How to never take a bad picture again

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Not all people like being photographed. Many people I know feel uncomfortable, insecure and doesn’t know how to act as soon as a camera enters the room. They shy away and mumble something about “never looking good in pictures”. When I was working as a model I learned some great tricks that everybody can use to take a good-looking photo. You don’t have to be a model to succeed. These are my best tips for a good picture:

Lighting is key.
It may sound simple, but it does a lot for the picture. No one, not even top models, looks good when the lighting is bad. Avoid backlight and sharp lighting from above that can create strange shadows on your face. Let the natural light from the window fall on you if you are inside, because standing in front of a window with backlight almost never looks good. To photograph outside in daylight when the sun is directly overhead does also rarely serve to anyone’s advantage.

The importance of glow and some well put concealer.
Your makeup can look very different in a picture from what it does in real life. If you know that you are going to be photographed, you might want to apply some extra concealer to cover dark circles and sweep some bronzer over your cheeks and nose. A highlighter or facial oil can also be applied on the cheekbones to add extra glow.

Photo 1: Emma Sjöberg & Karen Mulder for ELLE Japão, 1993.

Do you have a sweet side?
A German photographer once told me that the right side of my face is my “chokoladenseite” (chocolate side) and I have noticed that I tend to like pictures where I show more of my right side a little bit better. Try looking at yourself in front of a mirror to discover your sweet side.


Adjust your chin.
A small adjustment of your chin, up or down, can often make a big difference.

Strike a (natural) pose.
A lot of people don’t know what to do with their arms and hands. Learn a few natural poses like putting your hands in your pockets, crossing your arms or just letting them hand relaxed. Avoid putting your hands on your side too often, as it often looks quite posing and fake.

Photo: Tobias Lundkvist for Damernas Värld

Laugh and think about something that makes you happy.
A fake smile is often given away by your eyes. Think about someone or something that makes you happy to bring out a natural smile from within. Being yourself and avoiding freezing in front of the camera often results in the best pictures.


The efficient sleeping beauty

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That one of the most common beauty tips out there is “sleep” is not a coincidence. It really is during the night your skin get a chance to recover from the stress caused by the day behind us. These 4 products do not only help you get those precious hours of sleep – they make them even more efficient.

  1. Treatment overnight repair mask, 39€/100ml. A repairing a rehydrating night mask, nominated as “best beauty products of the year” in both Stella & Costume Beauty Awards and Norwegian Cosmetic Awards 2018.
  2. Slip TM Pillow Case in “Pink”, 79$/queen size. It is said that cotton in your pillow soaks up the moisture and oils from your skin while you sleep. Try sleeping on a cool silk pillow that is supposed to be gentle on both skin and hair.
  3. Shut the light out with Love Stories nattmask “Rizzo“,  30€/one size.
  4. THIS WORKS Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, 22€/75ml. A soothing and relaxing spray with Lavender, Chamomile and Vetiver that you spray on your pillow before bedtime. Placebo effect or not – it just works.

 


Why is it so important to cleanse your skin?

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Carolina Öberg is a licensed skincare therapist at Emma S. We asked her about why it is so important to have a good cleansing routine.

– A good daily cleansing routine is the foundation for beautiful skin. With daily cleansing, I mean both morning and evening, and preferably in at least three steps in the evening.

But why is it so important to do it? 

– Let’s take a look on what can end up on your face on a daily basis; sunscreen, primer, makeup, dirt, exhaust gases, pollutants, sweat and bacteria. Makeup today is better than ever and can be tough to remove. All of these things pile up on your face and will eventually build up a layer. This layer does not only clog your pores (which can lead to unflattering blemishes and blackheads), but will also block you skin and make it impossible for all your yummy serums, moisturisers and luxurious face masks to penetrate the skin and work their magic.

– The skin is also a super important part of your immune system where the outer layer has a so called “acid mantle” consisting of fats and lipids with a natural acidic pH-level. This acidic environment works as a great protection against bacteria since the microorganisms don’t like this acidity.

Can’t I just use good old soap and water?

– If you treat your skin poorly and e.g. use a regular hand soap with a high pH-value you will disrupt the skins natural pH-balance. This can both make your skin dry as well as lower the immune protection which can lead to a reactive and sensitive skin.

So, how should I cleanse my skin?

– To get perfectly clean skin (and save up on laundry from makeup dirty towels) I always recommend following a three-step routine:

  1. Remove makeup – If you use makeup you should always start with an effective makeup remover. Choose a remover that suits your individual needs and preferences. If you use a lot of eye makeup or waterproof mascara, opt for a fragrance-free eye makeup remover. If you are more of a foundation-, rouge- and bronzer- kind of girl, reach for the 2 in 1 makeup remover and use it together with a cotton pad. If you have sensitive or very dry skin, gently massage a cleansing oil directly onto your dry face to dissolve your makeup.
  2. Wash – When you’ve said bye bye to your makeup, use a face wash to get rid of the last traces of dirt and excess oils. Use a facial wash especially made for the face with the right pH-level.
  3. Balance – neutralize the skin’s pH-level with a facial toner to make it ready for your following creams and serums.

– The result you’ll get from having a good skincare routine is not just a fresh and clear complexation, but you will also get the benefits of more glow, less visible dryness wrinkles and better effect of the rest of your skincare routine.

But seriously, how am I supposed to have time for all of this?

– I am myself a mother of two young ones so I know how hard it can be to make time for it all and especially time for myself. First of all, it isn’t as complicated and time consuming as it may sound, and second of all we are all human. The important thing isn’t that you do it perfect, as long as you do something.

Find your cleansing-routine here.

 

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Emma’s Picks for Oily Skin

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Oily skin can be troublesome, especially for many young people. A small consolation may be that oily skin is said to prevent some of the wrinkles that come with age. Oily skin is characterized by a shiny T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and for instance enlarged pores and pimples.

Cleansing-fet-hyBe extra thorough with your cleansing routine and use a en pre-cleanser to remove all traces of makeup.

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Foaming Cleansing facial wash.

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A facial toner helps to balance your skin.

Cleansing. Be extra thorough with your cleansing routine if you have oily skin. Cleanse your face both in the morning and the evening, but avoid using products that risk drying out the skin. If the skin is deprived of its natural oils the sebaceous glands will react by producing even more sebum! Instead, choose products that leave the skin clean and fresh at the same time as they soothe, balance and add moisture.

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Lightweight day cream with Vitamin E.EmmaS-Hydration-fet-hy-eye-gelRehydrating eye gel.

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Lightweight serum.

MoisturisingChoose a moisturiser that fits your skin, preferably one that will add lot of moisture. Oily skin does not need a rich cream, instead opt for lighter day and night creams that can add a lot of moisture and that quickly can be absorbed by your skin. If you have very oily skin, you can try to only use a moisturising serum and skip the cream altogether.

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Remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.

TreatmentUse a gentle enzyme peeling once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, dissolve blackheads and prevent new breakouts. Enzyme peel is an exfoliating mask, without scrubbing beans, that contains AHA- and BHA-acids (salicylic acid) that have a deep cleansing effect and that will keep your skin fresh and luminous. Avoid using exfoliating products containing mechanical scrubbing beans in your face since they may damage your skin.


My cleansing routine

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Cleansing is the key to keep my skin glowing. I have combination skin, and it immediately shows on my skin if I have been careless with my cleansing. This is what my daily routine looks like:

1. Wash. I always cleanse my face in the morning. Either with a foaming facial soap or by wiping it clean with a facial toner. This removes whatever is left of the night cream and refreshes my skin.

2. Remove. In the evening, I start by removing all makeup using one or two makeup removers (depending on what mascara I’ve used). I like using cotton pads to make sure I remove everything. After all makeup is gone, I finish with a toner or a foaming soap.

3. Peel. At least once a week I do an enzyme exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, prevent blemishes and give the skin extra glow.

Emma

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And the nominees are…

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We are proud to announce that we are nominated in both this year’s Swedish Beauty & Cosmetics Awards and Norwegian Cosmetic Award! Thank you SBCA and NCA for the nominations!

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Sensitive Day Cream is nominated in the category “Skincare of the Year 200-400 SEK” in Swedish Beauty & Cosmetics Awards!

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Rue de Varenne EdT and Sensitive Facial Oil Serum are nominated in Norwegian Cosmetic Award!


My best tip to battle dry winter skin

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… is to adjust your skincare routine after the season and to apply your moisturiser more often and more liberally. We are so good at always applying hand cream to keep our hands soft, and you simply have to treat the skin in your face the same way. Try applying your moisturiser more liberally and you will see a difference.


Why should I use a Cleansing oil?

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Cleansing your skin with oil is still quite new and may feel strange to those who haven’t tried it yet. A lot of people believe that oils will make their skin go shiny, when in fact it’s a great way to both moisturise and nourish the skin, as well as giving it a beautiful glow.

How to use a Cleansing oilApply 1-3 pumps to dry skin and gently massage until your makeup is dissolved. When you rinse off with lukewarm water, the oil will transform into a milky formula. Your skin will feel soft and refreshed, without a greasy feeling.

Cleansing oil is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.