Makeup Tips for Looking Younger

Hi beauties, I know many of us are looking for younger-looking skin and need to freshen up our makeup routine. Here are a few tips I use on my clients for a youthful appearance.

1) Concealer

Use a sheer, moisturizing formula that will just smooth out and cover up dark circles. Avoid the kind of concealers that come in a pot- these are too thick and will settle in your lines, making them look worse.

MAC Cosmetics Select Moisturecover Concealer, $18
MAC Cosmetics Select Moisturecover Concealer, $18

2) Lighten Up Your Lip Color

Skip the dark hues, like deep plums and brick reds. Instead, swipe on a creamy formulated lipstick in a peach, mauve or pink shade. Add gloss in the center on the lips for a fresh new look.

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Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Canvas, $28

3) Curl Your Lashes

Curling your eye lashes with an eye lash curler will instantly lift sagging eyelids. I suggest warming up the metal on the curler in the palm of your hand (or on your arm) before curling. This will intensify the curl and make it last longer.

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Shiseido Lash Curler, $19

4) Skip the Powder

As you get older, your skin gets drier. If you suffer from an oily T-zone, dust a translucent powder lightly just on that area to control shine.

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Makeup For Ever High Definition Powder, $34
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The Best Smoky Eyeshadows For Your Skin Tone

Hello my beauties, today we are going to talk about smoky eyes. Everyone wants them, and everyone is equally afraid to try them. Many people fall victim to smearing black eyeshadow all over their eyes and ending up with a “raccoon eyes” result.

Here’s the solution: smoky eyes don’t always mean black eye shadow. Every skin tone has a shade of shadow that gives the effect of a smoky eye, and that’s not always black. If you’re an expert, then by all means, go ahead with the blackest shadows money can buy. For the rest of us, here’s a cheat sheet to help pick the right shade of smoky for your skin tone.

MY GOLDEN RULE FOR ALL SKIN TONES:

The darker the shadow, the more MATTE it should be. Stay away from frosty blacks to avoid shadow fallout and muddiness.

Fair/Light Skin

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If you are super pale, (including many Asian skin tones) then you have to be especially careful with dark eye shadows. I suggest sticking to varying shades of grey. Feline or Incubus shadows by Illamasqua are perfect for you.

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Sweep a light grey all over the lid, buff in a dark grey into the crease. Line your water line with a dark grey pencil. Dot the inner corners of your eyes with a pale, shimmering silver.

Medium Skin

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If you are medium-skinned, swap out your black shadow for dark plums. Makeup For Ever Eye Shadow in #160 is a winner. Pat a lavender or silver shadow on the lid, and buff in a dark, MATTE plum color in the crease. Line your waterline with a black pencil.

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Olive/Medium-Dark Skin

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Olive and Medium-Dark skin tones usually have golden undertones. What goes with golden? Deep, dark teal. Plumage by MAC is a gorgeous matte blackened-teal that will give you a soft, smoky eye. Pat a frosty dark grey on the lid. Buff the dark matte teal in your crease. Use a black pencil in your waterline and you’re set.

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Dark Skin

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If you have dark skin, you can totally get away with using a matte black eye shadow like Crave by Urban Decay. If you aren’t feeling confident you can always substitute the black for a rich brown or even a velvety maroon like Inglot’s Matte #326. Pat a shimmery brown all over your lid then buff the dark matte brown (or maroon) into your crease. Fill the waterline with a black pencil and you’re set.

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Deep dark skin tones like Alek Wek almost always need a rich black eye shadow to intensify even an every-day look. To off-set the black in the crease, I suggest patting a metallic eyeshadow all over your eye lid. The bright metal pigment will push your eyelids forward while the black eyeshadow will deepen your crease, giving you a beautiful 3-dimensional look. You can’t go wrong with MAC’s Woodwinked eye shadow and Urban Decay’s matte black shadow in Crave.

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CC Creams Explained

Just when you finally got the concept of BB creams, it seems every brand is whipping out CC creams. What are they? What’s the difference? Let’s explore…

WHAT ARE CC CREAMS?

The “CC” in CC creams stands for Color or Complexion Correcting. CC creams are multi-purpose: they prime, even out skin tone, brighten your complexion, provide SPF 30 or higher and contain powerful anti-aging minerals that prevent wrinkles and smooth out the ones you’ve already got.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BB & CC CREAMS

Beauty Balm creams are wonderful products that prime, moisturize, brighten and contain SPF and anti-aging ingredients. They typically come in a tinted moisturizer form and provide sheer coverage. Color Correcting creams do everything a BB cream does, but provide more coverage and focus on correcting any discoloration in your skin, whether it’s redness around the nose, sallowness under the eyes or unwanted dark spots.

The general rule of thumb is, if you have fairly normal skin, go with a BB cream. If you need more coverage and want to correct your skin, you will love CC creams.

LADY C’S PICKS

Why slap on any old foundation when you can apply something that’s good for your skin and correct discoloration/dark spots at the same time? It’s a win-win, folks. Put away the million bottles of primer, SPF, moisturizer, foundation and anti-aging creams. CC creams do it all.

Olay Total Effects CC Cream: $23.99

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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream: $35 cliniqueCC

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream: $39

I use this one almost daily and I can’t even describe what a joy it is. It’s cut my makeup application time in half and feels GOOD on my skin. It’s helped tremendously with concealing my dark under eye circles. Oh, and it’s organic!

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Chanel CC Cream: $90ChanelCC

At Home Tips for Perfect Eyebrows

Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to give you a cheat sheet on how to groom your brows at home, or in between sessions with your professional brow artist. Eyebrows are to your face what a movie trailer is for a feature film: it sets the tone for the whole thing. That being said, taking proper care and putting your eyebrows first will make you look 100 times better than shellacking makeup on everywhere else.

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STEP 1:  A QUICK TRIM will reveal the natural arch of your eyebrows

Women always tell me their brows look bad “because they forgot to tweeze or wax, etc.” However what will really do the trick is a quick trim with a pair of small grooming scissors.

How-To: If you don’t have a fancy lash comb, designate a clean toothbrush to your eyebrows.

1) Use your preferred tool to brush UP the hairs in your eyebrows. This will make it easy for you to see which hairs are too long and need to be trimmed.

2) Take the scissors and snip off any stragglers above your natural eyebrow. Follow the hairline of your brow to avoid giving yourself any bald spots.

3) Repeat this process but the second time around, comb your brow hairs DOWN. Snip off any long hairs that seem to be out of place. You will be surprised at how much cleaner your eyebrows will look!

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STEP 2: Find Your Natural Shape To Begin Tweezing

1) Hold a pen or makeup brush vertically against the tip of your nostril all the way up to your brow. This is where your eyebrow should begin.

2) Hold the tool again from the tip of your nostril and going outward to the outer edge of your eye. The top end of the tool is where your eyebrow should end.

3) Tweeze everything that doesn’t belong in this natural shape.

STEP 3: Find Your Arch to Determine What to Tweeze and What to Leave Alone

1) Line up the pen or makeup brush so it’s vertical and over the pupil of your eye. That is where the highest part of your arch should be.

2) Tweeze away!

AT HOME PRODUCTS TO TRY

Here are some of my favorite brow tools you can try at home:

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers- $22

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Anastasia Wax Kit- $12

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MAC Grooming Scissors- $34

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Here’s a quick video I did on grooming your eyebrows, check it out for more tips

 

Bad Beauty Habits You Must Break

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Washing Your Face in the Morning

Cleansing your face in the morning with soap will strip your skin of essential oils. Your skin regenerates and repairs itself at night while you are sleeping, balancing pH levels and increasing collagen production (a.k.a. the stuff that keeps your wrinkles at bay). Washing your face in the morning undoes all the hard work your skin did overnight.

What to Do Instead

Splash your face with just cool water to deflate any early morning puffiness, then smooth over a moisturizer with SPF. Wait at least one minute for the product to absorb, then apply your makeup as normal.

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Too Much Exfoliating

Regardless of your skin type (oily, dry, combo), exfoliating your face and body more than once or twice a week is a no-no. Much like the reason behind not washing your hair everyday, frequent exfoliating will have the opposite effect and cause your glands to produce even more oil. If you have sensitive or super-dry skin, it will also cause redness and rawness.

What To Do Instead

Exfoliate your face and body no more than twice per week using either glycolic acid, salicylic acid, an enzyme-based peel, or microdermabrasion scrub. I also recommend using a brush like the Clarisonic Mia ($119) or Olay’s Pro X Advanced Cleansing System ($29.99). On a budget? No problem: Sally’s Beauty Supply and drug store chains sell manual brushes that work just as well for a fraction of the price.

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Pumping Your Mascara Wand

Moving the brush in and out pushes air and bacteria back into the tube. No one wants to smear germs onto their eyeballs! Exposing the mascara wand to the air over and over again will also cause the product to dry out faster so it doesn’t last as long as it should.

What To Do Instead

Gently wiggle and swirl the wand around inside the bottle before pulling out the wand to preserve your mascara and keep it germ-free. Do NOT pump!

 

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Using Too Many Products At Once

I am totally guilty of having too many kinds of skin care and slathering all of them on at once. But this can wreak havoc on your skin and waste your product. Certain ingredients in skin care don’t “get along” and will cancel each other out. They could even cause skin irritations.

What To Do Instead

Anytime someone has amazing skin, their answer is always that they “stick to a simple skin care routine.” Don’t you hate that? But it’s true. The Halle Berry’s and Charize Theron’s of the world abide to uncomplicated skin care habits that are effective. Keep it easy by going with a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, SPF, topical retinoid, and one carefully chosen antioxidant product. It’s always a good idea to consult your dermatologist about your skin care routine.

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Neglecting Your Hands and Neck

Your hands and neck are just as exposed to the elements as the rest of your face, and regardless of your skin color and type, forgetting to moisturize and use sunscreen below your jawline and on the back of your hands can cause signs of aging to show up faster.  It’s also important to protect your exposed skin from cancer and the sun!

What To Do Instead

Apply moisturizer and sunscreen to the nape of your neck using upward and downward motions. Doing so in this manner will stimulate the skin and prevent sagging in the future. And avoid harsh scrubs on the neck, that area is too fragile to withstand abrasive exfoliants.

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Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Oh joy, everyone’s favorite beauty sin. This is terrible for your skin and your sheets. The makeup you’ve been wearing all day has been exposed to pollution and germs. Not to mention any sweating you may have done (yuck!) Like we talked about in the first section, your skin repairs itself at night during sleep. Your day-old makeup, saturated with pollution, germs and oil, will be absorbed into your skin as you sleep and to no one’s surprise, cause breakouts. Needless to say, your germ-y makeup will seep right into your sheets and cause breakouts every time your head hits that pillow.

What To Do Instead

Use a makeup remover to break down your makeup and wash your face with a cleanser. Makeup wipes are wonderful makeup removers, but please don’t use them in place of actually washing your face with a cleanser. Wipes only break down your makeup, they don’t clean your pores!

Ebony & Ivory: Makeup for Very Pale and Deep Dark Skin

Hello beauties! For those of you with extremely light and super dark skin, finding foundations and concealers to match your skin tone can be challenging. Unfortunately, not every makeup brand out there has a broad range of shades and it’s frustrating when you are at the makeup counter and everything you try either looks patchy, ashy or gray. Diptic(1)

Below I’ve compiled a list of companies who cater specifically to your skin tones.

PALE SKIN:

Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts – This U.K. line focuses on makeup specifically for women with very light skin.
MAC Cosmetics – MAC is known for their extensive shades in foundations and concealers and also carries white pigments that can be added to regular foundations to lighten them.
Illamasqua Illamasqua is also known for carrying an endless variety in shades in foundations and concealers and carries white pigments as well.

DEEP DARK SKIN:

BlackUp Paris This French line is specifically catered to women of color and offers a variety of shades.

Iman Cosmetics – Another brand specifically designed for women of color, supermodel Iman is the woman behind the brand. What I especially love is that she carries BB cream in a ton of darker shades! It’s very hard to find BB creams for dark skin, as this product was first created in Asia for lighter-skinned women.

Black Opal Beauty – Another brand specifically designed for women of color, what I love most about them is the amazingly low prices! You can score a foundation stick for just under $10.

MAC Cosmetics (some good foundations for deeper skin tones – MAC full coverage foundation has a black foundation used to mix if needed)

Illamasqua (very good deep foundations including a pure black)

TIP FOR PALE SKIN

WHITE PIGMENT- If you have a foundation you already love, a great option is to add a pure white pigment to your product. MAC sells their sheer Face & Body Foundation in White, but it’s only sold in the Pro stores. Click HERE and scroll to the bottom for a list of the Pro chstore locations worldwide. If you don’t live near a MAC Pro, you can always call the nearest store to you and have it shipped. Illamasqua also carries a white foundation in form of their ever-popular Skin Base online HERE. If you want sheer coverage, use MAC’s Face & Body White. If you want medium coverage, go to Illamasqua’s Skin Base in 01. These two products can really enhance your foundations and stay true to your milky complexion.

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TIPS FOR DEEP DARK SKIN

BLACK PIGMENT- Similar to the pale skin/white foundation theory, your deep dark skin can benefit from mixing black pigments into your foundation. I suggest applying the foundation that matches closest to your skin all over, then contour the sides of your face with Illamasqua’s Powder Foundation in Charcoal Black. This will bring out the dimensions in your facial structure and give you an HD look. Illamasqua also carries their Rich Liquid Foundation in a black with warm brown undertones, and this can actually be mixed in with your liquid foundations to darken them.

DARK ORANGE POWDERS WITH SHIMMER- Applying a shimmer powder to your cheekbones and T zone will prevent the look of flat skin. I am obsessed with using MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Cajun on my darker-skinned clients. The burnt orange undertones and shimmer make any deep dark skin glow perfectly. If you can’t find a specific color-correcting powder, look for it in form of a blush or a bronzer. There are many uses for products, don’t get stuck in the same rut!

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4 Ways To Make Your Lips Stand Out

Often times we are so enamored with interesting eye makeup, we forget to get creative with our lips. If you are looking for a new way to wear your lips to the office or out with your friends, peep the four fun options below!

Wearable Ombre

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Want to try the ombre lip but afraid of the crazy colors? Pick two lip liners that are in the same shade range. For example, a plum and a pink. Trace the outer corners of your lips with the darker lip liner and blend inwards with a brush. Trace the center of both top and bottom lips with the pink liner and fill them in. Top the whole thing off with a sheer lipstick in the same color range and voila: wearable ombre.

Plush Mouth

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Exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub (make your own with vaseline and turbindo sugar!). This will swell up your lips and make them look “plump.” Line and fill them in with a lip pencil of your choice and top off with a lipstick of the same color. Here’s the magic: Take a white or ivory colored eye pencil and trace above your cupid’s bow, blend it in gently. This small bit of highlighter will make your lips look fuller.

Lip Cleavage

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Change the shape of your lips by laying down a powder all the way around your mouth first. Then line with a bold lip pencil in whatever shape you want. I chose to make my cupid’s bow pointy-er.  Fill in with a matte lipstick. Done!

Glossy Pout

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Pick a bold color, like a creamy orange or red lipstick, then layer a clear (or close to clear) gloss on top, only on the center of the lower lip. Instant patent-leather shine!