Tips To Find The Perfect Concealer and Foundation Shade

Tips To Find The Perfect Concealer and Foundation Shade

“Makeup is girl’s best friend, diamonds follow!” 

This quote by celebrity makeup artist Nigar Qureshi is almost like a sacred chant for women of today’s time. Foundation and concealer are two of the most important steps in our makeup routine. Both these products are used to even out the skin tone and conceal blemishes, creating a clean slate for the makeup. That is why for these products to blend with our skin, it is crucial to pick a concealer and foundation shade closest to our natural skin-tone.

Choose Your Perfect Concealer

When you are choosing your concealer, make sure it is not chalky or greasy. Also ensure that the products undertone is not too white or too pink on your skin. The ideal concealer shade should be lighter than your foundation. It is tried and tested that yellow-toned concealers are perfect for covering under-eye circles. Go for concealers that give you a lot of coverage, lest it becomes difficult for you to build up. It is also useful to note that picking the perfect concealer doesn’t need too many swatches, unlike a foundation.

Many women just use concealer and skip foundation altogether. While this is a general practice, it can result in uneven skin-tone, even after your blemishes are out of plain sight. The perfect concealer is supposed to be sheer and build-able. Keep dabbing the concealer on the spots where you want to work with and then build it to the time you can’t see your blemishes anymore.

Choose The Foundation That Best Suits You  

The base of any makeup is foundation. It prepares the skin for makeup to be applied, and that is why it is vital to find the accurate shade and formula. To get the most natural results, choose a foundation that is light in the formulation and build it up. The only way to get a precise shade is by selecting the one that matches and blends into your skin.
Some of the important things to keep in mind before you pick your foundation is your skin type, texture, and tone. Any brand that creates long-lasting formulations is your best friend when it comes to you keeping the makeup on for a long time. Stay away from the pink tones, especially if you have an olive or yellow skin-tone.

For a more detailed guide here are some pointers on skin undertones and foundation shades:

1.Cool undertone: If you see hints of blue, pink or red on the veins at the base of your palm, then you have cool undertones. To compliment this, the foundation should look ever so slightly pinkish in the bottle

2. Warm undertone: If the base tone of your skin is yellow or gold, you have warm undertones. To compliment this, the foundation shade should have a very subtle yellow or golden tone.

3. Neutral undertone: If there’s a mixture of both warm and cool hues, or your undertone is the same color as your actual skin color, then you fall into the neutral category. To compliment this, it is best to choose a foundation that is neither pink nor yellow toned, however most tones suit neutral toned skin.

The six most common types of foundations in the market are:

1. Liquid Foundation– This well-loved traditional foundation is extremely versatile and suits all skin types. Available as a thick liquid in a bottle, these are easy to use and can be formulated for a matte or dewy finish. The one you pick depends on your skin type, but if you have dry skin it is best to opt for a dewy finish.

2. Cream Foundation– Perfect for those who have dry skin, cream-based foundations provide substantial coverage to the face. Also available in the compact form, you can work the foundation evenly on the skin.

3. Stick or Cake Foundation– With a higher drying effect, these are ideal for long –lasting high coverage. Known to be a useful item to remove any blemish from, this leaves a matte effect on the skin. The texture of this foundation is such that, if chosen in a different shade, can also be used as a concealer.

4. Waterproof Foundation– This is for the people who are always out in the sun and sweat a lot. Such a foundation also works great during summers when the humidity is high as the water-resistant formula is excellent to add a hint of glamour to the skin.

5. Spray Foundation– Perfect for a smooth finish, Nigar Qureshi was the first to introduce airbrush foundation to Hong Kong. Spray over make-up for instant touch-ups if required.

6. Mineral Foundation– Also known to be an age-old technique used to best suit acne-prone skin, loose mineral foundations can be applied dry or wet, as a full-coverage sunscreen as well. The minerals used in such a foundation are zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and even mica.

Once you are sure of the foundation formula you are going for, it will be easy to pick the one that is closest to your skin tone. No matter what the shade of foundation you choose, the trick to have natural results is to blend it well with the skin.

If you are worried about not being able to choose the perfect shade of concealer or foundation, don’t worry. Celebrity makeup artist Nigar Quershi, with over 30 years of experience in the field, creates personalised foundation and concealer shades which you can get your hands on. These shades are made keeping in mind the skin type and tone of the client, using the most natural pigments to ensure that the formula suits the skin.

Conclusion:Picking the right shade of foundation and concealer is very important to ensure that you don’t end up looking caked or washed out. Get yourself the foundation that suits your skin the most, contact Nigar Qureshi and Spabpz to know more.

Everything You Need To Know About Microdermabrasion

Everything You Need To Know About Microdermabrasion

Uneven skin tone, rough skin texture, sun damage, and wrinkles are a part and parcel of everyone’s lives due to the soaring amount of stress, and pollution the skin is subjected to. All these factors cumulatively account to the signs of ageing. There are numerous ways which can make this situation better, but Microdermabrasion beats all other temporary methods.

What is Microdermabrasion?

A very commonly overheard term, Microdermabrasion is responsible to exfoliate and remove the layer of dry and dead skin cells from your face. This minimally invasive process is used to renew the skin texture and tone, making you look brighter by the day.

In this procedure, a special applicator with a coarse-grained surface is used to sand away the outer layer of the skin enveloped in dry cells. This helps rejuvenate the face.

Another way of performing this treatment is by spraying tiny crystal-like particles of Sodium Bicarbonate or Aluminum Oxide on the targeted area with the help of a vacuum or suction device.

What are the concerns treated by Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a“remarkably”safe procedure that can be implemented on most skin types. The concerns that are usually suitable for the treatment include:

1. Stretch marks

2. Hyper-pigmentation

3. Age spots

4. Brown spots

5. Sun damage

6. Fine lines

7. Wrinkles

8. Acne scars

9. Melasma

10. Dull and uneven skin texture and tone

Different types of Microdermabrasion treatment

The best part about a Microdermabrasion treatment is that it can be performed by a licensed skin care professional and does not take more than one hour to complete. The various devices used for the procedure meets the demands of the type of concern that needs to be treated. The most popular among them are:

  1. Crystal Microdermabrasion: This process refers to a crystal-emitting hand-held device that is used to spray on the fine crystals used for rejuvenation, to rub away the outer layers of the skin. The dead skin cells, upon the usage of this device, get suctioned off immediately, delivering natural-looking results.

2. Diamond MDA: This device gently peels off the outer thick dead layer of the skin by suctioning them off. The pressure that is applied to the device when in use and the duration of the suction may affect the depth of the abrasion. This device is perfect for sensitive facial areas like the eyes.

3. Hydra dermabrasion: Among all other processes, this is a new and improved method. It combines simultaneous crystal-free exfoliation and dermal infusion of products for the best results. This is to ensure that enough collagen production is stimulated and your skin gets the maximum blood flow.

A certified aesthetician from distinguished clinics would be able to diagnose your condition the best and determine which treatment would suit you the best.

What happens after the process is complete?

A crucial detail to note about Microdermabrasion is that there is little to no downtime after the procedure. Shortly after the therapy is done, you can resume your regular life. Just keep in mind that after your Microdermabrasion treatment is over, your skin is hydrated at all times.

As advised by your aesthetician, try to use gentle products to guarantee the best care for your skin in this post-treatment sensitive time. Do not forget to use sunscreens with a high SPF whenever you go out in the sun. Even though the results are notable from the first session itself, it would take a few back-to-back sessions for optimum results.

Conclusion: Microdermabrasion is most beneficial when performed by trained and expert aestheticians in the field, who are well versed with their job. Spa BPZ is the best place you can trust when you want to opt for such a procedure.

Why not try our patented signature Crystal Microdermabrasion treatment! We replace Aluminum Oxide with Pearl Powder which boosts the skins radiance and is better for your skin. Get in touch, to know more.

Why Must You Consider Ipl Laser Hair Removal for Permanent Hair Reduction?

Why Must You Consider Ipl Laser Hair Removal for Permanent Hair Reduction?

In today’s world, the entire idea of soft and smooth skin has become very common, almost necessary. But all those wishes don’t get fulfilled because of the growth of unwanted and irritating hair on the body. Over the years, there have been so many ways to remove undesired hair from the body, but none of them furnish permanent results. That is, till the time medical science came up with a method for permanent hair removal – laser treatments!

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a permanent system of eliminating hair from the entire body. In this procedure, a bright beam of laser light is shone upon the skin, which burns down the hair follicles completely. With new medical advancements, traditional laser machines are now equipped with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL laser).
Through IPL, a high output flash device (called spot) is used to create a broad wavelength of light that is directed towards the end of the device. It, then, releases the pent up energy pulses on the skin. This ensures that the process covers a wide area at one time. Through this, the hair gets weaken while it is growing, and thus, the follicles are destroyed as well.
This device is easy-to-use and shows results from the first few sittings itself. However, not all follicles are at their Anagen phase at the same time, and so, several back-to-back sessions are suggested to derive optimum results and get rid of unwanted hair permanently.

Why is IPL laser hair removal a great option?

IPL laser hair removal has a lot of advantages, making it one of the best ways of permanent hair removal. Some of those benefits are:

  1. Permanent results: Since the process focuses on the area to be treated, the converted heat energy can penetrate through the skin and reach the root of the hair to damage the papilla (the pore that produces hair). The papilla, once damaged, will not be able to regrow hair naturally.
  2. Safe to use: Permanent laser hair removal in Hong Kong is performed with IPL for its ease of access. The procedure takes a short while to complete and utilizes easy-to-use and handy equipment. It is an extremely safe method.

You can return to your home right after the entire laser hair removal is over. Recovery, though, takes a bit more time and that is why it is always suggested to take extra care of the skin, after the operation. Make sure you apply sunscreen of a high SPF whenever you go out in the open, as your skin will remain tender for a few days.

Conclusion: Although it is an effective and quick procedure, the results and permanency depend on each person’s own skin’s acceptance. Spa BPZ, a beauty and health solution haven, is the perfect place for the IPL laser hair removal in Hong Kong.

NQ Organics

NQ Organics

There’s nothing quite like having your very own skin care products tailored to your specific skin type and needs, but that’s exactly what spa owner, make up artist, and cosmetologist Nigar Qureshi can offer — and better still, her range is completely natural, organic, and animal cruelty free. Being in this field around 30 years, Qureshi knows that every skin type is different and so started to create her own line of organic foundations, concealers, and face creams that are tailored to meet the individual needs of each of her clients. Her products (which cost around $500) include an organic blend for anti-aging, a detoxifying and clarifying cleanser for acne prone skin, chamomile moisturizer for calm skin, and a soothing night cream. As she believes every skin type is different, she invites clients into her spa for a consultation ($250) so she can carefully examine their skin and determine their skin type and requirements. She then creates a product using her range of essential oils and ingredients which include shea butter, rose hip oil, white clay, frankincense, virgin coconut oil, walnut oil, and pear powder to name a few. As if that wasn’t enough to lure you to her spa, she also offers heavenly facial treatments which use the very same custom made products.
The Magic of Massage Therapy

The Magic of Massage Therapy

The Magic of Massage Therapy Researchers show best treatment with no issues , no side effects. Massage therapy takes over where a spa massage leaves off. This form of alternative medicine can help ease pain associated with headaches, body pains, and fibromyalgia. At the end of a stressful week, a relaxing massage might be just what you need. For people coping with injuries or chronic pain, however, massage therapy can serve as a form of alternative medicine, not just a soothing treat. Nearly one in 10 people have used therapeutic massage for many conditions, including stress, anxiety, pain, and sports injuries. One survey revealed that about 60 percent of those who used massage therapy felt that, in combination with standard medical care, it could improve their health. Massage Therapy: What Is It? In massage therapy, a trained therapist applies pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues to help heal underlying conditions. There are more than 80 different forms of massage therapy which are practiced in Spa BPZ with it’s combination, including shiatsu, Swedish, pressure point, and deep-tissue massage. Massage usually is intended to decrease pain, relax muscles, and let blood and oxygen flow freely to that area of the body. Healing techniques involving massage are thousands of years old and have been mentioned in ancient texts from Egypt, Rome, China, Greece, India, and Japan. Massage Therapy: When Is It Used? Massage therapy can be used to address a number of different health problems, including sports injuries and chronic pain. According to Schneeweiss, massage therapy is the type of alternative medicine most often acceptable to conventional doctors. Massage Therapy: Is It Effective? Massage therapy has been shown to be effective in varying degrees. Massage can help:
  • Relieve lower back pain. Therapeutic massage has been shown to be useful in alleviating lower back pain.
  • Ease migraine headaches. Some research suggests that massage therapy, in combination with other treatments, can help offset pain associated with migrainesand other chronic headaches.
  • Reduce shoulder pain. Shoulder massage has been shown to help reduce pain and improve range of motion.
  • Reduce pain and symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. One small study showed that a 15-minute professional massage once a week for four weeks, with additional self-massage therapy at home, improved pain and muscle weakness due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Ease pain in cancer patients. A study of 380 adults with advanced cancer, some of whom were in hospice care, showed that massage therapy, provided by trained massage therapists, helped to reduce patients’ pain and improve their mood.
  • Ease fibromyalgia symptoms. Some studies support the use of massage therapy to reduce muscle stiffness and pain in women with fibromyalgia.
Although massage therapy has few side effects, people who have blood clots, tend to bleed or bruise easily, or are at risk of fractures should check with their doctor before scheduling a therapeutic massage. Pregnant women should also talk to their doctors before undergoing massage therapy. Massage Therapy: What Should I Expect? Massage therapy sessions typically last between 30 and 60 minutes but may be as lengthy as two hours. Some massage therapists can come to your home or job; others may require you to visit their office in a clinic, hospital, or fitness center. A massage therapist usually creates a tranquil atmosphere, with calming music, relaxing scents, and soft lighting. Fully or partially clothed, you will lie on a specially designed massage table or sit in a specially designed chair. All this facilities are available at Spa BPZ.    
Body Scrub

Body Scrub

A body scrub is a popular body treatment that is basically a facial for the body: it exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft.  A body scrub is done with an abrasive material—usually sea salt or  sugar—mixed with some kind of massage oil and an aromatic like essential oils. The scrub is followed by an application of high-quality lotion or cream that leaves your skin hydrated. A body scrub is not technically a massage because body treatments can be performed by estheticians, who are only licensed to work on skin, not the underlying muscle tissue (unless they are giving massage to the face, neck, and shoulders.)A scrub works in a few ways: As you massage it over your body, the exfoliating granules help to slough off dead skin, and the rubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps drain your lymph nodes, by increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface.
Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy that involves the use of smooth, flat, heated stones that are placed on specific points on your body. Massage therapists may also hold the stones during the massage to apply heat. The localized heat and weight of the stones are said to improve circulation and warm tense muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure. Hot stone massage is suited to people who tend to feel chilly. It’s also suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles using lighter pressure. Benefits : Anxiety, Back Pain, Depression, Insomnia, Osteoarthritis. It is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sunburn. You also may want to reconsider if you are menopausal as it may trigger a hot flash.
Slimming Treatment

Slimming Treatment

Cavi-Lipo is the most evolved system for the treatment of adipose areas and cellulite.

Cavi-Lipo is one of the most advanced and efficient systems using Ultrasound Cavitation to breakdown fat cells. The released fat is then metabolized through the liver and natural means. Only a few treatments are needed for a brilliant performance. We help men and women with fat deposits on the belly, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, bra-edge, double chin etc. No injections or other interventions are needed, no anesthesia, no antibiotic treatment, and you can immediately return to your normal activities. The Cavi-Lipo method is new and revolutionary, and is likely to increasingly replace liposuction methods of surgical elements.
Beauty tips for pregnant women

Beauty tips for pregnant women

Beauty tips for pregnant woman Being pregnant changes every inch of a woman but pregnancy has always been a beautiful miracle. But now it’s considered sexy. When Vanity Fair put Demi Moore’s apparently nude. Every pregnant body on the cover of their magazine in 1991. It made a lasting statement that said a woman could be both pregnant and gorgeous. If you’re not ready to show off quite that much, you may have that inner glow from being pregnant Here are some beauty tips that will help make you look and feel good while you’re pregnant. As summer is approaching, show off your legs shorts and sundresses never looked better . In winter, a mini skirt with tights and flat shoes are fashionable especially evenings. DRESSING UP For a special evening out, a pair of stretch-waist black velvet parts and a swingy top looks romantic even elegant. This is the time you can wear a nice V-neck and show off your new voluptuous cleavage. Look for something in your man’s closet for like a shirt . Roll up the sleeves and add a piece of jewelry for a feminine touch, means wear is long and lose, perfect for pregnancy. DRESSING UP FOR YOUR TWINS Treat yourself to a new bra. Being pregnant means your old size wont work anymore because you can gain up to five pounds in your breasts. For most women, a bra with wide set straps that are not too thin helps much needed support. Not only is this important to prevent sagging but wearing the correct size will make your clothes look better too. HAIR DRESSING AND STYLE Add some highlights to your hair. All over hair color, like dying or bleaching is not recommended while you’re pregnant because your scalp absorbs some of the chemicals . (It can be identified in urine.) But adding highlights is safe because the hair color is applied one half to one inch from your scalp, so chemicals cannot get into your blood stream. Regular head massage are also highly advisable from expert. SKIN CARE Keep your skin supple with pure cocoa butter using a natural moisturizer on your stomach and breasts is safe and it will help prevent or at least minimize stretch marks . Equally important is maintaining a slow gradual weight gain so your skin doesn’t stretch so rapidly . Skin care for pregnant women is really essential that’s some easy tips. Cleansing starts with gentle cleansed. Skin care speaks Nigar Q. recommend glycerin based cleanser (consult your specialist before, if you have pregnancy acne or even very oily skin. Moisturizing and sun protection must during and after pregnancy. The use of moisturizing with atleast sun protection of atleast SPF 15 and with broad spectrum. DRESS ME UP Forget those old fashioned tent tops that make you look even bigger than you are. It’s now fashionable to flaunt your baby tummy and stretchy tops and empire waists are flattering . Being pregnant is sexy. Get a pair of pretty ballerina flats in France and around Hollywood. They’re all the rage with pregnant and not pregnant women alike. Invest in a good pair that provides arch support and is made of a breathable material like leather or canvas. A pair of shoes that has a low, wide heel( one to one and a half inches) is also a good choice. Remember , you may need a larger or wider shoe size while you’re pregnant, so try them on before you buy. Wearing a monochrome outfit (all one color) or clothing with vertical lines creates an illusion of length and is flattering for all body types. Buy a chic new handbag, it will make you look fashionable and you don’t have to worry about outgrowing it later . And finally everybody looks better when they’re rested and healthy. Get enough sleep , exercise and eat clean. This is no time for unhealthy junk foods that make you feel sluggish and do your baby no good either and remember there are beauty advantages to being pregnant too. The “beauty glow” of pregnancy has science to back it up . The increased blood volume and circulation during pregnancy enhances your skin and makes it beautifully luminescent. A MUST HAVE TREATMENT Even tiny dots can indulge in massage and the benefits to babies and parents can last a lifetime. An ancient tradition in many cultures, this practice is being rediscovered in the West with clinical evidence showing that loving, touching and nurturing contact can improve communication between parents and babies. Massage techniques can calm emotions, relieves stress, strengthen the immune system and soothes babies. Eye contact and vocalizing are also important when massaging your baby as well as cozy atmosphere. Relaxing music, a warm towel to lay your baby on and a pure delicate oil can be done everyday. Gently rubbing and stroking the babies back, arms ,legs, head and belly. Rubbing the belly with peppermint oil is beneficial for colic babies. Oxy Essential with Aromatherapy oil addmore benefits for caring best result and will naturally relax your baby. Workshop are being held in various hospitals and at our spa by the owner Nigar Q. and her team.

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