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The problem: during the height of summer, you may find your eye makeup smudging, running down your face, creasing, or simply disappearing altogether. And if you dare to venture into your garden or farm with your eye makeup on? Forget about it.

But you have a jam-packed schedule and won’t have time to get all made up for the meeting with your accountant later that morning. You have to decide whether to either skip it or do it beforehand (which we know can end in disaster). But guess what? Your eye makeup is just that versatile – you can master an eye makeup look that suits you – create a colorful ombré, or opt for a simple winged eyeliner look. And then actually get your makeup to stay in place. Really!

Believe it or not, there are ways to avoid this dilemma and keep your eye makeup fresh all day long. Even if you sweat a lot, have oily eyelids, or are currently enduring 95 degree afternoons, you can keep your makeup in place. Here’s how to do it.

Choose the right formulas.

If you want your eye makeup to be sweat-proof, you need to use waterproof or water-resistant formulas. These products won’t smudge nearly as easily as regular eye makeup, so check your labels carefully before purchasing – and when in doubt, read the reviews.

Also, for eyeshadow, opt for powders instead of creams. For eyeliner, use liquid or gel instead of pencil. Pencil and creams both contain oil, so they’re much more likely to smear over time.

Use a primer.

Look for an oil-free primer or pressed powder, and apply it to your lids before you add color or liner. You need to use an actual primer for this to work. Don’t substitute concealer or foundation to prime your eyelids, because those products contain oils which will cause your makeup to move around.

Set your makeup.

After you’re done with your makeup, it’s time to “set” the whole look in place. There are a couple ways to do this. First, for eyeshadow, you can apply a light dusting of a loose, clear powder across your eyelids. For eyeliner, you can apply a powdered eyeshadow in the same pigment on top of the eyeliner.

Alternatively, you can simply use a setting spray and lightly mist it over your eyes (and the rest of your face, if you’re wearing other makeup). This will seal your look in for the entire day.

It’s nice to go out all-natural. And sometimes it’s nice to get all dolled up. Now, the choice is truly yours, even in summertime!

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Natural Beauty: 3 Homemade Face Masks For Oily Skin

Oily skin can be the result of many different factors, including diet, hormones, skincare products, and even some health conditions. Homemade face masks can help to control oily skin and do not contain the harsh chemicals, preservatives, and harsh ingredients found in store-bought products. Here are three homemade face masks for oily skin.

Oat, Honey, and Lemon Mask

Oats absorb excess oil and gently exfoliate your skin, helping to remove dead skin cells and dirt that can accumulate on the surface of oily skin. Honey is a natural moisturizer and skin softener that contains antibacterial properties to keep your skin healthy. Fresh lemon juice contains citric acid, which helps to reduce oil production when applied to the surface. Combine these three ingredients for a moisturizing face mask to remove and control excess oil.

First, add 2 tablespoons of honey to 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Next, add the oats 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture begins to thicken. It may take up to 5 teaspoons of oats to achieve the right consistency. The aim is to make a pliable paste that will stick to your face.

Apply a thick layer of the mask to your skin, taking care to avoid the eyes, and leave on for up to 20 minutes. Before removing the mask, use a wet cloth to gently massage the mixture into your face, as this enables the oats to exfoliate your skin. Rinse thoroughly and cleanse your skin.

Fuller’s Earth, Cucumber, and Aloe Vera Mask

Fuller’s Earth clay removes excess oil, tightens the skin, and provides deep cleanse for the pores. Cucumber juice is an astringent that will also help to tighten the skin. Aloe vera gel, another powerful astringent, contains antibacterial, anti-fungal, and moisturizing properties. Mix these ingredients for a cooling mask.

Start by extracting the juice from a fresh cucumber. A juicer is ideal for obtaining the maximum amount of fluid, but you can also use a blender or just mash the peeled cucumber with a fork. You can then pass the liquid through a sieve or clean piece of cheesecloth to remove the flesh.

Take 2 tablespoons of the cucumber juice and add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Next, add the Fuller’s Earth clay and mix into a smooth paste. As a general rule, you need to use 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s Earth clay to 3 tablespoons of liquid, although this will depend on the type and consistency of the fluid.

Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. After taking the mask off, rinse, cleanse and tone your face thoroughly to remove all traces of the clay from your skin and pores.

Yogurt, Baking Soda, and Graham Flour Mask

Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural cleanser that helps to loosen dead skin cells and control oil production. Baking soda helps to balance the skin’s PH levels and is highly effective at reducing the amount of surface oil. Graham flour acts as a deep cleanser to remove dirt from the pores and will also help to bulk out the mask, preventing it from running or falling off.

Start by mixing 2 tablespoons of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Add the graham flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly and add a thin layer of light moisturizer to rehydrate the skin, as baking soda can sometimes leave the skin feeling dry.

Homemade face masks can be extremely useful in reducing and removing excess oil produced by the skin. However, you may need to experiment with different combinations of ingredients to find the right mask to suit your skin type.

Check out: 3 Homemade Face Masks For Sensitive Skin


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