Nurture Your Eyes

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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RE9 Corrective Eye Cream
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RE9 Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream

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.

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Arbonne Makeup Primer

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.

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Arbonne Concealer

Play Up Your Beautiful Eyes!

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.

Happy Fall!!!

Play Up Your Beautiful Eyes!

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.

Prep+Prime LipLip Insurance

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.

Liner

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

Lip Brush

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.

Mineral veil

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

Lip glass

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

Q-tips

Gorgeous Eyes for the Holidays!

My makeup artistry teacher, Amanda Shackleton, is frequently in the press with beauty tips and articles. I wanted to share this recent piece with you, which gives great step by step instructions for creating beautiful shimmery eyes just in time for the holidays!

Shimmery Eyes by Amanda Shackleton, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, November 2013

Here are a few additional tips regarding applying false lashes:
1. Start by laying the lashes on top of your natural lashes to measure for length. Most of the time you will find that the false lashes are too long and that you need to trim them.

2. Wrap the lashes around your pinkie or ring finger for a few moments, to start to give them a curved shape, to better match the shape of your eyes.

3. I recommend black lash glue, as Amanda stated in her article. I squeeze a small amount out and use a cuticle stick to apply glue all along the strip line, with extra on the ends.

4. Allow the glue to dry slightly and become “tacky” before applying, about 20-30 seconds. I lightly shake or blow on the lashes.

5. Press the lashes right into the lash line, where your eyelid and lashes meet. Pay special attention to the corners, making sure they adhere so that they don’t pop up. I use the clean end of my cuticle stick to press the lashes into the lash line.

Applying lashes can be VERY TRICKY. I only say that to encourage you to try, try and try again rather than giving up after one failed attempt. It is hard doing anything with one eye open! Worst case scenario, enlist the help of a friend or loved one.

Happy Glamming :)