Oct 25 2018
Eyeshadow Makeup Breakdown 2018- Naked Urban Decay Natural Palette
I’ve had many requests for an eye makeup tutorial so I’m thrilled to make this for you girls. I think it can be tricky to balance not looking homeless when you’re rushed and running kids around town. Having a bit of makeup on can help me feel like I haven’t completely let myself go. You should also enjoy being able to take a minute to feel amazing for a hot date night. These tips should help!!
I’ve laid out for you the most simplistic neutral eye that can be worn with lip gloss and a hint of blush and/or bronzer during the day. It can also be darkened and worn with almost any lip and cheek color for evening.
The first step is always a primer. I recently started using Urban Decay and it is prevents my shadows from creasing at all. I find I don’t even need a neutral shadow to set before I start applying my colors. This primer lets you have a beautiful and even base to enhance the eyeshadow tones.
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in the color Wheat is also a favorite I’ve used many times: HERE
Next you choose your colors based on how natural or dramatic you want your eye look to be. I also talk in this video about what shades bring out the natural color of your eyes. The goal is always to make your eyes look like sparkling jewels instead of “seeing” the eyeshadow.
The order I personally do is crease shade, then shimmer on the lid and then the darker outer crease. I will then use the shimmer or the crease shade on my lower lash line as well. I only tuck a thin line of shimmer under my brow for a dressier look. Remember, the thicker line of shimmer under the brow will reflect light in a photo and make you look like the 90’s are calling. You’re welcome.
If I’m planning a darker eye look for evening, I will do the crease shade and then layer the dark on the outer crease and lid. I like putting the dark on first because then I can pop the eyelid with whatever shimmer I want. With the dark down first, it can really bring in a cleaner smokey eye instead of flipping dark everywhere you may not want it. I will then use the shimmer or the crease shade on my lower lash line as well.
My favorite part of doing my eyeshadow is using the neutral crease shade. Here is the MAC #224 Crease Brush: HERE
As you learn in this video, you basically use a windshield wiper motion technique. It’s so simple and makes any eye color come to life. If you feel like your eyelids have lowered a bit over time, ahem aging, simply apply the color a bit higher than you think you should. This will lift the eye creating a more youthful look. Here is your artist palette to start playing with:
Urban Decay Naked Palette: HERE
I like the brush that it comes with. Use the tight side for your lid and lower lash line and the fluffy side to blend out anything that may need blending. Remember, you don’t want to see where one color starts and another one stops. Everything should be blended on the edges a bit. I’m using the Eyeshadow Brush Bare Escentuals precision eye brush for applying the dark shade in the video.
Here is the liner I use up under my lashes on the inside waterline, Marc Jacobs Gel Crayon, black: HERE
I do the liquid liner right before mascara, L’Oreal Superstar, Snag it HERE, only on the top lash line. This is my third tube of this liner, so it really works well. I always start on the outer corner to get the correct angle on my wing. I make a line going inward and then finish it using the length of the eyeliner on the top lash line. Don’t overthink it and keep a q-tip nearby. If you mess up the first time you try something, don’t let it stop you! You will master this.
Here is my go-to budget friendly mascara, L’Oreal Voluminous Original, color blackest black, Buy it HERE, that washes off well and never lets me down.
If you are new to more than one eyeshadow color, try doing concealer after you do your eyeshadow. That way you can clean up any shadow that fell and then apply it. Here’s my current favorite, Tarte Shape Tape in Light, Check it out HERE
If you are taking the time to do any sort of eye makeup, I highly encourage you to fill your brows in. This will lift your face, open your eyes and complete the look. Here is the shade I use Anastasia Taupe Brow Powder Duo:
If I am going for a really neutral quick look, I quickly fill in my brows, throw my shadow base on, whisk some caramel colored shadow in my crease, line on the inside waterline and throw mascara on. Brows are our besties which is why I can’t wait to get mine microbladed. That will be a good day!! Have fun playing around and channeling your inner artist.
Mar 09 2017
Glowing Skin is NOT wrinkles, pimples and age spots — we dislike them all!!!
I would know, I used to have horrible skin. Acne and I were close friends much to my dismay.. like the big, cystic and painful acne. I would want to call in sick to work acne. I took all measures growing up trying to ditch it. Two rounds of Accutane, every prescription gel, retinol, and cream possible. Most of it did nothing!!! Glowing skin seemed like a fantasy world I would never be a part of. Talk about a confidence killer!! Don’t even get me started on wrinkles… no bueno!
But over the years, as I’ve followed this path toward a healthier lifestyle, I’ve found solutions to help all my skin problems nearly disappear. I’m a makeup artist and esthetician by trade and still had a hard time troubleshooting my skin. Until I changed my nutrition. You see, our skin is the largest organ we have. If it is having problems, that’s a sign something’s not right on the inside. Now I’ve got beautiful, healthy and glowing skin I can be dang proud of and the best part is that I was able to get here naturally!
I want to share four tips that I’ve followed, that will help you not only start improving the health and look of your skin now, but also how to help undo any damage you’ve done, to return it to that glowing skin we all want.
Tip #1: Say Goodbye to Gluten
This is my number one, absolute must tip to having amazing, glowing skin! Here’s the deal with gluten, not all gluten is made the same. Over the years, it’s been modified to cause more damage then actually add healthy nutrition to our body. Especially in the U.S., today’s gluten is more of a stress inducer for your body. It causes inflammation in most of us and some more sensitive to it than others, but let’s just say I won’t touch the stuff with a ten-foot pole. All those added stressors on our system means wrinkles, acne, brown spots — and let’s be real… nobody wants that.
The stress in your body caused by gluten causes your skin to look dull and aged. Did you know that gluten is possibly linked to psoriasis, patchy skin and eczema? I’m just saying. I went gluten-free 4 years ago and not only does my tummy look less bloated, my skin has never looked better.
Before you start to think you can’t handle one more project to tackle like going gluten-free, let me tell you it’s WAY easier than you may think! There are so many healthy alternatives to gluten products, you just have to know what to look for. You can get all of my tips, tricks, and downloads in this FREE private Facebook Group. I love sharing what I’ve learned with anyone who needs it. I’ll accept your request asap Gluten-Free Sisters FB Group!!
Tip #2: Roots and Fruits
Root vegetables and fruits are pretty close to the Fountain of Youth. You should be eating these regularly! Eating root veggies and beautiful fruits, flood the bloodstream with nutrients that your body needs to make glowing skin! Your skin is clearer, the whites of your eyes are brighter, you sleep better — so why wouldn’t you eat them?
I know there are some people out there who say, “Should we really be eating fruits and root vegetables? Those have a lot of sugar in them.” Let’s get real for a second, it’s MUCH better than grabbing a granola bar full of preservatives and sugars. The sugars you’re supposed to avoid are things like high fructose corn syrup and the junk that’s in your processed foods. If you’re eating things like beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, plums, pineapples, you’re doing your body GOOD! Your body and skin will thank you for it by looking beautiful and feeling radiant.
It’s also worth mentioning that your brain runs on pure glucose. If you’re cutting out root vegetables and fruits from your diet, your body is going to feel it.
Tip #3: Watch the Oils
All the nasty oils in everything like Canola Oil, Sunflower Oil, etc., these are all stressors and toxins to your body. Did you know that the stress and toxins produced by oils and gluten actually prevents collagen from developing? No wonder so many people are struggling with getting and maintaining healthy skin! I use organic cold-pressed olive oil in my salad dressings and avocado or coconut oil for heated cooking. You don’t want to over heat olive oil or it turns rancid.
Remember how I mentioned our skin will tell us when something is off? If you’re eating those sugars, processed foods, fast food and cooking with all that oil that turns toxic and rancid, your body will give you signals to let you know something’s not right. We must read labels and educate ourselves to be in our BEST health NOW.
Tip #4: Silky sleep
I’m a side sleeper and my cheeks stay planted against the pillow at night. Fortunately, I’m sleeping on a silk pillowcase. I’ve had it for almost 8 years and it looks brand new and I don’t have to worry about getting those nasty sleep wrinkles. Here’s the thing, if you’re sleeping on cotton sheets or anything other than silk, those are harder surfaces and can create wrinkles if your skin is smudged against the fabric all night. With silk sheets, your skin glides and doesn’t scrunch, so it helps to prevent those wrinkles that give you a forced, aged look. It’s great for preventing breakage on your hair and that’s how I originally learned about the benefits (shout out to my stylist!). http://shop.nordstrom.com/slipsilk-pure-silk-pillowcase
You can find super affordable options on Amazon here:
Bonus Tip: Stay hydrated!
Your skin is not going to look good if it’s not hydrated.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth, skip the soda and opt for things like Kombucha, La Croix or Zevia. I also love 1/2 lemon squeezed into an 8 oz glass of water first thing in the morning.
Above all else, remember your body is a miracle!! It knows how to work and it wants to work and function to be vibrant and healthy. You just need to help it get there and stay that way. Stop treating your body like a garbage can, putting junk into it and start treating it like the gift it is. Then you will have that glowing skin you’ve always wanted!!
Laura Mercier ‘Flawless Skin’ Face Polish
Face Polish is a creamy scrub that cleanses and exfoliates. It helps remove dead skin cells thanks to purifying microbeads, while emollients soften skin. How to use: Place a small amount onto your fingertips and gently massage into dampened skin. Rinse with warm water.
Jul 06 2016
Eyeliner that is cheap, quick and easy to apply!
I found a fun eyeliner I have to share! L’oreal Voluminous Superstar liquid liner. I love Laura Mercier pencils smudged with dry shadow, too, but this has been my FAST morning secret lately.
I found out about it because I was at Walgreens looking for a liquid foundation I’d been reading about. The girls there said I had to try this and they were right!!! Amazing!
Are you curious to what foundation it is???? Want me to share??? ??? Before I do, here is my eyeliner tutorial.Hope the video is useful and you can save a little money and learned a little in the process! I love teaching! Being a makeup artist at Nordstrom for over 8 years, really built the passion in me. I don’t do much makeup artistry anymore, but I sure love sharing tips and tricks of the trade!Okay, okay 😉 here is my cheap foundation find : L’oreal Lumi True Match. I’ve found W 5 to be just about perfect but could maybe buy W 6 and mix the two. Especially when I have a spray tan. My favorite high end foundation is Makeup Forever HD from Sephora and I just bought their primer, too! The Skin Smoothing formula since I have larger pores. I love me some Laura Mercier foundation primer but just wanted something a tad different for once.
Jul 03 2016
I’m very particular with my lipgloss. I have gone through a lot of different ones over the years. Working at Nordstrom for a little over seven years, as well as being the manager for Laura Mercier, I was always being recommended awesome options. I like something that stays on as long as possible.
This lipgloss is creamy and feels like it almost melts into your lips. ? The perfect shade for a nude lip. I haven’t experienced any dryness or cracking from using it and I have very sensitive lips.
Jan 07 2016
Cute Makeup Ideas
When you cry your eyes out the night before your 5 year old goes to Kindergarten, the eyes get a bit puffy? and it’s time for cute makeup ideas! To combat that puffiness, matte medium -dark eye shadow helps a ton. I like dark brown for blue eyes and dark grey for brown eyes.
After drop off, I went immediately to Target to buy something I didn’t need. I also made my bed because somehow that makes me feel better heehee. For more makeup ideas go check this post I wrote awhile back about primer and foundation!
Dec 01 2015
Before we begin talking about how to exfoliate, let’s talk about why, and how often you should exfoliate your skin. As a licensed esthetician, I get asked this often with clients and also friends. I find there is no perfect answer, mainly because it all depends on your skin. And as I talk about these exfoliating gloves, they are a great way to exfoliate your body, but I use a whole different group of products for my face. I have very oily skin, I have dealt with acne all my life. Let’s get going!
Why do we Exfoliate?
You might not even know it, but your body is constantly producing new skin cells. That, combined with environmental factors and the use of makeup, can be damaging to the skin. If you don’t exfoliate, your pores can accumulate dirt and other oils, causing breakouts. This is not just limited to your face, this can happen in other areas of your body as well, specifically your chest or back, as well as your upper arms and legs. Exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells, remove dirt and keep pores looking smaller.
Should you exfoliate everyday?
No. While your skin does need to be tended to regularly, exfoliating more than necessary can actually cause skin to become rough, dry and patchy. It actually depends more on the type of skin and the amount of oil you produce. To exfoliate properly, you need to be aware of your skin and what it needs. For your body, I would use exfoliating gloves. They allow you to have more control and they are perfect in a shower or bath.
Figure out your skin type before you exfoliate
I have found that there are 4 main types of skin. We have oily skin, sensitive skin, dry skin and then there is normal sort of combination skin. None are perfect or better than the other, we are what we are! Sometimes I hate my oily skin, but then I see what other women deal with, when having dry skin and I find that it is just different problems, not better or worse. So let’s break these down a bit more.
- Oily Skin – Most people think only teenagers have oily skin. Wrong! Women of all ages can experience it. I know I have! As a general rule of thumb, the oilier your skin, the more often you can exfoliate. Having oily skin makes it hard for dead skin cells to be removed.
- Sensitive Skin – This one is pretty self explanatory. When you have sensitive skin, you are going to tend to be careful when preparing to exfoliate. You may end up using exfoliating gloves only very, very lightly, or find that you should only use a warm clean washcloth and that does the trick. Listening to your body is the key.
- Dry Skin – Many people believe that exfoliating may not work with dry skin. This is not the case. In fact, women with dry skin actually get an abnormal buildup of skin cells, preventing normal exfoliation and normal moisture retention. Exfoliating helps the dead skin cells shed at a more normal rate, making room for new skin cells and hydrating the skin. If you’re a woman who has dry skin, you could use exfoliating gloves twice a week for your body. But listen to your body. My husband, yes I make my husband exfoliate, tries to use the exfoliating gloves twice a week and it has worked well for his dry skin.
- Normal or Combination Skin – Women who have normal or combination skin often have a T-zone that is oily and cheeks that are dry. These women also tend to have large pores, especially on the nose, and they experience occasional breakouts. If this sounds like you, then a chemical peel that contains alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids is the right thing for you. Such peels are extremely effective in eliminating excess oil through the T-zone area. How often you should use such peels varies by product, so make sure to always follow the directions. Women with normal skin can also use exfoliants like scrubs up to three times each week.
How I Exfoliate and My Recommendations For your Face
Here’s what I do with my skin type when exfoliating. Twice a week, I use a face polish or scrub to get all the dead skin cells off and help my skin look and feel smooth so my makeup goes on nicely, hence exfoliate. Laura Mercier Face Polish is my favorite but there are so many good brands. The one I discourage is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, it has uneven sharp apricot kernels that can create tiny incisions in the skin, allowing bacteria to get in. It is overall a little rough for the face. I also love Philosophy’s Micro-delivery Peel for a once a week smoothing. It feels so amazing and pumps vitamin C into your skin as well so you are left with a bright, smooth complexion for the week.
Being an esthetician, I also know the value of what I like to call “lunchtime” peels. What these are are lactic, glycolic, or citric acid peels that you could literally get done on your lunch break and still look halfway normal returning to work. I recommend finding an esthetician near you who uses PCA products. They are my favorite and the entire brand of home care and clinical line was designed by a dermatologist and esthetician so you’re getting the best of both worlds.
These types of peels are best done in a series. I recommend to my clients to do 3-5 in the Spring and 3-5 in the Fall. Depending on your skin type you would get one every 3-4 weeks during your series. Summer is never a good time to do any peels since we are always in the sunlight whether we want to be or not. You don’t want to damage the improvements you’re trying to make to your skin, by forgetting your hat or extra sunscreen while at the park, or out and about, on accident. This can actually cause hyperpigmentation as your skin heals from a peel, all the while you are trying to decrease any unwanted pigment from acne scars or sun damage. Deeper exfoliation from a peel helps rid the skin of any unwanted pre-cancerous cells, pigment, oils, acne pigment scars, overall sebum/oil buildup. It helps so much with preserving the youthful texture and radiance.
HOW I EXFOLIATE AND MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR Body
For the body, the reason I like the exfoliating gloves, is because you can wash them easier than a loofah and they last for a long time. You adjust the pressure you apply by feeling your touch and can use soap or your favorite shower gel. Sugar and salt scrubs work well, too, but can gunk up your shower and honestly, I just have never seen them work quite as well. If you like to get spray tans, the best practice is to exfoliate your face and body 1-3 days before you go in for your appointment. You can wait until the morning of, but if you get a few good light scrubs in prior, your skin will accept the tan well. All the places you get really dry will have had a chance to soften quite a bit, which really makes the spray tan last a day or two longer. For example, elbows, edges of the feet, knees and legs. Make sure to always hydrate with your favorite lotion after you’ve exfoliated in the shower while your skin is still warm and soft. Your product will penetrate deeper and you’ll skin will glow! Make sure not to put lotions on before a spray tan appointment though because you’ll want the tan solution to be able to absorb evenly into your skin.
I hope this helps as you begin or continue to exfoliate your skin. I still get acne, I still have issues, I’m no where perfect. But I also see the lasting affects of exfoliating on a normal basis. I want my skin to look good when I’m 70 not just right now! To keep it up, we must continually exfoliate and be ever so kind to our skin!
Nov 21 2015
The Best Face Wash
I really believe this is the best face wash out there for the price! I am actually not too competitive…so please no haters, this is just my opinion! I love facial products and was a makeup artist for over 15 years. I still do a bit of makeup for friends from time to time. I am also an esthetician and really look into what I use. I love PCA products and I give myself facials on a regular scheduled basis. I want my skin to look young. I also have oily skin and get really bad acne as well. Alba Botanica has the best face wash I have found. Oh and let’s remember, face wash is only a small part of having good, healthy skin.
For those of you with teens or really oily/congested skin, this is a great way to clear it up and have your face feeling renewed and not break the bank. Apply it once a day at first, to make sure it doesn’t dry your skin out, and then you can apply as needed in trouble spots. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it. You can damage your skin and that is definitely not worth it!
I have always had acne prone skin. Since I started living a gluten-free lifestyle and added Shakeology (my superfood meal replacement) to my daily routine, it’s cleared up a lot. Yep, I’m an esthetician with breakouts. Oh well? So make sure you really take a look at your diet. Dairy can also have a lot of negative affects on your acne. Food is a tough area to change, because usually thing hurting us, is the item our tastebuds love the most!
You can find Alba Botanica, the best face wash at Super Supplements or Target. (I prefer Target….because there are so many options and who doesn’t want to roam around Target for a bit!)
Sep 10 2015
Makeup Concealer Tips!
Here is the down low on my makeup concealer tips. I take it on the inside corner by the bridge of the nose (we always need brightness there) and then make sure to touch the outside corner. We don’t really have darkness all the way under the eye so I only use it where there is discoloration. That way extra product is not sitting in my smile lines. On the lookout for a new under eye concealer though. Was using Laura Mercier. Thinking Nars is next! Oh and Sephora is the place to go to pick these up!
Now time to check in my challenge groups and see what these fit mamas are up to! Thanks for checking out my makeup concealer tips, that will teach you how to be beautiful in covering up those puffy eyes!
Aug 20 2015
My Personal Makeup Ideas
When looking for makeup ideas, do you know that feeling when you have finally found the perfect combo? I do!! For years I have been using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. She makes a couple different kinds but I love the original. It keeps my makeup on way longer AND keeps my skin looking super smooth throughout the day. Having fairly oily skin, this is perfect for me. I am always looking for new makeup ideas.
There are some really great silicone based brands but Laura Mercier uses aloe and water and for some reason, it’s perfect! My skin loves it…. and I have some tough skin. Even in my thirties, I still have breakouts. I mean, I am an esthetician, a makeup artist and I still fight acne!! This product is the best by far, so try it out! With that being said, I am always on the lookout for new product. Even though I am loyal to Laura Mercier, I know other people have had great success while using other types, but this is my makeup idea!
Thennnnn, a friend told me about the Make Up Forever foundation. I mainly bought it because she told me Kim Kardashian uses it ☺heehee, but really- it’s amazing. I won’t lie, I love Kim Kardashian makeup ideas and makeup tips! I get my primer at Nordstrom and the foundation at Sephora. I love both places…..I would even go as far to say, they are a woman’s best friend!
P.S. If you spend $50 at Sephora, you get a free makeup lesson. Book an appointment before you go in and try some new makeup ideas while you’re there. I’m due for another lesson, too.
You’ll have to let me know if you try them!! Share some of your makeup ideas!!