5 Steps to a Naturally Flawless Complexion

If you’re looking for a cream, lotion or wash to improve your complexion, your options are endless. But, if the thought of combing through thousands upon thousands of products to find the one perfect match for your skin is a little daunting, start with these five simple methods first.

1. Drink More Water

It’s no secret that water does great things for your body: energizes muscles, boosts your metabolism, and generally helps your body perform its functions better. But, it also can make you look younger and more vibrant, because a dehydrated state can make your skin look dry and wrinkled. Experts recommend drinking half an ounce of water for every pound of your body weight. So, if you weigh 130 pounds, you should be drinking 65 ounces of water every day for adequate hydration.

2. Get More Sleep

Good sleeping patterns are essential to overall skin health. Your skin uses periods of rest to restore and repair itself. Bedtime is when your proteins and melatonin are produced, and when other anti-aging activity occurs. Skin conditions and irritations are exacerbated when you’re sleep-deprived; that tired state can also accelerate skin aging. Sufficient sleep gives your body its best chance for optimal skin performance.

3. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen is arguably the most important component of your skincare arsenal. Regardless of the weather, sun exposure can cause skin damage. But, daily sunscreen application has been proven to prevent a multitude of skin cancers, including melanoma. If that’s not enough motivation, think of all the premature wrinkles, colored spots and weird textures you’re keeping off your face. For daily wear, try a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen; it’ll feel less greasy and will smell less than a full-on sunscreen. Be sure to get at least SPF 15, but SPF 30 is recommended.

4. Get an Allergy Test

Dermatologists can test your skin to evaluate its response to the most common allergens. Once you know your irritants, you’ll be able to avoid the products that contain the fragrances, chemicals, etc. that could cause irritation or redness.

5. Keep it Clean

You know you shouldn’t sleep in your makeup, but you probably do anyway, at least on occasion. Remember that sleeping in your makeup can cause bacterial infections and clogged pores, and make your acne worse. As important as it is to wash your face before bed and in the morning, it’s just as important to be gentle in your washing. Over-exfoliating can dry out your skin and cause “microcuts,” through which bacteria can enter and, again, worsen acne. A couple of tips?

Wash your face after removing your makeup to ensure you get all of the concealer and foundation off.

For a gentler exfoliation than grainy scrubs, use a salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser. Start using one of these three times a week, alternating with your regular cleanser, and adjust depending on your skin’s reaction.

Avoid getting a daily cleanser with fragrance or harsh soap. If you have dry skin, try a cleanser with shea or glycerin. If you have oily skin, try a foaming wash to help your skin feel cleaner.

What Shape Magazine Thinks of Airbrush Makeup

Earlier this month, Shape.com put our Luminess airbrush makeup system to the test for their research on beauty gadgets. Photo Editor Erica Meneses experimented with the system for the magazine’s story, “Do Fancy Beauty Gadgets Really Work?”

The verdict? An excited “Yes!”

After testing multiple products, Meneses found that the Epic 2 delivers natural-looking results easily (though she had her qualms at first). “I was worried I wouldn’t be able to apply the foundation or blush evenly on my face, but the machine took care of everything,” she said. “It didn’t take a lot to make my skin look smooth.”

Trends From the SS16 Runways

If there’s one thing we learned from the spring/summer 2016 runways, it’s that this season will be all about a natural look. No makeup makeup, full brows, natural lips and no-fuss eyes are everywhere.

But, for the days when you want a little added color, there’s the Altuzarra look. Using our Eyeshadow Palette, swipe your favorite shade over the lid. Start from the lash line and work up toward your eyebrow. Then, use a brush to blend away any harsh lines.

Getting Selena’s Grammys Look

Last night we saw the giants of the music industry walk the red carpet for the annual Grammys awards show. From Taylor to Adele, talent, style and beauty ran rampant, especially in the case of Selena Gomez. The singer took her “come and get it” mantra to heart with a serious smoky eye, glam waves and killer sexy Calvin Klein slinky, sequin dress in midnight blue.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to get red carpet glamour.

  1. After applying your silk foundation, contour with bronzer. Hold the airbrush stylus roughly six inches away from your temple, just in front of the center of your ear. Using a gentle sweeping motion, brush the color down toward the corner of your mouth.
  2. Apply a light iridescent shadow to the inner corners of your eye, and just below the brow.
  3. Using a good black eye liner, trace your upper lid. Start at the center, then work outwards in a dramatic cat eye. Finish the line from the center to the inner corner. Repeat on the bottom, blending away harsh lines.
  4. Fill in the negative space between your liner and your light shadow with a dark bronze or purple shadow. Blend for a seamless transition.
  5. Finish the look with two coats of mascara and a statement brow.

Practice a few times before wearing this out, so you can be sure to nail the technique. You can get everything you need for this look on our website LuminessBeauty.com

Examiner.com Features Luminess Air in Holiday Gift Guide

For their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, examiner.com suggest giving the beauty of air to your friends and family.

Quote-OpenLuminess Air makeup artist Heather Hughes uses her artistry to pursue her main passion: making women feel beautiful and confident.

Hughes believes that when women feel great about their outward appearance it alleviates some of the barriers for women to feel better on the inside as well. She also understands that most women have busy lives so simplicity is key.

While airbrush makeup systems are generally perceived to be the domain of professional artists, Luminess strives to reshape that perception, and pushes the bounderis of what women should expect from the cosmetics they reach for everyday.

Hughes embodies that mission, teaching women that beauty can be uncomplicated, fun and empowering.

Examiner caught up with Hughes to learn about what pulls her heart-strings and how to keep it simple and fabulous through the holidays.

EXAMINER: Which winter holidays do you celebrate? How do you celebrate them?

HEATHER: I celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with Family when I’m not working.

EXAMINER: Please share your favorite holiday memory.

HEATHER: Every year when we do our family Christmas my mom gives the grandkids their gifts in a special way. It could be a poem or a scavenger hunt around the house, even “joke” gifts that lead to the real gift. Ever year it gets more and more creative and puts huge smiles on our face.

EXAMINER: What is the best gift you ever received and why was it so special to you?

HEATHER: When I was young I had a huge stuffed teddy bear. My parents gave it to me when my brother was born. I slept with the bear every night. My dad even had to tape him up because the stuffing was coming out. I finally put him away. I thought my parents threw him away. Then a couple years ago my mom and dad gave him to me for Christmas. They brought him to a “doll” doctor and he was just like new! It was an amazing gift because it brought back so many childhood memories.

EXAMINER: Do you believe in Santa? Why?

HEATHER: Yes, I believe in any man that brings me gifts.

EXAMINER: You are creating beauty gift bags for your annual holiday bash, what goes into it?

HEATHER: Rouge Underground Eye Primer, Luminess Air Pewter Gel eye shadow, black eyeliner, mascara and Luminess Air Professional Matador red lipstick.

EXAMINER: What have you learned this year that other people should take into their thoughts to improve their lives in the New Year?

Quote-ClosedHEATHER: It sounds cliché’ but I have learned that anything is possible if you believe.

EXAMINER: Any final words of advice for how to look great and feel great all the way through this holiday season?

HEATHER: Get some rest, drink plenty of water and spread love.

New Beauty Shares How to Get a Flawless Finish

In 2011, we spoke with New Beauty and showed them how easy it is to use airbrush makeup at home. See what they though, below:

Quote-OpenThink airbrush makeup is only for brides and news anchors? Think again!

Luminess recently visited NewBeauty‘s Boca Raton offices to show our staff their incredible airbrush system and just how easy it is for anyone to use it every single day.

Beauty expert Heather Boswell showed NewBeauty how to breezily apply not only foundation, but blush, eyeshadow, and even lip color with Luminess Air.

We were amazed by the levels of coverage-Heather didn’t hide our Erin Foy’s adorable freckles, and yet Heather’s own tattoo was completely covered by the super-light, no-transfer formula.

Quote-ClosedWe’re completely convinced that with Luminess Air, airbrush makeup doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions. It’s something we-and you-can do every day.