Beauty expert shares skincare and beauty tips for all ages

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – Skincare can be hard to navigate when it comes to knowing your skin type and what products to use. Beauty expert and founder of the Finetta Beauty & Barber Academy, Etta Whitely, joined BVTM on Friday to share some basic tips anyone can use.

Typically, a skin type can be found about 30 minutes after cleansing the skin, according to Whitley. A person is considered to have oily skin if it is shiny after cleansing and it is considered a “combination” if it is dry and oily on different parts of the face. No matter your skin type, the expert suggests using products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

When removing the cleanser, Whitley recommends using cool water and patting your face dry rather than wiping it off. Afterward, Whitley recommends using a moisturizer and toner. A rosewater toner, she said, is great for reducing puffiness around the eyes.

“I always tell our students to think ‘CMT,’” Whitley said. “Cleanses, hydrates and tones.”

The expert believes that a skin care routine should start in high school. Inexpensive products like facial brushes, facial steamers, and nasal strips can also be helpful to use while doing the routine.

For those who want to add makeup after that skin routine, Whitley believes it doesn’t take much to enhance natural beauty. She said this can be done with a sheer lip gloss or a nude lip gloss. Base and lashes can be added if you want to take things up a notch. Finding the right foundation can be tricky, but Whitley said it’s important to find something that’s close to your natural skin color.

“You don’t want to change your complexion, you want to improve it,” Whitley said. “That’s what makeup is really about, enhancing what you already have.”

A simple hairstyle can also add an extra touch. Whitley recommends using a wand or flat iron to curl your hair and hairspray to hold it, as you can see in the video below.

“Before you start on this, your foundation has to be solid,” Whitley said. “You want a good moisturizing shampoo, you want a great conditioner, and if your hair is color-treated, you want to get shampoos and conditioners that are designed for color-treated hair.”

For more information about Whitley and Finetta Barber & Beauty Academy, click here.

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