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Makeup For Rainy Weather

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Today I was inspired by the cold and drizzly weather here in Southern California.  I used to think that a nasty rainy day meant that I was limited to waterproof mascara, and some lip gloss....but not anymore!  Although waterproof makeup is usually thought of as a summer staple, I find that I have incorporated it into my makeup arsenal for all seasons.  An allergy attack, sad movie, or blistery Spring day have nothing on me now.  Below I have put together some of my favorite waterproof makeup products that can be used intermittently, or as a permanent addition to your makeup routine.

For rainy days, I usually stick with my new favorite Stila Waterproof smudgesticks, some Tarte 12 hour blush, my Hourglass Waterproof Bronzer for warmth, and a good waterproof concealer (Lancome has one of the best). 

Makeup Artist Tips: During bad weather days, I tend to use a light hand with powder, and foundation.  When the wind is torturing your face, excess makeup will simply smear right off.  Stick to a good tinted moisturizer, and a waterproof concealer.  And when all else fails...sunglasses will cover those watery eyes!

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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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5 Ways to combat the effects of stress on your face

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Even though you lead a busy lifestyle, you don't want to advertise it on your face. All the stress you go through and lost hours of sleep cause you to look older than you really are.

You look in the mirror and all you see is dull, tired skin and more wrinkles. With a few makeup and styling tricks, you can easily combat the effects of even the busiest life.

1. Moisturize
The first step is to moisturize. Skin needs moisture to help heal itself. Plus, a moisturizing cream with SPF helps protect your skin all day while reducing some redness and puffiness. 

To learn more about the 5 Ways to Combat the Effects On Stress On Your Face via SheKnow.com 

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Easy, Healthy Hair Tips

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Give Your Hair A Break - Not Literally

Frizz, dullness, split ends and the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong. I love my hair, but it doesn't always love me back. I treat it well with lots of heat, plenty of products and ample brushing and styling. It didn't take me long to learn that what I thought made my hair look great only made it look horrible in the long run. The solution was fairly simple. I needed to give my hair a break. You know, the kind of break that doesn't equal broken strands lying all over the floor.

Lose The Heat

I'm always in a hurry, so the high heat setting on the blow dryer used to be my best friend. I cut my drying time in half, but then I ended up spending all day trying to get my fried locks to stay down. By making sure I gave myself about 10 more minutes, I could use the medium setting until my hair was mostly dry and switch to the cool setting to help lock in moisture. You wouldn't believe the natural shine that results!

Okay, now for confession time. I do cheat and use high heat sometimes. However, I always coat my hair with a heat protectant spray before blow drying. Use one that not only protects by strengthens so you get double duty. Also do this before any type of heat styling. However, you should skip the heat as much as possible. Make time and you won't have so much repair work to do later.

Be Gentle

I know short hair tangles or so I've been told. I have long hair so I truly know the woes of massive tangles. Sometimes it's hard to be gentle. Brushes get stuck or you're brushing too fast and end up breaking strands instead of detangling. Be gentle at all times. Take your time. If it sounds like popcorn when you brush or comb, you're doing it too hard. For times when I've done something crazy like drive with the top down and my hair loose, spritzing my hair with a detangling spray and then combing prevents around 90% of the normal breakage.

Treat Less

I used to have products everywhere. Turns out, I only needed a few. Too many chemicals equals dull, lifeless hair. Now, I have moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (always use conditioner), a deep conditioning treatment, detangling spray, heat protectant and a gentle mousse to set my style. My counter has space and my hair's never looked better.

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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 Apply Wedding Party Makeup

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The first rule of thumb is that your bridal party's makeup should be natural, sophisticated and somewhat in uniform. You don't want one bridesmaid with no makeup at all and then another bridesmaid with full face of makeup on. Not only can this be distracting in pictures, but it can also take away from the bride and her beautiful look on her special day.
  • So, as a rule of thumb, you want the bridal party to have a similar look in their makeup.
  • Keep the makeup classic, but enhance the eyes a little bit for this occasion.
  • Add a half lash of false lashes on the corner of the eyes to open up the eyes
  • Use a slightly dark liner, or black liner with a little bit of the plum eyeshadow shaded over to add some color (plum enhances any eye color!)
  • Put bronzer on the face to warm up the skin
  • Use a soft pink blush to brighten up the face and give some color.
  • Last but not least, add a soft pink lip gloss.

As you can see, this type of makeup look will look great on almost all types of skin tones and will make any one of your bridesmaids feel beautiful and polished.

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