Monday, December 1, 2014

4 Techniques to Avoid Winter Make-up Sins.

Holidays and parties go together like New and Year. You have been working on your weight and health to get into that beautiful dress for a special celebration. Great!

But is your skin a sin to behold?

Although Halloween is over, would your winter make-up still frighten small children? 

As one of the C3TV hosts for Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod, making sure my make-up is not a sin is very important because the HD cameras magnify every cosmetic mistake or flaky flaw tenfold.

Your skin is a breathing organ. It the largest organ you possess and one with which you cannot live.

Therefore, you must care for your skin  and keep it as healthy and beautiful just as you would your hair, teeth and physique.  It is one of the few organs not moisturized from the inside out. Cold weather from outdoors and heated air indoors from homes and workplaces take a toll on skin, especially your face which faces the daily elements.

First impressions are lasting ones. Make them beautiful. 

Moisturize twice daily, morning and night, to reduce beauty sins and create glowing results. End your nightly routine and begin your daily one with clean skin that radiates health  from under your makeup.

Here are four “skin sins” to avoid and steps to help you make a warm and lasting impression on anyone you meet during the cold winter months.

1.) Dry Skin Sin- apply moisturizer and then primer under make-up foundation. It avoids the “wrinkled map look” that can leave people staring at your face looking for the X that marks the spot.  That spot needs extra moisturizer. 

If a dog is man's best friend, primer can be a girl's best friend. 

          Primer can:
                     a.) hold your makeup in place so it does not “travel” to wrinkles that will begin to look
                          like the Grand Canyons

                     b.) trap  moisture on your face and keep it from evaporating from beneath your make-up
                          foundation for that all-day healthy glow.
                     c.) be tinted and worn alone without make-up for the same glowing results 

2.) Dry Lip Sin- apply rich lip moisturizer at night right BEFORE bed, so it has 8 hours to work. This will help you avoid the “prune lips” look with lipstick. Dry cracked lips look worse with lipstick.   Keep your lip balm beside your bed. Reapply it in the morning and remove any extra before applying lipstick.

3.) Chapped Hands Sin- apply a rich moisturizer at night BEFORE bed so it works while you sleep. Your hands and face are the first places people look when they meet you. Reapply in the morning AFTER your shower and makeup. This will keep it on your hands longer. Apply a small amount of cream to hands throughout the day  after you wash them.  Keep your hand moisturizer beside your bed with your lip balm. If your hands are very chapped, wear a pair of light weight household cleaning gloves while you sleep over the moisturizer. I will keep the moisturizer on your hands and off your sheets.

4.) Powder on Dry Skin Sin- Powder makeup on dry skin makes lines look like dry river beds. It draws attention to flaky areas and is drying. Powder on dry skin accentuates sin number one and two. Rather than using bronzing powder, use a bronzing cake-makeup or liquid.

 Remember, the name of the game during the cold and drying winter months is Moisturize.

 Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos believes dreams can diagnose and guide your life. Did you have a déjà vu or did your dream come true? Kat survived  three cancers diagnosed by her dreams. Bestselling Author,  Inspirational Keynote Speaker, TV & Radio Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod, columnist, and R.A.Bloch Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor; she has been featured on radio, in magazines and newspapers, appeared on Every Way Women TV, and the Waking Universe TV documentary. SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing is the first in her three book series on waking up to dreams that diagnose life. Kat taught Special Education and Psychology at (USF).