Friday, October 16, 2015

Q&A: Do Finger nail polish and Toenail polish 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 Beautiful Day! 
xo
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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.
Stunning!

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!🥂

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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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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click here for Reviva Light Skin Peel


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

click here for Burts Bees Sensitive Skin Moisturizer

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! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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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? 

Make Bobby Pins Stay 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! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Monday, October 5, 2015

How to Heal and Prevent Cracked Heels

dry heel
The weather is getting cooler and the air is drier with much less humidity than in the summer. That means our skin, including the heels of our feet, is beginning to get dry. It's time to take action to heal any cracks in our heels so they don't get worse and prevent new cracks.

Some people get dry cracked heels in the summer even though it is warm and humid from wearing flip flops. The feet slide around in flip flops causing the skin to thicken. The foot creates a callous to protect itself from the friction created when the foot slides around in a shoe. 
sexy peep toe pump
A well fitting shoe, aka sensible shoes that I rarely wear!, helps to prevent the formation of callous by reducing the amount your foot slides around in the shoe. Wearing socks also provides the foot with protection from friction. Many of my clients see actually an improvement in the callouses and heel cracks in the fall and winter even though the air is cold and dry due to wearing socks and better fitting shoes.

Here are some tips to help heal your heels:

Antibiotic Ointment
Apply an antibiotic ointment to heel cracks that are red and sore. Cover them loosely with a bandage.

Clean your Feet
Don't neglect your feet in the shower. A wash cloth with a bit of shower gel rubbed on the feet not only feels great, it give your feet a gentle exfoliation. Dry the feet well after showering and apply moisturizer.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Slather your feet with creams and lotions twice a day to keep the skin in good condition and heal cracks. CeraVe make a nice foot cream that contains salicylic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells and hyaluronic acid to add moisture and help the skin retain moisture.

Wear Socks to Bed
That old remedy still works. Apply a thick layer of foot cream or petroleum jelly, put socks on and go to bed. Coconut oil also works well at night. You can start with coconut oil and layer petroleum jelly on top to create a seal over the coconut oil.

Get a Pedicure
Callous are filed, scrubbed and reduced during a pedicure making it less likely to get cracks in your heels. Also, the skin gets a super moisturizing treatment especially if the pedicure includes a paraffin treatment.

Give yourself a Mini Pedi
Give yourself a mini pedicure at home between professional pedicures.
1. Soak your feet in a foot bath of water and about 1/4 cup Epsom salts for 10-5 minutes for healing and softening.
2. Next give the feet a good scrubbing with a foot file, a pumice stone or a sugar scrub.
click here for my peppermint coconut sugar scrub recipe.
3. Put your feet back in the water to rinse them.
4. Pat them dry and apply foot cream.

Wear Socks
Wear socks, as I mentioned earlier, to reduce friction on the feet. Also, wearing socks around the house instead of going bare footed helps keep the feet protected and more moisturized.

Wear well Fitting Shoes
Shoes that fit properly also reduce the amount of friction on the feet.


A little foot TLC will heal and make the feet feel wonderful.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Friday, October 2, 2015

How to remove mascara dots

mascara dots
Q. I always seem to get mascara dots on my eyelids when applying my mascara. What is the best way to remove them without destroying my eye shadow?

A. Remove the mascara dots before they are completely dry.

Use a cotton swab slightly moistened with water to remove non-waterproof mascara from your top lids. Lightly tap the dots with the swap to remove the mascara.

For waterproof mascara dots, dip a cotton swab in non oily makeup remover so it is just moistened. You don't want the swab to be saturated and drippy. Then, lightly tap the dots to remove them. 
                                                                
Use the dry end of the cotton swab to blend your shadow. 

Another great product for removing mascara dots is the e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen. 

elf makeup remover pen
e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen
This tricky little pen is perfect for removing those annoying mascara dots without wrecking your eye shadow. It even removes waterproof mascara dots. Love it! 

For mascara dots under your lower lashes, dip a cotton swab in your foundation and gently wipe away the dots. This works well for waterproof and non waterproof mascara.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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