Fashion

Flawless foundation

How do I choose the right foundation?

Shaving smarts

How can I get a smooth and flawless shave? I have tried using expensive razors and they don’t seem to make that big of a difference – I always have little dark specks all over my legs.

Sounds like you have two issues here. First of all, the “specks” that you mentioned are probably pores and, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to shrink them. But pores aside, you can improve your next shave with the proper tools. Splurging on a razor alone won’t cut it. Make sure you’re equipped with the following the next time you step into the shower:

· Tool #1 Body scrub or loofah: a gentle exfoliation before you shave will remove dead skin cells and allow the razor to get closer to the hairs.
· Tool #2 Shaving gel or foam: soap and water are not good enough. Gels or foams are better because they grip and raise hair away from the skin’s surface. For extra comfort, try soothing formulas such as Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel with Vitamin E, 200 mL/$4.
· Tool #3 Razor: when it comes to blades, more is definitely better. But what’s more important than the number of blades is the number of times you use them. To maintain a close shave, replace your razor about every five shaves. If the blades show signs of wear and tear (such as rusting), it means it’s time for a new one.
Six reasons to wash your face

Is it really that bad if I forget to wash my face at night?

It’s not “bad,” but think about all the offensive troublemakers your skin encounters on a typical day: pollution, cigarette smoke (first- or second-hand), recirculated air, makeup and sweat (especially if you exercise). By not washing your face before bed, you’re leaving all of that stuff on your skin and asking for clogged pores, which can encourage blemishes. Now why would you want to do that? Plus, while you’re sleeping, you will be smearing your dirty face all over your pillowcase – yuck! So, while hitting the sheets without nary a splash of water may not be health-risk-level bad, there’s no denying it’s a nasty habit to develop. Your one and only face deserves some TLC, even if that means swiping a pre-moistened cleansing cloth over it. For those super late nights or when you’re just tuckered out, try Evian Affinity Remineralising Cleansing Wipes, 25 wipes/$16, to effortlessly remove makeup and moisturize skin.

Banish brittle nails

During the winter, my nails become brittle and break easily. What can I do to stop this?

While creams and lotions help soothe your hands, you need a nail strengthener to seal moisture into your nails. OPI Nail Envy Dry and Brittle Formula (15 mL/$20), for example, can be used on its own or as a base coat for coloured polish. There is also the “you are what you eat” theory, so you may want to consider nutritional measures to see results. Maintaining proper levels of vitamins A, C and E are essential to strong nails. This means a healthy diet including meat, fish, eggs, legumes and lots of fruit and veg. Similar principles apply to your skin, so check out Seven skin savers.

TIP Prevent problems from the start by keeping nails short – long tips are more likely to break.

Flawless foundation

I would like to wear foundation but I find that shortly after applying it, the oil from my large pores seeps through, making them even more obvious than before.

Foundation covers flaws and evens out your skin tone, but you still need to prep your skin before applying it. If oiliness is your biggest challenge, use a light moisturizer to control it, such as Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturizer, 75 mL/ $11. It contains zinc and white clay, which helps absorb excess oil. Now that your skin is shine-free, take a look at the kind of foundation you are using. An oil-absorbing formula is the obvious choice, but also look at the level of coverage for added benefits. A more opaque foundation will provide better coverage, for instance, and make your skin appear uniform. Try M.A.C Studio Finish Matte, 50 mL/$23. Also, be ready for midday touch-ups with blotting papers and a light dusting of translucent powder.

Foundation covers flaws and evens out your skin tone, but you still need to prep your skin before applying it. If oiliness is your biggest challenge, use a light moisturizer to control it, such as Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturizer, 75 mL/ $11. It contains zinc and white clay, which helps absorb excess oil. Now that your skin is shine-free, take a look at the kind of foundation you are using. An oil-absorbing formula is the obvious choice, but also look at the level of coverage for added benefits. A more opaque foundation will provide better coverage, for instance, and make your skin appear uniform. Try M.A.C Studio Finish Matte, 50 mL/$23. Also, be ready for midday touch-ups with blotting papers and a light dusting of translucent powder.

Flawless foundation

I would like to wear foundation but I find that shortly after applying it, the oil from my large pores seeps through, making them even more obvious than before.

Foundation covers flaws and evens out your skin tone, but you still need to prep your skin before applying it. If oiliness is your biggest challenge, use a light moisturizer to control it, such as Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturizer, 75 mL/ $11. It contains zinc and white clay, which helps absorb excess oil. Now that your skin is shine-free, take a look at the kind of foundation you are using. An oil-absorbing formula is the obvious choice, but also look at the level of coverage for added benefits. A more opaque foundation will provide better coverage, for instance, and make your skin appear uniform. Try M.A.C Studio Finish Matte, 50 mL/$23. Also, be ready for midday touch-ups with blotting papers and a light dusting of translucent powder.

Foundation covers flaws and evens out your skin tone, but you still need to prep your skin before applying it. If oiliness is your biggest challenge, use a light moisturizer to control it, such as Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturizer, 75 mL/ $11. It contains zinc and white clay, which helps absorb excess oil. Now that your skin is shine-free, take a look at the kind of foundation you are using. An oil-absorbing formula is the obvious choice, but also look at the level of coverage for added benefits. A more opaque foundation will provide better coverage, for instance, and make your skin appear uniform. Try M.A.C Studio Finish Matte, 50 mL/$23. Also, be ready for midday touch-ups with blotting papers and a light dusting of translucent powder.

Flawless foundation

I would like to wear foundation but I find that shortly after applying it, the oil from my large pores seeps through, making them even more obvious than before.

Foundation covers flaws and evens out your skin tone, but you still need to prep your skin before applying it. If oiliness is your biggest challenge, use a light moisturizer to control it, such as Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Shine Control Moisturizer, 75 mL/ $11. It contains zinc and white clay, which helps absorb excess oil. Now that your skin is shine-free, take a look at the kind of foundation you are using. An oil-absorbing formula is the obvious choice, but also look at the level of coverage for added benefits. A more opaque foundation will provide better coverage, for instance, and make your skin appear uniform. Try M.A.C Studio Finish Matte, 50 mL/$23. Also, be ready for midday touch-ups with blotting papers and a light dusting of translucent powder.

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