How To Apply Makeup

How to apply makeup to feel confident in your makeup application and in yourself!

 

I get it, makeup application can be so overwhelming! With all the products and steps, how do you know which is the right way to apply your makeup to perfection?

Today’s blog post will take you step by step in how to apply makeup so you can feel more confident and look younger, too!

 

  1. Start with skincare. Your makeup will only looks as good as how well you take care of your skin. If your unsure with what to do, reference our skincare guide here.
  2. Prime to Shine. Yes, after completing skin prep, you will want to use a all over face primer and a separate eye primer to smooth out the skins imperfections and discoloring to have perfectly even and radiant skin.
  3. Start with Brows. If your not shaping your brows, I recommend starting now. Brows are the frames of your eyes and by filling in and shaping your brows with eye product your eyes will appear more large and more visible. Brow filling also instantly makes you look younger by giving you a lift to your face.
  4. Make Your Eyes Pop. Its best to start with the eyes first, that way if you have any eyeshadow fall out you can clean it up before you apply foundation. If your unsure with how to apply your eyeshadow, follow my eyeshadow guide here.
  5. Apply Foundation and Concealer. Now you can finally apply your foundation. I prefer using a foundation brush for best makeup results. When covering discoloration under the eye, I apply my foundation all the way up to the bottom lash line. Then, I go over with concealer. Therefore, the area is layered with both foundation and concealer.
  6. Highlighting and Contouring. Another step that instantly can make you look younger! By using a sculpting powder, blush and a highlight powder together, you will create a gorgeous look that will no only accent your cheekbone, but give you a lift to your face.
  7. Smile Bright. Most women are afraid of wearing brighter shades of lip color. However, but opting to a more pop of color, that stands against your skin, will brighten your skin, look, smile and give you a more youthful appearance.

 

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Pros and Cons for Lash Extensions

Should you get lash extensions for your wedding? One of the number one questions I get asked most! Here is a brief explanation of lash extensions and what they are, pros and cons and to see if they are right for you!

WHAT ARE THEY?

Lash extensions are small lashes that get placed on your natural lash. They are placed by hand with a semi permanent glue to last 3-4 weeks. There are several different kind of lashes with various size, length and volume that create different looks based on your personal preference. The process takes about 2.5 hours for a full set.

To keep your lashes full, it is recommended to have fills done about every three weeks. Fills table about 1 hour.

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PROS:

They save so much time getting ready. You wake up every morning with eyes already done and you can just trow on a little concealer, gloss and go. They are wonderful for having on your honeymoon with minimal getting ready work, especially if your heading to a beach destination. Lash extensions create a more youthful appearance. You always look great in your photos! They make you feel beautiful and glamorous every day. They:

-Adds volume and fullness to your natural lashes

-Adds depth to your face

-Enhances your eyes

-Lifts your natural eyes and opens them up

-Creates a more youthful appearance.

CONS:

-Expensive. They can be pricey and you do need to be ready to make the commitment of going every three weeks for natural fills. A full set should fun you $150-$225 for a licensed professional and refills are typically $60-$80 every three weeks.

-Lashes take a long time to fill and refill

-You have to be responsible with your lashes and care for them. It is recommended you for not apply mascara on the them, or wear gel, pencil, or liquid eyeliner on the top only. You can, however, use eyeshadow as eyeliner.

-Lash damage. If you dont go to someone experienced and good, you can damage your natural lashes. Do your research.

Keep in mind, you are stuck with the same lash look for as long as you have the extensions. Meaning if your wanting longer lashes for your wedding day, you will need to get the lash extensions exactly how you would want them on wedding day.

TIP:

If your looking to get them done for your wedding, I recommend getting them done a few months before so you can make sure your happy with the look and don’t have a reaction to the glue or the lashes. It will take some getting used to. Don’t be surprised when getting them done you feel it’s too much. This is a normal feeling. I recommend taking a photo of yourself, after you get them done. If you like how they look in the photo, your good!

In my personal opinion, I have lash extensions and I love them! I had them for my wedding and for me- it was the best decision ever!

Want to view some different lash extensions? Head on over to pinterest.com and browse away!

Have any additional questions? Comment below and I will be happy to help you out and answer as many questions as I can about lash extensions!

Bridal Makeup Tips for Fair Skin

Bridal makeup for fair skin can be tricky especially if your not wanting to look too pasty on your wedding day. Here are a few bridal makeup tips that will keep you from not looking pasty, and makeup recommendations match that porcelain skin allowing you to embrace your fair beauty.

Scuplting Powders

For those who don’t know what sculpting powder is, it is a powder that allows you to contour and shade your face. It is different from a bronzer in the sense that sculpting powders have a grey undertone. The grey undertone helps you to be able to shade the face in a subtle way without looking discolored. I prefer the MAC sculpting powders available online only or in the pro-store in Sculpt or Bone Beige. Just make sure you have the compact or insert, as they come in pan size only.

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MAC SCULPTING POWDER IN “SCULPT”

 

Eyeshadows

Especially with bridal makeup, the more fair the better when choosing eyeshadow colors for your wedding day. When choosing colors for more fair skin, the lighter the better. Think light, matte, soft, and airy. I like to go with matte latte shades, soft pinks and light pale peaches, with a light champagne shimmer.

Lip Shades

Opt for nudes or pale pinky nudes. It will look pretty nude in the tube, but remember this has to blend in with your lips natural lip color, so if your lips naturally have a lot of color to them already, remember for bridal makeup, stick with the lightest hue. Lipsense shade, Praline Rose, is a perfect bridal makeup lip color that looks great on fair skin. Lipsense is a 16 hour weear kiss proof color that does not dry out the lips.

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Foundations

Here is my biggest question in regards to bridal makeup! Whats the best foundations for fair, pale skin. There are several brands that offer a larger range of hues. I prefer Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation, Dior Forever foundation in 10, or Temptu #1 shade is great for airbrushing options.

At the end of the day, its always best to leave your bridal makeup to a professional and allow them to find your perfect color match. However, hopefully these few bridal makeup tips will help you in choosing some shades on your own for everyday wear.

Interested in purchasing Praline Rose lipsense shade? Head over to the private facebook group Wedding Tales and Cocktails here and message me or take a peek at the entire color collection!

What Is Primer and Why Is It Important

What is primer?….. it’s a question I get asked ALL the time and the truth is you shouldn’t even be wearing a makeup foundation unless you are using a primer! Yep! I said it! Don’t waste your time! Its like walking out of the house without wearing underwear- but worse…and that is why most people hate foundation because they aren’t using a primer to correct the skin, in the first place or they arent on a proper skin care routine- its NEVER the foundation.

what is primer

There are SO MANY primers out there- mostly due to marketing gimmicks, but today I am going to help you understand what is primer so that you can see for yourself primer is AMAZING and it’s a total game changer when perfecting your makeup look.

In one sentence, Primer is a foundation product to wear under your foundation to correct or enhance the skin, thus allowing foundation to be long lasting, smooth, radiant, matte or whatever look your trying to achieve.

With marketing as aggressive as it is out there, we have primers for rosacea, primers for dull skin, oily skin, primer to help reduce pores.  It’s overwhelming, but the most important question you have to do is ask yourself….what am I trying to achieve with a primer? What do I want to correct in my skin?

what is primer

Here is my SECRET LIST of primers that I use on all my clients based on their skin condition and concern. Tried and True Products!

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer- Oily Skin, or the other ones for Radiant and Smoothing

Hourglass Veil Primer- Radiant Skin

Smashbox Primer- All Skin types to Create Smoothness

Pore Professional- To Rid of Large Pores

Dior Primer- For more mature skin (women over 50) In addition to creating smoothness, Dior’s primer contains additional anti aging skin care ingredients.

what is primer

But wait!!!! What about the green, yellow and purple and orange primers I see out there? Those are more corrective primers that correct the skin’s actual discoloring and should only be used to change the skin’s coloring and should be advised from a professional makeup artist if this is your particular challenge.

Again, primers are a game changer in polishing and perfecting your makeup look! It’s important to always think about adding this type of foundation element to any makeup routine for best and optimal results!

Makeup Tips For Your Vegas Wedding

Hello Beauties!

When it comes to your Vegas wedding, its not just up to the makeup artist to make you beautiful. Having a proper skin care routine and personal grooming, leading up to the big wedding day can help make or break your look! If your not blessed with good skin, here are a few wedding makeup tips that can help perfect your dream look.

wedding makeup tips

2-4 Weeks Before Wedding:

-Start with a good skin care routine of Cleansing, Exfoliating, Using a Serum, Eye Cream and Moisturizer will help give your skin the nutrients it needs to give you that smooth skin and radiant glow.

-Get your hair color freshened up, and polished

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1 Week Before Wedding:

-Schedule all waxing Appointments (face, eyebrows, lip and those girly bits:))

-Get a Deep Conditioning Treatment on your hair for extra vibrance

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2 Days Before Wedding:

-Get your Spray Tan ( We offer this service!) and schedule your trial (if you are a destination bride and are flying in a few days before).

-Drink a green juice. This will help flush out any toxins you may have so you feel good and refreshed.

The Night Before The BIG Day:

-Wash hair and try not to use too much product

-Exfoliate or mask your face for a perfected soft glow. Dont forget to exfoliate your lips.

THE BIG DAY:

-Make sure your hair is dry and clean (unless otherwise advised)

-Wash and gently moisturize your face

-Wear clothing that you can easily take on and off over the head. Button down shirts of zipper hoodies are recommended.

These makeup tips for your wedding, will for sure guarantee the look you will love on your most memorable day in Vegas!

XO, B