Makeup

James Vincent—Celebrity Make-up Artist

James Vincent and Cortney Garig

If you aren’t aware of James Vincent’s existence, you should wake up and smell the make-up! He is a self made make-up artist who has came up on his own from rags to riches. A true Cinderella story, that is if Cinderella decided to cut off her long locks, shaved a mohawk, and added some flair and fought for equality while changing the world.

Now if you were expecting some DYI blog explaining how to do a smokey eye, skip this. Instead, this is a life lesson blog about a very inspiring man with some fantastic advice on the industry. Specifically, if you’d like to work in New York creating the latest trends, then read on fellow entrepreneurs!

Who is James Vincent?

Here comes this fuzzy man, covered in tattoos, glam rock, a bandana hanging out of his pocket, shaved head, big beard and completely metal looking to boot, yet when he spoke to the crowd at the Cinta Aveda Institute he introduces himself and gives the warmest smile. Growing up from a punk background myself, I was very excited to hear what this guy had to say.

He grew up in Rhode Island, the tiniest state in the US. Huge family, but surprisingly the first one to go to college. He studied social work. His family was always hard-working, and he never thought he would be a make-up artist, he believed that being stuck in an office was the way to live.

From social work to make-up? Yes. It is truly an odd transition, but as the wise Forest Gump said “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” He started off in the bath and body shop just to make some money through college even though he didn’t know the first thing about make-up. He enjoyed it and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to further his career. He then began writing papers about women of color in the make-up industry. At the time, the women in advertisements were usually Caucasian.

Through these blogs and the passion he had to change the industry from what was the standard to something unique, MAC Cosmetics discovered him and asked him to help launch MAC. At this time MAC was just starting out. He started doing make-up with them.

“Use what you have, make it work. It will work for you.”

At the time, cosmetic companies did not have much variety as far as contours and concealers go, especially for women with darker skin. One fine day, a girl came in to get her make-up done and he decided to use orange lipstick to conceal darker shades under the eyes. This woman got so excited, she offered him a job in the music industry. Little did he know, he would be working for TLC!

Domino Effect to Success

From then on people in the industry where discovering him left and right. Who did he start working for?

  • Special Olympics
  • America’s Next Top Model
  • Puff Daddy, Regina Spektor, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Reece Witherspoon
  • Sex & the City, CNN

He began doing about 12 shows a season for different networks and television series.

Since then James is now a Director of Education for The Makeup Show, runs The Powder Group, and owns his own make-up line.

What are important keys to success in this industry?

  • Build a community of support networks/find a mentor
  • Work freelance work/build a portfolio
  • Buy a domain name, market yourself!

Some Important Key Notes From James Vincent Himself

“You are a small business, education does not end, beauty is 365 days a week.”

If you are unaware of this think to yourself, how dedicated are you to learning, to working hard, and to expanding your network to get your name out there.

“Now is the time to work”

Build a portfolio while in school, get out there, and show the world what you are made of.

“You are dealing with someone at their most venerable, you are there at the moment to help”

Treat everyone with respect!

“Too much information can hurt you.”

People want to know who you are and what you do. They don’t want to know your full novel.

“Your stuff lives forever.”

Be aware of what you post online. Know the limits between a personal social media page and a professional one.

“If you can not name a five people that inspire you, then you are not prepared.”

“Opportunity was mine! That situation becomes the right opportunity when you’re prepared.”

Christmas? Throw Out Old Cosmetics!

Christmas Tree Cosmetics

How long should you keep your beauty products? Yes, it’s extremely hard to throw away that favorite lipstick of yours, but after two years it may be hazardous to your health.

Perhaps Christmas Day would be a good time to take stock of your beauty products and throw out those past their recommended shelf life.

In a series of tests commissioned by beauty retailer Escentual and conducted at the London Metropolitan University, out of date makeup products were found to contain unsafe levels of potentially harmful bacteria.

The University tested recently expired products—foundation (four months past date), lip gloss (still within its pull date), blush (nine months past date), lipstick (ten months past date), and mascara (four months past date). The results were horrifying.

Paul Matewele, a microbiologist at the University, said: “The foundation, lip gloss, and lipstick all tested positive for Enterococcus faecalis under strict laboratory tests. Enterococcus faecalis is the potentially deadly strain of bacteria that causes meningitis and septicemia and is one of the biggest killers for newborn babies.”

Rakesh Aggarwal, CEO of Escentual, said: “Most women are totally unaware that their cosmetics are a potential breeding ground for deadly bacteria. But if you think about it, you wouldn’t keep food for months after the use-by date, so why would this be acceptable for cosmetics? This research has even surprised us and has shown that there is a serious health risk here. Pregnant women or mums with small babies need to take extra care after our finding showed that the deadly meningitis bacteria were found on several items of out of date make-up.”

This is a wake-up call for all us beauty product junkies out there. In addition to taking stock at least once a year, I also recommend writing the purchase and expiration dates on your makeup products when you buy them. That way, you never have to wonder.

Day to Night Make-up

We all have busy schedules, live fast, and get no sleep.

As strong, beautiful women in the world of cosmetology, esthetics, and beauty, we enjoy our days being filled with clients and sales, but sometimes we wanna grab dinner and drinks with our girlfriends at night. Or maybe the guy you’ve had your eye on is finally taking you to get a bite to eat.

You go through your day, performing services and working hard. Maybe you have sweat stains. You’re looking forward to your night out, but you only have half an hour to change from your work outfit to your cute night-time outfit.

A basic day time make-up look usually includes foundation, concealer, setting powder, a light eye shadow, mascara, and just a pinch of blush. Now, you want to add a little bronzer and smoke out your shadow for a sultry, sexy look. Take a crease brush, throw on a darker shade and blend, blend, blend! You will create a smokey eye look that is sure to look amazing. Add some eyeliner, only make it a wing.

If you can commit to taking less than 10 minutes, then throw on some bronzer to contour those cheeks and forehead, some highlight to give some glow, then use a fabulous lipstick to complete your look and you’re ready to hit the town.

Just a couple easy steps and, presto, you’ve turned your day look into a night look and you even have time to throw on some heels. Now, about that shower…

My First Hair Show

Applying Make-up at Hair Show

Experiencing my first hair show battle was amazing and unforgettable. Held in Oakland with Keif Savage Presents, I was able to work with well-known salon “Nappy or Not” owned by Rhonda for Natural textured hair including Braids, Locs, Styles and so much more.

I remember growing up in this salon as a child, helping my brother out and just being in the environment of so many talented hairstylists. That was my playground. It was such a blessing to be around it all that it inspired me to take it on as my career. I loved watching everyone who walked into the salon walking out even more excited. I truly believe that happy people equal a better world.

For this hair show, I was able to be apart of the make-up team. Before becoming involved with hair, I always had a love for make-up and started doing make-up for other girls in high school. This event taught me timing, organization, and precision necessary for the creative team of this salon to realize the theme they desired.

It was great seeing all of the other salons and their work. It’s amazing what you can do with hair and how you can turn it into a masterpiece.

Make-up for a Tropical Vacation

Tropical BeachProduct: Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer

Going on a tropical vacation—you know you’ll be in and out of the ocean—can be a make-up challenge. Personally, I don’t want to spend a lot of time doing my make-up on vacation. But I still want to look and feel my best.

When my sister decided to vacation in Croatia for the country’s yacht week, she asked me what she should bring for make-up. Because she was backpacking around before settling on the boat, she stressed to me that she needed to be very conservative with her toiletry space. Right away, I knew the product she would not be able to live without: Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer.

Not only does Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer act as a moisturizing lotion for your skin, it also evens out your skin tone giving you a natural, healthy glow while providing sun protection with its SPF 15. It does all of this without clogging your pores and causing breakouts!

I love this product because it is very light and you don’t feel like you are wearing anything at all. With the lavender content, it soothes stressed skin and will keep you looking radiant without loads of effort.

Pair the Tinted Moisturizer with Aveda’s Petal Essence Blush/Bronzer in your desired color pallet and you will have natural, radiant skin without the hassle of a full make-up routine.

Avoiding Cosmetic Acne

Woman Applying Makeup with Brush

Cosmetic acne is caused or exacerbated by cosmetic products for skin or hair. It can be unsightly and a bother to get rid of. Here are some tips and tricks to help lessen the problem.

When you can, keep your hair off of your face, shoulders, and back. This helps keep the product combined with your hair’s natural oils from clogging your skin’s pores.

When you are in the shower, wash your face, shoulders, and back after you’ve washed your hair. This keeps the hair products that you’ve used from sitting on the skin and clogging the pores.

Sleep with a new t-shirt or towel on your pillow every night. This helps keep a buildup of product and dead skin cells from irritating and clogging your pores.

If you wear makeup, wash your face every night to get it off. If you would also like to focus on skin issues, double cleansing is a great way to fully remove makeup and also treat skin imperfections.

Wash things like beauty blenders after every use. They absorb a large amount of product when used and need to be kept clean so that they will not add dirty makeup and bacteria to your face each time they are used.

Wash cosmetic brushes once a week.

Give your skin time to breathe. During that day when your brushes are drying, try to wear minimal makeup and less hair product to give your hair and skin oxygen. This break is good for your skin as it gives it a break from the cycle of wearing makeup and other products and then stripping it all off later.

Highlight and Contour

How to Contour

Highlight and contour have become the new thing in makeup over the past year. From Kim Kardashian to Nikki Minaj, it is what everyone is trying. The purpose of highlight and contour is to bring out the highs and lows of the face. To broaden the cheekbones and to make the face look skinny. Highlighting and contouring is a great tool for anyone who likes to really define their makeup and facial features.

To contour, a bronzer or darker shade is used under the cheekbone, on the forehead, and along the sides of the nose to shade the parts of the face that is desired.

To highlight, take a much lighter shade and place it on the high points of the face such as the cheeks, above the eyebrows, and on the cupids bow.

You can use a cream or a powder contour. Using cream is better for dry skin, and gives a dewy finish, however, it is a lot thicker and tends to be messier. Powder contour is best for oily skin because it absorbs the excess oil and gives a matte finish to the face. It is also easier to control.

Looking up tutorials on YouTube or taking a class can really help. It is a fun way to do makeup and you always look fierce and flawless.

Eye Makeup Endurance

Makeup Palette

Yesterday, I went to Sephora to treat myself to some belated birthday presents.

When I wear eye makeup, I’ve noticed that it always comes off an hour later. How can I show off my eye makeup skills if it leaks under my eyes and my mascara smudges?

I’ve finally found some tricks and products that can be a game changer for people who can’t wear eye makeup for longer than 20 minutes.

I’m definitely a product junky. I’m someone who buys both cheap and expensive products. I like to look into things and I’ve learned that some drugstore products work just as well as studio ones.

A month ago, I purchased a waterproof eye primer. This primer has made my beautiful eyeshadows last all day.

On top of that, I use Stilla palettes that have an amazing color pay off and last for hours on their own.

The biggest issue I had was finding an eyeliner that wouldn’t smudge. I tried everything from Urban Decay pencils to Smashbox. I’ve finally found an eyeliner that’s my saving grace—Marc Jacobs gel pencil. Gel liner has more pigment than just regular pencil and can last for a very long time.

I’m still figuring out more steps to keep my eye makeup on longer and cleaner. For those out there who struggle with the same makeup concerns as me, I suggest never to stop looking because, eventually, you may find products which are perfect for you.

Can ‘Expensive’ be Cheaper?

Tarte Cosmetics Product Collection

Before I started at Cinta Aveda Institute, I’d buy all my cosmetics from the Ulta Beauty Store. Ulta displays their pricy, high end cosmetic lines and products on the left side of the store. To the right, they have typical drugstore lines like CoverGirl, Maybelline, and Rimmel London. To me, makeup has always been a “Want to Have” rather than a necessity, so I always went for the cheaper side. I figured I could find some pretty descent stuff for a low price. For years—and I mean years—I had used Rimmel’s liquid foundation and CoverGirl’s pressed powders. I was happy with the products and I never noticed any problems that I might be having with them.

Once I started school however, some of the first topics we discussed were makeup. To my surprise, I found that it is a lot more important to use good quality makeup than I thought. I learned that you shouldn’t judge a line based on their price, and that the more expensive products can be the best for your skin. The cheap makeup I was using was actually the reason I was breaking out so much, and the more I broke out, the more makeup I used.

I finally decided to take the plunge and shop on the expensive left side of Ulta. To my surprise, a lot of the brands I was interested in weren’t that much more expensive. On top of that, I wasn’t going to need as many products. I started trying bare minerals first. I used that for a couple weeks, but it made my skin itchy and it basically covered up nothing. I used so much of it that it only lasted me 2 weeks. So I went back to find something I knew would be healthy for my skin and still give me perfect coverage.

I tried Tarte Cosmetics and instantly fell in love. Tarte has easily become one of my absolute favorite makeup brands and has really transformed my face. Tarte is made from Amazon clay which helps to really get the coverage you want, but it’s not heavy on your skin. You barely notice it’s there. It also lasts the entire day and doesn’t get greasy-looking. Finally, the company is socially aware. It does many things to help people and the environment with their profits. I love Tarte and my skin finally looks and feels great because of it.

Going Beyond Skin Deep

Silhouette - Makeup Artist Applies MakeupBeing an esthetician allows you to meet clients, of course, but also possibly mentors and friends.

I had a makeup application and brow wax that took two hours. During that time, my client and I bonded over many topics. We talked about beauty, skin, hair and makeup. But we also talked about meditation, poverty, and nature.

Not only did I get to totally transform her face (and make her feel like a million bucks), but I got to go outside the realm of my practice. It was really satisfying for me to get a deeper understanding of someone by putting makeup on her.

I am a person who wants to know everyone’s story, I want to make a difference. This experience reaffirmed the path of my profession. I got to connect and transform my client and I could feel how much she appreciated it. She was more than satisfied with all the Aveda makeup I used on her. I used our copper and blue tones on her lid and taught her how to do a gentle and natural looking contour. I wouldn’t just use certain products and colors on her, I’d give her options.

I realized that, with a makeup application, you need to deeply communicate with the client. At the end of our appointment she asked me to take pictures of her, she was feeling so confident. That made me feel really good.

A makeup application can do so much more than just change someone’s face, you can really alter the way they see themselves. And you can go way beyond skin deep.

Two Quick Makeup Tricks

Lash Stamping with Mascara, Before and After.

Add these two simple beauty tricks to your everyday makeup regimen.

Mascara Stamping

Eye with Mascara Wand

Everyone wants their lashes to look fuller and thicker. Often that means using lash extensions or serums such as Latisse. But this beauty trick won’t have you spending an arm and a leg getting that fuller lash look. Mascara stamping gives this full lash illusion, and it’s as easy as pressing the wand into the roots of the lashes while applying your mascara, in a stamping motion. This will deposit color to your upper lashline, giving an appearance of having fuller lashes. It may be a bit messy at first but, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked!

Foundation Layering

Contrary to what we may practice and have been taught about makeup application, apply a powder before a liquid foundation. It gives better coverage and a flawless appearance that lasts all day. This trick may save the day, especially for those with oilier skin.

Get your base makeup to stay on longer throughout the day by applying a loose powder before your liquid foundation. You can use any loose powder, but Aveda’s translucent powder would be perfect for this application method. Start with a good amount of your favorite moisturizer, set it with a powder, and finish by adding liquid foundation on top. This will give your skin a fully hydrated feel, but with a matte finish. This application style should eliminate the need to add a loose powder as a finishing step, leaving you with a budge-proof base that will last all day!

What’s Your Hue?

Exotic Lip Art by Girl Grey Beauty

Image courtesy of Girl Grey Beauty.

A lot of people have been trending new, upcoming, and out of the ordinary colors for lipsticks this past year. Colors from purple to blue, and now even green and yellow. Some of these colors have been around for years, but have not reached the surface of the high fashion pool until now.

MAC is a brand that is known for being bold and creative with their colors and matte looks. Having such a wide range of unique and intense hues has made them one of the most popular cosmetic line for lipsticks. This not to say that they were not already famous for their bold eyeshadow colors, blushes, and other face makeup. From their “Bronze Shimmer” to the “Up the Amp,” they have over 200 different hues including every color on the rainbow.

I am not much of a exotic lip color gal myself, however I have been dying to test drive a few “out of my comfort zone” lip shades. One of my favorite lip colors for myself would be a maroon or a deep reddish-purple color. But I want to discover what it feels like to explore purple lips. Strangely enough, these bold colors seem to not only bring out people’s personalities through style, but they also increase their confidence. I believe women (and men) feel so many different emotions just by adding some lip color to their look. It can make you feel sexy, subtle, happy, excited, bold, and so on. I know I feel like a million bucks when I rock a great red or maroon.

So challenge yourself to find a color that not only suits you, but brings out your inner, beautiful self.

Makeup at the Trashion Show

Makeup at the Trashion Show

On the day of the Trashion show, I was asked to render assistance to the makeup team. I had never done makeup for this type of thing, so this was new, distressing, and exciting to me! Although it was my first time, the creative team leads made sure that we were comfortable. There was music blasting, sugar present, and lots of great vibes. The model I worked on was so sweet. He made my job super easy. I was laughing most of the time that I worked on his makeup.

Each time I’ve come out to assist the teams, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the wonderful attitudes, happy faces, and creative fingers moving. In the esthetician program, I rarely get a chance to talk with other students working towards different goals at Cinta Aveda Institute. I love the opportunity to meet new people and learn various techniques. And it’s quite remarkable to see all of the talent that the students as well as the faculty possess bringing art to life.

This was a great opportunity to work with others and test my personal limits. Thank you Cinta Aveda Institute for providing me the creative space to thrive! Can’t wait to see what we’ll do next!

Makeup Makeup Makeup!

Makeup Display

Having guest speakers come in to share their words of wisdom is always such a delight. A huge idol of mine, James Vincent came in to talk with us. He’s a professional makeup artist, a beauty editor, an educator, and mentor. He gave a makeup demonstration that was phenomenal. I find him inspiring and feel lucky that I got a chance to meet him. He discussed “The Makeup Show” which I knew I had to attend. I bought tickets right away.

The show was over a weekend. A couple of girls and I made an awesome trip out of it. We sat in on a couple of great seminars. One was “Bridal Makeup” by Buntricia Bastian for Pinnacle Cosmetics. She was very informative. Some information I took away from that seminar were the zones of the face:

  • Zone 1 is the hairline, and eye brow
  • Zone 2 is the zygomatic arch, eyes, nose, and cheekbone
  • Zone 3 is the lips, jawline, and chin
  • Underneath the eyes is the driest spot on a woman’s skin.
  • When working with older clients, use translucent powders.

Another great thing about the makeup show were all the products I got, and at great prices too!

If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend attending. I’m extremely grateful and happy I got to attend this show.

Women Before Banner

Roller Lash—Benefit’s Newest Mascara

Three Stages of Mascara Application for Benefit Cosmetic's Roller Lash

Enhance your lashes with Benefit’s Roller Lash. Their newest mascara that offers a Hook ‘n’ Roll brush, which grabs, lifts, separates, and rolls lashes to their fullest potential. The mascara formula sticks for 12 hours!

Details: easy to remove, contains lash conditioning ingredients such as Vitamin B12 and Serin, water resistant, satin finish, and ink black color. Size: 8.5 grams or 0.3 oz.

Customers who have tried this have said the mascara instantly lifts lashes, making eyes look bigger and more awake. Others have said it curls well enough to skip the lash curler. Some with short, stubby, blonde lashes said there was an immediate change in their lashes once using roller lash; the curl and lengthening aspects of the mascara really do work and there are few to no clumps or flakiness.

Style tip from Benefit Cosmetics: For length and curl, first apply “Roller Lash” to lashes. Then, apply “They’re Real!” mascara on top of lashes.

Those of you looking for a mascara to curl, lengthen, and separate lashes should try Roller Lash out! It’s $24 of joy in a cute little tube.

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.

Contouring and Highlighting One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Wonderful World of Make Up Aveda Style

Even though I am Alpha Esti student, I am not a total beginner to make up application.

I have some previous theatrical experience applying make up for the stage as well as photo shoots. During the intro phase I remember the first time we had partners and ventured into the intimidating task of applying make up on each other. I remember thinking “I got this”, but I found out that in reality, I did not!

After many layers of foundation, contour, blush, and blue eyeshadow, I stepped back and to my horror I realized I had done a convincing job at making my poor partner a characture right out of the Nutcracker Ballet!

When looking at Aveda make up the word that comes to mind is… SUBTLE.

Natural is the theme here. “To enhance and create a freshness, a pleasant face to look at” (Wise words spoken by our incredibly wonderful alpha make up educator Shawn Peltier). In other words, no need to be seen all the way to the back of the theater.

One of my guest came in for a make up service, she wanted a glamourous evening look, but she loved the natural look of Aveda eye shadows. Because it was her wedding anniversary, she wanted to surprise her husband as she does not usually wear make up. I was able to successfully apply my experience of flair and little bit of “drama” to create the exact look she wanted.

How to Find the Right Eyeshadow Color to Accentuate Your Eyes

S6uagQ_9ihQKHl6M1byp3UPNk4bw1N3vYgq9bM6MhNkFinding the right color eyeshadow can seem difficult for some people, but it is really quite simple. First you want to get a color wheel and locate your eye color on the wheel. Directly across from your eye color is your complementary color that will instantly accentuate your iris hue.

Best complimentary color for blue eyes:

•gold

•bronze

•copper

•champagne

•yellow-beige

•peach

Best complimentary color for brown eyes(Brown looks good with mostly every color):

•bronze

•peach

•purple

•navy

•teal

•green

Best complimentary colors for green eyes:

•sepia

•rust

•purple

•pink

Complimentary colors for hazel eyes:

•Browns

•golds

•greens

Hopefully this can help you achieve the right color for your eye and help make your eye color pop!

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?