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A Lesson in Eyeliner with Shawn Peltier

The first time I worked with our resident Make Up educator, Shawn, I got him pretty much to myself. He asked what I would like to focus on. I thought quickly: eyeliner. I had become so accustomed to having and utilizing only a single tool: the eyeliner pencil, that I never really stopped to look at my other options.

Though there are no rules when it comes to makeup, being versed in a variety of options can come in handy, especially if your go-to goes missing. So over the course of a couple days, I got a hand in learning about other options besides a pencil.

Gel

The first rule anyone needs to know about a gel liner is that it dries so fast, it will make your head spin. Being dainty, and taking your time do not apply here. Because it dries so quickly, gel is best suited for creating super sultry, smoky looks.. What’s great about it though, is you only need a tiny bit of product. Your biggest challenge is being fast enough to smudge it out. Shawn made me practice this over and over, I thought I would die. (I would then be the first person to die from practicing applying gel eyeliner).

Powder

Using a shadow for eyeliner is great for creating a natural, or soft smudgy look. Using a wet brush, you can create a nice, even, thin line. It really comes down to where and how you apply it. As I learned, lightly pushing it into the upper lash line enhances the eyes just enough. It’s a great trick for clients with more mature skin.

Though my lessons were brief, the wealth of information I learned will certainly help me in my future eyeliner endeavors.

Goal Oriented It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

QFPLU2WT-Z_95FKt4TwCbjZRbzOqNTLF580EODd4TDkI have had plenty of chances and opportunity to do freelance work throughout school, and after I got licensed. I even got pinged to do a runway show from one of my Creative Team photos I had posted on my Instagram.

However, with the way my life sort of ended up panning out–I moved, I changed jobs, I started CIDESCO–I began evolving through my education, my focuses changed, my priorities changed, and I even changed a bit as a person.

I have always been one to never settle on doing one single thing for my entire life, but I finally decided two years ago that the beauty industry is the place for me, so that helps, I guess. However, I realized I don’t want to schlep around with a rolling makeup case and a wax warmer all my life. So, I changed my mind.

I learned more, I researched more, I reevaluated myself, and what was important to me. I basically overhauled my career/life goals. I have never been happier. I stopped listening to what others thought I should do (they thought becoming an Esthetician was like, the coolest thing ever) with my license once I got it. I actually took some great advice: Be your own board of directors.

So now, with an unlimited amount of options, I implore you to consider them all: change your mind, change it again. This industry is about expressing your creativity, so try everything, at least once.

Contouring and Highlighting One Size Doesn’t Fit All

1uVBfE6s4yzRNvysUIs4ChCegntz24rLNbxsZ6yD5LoMy face shape is certainly not a lovely, perfect oval. I have a pronounced forehead and long jawline. (Think Sarah Jessica Parker, here). I have a prominent, slightly crooked nose. I never thought my face looked right when it was re-shaped with cookie cutter darks and lights, following a standard diagram because unfortunately, all these diagrams are designed for a single, perfect face shape.

To say the least, I was extremely discouraged, because I couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of H&C in-depth.

Though it took me some time, I then realized, that not everyone else on the planet has a perfectly proportioned oval face either.

So I practiced. I figured out where and how to customize placement of highlight, and where to shadow to perfectly emphasize an individual face.

Everyone is unique, and contouring and highlighting isn’t strictly black and white. Our noses, foreheads and cheekbones, don’t come in a cookie cutter fashion.

Eventually, I got tired of contouring and highlighting. It became more work than was worth it. I learned to embrace my flaws, because they gave my face a bit of character. Sure, I can still emphasize what I need to, if I want to. I just choose not too.

How CIDESCO Made Me a Better Esthetician

cidescologo (2)When I first enrolled in the Esthiology program here at CAI, I never thought I would one day be near my completion of CIDESCO. I had never considered this career path until a small introduction to the program piqued my interest. It goes to say, CIDESCO has given me far more than what I thought I was ever capable of learning.

Although I believed that the health of skin was important, I didn’t quite realize how all of your body’s cells–and not just your skin cells–individually function and work together to create one big functioning unit. Turns out, that your skin is actually a giant billboard advertising the overall health of a person, not just the external damage that may be done to the skin. Basically, instead of looking only at the body’s outward appearance, I have been able to explore my clients’ lifestyles and pinpoint why their skin shows signs of distress, and how to correct conditions through choosing the correct ingredients and suggesting small changes.

I also never thought that I would want to specialize in the field of skin care. I first wanted to have a hand in everything-mMakeup, facials, and waxing- however I simply could not choose. I thought I wanted to be a ‘well-rounded’ esthetician who knew something about everything. This, as my educator Maria has put it, is being ‘a jack of all trades, and a master of none.’ I have certainly gone through a process and change of direction with my initial career goals, but I realized that I have learned exactly what I needed to in order to get me there.

Looking back at this roller coaster ride, that is CIDESCO, I have zero regrets. I doubt I would have gone as far as I have without the education, experience, and knowledge that CIDESCO has given me. The choice I made to enroll at Cinta Aveda has certainly been rewarding, and also career-wise, life changing.

The Strange and Beautiful World of Skin Writing

Dermatographia UrticariaDermatographia Urticaria—commonly known as skin writing—while only affecting a very small portion of the world’s population, makes for one of the most intriguing conditions of the skin one could imagine. Recently, artist Adriana Page Russell—who herself has the disorder—published photographs of her own, displaying how beautiful a skin condition can be.

Dermatopgrahia is characterized by extreme hypersensitivity, sometimes leading to welts and inflammation of the skin, with only the slightest scratch or pinch. This allows for the ability to ‘write’ or ‘draw’ on one’s own skin, without permanent damage, or feel even the slightest sensation of pain. As a result, this condition allows for the most beautiful and strange designs to be traced along the body, which then disappears in a matter of about twenty to thirty minutes.

Many of the causes of Dermatographia are unclear, however it can be caused by an allergen. Nevertheless, these allergens are often unknown. Penicillin and emotional stress can also to be attributed to the cause of the condition. Development of the disorder can occur at any point in life, and may even go away on its own.

Though symptoms aren’t ncessarily severe, those with Dermatographia can be prescribed a standard treatment of antihistamines. However, this treatment is usually only offered if symptoms become bothersome. Currently there is no real permanent cure available, however, artists like Russell have found away almost to embrace this condition by utilizing the unkown. What may have been considered a disfiguring disorder in the past, has become a work of art in the present.