5 Reasons Why Your Foundation Doesn’t Cover

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There’s nothing more frustrating than a foundation that doesn’t give good coverage but, before you assume the foundation itself is to blame, consider the top 5 reasons why your foundation doesn’t cover as well as you expect.

 

Reason #1- You’re Using the Wrong Shade or Undertone

You’re probably wondering what using the wrong shade have to do with getting great foundation coverage? How about EVERYTHING!

Because when we wear a shade or undertone that’s all wrong for us, any discoloration like brown spots or redness we try to cover can end up bleeding through our foundation much darker than it would otherwise. So how can you be sure if the shade or undertone you’re wearing fits? Click here to find out now.

Reason #2- You’re Expecting Too Much From a Bargain Brand

I’m all for saving money, and seriously, these days, who isn’t? But, while you might save money by using a bargain brand of foundation, you’ll most likely be sacrificing coverage, because most of these products have very little pigment, and great coverage requires quite a bit of pigment. Bottom line here is when it comes to foundation, you almost always get what you pay for.

Reason #3- You’re Being Unrealistic

There’s nothing wrong with wanting flawless looking coverage in a makeup. But thinking your makeup finish will look runway perfect or magazine flawless is completely unrealistic. It’s actually impossible really, that is without filters and a little photoshop. 

I found it refreshing a few years ago when A Celebrity Makeup Artist friend of mine, Stephen Dimmick told me that while he could make someone look next to flawless (outside of a cover shoot), he doesn’t do it because perfection lacks the look of personal character, meaning every mole, every birthmark, every skin tone tells a story. And it’s these differences that make us who we truly are.

Reason #4- You’re Not Using the Right Tools

Great coverage has a lot to do with the tools you use to apply it. Tools can be a combination of fingers, sponges and brushes. Imagine what a painting would look like if the painter didn’t use tools to perfect his work. The finished product would look flat, lack character and texture, and the same goes for flawless looking coverage.

Reason #5- You’re not Using the Right Technique 

You can have the perfect foundation and the perfect tools, but both are useless without the “know how” or technique needed to get great coverage. And the surprising thing is, although it sounds involved, it’s really not Rocket Science. The right technique is as simple as applying your foundation one layer at a time, incorporating a little concealer where needed, and taking the time to blend your makeup. Believe it or not, bad coverage most often happens because we’re in too much of a rush.

Slow down, girl!

Do you have any tips on how to get the best foundation coverage? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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HD Powder or Finishing Veil?

I get asked a lot about finishing powders. Do you really need one? What’s the difference between a Finishing Veil and a High Definition Finishing powder? Of all the choices you have, it’s so easy to get confused as to which one is the right choice for you.

In our latest Facebook live video, I’m breaking it all down for you! Find out everything you need to know about these great powders!

5 Essential Products For The Bride

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June marks wedding season! Though makeup tastes vary from Bride to Bride, there are certain essentials every girl must have on her wedding day to make sure her makeup lasts longer than she does! Today, we’re going to talk about the 5 essential products for the bride other than waterproof mascara!

1. Primer

A makeup primer not only makes your foundation go on much easier, it minimizes the size of your pores and helps your makeup last longer than you do on your special day!

2. Water Resistant Foundation

Slightly different than waterproof foundation, a water-resistant foundation handles the heat and perspiration like a boss so you can be super-confident your makeup won’t “melt”, and looks just as fresh as it did when you first put it on.

3. HD Powder

A High Definition Finishing Powder is a camera’s (and your) BFF, because it creates a soft focus finish to your makeup; magically blurring fine lines for a flawless, radiant, complexion.

4. Highlighter/Luminizer

There’s something magical about a highlighter. When it’s strategically placed, it diffuses light, keeping the attention off of skin imperfections, making the skin appear dewey and fresh. 

5. Liquid to Matte Lipstick

The last thing a bride has time to do is reapply her lipstick throughout the day. That’s where a liquid to matte lipstick really comes in handy! Just apply 2 coats and you’re done.

No lipliner needed, so bleeding outside the lip line isn’t a problem. And the best part? It won’t transfer to the bride’s champagne glass or more importantly, her guests!

So, there you have it. 5 essential products for the bride. Did we miss anything? List it below in the comments.

 

 

Brighter Eyes in Seconds

 

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The holidays are just around the corner, and it truly is the busiest times of year for women with all the shopping, school concerts, and yes, even that dreaded office party.

It’s at this time we want to feel and look our very best, praying our concealer holds up, because now we’re socializing more often, and it never fails; someone, somewhere is taking a picture, right?

With a ton of products out there, how do you know which one to choose?

What Are You Hiding?

Before this question can be answered, ask yourself what it is you need to cover.

A Real Eye Opener

I’ve found when consulting, the biggest concern for most women is under-eye shadows. These stubborn circles can be the result of lack of sleep, allergies, medication side effects and even heredity. No matter what brings them on, there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to hide them.

Because if we’re able to cover them, most often it looks overdone bringing more attention to them. Thank goodness for concealers that magically give the appearance of brighter eyes in seconds, like KmS Mineral Essentials Rested Concealer and Eye Brightener.

This amazing multi-use product can be used as an eye shadow base, a highlighter and a concealer. Rested not only covers dark circles, it magically brightens the eyes so you look like you got your 8 hours, even if you didn’t!

Less is so much more

The biggest mistake many women make when covering under eye circles is using too much cover up, fearing the shadows might “bleed” right through. There’s nothing wrong with “layering” products as long as you begin with very little, and blend, blend, blend.

Here’s how I do it:

I wait 5 minutes after cleansing and moisturizing before applying powder concealer. This prevents it from caking and looking heavy.

I apply concealer by lightly pressing my ring finger over the entire area I want to cover, then blend at the edges. I follow with foundation. If I notice my dark circles showing through, I’ll apply one more layer, making sure to blend and wipe away any extra powder. Then, I’ll lightly go over the entire area with finishing powder on my blending sponge to make it look smooth and even.

Super Tip: On days when I’m super-tired and my eyes could really use a pick-me-up, I’ll swipe a little Glo Get It Luminizer underneath my eyes to make them look 2 cups of coffee awake.

Do you struggle with dark circles? What tips do you have to hide them?