Expert Makeup Tips for a Flawless Face

Great makeup is seasonless. Through the years, I've grown to appreciate the "less is more" philosophy — but I've also learned that even the natural look can be tough to master.

Selena, Blake and Lucy always hit the "beauty" thing on the head.

I chatted with New York City-based Kimara Ahnert of The Kimara Ahnert Makeup & Skincare Studio and dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldenberg regarding their best tips for beauty for the summer and beyond. 

Feeling confusion about the many options on shelves, I first picked Dr. Goldenberg's brain about BB creams and their alphabetical successors.

BB, CC and now DD creams...what is the deal?!
The alphabet soup of different cosmetic products is likely to continue. The main benefit of these products is hydration of the skin. BB (beauty balm), CC (conceal and correct or color control) and DD (disguise and diminish) creams may sound similar, but have subtle differences. 
  • BB cream was first used by a dermatologist in Germany to help patients after surgery. The purpose of BB cream is to hydrate and smooth the skin, and it may contain tint and sunscreen. 
  • CC cream is marketed as a concealer to even out skin tones and hydrate the skin. 
  • DD cream is supposed to hydrate and have anti-aging properties. 
The main ingredient in all of these is water. As you can see, there are differences when it comes to marketing, but these products are actually very similar. 

What about those with sensitive or acne-prone skin? 
When my patients ask if they can use these products, I say, "Go right ahead." As long as it's hypoallergenic (important for patients with sensitive skin), non-comedogenic (important for patients with acne) and made by a reputable company with good ingredients, there should not be a problem.

Patients can use regular foundation or alphabet soup products, as long as it's a good product. One of the subtle advantages of products like BB cream, is that it's targeted make up - if you only have on blemish, there may not be a reason to cover your whole face. But the flipside is a disadvantage - if full coverage is needed, these aren't as good of an option.

Dr. Goldenberg recommends L'Oreal, Clinique, Chanel and Lancôme. 

I feel more enlightened already.

Kimara Ahnert, who has worked with Hollywood's A-list (Catherine Zeta Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields, to name a few), has some pointers on how to keep our best assets looking fresh (I'm talking eyes, sillies!) and how we can really make sure that lipstick lasts through girl's night out.

Eyeliner is my favorite make-up product, but it never seems to stay put, especially when it's warm outside. What can I do?

  1. Use an eye shadow primer to keep eye shadow from creasing and eyeliner smudging.  
  2. If your eyeliner is smudging, make sure you are not over concealing under the eye. Too much concealer can make eyeliner and mascara run. (Who knew!?)
  3. Apply concealer under eye area with a brush and pat in to blend with your finger. If you are applying directly to eye from tube or with your finger, chances are you are piling it on thicker than need be.
  4. Gel eyeliner pencils are water resistant and will go the distance without smudging.
My eyelashes tend to clump, especially after taking off mascara. Any tips?
Clear brow gels work well used on eyelashes first, before mascara. It separates the lashes allowing mascara'd lashes to look perfect.

I've heard taking off eye make-up can cause wrinkles. Is this true? If so, what can we do to best remove it, knowing it is so stubborn?
Totally false.  Eye makeup remover will not cause wrinkles. Use a remover that easily removes your eye makeup. You should not have to apply excessive rubbing to get it off.  If it is stubborn to remove, use an oil-based remover.  Baby oil, Vaseline, Oil of Olay and POND'S Cold Cream are always good standbys.

I swear, I've tried every trick in the book to get my lipstick to last all day, but it usually disappears within an hour! What do you recommend?
  1. Keep lips looking perfect by first applying an even coat of foundation or lip primer to entire lip. 
  2. Line lips with lip liner. 
  3. Follow with lip color applied with a brush. 
  4. BLOT! 
  5. Re-apply lip color a second time with brush. Lip gloss to follow, but will make lip color wear away faster.
What is the best order to put on make-up? 
Most makeup artists would agree that starting with eye makeup first is the way to go. That way, any smudging or eye shadow residue can be cleaned away before applying concealer and then foundation. You will be surprised just how much shadow collects under eye while applying and blending .

What are three make-up tricks every "It" Girl should know?
  1. Paint your concealer on with a brush starting in the inner corner of eye up to beginning of brow as well as under the eye area.
  2. Use a bright blush on ball of cheek sweeping up toward top of cheekbone.  Then sweep your blush over your finished eye makeup on the brow bone.  It pulls it all together...trust me!
  3. Cover lips with a foundation or concealer before lip liner and lip color. Lips looks smoother, more perfect and longer lasting.

1 comment: