My skin is very oily and shiny all the time. However, it is always really flaky which makes me think it is dry, too. How can that be? I also still break out in pimples, even though I am well over 40, so I want to wear foundation but it just makes the flakiness more obvious.
Answer: Yes, you have oily skin, and no, you do not also have dry skin. You have dehydrated skin, Which means that just the very surface of your skin is stripped and dried out, probably as a result of harsh cleansers and a lack of exfoliation. Harsh cleansers will leave your skin with a layer of dead, dry skin cell build-up that will look even worse when you apply foundation. It will also vastly contribute to clogged pores, blockheads and breakouts. As well, your skin is likely suffering with more redness as a result of these cleansers. Oil and dirt can be successfully cleansed away with a mild cleanser that contains the right ingredients. High quality, effective ingredients are not cheap, so you are not likely to find a good cleanser under ten dollars or so. The #1 harshest cleanser is bar soap. This is a big no-no. Almost all of them contain lye which is murder on your delicate face, even if your brand says it contains one quarter cup moisturizer in every bar! Secondly, does your cleanser suds up a lot? A good cleanser should only suds up to a low foam. Billowy suds indicate skin-stripping, detergent-like surfactants. If you have normal, combination, oily or problem skin, a great choice would be J.Elizabeth Oil Defense Cleanser.https://www.jelizabethmakeup.com/shop/skincare/cleansers/oil-defense-cleanser/ It will scrupulously but gently clean all skin types. As well, a very important t part of your skin care regimen should be to exfoliate 2-3 times per week. Gentle exfoliation will remove oil buildup and dead skin cells. A work of warning, though... stay away from cheap drugstore scrubs. These usually contain sharp materials that will scratch and damage delicate skin. I recommend Micro-Dem Cream Scrub.https://www.jelizabethmakeup.com/shop/skincare/exfoliants/micro-derm-cream-scrub/ The gentle corundum crystals will buff and polish your skin for a gorgeous glow!
Eyeliner and eye shadow seems to never last on my eyes. It just disappears! Why is this happening, and what do I do so I don't have to keep reapplying throughout the day?
Answer: It is very likely smudging away. Eyeliner and eye shadow, will just slip and slide into the creases of the eye because the eyelid surface is so slippery from the natural oils that it produces. Even someone with very dry skin will have oily eyelids to some extent, as it is natures way of preserving this area of very thin skin. Even a waterproof eye liner will not stand a chance against oily eyelids. It is waterproof, not oil-proof.
The remedy for this problem is a good eye primer coupled with a powder eye shadow. Eye primers are formulated to hold back oil to allow eye liners and eye shadows to just sit pretty! I always tell my clients to brush a layer of a light shade of eye shadow over fresh eye primer. This is referred to as a "base shadow". Make sure it is of a matte finish rather than a frost or satin finish, and then apply whatever shade or finish of eye shadow you prefer over your base shadow. Try Shadow Magnet eye primer from the J.Elizabeth collection. Properly applied, Shadow Magnet will keep your eye shadows and eye liners looking fresh all day and prevent them from creasing and disappearing.
I am so frustrated with mascara! No matter what brand I use, it always ends up in a smudged mess under my lower lashes. What can I do?
Answer: I hear of this complaint all the time. After eliminating the most obvious culprit of rubbing your eyes due to itching or irritation, or constant eye-watering due to allergies, the most common reason for messy mascara is likely due to your lower lashes actually touching the area of skin beneath them. This is either because your lashes are extra long, the lashes curve into the skin, or the eye area below your lashes is just puffy enough that the lowers are actually sitting on the skin. Couple that with having just enough oil on your skin to soften up the mascara and, voilà! Raccoon eyes! If you have switched mascara brands several times and are still having this problem, then that is pretty much your proof that the culprit is as I say.
Here is your simple remedy: Eliminate wearing mascara on your lower lashes. Trust me, it is a lot easier to do without than you think! Take a narrow brush and run it along the lower lash line near the roots, apply a little smoky brown, or gray-toned eye shadow. Or use just a little bit of eyeliner pencil (not liquid liner) and smudge the line to create a soft, smoky finish. Complete your look with clear mascara (on lowers only, regular mascara on the uppers) to clump up and define the lashes. The upper lashes are where it really counts, so use lots of mascara on them to really pull up your eyes for a youthful, gorgeous look!