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4 Steps To Luminous Complexion Perfection

 I love the look of luminous skin in the summer.

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Your complexion doesn’t have to be perfect since the warm California sun is a flattering filter enough, but when the moon grows bright and the lights of the city begin to shine, nothing is more beautiful than luminous skin.  

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Mind you,I said luminous, not shiny. The line between the two isn’t as fine as you’d think. The trick to achieving luminosity is having radiance everywhere on your face except for your T-zone-  your forehead and your nose. Though we aim for the effortless, “this is my skin” look, it does take a few steps. 

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Here’s 4 step cheat sheet for that California chic glow that makes everyone look like the human equivalent of a nightingale!

 

Step 1: Moisturize

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After cleansing (preferably with cleanser and water—not wipes!)  make sure to prep the skin with a luscious application of a moisturizer. For those with normal to dry skin opt for a cream *1. For those with oily or combination skin, go with a hydrating gel*2.

1. Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer – luxury in a bottle. Features Alpha Lipoic Acid, which is supposed to be the world’s strongest antioxidant. You will also love the natural rose scent it has.s1159771-main-hero-300

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – absorbs to the skin beautifully without feeling like the product is on the surface. Hydrating but not uber-moisturizing- and yes, there is a difference.

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Step 2: Primer

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This often overlooked step could be the nudge that takes you from a housewife to a Real Housewife. A primer, well, primes the skin for foundation and the rest of the face color. Depending on which one you use, a primer could color correct any redness or jaundice (*3), fill in any noticeable pores (*4), or simply just smooth the surface out and mattify (*5)—all while keeping your makeup on longer.

                *3. Smashbox Color Correcting Primers – so much variety! Whether is a dark spot correcting one, an oil free one, a hydrating one or a green one that corrects redness!

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                *4. Benefit Porefessional – Does exactly what it states. Best in the market for softening (partly filling in) the look of pores..

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Step 3: Foundation

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For a summer night out, I love the look of a radiant skin—matte, over-powdered skin, to me, looks corpse-like. Glow, people, glow! This makeup look is the perfectly suited to those with dry skin (*6-7), but those with oily skin could still benefit! (*8-9)

                *6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Light – Medium Coverage) – best for dry to normal skin types.

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                *7. MAC Face and Body Foundation (Light, Buildable Coverage) – Water based, best for dry to normal skin types.

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                *8. Nars Sheer Glow – (Medium Coverage) – Best for Normal to Oily Skin

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                *9. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation (Full coverage) – All skin types

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Step 4: Tinted Moisturizers, BB’s and CC’s

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Though foundations are a staple- there is no better time to bring out Tinted Moisturizers, BB and CC Creams than summer. Tinted moisturizers are exactly what they sound like: Moisturizers with tint or pigments. BB stands for Beauty Balm, which incorporate skincare benefits to tinted moisturizers. CC stands for Color Correction, meaning that CC creams typically are BB creams focused on preventing and correcting dark spots and age spots. TM’s (*), BB’s (*) and CC’s (*) all can be worn without a moisturizer underneath!

                *10. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – provides more coverage than most other tinted moisturizers in the market and is beautifully blendable.

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                *11. Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm – This beautiful balm (luxuriously oil-based, not to be associated with Beauty Balms) is perfect for those with very dry skin. Provides the most beautiful sheen on the face. If you have oily or combo skin, try and avoid!

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                *12. Urban Decay Naked BB Cream – Undetectable on the skin, your skin just looks simply better- this is due to the Optical Blur than it features! 2256112

Beauty Tip of the Day

Guest writer and dermatologist, Nancy Samolitis, will be giving us her top beauty advice each week! Don’t forget to check out Nancy’s websites and follow her on Twitter!

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Nancy Samolitis

 

Nancy J. Samolitis, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Beverly Hills and Long Beach, CA.  She specializes in the treatment of aging and sun-damaged skin on the face and body. She has extensive experience with procedures using injectables and lasers for rejuvenation of the full face, as well as the aging neck, chest, and hands.

Websites: laskyskincenter.com & longbeachdermdocs.com

Follow Nancy on Twitter:@Dermdoc_Sam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Mineral Makeup is Superior for Skin Care

Your makeup should be an extension of your skin care and not cause skin problems.  Many makeup products can clog pores; occlude the skin causing blockage of oil secretion and overgrowth of bacteria.  Makeup products also frequently contain oils, chemical preservatives, dyes, and fragrances that can irritate skin.

Mineral makeups contain purified ingredients, particularly zinc oxide and titanium dioxide and are free of the irritants mentioned above.  Zinc and titanium are well known sunblock; therefore, many mineral makeups can provide sun protection without an additional chemical sunscreen.  Titanium dioxide has a high reflectance property, providing good coverage with a luminous finish.  The fact that these products are made with inorganic ingredients and no oils prevents bacterial overgrowth that can lead to breakouts.  Mineral makeup is safe to use post laser or chemical peel.

If you are experiencing breakouts, allergies, or irritation that is not resolving with your current skin regimen, take a good look at your makeup.

Recommended Products:

  •  Colorescience
  •  Jane Iredale
  • Bare Minerals

 

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Bold Lips at Fashion Week

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

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As intended, Fashion Week informs the industry as to what’s “in” and what’s “out” for the season, and on that note, a “highly maintained lip” look is right on trend! Throughout several shows, one exciting trend has continued to make its way back to the runway, and that is the bold, statement pout. Whether it is fluorescent pink, oxblood red or charcoal black, designers all over Fashion Week are completing their collections with a bold lip color. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni achieved Missoni’s stunning matte-lip by mixing pink and orange lip color, topping it off with a hint of red and finishing with a brush of pigment. Pat McGrath has been named, “the most influential make-up artist in the world” by Vogue Magazine (among others), so it is no secret she came to Fashion Week ready to apply the most effective beauty secrets in the biz. Just take a closer look at the bold red lips she graced Prada with this season, and demonstrated that contour isn’t just for the face. While Brood went with a more ‘feathered’ pigment lip-look and Moschino went straight to black (MAC’s Kohl Power Eye Pencil with MAC lip gloss on top, to be exact), and we are ready to hop on the bold lip color bandwagon this season!

Beauty Tip of the Day!

Guest writer and dermatologist, Nancy Samolitis, will be giving us her top beauty advice each week! Don’t forget to check out Nancy’s websites and follow her on Twitter!

Nancy Samolitis

Nancy Samolitis

 

Nancy J. Samolitis, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Beverly Hills and Long Beach, CA.  She specializes in the treatment of aging and sun-damaged skin on the face and body. She has extensive experience with procedures using injectables and lasers for rejuvenation of the full face, as well as the aging neck, chest, and hands.

Websites: laskyskincenter.com & longbeachdermdocs.com

Follow Nancy on Twitter:@Dermdoc_Sam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eyelash Enhancing Serums:  Which ones really work?

Many women admit that if they were stranded on a desert island, one of the items they would want to have on hand is mascara.  So, what if you didn’t need mascara because your lashes were beautiful already?  In the past 5 years, since the debut of Latisse, there has been an explosion of eyelash enhancing products.  Do they really work, and are they safe?

Latisse, made by the company Allergan (the Botox giant), is the only eyelash enhancer that is approved by the FDA and is by prescription only.  The active ingredient, bimatoprost, has been used to treat glaucoma for years and users have noticed a desirable side effect:  longer, thicker, darker lashes.  The ingredient works at the base of the hair follicle to stimulate growth rate of the hair.  It also stimulates pigment production, making the hair darker.  This characteristic of bimatoprost is also the cause of the most common side effect, darkening of the skin above the lash line where it is applied.  In patients who use it as an eye drop for glaucoma treatment, there has been a very small number of reports of darkening of the eye color, but this is very rare and has not been reported with Latisse.

There are many, many other non-prescription lash enhancers available at drug stores, department stores, and online.  Most of these contain peptides and lash conditioners which can improve the appearance of the lashes, but there is not good scientific data about whether or not they can actually stimulate growth and darkening like Latisse can.  On the bright side, they are less likely to cause side effects, but you may not be getting as much bang for your buck with OTC products.

 

Beauty Tip: Make Your Eyes Appear Larger!

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Apply white eyeliner to the inner corners and lower lid of your eye. This will “open” up your eye shape and make the iris color pop. Once you have applied the liner, take a shimmery white shadow and dab just a touch of powder onto the inner corners of your eye. The powder will add the perfect touch of shimmer and also keep the liner from coming off.