Sweet Summer Smile

Summer is here and the sun is shining. 🙂 Here are my top tips for lovely lips and long lasting color!

Step 1) Exfoliate dry, chapped lips using a gentle cleanser with granules or make your own by mixing a bit of sugar and moisturizer together. Once exfoliated, pat dry and apply balm to keep lips soft and smooth.

*At this point you could also use a lip primer, which acts as a base to help grab hold of your liner and lipstick and increase their staying time. Two good options are Lip Insurance by Too Faced and Prep+Prime Lip by M.A.C.Sweet Summer Smile Sweet Summer Smile

Step 2) Line and fill in lips. Natural, flesh toned lip liners are often the best choice. You can use liner to even out the shape of your lips or to draw in/outside the natural line to create smaller or larger lips.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 3) Apply your lipstick from the tube or with a small lip brush for added precision.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 4) Gently blot to remove oils and press color into lips.

Step 5) Apply a second layer of lipstick.

Step 6) Set your lipstick with powder. This can be done after each layer of lipstick. The easiest technique is to lay a thin 1-ply layer of tissue on top of your lips and lightly dust loose or pressed powder on top.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 7) Add a touch of light gloss on the center of your lower lip to add fullness and shine.Sweet Summer Smile

Step 8) Use a Q-tip to clean up the edges. Now enjoy the sunshine and forget about needing to touch up your lips!!Sweet Summer Smile

TLC for Dry Skin!

While working at a wedding last weekend I met a lovely woman who was the sister of the bride. We talked a bit about makeup and skincare and she asked for recommendations. She said she didn’t regularly protect her skin from the sun but would like to start being more proactive, so she is the inspiration for this blog post.

I am by no means a skincare expert, and anyone with skin concerns should consult with their personal physician or a dermatologist. The products I list below are simply examples to help you start your search.

From the perspective of a makeup artist and someone who has experienced their own share of skin woes, here are some thoughts to take you into the upcoming winter season:

1. There are tons of excellent cleansers that are kind and gentle to dry and damaged skin. Cleansing our skin on a daily basis is crucial, especially if you wear makeup. Some cleansers deliver added hydration to the skin, like CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, while others exfoliate to remove dry/dead cells as they clean, as with the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash by Philosophy.
http://cerave.com/our-products/cleansers/hydrating-cleanser
http://www.philosophyskincare.co.uk/facial-cleanser/microdelivery-exfoliating-wash,default,pd.html

2. Please be gentle to your skin! Instead of using a standard wash cloth, try a softer baby washcloth, or just using clean hands. After cleansing, PAT your skin dry, rather than rubbing.

3. I love Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. It feels very refreshing and soothing on my skin and doesn’t contain alcohol.
http://www.thayers.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14

4. Just because the days are shorter and cloudier, doesn’t mean you should skimp on your sun protection!! Choose a daily moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF, like Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Extra Moisture Day Cream or Mary Kay’s TimeWise Day Solution Sunscreen.
https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/showitem.asp?ProductId=8105&menuId=48&withLinks=1
http://www.marykay.com/en-US/TimeWise-Day-Solution-Sunscreen-Broad-Spectrum-SPF-35-/10054113.partId

5. At night you may want to use a richer moisture treatment or moisturizing mask, like Olay Regenerist Night Recovery or Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.
http://www.olay.com/en-us/skin-care-products/regenerist-night-recovery-cream#ratings-reviews-wrapper
http://www.clinique.com/product/1682/24569/Skin-Care/ExfoliatorsMasks/Moisture-Surge-Overnight-Mask

Even the very best makeup will never look its best when applied to dry and uncared for skin. Love and take care of your skin this fall and winter!!