How to get camera worthy skin for live streamers ASAP!


Whether you’re a gamer live streaming from your bedroom, a vlogger talking about random stuff online, or you’re simply just another social media user, the pressure to appear flawless on camera is always there as we are all in the “public’s eye”, always performing. Companies know about this pressures and the underlying insecurities that comes with it, so they spend hundreds of millions of dollars not only in production, but on marketing the sleekness of their products to us, but makeup by itself can only do so much.

Tiktok has risen to become a very huge deal in the past few years from seemingly nowhere totally kicking out Snapchat to the curb and turning it into something only “oldies” would use. I can’t even remember the last time I logged into that platform.

How to have clear skin on camera
tiktok grunge inspired makeup

Social media gave birth to history’s largest beauty trends, they’ve never been a time in history that people (men inclusive) spent more on beauty and cosmetics as like now, and this trend is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

When trying to get seamless makeup finish that covers our acne, hyperpigmentations, and other skin blemishes, using a high quality primer, concealer, and foundation is usually enough to do the trick. But the best makeup finish is always achieved on a clear skin, even if you are a professional.

How to get clear skin for camera
purple still remains my aesthetic color bias.

A clear and healthy skin is always the base of sleek makeup. Plus, no one really wants to get dragged for looking like a totally different person whenever the makeup and the face tune has been taken out of the picture.

In today’s post, I will be sharing our editors top rated skin Care products that could potentially help you tackle common skin issues like acne, textured skin, hyperpigmentation, large visible pores, and oily skin so you can achieve your camera visual goals and spend less on overall makeup purchase!

Tiktiok beauty

Our top rated products to help you get a clear skin as soon as possible!

Pretty much everyone is familiar with the kbeauty 10 steps (sometimes 14 steps) beauty routine starting with a makeup remover if you’ve been wearing makeup, followed by a pre-cleanser which is usually an oil base cleanser, and then finishing off with an SPF for day, or a night cream for the night. This method of skin care have been proven to be highly effective by thousands of people, giving it a “holy grail” ranking!

How to have good camera skin

Here are some of our favourite skincare product you should consider incorporating into your everyday beauty routine if you want a piece of that action.

Every single product recommended here have been personally curated by me and is found to be reputable. These are also affiliated links, meaning if you use them to make purchases I would earn a little stipend but at no extra cost to you.

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When it comes to heavyduty face wash to help treat skin issues such as cystic acne, you definitely need a cleanser with a good amount of alpha hydroxl acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid to do the job.

Botanical tree Contains 10% glycolic acid, as well as organic extracts such as bamboo, shea butter, and tea tree. So instead of using a basic face wash that cleans only surface dirt, this acne cleanser uses potent ingredients for some good ol’ deep clean. This facial cleanser is a great way to start or end your day by helping to Brighten a dull-Looking Complexion. $20.90

How to get a clear skin for photoshoots

For oil base cleansers The Japanese beauty brand Kose Softymo does exactly as intended – it gently removes makeup, dirt, and any other sort of substances (oil, sunscreen, etc.) that can accumulate on your face throughout the day, and it is totally affordable, just $9.29!

To use, first make sure your hands are clean. Dry them off and squirt a small amount (a full pump would be too much – maybe enough to be the size of a quarter) on your palm or fingers (I like to put it on my fingers so that I can reach to clean areas on my face that my palms cannot). Gently rub the oil onto your DRY face. It will lift up makeup and dirt almost immediately, although you might need to spend a little more time and care on getting mascara/eyeliner off. The oil will remain the same colorless, oily texture. When you’re done rubbing, rinse your hands and face.

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Now on rinsing off, the oil will emulsify with the water and turn into a pale light blueish color, as it rinses off easily. I have never needed a second rinse as the oil does not stick to my skin like typical oils would. Once water is applied, it all comes off – there’s no residue or oily shine like you would expect, it’s just perfect!

How to get a clear skin fast

Lilianna Naturals’ Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid for Face and Eyes has been my very favorite Serum for some time now, most especially for the treatment of sun damage, acne scars, textured skin, and of course, acne also.

The Vitamin E in this product will help with hyperpigmentation, fading scars and the reduction fine lines. It also makes a great dark spot corrector for the face. It can be used around the under eye area as well to help with dark circles and wrinkles. Nevertheless, it is also great for women and men’s daily use as it has maximum prescription strength effectiveness while being gentle enough for sensitive skin. This product is also non comedogenic, and be used both day and night.

Tiktok skincare

How to: Wash and pat skin dry as usual. If you are going to use a toner, apply the toner before the serum. Use the dropper and put a nickel size amount in your hand. Use your finger tips to apply one thin layer of serum to entire face, neck and decollete (a little goes a long way). Allow to dry for 1 – 2 minutes. This can be used not just daily, but also under make up as well. Follow application with your favorite high quality moisturizer. This product cost only $19.99

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A skincare routine is never completed without the right moisturizer, NeuBeautics Collagen cream contains only pure and natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, etc. The essential nutrients of this cream provide moisturizing while nourishing and soothing skin. This collagen cream also fights the aging process, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.

This nourishing formula supports skin regeneration during the day and at night, while the rich texture softly melts into the skin getting absorbed quickly, providing immediate sensations of skin comfort. NeuBeautics firming cream is three products in one: a day moisturizer that hydrates, a night cream that nourishes, and an efficient anti-aging treatment for women and men. This fast-absorbing, non-greasy cream intensively restores skin’s softness and suppleness. It is perfect even for sensitive skin due to its natural and safe compounds.

How to look good on camera

This cult favourite product cost just a mere $18.89!

Final notes

Even if photo editing apps could grant you a swift magic-like quick fix alá bibidi babibdi boo, you cannot neglect yourself, self-care or skin-care as it can be directly related to your sense of self-worth, self-love and mental health, especially when you are being compared to a computer derived version of yourself. The best makeup is usually the one you never did.

This is why you can’t maintain your hair colors


Everyone wants beautiful flawless glowing skin and god-like hair, this is why the beauty industry has seen a significant amount of growth within the past few years with novel brands popping up each year like whack-a-mole!

During my unruly time spent endlessly at home, I figured out what better way to spend it than performing my own research on issues affecting my body, possibly even conducting my own mad scientist experiments while I’m at it.

And to say the least, it’s been rather fun and informative.

Effects of the sun on the skin and hair

I’ve always noticed how often my hair color tends to fade out within the course of the week, going from jet black to brownish. Sure after a good hair mask treatment, my color would be revived, but it eventually fades out again! Now my hair is natural, and I have never dyed it before. However, I am 100% positive that that brownish hair is not my true color primarily because it looks obviously faded!

Being a perpetual outdoor junkie, I had the suspicion that my lifestyle may be responsible for my problem, so I went ahead and did some digging.

In this blog post, I would be sharing with you why I really came to make escaping the midday sun a life priority!

The sun vs your hair

Effects of the sun on the hair

Before we dive in, let’s quickly recap what is SPF, what is UV rays, the difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC (and uncovering the reasons why we don’t get to read much about those).

SPF

The SPF denotes “sun protecting factor” – meaning the number of rays the sunscreen block. E.g. SPF 15 means, that 1/15th of the burning radiation will reach the skin, assuming sunscreen is applied evenly at a thick dosage of 2mg per square centimeter. Similarly, SPF 60, means that only 1/60th of the same radiation will reach the skin or hair.

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Deciphering UVA, UVB and UVC

Ultraviolet (UV) ray is a band of the electromagnetic spectrum with a specific wavelength: from 10nm to 400nm. This means that UV rays stand somewhere between visible light which the human eye is able to see and much shorter in length, X-rays. UV radiation is present in sunlight, contributing to about 10% of the total output of the Sun. UV is strong enough to cause chemical reactions in compounds, including fluorescence, strengthening the bones in mammals, and various photo effects achieved by photons, particles of light.

The difference between UVA, UVB, and UVC rays is the length of the electromagnetic wave:

  • UVA 400-320nm
  • UVB is 320-290nm

Therefore sunscreens with a “broad spectrum” are those which cover various lengths of UV-rays. UVA accounts for 95% of all the UV radiation reaching Earth’s surface that can constitute most of the damage from the sun. While UVB proportion is much, much smaller. UVC rays, however, get absorbed by Earth’s ozone layer and therefore are not something we consider in this overview.

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Effect of UV sun damage on hair

The hair shaft is a nonliving cell and, thus unlike skin cells, it requires no protection from carcinogenesis commonly caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin. Simply put, you cannot have cancerous hair fibers –  carcinogenesis in a hair shaft itself is not currently considered possible. If hair proteins in the shaft are altered by sun exposure, damaged hair can be removed and replaced by new hair.

However, UV radiation damages hair lipids, so photodamaged hair is dry and dull, as sunlight damages disulfide bonds – the protein links that create elasticity and essentially “holds your hair shaft together”. In addition, color-treated hair, already deprived of its natural moisture is more likely to dry and become brittle after exposure to the sun. Hair devoid of natural lipids, is subject to static electricity, fractures easily and appears frizzy.

Vulnerability of colour-treated hair

Human hair naturally contains two pigments: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Both are accountable for brown/black and red/yellow hues in our hair respectively and both get affected by UV rays. Another melanin, called oxymelanin, is found in unprocessed human hair that has been exposed to the sun. It is a similar compound found in bleached hair, as well. The amount of oxymelanin affects the value of the hair as well as causing photo-aging. This leads to natural “summer highlights” amongst those of us with untreated virgin hair.

The sun’s rays act very much like bleach on hair, says dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD. Bleach reacts with the melanin in the hair and removes the color in an irreversible chemical reaction. Bleach also damages the hair’s cuticle and protein, which is called keratin.

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Finer, lighter hair lacks the thickness or pigment that can protect it from the sun’s rays, Dr. Bergfeld says. Darker, coarser hair usually is oilier, and its thickness, darker color, and oil covering help to protect it. African-American or African hair is fragile due to its shape, which is thin, flat, and tightly coiled, Dr. Bergfeld says.

Making matters worse

Hot flat irons or rollers, chlorinated water in swimming pools or lightening your hair, this damage make it more vulnerable to the summer stresses of heat and this damages your hair’s keratin.  The damaged protein allows sun and heat to penetrate the hair more easily and results in a fragile hair strand.

“If you bleach or highlight your hair, you’ve damaged the hair already,” Dr. Bergfeld says. “To add to that by swimming in a chlorinated pool, or sitting out in the sun, you’re going to have very significant hair breakage.”

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sadly enough, people don’t really take seriously protecting their hair from the sun as much as we do our bodies, I guess since our hair doesn’t “tan or burn, or even get cancer” it’s quite easy to overlook it all.

All though there are currently products on the market that promise sun protection for the hair, I would not really bank on its effectiveness, especially as it is yet to be proven.

At this point in my life having long, beautiful, and radiant hair is sort of like a huge priority to me, especially when the state of your hair is a force strong enough to command respect to you on its own, it is one of the very first things people would notice about you!

The sun versus the skin

The skin uses sunlight to help manufacture vitamin D, which is important for normal bone formation. But sometimes its ultraviolet light can be very detrimental.

Most often than not, people, especially women (me inclusive!) Are more concerned with the aesthetic effects of the sun on the skin than anything else.

Sometimes I think it’s because even though everyone knows that there is is a thing called skin cancer and there are people out there who have it, a lot of us still like to believe that we would be the exception, but so did those people!

Within the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can burn the skin, and over time, could reduce its elasticity and cause a person to age prematurely. Suntanning occurs because exposure to sunlight causes the skin to produce more melanin and to darken. The tan fades as these cells move toward the surface and are sloughed off.

Too much exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays can cause sunburn. UV rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. People who do not have much melanin and sunburn easily should protect themselves by covering up sensitive areas, wearing sunblock, limiting their total exposure time, and limiting their sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The sun and ageing

I am always humbled in the presence of older women who have managed to age like fine wine, so I made the decision that I’ll do everything I can while I’m still young to “end up like them”. I made the decision this year to be more of a long term thinker rather than an impulsive one seeking instant results and gratifications! (something I am painfully guilty of). Sunscreens cannot fully protect you from our harsh modern environment, the damage has been done and we are left to deal with it and preserve what’s left of it, two points if it can be reversed!

Prevention is always better and CHEAPER than cure, so while you slather on expensive creams, lotions, and potions, do the significant, stay away from the causes if you can!


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Here are some of my amazon.com selections!

Every single product recommended here have been personally curated by me and is found to be reputable. These are also affiliated links, meaning if you use them to make purchases I would earn a little stipend but at no extra cost to you.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Reef Friendly Sunscreen Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 50, 12 Ounces. $9.96

Rating: 4 out of 5.

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ 60ml / 2 fl.oz Coral reef safe sunscreen, Sun cream for face, Cica, UVA1,2 UVB, Broad spectrum, Lightweight, Sensitive skin, Essential Oil Free. $15.90

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Tea Tree Paul Mitchell Hair and Body Moisturizer, 10.14 Oz $15

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Curly Hair Products by Carol’s Daughter, Coco Creme Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter For Very Dry Hair, with Coconut Oil and Mango Butter, Paraben Free and Silicone Free Butter for Curly Hair, 12 Ounce. $11.99 $9.99

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Innisfree turns 20!


Since the rise of kbeauty as a result of the worldwide spread of the kpop fever (you can thank BTS for that), there has been one cosmetic brand that has risen to lead this new craze, attaining in the process cult-like following of loyal beauty enthusiasts bound to put to shame most western brands.

I myself have been a fan too, with the Innisfree green tea serum being one of my all-time favorites.

Innisfree hydrating serum

Innisfree is a naturalism-oriented cosmetics brand created by Amore Pacific in 2000. The brand name derives from [Irish] poet W. B. Yeats‘ poem, ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree‘. 

According to Innisfree history, it’s founder Sunghwan Suh’s  mission began in his childhood when he spent countless hours watching his
mother artfully craft beauty treatments from the finest camellia oil.

His tireless search to continue this legacy eventually led him to Jeju Island.

While many believed it to be a barren land void
of nourishment, Mr. Suh saw Jeju Island’s potential
to be the perfect grounds for cultivating a green tea field.

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His instincts were right, as Jeju’s natural elements—
the mineral-rich water, the volcanic ash soil, the ideal
precipitation levels and the moderate temperatures—all
worked in harmony to yield a superior green tea harvest

In 2000, Jeju Island and its unmatched green tea fields formed the foundation of Innisfree.

Innisfree history

From there, Innisfree went on to unlock the skincare benefits of over 15 ingredients responsibly sourced from the island using cutting-edge extraction methods
that preserve their purity and potency from plant to bottle.

Innisfree to this day continues to discover new ways to tap into the wonders of Jeju Island’s rare natural reserves to offer skincare solutions for every concern.

Kbeauty philosophy

THE KOREAN BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY

The Korean approach to beauty is all about prevention.
Women from other parts of the world may not consider a full skin care routine until they notice a blemish or fine lines forming, whereas Korean women begin meticulously caring for their skin from a very young age before any damage has been done. They believe that if you need to address a problem, it’s too late and covering flaws with heavy makeup is not an option.

Innisfree beauty philosophy


 
They preserve and protect their skin’s pristine state to delay aging for as long as possible to achieve and maintain a truly healthy glow.

In this quest to maintain an authentically flawless complexion, Korean women go to great lengths to seek out the finest and safest ingredients, the most efficient delivery systems and the most effective layering techniques—sometimes involving more than 12 products!
—creating a skincare routine that sets the standard worldwide.

Today, as one of South Korea’s leading beauty brand clocks 20, a significant milestone, we wish them the best of luck and dedication to their craft!


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Creating the iconic Cat-eye look by Sophia Loren


Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while since I uploaded anything at all on makeup, especially tutorials.

While I’m completely a novice when it comes to applying makeup to my face, I am yet to learn the techniques, in fact, I just recently started buying makeup, I bought my first makeup foundation only a couple of days ago, and I’m going to be 21 this year!

true story.

while I may be completely new to the game, it doesn’t really stop me from sharing my discoveries and attempts when it comes to makeup, we are all learners, after all, learning never ends, isn’t it?

Lately, I’ve been getting more and more fond of this particular look. When it comes to makeup fascination, the eye makeup takes it home for me.

I love it when the eye makeup is audacious, while the rest of the face is kept minimal.

Maybe some dramatic red lipstick to it💄

But oftentimes, I prefer it when just one area of the face is made the focal point.

I find it devilishly seductive, yet elegant.

I guess my overall makeup style, is minimal yet dramatic.

Creating the cat-eye look

In my take, learning how to perfectly apply eye makeup is one of the hardest and trickiest things to learn when it comes to makeup techniques.

A slain eye makeup application can really turn a rather plain face into something totally different, it can transform an entire look!

From simple to dramatic, each brushstroke technique can influence the kind of aura you project, from gentile to dreamlike, mysterious, to a downright dangerous woman, you know better than to mess with.

the pioneers of course of this modern-day iconic look is the Egyptians, it is almost impossible for you to see a picture of an Egyptian royalty without spotting this look. it is practically a symbol of royalty!

While there are numerous ways in which one could wear the iconic cat-eye look, I think this one seems to be the most common type.

The Sophia Loren style.

Cat-eye tutorial

I came across a YouTube makeup tutorial by Arabesque on how to create the cat eye makeup, and honestly, I think this is one of the best I’ve seen so far.

I’m currently trying it out, although my results are pretty much similar to that of a novice drag queen.

But my oh my, when I do end up nailing it, neither Instagram nor this blog’s community will have enough of it.

So what makeup products would you be needing to perfect this look?

Now for the video to sum it up 💕💕

Here are some of my Amazon.com selects

Eyebrow razors amazon.com $4.50

NYX professional matt bronzer $7.99

Maybelline waterproof eyeliner $6.10

Skincare for people in their 20s: No B.S


First of all, I just want to welcome all my Ant readers to 2020!

This is officially the first post for the year 2020, I thought that as the year begins anew, it will be wise to start it off with a down to earth approach to skincare and beauty, leaving my consumer junkie self in last year and decade, where it belongs.

The consumer culture becomes more and more pervasive as the years rolls by. This reality didn’t really hit me until I went for my new year/ first quarter cosmetic shopping.

I often like to buy my cosmetics all at once, enough to last at least three months, I realized it not only saves me time but also money and necessary impulse spending.

Halo

When I went to the supermarket cosmetic section, I was totally astonished by the plethora of new products on the shelf, a lot of them promising, with sleek package design, and a scent sweet enough to cripple you.

But do you know the good thing about being broke, and not being able to afford every whim at a go?

It brings you down to earth, makes you conscious of your decisions, and gives you enough distance-time while you’re trying to raise cash, enough time for the frenzy you feel about the new product to wear off, giving you enough rationale to decide for yourself if you really need what you want.

In this new day and age, it’s kind of hard to trust manufacturers, influencers, and “skincare professionals”. Since one of the most primary motivations for people to do things is survival, one can not help but be suspicious of the reasons someone preaches or presents us something. Is it more of them trying to get more cash to survive and keep the lifestyle, or are they are genuinely interested in the publics’ benefit.

One of my new year’s resolution is to cut out the noises, the unnecessary add ons. To be wiser with my spending and also what I put in and on my body, I only have one anyway!


Since I turned 20 last year’s December, I’ve kind of gotten a bit more concerned about my body, as the quality of my 20s will greatly influence subsequent decades to come in my life

I’ve noticed how fast people are aging these days, cosmetically and physiologically. teenagers no longer look like teenagers, they all look like people in their 20s! and I’m not just talking about the way they dress.

I saw a woman on YouTube being praised for the way she looked at forty-five, but that’s how a forty-five years old woman is supposed to look like. a lot of people currently overlook an epidemic at hand; the modern human body is degenerating at a much rapid rate compared to our ancestors.

Skincare by the decades

Each year of our lives requires different approaches to care and maintenance. Some products are absolutely necessary, while others are honestly just noises.

You can see it as tools necessary for each milestone or decade of your life. You want to travel to each decade as light as possible, only taking what’s necessary, being disciplined enough to not fall into the trap of consumerism. You have to learn to look after your needs.

Skincare for the 20s

Skincare for young women
I’m the girl in the photo in case you didn’t know 😎

In your teens, the primary skincare needs are moisturizer, sunscreens, light exfoliation once a week or so, and acne creams. That’s practically it.

But of course, with environmental damage ever so potent, that may not be enough for most people, diet, and supplements should be your holy grail. Never take vitamin B12 nonchalantly if you suffer from acne, your skin will thank you.

Skincare for teens
I was wearing 0% makeup in this photo. Oh, and that’s my brother!

When you’re in your twenties, you would have to take it up a notch, you’re done developing at this time, so your body’s turn over rate slows down. This can be the breeding ground for all sorts of future menace.

Holy Grail skincare products for your 20s

This is the time to not mess with your moisturizers, dry skin should be something you fight against daily.

Dry skin equals wrinkles, flaky skin, clogged pores, and the need for more unnecessary makeup which I’ll get to in a minute.

A mild daily exfoliator with a good concentration of BHAs will really help with the appearance of post-acne scars from your teenage years while helping you maintain flawless skin!

Retinol, please do not ignore the retinol creams, these are one of the very few products that are actually proven to work, especially for anti-aging which should be something you should start to take seriously at this stage in your life, “prevention is better than cure” they tell.

Anti-aging for 20 years old

Sunscreen, this should be something, you should hold right next to your heart. Never leave the house even for a second without one, and if you live in a house where there is more than adequate amount of direct sunlight coming in during the day, wear sunscreen at home too. Don’t even think about tanning!

using a lip balm with an SPF should also be paramount.

About makeup

Personally in my take, I personally do not think women in their twenties need much makeup at all, especially makeup products like primers and foundations.

Makeup and the skin

I know this is sorta off mainstream, but the rate at which people use makeup currently is kinda cringy. Especially with the Instagram/drag queen inspired makeup trend which is just tacky on multiple levels.

It’s perfectly fine if you go for such a look at special appropriate occasions, but having that be your look day in day out, every day is just a No for me.

In my take, if you properly take care of your skin, 40% or more of the makeup products you use will be absolutely useless.

At the moment, I no longer use foundation makeup or primers anymore,

I only use BB or CC creams in place of foundation, some concealers where necessary, and some setting powder. Bronzers are on occasion.

Cutting down to just these few have greatly improved the quality of my skin.

I plan on dedicating an entirely new blog post on my skincare products and routine, as well as my makeup products in the future.

If you focus on care and maintenance at the foundation stages of your life, you will more than reap the benefits of it in the future.

Skincare for 20 years old

Supplements

My best take on supplements is vitamin C, E, and A.

You should also remember the power of biotin to your skin and hair, collagen from bone broth should be your new coffee.

Diet, diet, diet! You should take care of yourself like a kid you are responsible for, you wouldn’t hand a kid beer and cigarettes for a snack, neither are you supposed to feed it burgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

As the year begins, make a resolution to be more responsible for yourself.