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How to “Lift” Your Face with Makeup

How to “Lift” Your Face with Makeup


One of the most frustrating things about getting older is how your skin sags and facial features droop due to the loss of collagen and the pull of gravity. Apart from these, fine lines and wrinkles contribute to a more tired appearance. Lastly, puffiness and darkness, especially around the eyes, complete the aging setback.


Because of these, applying makeup can prove to be quite tricky.


How do you prevent your foundation from settling into the enlarged pores and the fine lines around your face? Likewise, how do you prevent colour from emphasising the downward direction of your features?


Although makeup can be a problem for aging skin, it is also the solution. The right products and techniques can instantly give the face a tighter and more lifted appearance. Therefore, if your makeup application process has ceased to enhance your features because of your more mature skin, learn the professionals’ “facelift with makeup” secrets. Here are some of them:


1. Prep the skin with a silicone-based primer

Silicone not only makes makeup application easier because it creates a velvety soft canvas, but it also fills in pores and fine lines.


But silicone-based primers are not created the same. Choose a formulation for more mature skin such as Lancome’s La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer and Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face.


It is worth noting that the right primer also provides added hydration to the skin and ensures the lovely longevity of the other products used on the face.


2. Apply a light formula concealer that has a brightening effect

This type of concealer does not cake up and easily settle into fine lines. Plus, certain formulations provide a cooling effect to help diminish the appearance of puffy eyes.


Just dab it with your ring finger to spread it evenly across the undereye area and to blur the edges. Do the same for other parts of the face where there are some broken capillaries, redness, and lines such as the sides of the nose and the mouth.


3. Use a foundation for your skin type and apply with a wet sponge

A wet makeup sponge is best to use if you want a poreless finish. Also, it will allow you to build up your foundation (as necessary) so much better. But when you build up to pack on coverage, do so slowly and pinpoint the areas that need it. It is always better to use less foundation on mature skin.


If your foundation still looks a bit thick, ditch the makeup sponge and use your clean middle or ring finger to sheer out the product and create a more natural skin-like finish.


A professional makeup artist for fashion magazines also advises bringing the foundation down to the neck. The uniformity of colour creates the illusion of tighter and younger-looking skin.


4. Draw a vertical line using a concealer from the forehead down to the outer edges of your eyebrows, eyes and jaw



Restricting your face products within the outer edge section of your face will create the optical illusion of a lifted face. No more blush on the apples of the cheeks – keep it to the sides and much higher on your cheekbones.


As for the highlighter, it is best to apply right above the cheekbones – preferably, from the outer corner of your eyes to the temples.

For the contour, brushing it lightly above the curve of the hollows of your cheeks and up to the top part of your ears can outwork the appearance of sagging lower cheeks and jaws.


If you want to make thinning hair or receding hairline less obvious with contour, use Kevyn Aucoin’s tip of applying bronzer a little heavier on the temples and going lighter as you reach your hairline. Follow the shape of a tilted triangle and you automatically get that lift and look of a “younger forehead.”


5. Lift hooded eyes by sweeping and blending contour shadow much higher

The trick most pros use to lift hooded eyes is by extending the outer V of the eyes with matte neutral eyeshadow (usually brown). Soften that shadow up by brushing the colour in a wiper motion and bringing the colour higher up the lid reaching the brow bone, and extending it to the end of the brow.


Another option is to use a complementing yet lighter eyeshadow hue to the contour colour and create a gradient effect that makes the eyes look more open.


Don’t forget to highlight underneath the eyebrow to clean up the eye makeup and accentuate the arch and height of the brows.



Look young with colour

Makeup truly is that transformative.

So, if you are not keen on getting some invasive procedure done just to treat the signs of ageing, turn to makeup. Proper application and the right products are all you need to restore a lovely and youthful appearance.


What’s more, makeup is not only more affordable, it is a pain-free solution as well.


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Toni Malt is the Middle East’s leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic creations, Toni’s creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.


Using A Dehumidifier To Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home

By Guest Blogger, David

Using A Dehumidifier To Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home


Mold and mildew are two things you do not want growing inside your home. However, the conditions that can lead to their development are easy to control – if you know how.

In this article we will go over all you need to know to combat mold and mildew growth in your home.

What Causes Mold and Mildew?

Moisture is the main culprit. When the moisture content or humidity in your home is high, it can lead to condensation. Condensation often forms on interior walls and windows. It is a good idea to try to minimize condensation in your home; otherwise, if left untreated, it can develop into mold and mildew.

The conditions have to be right in order for mold and mildew to form. Without high humidity, condensation cannot develop. This means that if you control the moist air within your living space, you can control the buildup of mold and mildew.

What Problems Can Be Caused By Mold And Mildew?

There are two main categories of damage that can result from mold and mildew. They can have an impact on the health of those breathing the air, and too much moisture can also result in damage to a home. This is why it is important to have proper humidity levels indoors.

Because mold spores are so small and that they travel through the air, they pose a health threat. Breathing in these tiny airborne particles can irritate respiratory systems. In other words, problems with eyes, nose, throat and lungscan result from breathing mold spores.

Too much moisture is damaging to the structural integrity of a home. The condensation that forms on walls and windows can weaken drywall, cause wallpaper to peel and create stains that are hard to remove. Wood furniture and framing can warp out of shape, and corrosion can form on metal in humid conditions.

What Are The Ways To Prevent Mold And Mildew?

There are several ways to control the humidity conditions inside your home. All of them are simple to do and require just slight adjustments to how we are already doing things in the home. For more details, we will break it down by room to make it easier to understand.

1.  Around Your Home

  • In hot, humid climates use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce air moisture
  • Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity which should be below 60% indoors
  • Add insulation to cold surfaces to reduce condensation build up
  • If you find a wet area, dry it for up to 48 hours to eliminate mold growth
  • Waterproof your home to keep extra moisture from entering
  • Have your heating/cooling system inspected to ensure it is operating properly
  • Use fans and open doors to increase air circulation and move furniture away from walls.

2.  In The Kitchen

  • Remove moisture when cooking or washing dishes by using exhaust fans
  • Monitor all sources of water for leaks and repair when required
  • Keep refrigerator drip pans empty at all times to remove excess moisture.

3.  In The Basement

  • Cover dirt floors in crawlspaces with plastic to form a moisture barrier
  • Use fans and vents to the outside to keep air circulating
  • Use a dehumidifier to control the moisture level at all times
  • Inspect your basement floor for leaks and repair if required
  • Monitor that landscaping outside does not channel water towards your home, but rather directs it away.

4.  In The Laundry Room

  • Have washing machines/clothes dryers vented to the outside
  • Always keep the vent clear of lint or other debris to ensure it operates properly
  • Do not leave damp clothing in a laundry basket or in the dryer.

5.  In The Bathroom

  • Use exhaust fans to move moist air out of the room following showers or baths
  • Refrain from using wall-to-wall carpeting and opt for matts or rugs instead
  • Monitor tubs, basins and showers for leaks and have them repaired when necessary
  • Move moist air out of the room by opening a window during a shower
  • Do not leave damp towels on the floor.

What Are The Different Types of Dehumidifiers?

There are three main types of dehumidifiers grouped according to the technology used to regulate humidity. It is important to understand each in order to choose the best type for use in your home.

Here is a review of the different dehumidifier technologies available.

1.  Compressor

A compressor dehumidifier uses technology that is similar to that of an air conditioner. The main difference is that air from the room is blown over a cold coil by a fan. The water in the air condenses on the coil and drips into a collection container that can be removed and emptied.

This allows for humidity to be removed from the room air and then disposed of. It is a very effective way to pull high volumes of moisture from the air but compressor units use more energy than the other styles of dehumidifiers. Some older units can also be noisy when in operation.

2.  Desiccant and Salt Based

A desiccant is a substance that can easily absorb water. Salt and silica gel are commonly used in dehumidifiers to absorb air moisture. The difference between salt and silica gel units is that the silica gel can be ‘recharged’ by heating it. It can be reused as a result.

The salt units require regular refills of salt as it will slowly dissolve in water. This type of dehumidifier is completely silent when being used. However, they will require attention for ‘recharging’ or refilling and are not suitable for use in large rooms.

3.  Electronic

This type of dehumidifier tends to be smaller in size with several models specifically designed to be portable. They use a fan to draw air in and a Peltier element to create the cold surface that the water condenses on. The condensed water drips into a removable collection container.

These models are quieter as they do not contain a condenser so near silent operation is possible with just the fan noticeable during operation. Electronic dehumidifiers use energy in order to function and are most effective in smaller areas such as a room, crawlspace or attic.

How To Choose The Correct Size Dehumidifier

Storage Spaces

Dampness is damaging in places where clothing and books can be stored. The most effective type of dehumidifier for wardrobes, drawers and cupboards is a desiccant style. These are small so they can fit into tiny locations and can be recharged frequently when needed.

Small Rooms

A compact or small dehumidifier style is effective in removing small amounts of moisture. These can pull out between approximately 1 to 30 pints of moisture per day. There are also styles specifically designed for garage or shed use and come equipped with defrost settings.

Whole Home

For complete home humidity control there are whole home dehumidifier designs that can remove between 70 to 100 pints of water per day from the air. These are the most powerful and largest of the dehumidifiers available. A whole home unit will also consume higher amounts of energy.

In Conclusion

The conditions that promote mold and mildew development and growth can be controlled. If you have health concerns or live in a humid climate that is conducive to mold growth, it is wise to take control of the humidity by using one or many of the methods described above.

Try to keep the humidity level below 60% indoors and it will be better for you and your home.

 Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.