Beauty Trends

The Benefits of Sunscreen

September 13, 2014
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sunscreen_ultravioletWhy is sunscreen so important? This is the number one question people ask. There are so many reasons to use sunscreen or products with SPF. First, reducing the risk of skin cancer! These cancers strike more than a million each year. Melanoma is the deadliest and kills more than 8,000 Americans each year. Therefore, it is recommended to use a SPF of 15 and above.

Sunscreen is ideal for all skin types even if you have a darker skin tone. There is a common misconception that if you are dark-skinned, you don’t need sunscreen. But, in reality, we all need some type of protection from the harmful UV rays from the sun. Sunscreen also helps to reduce broken capillaries and any redness or blotchiness. It prevents your skin from getting sun spots which are darker spots which may appear like freckles and skin discoloration. It also helps slow down the development of wrinkles and premature aging.

Sunscreen or products with SPF come in many different ways and, if you are anything like me and feel like SPF creams are too thick or oily for acne prone skin, there is always an SPF powder.

These are some reasons to choose to take care of your skin from the harmful UV rays that the sun produces. We all want to make sure that we protect ourselves and start reducing skin cancer and deaths associated with skin cancer. Sunscreen can also help keep your skin looking healthy and young. And who doesn’t want that?

Three Ways to Wear Your Pixie

July 30, 2014
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Short shaggy crops are fun and playful, and can be worn so many different ways! Depending on your styling routine, you can wear a pixie elegantly, edgily, or softly. I’m going to show you several different ways to wear your short cut and different styling techniques to prep your perfect coif.

Let’s start by assuming you have a finger length pixie cut, or perhaps a bit longer. Like this:

Short Pixie Cut Trends - Cute Short Cut with Bangs

This model has a slightly messy, yet dressed up look. You can do this by using a product that has some shine to make it look polished, or a product with a matte finish for a more casual look. I like to use AVEDA’s Texturizing Cream to create piecey-ness and then finish with the Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to add some glossiness.

To wear your short look for a more sophisticated event, create a side part when the hair is wet. Beforehand, towel-dry and apply a gel like Confixor, and then comb through. Like this:

Emma Watson attends the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 World film premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2010 in London, England.

Let’s say you want to get a little crazy and spice up your image. Maybe you’re bored and ready for a change. You can use a product that has maximum hold to edge up your look and go punk! AVEDA’s Shaping Wax, Grooming Clay, and Control Force are a few favorites of mine that leave your hair with stand up results!

There is no reason to feel boxed in by your pixie cut! The short length makes it easy and quick to experiment with endless ways to style! And don’t be afraid to get a little messy!

Girl with Scrunched Expression

Fringe

June 15, 2014
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Bangs are the perfect way to add a hint of something fresh and new to your look. Bangs allow for a change in your appearance without drastically cutting off all of your precious mane. Bangs are fun because there are different ways to style and cut them, depending on if you want an edgy look, a soft look, a dramatic look, etc, etc.

Model with Bangs

A few different types of bangs or fringe include choppy bangs, blunt bangs, wispy bangs, and side-swept bangs to name a few. I will tell you a little bit about each type and how to maintain them.

Choppy bangs are great for most face shapes, and I love them because they are ready to wear. Not too much must be done to style these types of bangs because they are purposely cut asymmetrically, with unevenness to add texture and visual interest. Just add a bit of paste or pommade to create some separation and accentuate the piecey-ness.

Blunt bangs are lovely because they make a statement. A little bit more time must be spent on styling blunt bangs since they are meant to fall into a straight line. Also, those with small or short foreheads should avoid them. To style blunt bangs, make sure they are sufficiently wet. Take your blow-dryer and heat style with a basic comb by blowing the bangs back and forth in opposite directions. This makes sure the bangs fall straight across when they dry, and takes care of any pesky cowlicks in the hair line. If you want more volume, a brush can be used instead of a comb. Mist a minimal amount of light hair spray on your palms, and then gently pat down any stray hairs, making sure not to press bangs onto forehead.

Side swept bangs are a good option because they don’t get too weighed down. Side swept bangs can be worn more as a bang or as a face framing layer, depending on where they are pulled from. They look good on all face shapes. Because of their length, they are very versatile. Side swept bangs also look great pinned back, twisted, and clipped away with a cute barrette. Style with a round brush, using the blow-dryer and brush to feather hair away from face, softly.

Hopefully this gives some insight for the many options that are available to those desiring new fringe!

Updo Types

June 14, 2014
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Work on an Updo for a Fashion Show.There are three main updos that usually updos are built off of. One is the French twist and, in my opinion, is the easiest one. All you do is take the hair pull it straight back and twist the ends in on itself. And remember hide those pins! It’s simple, elegant, and always so beautiful.

The second is chignon, trust me I don’t know how to pronounce it either, but this is more like a bun. It’s a little more complicated but still very easy. You can make a bow chignon which has become very popular, even the Hilton’s wear it!

The last one is the drape. This is probably the most tedious of them all. You have to make a pony tail with only the center half of your hair. Then you take the rest and pin in sections lying across the pony tail in the middle. It turns out pretty, but I don’t think it’s in style any more.

What is always in style is definitely the Marcel waves like they wore in the 20’s and in the Great Gatsby. These are all just basic updos and can certainly become more than the simple elegance they are. They become extravagant, artistic, and creative styles. Besides, when the hair is down, almost every updo that a celebrity wears on the red carpet is taken from one of these designs.

They are all so easy and so buildable which does make it for everyone even if you are not a cosmetologist.

Work on Updos for a Fashion Show

Hot Hair Color Trends of 2014

April 20, 2014
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A new year always brings fresh takes on favorites in hair color to the forefront. This year’s hottest hair colors are twists on timeless shades to take tones from classic to catchy! These trends can be seen on the runway and on our favorite celebrities in the press. Out with the old and in with the new! These are a few of my favorite new colors for the season:

A new and improved ombre has been dubbed “s’ombre” and can be seen on stars like Natalie Portman who’ve taken their natural shades and revamped them with a less drastic ombre look. The s’ombre technique looks more subtle, and uses more color melting to give a less harsh two-toned look that an ombre can sometimes give. Instead the s’ombre hairstyle has a soft gradient of similar tones to give the hair more dimension. On brunettes it looks especially beautiful when caramel tones melt into sunnier honeyed ends.

More head-turning renditions on red hair this year include soft, peachy hues, falling into the strawberry blonde family. A good example of this shade is seen in AVEDA’s latest Heart Land’s collection where a look has been created by highlighting hair to a pale yellow and then toning with a diluted rose gloss. The end result is soft, warm, and bright.

Another noticeable hair trend is the emergence of cool tones on all different skin types. Brunettes with caramel or golden dimensional highlights are moving towards cool chestnuts with icy brown-toned highlights and lowlights. According to Jamie Champagne, senior stylist and director of education at SalonCapri in Boston, “Blondes are going from warm golds to iced-out, almost silvery hues.”

These new bright shades will provide subtle changes in the salon to brighten and refresh winter looks.

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It’s All About Color!

March 17, 2014
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It’s all about color! Ladies, let’s be real. You can have a great hair cut but it’s not perfect till your color is just right. New trends are coming and going all the time but having dimension in your hair is something we can all agree is essential. Some of my favorite coloring techniques consist of balayage, tipping, and circles. These are just a few types of creative coloring techniques that really add dimension and pop to you haircut.

Balayage is a wonderfully creative natural looking way to place highlights or lowlights. It is done by freehand so the color artist chooses every placement and can really customize it to their guests needs and desired look.

Tipping is a beautifully placed accent foiling technique that gives the hair a “sun kissed” look. It is great for all levels but is ideal for darker shades. The foils can be a lot or a few depending on the desired effect, but look the best when strategically placed to pop through the layers.

Circles of color provide multiple layering of color through the hair, there is ideally lots of layers in the hair cut and normally three colors. Looking at the head from the crown, the colorist would section out three sections each going all the way around the diameter of the head, hence the name circles of color. This technique can be subtle or dramatic, but is definitely highly customizable.

Color is a really great way to customize your look and there are so many wonderful new and exciting ways to stand out! Branch out and ask your stylist for a new look, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
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Rock it Short

February 10, 2014
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Short hair is empowering, having the courage to cut your locks off is not easy and is usually followed by much criticism, frankly when a women has her hair cut short she grows bolder.   It all started in the 1920’s; the short women’s hairstyles raised more controversy than any other period in American culture.  And it all started with Castle Bob, who you may have guessed is the woman our modern “bob” is named after.  Castle was a publicly known ballroom dancer who cut her feminine locks off for the sake of convenience; little did she know that this would ignite a revolution in women’s hair fashion for generations to come.

As we all know trends come and go, and eventually the “bob” was yesterday’s hot trend and today’s old news.  It wasn’t until the 1950’s that short hair would become popular again.  It was 1954 and Audrey Hepburn was up for an Oscar for her role as the rebellious Princess in “Roman Holiday”.  In the film she cuts all of her royal locks off as an obvious act of independence, sparking a new movement in the hair revolution.  And creating the oh so popular “pixie cut” trend.

“If I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things. I wanted to eliminate the superfluous and get down to the basic angles of cut and shape.”  Vidal Sassoon

While our first two revolutionists may never have anticipated their mark on the hair revolution, Vidal Sassoon was out for more and ready to change the way the world saw hair. For over 30 years Sassoon was not only a household name, the Five Point cut as well as his foundation of hair cutting and styling has become the norm for modern hair design.  Sassoon truly revolutionized the hair industry and his techniques will live on for generations to come.

While hairstyles and fashion are always changing, short hair will continue to come back during a time when women are ready to show their power and individuality, it just so happens that there are lots of celebrities right now doing just that; From Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin and of course the oh so rebellious Miley Cyrus and so many more rocking their awesomeness one pixie cut at a time.
Image of a Woman with Short Hair

Mulét

January 3, 2014
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When asked in my intro phase of beauty school at The Cinta Aveda Institute what my ideal client would be my reply was “A Mullet.” Of course this response was greeted with an array of interesting remarks.  My classmates where confused, curious, and frankly just flabbergasted! Why would any respectable stylist choose or even wish to create a mullet on their client, to show their skills in such an abstruse way,  business in the front…party in the back? 

This is the tale of my favorite hair cut in beauty school and its profound inspiration and relativity to how creating a look out of a hair cut can make someone’s day.   On January 18, 2014 (the year of the horse, FYI)  I had an open afternoon schedule, and asked my Gamma teacher Nasha to keep my books open so that if there was a walk-in guest I would be able to take them.  Sure enough not more that 15 minutes later I had a women’s hair cut ascending  to the third floor, little did I know this guest was one that I had been dreaming of from the very start.  As she sat in my chair and we began our consultation she got straight to the point. 

Now Sarah was a young lady with mid length, virgin hair, and beautifully strong features.  She wasn’t your normal edgy hipster, or any other type of fashionista that screamed “I want an edgy look” so you could imagine my surprise when she bluntly stated: “I want a mullet.”  Now it took a moment for me to process  this request, but once I did the excitement was overwhelming!  We concluded the consultation and where on our way in creating a Rhianna inspired Fashion Mullet!  Using my razor throughout 90% of the cut giving it a softer more feminine feel, with an extended forward flow, and a stylish piece-y  finish, the moment I spun the chair around for her to take a look her reaction and enthusiasm was better than I could have ever anticipated.  Not only did she love her cut, I had made her day giving her the look that she wanted. Little did Sarah know that she had made my day.
Cut-A-Ton event

Eyelash Extensions – All The Rage

July 30, 2013
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I am almost done with my Esthi program (13 days to be exact, but who’s counting)! One of my goals and reasons in obtaining my Esthetics license is so I can offer eyelash extensions services.

I’ve watched this service being done on others as well as receiving it on my lashes. It just seemed like a very intimidating process to learn. I’ve asked several eyelash technicians how long it took them to get use to using both their hands to painstakingly place each individual extension on one lash at a time. The consensus scared me even more. Since my second salon, Organic Shimmer, will be opening in a few months I figured I better start practicing now.

I first started with a mannequin head and strip lashes. Trying to place lash extensions on strip lashes were a very bad idea. It was so difficult, I waited another few weeks before I tried again. I watched more videos on how to perform the service, and this time decided to try it on a live model. I asked one of my classmates if she would let me try on her, and lo and behold she agreed. I was able to place about 5 lash extensions per eye in about an hour. Then another classmate agreed to let me try on her as well, I was able to place about 10 lash on each eye on her within an hour.
The next day I was able to gather a few more potential models and I have now done about 13 live models, in about an hour I am now able to do a full set, depending on their lashes. Word started to spread that there is an Esthi student performing lash extensions and I started getting requests at Cinta Aveda! I am pretty surprised that after about a dozen models almost back to back, I have gotten the hang of lash extensions quite quickly.
The next thing for me to do is to research lash companies, characteristics of various eye shapes and lashes, and home care of the extensions. I want to be able to provide the best and most detailed eyelash extension knowledge to all my clients and be able to train my employees to do the same. The only problem that I am having now is…..I wish someone can do my eyelash extensions!!
Sincerely,
Christina Lee
MWF Esthi Alpha

Eyebrows and Face Shapes!

March 13, 2013
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Let’s talk about something we all have (though some have better ones than others): EYEBROWS!

Some people have naturally gorgeous, full, shaped eyebrows (go ahead and take a moment to dislike them), but some of us need more help with them than others. I will say personally, I am an eyebrow fanatic! I am always on the lookout for outstanding eyebrows, whether it be the shape, color, length, or what have you, and I have absolutely no problem telling the person attached to them how good they look. But on that note, some of us need help with our eyebrows and need to take more time focusing on them. I am the second one.

While I do have a good natural arch (toot toot!) I have to work everyday to keep good looking brows. On almost a daily basis I have to tweeze, trim, fill-in with a powder and look for symmetry to achieve the look I need to frame my face. That’s right, I said frame my face because that is what they do.

Have you ever seen anyone without eyebrows or imagined what you may look like without them?

Russell Brand with and without Eyebrows

Weird right?!

So why not take the extra few moments in the morning to put them on if you need them? Below I have a picture of basic guidelines to achieve the most fitting brow to frame that gorgeous face of yours.

 

 

Hold your eyebrow brush or pencil just resting right by your nostril straight up, this is where point A, or the head of your brows, should start. Now keeping it in the same place, just resting by your nostril, slowly angle it to line with your pupil. This is where your arch should be, or point B. Again, keeping it in the same place, angle the brush to the end of your eye, this will tell you where the end or tail of your brow should be, or point C.

Now that you know where your face wants your eyebrow to be, with some help of course, you have one more choice to make:

What kind of shape do you want?

Do you want the head to be more rounded off or more square?
Do you want the angle to be harsh or soft? Rounded or flat? Curved or square?
What shape will go best with my face shape? Do I know what face shape I have? How can I figure out my face shape?

Who knew so much went into such a small area of hair?! Below is just a quick little sketch of face shapes and a slight idea of a shape.

 

 

Oval

Forehead is wider than the chin
Prominent cheekbones
Face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin

 

 

 

Round

Face is almost as wide as it is long
Face is widest at the cheeks
Long

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same width
Can tend to have a prominent chin
Has an elongated appearance

 

 

Square

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline all about the same width
Squared jawline is the most obvious feature

 

 

 

Heart

Similar to oval but the chin tapers to a point.

 

 

 

 


Diamond

Not as common as the other face shapes
Typically the face is highly angular
The forehead is somewhat short
The face is widest at the temples

 

 

I hope this helps you out, best of luck to you and your brows!

Eyeliner Trends Version 2.013

February 28, 2013
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Hey Everyone-

I know its been quite some time since I’ve updated my blog but I had to stop and take a moment to share with you all the changing styles of eyeliner.

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Currently Summer 2013 Fashion Shows are being held in various Metropolitan cities all over the world and what many fashion designers are calling for are more modern, futuristic looks with hair and makeup.  Of course, these aren’t the “Back To the Future” renditions of what they thought fashion would be in the 2000′s, but it is definitely an advancement beyond the typical winged eyeliner.

One makeup artist who is pushing the envelope with eyeliner design would be Val Garland.   In Val’s looks, there always seems to be a great balance between her calculated architectural structure and her imaginative creativity.  She respects the shape of the eyes and face, however knows where to “think outside the box” and make it more enhanced.  Now I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “I could NEVER get away with wearing something like this on the day-to-day” and I totally get that.  However, these trends are supposed to really just inspire and motivate you to try something different and tweak something about your current style of doing makeup.

Makeup by Val Garland

 

With Spring just around the corner,  I think the most fun and creative version of eyeliner you could do would be utilizing a vibrant color of eyeshadow and lining the top of your already existing black or brown eyeliner.  It doesn’t have to be applied super thick, just enough that when your eyes are open and at a natural state you see the hint of color.

Just something fun and new to try in case you’re bored in your rut. ENJOY! -RR*

Check out Rachel’s blog here.

 

70th Anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards

January 15, 2013
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I know that it’s really important to know who the nominees are and who won the awards but let’s get real… hairstylists watch for the hair and the couture. Yes, the hair and custom-made designer dresses are of the upmost importance in this night of award winnings and acceptance speeches.

Trend alert! What does Megan Fox, Tina Fey, Jessica Alba, Connie Burton, Jennifer Lopez and Amy Adams all have in common?

Give up?

All of their amazing hairstylists had the same idea.

Their styles were gorgeously asymmetrical and side swept, with beautiful marcel wave-like curls that elegantly draped down one side, while the other is cleanly pinned back. This style is retro meets modern, which works well with the strapless corset and sweetheart neckline gowns. Not a lot of leg was showing but a lot of cleavage was. Cutouts in the front from the neck to the waist line tastefully showed cleavage and ripped abs but still leaving some room for the imagination.

Anne Hathaway’s pixie was adorable but circumstantial because she cut her hair in the movie, Les Miserables.

Lena Dunham from The Girls had a clean simple pixie but Halle Berry takes the cake on the best pixie. It was styled simply however don’t be fooled, it’s fierce.

Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper take the Golden Globe cake for the sexiest men with long locks of a whole lot of love. They both had at least chin-length hair, but it was worn back and cleanly kept. Typically I don’t care for men with longer hair than Anne Hathaway, but they pulled it off and wore it very well.

Trending: Bold Brows!

December 20, 2012
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Eyebrows highlight the eyes and affect the over-all look of your face. By function, eyebrows prevent water, sweat and other debris from getting into your eyes, but adorning our eyes goes back as far as cosmetics. Ancient Egyptians are well known for their eye makeup and eyebrow enhancement. In many cultures, women have been known to modify their eyebrows in one way or another. Over history eyebrows have been pierced, colored, tattooed, tweezed, waxed, threaded, and shaved.

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In the 1920’s, eyebrows were worn thin and straight. By 1930, they were still worn thinly but at an exaggerated height. The women of the 1940’s had eyebrows that tended to be a thicker natural shape with an arch above the pupil. Ladies of the 1950’s drew their eyebrows in thick and dark with an arch at the center. In the 60’s a shaved off and then thick penciled in look was popular. 1970 brought thick more natural looking brows with a round ball at the beginning of the nose. In the 80’s women grew their eyebrows thick and heavy, only to go back to a finer, softer look in the 90’s.

The conscientious is that a thinner eyebrow makes you look older, while thicker darker eyebrows promote a more youthful look. As of late, celebrities have been spotted on the red carpet and on the covers of magazines sporting thick, full eyebrows.

If you have tweezed your eyebrows too thin, like myself, you can achieve this trending look with a little patience and technique. I would start by visiting a local esthetician for “brow boot camp”. A professional can help you map out where your full fabulous eyebrows should be and advise you on a new routine for growing them in.

Choosing The Best Color Of Eye Makeup For You

December 14, 2012
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With the variety of colors and choices out there, it can be hard at times to choose the right makeup colors. Between eyes, cheeks, lip color, there are quite a few variables in makeup selection that can lead to it feeling a bit overwhelming. What is best going to accentuate one’s good features and minimize the features they’d like to minimize? What colors are going to show off my coloring? In this article, I will answer this question as it applies to the eyes by first giving a basic understanding of how darks and lights work with the skin as well as how color theory works. You will hopefully see, after all, that choosing makeup colors is pretty doable after all.

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In general, darker shades of makeup make the color of the iris appear lighter, while lighter shades make the iris appear darker. Lighter colors also make an area appear larger whereas darker colors appear smaller. This is only a guideline or framework to work with, however, as one of the only universal “rules” or expectations of eye makeup is that day-time makeup should be more subtle than night-time makeup. Matching eye makeup with clothing can always be nice, but isn’t essential.

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Eye shadow colors are usually divided into three different categories: highlight colors, base colors, and contour colors. A highlight color is generally lighter than the client’s skin color. It, therefore, makes the iris appear deeper and also functions to make the area, or the brow bone, appear larger (thus “highlighting” and accentuating the area). Pretty much any finish can be chosen to be a highlight, but matte or iridescent are common choices.
Base colors closely match the color of the skin and are often applied on the whole of the upper lid: from the lashes up to the eyebrow. Applied first, it functions to even out the eyelid skin tone and sets a base canvas from which the rest of the eye makeup can be applied. It can be a variety of finishes—depending on desired overall look and finish of the eye makeup.

The contour color is usually the darkest color, and therefore appears to be the smallest area and recedes the furthest back. Depending on the look you prefer, it can be used to minimize a specific area, create contour in the crease, or to define or line the eyelash line.

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Now that we have an understanding of the different types of colors, we can move onto the specific colors that will work best for us. Remember that when using the base, highlight, and contour you can choose three different colors to create a look. You can use all colors within the same category, a neutral or two with some color, or combine different complementary colors together. The combination your choose all depends on what you prefer, feels most comfortable to you and best works with your lifestyle. This can be quite fun, as you will likely find that there are a variety of options if that interest you. A lot of eye shadow palettes these days offer selections within the same color grouping, making it easier and more accessible to create looks that work for you. You can always just stick with a particular color grouping if that is of more interest to you as well.

According to color theory, the complementary color is the best color to accentuate a particular color. The complimentary color for your eyes and colors within that color range are summarized below.

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Blue eyes. Orange is the complementary color for blue eyes. Because orange contains both yellow and red, eye shadows with any combination of these two colors will make eyes look bluer. Some good colors with these combinations of color are gold, peaches and coppers and other similar orange-brown colors, as well as mauves and plums which contain a bit more red. Neutral eye shadows like light tan, taupe, or honey, or caramel also work well.

Green. The complementary color to green is red. Since pure red shadows tend to make the eyes look bloodshot or tired, it’s recommended to avoid such shadows. Instead, brown-based reds or colors next to red on the color wheel like red-orange, red-violet, and violet are good choices for green eyes. Like blue eyes, coppers, plums, and mauves also work with green eyes as they contain red. Pink shadow is another good choice.

Brown. Brown eyes are a neutral color and can therefore wear any color. Some good recommendations, however, are light neutrals like shades of cream, light tan, taupe, butterscotch, and light caramels. Shades of blue and green and many grays and silvers also work.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful to you in choosing your eye color. Please post below with any comments or questions. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Natural Ways To Tame Your Curls

December 4, 2012
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Here are some helpful ways to give your tight curls a slightly looser spring without all the health risks and hair-damage associated chemical treatments.

Model with Thick Curls

1. Add Panthenol to the mix

Panthenol is water-soluble, which means you can add it to your shampoo
and conditioner. I like to make my own de-tangling mix. I add water,
conditioner, and panthenol in a spray bottle. It helps to de-tangle my mane
and relax my out-of-control curls.

2. Coconut Mask

My mom uses fresh coconut milk and lemon juice in her hair to tame her
mane, so I have been doing this since I was a little girl. Get fresh
milk from one coconut, mix it with half a cup of freshly squeezed
lemon juice and leave the mixture to chill until it thickens up into a
creamy whip. Apply this mask on your hair and let it sit for an hour
repeating the process two to three times per week until a desired
result is reached.

3. Easy Twist Bun

This is the easiest and fool-proof way to get loose curls. I like to
shower at night, and blow-drying is such a daunting task before bed!
So after your shower, simply twist your wet hair up into a bun. And
its magic by the time the sun rises. Wear until your hair is
completely dry or damp. Release your hair and finger-style your soft
waves. I sometime scrunch in a little Phomollient Styling Foam by
Aveda, to add a light control.

Retro Waves

November 28, 2012
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For the last few years I have become obsessed with retro styling. All so elegant and simple-looking yet difficult to create the “old-fashioned way.” However stylists are constantly coming up with new ways to create these old styles and I would like to share my favorite the “Veronica Lake” or “S-shaped” waves. Simple, stunning and wearable for any occasion.

Veronica Lake

First: Start by creating a very deep side part. This creates a sexy and smoldering look.

Hint: The deeper the side part the better. Veronica Lake used to cover one eye with her hair.

Second: Start by curling the section right above your ear and curl everything toward your forehead.

Hint: Using a curling iron with a 1” barrel is my personal favorite but if you want a looser wave use a larger iron, or for a tighter wave a smaller barreled iron. Make sure all the hair is getting hot without burning the hair.

Third: Repeat step 2 going all the way around the head until everything is curled. It will look almost as if your hair has a Shirley Temple type curl.

Hint: Have all the curls facing the same direction so the wave pattern is fluid.

Fourth: Spray your entire head with a misty hair spray, such as Aveda’s Air Control and let that set for about 10 minutes.

Fifth: Once the hair has set and cooled in those curls, grab a wide tooth comb and comb through each section.

Sixth: Spray once again all over with hairspray when you are happy with the wave.

Hint: Add a spray on shine over to keep the hair looking shiny instead of a matte texture.

There you have a style that was easy to create and will leave you looking elegant and unforgettable.

Beauty Trends: Neo Goth

November 6, 2012
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Antoinette Beenders is the director of the Aveda Artistic Team and she has created the brilliant new Fall line. “Neo Goth” is the new look that everyone should at least want to re-create for a hot date or fabulous party. It has a twist of edginess and classy all intertwined.

With a strong dark lip, strong smokey eye, or both, it has created a fierce intense look to catch anyone’s attention. I think it is a remarkable statement and yet so simple that I’m not sure why no one has thought to do it recently.

Antoinette says,

We captured the strength and emotion of the neo-gothic movement and reframed it by adding fragility and romance to the look. By pairing it with graphic futurism of Japanese manga and anime we created images that are almost otherworldly.

Along with the makeup you can add an edgy haircut or straight and modern to go as an accessory. Just like with clothing you add a belt to your outfit to give it that extra ‘aw.’ Mixing a dark red-burgundy lipstick with a black matte smokey eye and a red violet hair color.

With dark hair color plays with the illusion of shadow by melting unique colors together. Using these dark tones around the featured areas of the face help accent in the perfect way and create the look of a classic beauty.

The styles are iconic in design, yet feel modern, even futuristic—and have our collection’s gothic edge.

Allen Ruiz, Artistic Director for Styling said. I think that this look is just the beginning of what new and fashion-forward steps Aveda is taking.

Longing for Lacquer

September 27, 2012
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Nails have become an obsession and a statement over the past few years. There are constantly different nail styles, colours, techniques and decals coming out to keep opening our eyes to new options.

Although the classic styles such as French manicure, nudes, light pinks, and a basic clear manicure are still in style, polka dots, floral, caviar, and even velvet nails are coming into the picture.

New and old brands are beginning to thrive in this ever-growing industry. OPI and Essie are well known throughout the nail industry for their long lasting and amazingly pigmented colors. These brands can be found in just about any nail salon, not only known for their awesome quality but their catchy and pun-intended names. Some of my favorites are “You Don’t Know Jacques” “Peru-B Ruby” “Pink Before You Leap” and “Mermaid’s Tears.”

Some of the brands that are up and coming include China Glaze, Rimmel and even some local drug-store finds such as Revlon. We have seen a huge growth in the nail industry over the last few years and people are always drooling to see what’s next! Every trend tops the last and is brighter and more outrageous.

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Some ways to keep up with trends are:

1. Pinterest

2. Facebook Pages

3. Blogs

4. Tumblr

5. Magazines

6. Do It Yourself Websites

If you love nails, keep yourself updated. If you’re just getting into nails, I hope these websites can help you to become more passionate and interested. If you haven’t really tried any of the new trends, you should use these tools provided to explore!!!


Braids Everywhere!

September 10, 2012
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A trend in hair styling recently has been braiding. Braids are everywhere and there are so many different types! Braiding can be very hard for some people, but it just takes some coordination and patience.

The best place to search for and learn how to do all different types of braids is YouTube. You can get step by step visual tutorials on how to create the look your going for. The different types of braids being advertised are: french, fishtail, waterfall, twisted, english braid (standard) and corn rows. Each braid has a time and place for every event! Click the links below to be directed to a Youtube video on each braid!

  1. French braids are very common and they create a pulled back, elegant style. I love having french braids put in my hair and wearing my hair wavy the following day! You can wear a single french braid or multiple french braids.
  2. The fishtail braid is actually very easy to do once you get it down. I had a hard time to start but caught on fairly quick. These braids are awesome and resemble the tail of some fish, hence the name! Fish tails are done by holding two strands, as opposed to the standard three.
  3. Waterfall braids are trending like crazy, they are so beautiful and give a look that looks like you really spent time when maybe you didn’t! its almost the same as french braiding, except every pass over you leave out a strand and pick up a new one.
  4. Twisted braids are done with two strands like a fish tail, and are extremely easy to create for a quick run-out-of-the-house style!
  5. English braids are your standard, old-school, three strand braid. They are very easy to create and are perfect for getting your hair out of the way fast with some style.
  6. The last braid I mentioned are cornrows which are used for weaving in extensions, or they can create a tight to the head braided hairstyle.

Braids are often used now with up-do’s and wedding hairstyles, as well as simply french braiding your fringe backward to get it out of your face! Have fun with these different types of braids!

The Cinta Aveda Creative Team recently did a Braid Bar event at Madewell for Fashion’s Night Out. Check out the photo album HERE.

Bangin’ Brows

August 22, 2012
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Being a Cosmetology student I never thought I could see myself interested in waxing, but I was definitely wrong! My eyebrows have gone from a part of my face that was continually overlooked, to a part of my face that is now constantly looked at!

After getting brow training from a Cinta Aveda educator I learned the importance of perfect eyebrows and how they complete the face and look for every individual! I learned the points to accentuate when waxing or tweezing and how the arch can completely change your face.

Ever since, my brows have become an obsession! I have been practicing my waxing skills and teaching other people about the importance of having and maintaining perfect brows!

In the past I had days where all my makeup came out amazing, but for some reason it still felt like an off day. I would stare at the mirror trying to figure out what I needed to fix and now I realize it was because that morning my brows weren’t up to par.

For upkeep I usually wax my eyebrows about once every two weeks and tweeze a few out of place hairs throughout the waiting period. It has worked wonders for me in keeping a flawless eyebrow appearance. Eyebrow waxing has not only become a hobby but a hidden passion I discovered while at school. I would recommend perfecting your brows as a hobby to anyone!