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Val Garland School Of Makeup!

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I am consistently asked about makeup schools that I would recommend to new artists, but I also want to add that ANY makeup artist needs to continue her education and also learn the ins and outs of the makeup industry and how to run your own business.  ENTER The Val Garland school of make-up. I am beyond thrilled to recommend this online course, and encourage new and veteran artists across the world to look into this amazing course.  You can participate from your home, and get a world class education that teaches you not only about artistry, but gives you the business skills you need to thrive.

Val Garland has created looks for every major fashion magazine and fashion brand in the world, from Vogue to i-D, MAC to Lanvin. Now, alongside some of her peers in the industry, she's giving you the skills and opportunities to do the same.

Guest experts include: i-D, Vivienne Westwood, Nick Knight, journalist Sali Hughes, NARS and many more. This is an unrivalled opportunity to get insider insight into how make-up artists can navigate the fashion industry from the world’s most respected artists and brands.

Plus, you'll learn alongside the most exciting make-up artists from across the world. Together, develop your creative skills to the level demanded from lead artists, and create an industry-relevant portfolio seen by the people you need to impress.

This isn’t the standard ‘how-to’. It’s a course for ambitious MUAs who want to work at the top of the fashion industry. Think of it as a three-month apprenticeship with Val, her team and her network of fashion legends. The only way you’d get more personal experience would be to be her assistant!

  • The chance to be profiled by i-D
  • Editors from the world’s most exciting fashion magazine will be scouting for talent in the online classroom. They will choose a handful of their favourite MUAs to profile on i-D.com
  • Access to a line-up of fashion legends
  • Everyone from iconic photographer Nick Knight to fashion legend Vivienne Westwood will be giving live Q&As throughout the course. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll have the opportunity to ask them questions and have your work seen by the people who matter.
  • Lifetime access to a structured syllabus

Each week will consist of the release of new videos, live Q&As and projects that help you build your knowledge and experience of make-up in the fashion industry. You’ll keep all materials for life, for career-long support, and automatically join the Mastered alumni programme.

How you’ll learn

Recorded video

Each week we’ll deliver fresh and engaging video, taking you backstage and into the ateliers and lives of our industry leaders.

Live interaction

Every course includes weekly online class discussions, forums, and projects for you to complete and get feedback on.

Anytime, anywhere, forever

Access course materials around the clock from anywhere in the world, and for as long as you need after the course has ended to refresh your skills.

In this three-month online course, starting May 15, priced at US$1350 (£995), iconic make-up artist Val Garland shares lessons from years at the top of the fashion industry to help you get ahead in your own career. Applications will close May 10th. Payment plans available. Don’t miss out.

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Best Makeup Tips for Beautiful Eyes

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We have been told the eyes are the windows to our soul -- maybe that’s why they’re such an important part of flirting! Want to look great at work and at play? Gorgeous eyes are the place to start, and these expert eye makeup tips will help you get there.

Stay Hydrated
"The key to flawless makeup and stunning eyes starts with a daily moisturizing cream,” says makeup artist and stylist Katie Stoner of Secrets of Hair Design & Day Spa, in Butler, Pa. “Before you apply any makeup to your face, you should always moisturize the skin, including eyelids, with a daily moisturizing cream.” Want a DIY hydration fix? Even a little dab of olive oil under your eyes and at the corners works wonders. And, believe it or not, adding moisture actually helps prevent greasy skin during the day, because your skin has no need to produce additional oils.

Stay Bright
“To perk up tired eyes, try an eye brightener with caffeine to help de-puff and brighten dark circles,” suggests Christina Farrell of TheMakeupBlogger.com.  Apply it under concealer, on top of the cheekbones and on top of the brow bone for the best effect. When choosing an under-eye cream, look for mica and albumin among its ingredients. Mica has reflecting properties that bring out the brightness under your eyes, and albumin alleviates puffiness.

Pump It Up!
We know we should tone our legs to look our best in swimsuits -- and the same applies to our faces! Before applying makeup, try the quick Facial Magic exercise technique. This mini-workout lifts your brows, creating a greater distance between your eyebrows and lashes and letting more light in your eyes.

Here’s how: Place the three middle fingers of each hand under your eyebrows, with your palms flat against your face, keeping your eyes open. With your fingers, push your eyebrows up and slightly outward toward your temples. While holding up your brows, slowly push your forehead muscle toward your fingertips for a count of five. Repeat twice more, holding the contraction for 10 seconds, closing your eyes at the seventh second.

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Cover Up
To mask dark circles and exhaustion, look for a water-resistant concealer in a peach or salmon tone, suggests Farrell. It’s best applied after your normal foundation.  Pat in the inner corners of the eyes and under the eye.  For extra brightening, use a light-reflecting setting powder. 

Find the Right Color
When choosing an eyeshadow color, avoid matching it too closely with the color of your eyes. Blue eyes should stick to warm browns and soft champagne shades. Green and hazel eyes look best in warm taupes, deep purples, golden browns or light peach. Brown eyes? Lucky you -- all colors suit your tones. If you’re fair, stay away from dark shades; if you’re darker-skinned, you can opt for bolder colors -- but don’t overdo it! “Eye makeup should enhance your eyes and natural beauty, but not be the first thing someone notices when they see you,” says Stoner. If your shadow tends to disappear during the day, apply a primer first.

Get Smoky
“For an easy and extremely flattering smoky eye, experiment with bronze!” suggests Farrell. Bronze shadows and liners enhance every eye color and create a natural, yet sultry look for evening. One to try: Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow Sticks in 2 and 3. Liberally apply these sticks right near the eyelash line, using the darker color on top and the lighter shimmer on the bottom lash line. Then, with a cotton swab or makeup brush, smudge the shadows together.

Widen Your Eyes
For thick, gorgeous eyelashes, start the mascara at the bottom of the eyelash and wiggle the wand in a back-and-forth motion all the way up and outward. Apply two coats. 

By Aly Walansky for Life & Beauty Weekly

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DIY Manicure At Home

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Manicures are a weakness of mine, but I just don't have time for regular appointments each time I want to change my color or style. Actually, I only have a manicure occasionally since I was taught by the professional manicurists on set how to do my own manicures at home that look just as good as professional. It's actually extremely cheap. Remember that most of the products you need can be used many times. Though I do recommend investing in a cheap nail dryer. Many are under $20, especially around the holidays.

What You'll Need

• Nail file
• Cotton balls
• Rubbing alcohol
• Water
• Polish remover
• Base coat
• Polish
• Top coat
• Cuticle oil
• Strengthening clear coat

Shape The Nails

Start by carefully filing and shaping each nail. Always file in a single direction, never back and forth. Look to your cuticle shape to find the natural shape for your nails. Of course, if you want something different, go for it.

Prep

I'm assuming you're starting with clean nails. If not, remove any polish now. Prepare a small mixture of one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol (you can keep this in a small bottle for future use). Clean each nail with the mixture.

Once dry, apply a clear base coat. A strengthening base coat is ideal if your nails are weak. If you tend to keep them covered in polish, go for strength as the chemicals often cause nails to crack and peel.

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Most polish calls for two layers. Apply the first layer heavier than the second. Something I never thought about was applying polish horizontally. Pros recommend applying vertically and then applying a light strip horizontally along the top edge for added protection against chipping.

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Get Gorgeous Brows

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Beauty Looks ~ It’s All About the Brows Baby!

Remember the days of plucking your brows down to what felt like their very last strand? It was time consuming and although on trend, in hindsight not very attractive. Thank God in today’s beauty world, brows are back!! This look is all about a strong but structured brow to give your face natural drama and dimension. Here are the tools you’ll need to achieve this look:

White out: Before shaping brows, use a white eye pencil and an eyebrow stencil (we recommend one by Senna Cosmetics) to determine your best arch and trace it out.

Pencil me in: Next, use a brow pencil to fill in the shape of the brow and then use a brow powder to give the brow more depth. To choose the right color, follow this simple rule: for blondes, go one shade darker than your hair color, for brunettes go one shade lighter. Redheads should try to stay as close to their shade as possible or choose a very light brown.

Shape n Tweeze: Now that you have the size and shape you desire, use tweezers to pluck stray brows. Be careful not to over pluck as more is more here, and no one wants a repeat of a bad early 90’s brow (Sorry Pam Anderson!)

Welcome back brows: Guilty of over plucking for the last decade and now have little brow to speak of? No worries, the latest brow serums, like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills, are guaranteed to bring awesome back to your arch. It may take a few months of consistent application, but no one ever said beauty was easy right?
 

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How to Accentuate Eye Color

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My number one tip is most eye colors look amazing with a slight tint of bronze eye shadow. That color is universally flattering on everyone. As you can see in the video above, we have a beautiful green blue eye color on our model  and I used an eyeshadow to show you how that bronze really helps to pop out her eyecolor. This is my number one palette for almost everybody. These colors are completely universal and enhance every eye color but for right now we're going to focus on this beautiful bronze.
In the video above:
  • I'm going to place this color right near the eye line and softly enhance. You don't want to go too high up, you want to stick to just this tiny little almond shape.
  • I'm subtly pressing in the eye shadow. Instead of sweeping all over and getting the eye shadow to go everywhere, a simple step is to press it into the eye like so.It makes it really easy to apply. The brush I recommend is what's called a pencil brush. You can find these at any counter and it is a dome shaped eye brush. This gives you precision and helps you to get really close to the eye line.
  • As you can see, the eye color instantly popped. I'm going to add a little bit more under the eye and because I'm using that pencil eye shadow brush, I can very easily use that tip to get a tiny bit under that eye color.

And there you go, that's the easiest and quickest tip to enhance any eye color. Look for beautiful soft bronzes, you can even in a pinch use your bronzer for an all in one product. If you are also looking to maybe pop a certain color, look for purples, deep navies and deep greens as well.

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Top 5 Quick & Easy Beauty Tips!

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Quick and Easy Tips: Take the “Time” Out of Timeless Beauty! 

In the world of “I needed that yesterday”, it helps if a lady can cut down on her primping time without sacrificing great face. Thankfully, cosmetic companies everywhere have felt our pain and created a plethora of products to suffice. Here are our top five favorites!

• Nars ~ The Multiple. Not only are these colors gorgeous on nearly every skin tone, but this gem packs a double punch by being the go to item for both cheeks and lips.

Stila ~ Convertible Eye Color. Gone are the days of searching through your beauty drawer for eye shadow, liner, and the tools to perform the magic. This multitasker has eyeliner on one end, a tool for smudging and blending on the other end, and a coordinated eye shadow color inside.

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Guerlain ~ Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara. Most mascaras promise volume OR length but let’s face it, the average girl needs it all! Instead of wasting money on two different mascaras, this one comes with one formula and two brushes. One brush has long bristles for length and basic volume, the other with small bristles for tackling hard to reach spots like corners and bottom lashes to create depth.

Garnier Fructis ~ Miracle Dry Oil. Ever wish you could use just one lotion or moisturizer for your face, body, and hair? Wish granted! Made from olive and avocado extracts, this oil is light enough to use on the face but still has enough moisture muscle to tackle dry, frizzy hair.

Sally Hansen ~ Complete Salon Manicure. While a salon manicure always looks amazing, who really has the time? This polish has a base coat, color, and top coat all built into one time saving bottle.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

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Everyone knows how much I love a good concealer, and one of my staples for the past 17 years has been Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer.

Recently, I was asked to try out some other Double Wear products, and it only confirmed my love and loyalty to the line.  In fact, this weekend is my wedding (squeee!!!)  and I will be using my new Double Wear products for my rehearsal dinner. We are getting married in Temecula, and thanks to the CA heat wave, I need a foundation that will withstand the heat.  This will do it, and I know that I won't have a makeup meltdown disaster.  

I went to the Estee Lauder counter to get i-matched, and we decided I was a firm 2.0.  It couldn't have been easier to color match!  I decided I wanted to have a glowy, but medium coverage, so we combined the Double Wear BB Cream and the Double Wear Light foundation to a customized look.  I also grabbed up the Double Wear highlighter, which is my new obsession.  The coverage is more opaque than normal highlighters, and could work well as a concealer replacement if you are not riddled with under eye circles like I am.

Honestly, I will be using these three new products on a daily basis.  It gave me a gorgeous glow AND didn't budge all day.  If it is good enough for my wedding weekend, than it is good enough to be added to my permanent makeup wardrobe.

How it Works

  • Double Wear Makeup is formulated to last 15-hours and helps to maintain a worry-free fresh and natural look through heat, humidity and nonstop activity.
  • Won't change color, smudge or come off on clothes.
  • Feels lightweight and comfortable.
  • Fragrance- and oil-free, dermatologist-tested, and non-acnegenic.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Estee Lauder through Conde Nast.  All opinions are my own (I even used this product on my wedding day!)

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