Beauty Tips

4 Skin Types and the Products that Fit Them

Treatments for skin ranges due to the different skin types. Knowing your skin type will help determine the correct products and treatments necessary. There are only four different skin types: dry, oily, combination and normal.

Dry skin is characterized by small to no pores, superficial lines and minimal acne. Treatments for dry skin include humectant ingredients, and should include regular exfoliation. Dry skin can also be sensitive to certain products, ingredients and treatments. This means extra care needs to be taken when considering less abrasive products and treatments as to not irritate the skin.

Oily skin is characterized by larger pores, overly active sebaceous ducts, and acne prone. It is best for people with oily skin to use more soluble products such as salicylic acid, and should use gel or foam when choosing cleansers. Those with oily skin generally have lower pH levels, so it is best to find products that balance it. They should also wash regularly because of their higher predisposition to bacteria growth.

Combination skin is characterized by oily skin conditions in the forehead and nose region, and dryer condition on the cheeks and chin. It is the most common skin type, and is best to find products that balance it. Use a cream cleanser if you are going to use a salicylic acid treatment. Those with combination skin should choose between either stronger exfoliants or frequency of use.

Normal skin is neither oily nor dry. They have normal pore size and regular oil production. Product and treatments should be used to maintain the acid mantle because it is typically at ideal levels. Those with normal skin should be more concerned with maintaining, instead of trying to fix different levels through treatments and products. So one of the larger concerns for normal skin is irritating it through more harsh treatments when not needed.

Recalling My First Facial Client Experience

I was transitioning from the Esthetician intro phase to the alpha phase, and it couldn’t be scarier, even though I felt pretty prepared when I left the intro phase.

The first day of being an alpha, I already had a client. What do I do?! Suddenly everything I had learned the last ten weeks went out the window. Elemental Nature? What’s that? To add more worry and stress, I realized that my first booked client was a male client! All I’ve been working on were female faces; I’m not ready for this! I was completing psyching myself out. Nobody noticed I was a nut case. Nope, I was cool as a cucumber on the outside. Internally, I wanted to melt and die.

The time came, and a huge part of me hoped the client canceled for some reason, any reason…please! But of course, Life likes to see you squirm. I saw my client standing at 6 feet 2 inches and the size difference did not play into the intimidating factor at all…Luckily, he was super nice and I performed the facial like I would normally, except massaged downward in the direction of the facial hair growth. I’m pretty sure I may have forgotten a step or two, but you have to be like Dory and “just keep swimming!”

Before I knew it, the facial ended, and I was so relieved! Excitement came over me because I did it! And I didn’t fall flat on my face. It really is not as terrifying as you anticipate it to be. After the facial, I discussed some of the beneficial products for his skin, and he ended up purchasing all of them! I felt such a glee after finishing my first client’s facial.

A few tips I would share would be to follow the facial steps as best as you can. If you don’t remember a step, just keep moving and perform the steps you DO remember. The client doesn’t know if anything went wrong unless you start acting like it is. Secondly, make sure to apply pressure and check the pressure with your client during the massages. Nobody likes to be lightly touched when he/she knows they’re coming in for a facial or massage. Lastly, be warm and friendly to your guest regardless of how you’re feeling. Check your issues at the door and put a smile on your face when you greet your guest. Good luck!

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.

Empowering Yourself Through Your Hair

F4ck3UFrvWv7usneGWTrjjr8dUuyTTNRWUxrKd3TjYgAs a stylist, the only thing that breaks my heart into a million pieces, is when someone sits in my chair and is only allowed to do what their significant other decides for them. As someone who cares too little of what other people think of her, I have never understood this kind of mentality. I have never understood giving someone the power to control my physical appearance.

There are so many things about life that you often cannot control, but your hair has to be one of the things you do control. There is something so deeply empowering about realizing that you own yourself, and showing it with the way you carry yourself and stylize yourself through your physical appearance.

I once had a client who came in to have her hair bleach-and-toned. When I asked her why she decided to go so much lighter, she responded with “my fiance wants me to be blonde for our wedding and I just want him to look at me and think I’m beautiful.” I had to stop myself from going on a rant. All I said was “he had better look at you that way even if you show up to your wedding in pajamas!” and we laughed. But it got me thinking. She should have been bleaching her hair because SHE wanted to go lighter. Not because she was afraid someone would find her less attractive on her WEDDING DAY if she wasn’t a perfect blonde. She should wear her hair the way she loves to wear it. And if she loves it blonde, then by all means! But if she doesn’t, well…she should reevaluate why she’s damaging her hair. Is she damaging it because she wants to be blonde, or because she wants someone else to like her more because she’s blonde? These things matter greatly to a person’s psyche.

I have always believed that in order for other people to truly love you, you first have to love yourself. And sometimes that shows through your hairstyle, your makeup, and your clothes. But before you love all of those things, you have GOT to love yourself. Everything else will follow.

So love yourself. Do what you want with your hair. Make yourself happy first, and the rest will follow. Love yourself. LOVE. YOUR. SELF.

The Difference Between UVB and UVA Rays and Their Affects on your Skin

One of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that it is only for the pool or beach. In fact a lot of you adults don’t incorporate it in their beauty regimen at all. The number one reason for again is from sun damage and it’s much easier to prevent now then correct the later.

People think that if they aren’t in direct sunlight then they don’t need to apply sunblock for the day. Unfortunately what they don’t understand is that we are exposed to sun rays directly and indirectly. Sun rays can reach you driving in your car, sitting inside work, or anywhere there can be windows.

Here are some facts about the sun rays:

There are both UVA and UVB that we are exposed to daily. UVA rays are called the “Aging Rays”. They are constantly present, no matter the season or the weather. If you think you can’t get sun damage on a cloudy day then think again. They are so powerful that they also penetrate some clothing and even glass.

Also UVA rays are the rays responsible for the signs of aging because they are able to penetrate much deeper into the surface of the skin, damaging the cells beneath. While people think their skin looks younger when it’s tan, the reality is each tan gives your skin irreversible damage, and you will see its damage later in life. When you think of UVA rays, think sun spots, leather skin and wrinkles!

UVB rays are the rays you can blame when you get a sunburn. Unlike UVA rays, these rays aren’t always the same strength year round. They are more prevalent in the summer months; however they are able to reflect off water or snow so it’s always important to protect yourself. UVB rays are responsible for causing most skin cancers.

Do yourself a favor and start protecting yourself with the proper sunscreen. People always think the higher the sunscreen number, the more protection they have, but that isn’t always the case. It’s good to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF that contains both UVA and UVB protection. UVA radiation is less powerful than UVB, but it penetrates deeper into the skin. Small daily doses of UVA causes long-term skin injury, even without signs of sunburn. UVA light is used in tanning booths.

Choosing to use a protection every day is the single most important thing you can do to prevent sun damage and skin cancer.

Benefits of Using a Toner

Toners seem to be underrated and I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients either don’t use them or understand very little about the benefits of incorporating a toner in their beauty routine. Some people think that creams are enough, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some facts about toners and the reasons why they are so important.

One of the worst things you can do to your skin is upset the PH balance of your Acid Mantle (the top layer of skin). The most common way is by using products that are too alkaline (hint: most soaps). Although these soaps help clean the skin and can feel great, it actually is changing the balance of the PH level of the skin. Disrupting the acid mantle can weaken the skin’s immune system, can cause premature aging, or can cause a host of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.

The ideal PH for the Acid Mantle is slightly acidic between 4 and 6.5. Using a toner after cleansing helps to balance the Acid Mantle, and soothes the skin.

Aveda’s Botanicals Kinetic Skin Firming Toner

This toner is my favorite. It not only balances the PH level of the acid mantle, but it hydrates your skin as well. It is infused with sodium hyaluronate, echinacea, rosewater for hydration, and it is very soothing. It is also excellent for all skin types. By adding this one small step each day will change the health of your skin. I highly recommend starting to use a toner after each cleanse.

My Top Three Favorite Skin Care Products from Aveda

Everyone who has ever used Aveda knows that every ingredient in their products are natural, safe, and leaves you feeling beautiful.

Aveda oils smell delicious and also serve to improve your skin. After being enrolled in the Esthiology Program at the Cinta Aveda Institute and having months of practice on myself and others, these are some of my choices for their top products and why.

Botanicals Kinetics Exfoliant:

This is a non-abrasive liquid that helps exfoliate the surface cells for a smooth and clear complexion. I love how this product keeps my skin smooth without stripping it! To keep your skin looking fresh we all need to exfoliate more, so this is a great step to add to your beauty regimen.

Your skin will look softer, smoother, and more supple. BK Exfoliant is great for all skin types, and can be used one to two times a week after cleansing.

Intensive Hydrating Masque:

This is my favorite Masque with Aveda! Everyone needs to moisturize and sometimes just using creams are not enough. It’s a great way to pamper yourself in between facial visits, using it after traveling on a plane, or giving your skin more of an intensive boost of moisture. It contains Hyaluronic Acid in it that will smooth and plump your skin. It is more than 1,000 times more moisturizing then your regular moisturizer! Remember, when you hydrate your skin, you keep it looking young! This masque is also great for all skin types.

Beautifying Composition Oil:

Most people think that if you put oil on your skin you will break out. NOT true! Our skin is actually lipid-loving and if you properly moisturize with the proper oil, it can keep your skin balanced. Sometimes your skin can be too oily because the sebaceous glands are working overtime to send moisture to the acid mantle to balance out the PH level.

I like to apply it before I use my moisturizer as a chap stick all over my body. The Beautifying oil has a lovely aroma of rosemary and bergamot that I can smell all throughout my day.

4 Things to Look for When Shopping for the Perfect Flat Iron

June 19, 2015
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Buying a flat iron is not as easy as it may sound-especially when they come in all shapes and sizes and price ranges. So how do you know what to look for when shopping for one? I have listed some of the things you want to look for when shopping for a flat iron:

1) First check if the the plates are ceramic. Ceramic irons are less damaging to the hair and will help control frizz.

2) If you hair is really curly, you want look for narrow plates. The narrow plates will help you reach the difficult spots like around the hair lines, and closer to the scalp. The most common size is a 1-inch, which will get you as close as possible.

3) You also want to look for a flat iron with temperature control. Since not all the hair is the same, not all hair needs the highest temperature of heat to straighten. For fine hair, you want to start with a lower temperature, and for thicker and coarse hair you can go to a higher temp. But you need to find a flat iron that will allow you to control the temperature.

4) One more perk I like in a flat iron, is a turn-off timer. If you are the type of person that is always rushing out the door, make sure you find a flat iron that will automatically turn off when it is not in use for a certain amount of time.

Finding a good flat iron is tough and usually an investment, so make sure you research the ones available on the market to find your perfect flat iron.

Guest Blogger, A Beautiful Whim: How to Get your Makeup to Last Longer with Aveda Botanical Kinetics

June 15, 2015
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botanicalKinetics_600x500One of the most common questions I get asked about wearing makeup is how to get the makeup to last longer and how to achieve a flawless finish.  The answer is not to seal your face with a finishing spray or apply heavy base products.  The key to long lasting and flawless makeup lies within how you care for your skin and prepare it for the application of makeup.  Usually, makeup gets applied during the morning rush and sometimes there’s simply not enough time to incorporate steps into the morning routine that set the stage for a day where makeup still looks good by the lunch hour.  Aveda’s botanical kinetics skim firming and toning agent will consolidate more timely steps in the preparation process and also address common skin concerns including dry and oily skin.  The toning mist is a versatile, natural product that can be used regardless of skin type.

Let’s focus on the morning routine for a moment.  The necessary steps to produce the best cosmetic result are to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Typically, when using moisturizers you need to wait 10-15 minutes before proceeding with your makeup application so the skin can fully absorb the product.  Otherwise, your makeup doesn’t blend well or adhere to your skin.  This prevents you from achieving a flawless finish.  Also, do you know what’s in the moisturizers and other products you are using?   Often, they can produce superficial and temporary results from chemicals additives.  What’s the result?  Eventually, your skin produces more oil and pores becomes clogged leading to break outs.

I hear a lot of complaints from people indicating within four to five hours of applying their makeup, it appears to have worn off or it breaks up as the skin produces oil.  It’s especially problematic during warm and humid weather.  We’ve all been there!  You start applying powder to improve the coverage and reduce shine but the next thing you know, the powder is caked on and the makeup looks patchy.  What was intended to beautify has resulted in an obvious mess. Personally, I have gone as far as removing and reapplying products midday (secretly in a bathroom stall) but this an unrealistic solution.  It’s simply a matter of having the right balance of time and products and understanding what your skin really needs.

skin tonerTo achieve a flawless finish and get longer lasting wear from your makeup, adequate hydration and a good toner can be applied to cleanse the skin, minimizing the production of oil and keeping your skin healthy.  The quality of your cosmetics and the techniques used to apply them also factor in but regardless of the quality of your cosmetics, if you aren’t caring for your skin properly, you’ve set yourself up for disappointment. The Aveda botanical kinetics toning agent is a regular part of my morning and evening regimen, instead of applying a separate toner and moisturizer. You can see in these photos from one of my makeup tutorials that I achieved a flawless makeup application using the Aveda product to prepare my skin and this makeup lasted all day.  I often spray the Aveda mist on my face and neck to prepare my skin and I use a moisturizer at night.  A good toner and moisturizer are certainly beneficial and highly recommended but it’s important to know what is in those products that you are applying to your skin.  Look closely at the products you are using today.  The ingredients appearing first on the list is what the makes up a majority of the product.  Do you know what they are?  You may be using products that contain harmful additives causing you to chase cycles of dryness, breakouts, and effects of product build up on your skin.

I love the clean and refreshing feel I’m left with after using the Aveda product.  Witch hazel, white oak, and peppermint leave my skin feeling awake and revitalized and the mist contains natural moisturizing agents.  This simple spray creates the perfect canvas for makeup. Skin is hydrated, ph-balanced, and absent of unnecessary products with mystery ingredients.  While the Aveda mist is ideal for all skin types, those with oily skin will notice a reduction in oil build up with regular use.  Before applying your makeup, cleanse your face and spray your neck and face with the mist.  Gentry pat it into your skin with clean fingers and begin your normal makeup routine.  It’s as simple as that.  For best results, also apply the product after your nightly cleanse.  I’d like to know if you can resist applying it only twice daily; I keep a bottle on my nightstand and use it more frequently because I love the herbal scent and the refreshing feeling after I spray it on my skin.  By the way, you don’t have to limit the use of the product to your face.  I like to spray the mist on my chest and occasionally the back of my neck as well.  Have you used the Aveda botanical toning mist and if so, what do you love about it?

3 Treatments for Your Puffy Eyes

water (2)If you’re tired of looking sleepy or under the weather, there are plenty of things you can try to give your eyes a lift. Here are some quick fixes:

1) Drink several glasses of water. Eyes tend to get puffy due to water retention, which is caused by a high concentration of salt in the area around the eyes. If you ate a very salty dinner or cried before bed you might notice increased puffiness in the morning. Drinking plenty of water flushes the area and causes the swelling to go down.

•On particularly puffy days, keep drinking water all day long to keep yourself hydrated.

•Avoid substances that tend to dehydrate you, like caffeine and alcohol.

2) Apply something cold to your eyes. Eye puffiness is a buildup of fluids in the tissues around your eyes, and like other types of swelling, it can be reduced with the application of a cool compress of some kind like cucumber slices or cooled tea bags. Both work well to temporarily reduce puffiness. All you have to do is lie back and place them over your closed eyelids for 15 minutes or until they grow warm. Or you can go old school by putting 2 metal tablespoons in the fridge and apply them daily by placing the backs against your eyes.

3) Put potatoes over the puffiness. Potatoes are said to have natural astringent properties.

•Peel raw potatoes. Cut in half. Place the halves over your eyes for 10 minutes. The potato will cool your eyes and any swelling will decrease.

•Try grated potato.

Simply grate a fresh potato and apply it to your eyes for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Other possible causes of puffy eyes include:

Lying down for several hours in a horizontal position and then standing up can lead the fluid that was resting under your eyes to suddenly be pulled down by gravity. Try using an extra pillow while sleeping so that the fluid is not as drastically drawn down when you get up to reduce the puffiness. If you don’t sleep horizontally, and instead sleep on your stomach, try to move toward sleeping on your back instead. Stomach sleepers tend to have the puffiest eyes, since this position allows fluid to collect there. Determine if you have a condition associated with puffy eyes. Sometimes the swelling is a side effect of another condition. Getting treated for the condition may help cure your puffy eyes. Here are a few conditions that commonly lead to eye puffiness: pregnancy, hormonal variation in the menstrual cycle, dermatitis (sensitive skin is more likely to swell in response to irritants), allergies, mononucleosis (puffy eyes may be an early symptom of infection, medication (puffiness or water retention could be a side effect), or other more serious medical conditions.

3 DIY Recipes for Makeup Removal and Brush Cleaning

Who hates washing their makeup brushes? *Raises hand* meeee! It’s like washing dishes, but hey, it must be done! After using your brushes, your brushes can contain oil, dust, dead skin cells, and bacteria–all of which can cause you to break out the next time you use your brushes. Did you also know that if you use your brushes on clients, you could potentially give someone pink eye or herpes with dirty brushes? You can spot-clean your makeup brushes after each use or you can do a deep cleaning for all your brushes every two weeks. It really depends on how often you are using your brushes. I know some of these makeup brush cleaners can add up, especially if you’re cleaning your brushes often. Below are recipes for DIY makeup brushes spot cleaner, deep cleaning, and makeup removal.

Spot Cleaner

1) 3 ounce spray bottle

2) 1 part tea tree oil

3) 2 parts witch hazel

Pour the tea tree oil and witch hazel in the bottle. Make sure to shake the bottle before use.

Deep Cleaner

1) 1 part extra virgin olive oil

2) 1 part Dawn diswashing soap

Wet your brush and grab a little bit of oil and soap with your brush. Swirl and clean your brush, then rinse with water. Avoid having water enter the ferrule because this can loosen the bristles and ruin your brush. Lay your brush at an angle so that the water doesn’t go towards the handle of the brush.

Makeup Remover

1) Push-down bottle dispenser

2) 1 part witch hazel

3) 1 part extra virgin olive oil

I provided this recipe because you already have the ingredients if you went with the first receipe, so why not? Add the witch hazel and the oil into the dispenser. Shake the bottle before using. Use a cotton ball, dispense the solution, and remove stubborn eye makeup.

These recipes allow you to be hygienic without the cost! Your guests will thank you, and you can save the money to invest in more brushes or makeup! Enjoy!

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Blow Dryer

May 20, 2015
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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Blow DryerChoosing the right blow dryer can make the biggest difference in how fast you can dry and style your hair. Not all blow-dryers are created equal, so here are a 3 tips to consider when investing in a good blow-dryer.

1.) Make sure you are buying something with ceramic or tourmaline technology. Tourmaline is crystal, which helps smooth the hair and fight frizz. It also helps your hair retain moisture.

2.) Wattage! Most people don’t realize the difference between a high and a low wattage blow-dryer, and how a high wattage dryer can make a difference for your hair. 1800 watts is great for thinner hair, however for thicker or frizzy hair you want to look for something with at least 3000. It will cut down the styling time in half and reduce the risk of hair damage.

3.) Attachments! If you like to style your hair at home with your blow-dryer, having a nozzle attachment will make your blow-drys give off that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look. Or if you have curly hair, a diffuser will give your curls more control and bounce than compared to letting your curls air dry.

And don’t forget, no matter which blow-dryer you end up purchasing, remember to pick one that at least has heat protection!

Food Used for Beauty

One of the most surprising things I learned while in school is how food can be used in your skincare regimen.

  • Tea: Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness from a sunburn and calm down allergic reactions. Earl Grey tea bags are great for the eye area. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Spray cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores, and get a healthy glow.
  • Lemon: For brighter, softer skin, use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon, and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Take a lemon and slice it in half, rub the juice all over your face, and wait five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Lemons have antibacterial properties, making them a perfect blackhead fix. Blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and the acid from the lemons helps to exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: For softer, smoother, shiny hair, simple apply coconut oil throughout your hair, then go to bed and rinse out the following morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer or lotion on rough spots.

Winter Nail Trends

Fingernails with Nail Tape

During winter, everything is gray damp and can be bleak. One way I love to brighten up my winter is with new nail trends. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Gray Nails—Gray nails compliment every skin tone and are neutral so they go with every look. Some of my favorite gray polishes are Forever 21’s overcast skies polish, which is a light matte gray; RGB Steel, which is a darker gray; and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grease Lightning.
  • Pop Culture Nail Decals—These are my favorites. You can find so many quality nail decals on Etsy for under ten dollars and they liven up any plain manicure. Some of my favorite include crying Kim Kardasian, Anne Boelynn, Frida Kahlo, Marie Antoinette (both pre—and post-beheading), and Justin Timberlake through the 2000s.
  • Nail Tape—One of the simplest nail art looks to do yourself is nail tape. The tape comes in either matte or shiny and in many different colors. You simply paint your nails, let them dry, then cut and apply the tape in whatever pattern you desire: from stripes to plaid. You can even apply the tape as a colored french tip.

Ten Ways to Feel Pretty on an Off Day

We all have those “off” days now and then where your hair just doesn’t look right, or maybe you feel like you have nothing to wear and don’t wanna leave the house. Laying in bed moping all day isn’t the answer! Here are a few tips to help you turn that off day around and leave you feeling pretty!

  1. Wake Up and Put on your Favorite Song: Music has the ability to lift your mood instantly! Make a “Feel Better” playlist that includes all your favorite songs that put you in a good mood.
  2. Go Workout: Working out gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy!
  3. Eat Healthy: When you eat healthy, your body, skin, hair, and mind will thank you. You will have more energy and radiate awesome.
  4. Wash Your Face and Hair: Sometimes the best way to deal with a bad hair/makeup day is to simply start over and pamper yourself to a fabulous face mask and deep conditioner.
  5. Put on Lipstick: Adding some bright red lipstick to your usual makeup routine can just be the pick me up you need!
  6. Treat Yourself: Whether it’s going to the mall and buying a new outfit, makeup, or simply just going to get your nails done, treat yourself to something that makes you happy.
  7. Get Some Coffee: Go to a cute and cozy coffee shop and order your favorite coffee off the menu and grab a good read. Doesn’t that just sound sophisticated?
  8. Think Positive: One of the best ways to feel pretty is to think about all the positive things in your life—your health, family, friends, and accomplishments!
  9. Laugh: Sounds simple, but calling up a best friend and having a good laugh is simply the best! Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was right!
  10. It Ends: Remember every off day eventually comes to an end and tomorrow will be a fresh start!

The Benefit of Using a Primer

If you want your face makeup to last a long time without having to touch it up, a must-have is the primer.

The primer is the first step before applying either foundation, concealer, or powder foundation, and sometimes bb cream too. Then it will last a few hours with a little touch-up. Primer also helps to reduce shininess, if you have oily to combination skin; dryness; and makes it easier to apply face makeup.

There are three categories of primer:

  • Face primer: for all over the face where the primer is colorless, feels smooth, and is prevented from clogging pores. It comes in gel formed, liquid, and cream based primer. However, there are different types of face primer:

    • matted primer—for oily skin,
    • brighter primer—tinted primer to add brightness, and
    • tinted primer—for a little more coverage that’s an alternative for color.
  • Eye primer: This is the most important makeup to apply before any eye shadow product. The eye primer will help the eye look on point without the shadow smudging to a faded color, and it won’t crease up the eye’s look. It will make your eye shadow last all day and all night long. Comes in a wax or cream-based primer.

  • Lip primer: If you’re struggling keeping your lipstick on all day and you’re tired of reapplying it and your lip liner consistently, lip primer will definitely help. It can also be used for someone with dry lips and won’t show that cracked lip stained look. Comes with a tube stick that looks like chapstick or, if you have extremely dry and sensitive lips, lip butter can also be used as a lip primer with added moisture content.

Having these primers will make your makeup on point and looking fabulous.

Skin Care Tip: Wear Sunscreen

If I could emphasize one skin care tip to everyone, it would be to apply sunscreen! I come across many people who ignore this task, carefree since they are youthful and have beautiful skin.

Primarily because I love the sun, I am a huge advocate of sun protection. In order to continue enjoying the warm kisses of the sun while still slowing down the aging process, I make sure I always apply some type of broad-spectrum sunscreen on my face and my body. And don’t forget the ears!

There are two types of sunscreens: a physical sunscreen that reflects the sun’s rays, and a chemical sunscreen that absorbs the rays and scatter them. I lean more towards natural products, so my preference is to use a physical sunscreen. However, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.

For sunscreen to be effective, it should be applied at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. In addition, it should be re-applied. For many women, re-applying is difficult, since they’re already wearing makeup. However, the makeup also acts as another barrier against the sun. If you will be having prolonged sun exposure without reapplying, throw on a big, fashionable hat. Also remember to apply sun protection even on cloudy, overcast days because the UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.

I like to kill two birds with one stone, so for the last few years, I’ve been using tinted moisturizer with a minimum of 15 Sun Protection Factor (SPF) which gives me protection and light coverage. For more coverage, you can use a facial moisturizer with SPF and apply your favorite foundation over it. Protect your face and skin now, so that years from now, you’ll need to do less work to maintain your beauty!

Eyebrows: Sisters, Not Twins

Eyebrows can change everything on a person’s face. Everyone strives for the perfect pair of brows. We’re all told that facial symmetry is the most attractive, so the hope is that those perfect brows will help create that symmetry.

But your brows don’t exactly match. Notice your frustrations when doing eyeliner. Most people find it hard to get their eyeliner to match. If you look closely, your eyes just don’t match. So why would you expect that your brows would? Your brows probably look similar, but not identical. Don’t force it.

If you are battling to get the brows you want, there are a few things you can do to help get you there. If you have an esthetician and want a reshape, it can take up to 3-6 months of untouched re-growth to get a brand new shape. If you are looking for a quick fix for a night out, all you need is an angle brush and some powder.

Eyebrow Length Guide

First use a pencil or makeup brush to draw points on your brow at the inner corner—directly above the side of your nostril; at the arch—parallel to the outer side of your iris; and at the tail end—diagonally in line with the side of your nostril and the outer corner of your eye. With the three points marked out, use your angle brush and hair-matching powder to fill in the shape.

Training your brows to grow and lie the way you want also helps in creating the perfect brows. Using an empty mascara wand and Vaseline, or an aloe vera gel, brush your brows nightly to lie how they should. After a few weeks, your brows should start behaving appropriately.

If your brows are sparse, there is an old fashion trick of using castor oil on your brows nightly to help encourage the hair follicles to grow. But now, with technology on our side, there are great topical treatment serums like Revitabrow to help the process go faster.

14 Coconut Oil Beauty Tips

Coconut oil has many amazing qualities for both hair and skin. Here are 14 ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.

  1. Whip it in your mixer (or with a whisk) to make a face moisturizer. It makes a great night cream as well that won’t clog your pores.
  2. For dry or cracked hands, take some coconut oil and rub it all over your hands like a lotion. Then put gloves on. You can do the same with your feet using socks.
  3. It makes a wonderful makeup remover and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Gently rub it on your eyelid to easily remove makeup.
  4. Add brown sugar to make an excellent sugar scrub.
  5. Use it as a hydrating lip balm.
  6. It’s a great replacement for shaving cream; it adds moisture.
  7. Use it as a hair mask to smooth and soften and fight frizz.
  8. It can help strengthen, whiten and detoxify the teeth and gums. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria that causes plaque and yellowing. It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties improve gum health and freshens breath.
  9. It can be used as a face wash. Add olive oil and use to deeply clean the face.
  10. For an antibacterial face mask, mix coconut oil and honey. Apply and leave on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse.
  11. It can be used as an acne and cellulite scrub by combining it with coffee grounds. Coffee is best known to treat acne, as it is a deep exfoliant. It also helps to stimulate the circulation of blood and therefore helps with cellulite.
  12. It is used to naturally lighten age spots. Coconut oil has natural antioxidants that help fade and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
  13. Make your own homemade deodorant by combining equal parts of corn flower, baking soda, and coconut oil.
  14. It can act as a great cuticle cream.

How to Match the Correct Shade Color

When it comes to makeup, one of the important things—before buying either a foundation, concealer, powder, or any face make up—is to find the correct shade for your skin. Whether you’re trying out new products, or if your skin changes tone, it has to match.

I know that some people match the skin tone using the edge of their jaw line or the back of their arm. But both of those areas have a different tone than where the makeup will be used, and where it will show if it doesn’t match.

To make a proper match on shade, first clean a strip of skin. It has to be clean or it will be infused with a different tone. Then use a q-tip, or a flat brush, and put it below the eye—next to the edge of the nose—and swatch all the way down to the nose area. This is the right location for determining tone. Then use a different brush—similar to a foundation or powder brush—or a sponge and blend it out until it becomes invisible, or reveals that it’s not the right shade.

If your skin looks pinkish-white, the shade color is too light. If the color is golden yellow, then it’s too bold. And if the color looks red-brown, then it’s too dark. When it matches, the color blends into the skin tone, making it disappear.

There you have it, a guide to indicate the correct color before buying a new product.