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Makeup Monday: Rosanna Answers Reader Questions

BeeyoutifulSkin Questions and Answers

BeeyoutifulSkin Questions and AnswersEvery now and then we’ll get a question from a BeeyoutifulSkin makeup user about how to better use our products. While we love to answer these questions directly via email, we thought that several of you might have the same questions, so every now and then we’ll compile your questions and do a Q&A post… and a video, because I think visual examples are super helpful, wouldn’t you agree?

So without further ado, let’s jump right in and answer some questions!

  • Q: I’m looking for a safe, preservative-free, lead-free lipstick. You carry Lip Shimmers, which I love for everyday use, but they are lighter than what I’d like for special occasions.
    • A: We are currently working on formulating richly-pigmented lipsticks! But in the meantime, did you know that you can use any of our blushes or pink eyeshadows as lipsticks? Just apply some BALM, then using a small, flat brush (like our Small All-Over Brush) dab a bit of your desired color (try Matte Pink for a soft, neutral pink) onto your lips, and mix it with the balm to create a lipstick-like color right on your lips. You can vary the intensity of the color easily by adding more or less powder as desired. You can even combine colors to get your own custom shade!
  • Q: How do I get better coverage with the foundation as a concealer for covering blemishes and dark spots?
    • A: The most effective approach to covering a specific spot on otherwise clear skin is to 1) layer the product, and 2) use several techniques. First, on freshly cleansed & moisturized skin, apply an extra dab of moisturizer on the area where you need heavier coverage. Then, using a small brush (our Small All-Over Brush is perfect!), grab up some dry foundation and stamp it directly on the spot. Now apply your foundation as you normally would, using either our Dry Buff, Airbrushed, or Liquid Foundation techniques. If you find that you still need additional coverage (or as a touch-up throughout the day), dab a bit more dry foundation directly on the spot. I find that layering like this gives not only heaver coverage, but also increases the staying power of the foundation.
  • Q: How can I  get my makeup to last longer in heat/humidity?
    • A: Heat and humidity are the enemy of beauty queens the world over! It’s currently in the 100º+ temps where I live, so I feel your pain! When it’s super hot like this, I tend toward as little makeup as possible (check out our No-Makeup Makeup Look tutorial!) both for comfort and so I don’t end up with eyeliner on my cheeks, for example. That said, to help your makeup “beat the heat”, it really helps to apply it on freshly cleansed skin, and if you don’t have dry skin, it might also help to forgo your moisturizer altogether. I primarily use the Dry Buff Method to apply my foundation in the summer, as the dry minerals naturally absorb the oils in the skin, creating a bond that will help it last longer than it would if applied with moisture.
  • Q: If I cannot find a good match for my makeup; can I just mix two colors?
    • I think mixing two makeup colors is a great idea to get your perfect, custom match! I do this frequently at the changing of the seasons; in the spring and early summer I add a bit of my “summer color” to my “winter color” as my skin deepens with sun exposure, and I do the reverse in the Fall as my skin lightens back to my lighter winter color. If, after trying our foundation samples, you find that you fall in between colors, you may choose to purchase one of each and mix up a batch of your own custom color that will last you a while so you don’t have to mix it up every time you want to wear it. Another idea is to use just a bit of your bronzer to deepen your foundation, or, if you have *very* fair skin, you could add a bit of our Matte White Base to lighten your foundation and get a more exact match for your skin tone.
  • Q: How often should I clean my makeup brushes? With what? 
    • A: I always wipe my brushes off on a clean cloth between colors, or when I’m done applying makeup for the day. To deep clean, I wash my brushes every week or so using a mild, clear shampoo. Fill a cup with warm water and a pea-sized amount of shampoo, put your brushes in head-down and swirl around. Let soak for 30 minutes or so. Then take each one out and swirl around in your hand individually with warm water and a dab more shampoo. Rinse with *bristles pointing down* until the water runs clear. Squeeze gently and lay on a towel to dry overnight. Ta-da… clean brushes!
What’s your question about using BeeyoutifulSkin makeup? Add it to the comments here, send to rosanna@beeyoutiful.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram… we’ll always answer your question personally, and maybe even feature it in an upcoming post too!

Makeup Monday: 3 Mineral Foundation Application Techniques, Plus Concealer Tips

BeeyoutifulSkin.com mineral foundation application techniques

BeeyoutifulSkin.com mineral foundation application techniquesNow that you’ve discovered a foundation shade to match your skin tone, let’s talk about actually wearing your new makeup. Did you know that there are several ways to apply BeeyoutifulSkin’s mineral foundation? Most people who have used mineral makeup before are familiar with the classic dry buff method, but there are a couple of other techniques that will give you different results. Try them all out to find out which one works best for you!

Dry Buff Method

This is the classic approach to applying mineral foundation, and for good reason: it’s quick and simple, easy to master, and you can customize the amount of coverage you get by varying your brush pressure and amount of product used, giving a soft, glowing finish to your skin.

To begin, cleanse and moisturize your skin as usual. (This step is important to do before applying makeup; it eliminates excess oils and “daily dust”, and preps your skin to be the best canvas for makeup to adhere to.) Tap out a bit of foundation into the lid, and swirl your foundation brush around, being sure to get the makeup worked up into the bristles. Tap off any excess foundation back into the lid.

Then, using medium pressure and circular strokes, buff the foundation into your skin. I like to start at the forehead and work my way down, finishing by blending the jawline into the neck. The key here is the circular motion and consistent pressure. This will give you actual coverage, as opposed to just dusting it on like you would a traditional setting powder. Finish your foundation with a spritz of our Laveshmint Hydrating Toner, if you like.

“Air-brush” Method

This technique will give you an even, smooth finish with full coverage, requires a bit more buffing than the dry method, but the super soft, “perfect” look is well worth it. This is currently my favorite way to apply my foundation.

Again, start with a freshly cleansed and moisturized face, then mist our Laveshmint Hydrating Toner on your skin. Tap out a bit of foundation into your lid, then mist your foundation brush with the toner as well before swirling it in the makeup. What you’re going for here is not a sopping wet brush, but a fine mist that will mix with the foundation on the brush, coating the bristles lightly.

Working quickly, buff the moist foundation into your skin, being sure to buff until dry, paying close attention to blending well at the hairline and jawline. I like to add a final dash of Laveshmint Hydrating Toner once I’m done; it acts as a setting mist, and also moisturizes your skin right through the makeup. (Pro tip: carry it in your handbag in the summer to spritz on your face and neck! The cool of the peppermint oil will refresh you and keep your skin moist in dry, hot weather.)

Liquid Method

I recommend this application if you have dry skin (like me!) or simply prefer the familiarity of liquid foundation. You have complete control over how much coverage you achieve, from tinted moisturizer (lightest) to thick, rich cream (fullest) because you are mixing it yourself. If you struggle with dryness, sometimes mineral makeup can enhance that tight feeling, and leave you less-than-glowing… but by using the liquid method you moisturize and cover at the same time.

To start, cleanse and moisturize your face (yep, I’m going to say that every time; it’s that important). Then in your foundation lid, or on a saucer if you prefer, mix a dollop of your favorite moisturizer (I love our Laveshmint Moisturizer!) with just a sprinkle of foundation powder. Experiment with ratios to come up with the coverage that’s just right for you.

To apply, you can either use your fingers, a makeup sponge, or for the best coverage and professional finish, I like to use our flat brush. Be sure to blend well, especially around the hair and jaw lines; this technique is the least forgiving if you don’t blend, blend, blend!  You might like to dust on a light, dry coat of foundation if you want a matte finish, or if you’re going for a more dewy look, go without. Again, you can spritz on some of our Laveshmint Toner for staying power and extra hydration.

Concealer

Lastly, let’s talk about concealer. You’ll notice we don’t offer a separate product to cover blemishes and dark circles… why is that, you ask? Well, unlike most mineral makeup, our foundation is made without fillers, thus it’s a very concentrated product, already at (or above!) the pigment levels of most mineral concealers. Truly, a little goes a long way when used as a foundation.

Our foundation powder will also perform well as a concealer with the right brush, using any of the above methods. You can use our Large Flat Brush to conceal dark under-eye circles, the Pointed Sculptor Brush works particularly well with the dry buff method and the airbrush method, or try the Large All-Over Brush with the liquid or dry buff methods. Be sure to blend the concealer-covered areas seamlessly with the rest of your foundation for even, flawless, glowing skin.