The Most Common Mistakes When Removing Eye Makeup

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It’s a shame that taking off your makeup is never as fun as putting it on. We all spent lots of time perfecting our mascara and eyeliner but we also need to be perfecting how we remove makeup at the end of the day to avoid serious damage to your eyes and skin.

Here are just a few of the common mistakes that are made when removing makeup and how to fix your routine.

You’re Being Too Rough

makeup remover, how to remove makeup, how to remove waterproof makeup, eyeliner, mascaraRemoving makeup should be done with a delicate swipe and not rubbing too hard on your very delicate eye area. The skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest on your entire body and it needs to be treated more carefully than the rest of your skin.

If you are pulling and tugging at the skin to remove makeup, you’re making eye wrinkles much worse and can be causing damage that you can’t reverse later. To make sure you’re avoiding wrinkles, don’t apply too much pressure to the area when removing makeup and don’t tug too hard at the skin. The right product will remove any makeup with only a little bit of effort.

You’re Not Washing Your Face After

eye makeup remover, how to remove eye makeup, skincare tips, eye care tips, makeup removerWe were shocked to learn that most Americans don’t follow up their eye makeup removal with a full face wash. This is so important for avoiding infection and keeping your skin as healthy as possible!

When you skip washing your face after using makeup remover, you’re leaving oil, dirt and even makeup on your face to fester into your pores. This can lead to more wrinkles, dull skin, sagging eyelids, and even irritation. To make sure you’re leaving nothing behind, use your Olive Oil Cleanser to gently remove anything your makeup remover left behind.

You’re Using The Wrong Ingredients

bad ingredients in skincare, toxic skincare ingredients, makeup remover ingredients, makeup removerMakeup remover is far from natural and to be able to defeat even the most waterproof eye makeup, it is often packed with harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can hurt your skin. Aside from the basic risk of irritation or inflammation from these ingredients, many of them are not approved by the FDA or have been cleared as safe to use in the USA.

When removing makeup, look for natural ingredients that work in synergy to gently and safely remove makeup without too much hard work. Olive oil is one of the best ingredients for this because it bonds to the oils in your makeup to completely remove makeup on the first wash and is completely natural. That’s why we made it the key ingredient in our Olive Oil Cleanser which has been proven to remove 99% of eye makeup!

Is Makeup Bad For Your Skin? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Since our teenage days when we first experimented with too much blush and blue eyeshadow, we were always told that makeup can be cause for concern when it comes to your skin.

Some believe that applying makeup daily can leave you with deeper lines and wrinkles while others think the two have nothing to do with each other. We dove into the research to find out the truth once and for all…

Skin and Makeup

amy schumer, makeup and skincare, skincare tips, makeup tipsFor the most part, makeup is completely safe for your skin. When people run into skin issues from makeup, it can be caused by an allergy to one of the ingredients or a harsh reaction to the makeup itself.

Like skincare, it’s important to take note of ingredients in your makeup and make sure that it’s not only safe but that the product is formulated for your skin type. While South Beach Skin Lab products are formulated for all skin types, most makeup brands aren’t. These days, even makeup is customizable to dry skin, oily skin or even acne prone to minimize the chance of skin problems.

What Can Happen?

breakouts from makeup, makeup and acne, makeup and breakouts, south beach skin lab, skincare, anti-agingUsing too much makeup, or the wrong makeup can have serious consequences for the health of your skin. Pimples don’t often happen as a result of makeup, but in fact, the makeup seals your pores which become filled with dead skin and oil. Those are how breakouts happen and can be one of the main side effects of the wrong products.

Some people can also experience redness, inflammation, eczema or rosacea as a result of ingredients used in their makeup products. Something to remember is that ingredients in makeup are not regulated in America, so it’s best to educate yourself of irritating ingredients like parabens to avoid skin issues.

How Can You Fix Your Skin?

skincare fix, makeup and skincare, anti-aging, makeup, skincareJust because you’re experiencing skin issues right now does not mean that it’s your fate. A few easy changes to your routine can make sure that your skin is protected, even if you need a little makeup to look and feel your best. For starters, read makeup ingredients and ask questions when you purchase your products the same way you would skincare.

If giving up makeup seems like a curse to you, then there is no need! If you’re taking proper care of your face before and after makeup application, chances are you won’t be doing your skin any harm.

Instead of using oily makeup removers, opt for an oil-based cleanser like our Day & Night Olive Oil Cleanser which removes 99.9% of makeup from the day. This will allow your pores to breath at night, and also dig deep to clear our dead skin and oil from your face, leaving nothing but a healthy and youthful glow!

Here’s How Using Blush Can Make You Look Younger

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Blush can be a powerful ally in your makeup arsenal, especially when your face needs a bit of color or pop to it. We love blush because it gives us that slightly flushed, natural beauty we are all trying to achieve, but did you know that the right blush can make your look and feel years younger?

Here are our top tips for selecting and applying blush to make sure you accentuate your most youthful beauty!

Choose The Right Blush

blush, makeup tips, south beach skin lab, anti-aging, anti-aging makeupLike most makeup, there is no one size fits all solution. Try out both powder blush and cream blush. The different textures provide a totally different look and feel to your cheekbones and can offer different results.

Also, make sure you’re using the right color. Thankfully, experts at Sephora can assist you if you’re not a makeup pro and they will help make sure you’re complimenting your skin tone with the right shade of blush. That can make all the difference!

Apply It To The Right Spots

blush, makeup tutorial, south beach skin lab, makeup tutorialApplying your blush incorrect won’t just make you look silly, it will make you look outdated and older too. Long gone are the days of piling on so much blush your cheeks could stop traffic!

You want to be applying just enough blush that you’re getting a flushed glow and make sure you’re staying along your cheekbones. Some people will apply higher than their cheekbones to give the effect of less sagging, but this can backfire and leave you looking older than you really are.

Compliment It With Matching Lips

blush, anti-aging, anti-aging makeup, makeup tutorial, blush, lipstick,When blush is the only color on your face, it draws the eyes to the cheekbones which can often be one of the first places we experience sagging skin. In an attempt to draw the eye from areas prone to aging, match your blush with a similar color lipstick to draw attention to the mouth instead.

A bright lip that compliments your blush in a brighter shade will take all the attention away from your wost aging areas and also add a pop of color to your face. The result is a playful, flirty look that can take years off your appearance!

These Simple Tips Will Make Your Pores Look Smaller

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Large pores can leave you looking older and feeling insecure. When pores are enlarged, it makes it easy for oil and dirt to become trapped, causing blackheads which will actually make your pores look even bigger!

Pores are how our skin breaths and for most of us they are a fact of life. Today we’re going to break down the easiest way for you to deal with enlarged pores and how to shrink them safely at home.

Exfoliate

SKINCARE, ANTI-AGING, PORES, EXFOLIATIONDon’t underestimate the results a proper exfoliation can have for your pores! When you exfoliate your skin, the rough texture of your exfoliant will help clear dirt, oil, and debris from your skin and pores.

For those with sensitive skin, make sure you only exfoliate once a week to avoid redness and flare-ups. For normal or oily skin, start with exfoliation twice a week and slowly work your way up to every other day to allow your skin time to adjust to this change in your routine.

SkinTip: Apply your Repair & Release Cream generously after exfoliation to avoid your skin becoming dry and flakey. 

Let Your Pores Breath

pores, skincare, makeup, anti-agingJust like our lungs, our skin needs to breathe. If your skin is covered in makeup, pollution or dirt, it’s just going to clog your pores more and make them look even larger than they are.

The best way to avoid this is by applying thin layers of skincare and makeup to your face and making sure you remove all your makeup at the end of the day. When your skin is clean, it has the opportunity to purify itself naturally and work to resolve any built up bacteria clogging your pores.

Use An Oil Cleanser 

oil cleanser, south beach skin lab, pores, skincareMany women have turned to oil cleansing as a way to gently remove makeup, soothe sensitive skin, and tame unrelenting breakouts. Using oils instead of traditional soap or detergent cleansers can also help protect the natural lipid layer of the skin and the good bacteria that live there.

Oil cleansers work like a magnet to attract the dirt in your pores without disrupting your skin. Even the most sensitive or oily skin types praise oil cleansers for the powerful cleansing ability but gentle application.

By using an oil cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser twice daily, you will help shrink pores by giving them the most thorough but gentle clean possible. After a few days, you’ll notice pores look visibly smaller and skin looking much younger!

These Makeup Mistakes Can Be The Reason You Look Older Than You Are

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As we age and trends change, the rules of makeup change too. Suddenly the bright and colorful trends we once loved just don’t seem to compliment our face and skin anymore. So what’s a gal to do?!

The good news is that there are a few easy tips to keep in mind when applying your make up that are guaranteed to help you look younger and your skin looks healthier. These are some of the biggest mistakes that are making you look much older than you really are and how to avoid them.

Not Wearing Lip Liner

lip liner, makeup tips, anti-agingAs you age, you start to lose the natural contours of your lip line from factors like facial expressions and gravity. This is the biggest culprit of what we call “Grandma lips” where your lip color or lipstick begins to bleed into the skin around the mouth. This can make your lips and your entire face look almost a decade older than it is.

To avoid this and help your lips look years younger, use a lip liner and trace the edges of where you’d like your lipstick to stop and create those contour lines yourself. If you’re using a dark or bright colored lipstick, feel free to match your lip liner shade to that but if you’re looking for a more natural color, you can also use a clear lip liner pencil that will keep color from bleeding on to your skin.

Too Much Concealer

eye bags, dark eye circles, makeup tips, anti-aging makeup, concealerWhen you’re young, you learn that concealer can be your best friend after a late night or a busy week to hide those unattractive dark circles. The problem is that as we age, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and heavy concealers can look cakey and creased which will make your wrinkles and dark circles look even worse!

To make sure that dark circles are covered but lines and wrinkles aren’t enhanced by using too much concealer, opt for one that is lighter coverage. This will cover the dark circles but blend better with eye wrinkles so they mask them instead of making them stand out. If you find your dark circles are still visible with a lighter concealer, try using a color corrector first before applying your concealer for extra help dulling the darkness.

Putting Eyeliner On Your Lower Lashes

anti-aging, anti-aging makeup, eyeliner, makeup tipsAs we age, the eye area is one of the most difficult areas to cover wrinkles and lines. This is because of all the parts of your face, the eyes are touched the most with makeup application and because of the thin skin around the eyes, it is most likely to sag from gravity.

When you put eyeliner on your lower lashes, all it does is make your eyes look smaller and draw attention to dark circles and crows feet. Instead, use eyeliner only on the top part of your eye and try to make it thicker towards the outer edges. This makes your eyes pop while also providing a lifting illusion to the sagging skin in the corners of your eye.

 

What are your favorite anti-aging makeup tips? Share them with us in the comments below!

This Is Why You Should Be Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Regularly

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You start your day by washing your face but within moments, you’ve got your makeup brush out to start applying your favorite products. Turns out, all that dirt and grime you worked so hard to wash off is being painted back on your face by your brushes.

While cleaning your makeup brushes can be daunting, it’s also super important to maintain healthy skin and keep it free and clear of dirt and grime. We suggest using a gentle shampoo to make sure your brushes are cleaned properly, without getting damaged. The shampoo will clear away all the germs without compromising the delicate fibers of the actual brush.

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Here is everything you need to know about why clean makeup brushes are such an important part of your routine.

It Can Stop Redness and Irritation

redness, irritated skin, dirty makeup brushesIn winter months especially, it doesn’t take much for the skin to look red and irritated and flare up. While some will blame this on the weather, dirty makeup brushes can actually be the culprit.

When brushes aren’t properly cleaned, they contain layers and layers of caked-on makeup that has built up over time. When the makeup dries on the brush, it can harden it making it much more abrasive when you run it across your face. This can lead to uncomfortable irritation on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin.

It Prevents Breakouts

makeup brushes, breakouts, clogged pores, dirty makeup brushesNo matter your age, breakouts can happen. Regardless of your skin type, when your pores become clogged from dirt and makeup, they can erupt into an ugly zit that can be hard to hide. When makeup brushes go unwashed, there is just so much buildup of dead skin cells and oils from your face.

Those dead skin cells and oils are being rubbed across your face time and time again on a dirty brush and it’s only going to lead to more and more breakouts. Make sure you’re not only applying makeup to clean skin but that you’re washing your brushes as often as possible. We recommend at least once every two weeks.

It Can Keep Harmful Germs Off Your Face

pink eye, dirty makeup brushes, makeup brushesWhen you dip your brush in makeup, run it on your face, and dip it back in, you’re creating a pool of germs inside your products that are just getting applied right back to your face. Not only do you need to worry about those harmful germs living on your face, but now they’re living your makeup too.

Unclean brushes have been tested and found with so many different types of bacteria, it could be considered one of the dirtiest items in your bathroom. These germs on your brushes and in your makeup have been linked to pink eye (ew!), staph infections, and fungal infections. To keep your skin and yourself healthy, regular washing of your brushes is absolutely required!

 

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!

 

These Three Makeup Hacks Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

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They say the eyes are the window into the soul and they’re often the first feature someone notices about you. While eyes are a delicate area of skin and can often age quite quickly, they also have the opportunity to take years off your age and highlight one of the most naturally beautiful parts of your face! With a few simple makeup hacks, you can compliment your anti-aging eye routine with a few tricks to keep your eyes looking rested and young even when they aren’t.

White Eyeliner

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksWhile most women cannot live without their go-to black or brown eyeliner, when your eyes need an extra dose of help for brightness, turn to white eyeliner!

White eyeliner can brighten your eyes, make you look more rested and even make your eyes appear bigger. Apply the liner to the corner of your eye area and follow along under the lower waterline of your eye. The results are instant and you can still wear your beloved dark eyeliner on the top of your eyes.

Use A Concealer

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksConcealer is a bright eyes best friend! While most of us use some form of concealer under our eyes as part of our makeup routine, it’s important that you’re choosing the right one in the right tones

You’ll want to choose a concealer that is heavy with pink or yellow undertones will actually help cover dark circles and brighten the color of the whole under eye area. You only need a small amount but make sure you blend it well with a small beauty blender or just your ring or middle finger. Be sure to stay away from heavy coverage as it can backfire and make your concealer look cakey and dull.

Strategically Highlight

Highlighters are having a moment right now with the current trend of fresh, dewy skin but they can actually do wonders to improve the look of your eyes.

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksKnowing where to apply your highlighter is especially important when it comes to accentuating the eyes. Make sure to only apply it in 3 strategic places, your cheekbone, in the corners of your eyes and along the brow line. Avoid using it elsewhere to draw attention away from your eye area. Always start with a smaller amount so you don’t end up looking shiny (it’s easier to add more than to remove some). The highlighter will catch the light and provide a shimmer to brighten up your entire eye area!

Have any amazing makeup tips for brightening the eye area? Leave your favorites in the comments below!

 

This Is Why Cleansing Wipes Are Not A Friend To Your Skin Care Routine

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love self care and those who find it to be a chore. Self care is not just about what you eat or put on your skin, it’s about taking a moment in your hectic day to focus on yourself for one instead of your boss, your kids or your chores. You are worth the few minutes you spend in front of the mirror each day and don’t ever forget it!

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