Makeup

Must Haves: Six Products for a Complete Makeup Look

A full face of makeup can become a chore. With all the products the beauty industry has to offer today, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. These are six products that will give you a polished finish without the time commitment.

  • Brow Gel: We all know the makeup trends this past year were all about brows! Pencils, powders, waxing, and tinting, not only can they be pricey, but they can be messy. For an easy quick fix to flawless brows, try a tinted brow gel. The fibers in the gel will keep them in place all day with added fullness, and the pigment will give them some definition. Swipe it on and you’re done! Try Benefit Gimme Brow or Maybelline Brow Drama.
  • Neutral Eye Palette: A compact neutral eye palette has the right natural look for everyone. These palettes have light highlighting colors, with options of pink and yellow undertones that will flatter any skin tone. They also have a variety of tans and browns for your desired look. Swipe a highlight color all over the lid and buff a brown into the crease for some effortless dimension. I recommend the Naked Basics palette for a variety of looks that will look great on everyone.
  • Mascara: Play around with what works best for your lashes! There and so many mascaras out there to chose from, so try some out and have fun! Everyone is on the search for that holy grail mascara but, in the meantime, grab whatever you’ve got! Mascara always polishes the look whether it’s the only product you put on, or the final touch to a full face. For a great, cheap mascara, give Maybelline’s Miss Manga a go for added volume.
  • Tinted Moisturizer or Powder: If you have dry skin, opt for a tinted moisturizer. If you’re oily, go for a powder. If you’re feeling sassy, do both! These are a great way to even out the skin tone without loading on too much product.
  • Bronzey Blush: Blushes with hints of gold and bronze will be a two in one. They will give your face some color and contour. I recommend Mac’s Warm Soul for a sun kissed glow.
  • Tinted Chapsticks/Sheer Lipsticks: Finish your look with a subtle pop of color. Aveda’s Nourishment Lip Color will not only hydrate, giving your lips a healthy glow, they will add a soft pop of color for a wearable, everyday look.

Hope these tips help you on the days when that big drawer of makeup is too much to handle. Keep these in your purse for an easy grab!

Makeup Artists Don’t Need to Wear Makeup

I believe makeup should be used as a tool to enhance natural beauty, not as a mask to hide behind. I would like to reset the standard—makeup artists should be skincare professionals and have some background knowledge of what skincare products can do to improve the canvas upon which they work. But they don’t need to wear makeup themselves when they work.

In the world of esthetics, it is our job to help uplift and encourage the confidence and inner radiance of our client. We wear black as an industry standard and, in my opinion, it is so we blend into the shadows and make our clients shine. When our clients leave our chair, we want them to feel like they are as beautiful as they can be.

Wearing makeup is often done to show that we have the answers to help our clients find what makes them feel beautiful. But I don’t we need to wear makeup ourselves. Instead, we need to exude the passion and confidence in our skills. Hopefully our skin is clear. Our kind, helpful personalities are all we need to help our clients in finding the right colors for their personal color palette to achieve the look they want.

In the film and television industry, makeup artists work hours that are very long. Their days can start as early as it takes to get everyone done and camera ready for the time the day’s first scene is scheduled to shoot. In my life, that has been as early as 3:30 am or sometimes even an all-nighter. Our job is to care for the talent and their look, not for ourselves. If a makeup artist was on set and dolled-up over the top, it could be considered a distraction to the crew members—it tends to be a male dominated field — or the actors who don’t want a member of the crew stealing the spotlight.

Makeup artists should be able to talk about their products with confidence and ease. Most importantly, they should be able to use their true skills to use the makeup on the client. Since we are in the beauty world, some makeup artists want to show that they are up with the latest trends and always have a full face on. I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone. But I’d like to suggest that a bare, fresh face is something to be valued and acceptable in the workplace for makeup artists and skincare professionals.A makeup artist applies makeup on a woman.

Why Tone? Not Talking at the Gym!

The most frequently asked questions after a facial are “Why should I use toner?” or “What does toner even do?” Toner is your skin’s newest best friend, ladies and gentlemen. Once you get close to toner you will never let her go! People who use toner swear by it!

So you’ve already got your skin care routine: wash, dry, done. On occasion, you might put moisturizer on if your skin feels dry. But that’s about it, right? Well, think of toner as the second step to your cleansing routine. Adding toner to your regimen can easily help you with any dryness or over oiliness. When you think toner think of this key word: “balance”.

Here’s a little “Toner 101” to get us started. Everyone’s skin has an acid mantle made from sweat and oil that is naturally produced all day and night. We often strip away at the acid mantle when we cleanse the skin, changing the balance of the skin’s pH. Using a toner helps bring your skin back to the natural, perfect combo where oily meets dry!

Toner is also like a huge drink of water for your skin. Take a look at your skin up close in a mirror for a moment. Give a little push on your nose with your finger. Do you see lines? How about on your forehead? Yep! Your skin’s dehydrated! It’s okay, no need to worry. About 99.9% of people have dehydrated skin. Toner helps drench your skin with hydration.

When choosing a toner, you want one that is going to work with your skin. If your skin is dry, you will want a moisture-rich toner. Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent is perfectly suited for people with aged or drying skin. It cools and hydrates the skin. It is also a spray bottle toner so you can keep it in your purse and refresh your face all day long with a simple spritz. If you wear makeup, there’s no need to worry: spray right over it! The toner will set your makeup and give a nice, clean refreshing splash of confidence!

If you have an oily skin type, you will want to choose a toner like Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist. It helps minimize oil buildup on the skin. It’s a mild astringent, so it won’t over-dry your skin. Once again, it’s all about helping keep the perfect balance without stripping the skin of its natural healthy oils.

Lipstick Tips

Smile before applying. This is to stretch the lips a little so that, while applying the lipstick, it won’t drag. It also helps to get color into every nook and cranny.

If you are using lipstick in a tub, consider using a lip brush for the precise placement of color. If you do not have brush, try using your smallest finger. It does get the job done but it’s a bit messy, so wipe your hands right after.

If your lips are flaky, exfoliate first with a lip scrub, or a facial exfoliate, or even brown sugar. Then smooth on a lip cream or balm before applying the lipstick.

If your lips are always dry, choose a more hydrating formula, like a cream lipstick or a tinted balm.

Stains can take some getting used to. I recommend applying them from the inside of your lips out towards the perimeter so that you can avoid obvious mistakes around the lip line. If you want extra shine, allow a stain to set for a minute, then top with gloss.

Before walking out the door, regardless of the formula you’re wearing, stick your pointer finger in your mouth and drag it out slowly to capture any excess lipstick. Then it won’t end up on your teeth!

I don’t believe in rules to apply lipstick. Some women use lipstick brushes. Others use their middle finger. Most people apply it right from the tube. Choose the way that’s right for you; as long as the color gets on the lips, you’re good.

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.

Makeup Educator Shawn Peltier

Portrait Shawn Peltier

Instructor Shawn Peltier

I met Shawn Peltier for the first time during my transition to Alpha Phase. He performed a demonstration of low effects makeup using toilet paper to create a bloody gash and some other products to create scarring. A couple of weeks later, my class had the pleasure of having Shawn Peltier as our makeup educator. Little did I know, he had a plethora of tricks up his sleeves.

Shawn came into our class and forever changed our makeup education. He taught us how to work with whatever tools and supplies we were given. It’s amazing to experience it firsthand because most of my classmates, myself included, have difficulty working with some of the products. But within three days of being there, he created such beautiful looks. I was pretty much in awe. He showed us that it was possible to achieve something great even with limited resources.

Shawn has been such a wonderful addition to this program. In five short weeks, I’ve been educated on lash application, bridal makeup, 3D art, runway makeup, and the history of makeup trends each time we cover a certain topic. He is very meticulous yet incredibly patient and kind in instructing his students. Sometimes for us to work on just an eye look, it can take up to two hours, but he works through it with each and every one of us. I specifically enjoyed learning how to apply feathers to create a 3D art look. This is something I can use for any costume party like a masquerade ball or animal-themed party.

The great part is enjoying what I’m learning and being able to walk away with the knowledge. In each makeup theory class I have been in, I have always been able to take something away at the end of the day. Shawn is personable, upbeat, fun, and energetic, but what I admire is his passion for makeup and his willingness to share his tips and tricks with us. I hope he’ll be staying for a while to spread his knowledge to future CAI students.

Is it Really That Bad to Sleep in My Makeup?

You may have been told that falling asleep without removing your makeup isn’t good for your skin. I’ve learned that is very true!

Why? You’re throwing a “dirt party.” If you don’t remove your makeup at night, the powder, shadows, and cremes you’ve worn for 12+ hours will combine with the dirt, debris, and oil that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. And it will all sit there on your skin, mixing and mingling for another six to eight hours while you sleep.

You’re clogging your pores. And did I mention the oils, dead skin, and grime from your hair that is on your pillow? This will help to push all the dirt and debris right into your pores, leading to blackheads, breakouts, a dull complexion, and overall congestion.

You’re preventing your skin from doing its overnight job, including regenerating and repairing the day’s damage. Your skin behaves differently at night, cell turnover increases, trans epidermal water loss increases, oil production decreases, and blood flow increases. There’s a lot of important work to do, and you need to give your skin a proper cleansing, rehydrating, and an overnight rejuvenation treatment to help the process get done as effectively as possible.

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!

You are Probably More than One Color

Foundation Color Splats

The biggest question asked when looking into your next makeup purchase is “What color should I get for my foundation?”

I love this question since there are so many mixed blood beauties out there these days. It is a valid question, making the makeup companies work harder to cover and include all the various combinations that are skin today.

My immediate response is you are probably more than one color! No one is one solid color anymore. Some of the higher end lines might find something that is very close to being a one-stop shop for matching your skin tone, but if you are having a hard time finding your skin tone, you might need to mix. This is not a problem! It is a beautiful solution to show off your stunning skin and makes you a complex eye-appealing visionary.

First step in deciding your skin tone is to look into the mirror with a fresh clean face. Make sure you are in natural light if you can, if not, just take into account what tone your lamp’s bulb is and maybe even the color of the walls bouncing its own color onto you and your skin. Back to your face, what do you see? Under the surface do you see more red or pinky tones, or do you see more yellow or green tones? This is hard for some. You might see both.

If you see red or pinky tones, you are on the cooler side of the spectrum. If you have yellow or green you are on the warmer side of the spectrum.

Okay, now flash-forward: you are at Sephora in front of some makeup line that you have been yearning to try. Find a color that is as close to that “one stop shop” color. Does it not match perfectly? Is it too dull or ashy, then maybe you need a little something to boost it up. Look a few shades over from what you chose. Take a pea-sized bit and mix it with your first choice. Make sure it is in the tone you need: reds or pinky or yellow or green. It’s a game of trial and error. That is why it is so important to play with the makeup before you buy. I would suggest going to Sephora or another store with a wide range of makeup lines that allow you to play with samples.

When you are matching to find your color, you want to take into account what color your décolleté is as well. The worst thing to see is a floating head; your face doesn’t stop at your jaw line. It is very important to blend all the way down past your jaw and onto your neck. If you find that you might need to mix to find your perfect blend, remember the makeup lines try their hardest to get close, so you will only need a little bit of each to find your perfect blend. You can be more of one tone than the other, which has its benefits since it will last longer and make your purchase worthwhile.

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!

Tattoo Cover

Tattoos are a great way to express yourself in a visual way permanently on your body. It is not understood by all and is not always visually acceptable in some situations, so what do you do? You cover it up!

Before and After using makeup to cover a tattoo.You need a high-pigmented foundation. High pigmented/color payoff makeup lines include (but are not limited to): Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo, Make up Forever, Dermablend, and Ben Nye Tattoo Cover.

Other materials you’ll need are: a sponge, a small detail brush, translucent powder, and a powder puff.

The first step is to deposit a quarter size amount, for a medium-scale tattoo. The goal is to build up, not cake on, to the outer rim of the tattoo, slowly making your way to the middle.

With a sponge, you will not pull or push around the color but instead you will stipple, using an up and down motion, so there are spots of depth and small deckles left in the first layer.

Layers are needed for the deep black, but the biggest secret in tattoo cover is to powder in-between layers. Now powder.

Do one more layer; continue to stipple with the sponge but this time starting on the part of the tattoo with the most visibility. The stippling technique will help to soften the edges and give the illusion that the skin does not change. Powder again!

Now that the majority of the tattoo is covered, you might still have some bold outlining that is peaking through. Take your small detail brush and, with the brush on its flat side, stipple directly onto the lines or parts of the tattoo still showing. Then powder again. This detailing might need to be done a few times. Make sure to powder!

How to Create a Smokey Eye

The famous Smokey Eye as been around for a while and I believe it will never go out of style. This look is perfect for a night out with the girls or dinner dates with that special someone. While there are a couple of different ways to do this, I am going to walk you through the simplest steps to create a classic black sultry eye.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Natural color eye shadow primer (with this look you don’t want creasing)
  • Three eye shadows. One for the lid (black); one as a blending, transition color (brown); and one for the inner corners of the eye and brow bone (a light shade)
  • A flat eye shadow brush and a blending brush
  • Black eyeliner
  • Mascara
  1. Prime your lid and bottom lash line with the natural color eye shadow primer. Blend from lash line up to the brow and bottom lash line with your finger.
  2. Then place the highlight color on the brow bone with your finger.
  3. Take the black eye shadow on the flat eye shadow brush and pat all over the lid, not going pass the crease.
  4. Next, take the blending brush with no eye shadow on it, and blend out the line where the black eye shadow ends.
  5. Take the same blending brush, but with the brown shadow, and blend where the black starts to fade.
  6. Line your water line with the black eyeliner. Apply it a little heavy so that you can smudge it out with your finger or the flat eye shadow brush.
  7. Optional: take a highlighting shade and apply it to the inner tear duct.
  8. Add mascara.

You’re done!

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.

How to Create an Ombre Lip

An ombre lip is basically a gradient effect in color. It smoothly transitions from one color to the next without any sharp lines being present. Ideally one shade should be darker that the other, if they are in the same color categories, so that you can really see the ombre effect. You can also pick two different colors; it’s your choice. Ombre lips are fun to wear and you can get really creative with the colors.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Two lip shades of your choice. One could be a liner and one a lipstick. That way your lipstick won’t bleed.
  • Lip primer if you’re using two lipsticks
  • Some sort of lip moisturizer like Vaseline
  1. Add the lip moisturizer to your lips and rub it in. You don’t want your lips to be super slippery. This also helps blending the colors together. If you have dry lips, it will be hard to blend.
  2. Take the darker color, which for me would be a lip liner, and outline your lips. Continue to build that lip liner into a thicker lip line. Leave the center free.
  3. Now, rub your lips together to get rid of any harsh lines.
  4. Take your lipstick and put in the blank center areas, try not to be too heavy-handed. Rub your lips together again.
  5. You basically repeat steps two and three until you get your desired ombre effect.

You can create an ombre lip with as many colors you can fit on your lips.

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.

How to Create a Strong Brow

Brows are very important to an overall look. There are many ways to create a brow, but the more popular way right now is the “strong brow.” This brow doesn’t play games. Most people want this look but don’t quite know how to perfect it, so I am going to tell you how to get the look you’ve been wanting to learn.

Before learning the steps, you will need to start with well-groomed eyebrows. It is hard to create this look with many hairs being out of place, so removing any extra hairs will make it easy to map out your brows. You also need to have clean skin.

  1. Start with the bottom of your brow, and using an angled brow brush, make a line using short strokes from the beginning of the brow to the end.
  2. Then repeat the same step at the top of the brow. When you reach the end, the bottom line and top line should meet, creating a point.
  3. Now you need to fill in between the lines. You want the end of the brow fuller and deeper in tone. As you work towards the front, you want to use less product, while also using a lighter hand when placing the product. This will create a gradient effect.
  4. Using an angled brush, or small concealer brush, you want to conceal right underneath and above the line you mapped out in the first step. Lastly, don’t forget to use your finger to blend out the concealer.

Choosing Colors for You

With so many shades of shadows, blushes, and lipsticks, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what color suits us best. Sometimes, when I walk into a store like Sephora, I get goggly-eyed like a four year old in a candy shop, with the pretty colors and perfect packaging. I want to try on every color and have someone tell me if it looks good or not, but that is not realistic. Then how am I supposed to know which colors work with my skin tone?

An easy way to solve that question is to know a little about your face and its characteristics. Blue eyes can usually pull off golds and silvers, neutrals, and earthy tones like blue or green. Blues, purples, and pinks, as well as all neutrals look very good with brown eyes. Green eyes really pop with pinks or browns. The color wheel is a great tool for helping to determine which direction you should go in. If you want a bolder look, then choose a color opposite your eyes. But if you want to achieve a more subtle look, use colors closer to your own eye color on the wheel.

When it comes down to it, if you like the way it looks and feels on your skin, then own it! Nothing is more beautiful than being confident in what you’re wearing.

Cream vs. Powder

Powder products have been around for a long time: powder foundation, powder eye shadow, powder blush. Until recently, they seem to have dominated the industry. But then companies started introducing new creations and formulations.

In the past, a cream would be thick and rich and not easily blendable. Today, however, they are available in every consistency we can think of, from cream to liquid to whips.

So the question remains, which formula is better? Personally I feel that, if you want to go for a more natural look for your blush or eye shadow, a cream will be your best bet. If you want something bold, then I would chose a powder because they are very buildable as well as blendable. You could also put a powder over a cream, to make sure that it sticks.

When it comes to foundations, a lot of that choice comes down to personal preferences. I find that people with oily skin prefer full coverage to hide the oil, but I think that a nice powder will help absorb some of the excess oil that may be present. On the other end, I feel like those with dry skin would not only benefit, but also enjoy, wearing something a little heavier, such as a liquid or a bb cream. They offer even, buildable coverage as well as protection from the dirty elements.

It’s not always easy finding a product that you love, but once you do, don’t let it go!

A Step to Step Guide to Dry Brushing

Dry brushing has always been a part of Ayurveda’s cleansing beliefs. It is a form of exfoliation that sloughs away dead skin cells, unclogs pores, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and removes toxins that have been trapped beneath the skin. In addition, dry brushing is also said to stimulate the lymphatic system, essential in helping toxins flow throughout the body. This extremely simple and inexpensive beauty regimen takes only about 5 minutes. With the simple steps below, you will see results instantly.

  1. Use a natural, non synthetic, bristle brush. A long handle helps to reach areas of your body that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  2. Stand naked in your bathtub, or elsewhere if you have a towel underneath your feet to catch the dead skin that falls.
  3. You can start anywhere you like on your body, but I prefer to start at my feet with long sweeping motions towards my heart. Brush the area several times and move on to the next section of your body. Take note that certain areas of your body are more sensitive than others, so make sure you are not too heavy handed with your brush, which can cause irritation. The more you dry brush, the less sensitive your skin will be.
  4. Rinse off in the shower to get all the dead skin residue off of your skin.
  5. Pat your skin dry with a towel. Finish with a body butter or a natural moisturizing oil, such as coconut, to help seal in the moisture.

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