• Cream Blushes Brighten Winter Cheeks

    Cream blushes work better than powder, especially in winter.  And the best part about cream blush they’re a more hydrating and won’t accentuate dry skin. If you’re looking to shift your complexion from flat & tried to instantly luminous use a cream blush.

    Cream blushes are “dynamic bursts of color” and tend to look a bit more natural on the skin.  Blend on top of your foundation or on bare skin. They have more staying power than a powder and don’t need a primer to cling.  Simple to apply just blend with your fingers, brush or sponge.  If you apply too much, you can take some product away with a dampened sponge.  Creams have a reputation for being too pigmented so apply lightly and know your products before getting too smudge-happy.

    Combination to oily skin cream blushes can be a bit tricky.  make sure to use a primer and an oil-control setting powder and your cream blush will stay put much longer. Makeup pros suggest not layering setting powder on top of cream blush rather apply directly to the foundation, set it with powder, and then add just a little more cream blush. The layering is key for a long lasting look!

    It also makes for a fool-proof lip color. Just tap the same blush you used on your cheeks onto your lips. You won’t have to worry about finding the right lip color to go with your blush because using the same product on both cheeks and lips will ensure a perfect match.



  • Lash Control – Eyelash Lessons 101

    We all have different eyelashes and chances are we’re unhappy with them because we crave big, thick, perfect, luxurious eyelashes and we normally look for solutions within mascara for a quick fix.  There are many types and varieties of mascara which is why it’s challenging to choose which one to use. With so many eye makeup options, how are we supposed to know which mascara best suits our individual needs?

    Your next visit to the makeup counter, observe the numerous varieties of mascara.  First-time users and even experienced user may get overwhelmed with the range of selections they will find.   Whether your lashes are long, thin curly, short or straight we long for the right mascara to assist us in getting perfect and beautiful lashes.

    Almost all mascara wearers feel their lashes are too short and not full enough.  Examining lashes closely and honestly will help you choose the best mascara for maximum satisfaction and performance.

    Lash makeup composition is either waterproof or non-waterproof.  “Non-smudging” mascaras contain special synthetic formulas meant to repel moisture. This mascara type can be difficult to remove unless you have a makeup remover that is capable of gently washing away water-resistant makeup.  Non-waterproof mascaras are not as long-lasting.  Many specialty types of mascaras fall under this category since the lighter composition allows for more additional ingredients.  Knowing the basic & major differences in mascara’s will help you decide your need in what you want your eyelashes to do.

    Mascaras are constantly evolving; their basic performance remains the same. One important point to remember is that some people have sensitive eyes and certain mascara can cause irritation to eyes. Therefore, choose mascara wisely to be friendly to your eyes.  The following list of mascara types explains the differences between each formula:

    Curling Mascara:
    There are many types of mascara to choose from.  Curling mascaras are usually best for individuals with little to no natural curl in their lashes.  Typically the mascaras come with a curved wand and the formula is usually a thicker than other types of mascara to help hold the curl. Having long eyelashes is a complete waste if they’re straight without definition. Curling your lashes widens your eyes while adding thickness and enhancing eyelashes.

    Defining Mascara:
    Lash Defining Mascara is the complete package: darkness, thickness, length. It adds volume, defines and separates lashes to avoid clumping and is ideal for people who want natural appearing lashes, or simply enhancing the eyelashes that are already there.   Because the lashes are already thick and full, no more than two coats are needed.

    Lengthening Mascara:

    Lengthening mascara is the most popular for those who have shorter eyelashes, adding length to existing lashes.  This mascara type has a brush with long bristle, allowing more mascara on to the lashes which contain very tiny synthetic fibers. When the mascara is applied, these fibers bind to the tips of the eyelashes, making them appear longer.  To create the most length, the uses must apply at least two coats of mascara to the lashes.

    Volumizing Mascara:
    Full, thick eyelashes are often considered a sign of beauty in most cultures, but not every woman is blessed with thick lashes. Volumizing Mascara advertised as “thickening” contains formulas of waxes and silicone polymers that coat lashes and make them appear fuller.  Thick bristles with longer wands allow for an even application. This mascara type is perfect for people with thin or sparse lashes, regardless of length.  The ingredients in these types of mascara are usually somewhat thicker than the ingredients in other types, however, and this can cause the mascara to clump and flake at times.  Avoid this by applying 2-3 coats.

    It’s a fact; most women cannot live without mascara.  Out of all the different makeup products, mascara is #1 on the list of cosmetics that woman are always searching for.  Mascara does wonders for the eyes. It’s the finishing touch that completes your look to bring it all together.

  • Prepare Winter Lips For Lovely Spring Lips

    The mouth is usually among the last things we cover up.  This is the time of year that skin care, especially our lips, is important. With the cold winter weather, many people are already experiencing dry, cracked and painful lips.  Once lips are chapped, the more often the moisturizer is applied, the faster the healing process can take place.

    The skin of the lips is very thin (some of the thinnest on our body) and lips have very few oil glands to help keep them lubricated and moisturized.

    For a healthy way to keep your lips kissable during the winter you might want to think about these tips to keep your lips smooth and lovely all winter long:

    • Don’t lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Once saliva is exposed to the lips, they begin to out and become even drier. Enzymes in saliva that are meant to digest food are irritating to the lips.
    • Use an ointment based lip balm. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin. Another important ingredient is sunscreen. Winter sunshine still requires sun protection.   Avoid lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. These substances actually dry out your lips and make the problem worse.
    • Just like the rest of your skin, your lips need regular exfoliation to stay smooth. In a pinch, you can dampen your toothbrush and lightly run it over your lips to help slough away dead cells.
    • Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. It’s better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. This creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse. Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and help to heal your lips.
    • Treat cracks right away. If you let them go, they can become worse and possibly get infected or lead to a cold sore.
    • Don’t forget your children’s dry lips (they can be encouraged to use lip balm by selecting the fruit-flavored varieties).
    • Apply lip balm before retiring to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth can dry your lips. Also, consider using a humidifier at night if the air in your house is dry due to a heated home.

    Prevention is better than treating dry lips.  Healthy lips symbolize your beauty with a healthy appearance while boosting confidence.

  • Cheek Chic


    Blush or rouge is a type of makeup often applied to the cheek area of the face.  It is commonly found as a powder but can also come in other forms such as creams, gels or liquids.

    Blush has been around since at least 3000 BC giving women (and men) a rosy glow to their cheeks. During the Victorian era, pale skin was generally considered to be a fashionable indicator of status.  Women who wanted color in their faces would pinch their cheeks to redden them to emphasize the cheekbones.

    Various substances were used to make rouge.  It originated as a thick paste and was made from a range of things from red fruits and vegetable juices, to the powder of finely crushed amaranth.

    Makeup was frowned upon in Victorian England; it was associated with low morals, yet it was most common among upper-class women.  Today, without antiquated thinking, we can wear all the makeup and blush we want.  We just need to know the how’s, what’s and where’s to get the very best blush look.

    What’s Your Blush Type?

    Choose shades that are soft and sheer, giving the cheeks a fresh glow.  Powder and gel blushes are good for oily skin; cream is best for normal to dry skin. .  You’re less likely to make a mistake with powder blush formulas than cream or gel blushes. Whichever type you choose, the shade b should give you a natural enhancement.

    Liquid, gel or cream blush contain water or oils; they form a film on your skin and wear longer.  If you’re using a cream or gel, dab the color first, using your finger or a makeup sponge to blend.   Once dried on the skin it is difficult to blend.

    After two years your powder blush may get dry or develop a muddy texture caused by mixing of natural oils from the skin.  Cream blushes have a shorter shelf life (12-18 months) because they contain more emulsions, which are less stable and break down over time.

    How to Apply

    Perfect blush application is all about placement. Outdated methods of putting blush on the apples of your cheeks can be a makeup mistake.  Rather than concentrating on the apple of your cheeks, place color where you naturally flush.   If you’re using a powder, lightly sweep a medium-sized fluffy brush through the blush and then tap it to remove any excess. If you’re using a cream or gel, dab a little on your ring finger.  Smile, to get the correct placement, then sweep the brush up along your cheekbone, using the center of your eye as a guide for your starting point; blending up and out two inches.

    An upward sweep gives the illusion of pulling your face upward giving it a slimming effect.  Too low below the cheekbone visually pulls the face downward which can make you appear older.  For a youthful look, make sure to apply the blush on each side no lower than your nostril and no closer to your nose than your pupil.

    If you accidentally apply too much-powdered blush, cover it with translucent powder to tone down the color. Excess cream can be blotted with a tissue; gel blush should be washed off and reapplied in moderation.



    Fair/Porcelain skin types with warm undertones look gorgeous in apricots and peachier shades and should avoid tans, browns & neutrals.

    Ivory/Pale skin types with cool undertones look best in cool pinks.

    Medium skin tones (with yellow or olive undertones) look for a pink and peach blush shades.

    Medium to Dark skin tones (with warm undertones) should wear cool bright pink/fuchsia blush shades rather than with warm shades.

    Medium to dark skin tones with (cool undertones) works harmoniously with the cool undertones of a light mauve, corals and berry-colored tones.

    Dark skin tones with (warm undertones) surprisingly radiate more with cool bright pink blush shades than with warm shades. Avoid anything too blue or too light, which will look ashy.

    Dark skin tones that have cool undertones), go for the opposite with a warm blush orange or bronze that complement darker complexions instead of a cool pink that tends to get lost.


    Blush Tips:

    Begin with just a little blush — it’s easier to add more to your face than to take off too much of it. If you’re planning to wear full makeup, don’t apply blush until the rest of your face is complete.

    Dust your face with a translucent powder to set your new look.

    Wash blusher brush and sponge once a week or more often if they look dirty. Wash hands before applying cream blush.

  • Your Best Option To Eyeshadow Power

    Talk about versatility, eyeshadow palettes are the modern-day answer to lipstick. Knowing what color palette suits your eye color can make all the difference in your everyday makeup. A versatile palette will give you plenty of pigments to play with day or night.

    Having an eyeshadow palette offer options:

    • Use the palette’s shimmery gold shadows and dot the shimmer over your lip-gloss for an instant pop of extra color
    • Apply eyeshadow on her cheeks. Just like blush, a neutral eyeshadow works great for highlighting cheekbones
    • Having an eyeshadow palette is ideal to keep in your makeup bag to easily transition your eye look from desk to dinner. Just up your look from dark to light.
    • Blend a bit of matte eyeshadow power into your brows if they need a touch-up
    • Most palettes come with a dual-sided brush, which perfects for applying eyeliner. Use the flat end of the brush and don’t be afraid to dip into the darker shadows — the effect will still be soft and light
    • You get the best pigment colors to enhance your gorgeous eyes

    Your eyes give off your most communicative non-verbal cues.  So throw out those same 50 shades of purple eyeshadow and get yourself a magic makeup multi-tasker…i.e. a vibrant eyeshadow palette.

  • Fair To Dark…Finding Your Skin Undertone

    An undertone is a color that’s just beneath the skin and while your skin tone can change (over time, with sun exposure, etc.) the undertone does not.

    There are three classifications for undertones: warm, cool, and neutral. And if you have neutral undertones, your skin will have some mixture of these colors. Foundations usually come recommended for one of three undertone types: “cool,” “neutral,” or “warm.”   Choosing the right makeup hue based on your hair, eye, and natural undertones will, accentuate your natural features and give you your best look.

    There are three parts of the body you have to think about: the face, the neck, and the décolletage.  The most natural thing would be to match your neck, but because of sun exposure and elements, the face/décolletage are often darker than your neck.  To even things out choose a product that matches the color you see the most, and then apply a base to the face and neck so that you get even color all over.

    When you’re shopping for foundation don’t try to match the colors on the surface, instead, refer to your undertones. Once you know which category you fall into, you’ll be able to use makeup to complement your complexion. And to really get the perfect match, it’s critical to try the foundation on in natural light.   You’ll eliminate getting any distortion from fluorescent lighting that changes the way you look. You have to find a foundation color that mimics the warmth or coolness of your skin tone.  The same principles apply on all skin tones, from very fair to dark. And remember, if you’re having challenges, you can always ask a professional makeup artist for a skin analysis.