You’re in the middle of a great conversation, your about to make the most amazing point and then it happens.
“There’s something in your teeth.”
Your friend wasn’t listening at all! She was totally distracted by some stupid flake of food and didn’t even hear your story!
It’s a fact of life:
Humans are distracted by clutter
Some things, like spinach in a friend’s teeth, we will speak up about because we know they can easily change that. But when the thing that distracts us from listening to what we are being told is more likely a permanent condition, we may be more apt to remain silent in our utter distraction. After all, what good does it do to tell our friend she has a pimple between her eyes? It’s not like she can change that with a quick swipe of the hand.
My disgrace is before me all day long, and my face is covered with shame. Psalm 44:15 NIV
A clean, clear complexion is not distracting.
Blemishes happen; but most skin conditions can be covered with a good foundation. The key is finding the product that will give you the coverage you need without aggravating your skin condition. To find what is right for you, consider these important factors:
- Don’t get pusuaded by pretty packaging. Every manufacturer knows that women buy on emotion, and women love pretty things. A quality package does not mean it’s a quality product. Keep in mind, however, that companies who invest in science and research also want their packaging to represent their standard.
- Don’t pinch pennies. Anything you put on or in your body is an investment into your future health. Your skin is your largest organ and your pores receive into your bloodstream anything you apply to your skin. Invest wisely.
- Know your skin type. Wether the nature of your your skin is dry, oily, aging or sensitive, be sure to choose products that respect your skin type.
- Be careful not to assume. Don’t think you have oily skin just because you are a teen or dry skin simply because your older. And if you do have oily skin, do not assume you should not moisturize.
- Know your product. Every cosmetic line has a variety of levels of coverage and conditioning. The older you are, the thinner (and yes, usually dryer) your skin becomes and the more coverage you will need. Find the one that’s right for you.
- Choose the right color. Your foundation should match your lightest tone on your face. Many girls choose a color one or two shades darker than their natural skin tone thinking it looks healthier. It doesn’t. A dark foundation makes your face look disconnected from the rest of your body–even if you apply it to your neck and chest. If you want more color, use a bronzer as your next step to add that sun-kissed look.
- Apply it correctly. Your foundation is designed to create a canvas on which to do your artistry. It is supposed to even out skin tone, hide blemishes and create a smooth, velvety tapestry that hides away any “distractions.” The most common mistake women make is in applying their foundation with their hands, causing the makeup to streak. If you want your foundation to go on smoothly and evenly, always use a makeup sponge or foundation brush.
After all, when you follow these guidelines and take the time (two-minutes?) to apply foundation, you may find that your friends are less distracted when you are speaking to them.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 NIV
A quick note to those of you who hate makeup. Give powder foundation a try. Just fill a big, fluffy brush with loose or compact foundation and lightly brush your entire face and neck (use downward strokes so the peach fuzz doesn’t stand up). Walla! Smoother skin.
Naturals, you can stop there, since “less is more” for the Casual Beauty. Ingénues, just add a little mascara and lipgloss and you are done, too.
To learn more about the guidelines for each style of beauty, take my FREE Image Assessment Quiz here.
Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose passion is empowering women and girls to BE and LET BE. Her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach, as well as her personal experiences with abandonment and grief make her message relatable to anyone dealing with rejection, betrayal or loss.
Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, will soon be available as an audiobook. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com