Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Lipstick And Blush Change Color On Me

Does your Lipstick or Blush shade tend to shift after you apply it to your face? Maybe after about an hour or more?

If you are experiencing this little phenomenon, there is a way to counteract this effect which can be frustrating for some women as has been conveyed to me on more than one occasion.

I wrote an article a while back when makeup changes color, which covers a large portion of the problem when it comes to overall makeup application, and if this is occurring based on what product you are using to help with rosacea or acne then you have answered the question as to what is happening in this instance.

Now color shift is a whole other issue when it comes to adding the beautiful shades of color to our face for enhancement, contouring and color correction.

Typically what we see occurring with every blush shade of coral, pink, peach or any shade that may appear to have strong red tones, these can tend to shift to orange making a less than flattering face or lip color. One reason is orange or yellow oxide are used to create coral, apricot and peach shades so they easily will shift to the pumpkin shade.

What Is Occurring?

Simply put, women who have this problem, is due to the pH levels of their skin. Skin that tends to be more alkaline is taking a perfectly blended color and turning it orange and it won't matter how many different ones you try, the reaction will be the same. Red is red, pink is pink and iron oxides are all the same. They are what they are, and there is no changing that. Red especially, when exposed to high alkalinity can fade or bleach turning a shade of subtle orange as well.

There Is A Solution, However!

Now for the good that you are aware of what is happening, there are definitely ways to counteract it. For women who have contacted me about this, I advised them on doing a simple color change in order to achieve the look they desire. For women who have high alkalinity in their skin the problem is solved by going to a blush or lip color with more of a blue / red undertone.

Why you ask?..... because Blue is used to tone down a sallow skin tone and it is opposite of yellow and orange on the color wheel. Color theory is a big part of what I do when I formulate my shades of makeup and due to this it is simple to alter the effect of a shade turning orange.

Look for mauve, lilac, burgundy, grape, plum and wine shades. The blush shades I carry to help women to keep the shade true to their skin and for color correction are Lilac, Cerise, Indigo, Mauvelous and Vintage.

You may look at Lilac for instance, and think "but this shade looks violet / bluish" and you would be right but once applied to an alkaline skin type or sallow skin, the color is exquisite. It transforms on the face to a soft, natural flush of the skin...perfection indeed!

In lip colors I offer Demure, Luscious, and Sassy to assist with correcting and offsetting of the alkaline issue.

But I Love The Other Shades You Might Exclaim!

I know how you feel, you just can't live with out that pretty pink blush or that favorite red lipstick and are wondering if you can do anything else so you can buy your favorite colors.

In some cases there is more you can do to help correct the pH in your skin. This of course is a temporary fix and it is debatable it will endure a full day. However, it has worked for me since I tend to have skin that has a slightly higher alkalinity.

First off, for those who truly love naturally made soaps like I do, these are absolutely wonderful for many skin types. So many wonderful combination of butters and nut oils for giving skin a healthy glow, but unfortunately for those including myself, who have high alkaline skin types these are not recommended. As I learned through trial and error with my own skin, they can wreak havoc on makeup color being applied to the skin and it is due to handmade soaps being high in alkalinity to begin with. The pH levels in these luscious bars of soap can be anywhere from 8.5 to 10. The desired normal skin pH is a 4.5 to 6.0 and soap can leave a residue on the skin which can cause discoloring of your cosmetics. The same is true for women who have normal pH yet use natural soaps. It will be trial and error to see if this could be the problem you are having. As for me, I unfortunately had to do away with my favorite natural bar soap...I was very sad indeed, but the upside was my color quit turning orange and my face quit looking so sallow in the winter time.

Another solution is to help correct skins pH by using facial cleansers with the reported pH levels suitable for normalizing skin. Toners also work very well for normalizing pH levels, and will help to sustain and normalize the pH levels on the skin.  And most of our moisturizers are naturally pH balanced as well. Our ONATI Skin Care line of products are created for superb results in achieving perfect skin.

One more excellent pH normalizing ingredient is pure Jojoba Oil. Whether you use it straight from the bottle or use one of our foundations or Evening Rose Veil as a primer which utilizes Jojoba Oil to help neutralize skins' pH. This is one component as to why our shade formulations don't shift color after being applied to the skin.

When it comes to Lipsticks, unfortunately you will more than likely have to deal with opposite shades on the color wheel as was suggested earlier since the mouth is exposed to liquids, foods and licking of the lips, so sustainability of keeping the pH normal here will be next to impossible.

Try these few techniques and you will soon see you will be able to achieve the flawless complexion that other women achieve who are blessed with balanced pH levels. And the best results could be, "No More Funny Makeup Days"!

Good Luck!

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