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5 Quick Beauty Tips

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The Fast and the Beautiful - 5 Quick Beauty Tips

Nothing's worse than having to get up early just to apply makeup. I loathe getting up any earlier than I have to. I used to “rise and shine” about 20 minutes earlier to ensure I looked my best before heading out. Now, I'm a bit more casual, yet my face looks better than it used to. Believe me when I say there is such a thing as spending too much time on your makeup, especially for the daily grind.

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Tinted Moisturizer

I combine my moisturizing and foundation with a BB cream. The tinted color blends away redness and many minor imperfections. My face is moisturized, protected from the sun (ensure SPF is included) and covered all in one step. Since BB creams also have antioxidants, you're making your skin look better while you wear it. If you don't need a full out treatment, a tinted moisturizer with SPF will do the trick.

The Perfect Mascara

Even though I'm not a morning person, the right mascara helps make me look like those actresses when they wake up looking perfectly awake and made up right after a restless night. At least that's how I feel I look. Find a mascara that will make your eye color pop. Use one that curls and/or lengthens. It helps make your eyes look more open and brighter for that fresh look. Mascara takes only seconds to apply, so it's a quick pick me up trick.

Multi-Color Eye Palette

Don't waste time digging around in your makeup case looking for just the right color. I saved quite a bit of time by purchasing a eye shadow palette with all my favorite shades. It actually has 20 some odd colors in pinks, purples, blues and greens. Of course, you should choose one that includes your most often used shades. I whip it out, choose my poison and look great. Simple, right?

Tinted Lip Balm

Okay, I'll try to keep this short, but I am absolutely in love with tinted lip balm. It's perfect for any day time look. I have several shades of red, pink and peach. You moisturize and get just the right amount of color without looking over done. Plus, if you apply regular lip stick later, your lips will already be primed. My favorite is Carmex since it provides moisture and SPF protection.

All in all, I spend less than five minutes. A few quick touches of concealer and finishing powder and my face is ready. Not too bad, especially if you're in a hurry.

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How to Apply Makeup After 60 Years Old

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Today's question is how to apply makeup after 60 years old. Well, our lovely model here is in her 50s, but it's the same type of makeup application and the same theory.

As you can see in the video above, you want to keep the makeup soft and glowing, fresh colors such as peaches, bronze, apricots and a softly defined eye, is what's really going to create a youthful look for the face.

Another trick is to avoid powder; if you have any oiliness, as you can see right here, we used a soft pore-refining and oil-minimizing gel, that should replace powder. Powder can tend to cake and dry out on drier skin or more mature skin.

Here, we have a light-reflecting concealer and also a little bit of a highlighter on the cheekbones to uplift the face and give it a really beautiful soft-lit glow. The eyes are defined with a little bit of bronze and dark brown matte eyeliner.

The lips, finally, are a bright, but soft, apricot-peachy lip gloss to create that fullness and that youthful look. Very simple, very clean, dewy and elegant. You want the face to look lit from within, radiant and youthful.

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From the novice to the Pro: Practice makes perfect!

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 We’ve all heard the old adage: “Practice makes perfect!” And as anyone who has tried to pick up a new sport, hobby or started a new line of work knows things take time and doing is part of being.  Make-up artistry is no different, and just as a professional baseball player goes to practice five days a week and works on their fast pitch and pop-ups the make-up artist or makeup lover needs to condition and practice their craft.

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Get The Look: Bridget Bardot

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The Beauty Rules of Order

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The Beauty Rules of Order

The sequence in which you apply serums, creams and cosmetics can be as important as the products themselves, so we asked a celebrity dermatologist and a makeup artist for their advice on what goes on when and why.

The Basics of Skin Care

Apply products with active ingredients that are designed to repair before you apply heavier products that protect. These “actives” include antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, peptides, vitamins and pigment lighteners. They contain molecules small enough to penetrate the outer layer of skin in order to get down to the deeper layers where they work to hydrate, brighten, smooth and firm the skin.

  • Heavier products, such as moisturizers and sunscreens, go on next because they function as shields, keeping UV rays out and moisture in, says Ava Shamban, M.D., who is the featured dermatologist on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover.”
  • “If you make the mistake of topping a sunscreen with an antioxidant serum, the serum won’t be able to sink in since the cells are already sealed,” says Shamban. In other words, access denied, no matter how pricey or terrific the product may be.

The Basics of Cosmetics

Applying cosmetics in the right order results in a natural-looking finish and streamlines the process by preventing mistakes.

  • “It has a lot to do with texture, such as not putting cream formulations on top of powdered ones,” says makeup artist Tonya Crooks, whose regular clients include Megan Fox and Fergie.
  • Using a mineral powder foundation before cream blush will look blotchy because it will be hard to blend the blush.
  • Lipstick should always go under lip gloss, so you can still achieve the shine you’re after.

Top Ten Beauty Rules of Order

Only a beauty-pageant contender would use all of the products that follow, but for purposes of illustration, here they are in their optimal order of application, after your morning cleansing routine.

1. If you use hydrating mists to plump up the skin, or gels for acne or rosacea, apply now. The mists soften the top layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and help conduct water-soluble products down to the deeper layers of skin.

2. Active ingredients in water-soluble gels and serums go on now. Examples are antioxidant serums, AHAs, peptides, vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, growth factors and pigment lighteners.

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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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