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Make Up Advice

Hints, tips and general advice on all things cosmetics, make up and skin care.

Make Up for Looking Cool in the Sun.

Make Up for Looking Cool in the Sun. With temperatures forecast to hit 30% it is important to adjust your make up so you stay looking as fresh as a daisy with your make up immaculate.

Start with an oil free moisturiser. Allow this to sink in to the skin before applying anything else so that you don't start off with a damp surface.

A Face Primer can be useful in hot weather as it can help prevent your make up from melting and sliding off your face.

Then apply an oil free foundation, if you can get one with an SPF, go for the highest factor possible. Or you can try a tinted moisturiser and concealer or a BB cream only for a more minimal, natural look.

A light dust of Bronzer improves everything. Your eyes will look brighter, your skin will glow, your teeth will appear whiter and you will look healthier and full of energy even on the most draining of hot days.

Apply bronzer with a large powder brush, in sweeping strokes where the sun would naturally hit your face, forehead, cheekbones, chin, nose. Powder is best for hot weather as sticks and gels can melt and slide in the heat.

Be very cautious about using any products with a shimmer as this can make you look shiny and sweaty.

Go for a nude or natural shade of lipstick, apply several coats, blotting as you go.

Keep your eye cream for night time only. The eyelids are normally quite greasy, causing eye shadow to crease. Try and Eye Primer to increase staying power.

For Blusher try a cheek stain as this will last longer than a cream and a powder can look a little cakey.

Avoid the repeated use of face powder to blot up moisture as this will result in caked layers. Instead blot with a tissue.

Keep drinking plenty of water to keep your skin plumped up and hydrated and keep out of direct sunlight when possible to avoid the damaging and aging effects of sunlight.

Created On  14 Jun 2017 10:53 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Tips for the Perfect Manicure.

Tips for the Perfect Manicure. The perfect manicure is the finishing touch to your complete look. The most flattering nail shape is not quite square and not quite oval. File your nails so the top curve mirrors the curve of your nail base to achieve a balanced appearance. Avoid square tips as this can make your fingers look chubby.

To ensure your nails are the same length, after filing line up each nail with its neighbour.

Don't shake the nail polish bottle; just roll it gently between your palms. This will mix the polish without causing air bubbles.

Once you have washed your hands ready to start your manicure give your nails a wipe with nail polish remover. Even if your have no nail polish left on your nails this will remove any traces of skin oils or soap residue which can cause nail polish to peel away from your nails.

For perfect control when applying your nail polish, hold the brush between the thumb and middle finger whilst resting your forefinger on the top of the bottle cap.

To get the best results, apply in thin layers. Start with a thin layer of base coat, allow to dry completely, then apply a thin layer of polish down the middle of the nail then one on the left side and one on the right. Let the first coat dry completely and then repeat as often as required. Finish off with a layer of Top Coat.  Always allow each coat to dry completely.

When you have finished applying the nail polish run a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover on either side of the nail to remove little slips.

Apply a fresh coat of Top Coat to your nails every other day to help prevent chipping.

If your polish does chip use a nail buffer to smooth the edges of the chip. The smoother you can make the chip the better it will repair. Then fill in the chipped area with polish. Once it's dry apply another coat over the entire nail.

Don't file your nails after a shower or a bath, they will be too soft. Always file in one direction only to prevent tears and weak areas.

Always protect your manicure by wearing rubber gloves when your hands are in water or when cleaning or gardening.

Keep cuticle oil and hand lotion in your desk at work, by your bed and by the sink, use it all the time.

Cosmetics4less stocks a full range of nail polish shades and nail treatments, at prices from on £0.99.


Created On  26 May 2017 12:17 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

How to Fix a Nail Emergency

How to Fix a Nail Emergency It has happened to all of us. We have been growing our nails so they will look terrific for that important big day, then the day before the event a nail tears, sometimes even lower than the quick, ooch!.

Don't worry, this can be fixed. Take the paper from a dried used tea bag and tear of a piece bigger than the nail tear. It's important that the edge of the piece is torn all the way around, no straight lines. This is so that the piece can be incorporated into the nail surface without leaving an obvious edge.

Apply a generous layer of base coat to the whole of the affected nail and, while its still wet, place the piece of paper over the tear in the nail. Push down well so that the paper is bedded into the base coat. Allow this to dry completely then apply another coat of base coat on top. When this is dry apply several coats of your usual nail polish until the paper is invisible.

This patch will last for quite a while. Apply a new coat of polish or top coat every day to extend it's life. This trick should get you through your important big day and allow the nail to grow up a bit beyond the quick so that when you have to trim the nail and it's patch it won't be sore and will look OK.
Created On  11 Apr 2017 15:29 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Max Factor, the Father of Modern Make Up.

Max Factor, the Father of Modern Make Up. The name Max factor is synonymous with make up and cosmetics in the UK. It's famous products; Creme Puff, Lasting Performance Foundation and Pan Stik are almost as popular as ever and it's new mascaras sell very well here.

The extraordinary and romantic story of the original Max Factor, the Father of Modern Make Up, might almost have come from one of the films that made his name household words.

Born Maximillian Fakbrowiczin in 1877 in Poland, Max was of Jewish descent. He learnt his skill when he was apprenticed as a young man to a pharmacist and dentist. He was still a young man when he left Poland for Russia and set up his first shop in Moscow selling perfume, skin creams, wigs and cosmetics. His big break came when a theatre company used his cosmetics for a performance watched by many of Russia's aristocrats. This led to his appointment as Cosmetics Consultant to the Russian Royal Family.

Increasing anti-Jewish feeling in Russia and Eastern Europe led Max to emigrate, with his young family, to America in 1904. At the infamous immigration centre on Ellis Island his unpronounceable name was simplified to Max Factor.

The family had only been able to bring a small amount of money with them and Max had to sell his creams and perfumes at fairs all over America before they had enough money to settle down in Los Angeles where Max established his first Max Factor Beauty Salon. Max was one of the first people to see the potential of the budding movie industry there.

Horrified by the dreadful make up worn on the screen in those early movies, Max created the first flexible greasepaint in 12 shades. This was a big hit and Max was soon make up artist to all the great Hollywood stars. The distinctive look of most of the great film actresses were created by Max. Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford and many others owed their screen image to Max and soon their millions of fans around the world demanded the products for themselves.

Many of the cosmetics products we use today were invented by Max, often referred to as The Father of Modern Make Up. Lip Gloss was invented in 1930. Pan Cake make up, forerunner of all modern foundation and nail polish in 1934. Erace, the first ever cosmetic concealer, was launched on the market in 1954. It's modern counterpart is still available today.

Max died in 1943 and the business was continued by his son Frank and by other members of the family until 1976. Today Max Factor is owned by the giant multi-national company Proctor and Gamble. Here in the UK Max Factor is as popular as ever. Colour Adapt and Lasting Performance Foundation, Lipfinity Lip Gloss and Max Factor's excellent range of mascaras are still best sellers and are heavily advertised on television and in magazines using their modern day catch phrase, Max Factor, The Make Up Of Make Up Artists.

Sadly the picture in the United States, the home of Max's success, is very different and Proctor and Gamble discontinued Max Factor in 2010 due to lack of demand. However Max Factor's many British fans need not worry as the brand is still available in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Created On  4 Apr 2017 16:42 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Beauty Tips for the Over 40's

Beauty Tips for the Over 40's

Your make up needs to evolve as you grow older and change with our skin tone and facial features. Here are a few tips to staying fabulous, whatever your age.

Wear more blush, as we age we lose pigment in the skin and your skin may have less natural glow. So make sure you always use blusher.

Never chose a beige or pink based foundation shade. Pink or beige sucks warmth out of the skin. Try an ivory, porcelain, natural or sand shade.

Donít over pluck your eye brows, itís ageing and dated. As we age our eyelids droop or even sag a little. Over plucked eye brows will accentuate this puffiness and drag your eyes down. Well shaped  and defined eye brows give a youthful look.

Donít use more eyeliner under the eye than on the top. This drags down the eyes and accentuates the droop. A thin, slightly smudged line, starting from about a third of the way from your nose will instantly lift the eyes.

Donít use frosted eye shadow or white frosty highlighter. Anything frosty accentuates lines because it makes the skin look scaly. Leave frosty to the teenagers.

Donít over powder. The more moisturisers you use, and you should definitely be using this on mature skin, the more porous your skin will become when you use powder. Even the fineness of powders can look cakey if the skin is moist and greasy. Try applying your moisturiser 30 minutes before making up to allow it to sink in,  and choosing a lighter weight product for day time use, keeping the heavier anti-ageing products for bedtime.

Donít use dark or harsh lipstick shades if you have small lips. As we age our lips get thinner and tend to sag. Use a natural shade of lip liner to prevent bleeding. Blend inwards to avoid the lined look and re-apply your lipstick regularly. If you like bright lipstick, highlight the centre of your lips to give them a fuller effect. Apply a little concealer to the outer edge of your lips and go just  a bit beyond the lip line. Also apply concealer to the outer corners of your lips and go just inside the natural corners of your mouth. All these things will give the appearance of fuller lips. They are high maintenance though and need a lot of retouches during the day to stay looking good. For everyday use try a nude or natural looking lipstick.

Finally the beauty advice that applies to everyone. Eat lots of fruit and veg. Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water.






Created On  20 Mar 2017 8:36 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink

Give Yourself a Makeover this Spring.

Give Yourself a Makeover this Spring.

Prepare Your Skin for Spring

 As winter draws to its damp conclusion, itís fair to say that our skin has taken a beating during the cold months. As we start to tone up in anticipation of losing those shapeless layers to bare all for the warmer weather, itís essential that we also take some time to reboot our daily beauty routine and refresh our makeup bags for some springtime shine.

Here at Cosmetics 4 Less, we have lots of excellent products and ideas to help you on your way, so pull up a chair and read our top tips for perfect springtime skin.


 Ok, we all know we should wear sunscreen all year around, but letís be honest, how many of us actually do? Itís far too easy to let it slip in the weak winter sunshine, but now is the time to put some sunscreen back into your daily routine. Ensure you use a daily moisturiser which has at least a factor 15 built in, and if youíre going to be in the sun for any length of time slather your skin in a minimum of a factor 30 sunscreen.

 Lighten Up

 Winter is all about heavy foundation and smoky eyes, but the key to spring is clear, fresh skin. Opt for a tinted moisturiser, or a lightweight, translucent foundation for a natural-looking base. Swap your powder blush for a simple check stain, and ditch those dramatic dark eyes in favour of pastel colours.

Get Some Glow

Banish your pale winter skin with some natural bronzer, to give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Itís much healthier than trying to jumpstart your tan with a trip to the sunbed, gives instant results and it will keep your skin looking young and healthy.

Be Bold with Your Lips

 While we recommend toning down your skin and eye makeup during the spring in favour of natural and pastel tones, choosing some bold colour for your lips will finish your springtime look with style. Bold reds and pinks will ensure you stand out this spring.

Natural Nails

 If you regularly use gel or artificial nails, itís essential to give your nails a break every few months to let them repair and strengthen up. Treat your nails to a good moisturiser, before applying a natural, protective base, and finishing them with a nude tone thatís ideal for spring.

 If you need some inspiration to refresh your makeup bag this spring, take a look at the great range of products on Cosmetics 4 Less.

Created On  17 Mar 2017 8:30 in Make Up Advice  -  Permalink