CLAY MASKS: ACHIEVE HEALTHY SKIN WITH THESE NATURAL REMEDIES

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Not everybody is going to respond to the same facial treatments. Using clay masks that are tailored to your skin type, however, will give you healthy skin in no time.

Don’t be fooled though! Not all clay masks will work with your skin type. In order to find out which ones will fair in your favor, use this guide.

Benefits of Using Clay

Some of you might turn up your nose and ask what the difference is between using clay and using a chemical-ridden mask designed for the same purpose. Here’s why you should use clay over other products.

1. They’re all natural

While some people really don’t care if they use natural skincare products or not, those of you who do will find that clay can perform many of the same functions that high end name brand products can. Another bonus of clay being all natural is that people with sensitive can use most kinds with no irritation.

2. You can tailor them to your specific skin type

You can’t really put three different products in a bowl, mix them together and know that they’ll work safely on your face. With clay masks, you can do that. You can mix however many different types of clay together in order to use something for each ailment you want to mend.

3. They’re cheap

In comparison to higher end face masks and skincare products, clay masks are really cheap. In fact, they’re cheap in comparison to nearly anything. You usually buy the clay in bulk, powdered form at anywhere from $8-$20 for a pound. When you only use a tablespoon per mask, you’re not paying much at all.

Different Clays and What Skin Types Should Use Them

1. French Green Clay

This clay is named for its origin and color. It is full of volcanic matter, minerals and decomposed plant matters (great for you even if it sounds strange). This is a very cleansing clay that pulls oils and toxins from deep within your pores to clear them out and prevent blockage. This is the clay that saved my face from destruction!

A word of caution: Due to the detoxifying and oil absorbing properties, using this clay more than three times a week may result in mild irritation, including dryness and redness.

Best suited for: oily, acne prone or combination skin (only on the oily zones)

2. Bentonite Clay

You may have heard of this clay before since it’s widely known for its ability to attract dirt, oil, impurities, and suck out all the gunk that’s clogging your pores. You can find this mainly in the western United States, but the Indian Bentonite Clay is even more powerful/beneficial.

A word of caution: Again, since this mask is extremely powerful at sucking out impurities, using it more than twice a week may result in irritation.

Best suited for: oily and acne prone skin although drier skin types can use this as a monthly maintenance mask as long as it’s followed by a great moisturizer.

3. White Kaolin Clay

You may also have heard of this clay being called China Clay since it was discovered on Mount Kaolin in China and later brought to Europe during the 18th century. This clay is unique in its ability to regulate your skin’s oil production. It not only sucks out impurities and oil, but helps to keep your oil production in check.

Best suited for: all skin types. That’s right. Even children and people with aged skin can safely use this clay mask as often as necessary.

4. Moroccan Red Clay

Also known as Rhoussal Clay, it is ridiculously rich in mineral content that not only works to detoxify your skin, but also helps to heal imperfections as well. This one is great for smoothing, tightening and reducing redness in your skin.

A word of caution: Using only this clay mask more than twice a week may result in mild irritation.

Best suited for: oily, acne prone and aged skin.

5. Fuller’s Earth

If you’ve been trying out the natural skincare for some time now, you may have come across this type of clay. This vitamin rich clay can be used to unclog pores, reduce oil production, aid in the healing of acne scars and even balance your skin’s pH level.

Best suited for: Although all skin types can use this beneficial clay, I suggest those with oily, acne prone and combination skin use it regularly for the best benefits.

How to Mix Your Clay Mask

Not all clay masks are used in the same way. Depending on your skin type, you should make them with different ingredients in order to reap the most rewards. These are the best ways to make clay masks depending on your skin type.

Oily Skin: Oily skin would benefit most from mixing each mask of your choosing with apple cider vinegar. There are immense facial benefits for apple cider vinegar, but the most relevant is that it helps to balance your pH levels and reduce over production of oil.

Acne Prone Skin: This skin type would also benefit greatly by mixing clays with apple cider vinegar, but I also recommend adding a few drops of tea tree oil to this mixture for its antibacterial and acne fighting properties.

Combination Skin: This skin type should only mix masks with distilled water. I suggest this because anything else may be too moisturizing or too drying for your combination skin. Distilled water should be used so the clay doesn’t only absorb chemicals from your tap water instead of from your face.

Dry Skin: Dry skin types have the hardest time with clay masks because they can be drying at times even though they’re beneficial. Depending on the severity of your dryness, I recommend mixing your clays with beneficial oils instead of with water.

Aged Skin: I like to treat aged skin like dry skin. Using oils or just distilled water when mixing your clay masks will provide maximum benefits while reducing the side effects.

By: youqueen

How to Do Your Makeup Flawlessly

Have you ever wondered how to get that perfect look with makeup? Knowing a few tricks can really help!

Steps

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    Use good face cleaners. Wash your face. Washing your face will make your skin look perfectly clean. This cleans your face well and gets rid of dead skin, blackheads, oil, and dirt. Make sure you don’t clean your face with aggressive cleaners or soaps. Use a cleanser that is complementary for your skin, for advice go to your dermatologist or ask for advice in a store where they sell beauty supplies. and remember, to apply flawless makeup, you don’t need to have a lot of makeup on. You just want it to accent your good features.
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    Find a good moisturizer. Apply a moisturizer. Pick a moisturizer that fits with your skin type:

    • Dry/sensitive skin: choose a thicker cream/ointment that locks moisture in.
    • Normal skin: choose cream moisturizers that are hydrating.
    • Oily/young skin: choose a water based lotion.
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    Use a good primer, any brand will do. Add a light foundation primer. Foundation primers are used to set make up (foundation) so that it lasts longer.You can find several in drug stores or specialized beauty stores.
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    Choose your foundation. If you already have flawless skin (no freckles, blemishes, discoloration, or uneven tone) you should use a tinted moisturizer. This will add a bit of color without looking cake-like. If you want to cover a bit more, use a foundation.This is one product that you should splurge on. To get the right shade apply some near your cheek in natural daylight and make sure to test a bunch of them to find the right one for you. Ask one of the professionals in the store to help you find the right color.

    • Apply the foundation. To get your skin dewy and radiant use an illuminator. Just mix a pea-sized amount of illuminator with your foundation and you’ll get glowing skin. Apply the foundation with a foundation brush if you have one or use your fingers. Some people like using brushes, but you may prefer fingers because it’s easier, just remember to wash your hands before. Put a bit of foundation on the back of your hand, dab a bit of foundation onto your fingers and smooth it onto your face. Make sure to get your jawline, ears and around your eyes and down your neck, to blend it into your skin. (If you use a brush, apply in a circular motion, and always have clean brushes.) Remember: foundation is meant to even out your skin tone. Don’t use it to add color or completely cover blemishes.
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    Buy a good concealer. Search for a concealer close to your skin tone, making sure you don’t choose one that is too dark or too light. If you can’t tell, ask for advice to ensure you get the right color.

    • Apply the concealer on any zits or redness on your skin , use a small brush to stipple it on and dab it with your fingers to blend it in.
    • Conceal any dark circles under your eye by applying the concealer in a triangle shape. Blend the outer corners of the triangle with your fingers. Don’t forget to conceal the inner corners of your eyes as they are generally darker than the rest of your eyes.
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    Set the concealer with setting powder. Choose a loose (mineral) powder and dab it on the concealed parts of your face with a stippling brush.
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    Apply a bronzer and/or blush. Choose a bronzer that isn’t too dark for your skin color otherwise you will end up looking like a clown. Use an angled, hard brush or a stippling brush to apply the bronzer, work in a cross on your face (forehead, nose and cheeks). To make your face look slimmer apply the bronzer right under the apples on your cheeks, to find the apples smile and apply the bronzer in the hollow of your cheeks.

    • Find a blush that suits your skin tone and apply it on the apples of your cheeks.
    • To prevent your face becoming shiny you can use oil blotting sheets. You can find them in any drugstore or store where they sell beauty products. They’re cheap, reduce shine, and don’t disturb makeup. Bring these along with you.
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    Apply eye makeup. To make your eyeshadow last, apply an eye shadow primer first. For natural eye looks choose a natural color.

    • Curl your lashes. Curl your eyes for about 15 seconds on each side.
    • Use an eyelash extender. The fibers from this connect and make lashes much longer.
    • Apply a waterproof mascara. Wait for each coat to dry before applying another to avoid clumps.
    • Apply eyeliner. Liquid or pencil, top or bottom, eyeliner can be applied in many ways and looks good in different ways depending on the eye shape, color, and size. You’ll really just have to experiment with this.
      • Color your brows if they aren’t even with an eyebrow powder, choose a color that is close to your eyebrow color. Apply a brow gel to keep your eyebrows in place.
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    Moisturize your lips by applying chapstick. Use a lip primer to fill up any creases and apply a lip liner, followed by applying a lipstick in the same color as the lip liner and finish with a gloss if you want a glossy look.
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How to Apply Makeup for Beginners

Makeup may do magical things, but it doesn’t have to be a mystery. Applying a basic, natural look doesn’t require a lot of skill or tools. You can do lots of the blending with your fingertips, and choose to leave out certain products if they don’t appeal to you. So have no fear: enjoy the process and your fresh, glowing face!

Laying the Groundwork

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    Start with clean skin. Wash with a gentle cleanser or simply use a toner to wipe away any impurities from your skin.
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    Apply a light moisturizer. This will keep your skin from getting too oily during the day, and will help moisturize any dry patches on your skin.

    • Wait five minutes before putting on foundation (see the next step) so that the moisturizer can sink in.[1]
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    Dab on a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation to your skin. Apply just a few spots with your fingers to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, then blend with fingers or a foundation brush, working the spots outwards from the center in all directions.

    • If you want more coverage, you can use a makeup sponge to apply, using the same blending technique.
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    Put a little concealer under the eyes. Use a small pointed brush to dot a bit where under-eye circles are darkest, usually at the inner and outer corners of the eye. Add a speck to other blemishes that aren’t covered by the foundation and blend into the skin.

    • There’s a little controversy about whether a concealer should be the same shade as your skin or ever-so-slightly lighter; however, it should never be lighter than one shade away from your natural tone. Look for something as close as you can find to your skin tone and err on the lighter side if need be.[2][3]
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    Set the concealer and moisturizer with a translucent powder. Apply it to your face, ideally using a velvet-y powder puff (as opposed to a powder brush, as that leaves a lot of loose powder) in a pressing motion. Use a powder brush to flick off any excess. If you are using a powder brush to apply, tap off the excess powder before applying to your face in circular motions. [4]

Part2

Putting on Your Eyes

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    Apply an eyeshadow of your choice to your eyelid. For beginners, try a single neutral shade like taupe or aubergine. Use a rounded shadow brush or your finger and make quick, short swipes across the lid, working your way up to the brow bone.[5]

    • The shadow should go from your lash line to just beyond the inner crease. From there it fades upward toward the bone.
    • Set with a thin dusting of translucent powder.[6]
    • If you’re using a brush, tap it lightly on the side of the eyeshadow case to remove any excess.[7]
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    Apply eyeliner. Use a black or brown pencil and apply along the rim of your upper lash line in short strokes.

    • Lift your upper lid with one hand and look down into a mirror as you apply with your other hand.[8]
    • Eyeliner is one of the areas that you can really experiment with as you become more confident applying makeup. Factors like color, texture, and line application can have a big impact on the appearance of your peepers. Play around!
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    Curl your lashes. Place a lash curler at the base of your upper eyelashes (along the lid) and press for five seconds.
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    After this, apply mascara. Apply to the upper and lower lashes with the tip of the wand oriented towards the outer corner of your eye. One coat should suffice for this look.

Part3

Adding Cheek and Lip Color

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    Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Smile as you do this so you can clearly see where the apples are. Dab on the blush and blend upwards towards your temples.

    • Try a cream blush for a natural glow that’s easy to blend in.[9]
    • If you opt for powder blush, use a brush that’s fluffy yet dense. Dust translucent powder over it to blend the edges.[10]
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    Apply lipstick or lip gloss. Pucker your lips like you’re about to plant a kiss and dab the lip color to the center of your upper and lower lip. This first application can be straight from the tube; then, use your fingers to blend outwards, adding color with your fingertips as needed.

    • If your lips are chapped, prep them before putting on lip color. Gently buff them with a warm, damp washcloth and put on a light layer of lip balm. Let the balm absorb before moving on to lipstick or gloss.[11]
    • For beginners, the lips are a great opportunity to add color and vary your makeup regime without having to fuss over application technique, etc. You can work with anything from neutral, barely-there gloss to creamy, fire-engine red.
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    Check yourself in bright light – daylight if possible – to make sure everything is blended and beautiful. You’re done!