I love eyeliner—I don’t feel like I look awake without it. Some women have trouble applying it so they avoid it altogether, but hopefully these tricks will help you learn to make your eyes your most noticeable feature. Pencil liner is the easiest to use and the best to start with if you are new to applying eyeliner.
If achieving the perfect line is too challenging, draw a rough line as close to the lash line as possible and use a Q-tip with a water-based makeup remover to clean up mistakes. Creating dots along the lash line, then connecting them is an easy way to create a guide for your liner if you have trouble creating a straight line.
If you want fuller-looking lashes at the base and feel like applying liner to the lids closes off your eyes, tight lining or applying liner under your lash line will create a natural look.
If a cat eye is the look you’re going for, use a business card as a guide to create the perfect flick (some women also use scotch tape). A lot of makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts recommend using a white liner along the lower rim of the eye, but I feel that makes you look almost sickly, so I instead go for a skin-toned liner that will still open up my eyes while making them look brighter and more natural.
If you have monolids, use a gel liner to line almost your whole lid so when your eyes are open your liner will be the perfect size. If your liner is too dry or tugs your eye area, rub it between your hands for a minute, or use a lighter to warm it up (just don’t place the liner directly into the flame). For a quick, easy liner application, put the liner on your eyelash curler then curl lashes, this also helps the lashes hold a curl. If all else fails, primer and concealer work well at fixing mistakes or smudges.
When taking preventative measures with my skin care, I’m very diligent, but let’s face it; there are only so many hours in the day. So I love multi-tasking products that save time as well as money. Since I never leave the house without sunscreen, I look for moisturizers that contain SPF and skin-nourishing ingredients. Most mornings leave precious little time for pampering, so finding a product I like that takes the place of two leaves me overjoyed.
A few months back, SkinStore had a visit from the Skin Authority brand. Their product presentation went into great detail about the products that they carry. I went from not being very familiar with this line to being extremely impressed with what they have to offer.
I decided to try their Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30, and I have to say this little gem has found a home in my skin care regimen. This moisturizer with SPF is very lightweight, which is extremely important to me when looking for a hydrating/protective product. Even though I wear it under makeup all day, my skin still feels like it can breathe. This moisturizer offers both UVA and UVB protection and can be used on all skin types.
Another multi-tasking product that I treasure is Hydroxatone’s Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad-Spectrum SPF 40. This product doesn’t just make my skin look amazing as a cosmetic; it gives me SPF protection and hydration benefits as well! This BB cream offers the perfect amount of coverage but gives me that no- makeup look that I strive for. Facial make-up is increasingly becoming more than just cosmetics, and many products offer ingredients to address skin care concerns as well. With a little streamlining to your skin care routine, you can become a lot more consistent when it comes to using your preventative products on a daily basis.
It’s that time of year again, when the weather is starting to warm up and we’ll be showing a little more skin. No matter your complexion, a bit of a warm glow on your body makes you look slimmer and healthier. So if you want a natural-looking tan that doesn’t have the typical smell of self-tanner, we recommend the Boots No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry 360 Airbrush. This fine-mist spray is best applied at least six inches from your body. Simply spray on exfoliated, moisturized skin and rub in evenly.
This 5-Star-rated tanner comes in Light-to-Medium and Medium-to-Dark. The lighter shade is a little harder to find online, but we do carry it here at SkinStore.com. On the rave review and recommendation from one of our customers, I used this color on my fair-to-light skin and was really impressed with the results. After one application, I have an even, warm glow. It’s perfect for spring. Heading into summer, I will just add another application or switch to the Medium-to-Dark for a deeper tan. A good tan doesn’t have to cost a lot. We would put this tanner up against its pricier competitors, and at $12.99, you come out the winner!
Tanning Tips: Don’t forget those places that require a little extra effort to make your tan look natural. Just above your heels and behind your knees will need some special attention. Behind your ears is another often-forgotten area. For the naturally drier areas of skin: elbows, knees and heels, apply an extra layer of moisturizer to prevent them from becoming too dark. Applying a little bit of body lotion to your palms before tanning will help them clean up a little easier. Or you can always use a tanning mitt. And last but not least, make sure you still use and SPF product so you can continue to have fun in the sun!
Don’t like the irritation, flakiness or other side effects that some products, such as retinols, may cause? Looking for an alternate nightly exfoliation? Well look no further; this Rapid Exfoliating Serum by NIA24 is exactly that—nightly exfoliation without the dryness and irritation to the skin. This serum contains Pro-Niacin, a patented form of niacin, along with plant-based exfoliants such as Willow Bark and Prickly Pear. It will help fortify your skin barrier, remove rough, dry patches, and brighten skin tone. The delivery system of this serum however, is what really makes the product wonderful. The Pro-Niacin technology allows niacin to deeply penetrate and work from the base of your skin up to the visible layer.
To get the best results from this serum, use one-to-two pumps and apply to your face and neck after cleansing your skin. It is recommended to use the Strengthening Complex, also by NIA24, however, using any repairing/replenishing moisturizing cream will be a great finishing product after applying this serum. If you’re looking for a more rapid exfoliation, using the serum twice daily for 14 days, and then once daily after that will leave you with a brighter, tighter complexion. This serum will be perfect for you if you ‘e looking to reduce pigmentation irregularities, remove rough, dry patches that clog pores, brighten skin tone, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and improve skin texture.
Are you tired of endlessly searching for different products in an effort to give your hair some extra oomph? Weary of product claims that fall short? Well look no further, your go-to regimen is here! Alterna Caviar Repair RX Transformation Kit is a naturally-formulated line (meaning no parabens, sulfates or phthalates) that will do exactly what is says—repair your hair! One of my favorite features about the Alterna hair care line is that all of their products are highly concentrated, meaning that you only have to use small amounts. Another nice feature about this kit is that you get a complete hair care regimen for about ¼ of the cost.
This kit includes trial size shampoo, conditioner, a treatment masque and a styling protein cream. It all comes in a cute, convenient travel bag. The Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Shampoo is a thick luxurious shampoo which replenishes moisture, protects color and has strand-building proteins, which help to reconstruct the hair individually. The Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Conditioner, much like the shampoo, helps to protect hair color, restore and rebalance moisture and prevent future damage. Within just one week, you’ll notice your hair feeling softer and silkier and overall, HEALTHIER! The Caviar Repair RX Fill and Fix Treatment Masque is a wonderful weekly treatment to give your hair that extra oomph. This hair masque has strong strand-building proteins which help to restructure, fill in any gaps and smooth the hair cuticle. Using it about once a week will give you the best results. The final product in the kit, Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream, is a thick, luscious styling cream that will help transform dry, brittle hair, making it manageable and silky-smooth. This product is best applied when hair is damp, before styling.
Many of us love using glycolic products on our faces, but haven’t used them for extra exfoliation on the body. The benefits are incredible when you switch to a glycolic body lotion as your moisturizer. Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead surface skin cells and debris. Using a glycolic acid all over the body will smooth out rough skin, and it’s great for people who struggle with Keratosis Pilaris symptoms. My favorite is the Glytone Body lotion. This lotion contains 17.5% glycolic acid. It is very rich in moisture and gives my skin a beautiful glow all year long.
When your skin has a buildup of dead cells, it can lack luster, have an uneven tone, and not be quite as soft as you’d like. You may require more exfoliation than a standard shower scrub offers. A glycolic lotion is great for the dry spots such as elbows, knees and heels, plus will also help with the itchy red bumps on the back of the arms, known as Keratosis Pilaris, or KP. In the past I have always had little red bumps on my legs after shaving, but after using a glycolic lotion this problem has gone away! As a freckly girl I am always looking for products that will reduce the pigmentation and after using this product for a couple months, I was shocked to realize that my skin tone is much more even than it has ever been.
The benefits of using a glycolic acid are endless: Cleans the pores, helps with ingrown hairs, scarring, skin texture, skin tone, and much more. Spring and summer are right around the corner, which makes it the perfect time to get your body looking its best!
As a makeup artist, I’ve come across some really fun, easy, and convenient makeup tips that may make life just a bit easier for the busy woman. Enjoy!
1. Tired of clumpy mascara? Add 1-2 drops of Visine. Bye bye clumps. Make sure you replace your mascara every 60-90 days.
2. Wipe your mascara wand and then dip it back into the tube. It sounds weird but you will get the best lash separation when the mascara is applied. No more tarantula eyelashes!
3. Use scotch tape as an eyeliner stencil. Simply place the tape where you want to have your liner end and apply your liner. You’ll get a perfect application every time!
4. Tightlining your eyeliner will fill in any gaps and create contrast. This gives an illusion of fuller, longer lashes.
5. Wash and moisturize with an upward stroke to prevent tugging and pulling on your skin. Foundation and powder should be applied with downward strokes to avoid accentuating the peach fuzz and to get better coverage.
6. Mix your moisturizer with a bit of concealer. You can customize the coverage. It works similar to a BB Cream and saves money.
7. To mattify your lipstick and extend its life, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue. It works like magic!
8. To achieve a 3D effect on your lips, use a frosted blush or eye shadow at the center of your bottom and top lips for a sweet pop of color!
9. Wash your brushes regularly! This keeps bacteria from growing and breakouts at bay.
10. Use a highlighter before the foundation. It will give you a beautiful glow without being too dewy or too matte.
Bring damaged, lifeless hair back to life with this soothing and repairing wonderful hair oil. This Neem and Coconut Hair Treatment oil was created to help prevent and repair damage to hair from heated styling tools and chemical processes. It also helps to strengthen and rejuvenate the hair follicles and shaft while reducing the protein loss in your hair. This product utilizes two main ingredients: Neem Oil and Coconut oil. Neem oil helps promote new hair growth by supporting a healthy scalp and hair follicle. Coconut oil is best known to provide a great environment for healthy, long hair and to prevent damage and hair loss. This treatment is ideal for sensitive scalps, as it soothes and reduces dryness or roughness by helping to reduce inflammation. Another great feature of this product is that it is 100% natural, meaning that it is free of any harsh or potentially damaging chemicals.
My Pro Tip: I use this hair oil on a weekly basis to keep dandruff and scalp irritation at bay. It also helps to strengthen and replenish my hair between regular color treatments and constant heat styling. To use this hair treatment, massage about a tablespoon of the product directly into your scalp. This step will take about 2 minutes, as you want to make sure that you have applied the oil to your whole scalp, and a massage will help to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles. Allow the treatment to penetrate into your scalp for at least 30 min. Rinse out the product and follow this treatment with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Style as desired and enjoy your newly rejuvenated hair and scalp!
Winter is here! For many people, winter days can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin. It’s important to change your skin care routine as the weather changes. Moisturize and hydrate to ensure your skin stays nourished and healthy through the winter months.
Try a foundation that is versatile all year round, keeps skin hydrated and natural-looking. Get the look by trying bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 from bareMinerals. With its remarkable benefits, this unique foundation keeps the skin moist when it’s feeling drier during winder days, leaving the skin looking beautiful and dewy. The formula feels ultra-light and velvety on the skin and is clinically proven to be a tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.
bareSkin Serum Foundation contains Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C to leave your skin brighter and more even-toned. It is easy to apply and provides amazing coverage for all skin types. It doesn’t clog pores and feels like you aren’t wearing anything! You can wear it alone for a dewy look or with the bareSkin Perfecting Veil for a matte finished look. An added bonus is the non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 to protect skin from UV rays and to prevent hyperpigmentation. It is one step closer to a flawless complexion!
Use it with the Perfecting Face Brush which was designed to work with bareSkin – it gives you the ability to adjust coverage level for a perfectly seamless application. Start with 1-2 drops of foundation directly into the brush head reservoir and keep adding more drops for more coverage. For maximum coverage, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is amazing to cover imperfections such as broken capillaries, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and hyperpigmentation. It’s a silky smooth concealer and serum in one with an ultra-light texture. We even use it for highlighting, contouring (with a darker shade), or all-over for full coverage. Say bye-bye to redness, hello fresh and flawless skin!
Tip if you’re in-a-rush: add bareSkin Serum Foundation to your moisturizer for a tinted look.
bareSkin is recommended if you are looking for a mineral serum foundation that will correct your tone, brighten, and smooth out your complexion. Another benefit? It’s formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. Give it a try… we think you’ll love it!
Bamboo infuses hair with weightless moisture and nutrients to add volume and shine. In addition, Bamboo is filled with silica which is an important trace mineral that can stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage growth. Organic Maca root also encourages hair growth while adding strength and flexibility to hair follicles. One use of the abundant shampoo and conditioner and I saw a dramatic difference in the moisture and texture of my frizzy, dry, chemically treated hair. My hair was smooth and frizz was almost nonexistent and in its place was bouncy voluminous hair! The smell is a divine mixture of Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel and something my boyfriend would wear.
The weightless formula is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs. Alterna’s unique color hold technology infuses hair with a plant based melanin which protects color wash out and provides rinse resistant UVA and UVB protection. What more can I say? Buy a bottle today, you’ll thank me later.