Thursday, October 22, 2015

New Book About the History of Makeup

makeup brushes and palette
I am totally fascinated with the history of makeup (and pretty much makeup in general!). There has always been changing makeup styles and trends, even way back in ancient times. We can't help it. We love to paint our faces!

The Egyptians had their heavily lined eyes, the Geishas had their white skin and red lips, and the Victorian Era had pale skin and rosy cheeks. It's just plain fun!

What was used as makeup is also fascinating. Toxic and deadly plants and minerals were used in the name of beauty. Lead, mercury, belladonna were some of the dangerous makeup ingredients.

I have to tell you, I am so excited about a new makeup book I just heard about. 

It is called Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge.

Lisa is a makeup artist and has created so many historical makeup looks in her book. It's amazing!  I can't wait to get it. 
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup
Call me old fashioned. I love a beautiful hardcover makeup book that I can page through over and over again. The list price for the hardback is $29.95. It's less on Amazon. There is a soft cover version too. Here is a link to check it out on Amazon. 

Click here to get it on Amazon.

Lisa Eldridge also made a really great youtube video showing a few makeup looks throughout history and explaining them. It's really good work. 
Here is the youtube link to watch it.

I just love her accent, don't you?

  Happy Face Painting!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Thinning Eyebrows

Are your eyebrows thinning?
thinning eyebrow
Our eyebrows can get shorter from both ends and the hairs can get sparse. It happens as we get older and it also happens due to certain conditions such as thyroid disorders. 

Thick, full eyebrows represent youth and we want to look more youthful so we need to make them look fuller.  Try using a brush and a brow powder or a powder eye shadow that matches your hair color to fill the brows in. A powder is easy to work with and will give you a softer look than a pencil.
filled in eyebrow
There is another option for thickening eyebrows. I have a client who's eyebrows became very sparse and thin. She went to her dermatologist and is now using Latisse on her brows. 

Latisse is a prescription medication used to treat hypotrichosis, not enough eye lashes. It is working fabulously on her brows! They are significantly thicker.

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Have a Beautiful Day!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Q&A: Do Fingers and Toes have to match?

fingernail and toenail polish
Q. Does the nail polish on my fingernails have to match the polish on my toenails?

A. Back in the day, the style was, the fingernail polish had to match the toenail polish, but not anymore. The trend now is to coordinate colors but not necessarily match.

Many people like to put a bright bold color on their toes and a more subdued coordinating shade on their fingers. Maybe blue toes with silver fingers. Red toes with french fingers. Neon orange toes with coral fingers. Dark purple toes with gray fingers. 

The chic monochromatic look is great look too. Let's say all red. Red fingers and red toes to go with a red dress with red shoes and a red bag.

Also, the fingernails are often blinged out with nails designs with lots of colors. It's easy to pick out a color from the design to wear on your toes.

Most people have a manicure done weekly and toes done monthly. Have a quick polish change done on your toes on your just manicure weeks to keep your fingernail and toenail colors well coordinated.

Have a Colorful Day!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bridal Makeup: Mother of the Groom

It's wedding season! I had the pleasure of doing some makeup for the mother of the groom on Saturday. As a future Mother of the Bride, I know we mother's want to look beautiful, fresh and young looking on wedding day.

She had the most gorgeous tan glowy skin. She doesn't wear a lot of makeup normally and didn't want to look over done, but wanted to look a little glitzy to compliment to her fabulous muted gold dress. 

My plan was to keep her skin looking dewy, define her brows and eyes, give her eyes a bit of nice metallic shimmer and give her lips a natural but lightly shimmery look. I'll give all the tips and some Amazon Affiliate link to find the best products.

Here she is. I think she looks absolutely beautiful!
mother of the groom makeup

Mother of Groom/ Mother of Bride Makeup Tips

A makeup problem with older skin is creasing. The skin needs coverage, but too much foundation and concealer can settle into the natural creases in the skin. 

The other issue is the use of powder. Too much powder can cause a dry caked look on older skin. 

Always apply a good moisturizer before the foundation application.

Luckily for me, this client has beautiful skin that required minimal foundation. I used a wet makeup sponge application to create a sheer layer of foundation to even her skin tone.

I also used under eye concealer that was lightly powdered to help minimize creasing.

For her eye shadow, I used a combination of peach, gold and and charcoal with a greenish tint on her eyelids. A matte taupe in her crease. A matte cream on the brow bone topped with a bit of Becca Liquid Highlighter . Shades of peach tend to create a youthful look.

Fiber lash extensions made her lashes look amazing. Long lashes also create a youthful appearance.

 Brow powder in a medium brown, helped to fill in her brows and define their shape. Full brows are another way to create a youthful appearance.

Bronzer, coral blush and Becca Liquid Highlighter complimented her tan glowy cheeks. Glowy skin make up look younger!

A soft shimmery nude pink lipstick defined her lips with natural color. Avoid bold and dark lip colors for a younger fresh look.
mother of the groom makeup for a gold dress
Here she is in her fabulous dress.

So to recap, to create a younger looking makeup, use these tips

Apply a good moisturizer first
Apply a thin layer of foundation with a damp makeup sponge
Keep face powder to a minimum
Use peachy shades of makeup
Fill in your brows
Create long lashes with lash fibers
Avoid bold and dark lipstick colors
Use a liquid highlighter to create a glow on your cheeks

I hope these tips help you look your very beautiful best on your child's wedding day!

Here's to looking younger and beautiful!🥂

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Better Skin for your Wedding Day

facial mask with cucumbers
Q. My wedding is in 3 months. I want my skin to look better. Is it too late to reduce the redness and breakouts on my face and make my skin look more glowing?

A. It's not too late! Start by purchasing a facial cleanser containing salicylic acid to cleanse your face with every day. Salicylic acid removes pore blocking dead cells and reduces redness and breakouts. I like Yes to Tomatoes, Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Cleanser and Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep Pore Wash. Use the cleanser morning and night.

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I also recommend a light skin peel to use once a week at home. A light skin peel is a gentle exfoliator that has no grit in it. The gritty pieces in scrubs can scratch and irritate sensitive skin. They can be hard to find though. YonKa Gommage is a good one as well as Reviva Light Skin Peel.

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Also, use a sensitive skin moisturizer such as Burt's Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizer.

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Schedule a deep cleansing facial asap at your salon or spa. The professional products used in a facial are stronger than products for home use and will remove more of that dull dead cell build up and give you that glowy skin you are looking for. The extraction section of your facial will gently remove blackheads with minimal irritation.  

A deep cleansing facial will also increase circulation promoting healing and a rosier skin color. Your skin should quickly respond to the TLC and look luminious!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bobby Pin Trick for your Updo

updo with braid

Look at the fabulous updo! Bobby pins are the key for holding the style in place. But, you are bound to loose a bobby pin or two as your wedding, prom or other fabulous event goes on.

Carry some extras with you to replace what gets lost. What's the trick to keep them in place? To really make those bobby pins stay in and not slip out, spray them with a little dry shampoo before putting them in. The dry shampoo gives them some gripping power. You can throw a small travel size can of dry shampoo in your bag along with the bobby pins or check in the ladies room for the basket of necessities.

Have a Beautiful Day!

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