2ReneShines1R_468x552.jpgPicture this, you've got a big date...really big!   You go to all the trouble of buying a new dress, getting your hair done, new shoes, getting out your mother's pearls and getting your makeup done.  You look in the mirror on your way out the door, give yourself the two thumbs up and out you go thinking that all and sundry will think you look hot!

THEN the next morning BAM! you see your photo in the paper, across the net...all over the world in minutes, with your face shining like a beacon guiding ships into port.  Man, I don't know how they do it, my self esteem is way too vulnerable for that kind of scrutiny, but these amazing women day after day get their laundry aired in front of millions of people, leaving their Trinny and Susannah 'magic knickers' out there for the world to see.

Now I would be surprised if Renee Zellwegger needs Trinny and Susannah's help, but she may need Ali Hamylton's help.  I was going to write a blog about the perils of your skin getting oily and shiny as the night goes on, but upon closer scrutiny I have to admit that I am going to have to write an article about the perils of mineral makeup.  This photo of Renee shows a shine of shimmer and not a shine of oil, so this was a mistake in application rather than a faux pas of humidity.

So how could Renee have avoided this problem?  Well firstly she could have done what so many of our clients have done and made the switch to the Ali Hamylton Dual Finish Foundation (at a guess from the photo, Esk would be perfect for her).  Secondly, she could have gone a little easier on the mineral-based shimmer.  This is the thing, the reason mineral-based foundations give the finish they do is because of the superfine, shimmery, light reflective particles.  Now I have to agree with all of those women out there that rave about mineral makeup, it does give a good, quick, lovely coverage but (you knew there would be a but didn't you?)...but add some lights, especially flash light, and you get a face covered in glow worms.  Or, cross that very fine line in application and put on too much and you are wearing a very shiny mask.

On top of all of that we have the HUGE claims that mineral makeup companies are making such as they are all natural, they feed the skin, they replace skin care, are better for you than products with talc...etc.  I don't know what is true or not so I did what I always do when I want to know something about cosmetics, I went to the bible.

My guru of all things beauty is Paula Begoun , she is the author of "Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me".  This beauty essential is now in its 7th edition and I highly recommend it.  Now Paula says "All the claims revolving around how mineral makeups are better for skin are marketing hype to the max."  She goes on to explain all that is good and bad about mineral makeup in fine (shimmery) detail in this article, it is an enlightening read.

But I digress, the purpose of this blog was to help you learn how to avoid the "shine factor"...it's easy, just apply your dual foundation, then use your mineral-based Ali Hamylton Bronzing Powder  as a highlighter across your cheeks and temple area, on the d'ecolletage and even along your shoulder blades if you are wearing something strapless or with shoe string straps.  Then you will never, ever see your photo in New Weekly with the embarrassing caption "shinier than thou"

 Yours without the shine,