15 Beauty-Products That Makes You Feel Like Princess
Nail polish is a lacquer that can be applied to the human fingernails or toenails to decorate and protect the nail plates. The formulation has been revised repeatedly to enhance its decorative effects and to suppress cracking or flaking. Nail polish consists of an organic polymer with various additives. There are 13 principal nail polish finishes:
- Prismatic micro-glitter or shimmer
- Jelly or translucent
A cosmetic primer is a cream or lotion applied before another cosmetic to improve coverage and lengthen the amount of time the cosmetic lasts on the face. There are different kinds of cosmetic primers such as foundation primer eyelid primer, lip primer and mascara primer. A foundation primer may work like a moisturizer or it may absorb oil with salicylic acid or aid in creating a less oily more matte appearance.
Eyelid or eye shadow primers are similar but made specifically for use near the eyes. An eyelid primer may help even the color of the lid and upper eye area may reduce oiliness, may add shimmer or inversely may mattify. Eye primers aid in the smooth application of eye shadow prevent it from accumulating in eyelid creases and improve its longevity. Two popular eye shadow primers include Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Mascara primer is sometimes colorless.
It usually thickens and lengthens the lashes before the application of mascara for a fuller finished look. It may also help keep mascara from smudging or flaking and some claim to improve the health of the lashes. Lip primers are intended to smooth the lips and help improve the application of lipstick or lip gloss although exfoliating the lips is often recommended before applying. They also are intended to increase the longevity of lip color and to prevent lipstick from feathering that is smearing past the lip vermilion and especially from migrating into any fine lines around the lips.
Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture and protection to the lips. Many colors and types of lipstick exist. As with most other types of makeup lipstick is typically but not exclusively worn by women. The use of lipstick dates back to medieval times. Lipstick contains wax, oils, antioxidants and emollients.
Matte lipsticks contain more filling agents like silica but do not have many emollients. Creme lipsticks contain more waxes than oils. Sheer and long lasting lipstick contain a lot of oil while long lasting lipsticks also contain silicone oil which seals the colors to the wearer lips. Glossy lipstick contain more oil to give a shiny finish to the lips. Shimmery lipstick may contain mica, silica and synthetic pearl particles to give them a glittery or shimmering shine.
Lip gloss is a product used primarily to give lips a glossy lustre and sometimes to add a subtle color. It is distributed as a liquid or a soft solid. The product is available in ranges of opacity from translucent to solid and can have various frosted, glittered, glossy and metallic finishes.
Lip gloss is often used when a person wants to have some color on their lips but does not want an intense solid lip color effect as lipstick would create. It is often used by preteen and young teenage girls who want to wear some makeup but are too young to wear more intense and different lipstick colors.
Lip liner also known as lip pencil is a cosmetic product. It is intended to fill uneven areas on the outer edges of the lips after applying lipstick therefore giving a smooth shape. It is also used to outline the lips keeping lipstick inside the lip area and preventing it from bleeding therefore creating a bigger contrast and making the lips stand out more.
The product is usually sold in a retractable tube or pencil form. Lip liner is usually available in the same range of colors as lipsticks e.g. reds, pinks, browns, plums, etc. Lip liner also comes in invisible for giving the illusion of smooth lips without adding or affecting color.
Lip balm or lip salve is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips of the mouth to moisturize and relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis or cold sores. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petrolatum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol.
The primary purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip surface to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures and wind all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin and thus they are often the first to present signs of dryness. Occlusive materials like waxes and petroleum jelly prevent moisture loss and maintain lip comfort while flavorants, colorants, sunscreens and various medicaments can provide additional specific benefits. Lip balm can be applied where a finger is used to apply it to the lips or in a lipstick-style tube from which it can be applied directly.
A concealer or color corrector is a type of cosmetic that is used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation but thicker and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. It is normally applied after primer after foundation and used on the face. Both concealer and foundation are typically used to make skin appear more uniform in color.
Concealer is available in a variety of shades from lightest to deepest. When picking a concealer people tend to choose one or two shades lighter than their skin tone to better hide their blemishes and dark circles under the eye. Some colors are intended to look like a natural skin tone while others are meant to contrast with a particular type of blemish. Concealers with yellow undertones are used to hide dark circles. Green and blue can counteract red patches on the skin such as those caused by pimples, broken veins or rosacea. A purple-tinted concealer can make sallow complexions look brighter. Colored concealers such as these are usually applied sparingly beneath a concealer or foundation that matches the wearer’s skin tone.
Foundation is a skin coloured cosmetic applied to the face to create an even uniform colour to the complexion to cover flaws and sometimes to change the natural skin tone. Foundation applied to the body is generally referred to as body painting.
Coverage refers to the opacity of the makeup or how much it will conceal on the skin.
- Sheer is the most transparent and contains the least amount of pigment. It will not hide discolorations on the skin but it can minimize the contrast between the discoloration and the rest of the skin tone. Although pigment technology has evolved dramatically since 2004 the traditional protocol for sheer foundations called for pigment to comprise 8-13% of the finished formula.
- Light can cover unevenness and slight blotchiness but is not opaque enough to cover freckles. It contains 13-18% pigment.
- Medium coverage can when set with a tinted powder, cover freckles, discolorations, blotchiness and red marks left by pimples. It contains 18-23% pigment.
- Full coverage is very opaque and used to cover birthmarks, vitiligo, hyperpigmentation and scars. It is sometimes referred to as corrective or camouflage make-up. In general it contains up to 35% pigment though professional brands designed for use on stage can contain up to 50% pigment. An example is Colortration.
Face powder is a cosmetic powder applied to the face to set a foundation after application. It can also be reapplied throughout the day to minimize shininess caused by oily skin. There is translucent sheer powder and there is pigmented powder. Certain types of pigmented facial powders are meant be worn alone with no base foundation. Powder tones the face and gives an even appearance. Besides toning the face some powders with sunscreen can also reduce skin damage from sunlight and environmental stress.
It comes packaged either as a compact or as loose powder. It can be applied with a sponge, brush or powder puff. Uniform distribution over the face is achieved more easily when a loose powder is applied. Because of the wide variation among human skin tones there is a corresponding variety of colors of face powder. There are also several types of powder. A common powder used in beauty products is talc which is absorbent and provides toning to the skin.
Rouge is a cosmetic typically used by women to redden the cheeks so as to provide a more youthful appearance and to emphasize the cheekbones. In modern times rouge generally consists of a red-coloured talcum-based powder that is applied with a brush to the cheek.
The colouring is usually either the substance of safflor or a solution of carmine in ammonium hydroxide and rosewater perfumed with rose oil. A cream-based variant of rouge is schnouda, a colourless mixture of Alloxan with cold cream which also colours the skin red.
Sunless tanning also known as UV-free tanning, self tanning, spray tanning, or fake tanning refers to the application of chemicals to the skin to produce an effect similar in appearance to a suntan. The popularity of sunless tanning has risen since the 1960s after health authorities confirmed links between UV exposure and the incidence of skin cancer.
Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen and define the eyelashes. Normally in one of three forms liquid, cake or cream the modern mascara product has various formulas. However most contain the same basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives. The use of mascara helps to mimic neoteny, namely large eyes. Mascara pulls away the eyelash from the rim of the eye creating a doe-like illusion of larger more open eyes. Wide eyes are culturally equated with youth and may be subconsciously associated with innocence. Innocence and youth can prompt protective instincts as well as feelings of attraction.
Eyeliner is a cosmetic used to define the eyes. It is applied around the contours of the eye to create a variety of aesthetic effects. Depending on its texture eyeliner can be softly smudged or clearly defined. There are five main types of eyeliner available on the market each produces a different effect.
- Liquid eyeliner is an opaque liquid that usually comes in a small bottle and is applied with a tiny brush or felt applicator. It creates a sharp precise line. Because liquid eyeliner gives a much heavier appearance it is often only applied to the upper lash line.
- Powder-based eye pencil is eyeliner in a wood pencil. It is generally available in dark matter shades.
- Wax-based eye pencils are softer pencils and contain waxes that ease application. They come in a wide variety of intense colours as well as paler shades such as white or beige. Wax-based eyeliners can also come in a cone or a compact with brush applicator.
- Kohl eyeliner is a soft powder available in dark matte shades. It is most often used in black to outline the eyes. It comes in pencil, pressed powder or loose powder form. This type of eyeliner is more likely to smudge.
- Gel eye liner which is a softer gel liner that can be easily applied with an eyeliner brush. It can be precisely applied and is much softer than Kohl.
Setting spray is a cosmetic product designed to preserve applied make-up long periods of time. Usually sold in small spray bottles. Setting spray is applied by spritzing mist over the face keeping the make-up application moist for several hours.
The cosmetics industry has accepted setting sprays as a complement to powders in keeping the skin from drying for longer periods of time. However there are product reviewers who have wondered if a setting spray is effective when not wearing foundation even though it has proven effective with minimal makeup.
An eyelash or simply lash is one of the hairs that grows at the edge of the eyelid. Eyelashes protect the eye from debris and perform some of the same function as whiskers do on a cat or a mouse in the sense that they are sensitive to being touched, thus providing a warning that an object is near the eye. Eyelash Extensions is a practice that enhances the length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes.
The extensions may consist of silk, mink, or synthetic hair. Long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty in many cultures. Accordingly, some women seek to enhance their eyelash length artificially, using eyelash extensions. Permanent eyelash tints and eyelash extensions have also become popular procedures, even in fairly basic salons. It is also possible to get eyelash transplants, which are similar in nature to hair transplantation often done on the head. Since the hair is transplanted from the hair on the head, the new eyelashes will continue to grow like head hair and will need to be trimmed regularly.