Youngblood = Radiant Skin

Our first guest blog from Charm School pal Catherine -- a registered nurse and esthetician. In other words, she knows her stuff!She's turned me on to many great products over the years. Below, she reviews her fave makeup brand, Youngblood...

Mineral make up is quickly becoming the preferred natural alternative to traditional cosmetics. A staple product in my make up bag is the loose natural mineral foundation by Youngblood. The finely milled powder provides a natural, weightless finish on the skin without any glitter or shimmer. The line has a great selection of realistic skin tones for easy color matching. The pink, yellow and neutral hue options are customizable to match any skin undertone.

All powder formulations contain titanium dioxide for long-lasting UVA/UVB protection (SPF 15+). All Youngblood products are talc, paraben, artificial fragrance, dye and cruelty free. The special oil free formula makes it non–comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and an excellent option for oily, acneic, congested, and sensitive skin types. The natural vegan formula is ideal for coverage after an IPL, acid or enzyme treatment because it won’t irritate the skin or affect the results of your professional treatment. The combination of natural and mineral ingredients gives it amazing long wearing, waterproof, and adhering abilities. An added bonus is the clean, modern packaging and good price point.

In order to get the most lightweight, silky coverage simply tap a small amount into the lid and select the appropriate brush size. Dip the tip of the brush into the powder, tap off the excess, and gently buff the powder into the skin using circular movements. Blend evenly over the face and jaw line to ensure gradual coverage to the neck. A small kabuki or powder brush will provide moderate to full coverage. A large kabuki or ultimate foundation brush that is more dense will give you full coverage. The powder foundation is very versatile and can easily be used to spot treat and conceal with a concealer brush, clean sponge or fingertip. Be sure to cleanse your make up brushes every 2 weeks with a mild shampoo or professional brush cleaner to prevent powder, skin and bacteria buildup.

Once you have an even, flawless palette to work with, you can add a splash of color with blush or a light sun-kissed shimmer with bronzer.

TIPS: * Apply a lightweight moisturizer to clean, dry skin prior to application * For the most even coverage make sure all serums, moisturizers and sun protection lotions have absorbed into the skin; blot with a tissue if needed * Mix a small amount of mineral foundation into your moisturizer to create a custom tinted lotion * For Rosacea, acne lesions, pigmentation and vascular issues the powder can be layered for added coverage

I can honestly say that this is a great product having seen the results first hand on Catherine's skin. She continually gets compliments about how fresh and radiant her complexion looks.

Thanks for sharing Cath!!!