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Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Lipsticks

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Probably the most familiar and best loved part of a woman's makeup is Lipstick. The lips are associated with love and sex because of the connection with kissing. The basic and ancient purpose of lipstick is to give the lips an artificial flush of sexual excitement. This purpose is somewhat clouded in modern times by the connotations of smartness and fashion and the need to present a made-up face to the world irrespective of attracting the opposite sex. That said, however, it cannot be denied that bringing bright colour to the face can give the impression of youth and health.

Usually lipstick comes in stick from in a swivel case but colour can also be applied to the lips via lipgloss in little pots or by using lip pencils. Lipstick comes in many different shades from stark white to the darkest red or even (for Goths) black. Lipstick is made from pigment, the higher the pigment content the longer lasting the colour, and vegetable wax. Some manufacturers add various moisturising ingredients such as liposomes or Shea butter to keep the lips soft. Silica is added to give the lipstick a matt effect. UV filters protect the delicate skin of the lips from the harmful effects of the sun and chamomile and vitamin E, also often included in the ingredients of lipstick, help to heal and soothe.

To get top results from lipstick it is best to moisturise the lips and then apply a little foundation with a make-up sponge. Dust a little face powder over the lips as this will help the lipstick to last longer. These two stages would be carried out in the normal course of applying a full make-up. Next very gently outline the lips with a lip pencil, starting at the "Cupid's Bow", then outlining the lower lip and then lastly finishing the outline of the upper lip. Always use a brush. Load the brush with lipstick and then carefully fill in all of the lips, even taking the colour into the corners of the mouth. Lastly hold a tissue between the lips and gently blot the colour. You can leave the lips blotted and slightly mat or apply a second coat of lipstick without blotting. This method gives a professional, long-lasting effect. 

Choose lipstick colours according to hair and skin colour and of course following your preferences and what you feel suits you.

Blonde hair with pale skin - crimson or bright red
Blonde hair with rosy skin - pinky reds
Dark hair with pale skin - burgundy brilliant red
Dark hair with rosy skin - ruby dark red
Dark hair with sallow skin - striking rich reds
Auburn with pale skin - orange-reds
Auburn hair with rosy skin - brown-reds
Black hair with brown skin - burgundy, berry reds