Hello Beautiful Skin:Tackle blemishes and dark circles cleverly

Not everyone is born with flawless skin. While stars like Angelina Jolie or Jacqueline Fernandez bask gorgeously in the spotlight(and yet, we’re sure that they’ve had their occasional moments too), there is always that important day in a regular girl’s life when an acne blemish will magically appear, or deathly dark circles will loom under the eyes after a fabulous night out with your friends. In most cases, it’s your body telling you to slow down, or step up, or get on a healthier diet plan, but many a lazy damsel-in-skindistress has ignored such bodily appeals.

Luckily, we’ve got in touch with the pros of the game, who’ve mastered the art of concealing, correcting and downright eliminating the beauty toughies you might have dealt with up till now. And you guessed it; smart make-up is the quickest way out. To begin with, get your kit in order well before time for the s.o.s situation – remember, the right product in the correct tint can work wonders on the affected area. In an exclusive tete-a-tete with Life & Style, Bobbi Brown, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, shares her favourite tricks in the book to counter the beauty problems your face could deal with.


What’s the best way to take care of dark circles?
The secret to covering dark circles lies in a unique two-step approach. First, start by applying a corrector in pink or peach tones to brighten and neutralise discolouration under the eyes (which is usually in purple or green tones). This is essential because a corrector helps counteract the dark colour in a way that a concealer can’t. If your skin is pale, choose light colours like bisque or light pink.

For deeper skin tones, choose a medium or dark peach. Next, layer a concealer directly over the corrector to brighten the area. Also, avoid lining the lower lash line with kajal or applying mascara to the lower lashes as this will draw attention to the darkness. Apply a pop of bright pastel pink or peach blush on the apples of your cheeks to steer your eye away from the dark circles.


What’s the best way to take care of pigmentation?
One way to reduce the hyper-pigmentation is with brightening skincare, which is designed to cover dark spots, while simultaneously help eliminate them over time. But keep in mind that brightening products are not meant to change the colour of your skin – rather they are designed to reveal a brighter, more refreshed complexion by visibly reducing discolouration.

When it comes to make-up, choose a foundation in the correct shade of your skin tone. Avoid foundations that have a pink or white base because they can make your skin look chalky and washed out. To find your perfect shade, apply a bit of the foundation from your cheek to your jaw line in natural light, and gently blend it into your skin. Now do the same with another one that’s a shade lighter and finally, a foundation that’s one shade darker. The shade that goes unnoticed should be your pick, but double-check it against your forehead, since some women tend to be darker there. If it works in both areas, you’ve picked a winner.


What’s the best way to take care of freckles?
Freckles are beautiful, so I’m not a fan of using make-up to cover them up. My advice is to embrace them. Most women with freckles don’t need foundation as their skin tone doesn’t need to be evened out. Instead, use a stick foundation to spot-cover any redness around the nose or any blemishes. Tinted moisturiser is another option that provides coverage but is sheer enough to let freckles shine through.

What’s the best way to take care of patchy skin?
The best way to even out skin tone is with foundation. For the most natural look, make sure the product matches your skin exactly. Apply foundation all over the face, especially around the nose, mouth and side of the face where there’s often redness. You can also use bronzer to help even out the complexion -it’s the easiest way to achieve a natural-looking, healthy glow. The secret is to apply bronzer just on the parts of your face where the sun would naturally hit – predominantly your cheeks, nose and chin. To ensure a seamless look, make sure you apply the bronzer with a brush that has a big, fluffy head.

Courtesy:India Today

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