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Gonna make you blush

Using a ‘blusher, to enhance your facial features and add a lively looking glow is pretty straight forward providing your approach of the application is right. This week, Agim Salon will give you a quick breakdown on how to apply your blusher.

First thing to do is choose the right type of blusher. Gel or powder blush for oily skin, or cream for dry skin. The idea is to create a glowing effect of your best features, not to look like a clown with bright red cheeks. Having said that, bright red blusher can look amazing with bronze brown colored skin. For some pale skin types, you may be able to use a soft pink blush. Using a tan or brown color for light skin and if your skin is dark, try using a lighter color.

Here is a tip for selecting your ‘ideal’ color, clench your fist for 10 seconds. The color of your skin after those 10 seconds is the color to try and match.

Buy a set of quality blush brushes; avoid the cheap versions unless you want a cheap end result. Also avoid the temptation to use a powder puff or cotton wool; you will not get the best result from these either.

You really should only apply in well-lit conditions, and in natural day light if possible but before you jump in to apply the color, there is the preparation to do first.

Wash you face, apply the concealer, foundation and bronzer that you normally use, only then will you be ready to ‘blush’.

When applying a powder, you need to dip a clean, medium sized brush in to the blusher and gently tap the brush to remove the excess powder. If you are using a gel or cream, just use a small blob to begin with, using your finger. Adding more blusher later is easier than removing any excess.

Next you need to create a “fish face”, just as though you were about to kiss your grandmother, this will help you find your cheek apples. Starting at one of your “apples”, blend the blusher along the cheekbone. If using a gel or cream just dab a little first with a make-up sponge or finger, and then blend. Concentrating and blending well, the color on the “apples” will provide the most “natural” look.

Blend from the cheek, nearest to your nose, towards the ears but avoid brushing diagonally as the natural look will not be achieved. If you have added too much blusher you can try blending the excess from the center of the eye out toward the ear. If there still appears to be an excess of powder blusher you can ‘hide’ it with a translucent powder and with cream, you can blot the excess off with tissue. Excess gel should be washed off and start over, remembering to reduce the amount you apply the next time.

Healthy looking skin simplified

Way back in August, we covered the types of foundations available, this week we are going to re-visit foundations to a degree and in particular in relation to improve your technique for having great looking skin.

You may not have perfect skin but Agim Salon is going to share a few tips that can help you to at least make your skin look that much better. Having healthy skin is of importance but not everyone can achieve this, in many cases through no fault of their own. However, if you can achieve and maintain healthy skin you will require less make up when you want to apply it. So let’s just get on with the tips….

Apply a primer before the foundation – By applying a primer, a concealer and foundation will simply glide on nice and smoothly and not settle in and lines or wrinkles. A moisturizer will work but not as effectively. The tip is to apply the foundation within 60 seconds of applying the primer, so get everything ready before you leap in to action.

Next step is to apply a concealer under the eyes, along the chin and nose, giving serious attention to the area around the nose, especially any visibly red areas. To conceal this redness, simply ‘dot’ the concealer on it.

Now add some foundation, which you do not need to apply in large doses. Initially concentrate on areas where the skin tone is uneven, around the nose is a common area where this applies.

Okay, now you have a little foundation and quite probably a two-tone face. Not a problem, as you are now going to blend the foundation. Add a little foundation where you want or need it (around the neck line perhaps for instance) then blend it gently with your foundation brush. There should be no need to apply it all over your face Agim Salon would suggest running a few ‘trials’ when you have some time to experiment and see how little coverage you can get away with, you might surprise yourself.

Ideally you will have chosen a foundation color that is a close match to your natural color, this really does make the process that much easier and a darn sight quicker. It is also a very good idea to avoid trying to make your skin appear darker by using foundation; the result will look all too obvious.

It really is that simple! Okay, maybe with a little practice perhaps but not a great deal. Just keep to the basics highlighted above in terms of colors and area of coverage.

 

 

 

 

Long & Lovely

Some weeks ago Agim Salon told you why having short hair is so great but we are not naive enough to believe that everyone wants that look so we shall this week address the balance and show what some of the benefits are to having long hair.

  1. Long hair attracts men. Okay, a little bit of a generalization to start with perhaps and it may be fairer to say that many men find it attractive, sexy and more feminine. These same men probably see women with short hair a little close for comfort as being more ‘manly’ or ‘boyish’.
  2. Long hair allows you to experiment with a vast number of styles and the flexibility it offers to do this cannot be beaten. Wear it up, braid it, have a long ponytail, perm or curl it or simply keep it lose you are spoiled for choice and can have a different look every day if you wanted.
  3. Long hair does not need to be washed every day. As opposed to short hair, natural oils take more time to build up so you can get away with washing it every 2 or 3 days and that should be enough.
  4. Frequent trimming is not required, perhaps as little as every 3 or 4 months unless you suffer with a ridiculous number of split ends.
  5. Long hair can actually make you appear younger. Styled with a fringe or bangs give a younger appearance. Now, how many women would like that?
  6. Your neck does not feel cold in the winter or on cool days with a breeze. A bit like wearing a polo neck jumper your clothing options are not hampered.
  7. With a decent haircut, you can hide flaws and blemishes etc. you may have on your face can be covered while exposing your positive features. It can also provide your face with a thinner appearance

There you have it! 7 good reason to want long hair and if you currently have long hair and are thinking about shortening it, have another think before cutting it too short as it may cause regret and take some time to get it back to its former glory.

If you have any question relating to any aspects of hair or beauty please do not hesitate to contact us.

Manicure – as easy as 1-2-3

This week, Agim Salon is going unisex on our topic, the topic of manicures and how to manicure your own nails. It is a straight forward task requiring a few tools and a little bit of time to do the job properly. Manicure sets are readily available and do not need to be the most expensive to get great results.

By using the diagram above you should be able to find your way around your nails with ease.

Now to making your nails look and feel perfect.

  • Wash your hands, and then dry them.
  • Using an emery board nail file (double-sided), gently file the “distal edge” of the nail. Try not to go too close to the corners as you could weaken them this way.
  • While filing, you can shape your nails. The most common is perhaps in an oval but the shape of your hand may be better suited to a “flat” look
  • To see how smooth you have made your nails run them over a pair of nylon tights (or similar). If the nails are smooth, they will not snag the nylon.
  • Now it is time to pay attention to the cuticles by applying a softener to them and allow the softener to soak the cuticles for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
  • Place your hands in some warm water (preferably in a bowl) and soak the nails for a few more minutes.
  • Now you can push the cuticles from front to back of the nail. This will remove the excess growth and should be painless.
  • Now put some hand lotion on one set of nails and massage it in to the fingers with the palm of the other hand, then simply repeat the process for the other hand.

This procedure is fine if you are not wearing nail varnish, if you are wearing nail varnish then return next week when Agim Salon will show you how to deal with this too.

If you have any question relating to any aspects of hair or beauty please do not hesitate to contact us.

Don’t panic guys

Last week, Agim Salon may have given some men a bit of a jolt, so this week we are going to try and make some reassuring noises for men when it comes to “upping your game” to meet the demands of the modern day woman.

We have put together a few tips that are not at all drastic and do not even mean buying any make up or anything else particularly special (unless you want to) but take the steps below that you do not currently take and you will see the difference. More importantly, other people will see the difference!

Remove hair from the neck and ears. – Hair that sticks out of a shirt collar, or worse the ears, is a bit of a turn off. If you have a hair trimmer at home, so much the better as you can do this very frequently and keep on top of it, failing that an occasional trip to your hairdresser is in order.

Remove nasal hair – As you get older, the hair that seems to disappear from one area suddenly starts to appear somewhere else! That somewhere else is more often than not in your nose. There are hair electronic clippers available for this very job, alternatively you could use a pair of long pointed scissors but make sure they are sharp.

Sort out those eyebrows – Eyebrow hair seems to grow quicker than most others and in no time you can have quite an impressive bush above each eye, however many ladies are not quite as impressed. A simple trim with a good pair of scissors and a comb should be enough to make a huge difference.

That was not so bad, was it? Return again over the next few weeks when we at Agim Salon will return to this topic and highlight a few more tips to help improve your appearance.