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Puffy eyes are a cosmetic ailment a girl faces at least once in her life. Differing from under-eye bags, your eyes can get puffy if the eyelids or corners of the eyes are swollen, fluid retention or if your eyes are dry or itchy. There are several factors that can lead to puffy eyes, including allergies, crying, too much salt in your diet, stress, eye irritation, lack of sleep and sinus problems.
The best to way treat eye puffiness is to prevent it. However, if you do find yourself with puffy eyes, try these techniques:
Place a cold compress over your eyes. (A baggie full of ice or frozen veggies work well, too.) If a cold compress feels too cold, use cucumber or potato slices, or cotton balls soaked in witch hazel or rose water.
Sleep in an elevated position – especially if you’ve been crying or have sinus problems.
Use a firming eye cream that helps calm puffiness. The Erno Laszlo BLUE Firmarine Eye Therapy serum works miracles!
Use eye creams that tone, refresh and moisturize the skin around your eyes. Celebrities since the iconic days of Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly swear by the Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection.
Gently firm up the skin around your eyes with the Opal Clarisonic Infusion System, which uses sonic technology to give you a more youthful, less puffy-eyed appearance. (The Opal is also great at preventing puffy eyes.)
If you’ve tried these tips with no luck, talk to your doctor about additional options or treatments to try.
If you wear the wrong foundation color, everyone will notice. An artist prepares a canvas with gesso before she begins to paint. Foundation is like gesso, helping to prepare your face for a perfect makeup application.
In addition to using the wrong color, one of the most common blunders ladies encounter with foundation is using the wrong type. Here’s a look at the different types and how to use them:
Liquid foundation: Provides light to medium coverage, but isn’t very forgiving if you choose the wrong color, especially if you use a heavier kind. Play it safe with BECCA Cosmetics. A great, can’t-go-wrong BECCA foundation is the Luminous Skin Color because it’s extra sheer.
Cream foundation: The type of foundation you generally find in stick form or in a compact. Because it offers heavier coverage than liquid foundation, it’s vital that you get the color right. One of the best types of cream foundation is Dew Drop Powder Foundation from Kevyn Aucoin, which is a cream-to-powder formula.
Tinted moisturizer: This type of foundation offers the lightest amount of coverage. The Shimmering Skin Perfector from BECCA Cosmetics doubles as a tinted moisturizer. This option is optimal if you already have great-looking skin.
Powder foundation: Offering full to light coverage, powder foundation provides the greatest selection of colors from which to choose. If you have light to medium-dark skin, try the Jouer foundation Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder SPF 39.
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Remember that gross feeling you have after sitting for hours on a plane (or car, or train) – especially when you have a layover in the middle of the night? Being cooped up with hundreds of people without the ability to shower is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Fortunately, Clarisonic has the answer with its Mia 2.
The Clarisonic Mia is a dermatologist-recommended skin cleansing system that comes with a gentle and powerful rotating brush. The brush uses patented sonic technology to clean your face up to six times better than a washcloth alone. This Clarisonic skincare product allows you to see and feel the difference.
The original Mia is great for home use, but the Clarisonic Mia2 is ideal (and made for) traveling. In addition to being TSA-compliant, the Mia2’s compact size and convenient travel case easily fit into your carry-on luggage. This compact version of the Clarisonic Mia comes with the handy T-Timer and two speed options, which helps you scrub your face for the perfect amount of time.