The skin around our eye area is so delicate and thin. Here are my top tips for nurturing this precious eye area with a little extra TLC!
Do not use rough washcloths around the eye area. I primarily use the delicate touch of my ring and middle fingers for application and a soft tissue, cotton ball or Q-tip for removal.
Apply your eye cream both day and night to protect, nourish and moisturize. The RE9 Corrective Eye Cream is ideal to target fine lines, darkness and puffiness. The RE9 Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream tightens, firms and lifts the fragile eye tissue.
3. Before applying your concealer, add a sheer layer of primer to fill fine lines, lock in moisture and act as the “glue” to hold your concealer in place with minimal creasing.
4. Lastly, after your primer has had a few minutes to set, apply your concealer. You can use a concealer brush, but I find that the warmth of your ring finger helps blend the makeup into your skin smoothly and evenly.
Now that the warm (hot!) weather and need for simple, light makeup has past, it’s time to have fun with beautiful fall colors!!
I love this new Arbonne Sugar Plum Baked Eye Shadow palette. The colors are right on point will the current trends yet are also quite timeless. Wine and purple shades are super popular, as are golden bronze hues.
I recommend using the purple Plumberry and bronze Gingersnap from the upper lash line into the crease, as a pop of color for a special evening out. It could also be used to accent the lower lash line.
The creamy Icing shade is a perfect highlighter for the inner corners of the eye or a light swipe below the brow bone.
The chocolate brown Ganache is gorgeous and works well as a contour color in the crease and to line along the upper and lower lashes.
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.
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.
Step 3) Apply your lipstick from the tube or with a small lip brush for added precision.
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.
Step 7) Add a touch of light gloss on the center of your lower lip to add fullness and shine.
Step 8) Use a Q-tip to clean up the edges. Now enjoy the sunshine and forget about needing to touch up your lips!!
I want to tell you about a fun, inexpensive beauty program that I signed up for a few months ago called Ipsy Glam Bag.
For just $10 a month you will receive a cosmetic bag filled with fun makeup and beauty items. I have been very impressed with the items I have received so far, including nail polish, eye shadow, mascara, bronzer, and lipstick. It has made me try new brands and products I would not have otherwise known about. With about 5 items in each monthly package, you are only spending around $2 per product, which is the best part!
So if you would enjoy receiving a little treat in the mail each month, consider signing up for the Glam Bag program. Go to http://www.ipsy.com and check it out today! The site will walk you through becoming a member and specifying your beauty likes and interests. When I first signed up I was placed on a wait list for the Glam Bag program, but received a notification about a month later that my first goodie bag was on its way. Also, you can cancel at any time.
One of my favorite brands, Urban Decay, is having a fall sale and I wanted to pass it along!
Now through October 12th, 2013, you can go to http://www.urbandecay.com/ and receive 20% off your order using the code FFHOLIDAY13.
There are 2 products that I HIGHLY recommend:
1. Eyeshadow Primer Potion- this is their top selling product and has made a pretty big name for itself because it WORKS! Squeeze a small amount from the tube and blend the creamy formula all over your eye lids. Allow a few minutes to set before applying your eyeshadow. It will keep your eye makeup vibrant and in place all day, and also prevents creasing. It comes in several shades and can even be worn alone. Below is the “Original” formulat that I use most often, which is nude.
2. Naked Palette- you get 12 gorgeous eyeshadow colors, some matte and others more metallic. It has everything you need for day, night and special occasions, with a full range of earth toned colors. The palette below is the original, but there is also a Naked 2 Palette as well. You can’t go wrong with either one.