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Speed Beauty

Suppose you have been at the beach all day basking in the sun and sand. You have a hot date but are late getting back to your hotel because of traffic problems or you just couldn’t find your car! Now you have less than 15 minutes to change clothes and make yourself presentable, otherwise you will be late and lose your dinner reservation. There is not really time to shower. What do you do?!

Believe it or not, there is time for a quick presto change-o rinse in the shower before you throw on your clothes, although probably not enough time to actually wash your hair, unless you have a wash-n-go style that you can default to. If you do, then go for it, otherwise, give your body a quick rinse so you’ll feel fresh.

What makeup items are critical?

The answer is: Eyeliner, mascara and powder!

That powder will soak up all the oil and sunscreen to give your skin that fresh matte look. This is definitely easier to do in the summer when you may have a little more color on your skin. Reapply your mascara and eyeliner, then you can freshen your lipstick in the car on the way to the restaurant, because like most beauty conscious babes, you probably keep lipstick in your purse.

Now you’re ready to go! Enjoy your dinner date!

September 23, 2009   Comments Off

Quick Summer Pool Makeup Tips

If you’re heading to the pool for an afternoon, you want to look as fabulous as ever, and you don’t want to end up with raccoon eyes as your mascara and other makeup runs down your face from pool water, or just sweat even if you’re not swimming!

Start by keeping makeup at the pool to a minimum, but that doesn’t mean you have to go bare faced. Skip the foundation and the blush. Use a waterproof eye pencil and mascara. Next, use some all day lip color that will not wash off in the water. These all day lip colors are the greatest beauty invention ever, in my book! A beautiful lady never goes anywhere without at LEAST her lipstick! Above all, be sure to put your sunscreen on before you leave the house because even a few minutes of sun exposure on your skin can cause permanent damage that adds up over time. Do not make the common mistake of waiting until you get to the pool to apply your sunscreen.

May 20, 2009   Comments Off

Blushing for Real not TV

Choosing a blush color can be tricky. You want to pick something that looks natural. Try pinching your cheeks to see what color you really get. Then try to pick a color close to that. If you would never naturally blush in orange or purple, then don’t buy it!

It also helps to keep blush make-up color in the same color family as your lipstick, although this doesn’t mean the same color (see the remark about purple and orange!). Think about browns, pinks, and red. However, it’s much more important that your cheek color compliment your skin tone, than your lipstick color.

The purpose of blush is to add color to your face, not to contour your face and try to reshape it. Reshaping and contouring used to be a popular fad with blush, but now it’s just for people who appear on the tv through a camera.

You are a real person, you need your color to look real. Then you can look your best!

March 18, 2009   Comments Off

Shimmer Makeup

Shimmer makeup products are perfect for highlighting specific areas. It will draw attention to the area, so make sure you don’t use it on areas that you don’t want to glow, like crow’s feet, neck waddle, or forehead. Use it high on your cheekbones over blush, on your eyes at the brow bone, or on your shoulders if you are wearing a dress that exposes some skin. It is best used in the evening.

If you use a brush to apply your shimmer, be sure to use some soap and water to give the brush a good cleaning or it will come out on other products. Or, use a dedicated brush just for the shimmer.

November 17, 2008   Comments Off

Makeup Tip: Use a Good Brush!

If you’ve ever watched a makeover tv show, or seen some professional makeup artists apply makeup you may have noticed that they do NOT use those little sponge tipped applicators to apply eye-shadow. Why do you suppose that is? Probably because they are worthless. Those spongy applicators don’t give you any control, they are barely more than an inch or two long, and they get cakey and clumpy. And yet, we keep using them. Do yourself a favor and go buy a decent set of makeup brushes. Get some of varying brush length and softness. You’ll thank me for it.

When using your wonderful makeup brushes, be sure to tap out the excess color before applying it to your skin so you don’t have the dust falling all over your cheeks while you are trying to make yourself look fabulous. Put the mascara on last, just for this reason. And remember, you’re worth it. ….. You’re welcome.

October 8, 2008   Comments Off

Makeup to Bring Out a Tan

If you have a nice summer tan from your last weekend of summer over Labor Day, you should change your eyeshadow to really bring it out. Hopefully you were wearing sunscreen to avoid too much of a tan, but a little bit of color is probably unavoidable, so let’s make the most of what you do have.

A dark smokey eyeshadow look is not recommended when you have a nice tan. Instead, try a very bright light shimmery almost whitish color. Cover the whole lid with this. Then try a brownish color just inside the socket crease, and a very thin line of the brown under the eyes. Apply a little of the shimmery color toward the inside of the eyes as well. This will really make your eyes pop.

Peach colors for your cheeks and your lips will go well if you have a summer tan. Try a nice gloss on the lips with a peachy color, and even a little shimmer.

These tips will make your features contrast nicely with your tan. Be sure to double up on the moisturizer since your skin is likely to be try when you have been in the sun.

September 10, 2008   Comments Off

Beauty Tips Editor
Laurel Smith