Different Kinds of Make-up  

                               By Shahnaz Husain

If you want to have bridal or party make-up by an expert make-up artist, you should know about some different kinds of make-up nowadays, like High Definition, Air brushed, Soft or Silicone make-up. “High definition” make-up allows the make-up to look flawless, especially in photographs, videos and close-ups. Others may go for the Soft make-up look, which has non-shiny skin texture and natural colours.

“Air Brushed” Make-up is sprayed on, rather than applied with sponges and brushes. It is said to be faster to apply and easier to remove. It is also considered to be more suitable for oily skin, while high definition is said to suit all skin types. Many prefer Air Brushed make-up, as it lasts for a longer time. It is also said to be very light and the foundation is in a liquid form. It is applied with a spray on the face. A fine mist of the foundation forms on the face, hiding blemishes and making the skin look smooth and flawless. In fact, the Air brush method is also used to apply various make-up items, like eye shadow, blusher, lip colour and even eyebrows. It provides a natural finish. However, many people feel that the make-up has a mask-like artificial effect and does not look natural. But, it actually requires a well trained Air Brush make-up artist.

The silicone make-up is a new method. It is applied with the help of a silicone make-up sponge. It can be applied very fast and silicone is completely transparent in its effect. It forms a fine layer on the skin. The silicone used in cosmetics is of a particular grade and is called cosmetic grade silicone. They are derived from silica. The advantage with silicone cosmetics is that they form a protective barrier between the skin and the air and yet, this barrier allows the skin to “breathe.” They mix well with active ingredients. It is basically a carrier of the active ingredients in the cosmetic product and yet, it does not absorb the other ingredients. The advantage is that silicone make-up products are water proof. They also prevent moisture loss.

The difference between Air Brush and Silicone make-up is that Air brush is in a liquid form and is sprayed on, while Silicone make-up may be in many other forms. It is applied with a rounded silicone sponge. However, the sponge does not absorb the cream. Applying Silicone foundation may feel like applying a primer. Apart from make-up, serums may also contain silicone. 

About Shahnaz Husain

 Shahnaz Husain, pioneer of the Ayurvedic beauty movement, heads the Shahnaz Husain Group, with a global network of franchise ventures and 375 Ayurvedic formulations. A Case Study at Harvard for Brand Creation, she is now a Harvard Subject for “Emerging Markets” She was honored with the Padma Shri Award and is the first woman in 105 years to receive the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from Success, the U.S. business magazine. Indeed, Shahnaz Husain is a leading international beauty icon.’

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