Loreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Glistening Garnet
I constantly suffer with acne scars and spots and I know how irritating it can be. You can get acne scars from picking at a pimple so it doesn’t heal correctly leaving a little pesky friend behind. You can also get sun spots from sun exposure and not using SPF. Spots on the face are also known as hyper pigmentation. I’ve found two methods work best when trying to get a more even skin tone.
- Lightening/brightening Products
Exfoliating the skin weekly or monthly (depending on how sensitive your skin is and how harsh your exfoliator is depends on how often you exfoliate) will dramatically help make your skin tone more even in texture and color. Spots are only on the outer layers of the skin so exfoliating removes dead skin cells to get down to that fresh, clear skin. Think of it as scrubbing away your old skin down to new skin that more even and clear. Using an exfoliating brush daily like the Clarisonic to cleanse your skin is great too because it deep cleans your skin daily and gets rid of ALL your makeup while gently exfoliating so every day you’re gently buffing away to new skin. I also love Olay’s Microdermabrasion Kit for a deep scrub, this makes your skin baby soft and used once every two weeks or so will dramatically lighten acne scars, it’s sort of like getting a microdermabrasion facial (resurfacing facial) at home.
Lightening/brightening products can come in forms like spot treatments, moisturizers, serums, etc that you leave onto your skin to soak up during the day or night to fade spots. However there are also many brightening facial cleansers and foundations as well. These products use certain ingredients like Vitamin C, Retinol, etc that brighten/lighten the spots. Products that aim to even out the skin tone will have claims like whitening, brightening, correcting, lightening, etc. I can’t necessarily say which products will give you the best results because everyone’s skin is different.
However I can only tell you products that work for me & that I like! I prefer to use both methods to get a more even skin tone however you can choose one or the other! I exfoliate once a week and use a brightening product at night lately I’ve been using a brightening moisturizer (Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial) at night. Using both methods together give me the quickest results.
Some lightening/brightening products I recommend
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Recovery Serum
- Korres Wild Rose Brightening Sleeping Facial (I use at night time moisturizer)
- Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Formula in Extra Strength or his Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Serum (pricey but gives you like brand new skin!)
Keep in mind if your skin isn’t used to being exfoliated theres a strong possibility you will break out because all the acne that was under the surface and in your pores is now rising to the surface because you’re getting rid of dead skin. So if you break out at first don’t be alarmed stick through it and if it lasts for more than a few weeks stop using it.
Revlon Really Red (blue matte red)
Wet n Wild Stoplight Red (blue red)
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 111 Kiss Of Life (bright true red)
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107 (deep matte, blood red)
MAC Dubonnet (dark red)
MAC Diva (deep blue red)
Bold lips are a statement so keep the rest of your makeup simple. I love love love bold lips because they always make you look like you are super confident which makes you feel confident! Also, lip liner!
Lip liner will give your lipstick a sharp, clean line making it look a lot more polished. You might have to own a couple different lip liners for different lipsticks but I always like to have a basic pink, red and plum. You can find super affordable lip liners from brands like NYC, NYX, etc.
For bold lips I love dewy skin, blush/bronzer/contour, defined brows and mascara (sometimes winged liner if you’re feelin fabulous). I prefer dewy skin with bold/dark lips because it looks a little more fresh and natural than super matte skin and all the attention will go to your lips and not your foundation. Since bolds lips can be over powering you want to use a little bronzer or blush, or both! This will add some color and life to the skin to balance out the bold lip :)
You can try a few things! :)
- Mix in some of your moisturizer with your foundation on the back of your hand, this will make it more hydrating and not look so matte!
- Mix in a shimmery/glowy liquid like Loreal Magic Lumi Primer or eve just wear it under your foundation.
- Use shimmer on your cheek bones using a blush or a highlighter or even a shimmery eyeshadow!
- Use a setting spray like ELF’s Setting Spray, it will give your face a more dewy finish