Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tis the Season: Winter Skincare and Graduation Picture Makeup

By Chava Rosenbaum
Chava is a 26 year old mother of two girls living in Kensington, NY.  She has been a practicing makeup artist for nearly seven years and recently began doing makeup for the exploding field of religious women's theater...in which she also loves to perform! Chava offers lessons to women, teaching them how to apply their own makeup like a professional. In addition to makeup, her passions are singing, comedy and keeping her kids out of her shoe rack. Chava is available to do makeup for simchas and productions in New York. You can contact her to book a consultation of job by e-mailing beautybychava@rocketmail.com

"You have to accept the reality that your skin will be lighter in the 
winter and you must adjust your foundation shade accordingly."

Winter Skincare
BRRRRRRRR! It is COOOOOLD out there. Seriously. Like you can actually hear old man winter laugh at your pathetic attempt to thwart him with your down jacket and thermal gloves.

Now what does this mean for beauty?

Well, for many it means dry skin. The cold dry air can make your face feel rough and itchy. As always, I recommend twice weekly gentle exfoliation with a warm damp washcloth. This is a basic skincare step which is beneficial especially for those with dry skin or over the age of thirty. Exfoliation helps prevent the buildup of dead skincells which can make skin look dull and block the absorbtion of moisturizer.

Moisturize morning and evening. My favorite moisturizer is Garnier Fructis. Costco also has a nice one from the Kirkland/Borghese line which smells like lilies. Yum. Avoid powder foundations in the winter as they can absorb the moisture from your skin that you're trying to keep in. If you only need light coverage, use a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation.

Here's a great money saving makeup tip that I use myself: Make your own tinted moisturizer!
You can do this simply by mixing a bit of your favorite mineral powder foundation with moisturizer. It will last you way longer than regular tinted moisturizer, especially if you use it every day. It also allows you to customize the coverage level. Many women love looking bronzed and darker, but you have to accept the reality that your skin will be lighter in the winter and you must adjust your foundation shade accordingly. Embrace the paler, fresher you! Test out your new shade at the jawline to determine if its the right color for you. It should blend into the neck invisibly.

Time for Graduation Pictures! 
Now many of you young beautiful seniors will be having graduation pictures coming up soon. On one hand, these are the infamous shidduch pictures and you want to look elegant and mature. On the other hand you're probably 17 or 18 and don't wanna look like you're playing dress up with mommy's makeup. So how do you choose your color palette for your graduation pictures? The most foolproof way to look balanced and mild but still elegant is to go monochromatic in light-warm. Meaning, you match your eye shadow, blush and lip color. A peach, nude-pink or light copper/bronze work best for this. It prevents your makeup from drawing attention to any one specific feature, so people see the whole you - fresh but balanced. Use a brightening under eye concealer, a thin line of liquid eyeliner and mascara. This will ensure that you look aidel, yet sophisticated!

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Nava said... [Reply to comment]

Love! Gonna try making that moisturizer, great tip.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Where can we see pictures of your makeup?

chava said... [Reply to comment]

anonymous, i have a couple of pics on my facebook page but i do alot of work in bp and unfortunately my chassidish clients dont let me publish their photos. if you want to model for me i'd be more than happy.