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Recommended Skincare and Makeup

Because I am in the business of beautiful skin, my clients often ask me about what  makeup to use.

"Something that is kind to your skin," is my usual response.

"But what do you use?" is their usual comeback.

For years, I thought "far be it from me to endorse any certain makeup products. Because I know full well that people who wear makeup have cabinets full of various brands of it.

Whether we justify our purchases through economic means (i.e. it was a great give-away) or we go through our quality phase, (yes, it is expensive, but it will last so much longer than the other <less expensive> brands), or we purchase products through friends who have started (a BeautiControl or Avon or other) business, most of us are swamped with beauty products.

However, after years of creating beautiful, clear and smooth facial palettes, I understand why it is important for me to provide my clients with a more definitive answer to this question.

Today, I am sharing part 1 of 3 of that answer to all of you through this post.

Let me preface by stating that as a licensed professional, I am exposed to both consumer brands and professional brands. My recommendations combine some of each.

Great makeup starts with great skincare. So, if you are seeing a licensed professional for regular facials, great. If not, at least treat yourself to a basic facial with professional products and experience how your skin feels compared to using store-brought brands.  Note: My basic facials start at $45.

I use and recommend these:
  1. Cleansers
    - PCA cleansing bars. These are customized to your skin type - a Pigment Bar, Blemish Control Bar and Dry Skin Relief Bar. ($24-$27)
    -Christina cosmeceuticals cleansers geared towards your skin type. ($20 and up)
    -BeautiControl Thermal Facial Masque ($24)
    -Avon Clearskin Acne Pads ($4.29) and Avon Liquid Extraction Strip Bands ($14)
  2. Exfoliators
    PCA gentle exfoliant ($24)
    -BeautiControl facial exfoliating polish ($21)
    -Christina Cosmeceuticals microemulsion exfoliants ($24-$32)
  3. Toners
    PCA Nutrient toner ($30)
    -BeautiControl Reviving Tonics ($20-$26)
    -Christina Cosmeceuticals facial toners ($20-$32)
    -Avon Clarifying Toner pads ($10)

My hands-down, all-time-favorite lipsticks are the BeautiControl ones. The pigment is so strong it is amazing. For example, I once landed in the ER and was then checked in to the hospital, under the circumstances, I was not able to wash my face, yet my BeautiControl lipstick stayed in place on my lips for two days!
-Again here I like the BeautiControl eyeshadows. The pigment is so concentrated and they apply so smoothly, it just feels delicious and the colors last a long time.

To be continued: Next, Lip liners, Foundations, Eyemakeup removers.

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