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Skincare Tips Series.

Getting Started, know your skin type.

Part 4 of my skincare tips is covering dry skin.

It has been a few weeks now since my last blog in this series, along with wedding season preparation and then Corona Virus putting the world on hold, life go a little in the way.  I’m now back on it today though carrying on with my bridal skincare tips series and I will follow on from the last blog regarding skin type and getting to know your own.  So, I first bring you……dry skin.  The bane of a lot of peoples lives, so here are a few tips to help figure out which bracket you fall into and how to treat it.

Bridal makeup tipsDry skin is caused by an under production of natural oil (sebum).  There is a common misconception that drinking more water can help with dry skin, but this isn’t the case at all.  DRY or DEHYDRATED skin, yes there is a difference!  Dry skin is a skin TYPE where Dehydrated skin is a CONDITION.

How can you tell the difference between the two?

Characteristics of dry skin-

  • Dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes.
  • Lacks elasticity and can be flaky
  • Visible lines and wrinkles
  • Small pores
  • Tightness and itching
  • Common in older women
  • Maybe harder to apply makeup

Potential causes of dry skin can be weather condition, colder air and lower humidity levels affect the skin.  Central heating can also be a big factor through the winter months as can air conditioning throughout the summer.  Another factor is products.  Harsh detergents and chemicals can cause dry skin conditions.  This can eventually lead to other problems like sensitivity, which I will cover in the next post.

Characteristics of dehydrated skin-

  • Itchiness
  • Dullness
  • Darker circles under the eye
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shadows around the face (especially under the eyes and around the nose)
  • Increased incidence or appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Dehydrated skin does not have enough water.  Dehydration is usually caused by many external factors, but the most common are, the weather, environment, diet and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin. Read more

Airbrush Makeup Worcestershire

If you are looking for professional Wedding day or special occasion Airbrush Makeup in Worcestershire, you have come to the right place. I very often get asked by clients what the difference is between traditional application make-up & airbrush application make-up.  There’s quite a vast difference between the two and here I will explain and explore those differences & compare the two, hopefully allowing you to come to a decision on which is best for you. I am always happy to offer further advice when we meet.

Bearing in mind that either choice is down to personal preference & a good makeup artist should be able to apply either & ensure that it lasts the day/night & looks great.

Let’s start with the Traditional Makeup.  

Usually applied with fingers, brushes or sponges & coming in many different forms from liquid to powder, creams to gels it’s very versatile.

Traditional make-up products can be used for anyone & are readily available.

Pros

*easy to find a product that is suitable to your skin type, tone & colour.

*offers good coverage.

*products are readily available for purchase & easy to reproduce the look at home yourself.

*easy to touch up.

*easy application.

*not as expensive as airbrush.

Cons

*more difficult to conceal scars, pigmentation & pimples.

*can feel heavy  & cakey on the skin.

*will require more touch-ups throughout the day.

*more unhygienic due to the use of tools requiring regular sanitising & deep cleaning.  Also, dirt from hands can cause a build-up of bacteria that can clog pores that lead to spots & pimples.

(This said, a pro artist will use disposables & keep all tools & equipment sanitary & ensure that all products are thoroughly sanitised in between clients).

Airbrush Make-up. 

Airbrush foundations are usually water or silicone based. It is thinner than traditional makeup so it can be passed easily through an airbrush gun.  Due to its thin nature, it is sprayed out as a fine mist that can be built up to the desired coverage.  It smooths out imperfections easily with minimal product creating a flawless looking finish whilst still allowing the skin to breathe.

Airbrush make-up doesn’t soak into the skin, instead, it sits on the surface making a great long lasting base to any look.

Pros

*lightweight formula with full coverage.

*looks flawless in person & photographs amazingly.

*natural looking.

*water resistant & sweatproof.

*doesn’t transfer once dry (won’t come off onto clothing with hugs)

*suitable for all skin types.

*hygienic does to not coming into contact with face or hands.

*fabulous longevity (12-16 hours).

*no need for touch-ups.

*minimal product used.

*allows the skin to breathe.

Cons

*can be flaky on dry skin if not hydrated properly.

*difficult to reblend.  If you do rub & the makeup moves it can be more difficult to reapply.  However, if it’s applied correctly & allowed to dry properly this shouldn’t be an issue.

*more expensive.  The price tag is higher compared to traditional products.  Due to the nature of the product & the purchase of the correct equipment & the training courses that are involved, most artists will charge more for airbrush applications.

*more difficult to remove.  Silicone airbrush products need to be removed with an oil-based cleanser & then the skin cleaned thoroughly again afterwards.

So what are your thoughts now?  Hopefully, this has answered a few of your questions.

I personally love airbrush make-up because it evens out the skin tone so well & lasts really well.  I do however love traditional application just as much.  It boils down to personal preference & after all what suits one, may not suit another.

As your makeup artist, I will want to know and listen carefully to discover what your usual routine is, check out your skin & then make a judgement call.  As with all make-up, there’s no right or wrong & as long as you feel comfortable & look a million dollars it doesn’t matter which you prefer.

If you have any comments or would like to ask any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy Makeupping!