BlogStar entry: emergency spot treatment

BlogStar entry: emergency spot treatment

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We’ve all experienced it.  That big night out, a wedding day, a job interview – and the only thing that places an embargo on your confidence is a red elevated pimple in the centre of your forehead.  Alas – there are some nifty tricks from my beauty bible that just might ease the pain.

The first course of action is to diffuse the inflamed area and your best shot is to conceal the redness naturally prior to applying makeup. I’m about to let you in on a classic face mask recipe that’s cheap, fast, natural and has been a true lifesaver in the past. 
Mix a ripe banana with a tablespoon of honey then add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon.
Apply to your face (paying special attention to the offending area) for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.

By this time you should notice a marked difference in the appearance of your skin, cleanse thoroughly and follow with an application of oil free moisturiser. Your next move is to prime your skin, take an ice cold object from your fridge/freezer and hold it in 30 second intervals over the area– this will ensure any last minute inflammation is subdued.

From this point, apply a color corrector to the area (green and yellow being the most popular) – Color correctors act as a neutraliser and aid in counteracting redness, they are often heavier than a regular concealer so it is best to blend completely with a sponge for even coverage (If you are using the powdered version you can easily apply this with a mineral makeup brush). Keep in mind that less is more and it is helpful to start out with a lighter application first to see how well it covers your skin concern.

A light bronzer or mineral make up act as the finishing touches, apply the product in circular motions with a quality powder brush (pony hair is my pick) allowing you to evenly cover your facial area and extended décolletage whilst keeping the tone natural.
To add an extra punch of glam – trace just under your eyebrow line with a shimmering eye shadow, coat your lashes with volume enhancing mascara to give your eyes oomph and pout those lips proudly in a tinted gloss.

Voila! You’re ready to step out feeling cleansed, covered and confident and all it took was a little preparation.

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