Techniques

Removing Gel Manicures

Gel Manicure

When I first started getting gel manicures regularly, I thought I’d discovered heaven. A manicure that actually stayed for two weeks? No way! But after time, my nails started to get so paper thin underneath that I was forced to stop getting them done all together. Now, I give my nails some time to breath between manicures and get gel manicures done way less frequently.

I am not always the most patient when it comes to getting the gel manicures taken off however. I’ve found that removing them the wrong way can leave your poor nails in a world of hurt. Follow these steps to remove your gel manicure as painlessly as possible:

First, get your hands on a nail file, the grittier, the better. Start by buffing off the top gel layer, leaving the nail feeling matte and gritty.

Next, soak a cotton ball in a generous amount of acetone. Place it squarely on the fingernail, as tight as you can against the nail. Do the whole hand’s worth of nails and, if you’re able, your other hand as well.

After about 30 minutes, you should notice some flakes beginning to shed off of your nails. Push the polish off your nailbed horizontally and gently. Instead of digging into the nail on those stubborn spots, douse cotton balls in more acetone and continue to soak the nail until it comes off gently.

The healthier your nails are, the better your results are going to be with this process. And definitely do not peel the gel off of your nails. It’s tempting, but you’ll just make more problems for your nails in the long run.

Home Facial Massage Techniques

Facial Self Massage Woman

Facial massage can be used to help stimulate and strengthen facial muscles in order to maintain muscle tone and help more mature skin to become bouncy and plump. In addition to muscle toning, facial massage has other benefits. It can help flush out toxins that exist in the lymph fluid just below the skin’s surface. Pressure point massage can help calm angry and congested skin.

If you can afford bi-weekly or monthly facials, then you can reap many of the benefits of facial massage during your treatments. In between treatments, however, you can make a habit of giving yourself a calming, purifying, or stimulating massage at home. Making this a nightly or weekly routine gives your “at home” regimen a boost. All you need is your nightly moisturizer or creme and a few basic movements. Once you have cleansed, toned, and applied your nightly serum, grab some of your moisturizer and follow these guidelines.

There are four basic Swedish massage strokes that you can incorporate into your massage routine. Don’t be afraid to get creative. As long as you aren’t too aggressive, any routine you come up with is sure to be beneficial.

The first movement to know is effleurage. This is a soft, smooth, gliding motion that can be used to warm up the muscles, as well as to calm muscles and move lymph. Remember when massaging to always move in an upward motion, as we want to counteract the effects of gravity that tends to drag our muscles downward.

The next massage movement is called petrissage. This is a kneading and pinching movement. Apply this movement near the jaw muscles to ease tension in the masseter, as well as to stimulate muscles around the jawline. In addition petrissage can be used to stimulate oil production in dry skin types or help to expel excess oil in more impure skin types. Pinch and knead in areas where these imbalances occur.

The third massage movement is called tapotement or percussion. This is a light tapping movement over areas that you wish to stimulate muscles. It works well to tap with all ten fingers—almost like playing the piano—around the cheeks, forehead, and very lightly around the eyes. This movement is amazing for toning muscles, as well as maintaining muscle tone in younger skin types.

The last massage movement is friction, which are small movements using controlled pressure over a certain area. It can be very soothing and relaxing. Use light pressure and compression along the cheekbones and the temples to ease tension. This will feel amazing and you may ease facial tension that you did not know you had.

Test out these basic Swedish massage strokes at home before going to bed. Just remember to be gentle, to work against gravity and, if you have extra sensitive skin, take care with the more stimulating movements.

Instant Eye Lift

Eye with makeup and individual false eyelashes.“Falsies” are my favorite part of any make-up routine. I believe every woman looks better with a little eyelash enhancement. Whatever look she’s going for — natural, voluminous, or dramatic — any woman can find the perfect lashes. But with all the different brands, styles, lengths, and colors, picking false lashes can be quite the conundrum!

My obsession with eyelashes began eight years ago when I first moved to Los Angeles. A friend I met had the longest, most gorgeous eyelashes I had ever seen. I knew I wanted mine to look just like them. I asked her what kind of mascara she used, hoping to learn about a new brand, when she told me that they were falsies. I couldn’t believe it! With no eye makeup on, I figured I would be able to see the ends of the strips she was wearing. But I couldn’t. I asked her to close her eyes. Still nothing. Then she opened her eyes wide and looked up at the ceiling. That revealed a bunch of little black beads on the inner waterline of her lids. She was wearing individual eyelashes, something I had never seen or heard of before, and she told me she put them on herself. That same day she applied individual eyelashes to me and I’ve been addicted to them ever since.

Since that day eight years ago, I have been taught different techniques to achieve many different looks. My personal technique for applying individual lashes is the one my old friend taught me.

With my non-dominant hand I hold the upper eyelid up and away from the eyeball, revealing as much of the waterline as possible. Then, using tweezers with my dominant hand, I pick up an individual set of lashes, dip them in a dot of individual lash adhesive (Ardell dark glue is my favorite), and place the lashes on the waterline. I start towards the middle and first work to the end and then move back towards the inner eye. I carefully place each individual bunch apart from the next to avoid the lashes clumping together.

Applying the individual lashes on the waterline and under your actual eyelashes gives the ultimate look of naturally long and voluminous lashes. The best part about individuals is that you can make them as thick and long as you desire! Stack them close, place them few and far between, or just apply to the ends of your eyes for a sexy winged eye effect. Whatever look you want or whatever the occasion you can achieve it without harming your real lashes. And, let’s face it, any woman’s beautiful face will always look better with a little lash enhancement!

Braids For Days

Woman with Braid

Braids are nothing new in the world of hair but, right now, they are hot. From Youtubers to Rihanna’s ID Magazine cover, we can’t get enough of them. They’re a great way to give yourself perfect next day hair and to have an easy updo that can go from the office to a night out.

I’ve been wearing braids since I was just a kiddo and love them for myself and others. As in any styling situation, product options abound and it really comes down to the results you’re looking for. So, here are some top tips!

  • Easy “Day Two” Hair

    Try a little hair potion at your roots and a deep side part with a French braid resting on your shoulder. It emits a poised and understated elegance rather than a ‘no time to style’ vibe.

  • Commuter Hair

    A super easy option is to wash your hair and add your favorite prep or leave in conditioner. I’m a big fan of Aveda’s BeCurly Style Prep. Add to damp hair and dry it about 80%. Now you can add a little Texturizing Crème or a hold product, part your hair down the center, and braid into two buns. Let your hair air dry while you do your make up or commute, etc. When you take out your braids, you’ll have perfect beachy waves!

  • Fun Updo

    This is a fun option if you have more time and are happy to put in a little more work: start similarly to “Commuter Hair” but dry hair completely, substituting Smoothing Fluid for Texturizing Crème. This will help control fly-aways and leave your hair silky and smooth. Section your hair into a top and bottom half. Curl the bottom and leave it untouched. Begin a french braid where you normally part your hair and wrap it around so that you have a braid crown with romantic curls flowing beneath. Use a few bobby pins to hold it in place, spritz a little hair control, and you have a hairstyle that will break Pinterest!

The Beauty Of Balayage

Balayage Hair from the BackBalayage has blown up in the past couple years. It’s very popular among celebrities and salons all over the world. The beauty of balayage are sunkissed highlights that look like natural pops of color.

One reason people are obsessed with this hair trend is because it’s low maintenance. The highlights are painted free-handed, and away from the root, with no lines of demarcation. When your hair grows out, you don’t need to get it retouched every four to six weeks. Some people even go up to six months without touching it up. Typically, the base color isn’t lightened, so the grow out is beautiful. It’s versatile—the look can range from natural to dramatic. Think “beautiful sunkissed goddess”; it’s never boring, and it can be downright amazing!

Personally, I’m obsessed with this hair trend. I don’t feel like it’s going away anytime soon. I have been balayaging my hair for the past two to three years and I never get tired of it. I can truly say I’m possessed!

Styling the Man Bun

Man Bun Hairstyle

Attending school in the heart of San Francisco, we see a lot of interesting styles out there on the streets. One style in particular that has continued to grow in popularity is the “Man Bun.” Whether you’re the type of guy who likes to keep the sides nice and tapered with an undercut for a “semi-bun” or prefer to let the long luscious mane flow for a “full bun,” here are some pointers to help you achieve the perfectly styled Man Bun:

  • The Man Bun is typically worn at the crown of the head. But “full buns” can be worn lower towards the nape area of your neck.
  • Depending on Man Bun style—semi-bun or full bun—hair should be around 6 to 10 inches long.
  • Creating your bun:
    • Start at your front hairline and gather and rake all of your hair into one hand on the crown of your head. Once you have gathered all of your hair, secure hair in place with an elastic hair tie by pulling the length of your hair through the hair tie and then twist and wrap the elastic tie around your hair 1 to 2 more times depending on the thickness of your hair, each time pulling the length of your hair through the tie.
    • On the final wrap and pass through only pull the length of your hair through half way, allowing the elastic tie to close on top of the hair and create your bun. You can then wrap the remaining ends around the base of the bun so that no loose hair is visible or leave them free to create a Pony Bun.
  • Another way to style your Man Bun is to again begin gathering and raking your hair towards the crown of your head starting from your front hairline. Once you have gathered all your hair, begin to twist the hair like rope and coil it into a circle on top of your crown. Secure by wrapping an elastic hair tie around it one to two times depending on the thickness of your bun.

Here are a few helpful styling tips:

  • To add more weight to your hair, try washing your hair every 2-3 days. The natural oils that build up will actually help you achieve your desired style and create a better hold for your Man Bun.
  • If you are starting with wet or damp hair, consider using a leave-in conditioner or a styling cream with a waxy-like finish such as Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Cream to create some hold.
  • If you want your bun to look casual, use your hands and fingers! Using a comb or brush to style your Man Bun will cause it to look dressy and done.

Facial Yoga

Face Yoga ExercisesYoga is a practice that is full of spiritual and physical techniques to connect the mind, body, and soul as one. Expected outcomes of yoga include ease of understanding, total relaxation, and even enlightenment. Full of both physical and psychological benefits, it is no surprise that yoga is done around the world; from serious, traditional classes in the heart of India, to the body-toning hot yoga class down the street.

While there are many different kinds, a form of yoga that has not gained much attention is a frontal muscle workout that goes by the name of “face yoga.” Face yoga refers to the exercising of the muscles in the face, and can be done to tighten, tone, and combat signs of aging.

How does it work? Well, the muscles’ movement increases blood circulation in the face, allowing more oxygen to pass through and replenish cells in the area. The techniques can also aid in the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in supple and smooth skin.

Some of the facial moves look odd as they include widening the eyes and sticking out your tongue. However the exercises are performed, here is a video that includes some methods you can try out.

Practicing face yoga for only five minutes everyday can bring great results in reducing signs of aging. Results can be noticed in as little as two weeks and, over time, the look of visible wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin can be reversed.

Five Things You Should Know Before Your First Brazilian

Brazilian Wax Bikini Area

Brazilian waxing has definitely become the newest craze in the beauty industry. In fact, it is becoming a regular routine for women, who simply like to remain bare! If you have never been waxed before and are thinking of taking the plunge, there are definitely some things you should know before going in for your treatment. As someone who worked at a waxing salon for over a year, there are a few things that I noticed from clients who were new to waxing; had they had a little bit of information, their first time would have gone a little bit ‘smoother.’ Here are five tips that you should know before getting your first Brazilian wax.

  1. If you are a shaver, you have to give your hair adequate time to grow out before your first Brazilian wax. Many clients transitioning from shaving to waxing do not know that they cannot shave before waxing. Your hair must be at least as long as a grain of rice in order to wax, and often times you will not get a clean wax if you have shaved the week before, because your hair will be on different growth cycles. In addition, the short coarse hair, due to shaving, may cause the experience to be a bit more painful. To ensure a more flawless and easy wax, let your hair grow out as long as possible first.
  2. Some estheticians do not give their clients a rulebook for the delicate twenty-four hours after having a Brazilian wax. Because you have removed the hair from the follicle, and did some light exfoliation, the open hair follicle is susceptible to bacterial invasion. Typically it takes about twenty-four hours for the follicle to close up again. So during that time period, avoid steam rooms, taking hot baths, and hot yoga. These types of environment create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. On a side note, a lot of clients who have had bacterial infections assume that it is the spa’s fault for using contaminated wax when, more likely, that is not the case. We all carry various strains of bacteria on our body, including staphylococci, the bacteria responsible for staph infections. Bacteria cannot penetrate solid, intact skin so normally our body is not in danger of infection. After waxing however, the skin is more vulnerable to this bacteria, so this advice is particularly important. In addition, avoid sexual activity for twenty-four hours, as this is a very easy way to spread bacteria. It may be tempting to show off your clean wax, but give it a day to heal up!
  3. Exfoliation in between waxing sessions is key to ensure you do not get ingrown hairs. When shaving, ingrown hairs are not as big of an issue because the hair is not being removed from the root, it is simply be shortened. So there is still an open pathway for that hair to grow back in. With waxing, the hair is being completely removed from the follicle, so sometimes the new hair gets trapped underneath the skin, which can cause an infection or inflammation. The way to prevent this is to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. About two days after your wax, it is okay to begin exfoliating the area. You may use a scrub in the shower, or scrubby gloves—making sure to clean the gloves after each use to avoid bacteria—or you can use an exfoliating solution with something like salicylic, lactic, or glycolic acid to digest dead skin cells. Exfoliating will help your bikini area remain smooth and healthy.
  4. Another new concept for people transitioning from shaving to waxing is the idea of letting the hair grow in between waxing. The typical time period between Brazilian maintenance is four to six weeks, but that can differ depending on your growth cycle, which may be a little messed up due to shaving. Between those four to six weeks, let your hair grow back in to ensure a nice clean wax. It may be an adjustment for some, but you will get used to the waxing cycle and come to love it!
  5. Lastly, it might be helpful to take a Tylenol or ibuprofen about thirty minutes before your first waxing appointment. This well help to ease the pain of the first time wax, as well as help to stop inflammation. Also remember to breathe and try to relax!

The Perfect Blowout

Blonde Female ModelDuring my education at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been assisting at the Zindagi Salon on Grant Street. Absorbing as much as I could in a real-life professional salon, I was able to perfect my skills in shampoo and style. It matters what tools you are using and, as a stylist, it is important to invest in the right tools. Although it may be pricey to have the perfect arsenal while in school, saving up and acquiring sturdy tools will help you save in the long-run, as cheaper tools, non-specific for hairstylists, will break or deteriorate faster. More expensive tools will produce better results and last you longer. The saying is true in this case: You get what you pay for. Be savvy and shop around; you can find discounts if you look hard enough.

Personally, I enjoy using the ceramic round brush, specific for volume and shine. My guests so far have all enjoyed having voluminous “Texas Hair”. This calls for the Aveda Pure Abundance line, which comes as both shampoo and conditioner to create grit and texture, allowing the hair to be more full. I like to be generous with the volumizing tonic, it’s my go-to for every style. It’s a sweet-scented spray, heat-activated, and helps the root elevate creating a nice 60’s beehive look reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. I like to keep the crown last, and when working on the section, spritz the tonic at the root of the hair again after blow drying the rest of the head. Then I divide the crown into sections small enough and narrow enough to fit my brush, then blow dry upwards making sure the root gets blasted with heat. I make sure to have a nozzle on; that concentrates the heat to flow directly onto where I’m concentrating to create volume. Hair has a memory, when you wet the hair and dry it into a certain shape, this shape will stay until you wet the hair again, so blow drying upwards will coax the hair at the crown into feeling and looking fuller. Pin these sections into curls as if you had hot rollers with small clamp clips. Pin at the root. Finish off the crown and let cool dry, then take those curls out, and spray them with some Air Control hairspray to maintain this style during the day.

There you have it! My perfect blow-out for any day of the week and any occasion.

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.

What You Don’t Know About Wellness and Auras

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Chakras are the system of energy that flow throughout the body and there is a system of energy flow outside the body. It works in the same flow, but instead of an internal vortex, it manifests as an external wave. This is called your Aura. What is an aura you might ask? It is part of your bodies energy and it is affected by every vibration, feeling, fear, thought that you have. Your aura is constantly recreating it’s self due to internal and environmental changes.

All living things need oxygen to survive and have an aura. Every living thing generates a large magnetic field that can be sensed and felt and even seen around their physical body. You can tell when someone is potentially a threat to yourself or another. Maybe you picked up a bad vibe from them or maybe you just cant seem to trust this person and you have never been quite sure why? You do not need to be a psychic to read or pick up on someone else’s aura.

When someone else is walking too close to you, you might think “this person is invading my personal space.” Even just the slightest interruption can jolt your body’s energy flow and make you feel a little shaved down. When working closely with people it’s important to be an energy blocker. People will take from you all day long and it can leave you feeling lost and drained by the end of the day.

The aura is usually 3 feet from the physical body, however someone who has suffered great tragedy may have a larger aura. Life is full of color and like so many other things on your path, color also has meaning. They are representations of messages from your higher self, the one. But you don’t have to be a clairvoyant to understand the importance of color in your life. It exists in every day experiences.

Everyone has differently colored auras, but the colors are always changing according to life changes, thoughts and emotions. For example, red auras are usually people who are strong minded, energetic, and people who seek adventures. Yellow auras are people who are logical and very smart. They are perfectly happy with their own company and never feel lonely. Pink auras are loving people by nature and very giving. They love to be loved. Green auras are highly creative people and are very hard working. They are very determined and down to earth. Orange auras are normally good-hearted kind and honest people. They are very in-tune with their own emotions and are often very charming people. Purple auras are highly psychic people, they know the emotions and moods of everyone around them. These people connect well with nature and animals. Blue auras are very rare and charismatic. They can take on many personalities. They can smooth out any angry situation. Gold auras are lovers of beauty and have an artistic flare. They adorn their whole life with exquisite beauty. White or sliver auras are usually very gifted people. They have a strong spiritual understanding and use it for the better of people around them. Brown aura is a lac k of confidence and a tendency for deception. Black auras are the ones you should be aware of since they project hatred, negativity, major illness, and misery. Black auras are almost always a bad sign.

4 Benefits from Lymphatic Massage

I have recently just learned to do the lymphatic massage. Not only did I learn how to give the massage, but I also learned how it works and how beneficial it is for the body. Lymphatic massage helps to remove the waste and detoxifies the body.

Lymphatic massage also helps with:

1) healing after surgery which regenerates the tissue to reduce scarring at surgical incision sites.

2) breast feeding because the lymph drainage massage can help to reduce the swelling of engorgement and ameliorate plugged ducts. Fixing these two problems can reduce soreness in the breasts and nipples, ultimately leading to better breastfeeding.

3) improved immune system. They state that lymph drainage massages can improve the function of the immune system and increase the production of antibodies that fight off infections. Lymph drainage massages can also reduce inflammation in the body that causes diseases such as arthritis.

4) relaxation- Lymph drainage massages can be especially relaxing because they can reduce pain levels in the body.

So not only our the benefits great for you but it also feels good!

DIY Dry Shampoo

sgnvhRa9IsYXaPhOLrk8scxlZpk-2japkoqgjzkwmAwIngredients you’ll need to make this DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe:

For light hair:

* Corn Starch

* Baking Soda

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

For dark hair:

* Cocoa Powder

* Corn Starch

* Essential Oil (optional, provides scent)

* Empty Salt Shaker

To make dry shampoo for light hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of corn starch with 2 table spoons of baking soda. It’s true that you could just use corn starch on its own, but baking powder absorbs the scent of the corn starch. If you aren’t concerned with the scent of corn starch, you can omit the use of the baking powder. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice. I used peppermint because it’s my favorite, and I wanted to smell fresh. I love it.

To make dry shampoo for dark hair:

Combine 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. Just as with the last one, you can add essential oil if desired. But this one has a great chocolate-y scent when left alone. I love it!

To use the wonderful dry shampoo you’ve just made, you only have to sprinkle some onto the root of your hair, where you want to freshen it up. After about a day or two, my hair starts to look a little limp as it gets more and more oily. I use dry shampoo in between washes to keep the volume in my hair that I love to see.

Sprinkle it in the desired area, and use the same motions you use when actually shampooing for best results. When used correctly, dry shampoo absorbs oil and gives volume. Give it a try!

8 Tips You Should Know Before Your Next Brazilian Wax

When I started the Esthetician program, one of the things I was looking forward to was learning how to wax, specifically a Brazilian wax. For those who don’t know, a Brazilian wax is when all the hair is removed in the pubic area, front and back. Here are some tips to ease anyone on having this service performed for the first time.

1) Even though it is possible, avoid having a Brazilian wax before or during your period due to pain sensitivity.

2) Let your hair grow to a ¼ inch in order for the wax to grab better.

3) Before the service, exfoliate the area to release any hairs trapped under a layer of dead skin cells.

4) If you would like to reduce the pain, you can take a pain reliever 45 minutes before your waxing appointment.

5) Remember to breathe and relax during the service, tensing up makes it worse.

6) Do not wear any tight clothing or do anything that will cause any friction or sweat in your waxed area for the next 24 hours.

7) After the first 48 hours, exfoliate your waxed area to avoid ingrown hairs

8) Don’t shave in between your Brazilian waxing services.

The Benefits to Hard and Soft Wax

Hard waxes are available in blocks, disks, pellets, or beads. They are considered a no-strip wax. They must be liquefied before they can be used. Hard waxes are available at different melting points to address the needs of normal and sensitive skin. The harder the wax, the more heat it requires to melt it. Small, individual wax heaters are available and can be placed in each treatment room. The used wax is discarded after each service.

Some estheticians prefer hard waxes. They are gentle enough for the face area, yet strong enough to be used on hard to remove, coarse hairs. Some like to use it on th bikini and underarm area. Estheticians generally use soft wax in larger areas, such as the back and legs, and hard wax in smaller areas, such s the eyebrow.

Hard wax is thicker than soft wax. It is first applied against the hair growth, then back in the opposite direction in a figure eight pattern. The hair is gripped as the wax dries and tightens and lifts off without sticking to the skin. The follicle is not distorted when pulled in the same direction as the hair growth pattern. Hard wax is especially effective in areas where hair grows in multiple directions or skin is thin or fragile. Some estheticians apply and remove the hard wax in the same ddirection as the soft wax. Application depends on the area to be waxed and how coarse the hair is. The direction for pulling the hard wax off is more forgiving than soft wax. Hard wax is the only wax recommended for Brazilian waxing, although I personally prefer soft wax to avoid tweezing.

Soft Wax

One of the most common methods of hair removal is soft, or strip, waxing. The main detractor to using soft wax is that it can be irritating to the skin because the ingredients, such as rosins, can adhere to the skin. Soft waxes have a lower melting point and come in tins or plastic containers. If they come in plastic containers, they can be melted slightly in the microwave to make it easier to pour the wax into a wax heater or warming pot. With this method, a thin coat of wax is applied on the skin and removed immediately with a muslin, pellon, or cotton strip before it cools.

One of the benefits of soft wax is that it feels warm on the skin and the heat dilates the follicle for easier removal. The quick application of soft wax is known as speed waxing and is more comfortable for the guest. Faster procedures save time, lead to more revenue, and more satisfied clients.

A 4 Step Process on How To Perform Extractions

For years my mother always told me to leave my face alone and not pick at it. She often told me that doing so would leave a scar my face. Of course she would always wait to tell me this right in the middle of my extraction process. Naturally, mothers are always right in the end, but in this case it was not because I was performing extractions, but because of my process.

I have severely oily skin, which clogs those big pores on my nose and frequently causes blackheads; a challenge for a lot of people. In order to clean those pores, extractions must be performed but there is a healthy way to do so.

Here is my process:

1) CLEANSE:

First cleanse your skin with your regular cleanser. I recommend doing this while you are actually taking a shower so your skin can be exposed to as much steam as possible.

2) REFINE:

This is a VERY important step in the extraction process and one I used to forgo. Refinement is an exfoliating process and it should aid by helping to open pores up and hopefully, pull out impurities. A great product I use and highly recommend is AVEDA Deep Cleaning Herbal Clay Masque. It is best to apply this product to your nose after the cleansing step while you are still in the shower. Once done, go ahead and finish your shower.

3) EXTRACT:

After stepping out of the shower, take some warm water and rinse off the AVEDA Clay Masque. Then begin performing your extractions with your index fingers. Be sure NOT to be on top of the black head, but instead make sure that your fingers are around it. Gently apply pressure until you push the excess oil out. It should come out fairly easy. If it difficult and you start seeing pierced skin or trauma it is not ready and you should stop to prevent any further damage to your skin.

4) POST-EXTRACTION WIPE:

Now we must wipe or cleanse the nose with an antibacterial wipe. I use the AVEDA Outer Peace Acne Relief Pad because it is already ready to go. It even has tea tree oil in it, which acts as an antimicrobial.

I then take a quick peek in the mirror to make sure I didn’t miss anything, followed by my usual 2-hour routine that I can’t help continue before I am ready to walk out the front door.

Take the Mess Out of Statement Lips

Setting lipstick with tissue and translucent powder.

Statement lips have become such a popular trend for any season. Personally, I love the dark, bright, and matte trends, but they seem to be more of a hassle and mess than they are a fun fashion statement. They smudge, bleed, fade, and dry and, for matte colors, leave your lips looking cracked only a few hours after application.

Here are some tips that will keep your fun colors fresh and intact.

For long wearing purposes, use a similar-colored lip liner. Don’t only line your lips to stop the color from bleeding, but fill in all of your lips before applying your lipstick. This will ensure that your color stays on longer.

To set your lips, pull the sheets of a tissue apart so you have one thin sheet of tissue, and place on top of your lips. With a fluffy makeup brush and translucent powder, blot the powder onto the tissue. In the same way that powdering your face keeps your foundation on, this trick will set your lipstick so that it stays all day!

To avoid the cracking dry look of matte colors, apply lip balm before you apply your face makeup. By the time you are done with the rest of your makeup and are ready to put on your lipstick, your lips will be moisturized but not too slick to keep your color in place.

To keep them hydrated all day, dab a bit of lip balm on top with your finger to lock in the moisture without glossing your matte look.

How to Highlight and Contour

Why get surgery when you can trick the human eye with makeup? Yes, highlighting and contouring can change your features if applied correctly. For example, a round face can appear slimmer; a strong jawbone can be made subtler. There are no features that highlighting can’t enhance and contouring can’t hide. You can see the work it does every day on celebrities. No, they weren’t born like that and they didn’t wake up like that. I am going to tell you how to highlight and contour using concealer.

Here’s what you need

  • Foundation
  • Two shades of concealer. One should be one to two shades lighter than your skin, and the other should be one to two shades darker than your skin.
  • One beauty blender or three brushes. One should be a fluffy face brush and the other two should be concealer brushes.
  • One translucent setting powder
  1. Put on your foundation.
  2. Grab the concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your skintone and highlight the areas that you want to bring more focus to, such as underneath your brows, under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your chin.
  3. You want to blend out the concealer with one of your brushes or with your finger. You don’t want any harsh line to show.
  4. Take the darker shade and contour any areas that you want to bring shade to, such as underneath your cheekbone, the side of your nose, your temples, and the crease of your eyes.
  5. Blend out the contour you just created so that there aren’t any lines.
  6. Finally, take your fluffy face brush and, with some translucent powder, set your face.

You’re done!

The Beauty of Makeup

The purpose of makeup is to transform the face to appear more beautiful to other people. It is used for people to look more presentable by covering up redness, patchy and uneven skin tones, and to accentuate the best features of a person’s face, like their eyes or lips, for example. In turn, since one’s appearance to the outside world is improved, makeup helps to boost one’s self-esteem. However, if makeup is applied in a way that draws too much attention to an unattractive scar or neglects to cover up a blemish, it can have the opposite effect and detract from one’s appearance. For this reason, a good makeup artist knows how to enhance the best features of any person’s face. Some main points to consider when applying makeup:

  1. The Consultation: A good makeup artist needs to know the occasion for which the makeup is being applied. Daytime makeup is much more subtle and has a lighter application than makeup for a nighttime event. To choose the appropriate color palette, the makeup artist also needs to know the color of the clothing that will be worn for the occasion.
  2. Preparation: Practicing proper sanitation methods in station set-up is key—no one will return to a makeup artist who uses dirty brushes and equipment, or who does not wash their hands before applying makeup. Also, understanding a client’s skin type and properly prepping their skin, whether oily or dry, is very important before applying makeup. It is so important to start with a clean canvas! Cleansing the face of any oily buildup or old makeup is important as a first step. Applying the best toner and moisturizer for a client’s skin will allow for a smooth makeup application.
  3. The Application: Apply a primer and then foundation as the first step. There should not be a line of demarcation between the makeup and the client’s skin on their neck, so be sure to blend, blend, blend until there is a gorgeous flow from face to neck. After the foundation, apply bronzer, if desired, and some blush to the apples of the cheeks. A light dusting of translucent powder will do two things: It will help set the foundation and blush, and also give a nice matte or glowing finish, depending on the powder used. Next, apply eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara, always taking into account the client’s eye shape and color. The finishing touch will be a lipstick or gloss that either subtlety complements the eyes, or perhaps, by using a richer lip color and liner, is the main feature that is highlighted on the face.
  4. The Presentation: After the makeup is applied, hand a clean and lovely mirror to your guest to see their glowing and transformed new look! The beauty of makeup is that it is temporary. If your guest is unhappy with their new look, simply remove the makeup and start over.

Have fun! Applying makeup should be a fun and creative process for the makeup artist and their client, so get out there and have a blast!

How to Create a Winged Eyeliner

You see it everywhere you turn; it’s the one thing that you can achieve when in rush but want some type of glam. I admit this is one of the more difficult beauty tricks to learn, but it’s quick once you become familiar with the technique. There are many ways to do a winged eye, but I am going to share my favorite.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Black eyeliner. Liquid or cream works.
  • If using cream, an angled eyeliner brush or a pointed eyeliner brush.
  1. Hold your eyeliner pencil at the end point of your bottom lash line. Point it upward diagonally ending at the desired length that you want your wing to stop.
  2. Hold the skin taut right at the temple with the hand that’s free. Now draw another line from the very tip top of that diagonal line to the middle of your eyelid. There should be a blank area left.
  3. Fill in that blank area.
  4. Now, continue inward, slightly thinning the line more and more as you get closer to the inner tear duct.
  5. You are going to proceed to fill in the area from the middle of the lid to the inner corner.
  6. If you realize your line is ridged or crooked, just take a little more eyeliner and draw from the tip to the middle of lid once more, and then from the middle of the lid to the inner corner once more. Only this time, you shouldn’t have to fill anything in because you’re only perfecting the line.

You’re done!