Finding Your Pretty with Drini

Categories // In Style, LA Focus Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Finding Your Pretty with Drini

Hi! My name is Drini and I am a professional freelance makeup artist and licensed esthetician based in Inglewood. I have been practicing makeup for 10 years and long before I became an esthetician I would always say that great makeup first starts with great skin. Imperfections can easily be concealed with the right product and a flick of the wrist, but what happens when the makeup comes off?

As a teenager, before I knew the effect a great skin care regimen would have on my skin, I would beg my mom to buy me the newest drugstore skin- care products. I thought the commercials looked so cool with girls lathering cleanser and splashing water over their faces to remove their makeup. Even though I wasn’t wearing a lot of makeup at that age, I wanted to mimic the “experience” I saw on TV.

As a result, I didn’t experience teenage acne like some of my peers. Some would argue that it was good genes, others would say it’s because I took care of my skin, either way, I encourage women--whether you inherited great skin or not--to take care of your skin every single day.

As you age, your skin cell renewal slows down, which leads to an unnecessary build up of dead skin. This is why I encourage women to get facials at least once a month. Facials can aid in getting rid of your accumulated dead skin through exfoliation and congestion removal. I encounter a lot of women who have dehydrated skin because they either don’t drink enough water, don’t moisturize daily or both.

Moisture for your skin is as important as water is for your body. Often times, your foundation, concealer and powder can end up looking caked on because your skin is dry and flaky. Remember that before you cover, conceal and set, you MUST cleanse, tone and moisturize.

In an effort to save money AND save face (pun intended) and for those who may not be able to afford an expert skin analysis, determining what type of skin you have is essential. Skin types fall into four categories: oily, dry, normal and combination. A greasy film often found on your forehead, cheeks and nose characterizes oily skin and for this skin type, a gentle cleanser is your best friend.

Dry skin is typically hard and flaky, usually on the forehead and around the nose, it feels like your face is going to crack when you smile. To remedy dry skin, serums and moisturizers are essential. For those with normal skin, typically soft and supple (oh how blessed you are) but be consistent in taking care of your skin.

Lastly, if you have combination skin, you’re most likely dry in some areas, oily in others and for you, you may have to target certain areas with concentrated products.

Bottom line, you only get one face and one first impression. So lights, camera, SKIN CHECK!

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