The Ray of Gold Make Up Look

This winter the all golden look is very hot. This look is very rich and makes you look gilded, bright and warm, just like the Bond Girl (but much less extreme.)  The look is accomplished with a mix of gold, copper and bronze shades that cast a golden glow over your entire complexion. However it is important to remember the golden rule of using shimmer.  Too much will show off your flaws. The younger and smoother your lids are the more glitter they can take at one time.


To get the look start with a warmer peachier foundation and wash it all over you skin.  Make sure to apply a light bronzer as a blush.  A very light gold highlighter should be applied over the cheekbones.  Depending on your skin tone some women might even want to opt for a yellower shimmery tone or even a white.  White highlighter does compliment shimmering golden tones as well.


This look looks best with slightly thinner lighter brows. You can use a powdered brow lightener to add a little bit of red to your brows.


To do your eyes tap a highlighter color in very pale gold on the brow bone. Then take a bronze shadow and run it along the crease of the lid.  If you are older use a matte shadow on your lids and forgo the shiny stuff. If you are younger with no wrinkles then use the brilliant shiny stuff.


Run the darkest color, such as rich copper along the upper lash line with a smudge brush to create the perfect line.  Then blend the shadow with the liner so that it all slightly overlaps.   Use a big brush to smudge the color in the crease with the shadow and brow colors.


Your next step is to run a bronze eyeliner pencil all around the eye. Apply it as close as possible to the eye to prevent it from looking clown-like.


Make sure the lipstick you choose has a bit of an orange and gold shimmer to it even if you are choosing a darker shade.  You can even highlight your original shade with a gold or bronze lip gloss so this look really rocks on your face.


You can finish this look off with the usual black mascara but brown or forest green mascara looks amazing as part of this gilded look.


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Dealing With Dry Winter Skin

Dry skin is the result of the upper layer of skin, called the dermis, becoming dehydrated.  You know you have dry skin when your skin gets that tight feeling after showering, bathing or swimming. The skin may feel rough to the touch and city. Flaking and peeling of the skin may also be an issue.  The skin may actually crack and in worst case scenarios actually bleed.


Most skin is caused by exposure to dry air in the winter. Central heating can dry out the dermis as well. You might think that you are warming up and taking a hot shower but in the winter this can be a bad idea because you might actually be drying your skin out.  The situation an also be made worse by using harsh soaps, deodorants, shampoos and detergents.  Swimming in chlorinated water can also dry your skin out in the winter.


If you have dry skin you should make sure you are not dehydrated. Dehydration can be the result of being sick, drinking too much alcohol or having a fever.  To help the surface of your skin try using a humidifier or vaporizer at night.


Thankfully you can do a lot to try and help your skin during long cold winter months. You can use moisturizers and avoid hot water. If it comes right down to it and the dry skin becomes a serious problem then a doctor can prescribe a cream that contains lactic acid and urea.


One way to prevent dry skin is to use moisturizers to act a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping. The cosmetics might also contain moisturizers. Oils like baby oil can also prevent the water from evaporating from skin by providing it with a protective layer.


It really can help to limit any shower to less than ten minutes. If you can stand it shower in colder water.  Stay away from drying soaps and use gels with moisturizers instead.


The good news is the most dry skin conditions are temporary and can be remedied with the right care. Part of getting a handle on this problem is controlling your environment so that your skin does not dry out.  You can do a lot on your own to improve dry skin and you should practice preventative measures all year long if you are older or are finding that you are becoming prone to developing dry skin.  However if the problem is severe be sure to see a dermatologist.

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