Friday, May 20, 2011

Your guide to sunless tanners!

Beware of orange snooki glows and streaking! Choosing the right sunless tanner that wont leave you looking like a Jersey Shore cast member is important. lol.

Step by Step Guide to applying self tanner:

1. Prepare your body by showering, exfoliating(you can use a scrub for this or just a washcloth).
2. Dry your entire body thoroughly!
3. Now would be a good time to dry your hair as well! Think about it, you dont want any water dripping from your hair down your back and causing streaking!
4. Use gloves to avoid orange hands
5. Try circular motions instead of straight up-and-down, especially on your legs.
6. GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME! Ideally you should not put any street clothes on for at least 2 hours. Definitely no exercising, cleaning, or doing anything that will make you sweat for a few hours.
7. Avoid rain, showering, washing hands, or coming into contact with water in general for at least 12-24 hours.
8. Maintain your tan using a lotion that doesnt contain alcohol.

Recommended products:

Worth the money: St. Tropez self tanning products ranging from $30-$40. My favorite is the mousse! You can find it at

Bargain Brand: I absolutely love Jergens Natural Glow Foam for $6-$10 (depending on where you buy it)

Lotion to extend your tan: My favorite is Nivea Body Essential Enriched Lotion

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Flawless Foundation matching!

One of my biggest pet-peeves as a makeup artist is foundation matching! I see girls CONSTANTLY walking around with a foundation color that is not right for their skin tone! There should be no disctinction between where your foundation color was applied and where it ends!

Picking the right color:

So your at your local Sephora, Ulta, drugstore..etc., trying to pick out your "perfect" skin tone foundation match but alas, picking THE foundation color seems harder than finding THE man of your dreams these days!

Heres what you should know:

1. 8/10 times MOST women require a custom blend of 2 different colors of foundations. Yep, that just blew your mind, didnt it? I almost ALWAYS have to custom mix a foundation color for photoshoots and my clients, including myself! There are a few rare lucky ones whose skin perfectly match one color.

2. Their is another benefit to using 2 foundation colors! Your skin will obviously get lighter in the winter and darker in the summer, so you would most likely need a different "summer" color and a different "winter" color(unless you hibernate in your house all the time.) By already having 2 good foundation colors you can just mix a little more of the darker color in the summer and vice versa for your winter color!

3. Choose foundation colors that have YELLOW/WARM undertones. I've found that these work and look best on EVERYONE! If you hve dark skin aim for an orange/warm undertone.

4.Blend the foundation into your neck and ears. By blending your foundation down your neck, on your ears and behind your ears, you are creating the idea that you have flawless skin! This will help when it comes to getting rid of the distinct color mis hap between the face and neckline.

Flawless skin application

Flawless skin starts with a clean and moistureized face.

1. Apply a good primer based on your skin needs! My favorite is Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer. Primers are great for smoothing out uneven skin as well as filling in wrinkles and will help keep your makeup in place all day, as long as you dont use too much!

2. Apply your custom blended liquid foundation color! Remember, less is more - you dont want your skin looking cakey! Dont forget to blend it into your neck and ears. My favorite cheap foundation line is L'Oreal's True Match Foundation Colors in all colors starting with W. (The ones with the warm undertones)

3. Lightly apply some pressed or loose powder in your shade or use a finishing powder to set your liquid makeup.

4. Add a little contour and highlighting if you choose and do your makeup as normal!

If you are still having issues and feel you could use some extra guidance I offer Makeup Lessons!

Makeup lesson/revamp includes going through your current cosmetic bag, makeup application with lesson, as well as product recommendations. Normally $175 but I'm extending last month's special offer!