Special Guest Blogger from Samelia’s World

Karen-Abercrombie_Samelia_makeupSmart Cover Cosmetics is proud to feature Samelia Miller, celebrity makeup artist and author of the wildly popular and charming beauty blog, Samelia’s World:

Hey Worldlers,

As a celebrity makeup artist, yours truly has met and done makeup magic on a number of well, let’s just say “interesting” people in the entertainment industry. Karen Abercrombie, star of director Alex Kendricks movie “War Room,” is so sweet and down-to-Earth. The actress is not afraid to take a chance on someone new coming in to do makeup on her condition.

Now you may ask, “SAMELIA what condition?”

Well, Karen has “Melasma”.

Some of you are probably wondering what Melasma is this?

For those of you unfamiliar with this skin condition, it is hyperpigmentation or skin discoloration due to overproduction of pigment.

It is patchy and may look tan, brown or blue gray on the skin.So yours truly had to do a corrective makeup application on Karen. The term “corrective makeup” is not heard often, but this makeup technique is used all of time!

What is corrective makeup you may ask?

The definition of corrective makeup may vary from makeup artist to artists, in my opinion. Corrective makeup is truly the art of being able use highlight and shadows with makeup product colors to create the illusion of a balance skin tone.

This type of makeup can be effective if applied properly. However, one should proceed with caution because if is not applied correctly, blended well, even using the wrong colors can make the face look horrific or completely unnatural.

Makeup artists must also sure be well verse in makeup foundations, as the common one do not work well. Tending to slip if used in combination with other cosmetic products.

Yours truly had to choose a makeup product line with superior coverage and that is long lasting.

“Smart Cover”!

That’s right, yours truly used Smart Cover Cosmetics on actress Karen Abercrombie. There are several makeup lines yours truly could have used on her, but I felt Smart Cover for this particular actress was best for her skin, as she has tan and brown patches disbursed all over her face. This beauty product line has a variety of foundation colors; normally artist use two (light and dark). Yours truly used their full coverage Concealing Crème in dark beige and deep beige.

I like this Concealing Crème because it is really thick, rich, and creamy. A little goes a long way. Yours truly likes that it has a matte finish, leaving one the option to apply powder. But it is not necessary.

Admitting I have not use the line in a long time but, when I told of Karen Abercrombie’s skin condition yours truly knew who to call. Thank you Nancy Roberts for getting the Smart Cover products I needed to me so quickly!

Learning about Psoriasis

Psoriasis affects more than seven million Americans. It is not contagious; it is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to regenerate at a much faster rate than normal. There are five kinds of psoriasis: plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis.

Symptoms of plaque psoriasis include “raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery white scales” and are often found on the lower back, elbows, knees, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is characterized by small red spots, which are often not as thick the lesions caused by plaque psoriasis.

Inverse psoriasis, usually found in “skin-fold” areas (such as under the arms), is characterized by bright red lesions that are smooth and shiny in appearance.

Pustular psoriasis, as the name implies, is characterized by pus-filled blisters and is primarily seen in adults. Erythrodermic psoriasis is especially painful, as an outbreak can affect the whole body, covering it with excruciatingly enflamed red skin which is eventually shed.

As if the more visible symptoms of psoriasis were not unpleasant enough, many sufferers also experience joint pain and other complications, such as a higher susceptibility to illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Many forms of psoriasis can be treated with topical agents, phototherapy, systemic prescriptions (medication that works throughout the whole body) or biologics (prescriptions that take a more targeted approach).

With a physician’s approval, the appearance of psoriasis can often be mitigated by corrective cosmetics, such as Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème. Apply to smooth, unbroken skin to hide discoloration and minimize the appearance of the uneven surfaces caused by spots or lesions. As with all skin issues, the psychological effects are often as challenging as the physical ones. Smart Cover can help to give you the confidence and freedom to show your face to the world again.

Do You Have Scars?

heatherA scar can leave an emotional mark as well a visible, physical one. Some people have scars caused by serious injuries, major surgery or even chronic diseases such as lupus. Scars can serve as a daily reminder of a traumatic event. In some cases, the presence of the scar itself is distressing.

Writes psychologist Patricia Price: “Society places a great deal of importance on how we look. While scars are considered desirable in some societies and may even be inflicted deliberately, in the majority of cultures this is not the case.”

Some people prefer to bare their scars proudly, as symbolic badges of courage representing challenges they’ve overcome. That kind of self-acceptance is truly admirable; it’s a beautiful thing to see people feeling comfortable in their own skin. As Kitty Dimbleby explains for the Daily Mail, “My battle wounds show the world what I have survived…”

For those who want to retain the option to conceal their scars, Smart Cover has the tools for complete coverage, so everyone can feel confident. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème provides opaque, long-lasting coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. It’s waterproof, so even if you go for a swim in the ocean, the Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready for it to come off.

Living with scars looks different for everybody, whether it’s how you got your scar to how you feel about letting the world see it. What we all have in common is the universal desire to feel like our true selves, and not to be defined by one superficial trait. We all deserve to feel beautiful and we are all entitled to find our own path to get there.

If concealing a scar (or any other skin imperfection) makes you feel like your best you, Smart Cover has exactly what you’re looking for!

Beautiful Winter Skin

Christmas Girl. Winter woman Blowing Snow

When the weather turns cold and blustery, we don’t think twice about switching up our wardrobes accordingly. Shorts and tee-shirts are put away in favor of corduroys, sweaters, hats and scarves. Your clothes are not the only thing you need to change to be ready for the chilly season, though. In order to ensure that your skin will look as healthy and beautiful at the end of winter as it does right now, we have some helpful tips for you.

Take lukewarm showers. Long, hot showers can strip your skin of the natural oils you need to lock in moisture. This will result in dry, itchy skin that will only be exacerbated by cold temperatures.

Remember your SPF! The sun can still have harmful effects on your skin, even in the dead of winter.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. This is always important, but it’s particularly crucial when temperatures plummet and the cold air actually steals the moisture from your skin. Try a hydrating gel cream, and don’t forget to prime your skin before applying cosmetics. Smart Cover’s Moisture Primer Lotion locks in the moisture and keeps your makeup looking better, longer.

Wash your face with a foam-free cleanser. The sudsy soap you use on your face in the summertime can have a drying effect on winter skin.

Use a humidifier. Winter air is cold and dry, which makes it hard for the skin to hold onto moisture. To make matters worse, the heat in your home can dry your skin out as well. Turning on a humidifier, advises Rachel Grumman Bender for youbeauty.com, will help keep your skin “hydrated and supple.”

Give your lips some service. Smart Cover’s Pick Up Sticks Collection comes with a total of five antiaging products to keep your pout pretty, including the Lip Pumice Stick for exfoliation, the Tea Tree Oil Softening Stick , and the Lip Anti-Feathering Stick to keep your lip color looking flawless!

Keep Smart Cover on hand this winter and you’ll look your best no matter what the weather!

Pamper Yourself

Natural homemade organic facial masks of honey. Isolated.

For most of us, work and family are competing at all times for our mental and physical resources. As we build our careers and strive to create a rewarding home life, certain aspects of life fall by the wayside. For example, if you ask the average working parent how often they pamper themselves, you may get a snort of laughter in response.

That’s because, in today’s work-oriented society, pampering ourselves is considered a decadent indulgence, a selfish waste of time and money. However, research indicates that pampering oneself is a crucial element of self-care, right up there with eating right and getting enough sleep. According to Jeremy McCarthy, the author of The Psychology of Spas and Well-Being: A Guide to the Science of Holistic Healing, “Pampering is not only about indulgence.  Sometimes, it’s just what the doctor ordered.”

Stress has been proven to have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health, causing headaches, eating disorders, weight gain and a compromised immune system, to name just a few. “The Pain Doctor,” a website devoted to health and wellness, states: “Not only does relaxing remove or reduce the ill effects of stress, but it generates positive effects of its own.”

If getting a professional massage isn’t in your budget this month, experts recommend simple, low-cost paths to pampering to reap the same benefits: even something as simple as playing with a beloved pet for fifteen minutes or having a dance party for one in your living room can go a long way toward recharging your batteries.

Giving yourself a few extra minutes to get ready has also been proven to provide a significant mood boost, because when you know you look great, it’s hard not to feel great. Smart Cover can help you on that front! Our Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit comes with 17 different products, so you can hide your skin imperfections and play up your best beauty assets.

There was a time when we didn’t know how beneficial regular exercise was and now that’s common knowledge. Here’s hoping that the self-care associated with pampering will also get its due in the near future.

How to Get Through Allergy Season

Young woman with tissue - sneezing. Allergy or cold.

Allergy sufferers often have the toughest time in the early autumn. The most common irritants to the allergy-prone are ragweed and mold, which linger as long as the temperatures remain somewhat warm. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergic rhinitis (commonly called “hay fever”) is caused by the immune system’s “overreacting” to something in the environment.

Common symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, fatigue, and an itchy sensation in the eyes, nose, mouth and skin. Though most of these symptoms abate as the weather turns cold, the short-term effect can be exhausting on the body. If you are susceptible to hay fever, you also know how it can affect your appearance.

Constantly rubbing your itchy, watery eyes can contribute to dark eye circles, to say nothing of the lack of sleep that often accompanies severe allergies. Sneezing and blowing your nose incessantly often results in dry, red skin around your nose. Many people successfully treat allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Some people prefer homeopathic remedies, such as flushing out the nasal passages with warm salt water by using a Neti Pot. For some people, prescription medications are the only source of relief.

Whatever method you choose, be sure to use a gentle moisturizer on your face to combat the detrimental effects of allergies on your skin. Try a hydrating mask to give your skin a little extra love, and avoid products with fragrance, which may only make your symptoms worse.

Board certified allergist Ellen Sher M.D. recommends allergy-tested cosmetics like Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème, Concealing Crème and Smart Cover Stick to “cover the allergic shiners under the eyes and redness on the nose from all the sniffling and rubbing.”

There are only a few more weeks until the first real frost chases allergens away, so hang in there. Smart Cover’s got you!

Take Your Look from Day to Night

depositphotos_73029583_l-2015If you’re like most of us, your work schedule doesn’t magically ease up just because you have a special event planned. Whether it’s an anniversary, a professional mixer or a friend’s birthday bash, many of these occasions overlap with your very busy career. More than likely, you’ll have to shoot straight from work to your celebration dinner or cocktail party.

Luckily, it’s easy to go from “Work You” to “Glam You” when you have the right tools.

Start with the right foundation. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème works as an all-over foundation on the face, as well as a great concealer for skin imperfections on the body. Best of all, it’s waterproof and stays on until you take it off, so you can apply it in the morning and still be good to go by the end of your work day.

If you want a foundation with a lighter touch and a dewier finish, try Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème. If you’re prone to dark eye circles, try the Smart Cover Stick before applying foundation. It’ll hide circles under the eyes, as well as blemishes, and other facial flaws.

Play up the eyes. A dramatic cat eye or heavy eye shadow may not work for your 9AM board meeting, but dramatic eyes are the perfect way to go from work mode to play mode. Try lining the eyes with a gel eyeliner or brushing on some dark shadow for the sexy, smoky eye. Don’t forget your mascara!

It’s all about those lips. A dark lipstick in this fall’s trendy deep berry shades is a great way to change up your look from day to night in mere seconds! To ensure that your lips are smooth and kissable, try Smart Cover’s Lip Pumice Stick and Tea Tree Oil Softening Stick before applying your darker lip shade.

Finally, use Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder to set your sexy new look, and go have a fabulous night!

Living with Rosacea

Woman looking into a broken mirror touching it with her hand, with back of head showing

Commonly known as “the blushing disease,” approximately 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with rosacea. This disease can be a source of discomfort, physical pain and psychological stress. Experts believe that rosacea is hereditary and may be caused by a mite called demodex that lives on skin; a bug called H Pylori that infects the intestines; the way the body processes protein; or the way that the immune system reacts to certain bacteria.

There are four known subtypes of rosacea: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by flushing and visibly swelling blood vessels; papulopustular rosacea causes breakouts resembling acne; phymatous rosacea gives the skin a thick and bumpy texture in addition to redness; ocular rosacea causes eye inflammation that can include a bloodshot appearance of the eyes, swollen eyelids, and what can look to be a sty.

While there is no cure for rosacea, there are various treatment methods, including pharmaceuticals carefully tailored to each individual case, diets that omit possible triggers, and preventive skincare. Staying out of the sun is crucial in this capacity.

Beauty writer Stacey Gawronski candidly describes her experiences as a young woman living with rosacea on youbeauty.com. Misdiagnosed for years as having “sensitive skin” or run-of-the-mill acne, it was when she finally learned what was causing her skin issues that Gawronski was empowered to treat them. Perhaps more importantly, she reached a point of acceptance and positivity, musing: “My skin isn’t perfect, but is it really so bad?”

Ordinary makeup typically will not hide rosacea but specialty camouflage cosmetics like Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème can create the appearance of beautiful, smooth and clear skin in just a few seconds’ time. It dries to a matte finish with no setting powder required, and stays on until you take it off. If you are exhibiting symptoms of rosacea, consult your dermatologist for a diagnosis. When you’re ready to conceal your flaws without irritating your skin, Smart Cover will be waiting for you.

The Debate of the Year!

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No, we don’t mean THAT debate. We’re talking about cosmetic policy, not foreign policy! So what’s yours?

Some people swear by sponges and brushes when it comes to applying their concealing makeup, while others prefer their own good old-fashioned fingertips. There are no wrong answers; there are pros and cons for all of the choices.

If you use your fingertips to apply Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème, you benefit from your natural body warmth, which helps the makeup go on even more smoothly. Your own fingers are also just about the most low-maintenance and cost-effective beauty tools you could ever want. Just be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after any makeup application. Fingers can carry bacteria and dirt that you don’t want anywhere near your face.

Brushes may not be what you think of first when it comes to applying a concealer, but they definitely have their place. Smart Cover’s Camouflage Brush, for example, is designed to fit into hard-to-reach places like the inside corners of your eyes. These small but shadowy areas can make you look older and more drawn if you don’t correctly apply your concealer to those dark corners. The Camouflage Brush is also great for getting precise, even coverage of dark eye circles.

Sponges offer more control than your bare fingertips, allowing you to create a more sheer and lightweight effect. Some makeup artists even recommend dampening the sponge first, to give a more natural-looking glow, especially if you’re using the Concealing Crème as an all-over foundation on your face. Just be sure to moisturize and prime your face before using the sponge, or it may “catch and lift dry skin,” warns beauty writer Louise Griew.

All Smart Cover kits come with a camouflage brush and two sponges, so feel free to experiment with all three methods to find what works best for you. (Sorry, you’ll have to furnish the fingertips yourself.)

Bruises and Other Effects of Bullying

Actress Tara Reid has taken on the emotionally charged subject of bullying in her most recent project.

Worthless, the film Reid is currently filming in New Jersey, is about a girl who wishes for popularity and acceptance but is instead ridiculed and ostracized because of a prominent scar on her face.

Reid has made headlines in the last few days for posting photos of herself online in which she appeared to be battered and bruised, causing her fans a great deal of alarm. She later clarified that the bruises were not real; she was in special makeup for the movie. If the intention of the film is to continue the very important conversation about bullying and abuse, then Reid’s tactics have proved effective.

According to the American Justice Department, 25% of young people will be bullied at some point during their adolescence. The trauma of these experiences can last for a lifetime, as illustrated to an extreme degree in Reid’s new movie.  While there are still an alarming number of instances in which bullies resort to physical violence, cyberbullying is on the rise as well.

If you are a young person in this situation, the best thing you can do is to tell a trusted adult. You may feel that your situation is unsolvable, but the adults in your life are equipped to help you, so don’t be afraid to reach out.  If you are a parent or teacher, it is crucial to check in regularly with your child or student and be on the lookout for signs of bullying, because as many as 58% of young people will never tell an adult that they’ve been a victim.

Smart Cover has been dedicated to helping people hide bruises, scars and other skin flaws for over 35 years with our Concealing Crème and other products. While camouflage cosmetics can go a long way toward improving your appearance and increasing your confidence, bullying is a serious issue and there is help available to those who need it. To learn more about this important topic, or to find out how you or someone you love can receive help, log onto stopbullying.gov.