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In the world of beauty, I feel the two cosmetic items that are the most important to add glamour, allure and magic to your face are mascara and lipstick. If I was ever stranded on a desert Island, alone with only myself and my makeup bag, I would hope my bag contained a tube of mascara and a tube of lipstick. A true glamour girl enjoys dolling herself up for all occasions!

Long, thick, luscious eyelashes are a sign of health and beauty. Not only do lush eyelashes look beautiful, they also draw out the appeal and allure of your eyes. Your eyelashes are to your eyes what a fabulous frame is to a photograph; an aesthetic highlight that tops your look off!

For the most dramatic eyelash look of all, jet black mascara outdoes them all. However, colored mascara is fun to experiment with and something different to wear when you’re feeling unique, magical and whimsical.

Tips for Growing Long, Lush, Healthy Eyelashes:

1. Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin B12: Just like your body, hair needs protein, iron, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E to stay strong and healthy. Eyelashes are hair and they need to be fed nutrients, just like the hair on your head. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that adds to healthy hair growth.
2. Biotin (Vitamin H): Promotes hair growth, texture and thickness.
3. Petroleum Jelly: Apply petroleum jelly to mascara free eyelashes and leave on overnight, while you sleep. This helps your eyelashes grow faster, thicker and stronger.
4. Castor Oil/Olive Oil: These oils help promote hair growth.
5. Enriched Mascara: Many mascaras that are available for purchase today include lash boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas.

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Long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty in many cultures. Did you know that you can enhance your eyelashes artificially, either by applying false eyelashes or using eyelash extensions? Permanent eyelash tints have also become a popular procedure provided in many salons. It is also possible to get eyelash transplants, which are similar in nature to hair transplantations done on the head.

Today, mascara is often used on a daily basis around the world. In 2016 alone, U.S. consumers spent 335.6 million dollars on the top ten leading mascara brands.

Who said beauty isn’t a billion dollar business?

Eyelash Fun Fact: The average eyelash takes about seven to eight weeks to grow back if pulled out!

Eyelashes bedazzling and beguiling being lush, lovely, luxurious and long are truly a fashion and beauty bomb! Bat your lengthened eyelashed peepers with pride, and open your eyes wide!

Make your eyes look twice their size! Long, lush eyelashes are a must!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

However you define glamour, most people think of the word as an appearance of enhanced attractiveness, most notably relating to fashion and style. Glamour is revered worldwide, as is evidenced by red carpet events, celebrity followings, fashion shows, beauty pageants and the media. Whether you are someone who enjoys glamming up with clothing, makeup and hairstyles, or someone who prefers a more dressed down look, everyone should strive each day to look and feel their best. Feeling and looking great can help you deal with the stress and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The best way to master your ultimate glamour goals is by making a list of the daily efforts that will help maintain your personal style of glamour. Although it will require effort at the start if you stick to your goals, they will eventually become something you fit willingly into your daily grooming routine.

Ways to Achieve Your Daily Ultimate Glamour Goals:

• Develop a Healthy Skin Care Routine:  By taking good care of your skin and maintaining a glowing, healthy complexion, you will face each day with confidence and a smile on your face. Wash your face daily and then apply a moisturizer/sunscreen.

• Exercise:  Even if you aren’t able to fit in yoga or jogging on a daily basis, you can choose to walk, take the stairs if available, or do anything that requires movement. You’ll not only look better, you’ll also feel better.

• Present Your Own Unique Fashion/Style:  Do you have clothes that you relish wearing, even if you feel they are too dressy? Do you love experimenting with makeup in ways that work best for you? Then, by all means, fill your closet with garments that make you look and feel good and wear the makeup that makes you feel like a vixen. Dress for yourself and elevate your mood!

• Hairstyle:  We all love our hair. The way we wear our hair, from our color choice to our length and style preference, hair is always important to most people. Face each day with your hair worn and styled your own signature way. Straight or curly, short or long and girly, have fun with your hair!

• Nail Care:  You’ll definitely want to take daily care of your hands and feet. A good way to ensure you keep your hands and feet soft is by applying lotion or petroleum jelly after showering. Also, pamper yourself with occasional manicures and pedicures or do them yourself at home. Paint your fingernails and toenails to highlight your gorgeous hands and feet.

• Maintain a Healthy Diet and Get Good Sleep:  Everyone has days where they need fast food or a piece of chocolate cake. Sleep? It’s not always easy to get your 7 or 8 hours a night as recommended. However, eating healthy, nutritious food and getting good rest you can help ensure you’ll look and feel your best, with enough strength and vitality to stay glamorous all day.

It is easy to master your ultimate glamour goals, it merely takes discipline and desire. By making your grooming routine a priority, selecting your signature fashion sense and facing each day with confidence, you’ll be a walking advertisement for health, glitz, and glam!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

Have you ever watched runway shows in New York, Milan, London and Paris and wondered how the models’ faces look flawless and fabulous? It’s all in the magic of the makeup! With just a few easy steps you can transform your facial features with the proper cosmetics and make yourself catwalk ready!

Recreate runway model makeup!

How Makeup Artists Transform a Model’s Face:

• Use a mild cleaning agent and completely cleanse the face.
• Apply a nourishing skin moisturizer.
• Scrape the lips with makeup remover to remove dead skin cells and then apply a thick coat of lip balm.
• Apply a hydrating concealer and foundation.
• Now build from your base by applying eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick.

Voila! Your makeup looks as majestic as the fashion models you see in magazines, social media, and television. A true cosmetic vision!

 

Looking runway ready may take some time to get there, but it is time spent that is well worth it. Presenting your best, most beautiful face to the world not only builds your confidence, but it elevates your mood. True glamour attitude!

To stay “model fresh” keep makeup products in your purse for those moments when you need a touch-up, especially your lips.  Also, a periodic brush of translucent face powder will seal in your foundation and keep you looking like you just applied your makeup.

Model makeup magic!

She’s got that glowing, radiant look! I’m hooked!

Cosmetics 101! It is that easy!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Ah, the joys of being a glamour girl! For most of us, whether you’re a girly girl, a tomboy, or maybe a bit of both, experimenting with beauty products and makeup rituals is fun, creative, and boosts your mood. Is it any wonder the beauty business is a billion dollar industry that thrives all over the world? Let’s even give a shout out to the guys who dabble with makeup and/or nail polish. Why should only women get all the festive fun?

We’re all busy in the mornings getting ready for our day, yet most of us want to take the time to put on makeup and put our beautiful face forward. The best way to ensure that you apply cosmetics each and every day is to get into a routine that becomes a habit. Eventually, if you leave the house bare-faced you’ll feel like you’ve forgotten something very important.

Even if you don’t like lots of color on your face by applying eyeshadows, blush, and lipsticks, most of us want our complexions to look blemish free and glowing. The best way to achieve this is by applying concealer and foundation. If this is the only cosmetic job you do every morning, it sets a base for a flawless face. Apply concealer over blemishes, dark spots, red spots, or skin blotches and then cover with foundation. Use a foundation that matches your natural skin color to not show cosmetic lines. Blend well. Finish off the masterpiece by lightly brushing a translucent face powder over the foundation. This adds a healthy, radiant glow to your skin.

Now that you have your canvas so to speak, it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to start building a gorgeous doll face. I tend to do my lips first as this sets the tone for the entire face. Once I decide what color lipstick or lip gloss I prefer to wear (I generally try to match it with my outfit), I’ll apply a lip liner and then add the lip color. Lipstick makes your entire face pop, and when you put your lipstick on first you’ll see your mood and your look elevate.

The next step for your makeup routine is the eye shadow, mascara, and eyebrow pencil if you prefer. I do try to match, so I generally select the shade of my eye shadow to complement my color choice of lipstick for the day. Either powder or cream eye shadows look lovely. Mascara is an absolute must! Using a mascara with a primer base that you apply before you swipe on the mascara adds length and fullness to your lashes. Colored mascaras are fun and playful, but I prefer dark black for a dramatic, alluring effect. This will also create an illusion of larger eyes.

Now that you have mesmerizing eyes, highlight your cheekbones with a cream or powder blush/rouge. You’ll be surprised how just a splash of pink or orange on your cheeks can bring out the luster of your face. Wow, you have fabulous makeup taste!

For those of you that prefer a clean, natural face, start each day with concealer and foundation. If you want to sparkle, shimmer and shine, add color to your face with lipstick, eye makeup, and blush. Once you get into this day to day cosmetics ritual, it will become such a habit you won’t have to rush!

By devoting 15 minutes each morning to your makeup routine you’ll get to go through the day as an ultimate glamour queen! Put on a lovely face before stepping outside and joining the daily rat race!

For a face that radiates and makes you look alive, by creating a daily makeup routine your beauty and allure will thrive!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Perhaps there is no hairstyle that is cuter, cooler and more perfect for summer than the trending bob! No matter the shape of your face, be it round, oval, square or heart shaped, the short, sassy hairstyle that is the bob works as the elegant, sultry frame for your face.

A bob cut is a shorter haircut in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw level, often with bangs (fringe) at the front. The bob is generally cut at the level of the ears or above the shoulders.

Great Ways to Wear the Bob:

1. Parted down the middle
2. Parted down the side
3. The ends level with your chin
4. The ends just above the shoulders
5. Straight
6. Curled
7. With Bangs
8. Without Bangs

Whichever way you prefer to style your bob, the final look is summery, youthful and fun. The bob is a trending hairstyle that does work well on everyone!

The bob haircut: cute, trendy, classy and sassy!

Ana Wintour of Vogue magazine is known for her bob haircut parted down the middle, with bangs. As early as the 1920s The Times was suggesting that the bob hairstyle was passé. By the end of the 1920s, the dominant female hairstyle in the Western world was the bob. The chic hairstyle then spread beyond the West, as women in other countries began to adopt the bob haircut as a sign of modern times. Close fitting hats also became popular, and worked perfectly with short hair.

One great way to recognize a true bob haircut is by the sharp lines of the cut. The bob often turns in at the ends, resting under the chin.

Types of Bobs:

1. A-line Bob: A typical bob cut, with slightly longer hair that frames the face, curling under the chin.
2. Buzz-Cut Bob: The bob is shoulder length in the front and close cropped at the back.
3. Chin Length Bob: Cut straight to the chin, with or without bangs.
4. Inverted Bob: Similar to the A-line bob, but with stacked layers in back. The perimeter of the cut is curved rather than being a straight line.
5. Shaggy Bob: A messy bob layered with a razor.
6. Shingle Bob: A cut that is tapered very short in the back, exposing the hairline at the neck. The hair on the sides is formed into a single curl or point on each cheek.
7. Shoulder Length Bob: A blunt bob that reaches the shoulders and has very few layers.

Whatever type of bob you choose, when you wear this gorgeous, short, fun hairstyle you will never lose!

If you’re someone who normally wears your hair long and you want to try something new, I suggest the short, sassy, classy, sexy bob in the summertime or the entire year through!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Are you one of the many who wear their sunglasses in the dark, at night, even though it dims your eyesight? Why? Because any fashion diva walking behind sunglasses creates a stunning visual: striking, trendy and cool!

Sunglasses do far more than protect our eyes from strong rays of sun. Sunglasses make a fashion statement on everyone!
Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses also function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored or darkened, and frames that are cool, chic and sexy.

Sunglasses Fun Fact: The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause serious eye problems. Fashion experts recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you wish to appear hot.

Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors, primarily from a desire to mask their identity, or to add mystery to their mass appeal. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach. Sunglasses have become popular for many reasons, one is to keep sun and glare out of your eyes. Sunglasses can also be worn to hide the eyes, making eye contact virtually impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses.

Portrait of beautiful sensual girl in sunglasses

Fashion trends are another major reason for wearing sunglasses, particularly designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes and sizes may be in vogue as a fashion accessory. Fashion trends can also count on the “cool” image of sunglasses and their association with a prominent lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. Sometimes the image sunglasses gives off serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.

Sunglasses Construction:

1. Lens: The color of the lens may vary depending on style, fashion and purpose, but for general use, red, grey, green and brown are recommended to avoid or minimize color distortion.
2. Frames: Frames are generally made of plastic, nylon, metal or a metal alloy. Frames can be thin, thick, colorful, wire, and various shapes.
3. Nose Bridge: Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.

I wear my sunglasses in the dark! Simply because I can!

Fashionable Types of Sunglasses:

1.  Aviator
2. Clip Up
3. Flip Up
4. Gradient Lenses
5. Mirrored
6. Oversized
7. Shutter Shades
8. Teashades
9. Wayfarer
10. Wrap Around

Various names for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun shades, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses. Some major brands include Foster Grants, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, Luxottica and Serengeti.

 

Who is that stunning guy and gal behind those sunglasses? Sunglasses look fashionably sexy on all lads and lasses!

Over the moon in cool sunglasses!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

Sure, life can be much easier and more fun when you have lots of money, but money doesn’t mean everything. On those weekends when cash is tight and your time is open, it can force you to get creative and explore activities that you may not pay much attention to when your wallet is large. This is actually a good thing. You’d be amazed at how many activities you can do and what you can explore when your budget is forcing you to nickel and dime it!

Favorite Affordable Weekend Activities:

• Bowling: Everyone should bowl at least once in their lifetime. Most larger cities have a bowling alley in the area that can guarantee you a fun, competitive event at a reasonable cost. Toss in nachos and a coke from the snack bar and have a grand time on a dime!

• Take a Hike: Most of us spend so much time in our cars, on public transportation, etc. that getting out in the open air and enjoying a hike is a welcome pleasure. Whether you take a short stroll through hills or a long hike up mountains, the exercise and fresh air will feel good!

• Plan a Picnic: If the weather cooperates, a picnic in the park passes time and costs you only the price of the food you pack. Some cities offer free outdoor concerts in the park. Why not lay out a blanket, feast from your picnic basket and enjoy some great music at minimal expense?

• Visit a Coffee House: Coffee houses have become the new “fast food restaurants” to drink and socialize in. You can pass an entire afternoon hitting a coffee house with friends, indulging in your favorite flavored coffees and chatting for hours. You can catch up on all the latest gossip and connect with friends on a deeper level at the same time.

• Host a Movie Night: Invite family and friends over for a movie night at your house. Everyone can pitch in for pizzas or you can do a potluck style gathering, where the cost of food is divided among the guests. Laughter, food, and fun on a budget!

• Hang Out in a Sports Bar: Sports bars offer delicious food, drinks, access to viewing sporting events, pool tables and dart boards. For the same amount of money you would spend at a restaurant for dinner, you can choose to eat at a sports bar with unlimited free entertainment while you watch your favorite teams battle it out. Not a sports fan? A little competition does the body and mind well!

• Go for Ice Cream Treats: Find your closest Baskin Robbins or frozen yogurt shop and indulge in your favorite ice cream treats! Satisfy your sweet tooth with amazing ice cream desserts and your taste buds and mood will ramp up, while your pocketbook doesn’t take a nosedive. Ice cream brings everyone to their happy place!

With so many things to do that don’t require lots of money, one should never be bored. Unless, of course, the stillness and restful state of being bored brings you to your happy place. There is a serenity about slowing down, doing nothing, and regrouping! After all, this is how you keep your energy up to do fun activities on  a budget!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

As a cosmetics guru, did you know that you can actually change your overall appearance by simply choosing the color of lipstick or lip gloss you decide to swipe on? Just like with your clothing, in addition to your look, changing the color of your lipstick can also elevate and change your mood. From classic red to pink to nude, experimenting with various shades of lipsticks can truly improve your attitude!

Roaring Red Lipstick: The color red exudes a strong and powerful energy. As a lipstick, the color red stands out as the epitome of sex appeal and femininity. Red lipstick is energizing, excites the emotions, and motivates you to take action.

Pretty Pink Lipstick: The color pink is romantic, affectionate, and intimate. Pink lipstick is feminine, girly, and dainty. Lather your lips in pleasing pink lipstick and you won’t go wrong.

Opulent Orange Lipstick: Orange lipstick is the bomb! There is something about orange lips that stand out. You get an aura of bold confidence and opulent royalty. The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical reaction of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Orange lipstick will get you through any kind of day in a fun, upbeat way.

Nifty Nude Lipstick: For a look that is naturally warm and inviting, your best bet is to opt for a nude-toned lipstick. Makeup companies have interpreted nude cosmetic tones as a fair to medium skin color. Nude lipsticks look flesh-toned and glamorous. It’s suitable for any look or mood that you’re in. Nude lipsticks complement every skin tone: fair, medium, or dark.

Pleasant Purple Lipstick: There is no denying that purple lips pop. Whether you prefer a deep, dark purple or violet color, maybe even a lighter hue of lavender, when you color your lips in shades of purple you’ll always look trendy and fashionable.

Lipstick Tip: For a dry-mouthed look, go with matte lipsticks. For a shiny, wet look, you want to use lip gloss.

Love the lips that you’re in. Alter your look with this easy tip – change the color of your lipstick!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

ChapStick is by far the most noted and used brand of all lip balms. The brand name ChapStick is so popular that people use it in relation to all lip balm products, much like calling tissue Kleenex. ChapStick is manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and sold in many countries around the world. But what does ChapStick actually do? It helps treat and prevent chapped lips, and more.

ChapStick also functions as a sunscreen available with SPFs as high as 50, and a skin lubricant to help prevent and protect chafed, chapped, sunburned, cracked, and windburned lips. “Medicated” varieties are also available which contain analgesics to relieve sore lips.

Five Fun Facts Regarding ChapStick:

  1. It Doesn’t Moisturize – ChapStick doesn’t work by adding moisture to your lips, it works by protecting your lips from losing their own moisture. The wax creates a watertight barrier that prevents your internal skin moisture from escaping, softening your lips and keeping them feeling moist.
  2. The Little Bit You Ingest is Okay – Although the ingredients in ChapStick aren’t meant to be eaten, the amount you consume from licking your lips isn’t going to harm you, much like wearing your favorite lipstick.
  3. ChapStick Does Expire – Like most health and beauty products, a tube of ChapStick does have an expiration date. You’ll likely use the product before it expires, as one container of ChapStick is meant to last two to three years.
  4. Lips Aren’t The Only Place to Use ChapStick – Much like petroleum jelly, ChapStick can be applied to other parts of your body than just the lips to soften skin and help hold in moisture. You can use ChapStick around your nose in cold weather to prevent chapping, apply it to your nail cuticles and tame unruly eyebrows.
  5. Special Flavors – ChapStick is available in special flavors developed in connection with marketing partners such as Disney or charitable causes like breast cancer awareness. Some of these flavors include Cherry, Grape Craze, and Blue Crazeberry.

For soft, natural, gorgeous lips that are sure to shine, apply ChapStick in the morning and evenings, or as a protective base coat before swiping on your lipstick.

For the many of you who use ChapStick regularly, here are a list of Ingredients in regular flavored ChapStick: arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax, proponal. Its net weight is 4 grams or 0.14 ounces.

Although most people have no ill effects from using ChapStick, some of you may be allergic to certain ingredients. Always read the ingredients list of all lip products to ensure your health and safety before using the item for the first time.

Everything you need to know at Chapstick 101! Protect your lips and keep them kissable and soft for joyful fun in the sun!

Pucker up baby! ChapStick for soft, supple, ooh la la lips!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

We all yearn for glowing, gorgeous, perfect skin, but no matter how much we love the skin that we’re in, we are all prone to occasional breakouts. Even though none of us want bad skin, there are ways to conceal and camouflage dark spots and blemishes to create a look of radiant, healthy skin. It’s all in the makeup application and technique!

Our complexion is important to us and obtaining what resembles perfect skin with makeup requires a working knowledge of color theory, your skin type (dry, oily, normal, combination), and cosmetic formulations. A cover stick will hide a blemish in a different way than a cream foundation, and applying powder over a concealer helps to maintain a look of blemish free skin.

When hiding and covering blemishes, you should use products such as concealers, foundations, cover sticks, and powders. Although makeup can diminish the appearance of blemishes, it doesn’t flatten raised bumps or smooth out flaky skin. If you need to conceal these types of breakouts, apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly to the blemished areas at night before going to sleep, and you’ll see a difference in the redness and size of the bump when you wake up in the morning.

For covering blemishes correctly, the color of the concealer is key. Make sure to use a concealer, foundation, or cover stick in a shade that is identical to or matches your natural skin tone. For pale, alabaster skin an ivory tone works wonders. For darker skin types use beige, yellow, or a deep tan. Don’t go with white based concealers, as these shades don’t blend well into your natural skin tone and can leave a gray appearance.

When covering dark circles under your eyes, dab a cream concealer and foundation over the dark circles to even out your skin tone and give you a more “awake” look. If you are trying to hide redness or red, inflamed blemishes, too much white won’t achieve your desired results. Yellow toned cosmetics are best for covering red spots and blemishes.

The best tools to use for applying cover-up are brushes, makeup sponges, Q-tips, and your fingertips (provided you have just washed your hands.). If you are using a makeup brush, make sure to use a small brush with a pointed tip. The smaller the brush, the more control you will have over covering the blemish, making it look invisible. A large brush will apply too much cover-up at one time, or extend the makeup over healthy skin. You want to work only on the breakout. Once this is finished, blend the cover-up into your own skin by adding a light translucent face powder. Voila, skin that looks clear, blemish free, and oh so pretty!

If you have a large blemish, a press translucent face powder (in the color of your skin tone) on top of the flaw using a makeup sponge or cotton ball will hide the spot. Apply enough powder to cover the blemish and then blend the powder into your clear skin to even it out. When people look at you, the redness of the breakout will be covered, matching your skin tone, and the flaw won’t be noticeable.

Every day we want to put our best foot, and face, forward. Healthy, glowing skin gives you a boost of confidence and a feeling of power. Health and beauty matter, and even though we all deal with pesky blemishes from time to time, an occasional breakout doesn’t have to steal your joy or your sunny mood! Hold your head high with a flawless skin attitude!

How to create blemish free, flawless skin and simply adore that smooth, glowing, radiant skin that you’re in!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com