Sunscreen on Your Shoulders Makes Us Happy

sunblock faceOne of the most quoted pieces of advice in recent American history came from an essay by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, which immediately became so popular, that it was even turned into a dance song:

“Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.”

Even though Smart Cover gives you extra protection because our coverage is so opaque, we always recommend that you apply suncreen under our concealers. Since we are passionate about helping you to look and feel your best, we wanted to offer you some tips for purchasing sunscreen.

Opt for products that specifically say “broad-spectrum UV coverage” on the label (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
Look for the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) or the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

Check the expiration date. The FDA requires that sunscreens remain effective for at least three years, so that’s how long you can expect yours to work at full strength. When in doubt, toss it out.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside, and be diligent about reapplying every two hours and always after swimming or “sweaty” activities.

Use a shot glass as your guide — it takes a full ounce of sunscreen to adequately cover the exposed areas of your whole body, says the AAD.

Don’t forget your neck, ears, nose, hands, and toes, as well as the backs of your arms and legs.
Love your lips by protecting them with a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun is at its strongest.
Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses as an added layer of defense.
Schedule a yearly screening with your dermatologist and alert them ASAP if you notice any changes in your moles or any new growths or lesions. Caught early, most skin cancers are highly treatable.

And, if you want to “go for the faux,” Smart Cover offers our Suntan Essentials Kit. It’ll give you a tanned look without the harmful rays of the sun.

Believe and Be Bronze

bronzed_smiling_faceOne of this winter’s makeup trends was ferociously rosy cheeks, with blush applied to look like “adorable windburn.” Now that we’re heading into summer, premier makeup artists are trading blush for bronzer. Summer is all about looking like you came by your beauty effortlessly, preferably as a side effect of lounging at the beach all day.

Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer is the perfect way to create that illusion. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen, but still get that gorgeous tanned glow with a quick sweep of Believable Bronzer. Use a little on the apples of your cheeks, on your eyelids and on the tip of your nose and look sun-kissed in seconds.

With an all-purpose makeup brush, you can even apply the Believe Bronzer to your shoulders, arms, legs and any other areas that you want to look tanned. Build color according to your personal preference, so you can be as golden and tawny as your mood dictates. Summer is a great time to play up your natural beauty while eschewing more complicated makeup routines.

Katie Dickens for Elle.com writes: “When it’s hot, a bright lip can be a bit high-maintenance and a steady stream of cold beverages make for constant reapplication.” She recommends following the runway trend toward delicate, candy colored lips in playful pink hues. Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick will give your lips just the right amount of color and shine to achieve this look, and it’s a creamer blush too!

For help learning how to apply Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer, check out this video featuring makeup artist Andrea Guttadauro. Believable Bronzer lets you have it both ways: healthy skin and a gorgeous “tan!” Summer only lasts a few short months, but your skin is with you all your life, so treat it well… and treat it to Smart Cover!

For All the June Brides

The beautiful woman posing in a wedding dress

Brides are to June as fireworks are to July. Both are beautiful, special, and if handled incorrectly, potentially dangerous! Bridezilla jokes aside, the reason for the prevailing stereotypes about “difficult” brides boils down to expectations.
Many women have a clear vision in their minds of how they want to look on their wedding day. Everyone knows a girl who lived on cheese sticks and popsicles for six months to fit into a dream dress. And you can’t have the perfect dress and NOT have perfect skin, can you?

For brides, bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-brides, and everyone else who is counting on having one perfect day this June, Smart Cover has just what you need. The Smart Cover Stick hides dark eye circles, blemishes and other imperfections on the face, and it’s the size of a lipstick so it will fit in even the tiniest purse or pocket for last minute touch-ups!

Better still, The Hollywood Makeup Artist Kit comes with 17 of Smart Cover’s most popular items, including the afore-mentioned Smart Cover Stick, and four different shades of the Concealing Crème. The Concealing Crème covers tattoos, veins or bruises on the face and body. It’s waterproof and will stay on from the beginning of the ceremony until the last piece of cake has disappeared at the reception.

As Kristen Finello wrote for Bridalguide.com, “A sane start to the day will go a long way toward helping you keep your cool once the action begins.” She advises picturing yourself on your honeymoon if you start to feel the stress of the big day.

Remember: you’re getting married because you’re in love! Enjoy your wedding day, but remember it’s just one day… and lucky you, you’re going to get to spend all the rest of your days with the love of your life. Congratulations!

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Face!

Profile portrait of a beautiful smiling woman washing her clean face with waterIf you’re like most people, you can remember your parents telling you to wash your face before bed when you were a little kid. Now that you’re an adult with no one telling you what to do, how good are you at following this rule? Is your skincare regimen like clockwork or a little more devil-may-care?

For those of you who are a little more lackadaisical about nightly skincare, we want to remind you how important (and easy!) it is to take care of that beautiful face.

Even if you’re not wearing makeup, you’re touching your face throughout the day and leaving all kinds of bacteria behind. If you don’t wash it off at the end of the day, you increase the risk of breakouts.

Nighttime is the best time for your skin to rebuild itself. Washing your face before bed makes the most of the effects of your skin’s self-repair process. To further maximize these effects, try Smart Cover’s Vitamin Beauty Stick around the eyes, mouth and other delicate areas of your face where fine lines can form.

Speaking of fine lines, according to Sleep.org, makeup tends to hold onto the free radicals that attack your skin all day. If you don’t wash your makeup off completely before bed, those radicals continue to break down the collagen in your skin, leading to wrinkles.

Worse than that, if you fall asleep with eye makeup, you run the risk of some of that makeup getting into your eyes during the night, which could cause an infection.

To ensure that your skin will always look and feel its best, remove your makeup thoroughly and wash your face with a gentle cleanser. For everything you need in one bottle, try Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser and then get a good night’s sleep. Your skin will thank you!

You’re So Vein

Portrait of a smiling woman relaxing by poolThe warm weather may have most of us are rejoicing, but those of us with unsightly veins on our legs are a little more ambivalent. According to Web MD, there as many as 30-60% American adults with varicose or spider veins. It’s an extremely common problem, but that offers minimal comfort when you’re turning down trips to the pool or spending your vacation hiding behind an oversized beach towel.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available, the most well-known of which is sclerotherapy. Womenshealth.gov describes sclerotherapy as an outpatient procedure in which the doctor injects a liquid chemical into the vein, causing the vein walls to swell, stick together and swell shut. “This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade.”

Other treatment options include compression stockings, which press down on the veins to reduce discomfort while increasing blood flow; surface laser treatments; and for very large varicose veins, surgical ligation, during which the veins are tied shut and removed altogether.

While compression stockings are relatively inexpensive, their efficacy is limited. Laser treatment and sclerotherapy can ultimately cost thousands of dollars, depending on how many sessions are needed. And surgery is often an expensive last resort.

For people who are embarrassed by the appearance of spider or varicose veins but don’t necessarily need to take such drastic measures, the right concealer is the perfect solution! Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides veins and other skin imperfections on the legs (and everywhere else on the body), and it’s completely waterproof.

There is no need to worry about “sweating off” your concealer, and with a little Smart Cover, you can even enjoy a swim. Your Concealing Crème will stay on until you’re ready to take it off. So get out there and enjoy the warm weather. You’ve got Smart Cover!

Are Facials Good For You?

Face Massage. Close-up of a Young Woman Getting Spa Treatment.

While some people swear by their monthly facials, others are more cautious. Unlike massages and other innocuous spa indulgences, facials can present risks for folks with extra-sensitive skin, who can be susceptible to irritation or even infection as a result of certain kinds of skin treatments.  As skincare expert Paula Begoun writes for The Cosmetics Cop, “Using essential oils [may] smell divine, but fragrance isn’t skin care. All fragrance, synthetic or natural, causes irritation, and irritation harms your skin.” Smart Cover’s concealers are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested, for precisely this reason.

Managing expectations is important when you’re considering having a facial. Facials can reap enormous benefits: with the right esthetician, you should walk out of your facial with fewer blackheads via gentle extraction, improved skin tone, and softer skin. What facials won’t do is magically make acne disappear (sorry!) or lift up sagging skin.

It’s also important to remember that skin treatments such as facials are just one piece of a bigger puzzle when it comes to taking care of your largest organ. What you eat, how much you sleep and whether you get any exercise all have a huge impact on your skin’s appearance.  As Sarah Siddons points out on howstuffworks.com, “Even the world’s greatest facial won’t do much good if you chow down each day on greasy foods and consider channel surfing the ultimate in daily exercise.”

In terms of sheer pleasure, facials are a homerun.  In addition to treating your skin, estheticians will typically massage your neck and shoulders. Soft music plays, the room smells wonderful, and those 60 to 90 minutes are all for you.

We don’t have to tell you that the benefits to putting yourself first every now and again are too numerous to name! Facials may not work absolute miracles, but you always have Smart Cover to hide any remaining imperfections. If you decide getting a facial is right for you, by all means, enjoy!

Are You “Lucky” Enough to Have Perfect Skin?

Young woman tilting her head on the side while applying some cream on her face

Some people have naturally flawless skin. Heredity can play a huge role. According to Dermalogica.com, “genetics and hormones are a major player in whether or not you experience breakouts. Your parents and siblings may have a history of breakouts, and that could foreshadow how intensely you struggle with this condition.”

However, even if your DNA didn’t give you the gift of effortlessly perfect skin, there is a lot you can do to improve your odds. We all know that hydration is enormously important to maintaining healthy, clear skin. And as Diana Kelly reminds us for Realsimple.com, “Beauty sleep is real: Unless you have a team of makeup artists waiting in your bathroom every morning, it’s hard to look gorgeous and youthful when you’re skimping on Zzs.”

Getting your fruits and veggies (and minimizing your sugar intake) are also crucial to having the best skin possible. For some of us, even working hard to maintain a healthy diet, sleep and exercise regimen doesn’t guarantee great skin. If you’re not so lucky in this area, Smart Cover has just the thing for you (and no, it’s not a four-leaf clover)!

Smart Cover’s Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème covers dark eye circles, blemishes, fine lines and age spots, among other facial imperfections, and leaves your skin looking creamy and flawless. You can use it as an all-over foundation or just cover specific areas.

So while you’re trying to decide if you’re going to wear green this St. Patrick’s Day, remember: perfect skin goes with everything… and so does Smart Cover!

 

Shades of You

Depositphotos_70564945_l-2015As beauty blogger Diana Crisan warns for Makeup.com, using the wrong shade of makeup for your skin “throws your whole look off!”

If you don’t know your Medium Beige from your Golden Tan, we have many ways to help you! First, determine whether you’re looking for a Concealing Crème (which dries to a matte finish and can be used on the face and body), or a Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème (formulated just for the face, dries to a creamy finish).

If you choose Concealing Crème, we highly recommend the Deluxe 10-Piece Starter Kit for first-time customers. Not only will you get three shades to choose from, but you also get our Color Corrector, which can be mixed with any shade to lighten it.
Makeup experts recommend swiping all three shades on your jawline and looking at them in natural sunlight to see which one comes closest to your own skin tone. This video, featuring makeup artist Andrea Guttadauro, can also guide you to the shade that will work best for you.
Some people find that mixing two shades, such as the Medium Beige and the Dark Beige, gets them the custom match they need. Smart Cover is dermatologist tested and works great with most skin types. It also offers a level of coverage you just can’t get from ordinary cosmetics. It feels wonderful to find just the right makeup to give you the look of beautiful, perfect skin. Smart Cover hides your flaws and lets you shine!

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.