop. No more scraping the bottom of the bottle for all that wasted product.

Mix it with your moisturiser or foundation for an all-over glow, or dab on your cheeks and brow bones to highlight. You can even try adding it to your body lotion for an all-over body glow.

Diffuse – Luminous Pearl
Glow – Luminous Bronze
Flash – Luminous Peach

Ingredients: Contains ginkgo biloba and japanese green tea for added healthy-skin benefits. Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Steareth-21, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Hybrid Safflower Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Squalane, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Proplyene Glycol Laurate, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Triethanolamine. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer

I just purchased the adjust green-toned primer by Smashbox. I am so in love with this miracle product. It is lightweight and makes your skin feel really soft and silky without leaving it oily. It also actually works – amazing! The redness on my face doesn’t come through my foundation anymore. It has also seriously increased my foundations staying power.

These primers are fantastic for colour correcting, wrinkle reducing, and dark spot defying. It creates a perfect canvas for foundation application and evens out skin tone with its blend of antioxidants, vitamins A & E, and soothing botanicals like lemongrass, aloe and orchid complex. The totally unique oil-free formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer, younger-looking skin. It is also stored in a new square airless pump for freshness to the last drop – no more digging around in the bottom of the bottle for all that wasted product!

BLEND is apricot-toned to even out skin tone and counteract discoloration and dark spots.
BALANCE is lavender-toned to brighten dull or sallow skin.
ADJUST is green-toned to reduce redness.

cyclopentasiloxane, cyclomethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, ethylhexyl salicylate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, cymbidium grandiflorum flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, talc, methicone, dimethicone, isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben. may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, chromium oxide greens, chromium hydroxide green, ultramarines

Apply your choice of primer to clean or moisturised skin and blend over the entire face or only to problem areas with your fingertips. Apply your foundation on top of the primer – this will increase its longevity. Or wear alone for a velvety-smooth finish.
For additional coverage, blend a concealer over any imperfections.

I have recently become a massive fan of Smashbox and I seriously cannot get enough. Stay tuned for more Smashbox products next week. I’ll let you know what else I have acquired recently.