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What’s your beauty philosophy?

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BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — August 12, 2012

I have a mantra or two when it comes to beauty, but you won’t find any  “concealer before or after foundation” tips in this post.  I’d like to think of these as a beauty philosophy rather than rules, that you can easily incorporate into your existing routine without necessarily needing to rush out and buy more product.  Here are a few of my favourites,  picked especially to inspire those that might have momentarily fallen out of love with their current routine.

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Looking your best self doesn’t necessarily mean more make up

With so many media channels pushing beauty products, it’s easy to get caught up in  believing that we need more makeup products to look our best selves.   My personal mantra is that it’s much better to become familiar with your features and accentuate only the areas that need it most.

In my case, I feel my best with glowy skin-like base makeup (mostly BB cream), with flicked eyeliner and a bold lip.   I can get away without wearing any eyeshadow, so I only reserve it  for special occasions or if I’m going to be photographed.

For some, all you might need is to do improve your skin clarity & glow, either with skincare or illuminating products, and maybe add a pop of blush or a lip tint.    Assuming that you need to emphasise every single feature on your face can make you look over done – all the time.

Apply sunscreen 365 days of the year.
Even on days you don’t leave the house.

I’m sure you’ve all heard this before, but yet I know of so many people that are slack with their sun protection.   If your excuse is that you dislike the texture of sunscreen, you’re just not looking hard enough.  There are so many weightless  sunscreens that are non-greasy, with a choice of textures from primermilk, mousse even watery.  My current favourite is Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Face Sunblock, a water-based sunscreen recommended by Ponikuta.

Dermalogica Face Mapping

For many of us, different zones of our face have different skincare needs

I use as many as 4 serums before moisturiser at night time, targeted at different facial zones (some overlapping).   I focus my whitening serum on where the sun hits the face most & acne scarring, followed by Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector on areas I’m concerned with fine lines and my sub-orbital eye area, as it’s one of the few serums that are safe to use around the eyes.  To maintain elasticity, I focus the firming and collagen stimulating serums on my cheeks & nasal labial folds.  Lastly if my cheeks have been feeling dry from heating or the winter chill, I finish off with face oil formulated for dehydrated skin  – one drop per cheek, using my palms to press it into the skin.

Anyone can have better skin.  You just have to want it enough. 

I get asked a lot about products  & beauty routines I recommend to get skin like mine (that’s still procedure free).  And yet I see so many cringe at the thought of all the effort and time involved (interestingly, not money).  As with staying in shape, simply dreaming of a slimmer body and yet being reluctant  exercise is going to get you nowhere. The same goes with looking after your skin.

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Do you have a mantra or two when it comes to beauty rituals?
What’s your beauty philosophy?

8 Responses to “What’s your beauty philosophy?”

  1. Paris B says:

    Excellent points! I especially like the last one – nothing good was achieved without a lot of hard work and skin is the same 🙂 Excellent post.

  2. Denise says:

    Great and insightful post! I like your beauty philosophy, I liked your first point about not needing a lot of products. 🙂

  3. ponikuta says:

    Wow, you’ve got the sunscreen so soon! I love that sunscreen and its awesomeness.

  4. Tina says:

    I believe time, effort and consistency are the key to great skin, and it’s a long term investment. I should, however, employ the same philosophy to the body – I regularly sit on the couch and wonder why I’m not skinny >.<

  5. Kimberley says:

    I’ve only really been into makeup for.. 6 years or so (I am late to the party at 31) but I am definitely appreciative of great skin to bring out a minimal makeup look. I love less is more, though I definitely wish I could rock a smokey eye of different colours – I’m so envious! But for now, I’ll aim for glowing, clear skin and go from there 🙂

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