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ACNE FIGHTER

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

A couple months ago we shared how to fight wrinkles with our Red Light LED Therapy Tutorial. We got so many requests for the blue version in the comments that I researched, polled  my colleagues, asked my dermatologist and found the three that we found work the best. Here’s why a blue light LED at-home handheld device is the bomb to fight acne:

  1. It helps kill bacteria that causes many of your breakouts.
  2. It helps clear up existing acne.
  3. It helps prevent future blemishes.
  4. It calms the inflammation and gets your skin to mellow out.
  5. It’s safe for sensitive skin!
  6. Because it’s not a cream/toner/lotion, you don’t have to worry about it drying out your skin, irritating it or having a reaction from it. But you can use a Blue Light LED device in conjunction with your favorite acne skincare.

TBD FAVES:

  • Brook is using the Pulsaderm Blue above because its head covers a big area at once and it really calms my flare ups helping my skin clear up.
  • We also like the Revive LED Therapy because it made a dramatic difference in my cousin’s skin and it’s on sale right now!
  • Lastly, the Tanda Zap is awesome for when a big blemish has parked itself on your face because it targets it not only with a blue LED light but also with sonic vibration and a light warming to get it to chill out fast.

STEPS:

  1. After washing your face, pat it dry. Put on the safety googles that come with the handheld device (I didn’t photograph her wearing them because it crushed my flow!) or place moistened cotton pads over each eye, but then you need to meditate or talk on the phone as you won’t be able to see instead of what you can do in step 2!
  2. Sit down to watch TV or YouTube or while sitting at your desk or on your laptop, hold the device over each affected area for 3 minutes.
  3. Repeat daily and you’ll start to notice a difference within one week! My chin has been a nightmare this winter with acne and a rash-like dermatitus redness thing that’s way harsh, Tai! But 5 days with my Pulsaderm handheld and it calmed down and cleared up.

FOUNDATION SECRET

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

It’s easy to want to paint foundation on with a flat foundation brush like we would a canvas on an easel. But when we do that, the foundation just sits on top of the skin instead of becoming one with it. Then it comes off on our phones (the worst!) or friends’ shirts when we hug them when it doesn’t have to be that way. If you switch tools and techniques, you’ll be much happier with the results. Change #1: switch from a typical foundation brush to a fluffy foundation brush. Change #2: instead of painting it on with a heavy hand, swirl it on with a light touch, building in layers. You want the pressure to be super light, as if you were an archaeologist dusting off an artifact. This ensures that you applying the thinnest layer possible as you go. Then if the area needs more coverage, you go back over it a few times until it’s covered. You’ll be surprised how many areas that you won’t have to go back over! And you won’t look like you’re wearing a mask. Here’s how:

FAVORITE FLUFFY BRUSHES:

FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS:

  • I splurged a little with this foundation that has the perfect balance of coverage and lasting power, and has the best range of shades of any foundations out there.
  • I also really love this oil-free  long-wear one for its budget-friendly price and gorgeous finish.

STEPS:

  1. Pump a few drops of foundation onto the palm of your hand or a glass palette.
  2. Dip the fluffy brush into the product and pull it across to thin it out as I demonstrated above.
  3. Start lightly swirly across your cheek. Don’t stroke hard! Lightly build!
  4. Continue along your forehead.
  5. Don’t forget your chin and neck!
  6. Go back over any areas that need more coverage.

Then spot conceal any problem areas with concealer and finish with a dusting of powder.

BLUSH + CONTOUR CHEAT SHEET

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

There are two great reasons why you should take a second and try this technique to find your cheekbones! First, it shows you where the bone is so you know where to sweep the contour (directly underneath to “support” the bone and create a hollow) and where to swirl the blush (directly on top). And second, it shows you the angle of your cheekbone so you know the direction to apply it. Good stuff! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1.  Grab the pencil and place it along your cheek. Roll it up and down with your fingers flattened until you feel where the cheekbone is. Turn the pencil until it is exactly the same angle as the bone then roll it just below the bone so it’s touching it but just under it. That’s the “hollow” of your cheek and where your contour should go. The blush goes directly along the cheekbone (either only on your apple or along the cheekbone itself; I’ll post a comparison study of the two next week!). Take a mental photograph of the pencil’s placement and angle. Suck in your cheeks if that helps you see it as well. Press your thumb along the bone to really feel it too. My cheekbones (and most of my clients’) came in at 26. Until then, these techniques will help you find them.
  2. Follow the hollow by sweeping the contour cream or powder just underneath the cheekbone along the angle that you discovered with the pencil. as demonstrated by Chloe above. I always swirl the brush on the back of my hand after dipping it in the product to thin and even it out before I ever let it go near my face because nothing’s worse than a muddy contour!
  3. Switch to the blush brush and dip it in the blush. If it’s a cream blush, swirl it on the back of your hand, if it’s a powder blush, give it a couple taps against the counter to get rid of any excess. Swirl and stamp the brush along the cheekbone, just above the contour.

PUFFY EYE FIX

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Sleep time can be used to make our puffy eyes better. Or how you’re sleeping can actually be making it worse! There are two ways that can majorly improve your under-eye area and wake up actually looking rested. Here’s how:

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TRICK #1: Prop your head, neck and shoulders up with an extra pillow. If you lie flat, you’re not doing yourself any favors. But if you prop your head, neck and shoulders up a little by using two pillows instead of one, it will help with lymphatic drainage, fighting the tendency for things to get puffy. Worth it in my book! If you don’t own two pillows and don’t want to spend anything, you can fold your pillow in half. If you’re a side sleeper like I am naturally, try to break the habit. It helped me to prop another pillow under my knees in the beginning. Apparently it takes two weeks to break a habit, so work at it for a couple weeks and see how you do. I can’t say there aren’t mornings that I don’t wake up on my side but that’s something beyond my control so I let it go!

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TRICK # 2: This is for when we have a big day coming up and we really want to look our best! With your head propped up AND your under-eyes equipped with an eye mask or loaded up with eye gel, you’re doubly combating the issue and will be ecstatic with the results.

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TBD FAVORITES:

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

There’s actually a third trick that I hopefully taught you a couple years ago when applying your eye cream at night to avoid waking up to puffy eyes. Remember? You can revisit it here!