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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.


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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Secrets to Flawless Foundation

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 Secrets to Flawless Foundation

Want gorgeous skin? Fake it! Sure, a proper skin care regimen, smart diet, regular exercise and never even looking at a lit cigarette (much less smoking one) will give you good skin. But to get to great, you need to bring in some artifice: foundation.

How to Choose the Best Foundation for You
The right foundation is what gives stars who walk the red carpet the look of poreless, airbrushed skin. And it can be yours too. First, choose the foundation that’s right for you in both texture and color. If your skin is oily, you’ll want to control your T-zone with an oil-free formula or a powder foundation. Mineral makeup is a good choice too. Those mineralized particles suck up extra moisture.

Opt for a cream or liquid foundation if you have dry skin. Look for words like “hydrating,” “moisturizing” or “luminous” in the product description. 

Hate makeup? Get the benefit of foundation without looking like you’re wearing any with a lightweight tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. These “beauty balms” are all-in-one wonders, acting as primer, coverage, moisturizer, skin treatment, sunscreen and even concealer. Find a shade that matches your skin exactly. When you swipe it across your jawline it should melt into your skin invisibly. Step into natural light to check it. (Yes, you want to go foundation shopping in the daytime.)


Application Secrets of the Pros
Borrow a few tricks from makeup artists for perfect application. Brett Freedman, a Hollywood makeup artist who has worked on stars like Emily Blunt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lisa Kudrow, says prepping your skin before your apply foundation is key. He likes to lay down a veil of lightweight oil-free foundation with a flat-top brush, allow it to dry for a few seconds and then use the same brush to apply foundation. “That way there’s still a touch of moisturizer on the bristles when I’m smoothing foundation over the skin,” Freedman says.

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Take A Leap On Mother’s Day!

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The picture you see of a crazy woman leaping off a very tiny pole… that’s me. Yep, that is me flying through the air after taking a very scary jump off a very TALL pole. A pole that I had to climb. A pole that I was told represented what I wanted to overcome in my life. And I climbed that pole as I was shaking and scared and wondering how in the world I was going to hoist myself up onto the tiny round platform. It represented me pulling myself up, standing tall on shaky ground and taking a chance to leap forward toward what I want I life. All leaps in life are scary, but this was one of the most emotionally and physically terrifying things I have ever done. It was my “Leap of Faith” and to say that it changed me is an understatement.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Because I am not someone who normally leaps off poles, or jumps off ziplines. That was me when I was in my 20’s….now, not so much. Life and fear has gotten the best of me in the past few years. To be honest, life has taken a big chunk out of me, and I wanted to reclaim some of my old fearlessness, passion and chutzpah. So I went away to camp. You heard that right! I went away for a weekend retreat for women at Campowerment. It was the best decision I have made in a very long time (except for saying a big fat YES to marrying Mike. That is the world’s best decision……but I digress).

Founder Tammi Leader Fuller pursued her passion for providing a space for women to get back a little “me time”. A place where girlfriends, mothers and daughters, or single ladies looking for some space could go and find a way to recharge, refresh, and find their strength again. Because let’s face it, we are all drained. We are all being pulled into thousand different directions. We are all too damn tired. All. The. Time.


The camp experience brings together experts from all over the industry teaching you how to find some peace in your daily life, whether it be with yoga classes, business strategies, wellness seminars or creative activities. I spent four days reigniting my soul. I made vision boards, I took journaling classes, a class on organization (who doesn’t need that help!) and I listened to some of the most powerful female coaches who moved me to get my act in gear. And yes, I ended the weekend by facing my fears and taking a very giant leap of faith.

This time at camp is something tremendous and necessary for every woman I know. This is something to share with your mother, your best friend, your sister, or simply go by yourself. I went alone and walked away with some amazing new friends. Yes, I was nervous and afraid…but isn’t that the point? To move forward toward something that is unknown because you need to be woken up! You need to be able to feel reignited. You need to let go and allow yourself to breathe again.

Mike has said I came home a new woman, and although I am not sure if that is true, I can say with all my heart that I found that 20 year old girl inside me and got some of my fearlessness back. I found my spunk and my spark again.

So, this mothers day I would like for you to give YOURSELF a gift.  Give yourself the gift of reconnecting with yourself again.  You are worth it. 

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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
  • 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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Hairstyle Tutorials: Best Styles for Spring and Summer

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Spring: The time of flings, fun, and a lot of time running around in the sun. You obviously want to look your best at this playful time of year -- but with as little time and effort as possible!

We asked some of our favorite celebrity stylists for their top hairstyle tutorials for great, simple -- and hot! -- looks for the steamy season.  

Textured Tail
“Beachy waves can instantly glam up any style when you opt for a textured tail,” says Fernando Salas, renowned master stylist and founder of the White Sands corporation. To create this look, forget typical roller sets and opt for adjustable, no-pull Velcro strips to fashion loosely sculpted curls.

1. To get lift with a slight texture on the ends, start with wet hair and take 2-inch sections of hair. Spritz each section with styling spray, then lay a Velcro strip underneath. Roll the Velcro strip toward your head into a roller. Repeat until all your hair is rolled, using clips to hold in place.

2. Let hair air dry or apply a dryer for roughly 4-5 minutes, allowing the new
desired texture to cool before removing the clips.

3. Take out the clips and Velcro strips, combing the style out if needed
to loosen the waves.

4. Use your hands to gently sweep your tresses up into a ponytail, bringing down layers to frame your face if desired.

5. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray for a shiny, touchable style that lasts.

The High Bun

Variations of the classic bun have been popular with everyone from ballerinas to CEOs. Recently, women have combined the elements of the “messy bun” with the coiffed look of the chignon to create what is known as a high bun. 

“High buns require little time, and they are easy to achieve with your natural hair, braids and extensions, which makes it the perfect style for those hot summer days,” says Mary Malave, owner of Brooklyn-based Salon Malave. Try these tips to create this look:

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Lisa Hanson Global Beauty Serum

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My newest skincare obsession has been oils.  Anything oils.  Contrary to popular belief, they do not clog up your pores, or enhance your oily skin.  Instead, they sink into the skin, add suppleness, and smooth out the skin in ways that no moisturizer can.

Recently, I was introduced to Lina Hanson Global Face Serum and promptly fell in love.  I smother it all over my skin whenever I get the chance! The thing that I adore about the serum is the stunning combination of oils from around the world.  The scents are intoxicating, and the oils instantly absorb into the skin and create an epic glow. 

Lina Hanson, the celebrity artist behind the serum, shares her inspiration by sayin:

“In my travels as a makeup artist, I’ve worked with people of all skin types and skin issues. The one thing that we can all agree on is the importance of flawless skin.  Achieving that perfect complexion is what we all strive for. We spend so much money on luxurious creams and procedures to achieve it, not realizing the products we use are filled with dangerous toxins that harm our skin. I believe using pure and natural ingredients derived from the earth will help your skin get the nutrients it needs to look its best."

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum will benefit your skin in the following ways:

* Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

* Reduces inflammation and skin irritation

* Improves complexion and restores elasticity

* Absorbs quickly into the skin

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