Friday, June 21, 2013

Hello Summer!

Hello Summer! We've been patiently waiting for you! 
Welcome to the First Day of Summer.  When the summer months roll around, we look forward to wearing less makeup. Not only is it a much-needed change from the dark lipstick and thick foundation we typically wear in the winter, but it's also an easy way to avoid a makeup meltdown.
But don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that once the thermometer reads 70 degrees and higher you should simply go bare-faced. Instead, lightening up your summer makeup look should be more about embracing a more healthy glow.
To help you put your best face forward all the way through Labor Day, I want to share some summer makeup tips for beautiful, breathable skin. 
Summer is all about embracing the natural essence of your beauty.  Start by applying coconut oil on the face as a moisturizer right after the shower for hydrated and luminous skin. Here's my fave:
Using less makeup allows your skin to breathe and appear naturally flawless instead of heavily made-up. Opt for a full-coverage concealer in areas that are in need of camouflaging, then blend out a lighter layer of foundation or BB cream on the rest of the face.  Remember to grab a BB cream formula with SPF. Primers for both face and eyelids are perfect for summer, as they'll extend the wear and seamless finish of your shadows and foundations.
Avoid applying products that are not the right formula for your skin type because it will start to run down your face midday - and if it's not the right shade, it will appear streaky. A lightweight, water-based foundation with SPF followed up with bronzer in place of translucent powder will impart enough warmth without becoming too cakey.
Use your fingers to dab on a cream blush in a pinky-coral hue for sexy flush, or try a baked pigment blush, which is more resistant to sweat, humidity and face oils.  Matte or satin eyeshadows and eye pencils are great for during the day. But at night, try brushing on a golden shimmer to the center of lids, which will add an instantly brightening effect. And of course, apply a few coats of waterproof mascara to thicken and lengthen lashes. To complete your summer makeup look, use this motto: "When in doubt, gloss it out!" Sheer lip gloss in punchy pinks, hot corals or shimmering nudes are perfect.
A bold lip color is hot for spring and summer, but not just red. There are plenty of fun of colors to wear, like tangerine and pink, that look great on every woman - no matter your age or skin tone. Just have to pick the right color and wear it with confidence! Check out these different shades of beauties rocking the hottest summer trends:
Lauren Conrad in Fuchsia
Janelle Monae in Fuchsia

Amber Heard in Fuchsia

 Shay Mitchell in Coral

Julianne Hough in Coral

Ashanti in Coral

Solange in Tangerine

Belle Thorne in Tangerine

Keltie Colleen in Tangerine

Rihanna in Poppy

Taylor Swiff in Poppy

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner in Jade

Nars Bronzing Powder in Casino
BB Tinted Treatment 12-hr Primer with SPF 30 Sunscreen
What are your makeup must-haves during summer? Do share.
Happy Summertime!  Kisses!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Be Bold When Saying 'I Do'

There's a serious beauty trend for 2013 for the bold and the beautiful.  Bold and bright shades of neon coral, magenta, and vivid red are making their way to self-expressed brides.  I love this look and hope that the brides I work with will be rocking this down the aisle. 
Nothing makes you feel sexier than a bright bold lip.  If you’re a bride looking for an edgier look on your big day, we suggest you go for it!
Yes, its a little risky because you don't want to get it all over your groom on your wedding day, so go with a color stay lipstick or a stain.  Can you imagine looking at your photos for the first time, and seeing (gasp!) a smear of lipstick on your pearly whites? Or your groom looking like he just went to war with a M.A.C. makeup artist, sporting a rosy red ring around his perfect pout in all the pictures? Definitely not ideal for such an important occasion! So if you decide to wear a non-neutral hue on your blushing bridey lips, make sure to work with a professional to select the best products that will keep the color on your lips and nowhere else.
Now take a look at the gorgeous inspirations and keep these helpful hints in mind when considering a bright lip color:
  • Bright bold lips should be paired with more understated eye makeup. So if you're married to fake eyelashes and a dramatic smoky eye, it's best to save the vivid lipstick for another time - maybe you can save it for the reception when it's party time.
  • The lipstick shade you choose should complement your skin's complexion.
  • Don't be afraid to pull out your dress and try different makeup looks at your trial.  You want be sure that this trend you are about to follow is right for you.  If you normally wear bold lipstick anyway, go for it.




 What do you think? Would you try this look on your Big Day?