Our 5 Favorite Types of Makeup for Maintaining Beautiful Skin Guest Author: Grand Salon from Denver, Colorado

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Why do you wear makeup? If you are like most women, you feel that makeup enhances your looks while helping to conceal any flaws. Putting on your cosmetics is an essential part of your morning routine – just like brushing your teeth or styling your hair.

Many perceive makeup as a necessary evil – a tool to bring out our innermost beauty that hurts our skin in the long term. However, not all makeup is bad for our skin. In addition to covering up blemishes or highlighting those baby blues, the right kind of makeup can nourish and protect your skin, helping it retain its youthful appearance.

Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the products you use so that you can reap the most benefits from your cosmetics. Here are five of our favorite types of makeup for maintaining your beautiful skin.

Vichy Dermablend


Dermablend 3D Correction by Vichy

If you are prone to breakouts or to redness, you will love this foundation, which is specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin. Not only does it help hide blemishes, but it also gives your complexion a smoother and more even texture.

What’s even better is that this product has staying power. Apply it in the morning, and you are set for up to 16 hours! Recommended by dermatologists, Dermablend 3D Correction offers SPF 25, and it is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic.

Dermablend covers like a heavy weight, yet your skin will feel light and soft thanks to its special Alliagel™ formula. This foundation, which is available in five shades, is oil-free and is enriched with soothing salicylic acid and eperulin.

 Fix Make-Up by Clarins

When you have carefully applied your makeup, you want it to stay put. With Fix Makeup by Clarins, it will.

Just spray a spritz or two of this fine mist on your face and your makeup will stay fresh for hours. In addition, your face will be enriched with aloe vera and allantoin and refreshed with grapefruit extract and organic rose water.

This dermatologist-tested product is oil-free and noncomedogenic. We know you’ll love it. Visit Nordstrom’s online store to order it today.

Triple Power Intensive Revitalizer Serum by L’Oréal Paris

One of the secrets to younger looking skin is better hydration. Drinking water will help your skin from the inside out. L’Oréal’s Triple Power Intensive Revitalizer Serum will work from the outside in to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to add more firmness and texture to your skin.

The product has a unique dual-chamber pump that combines a lightweight moisturizer with a concentrated serum to create one powerful formula. The anti-aging serum contains birchwood extract to make your skin firmer, and the moisturizer contains 2 percent Vitamin C, which works as a powerful antioxidant. You will see and feel results right away, and fine lines and wrinkles should be noticeably diminished within one week.

Triple Power Intensive Revitalizer Serum has been tested for safety by dermatologists for all skin types. For more on L’Oréal’s revitalizer, visit their website.

stila illuminating liquid foundation by Stila

Illuminating Liquid Foundation by Stila

“Glowing” is perhaps the best adjective any woman can hear about her skin. Glowing skin is healthy and radiant. While it may not be possible to bottle a youthful glow, this product comes pretty close.

Stila’s Illuminating Liquid Foundation is infused with tiny mica crystals that reflect light and help you look your best. This lightweight product glides on your skin, evening out your skin tone and providing sheer to medium coverage with a semi-matte finish.

Rich in minerals and amino acids, the foundation helps your skin fight damage from free radicals in the environment. It is suitable for either dry or sensitive skin. To purchase, visit Nordstrom’s online store.

Colorescience Illuminating Pearl Powder

Illuminating Pearl Powder by Colorescience

How would you like to have SPF protection without any drying chemicals? You can with Colorescience’s Illuminating Pearl Powder.

Perfect as a finishing touch for your look, this powder can enhance your cheeks, brow bones and the bridge of your nose with a natural-looking glow. A little dusting goes a long way, and you can even add a touch to your eyelids for soft color there. Infused with fragrant ylang ylang, neroli, lavender and cypress oils, this product smells as good as it looks.

Visit Colorescience’s website for more information on their Illuminating Pearl Powder.


We know how important your complexion is to you. When your skin looks and feels its best, you exude more confidence in everything you do. If you have questions about these products or about your skin care regimen in general, our specialists are ready to help.  We offer facials, microderms, dermaplaning, chemical peels and microcurrent treatments to help you put your best face forward. Visit our website for a complete list of all our skin care services. We hope to see you soon.

Author Bio:

Grand Salon is a full-service beauty salon based in Denver, Colorado. We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, and offering the most fabulous cuts, color and style services in Denver.

How to Use Beauty Blenders for Flawless Makeup (Guest Post) Guest Author: Jordan Klee

Beauty Blenders

Beauty BlendersAll the beauty vloggers you know and love are using it. Your friends can’t stop raving about it. What is this magical beauty tool that promises to help you apply your makeup in an easy and effective way? Well, it’s a beauty blender, of course. Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you might have seen the egg-shaped sponge around. If you’ve just purchased a beauty blender or you’re thinking about purchasing one, you’re going to love what we’ve prepared for you today. We’re going to teach you how to use beauty blenders and tell you why you should always choose a real one over any DIY product.

How to Use Beauty Blenders

Step 1: Moisten It

The golden rule of using beauty blenders is that you should never use a dry one. They’re made to work only when they’re moist (but not too wet). So just make it a little damp and watch it expand. The reason why it expands is because this will stop it from absorbing a lot of product. Before using it, make sure you’ve squeezed any excess water from it. While you’re using it, if you feel it has gone dry, you can spray it with some more water.

Step 2: Put Product on It

One of the greatest things about the beauty blender is that you can use it with a lot of products, such as foundation, concealer, cream blush, setting powder, highlighter, and more. However, the way you put the product on it differs according to the product’s texture. For instance, for products that you squeeze out of a tube, we recommend putting the product on your hand first, and not straight on the beauty blender. For compact products, you can dab it straight into the pan, while for loose ones, it’s best to put some product in the lid first. Also, if you have to cover a large area of your face, you should use the rounded side of the sponge, while for smaller areas, the pointed end is more suitable.

Step 3: Use It

The trick to using a beauty blender is not to use wiping motions but dabbing ones. Continuously tap the sponge against your face and you will apply your makeup fairly easy. You might need to tap more than once in a certain are to make sure the makeup is fully blended. Also, pressing too hard is not necessary. Light dabs are enough for the beauty blender to work its magic.

Step 4: Clean It

The last step in today’s guide involves cleaning the beauty blender. Remember that you must clean it after every use. You can either use a special beauty blender cleaning solution or antibacterial dish-washing soap. First, use warm water to make the sponge moist again. Then, work the soap into it, lather, and then pour water over it until it runs clear. Place the sponge in a place where it can air dry.

Extra Tip: Stick to the Original

There’s this trend going around online of coming up with all sorts of DIYs as an alternative for a beauty blender. Most recently, someone even tried using a hardboiled egg to apply their makeup. Even if you feel like these DIY solutions are satisfactory, they’ll never be as good as the real thing. Not to mention that some of them are really unsanitary. Beauty blenders are cheap and replaceable, but if you take care of them, you can make them last. 

We hope today’s guide has helped you understand how to use a beauty blender in order to get the best results.

Author Bio:

Jordan is a writer for Beautifully Alive. She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!