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Time to get lippy

Lipsticks come in a massive range of types and colors and picking the best option can be a bit of a minefield so Agim Salon this week is going to introduce to the wide variety of types available, underlining the pro’s and con’s and hopefully helping you to choose the most suitable one.

Gloss – Still a favorite for small and thin lips as it acts as an enhancer, adding a lush shine and projects the illusion of greater depth. You can wear gloss lipstick in tandem with a traditional lipstick or on its own.

Matte – A flat and mat lipstick but provides a colorful shade that is attractive. It is ideal for ‘fuller’ lips and well as those that are smooth. Most young people can wear Matte lipstick but as you get a little older and your lips start to show signs of aging, you may need to consider changing.

Moisturizing – A suitable lipstick if your lips are dry as it keeps the lips soft. Containing glycerin, aloe and vitamin E ingredients they soften and nourish the lips and give a shiny, wet look but does not tend to last as long as other lipsticks.

Cream – This is another good option if you have small lips although does not give such a shiny appearance as other may do. To get a more shinny look you can simply add some lip gloss. The cream lipsticks normally contain more wax in comparison to other types and this may can shorten the life-span on the look and make your lips feel dry.

Satin & Sheer – These are good choices if you have dry lips as they contain oils. They keep lips moisturized and give a glossy appearance. The color of the ‘lippy’ inside the tube may be a little misleading though and once applied appears to be lighter so you may need re-apply several times to get the finish you want.

Frosted or Pearl – This will grab the attention and they make for an excellent choice for party nights. They give off a wonderful glistening and sparkling effect and project a look of confidence. It is perhaps best to apply a lip-gloss prior to applying the frosted or pearl finish to prevent the lips from drying out and cracking.

Long Wearing or Transfer Resistant – These are ideal for those of you have precious little time to frequently apply lipstick. Long-wearing will typically last 4-6 hours and the transfer resistant can last up to 8 hours, sometimes longer. However, if you are planning a meal where the food may contain high levels of grease or oil the life-span will be reduced quite considerably. Both of these can also make lips feel dry so moisturizer may be required to prevent that from happening.

Agim Salon stock a superb collection of lipsticks and other make ups by Fifth Element, feel free to contact us about any of these products or anything beauty related.

Next time Agim Salon discuss lipsticks, we will look at shades and some interesting facts about lipstick so make sure you keep returning as we provide more information on how to stay looking beautiful.

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.

Love your lashes

This week, Agim Salon is going to touch on Mascara, well some types of mascara to be more precise. They come in a variety of forms from the basic to the glittery types. The choice can be overwhelming to the inexperienced user so we are going to try and simplify things a little and highlight some major differences.

First thing to explain is that there are just two basic kinds of mascara based on their composition, water proof and non-water proof. The water proof version will resist moisture such as rain, sweat or tears etc. Whichever type you buy, they are likely to be wax, fat or oil based products as these are water repellant.

The water proof mascaras are perhaps best for those that are active or at work for the majority of the day as they do not require frequent attention to keep them looking just right and ideal for wearing to places like the beach, parties or visiting anywhere where there is moisture in the air. The only downside is that water proof mascara requires a make-up remover to get rid of it. You may be able to remove a certain amount with soap and water but you will never remove all of it. Some manufactures are a little sneaky and produce mascara that can only be removed by using their mascara remover and it is possible that by trying another brand of remover could cause some kind of adverse reaction.

Non-water proof mascara will not last on the lashes as long but they should not be considered as being inferior to the water proof version, and are manufactured to be easier and lighter to apply. This lighter composition enables manufacturers to add other ingredients to create specialty mascaras. Being non-water proof they will of course run when in contact with some kind of moisture which will place a limit on how long you can wear it but on the plus side they are easily removed.

Mascaras are mainly either in a liquid, powder of cream form. The powders were the original form and are dusted over eye lashes or put on using a wet brush and are ideal for a short duration.

The creams are heavier but their properties also mean they have a strong hold and a good thickening effect. Putting it on can be a messy affair but using a grooved applicator makes the job easier.

The most common of the modern day are the liquids and are the best for coloring and darkening your lashes and absolutely ideal with well curled eye lashes to add a little definition.

Agim Salon stocks the Fifth Element range of mascara products – Volume X, Water Proof and Liquid Liner in a wide range of colors. Contact Agim Salon to discuss any aspect of mascara or indeed any other beauty products or tips.