If you're still not sure if you're going to dress up for Halloween or you just haven't had time to think of a costume, then this final installment of DIY costume ideas should provide you with some much needed inspiration. The last three episodes--Alice in Wonderland, Black and White Film Star, and David Bowie--all require items that you can easily borrow from a friend or buy at a thrift shop, but may not have in your closet. These last few costumes are examples of fun looks that I pulled together over the years, most of which were last minute and with items from my closet. You still have the weekend to get it together, and in the words of the formidable Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, "Si se puede!" (Yes you can!).
Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation
It was a Saturday in early July and I was feeling so excited to go to a friend's house party. I text my friend that morning asking her the infamous question we girls like to ask each other before a night out, "what are you wearing tonight?" She replied with, "oh friend! I forgot to tell you, the party is a 90's themed costume party." Yes, a costume party in July, because that's how we get down. Not having time to go out and buy something, I started to think, "what do I have in my closet that's 90s?" Then this image of Beyonce dressed as Janet Jackson for Halloween popped into my head. I remember seeing her costume and thinking "Oh! I want to be Janet too!" She was my first concert after all, and who doesn't love Janet?!?
So I pulled up images of Janet on my phone. Sure enough I had all of the elements to create her look; all I needed was to bling out my black blazer. I started looking around my house for rectangular and round shapes that I could wrap in foil and use double sided tape to adhere to my blazer. I found chopsticks (which I cut in half and wrapped in foil) for the top part of the jacket and round chair stoppers which I used for the buttons. My husband lent me his black Dodger hat and I just added a key to one of my big hoop earrings, and bam, I was Janet!
Most of the photos I found of Janet, her makeup was fairly minimal. Her eyes were defined and she had that brick 90's color, that has made a recent resurgence, on her lips. So, I did just that. I used black liner to line my waterline and created a soft wing. I defined my brows using eyeshadow and a brown/red lip liner all over my lips with a nude matte lipstick over it (Kleancolor lip liner in the color Coffee and Milani's Matte Naked). It's a simple look and easily one of my favorite costumes.
Admittedly, this is one costume that I didn't just pull together but I think is worth sharing because I loved it so much and it's still an easy one to put together. If you don't know who Selena Quintanilla is, please take a moment to look her up and listen to her music. She was a Tejano (Mexican American Texan) singer, songwriter, and fashionista who was tragically killed in the 90s. For this costume I wore stretchy pants, underwear with added butt padding (found downtown), a bustier (got it at Ross Dress for Less) that was lovingly bedazzled with gems by my friend Sandra, a white frilly blouse (can't recall where I got it), a black long wig (downtown buy), studded belt (thrift store buy), black boots, and a mic (of course). Girl, this costume was SO good I even won a costume contest after busting out my Selena dance moves and singing a line from "Como la Flor!"
Selena Quintanilla-Perez‘s makeup game was simple yet fierce. Strong, dark eyebrows (sometimes Marlene Dietrich style), top eyelids lined in black but not finished in cat-eye, and lips impeccably lined and painted in pure red, Selena was a Tejano rock star! Sometimes, she wore a lilac wash or sandy brown version of a smoky eye (she wore the former when she accepted her Grammy Award in 1994) and a soft contour on the cheeks. She embodied the matte face makeup of the time too. MAC just came out with a line of makeup in honor of Selena. Search youtube and you can find all the best makeup gurus doing renditions of this look to help you with your transformation.
I feel like every Chicana has done or must do some rendition of Frida Kahlo, Wouldn't you agree? This was my Halloween costume from 11 years ago, before I started to venture into doing makeup professionally. It also marks one of two times my husband dressed up with me for Halloween--a memorable Halloween indeed. For this costume I used a boho skirt I had in my closet, a Mexican blouse, and two shalls (one around my waste and one to put over my shoulders). Equipped with big Mexican earrings, my hair up in two braids, and a handkerchief I fashioned into a bow, this look was definitely an easy one to put together.
Frida was known for embracing who she was and is admired for her talent as an artist and powerful persona. You can find images of Frida with little or no makeup and other's where she's wearing a bold lip and bright blush. The key to any Frida look is the unibrow and light mustache. This is another look that you can easily google and find countless youtube videos to recreate the look. It's one I'm tempted to do again so that I can more intricately recreate her look with flowers in my hair and all.
Costume and Makeup
This costume has felt like my "mic drop" last minute costume. I was seven months pregnant with Emma and had been searching the internet for costume ideas. I saw lots of photos of women wearing shirts with little doll hands and feet coming out of the belly, disco balls, M&Ms, and other cute ideas. I thought, "those are cute, but I want something hilarious." I knew it would be the last time I'd be pregnant and I had to capitalize on my huge belly.
I'm not sure how the truck driver idea came to me, but I'm so glad it did! I wore baggy pregnancy jeans, a white tank, my husbands flannel, Oriole's cap, and aviators. For the makeup, I simply used brown gel liner to create facial hair. I used a combination of patting motions with my finger and an angled brush to create different looking textures for the hair. I have to thank my years of being in drama at Ramona Convent (an all girl's school) for teaching me how to embrace my masculine side and create my favorite Halloween costume to date.
That's it beauties! I hope these posts have inspired you to have fun with your costumes this Halloween. I'd love to see what you dress up as this year. Please post your photos on my facebook page or tag #makeupbyfatimad. Have a safe and fun Halloween!
There were several iconic figures that passed in 2016, David Bowie being one of them. Bowie not only created music that influenced countless artists, but also bended gender norms with his avant garde fashion sense. He was known for wearing makeup both on and off stage. One of his most influential makeup looks is from his Ziggy Stardust album. The bright colors paired with Bowie's red hair is one of the images that will forever remind us of such a beloved artist who will continue to inspire generations to come.
So this look is for all of you Bowie fans who want to pay homage to such an amazing artist or if you're wanting to just look super glam rock this Halloween, this one's for you too!
Glam Rock Ziggy Stardust
One of my favorite things about this costume is how easy it is to whip together. All you need are some fabulous shoes, sparkly or colorful, jeans, a tank and a big fabulous coat. Most everything you can find at a thrift store or ask your friends if you can borrow some of these signature pieces like I did. My favorite part of the look, aside from the awesome coat, is the gold choker which I found at Windsor. Really, this costume is all about attitude, as you can see from Caroline's fierce pose. Bowie was wearing an astronaut outfit in the original Ziggy Stardust image, so just take creative liberty to make the look as glam rock as you'd like.
This look is all about the makeup and hair. I started with a light foundation all over Caroline's chest, face and ears. Next, I contoured her cheekbones around her jawline, and forehead with a bright pink blush. If you're wanting a more chiseled look, you can add purple to your cheekbones for that deepening effect.
I used a bar of soap on a mascara wand to flatten Caroline's brows and then just added foundation and powdered over them with a light powder foundation. If you're wanting to really block out your brows, check out this tutorial here. For her eye makeup, I took creative liberty to add more color than what's on Bowie's original look to add a more feminine glam vibe. I used purple and pink shades from my Coastal Scents palette for the eyeshadow (found online here). I didn't add liner or lashes to this look to keep the focus on the bolt, but you can always add a purple liner and some fun lashes if you're wanting to make the look even more glam.
Now for the quintessential bolt! You want to first trace the outline of the bolt using a white eyeliner; it's much easier to erase any mistakes that way. You also want to have q-tips and makeup remover handy when you do want to erase any imperfections. Remember, you don't have to get it perfect the first time. It's all about taking your time and being patient. For the blue and orange colors, I used pigments that I've had for some time by True Colors. You can easily find the same type of pigments at a drugstore, Clare's or online here. I first applied the colors dry and then used MAC's Fix Plus to dampen a flat brush and apply the pigments wet (you can also use water). Wetting any eyeshadow or pigment helps so that the color really pops! I used a black gel liner and thin angled brush to add the black in the bolt.
For the lips, I used a magenta gloss and added a purple pigment to create the perfect color. Last but not least, I teased Caroline's hair and pulled it back into a bun. I then sprayed red hair paint all over her hair, and volia, I give you Ziggy Stardust!
I'm very interested to see if anyone is daring enough to try this fun look. If you do, please let me know how you like it and I'd love to see photos. Just tag #makeybyfatimad in your instagram photos so I can check it out.
Hello beauties, I hope Episode 1 of my DIY Halloween looks got the creative juices flowing. Today, we're going from sweet and sultry with my first Alice in Wonderland look and shifting gears to a second look that is a bit more elaborate--the Black and White 1920s Films Star. I remember seeing the makeup inspiration on my Pinterest feed last year and thinking, "OH, how fun!" I knew I wanted to recreate the look, but glam it up a bit, because, as I've mentioned before, I'm a lover of all things glam and glitter. With all of the selfies and pictures we take these days, you're sure to stand out with this look that combines both a Halloween vibe, but is still beautiful and vintage looking. Folks are sure to take a double take and think, "cool black and white filter on that pic. Wait, that's not a filter, it's super rad makeup skills!" So, if you'd like to learn how to recreate the look, keep on reading.
The 1920s were known for lose fitting dresses, jewels, head pieces, short hair styles, and furs. It was a time of decadence and the spark of a feminist movement. Women's style reflected their strength and rebellion as they chopped off their hair and threw out stifling corsets. Caroline's costume is an ode to that era. My goal was to not only transform her into a 1920s Greta Garbo style starlet, but to also cover up as much skin as possible to make the makeup transformation more manageable. The black lace slip, flowy sweater and long lace vest are all items from Caroline's closet, most of which are thrift store bargain finds. The tights are from Target, the shoes are from Sole Society (several seasons ago), and the gloves were a part of my collection, made by my friend Espie back in the day. You can easily find similar gloves at a costume shop or Amazon, which is where I bought the Betty Boop wig Caroline is wearing. I used the same velvet ribbon I used as the choker in the Alice in Wonderland look as Caroline's headband and added a broach for that extra touch of glam. The look is finished off with a costume jewelry necklace and white/rhinestone floral earrings. If you decided to go as a 1950's black and white film star or anything else black and white, just be sure to keep your clothes and accessories black, white or gray for the desired effect.
Upon first glance, this look might seem complicated. I assure you it's not hard at all, it just requires some time and the right tools. Beautylish did an excellent job of breaking down how to achieve this look, so I suggest going here for the full pictorial. The only thing different I suggest from the pictorial is using a waterbased makeup rather than a cream or oil based makeup. Beautylish gives great suggestions for setting the makeup, but I've found that oil based costume makeup tends to move, crack, and can be hard to remove at the end of the night. Instead, I used a water based makeup for Caroline's gray foundation. My favorite is by Wolfe FX and can be found here on Amazon. I mixed some of the gray with white to lighten up the color a bit. I used a damp Real Techniques' Sponge to pat the gray makeup all over Caroline's face, ears and chest. Once the makeup was dry, I used a black eye shadow by Melt Cosmetics to contour her face, draw in her eye brows, and shade her eyes. I used a black gel eye liner by KISS to create a small wing and line in Caroline's waterline. For the lips, I used black paint from my Wolfe palette, but a black or dark purple lipstick would work beautifully too.
This fun costume would make a great couples or group costume idea. Think Lucy, Ethel, Fred and Ricky from I Love Lucy, for example. Either way, it's sure to stand out in a crowd.
It's the most wonderful time of the year--Halloween Time! I've been a Halloween geek since I was a kid. The process of thinking of costume ideas, making trick o'treating plans, watching Beetle Juice--it all brings back such fond childhood memories.
As much as I think of costume ideas months ahead, I'm not always so great at executing those ideas in time for Halloween <---read major procrastinator, or, as I now like to call it, always in the present moment. ;D What ends up happening is I hunt through my closet for outfits I can turn into costumes. I also call my friend Espie who has a laundry list of last minute costume ideas and outfits to borrow.
So, I'm doing a series of Halloween looks dedicated to all of you out there who don't have time, a big budget, or the energy to put together an elaborate costume. These are looks that you can easily throw together. Remember, the idea is to elude to the character you're dressing up as. No need to have all of the details, folks will get the idea as long as you have some key elements.
Caroline's blond hair inspired this Alice in Wonderland look. The key elements for this look were the blue dress, white tights, black flats and black headband. I decided to add a velvet ribbon I bought at JoAnn's Fabrics as a choker to make the look more on trend. Everything else were items I had or borrowed. The dress is from Target from several seasons ago, but you can find something similar at a Thrift Shop. The tights are also from Target and the shoes you can find now at Payless. All in all the look cost me $15 to put together! Add a little lace headpiece, apron and carry a feather duster, and boom, you're now a French Maid. Super easy, fun and beautiful look.
Alice is known for her innocence, so I kept the makeup clean and youthful. I also made it a point to not pile on too much foundation so Caroline's beautiful freckles were still visible. I filled in her brows using the Colourpop brow pencil in the color Blond Honey (one of my favorite brow pencils and so affordable) using very light feathery strokes. I mostly used the two pink taupe matte shades in my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette in her crease along with a warmer brown shade from Melt Cosmetics to create a light cut crease just in her crease. I added KISS gel liner with the very slightest wing to add a little drama to the eyes. I used my white eyeliner by MAC in the waterline to create that wide eyed look (key for any doll like look). I contoured her cheekbones a bit with my LORAC pro contour palette, added a cream pink/peach blush to make her skin look flushed (The Balm "How 'Bout Them Apples Lip and Cheek Cream Palette) , and a bit of highlight to her cupid's bow to make her lips look more pouty (from the LORAC contour palette). On the lips I used a nude color pencil and NYX's Gloss in Natural.
And that's it for the look! A soft, fun and beautiful costume that you can put together super quick. Stay tuned for more looks coming your way just in time for Halloween.
If you're anything like me, then you don't have much time most days to put on makeup. As much as I miss having more time to get ready, truth be told, I was still often rushing and doing my makeup in the car even before I had little ones. Not having or making time to get ready doesn't preclude me from wearing makeup most days. I love thinking of new looks or feel inspired by a YouTube tutorial I saw the night before that I just have to try. So the key for me has been simplicity. I have tried and tested products that I like to use and, most importantly, products that can be used in various ways to really round out my makeup bag without making it too bulky. Here's what's in my makeup bag to complete a variety of looks: blush, an eyeshadow palette, concealer, mascara and my favorite lipstick/gloss. Here are a few tips that will help keep your makeup bag to a minimum while still achieving versatility with your looks.
Blush as Eyeshadow
One of the keys to adding dimension to eye makeup is having a transition shade in your crease. A transition shade is a soft color, something midtone or warm, that will help blend out darker eye shadow. It's how you create the illusion of a gradient of colors. The transition shade also helps blend your eyeshadow.
My trick to creating that blended look without having to carry a bulky eyeshadow palette with transition shades is using blush! I especially love the two blushes in the photos above. If I'm not in the mood to blend and create a more complex look, I'll often wear only blush as eyeshadow. I also love that using blush as eyeshadow can take the guesswork out of matching your eyeshadow color with your blush! You'll be nicely color coordinated using this trick.
Eyeshadow as Liner and Brow Definer
Drugstore makeup brands have really been stepping up there game with the recent palettes on the market. I picked up the Covergirl Trunaked Goldens palette recently after watching a tutorial by Eman on YouTube. The palette has three matte shades, which is often unheard of for drugstore shadows. If you have blond or light brown hair, you can use an angel brush to apply the taupe eyeshadow to fill in your brows. For darker hair tones, use the matte brown shade. I've been using the darker shade to fill in my brows and I've been loving how it looks! I'm just careful to swipe the shadow on my hand first to ensure I don't apply too much product. I then go over my brows with clear mascara to add dimension, shape my brows, and hold them in place.
Another great trick is to use the darkest matte brown shade as eyeliner! I apply the eyeshadow to my lashline with an angled brush like I would eyeliner. If you want a more dramatic effect just add a little water to your brush, and bam, you'll have even more definition! With all of the different shades in this palette, the looks you can come up with are endless!!
Concealer as Foundation
I've mentioned in previous blogs that I don't wear foundation most days to keep product to a minimum to preserve my skin. My complexion is even enough that I just use concealer under my eyes and around my nose to cover dark circles/redness. If you wanted to add more coverage though and don't want to carry foundation you can easily turn your concealer into a tinted moisturizer by mixing it with your favorite moisturizer and applying the mixture all over your face. I also use my concealer over my eyelids as a primer for my eyeshadow and to create a blank canvas, eliminating any pigmentation or veins that are usually visible.
I hope these tips were helpful! Makeup is all about being creative and having fun. Whether you're a fan of less is more or you like to go full glam, do you and remember that makeup is 90% attitude and self confidence! Please feel free to share other ways you multitask your makeup!
If you're a summer fanatic like I am, then the back to school commercials have been haunting you since you were a kid. I still remember the feeling of "nnnnnoooooooooo, summer's not over yet!" I would get when everyone was prepping for school time because it meant the long days were going to soon make way for colder/shorter ones. Mind you I've lived in Cali most of my life, so the struggle wasn't that serious. We never truly experience seasons in So Cal--but we like to pretend that we do, and a changing season is most obvious in warm climate areas by fashion and makeup than it is by rainy or snowy days. When seasons change in the midwest or east coast, the fashion is about looking fab, but even more about survival from frostbite than it is about wearing your favorite knee high suede boots you got on sale at TJ Maxx to make a fashion statement.
So, what better way to get over the summer blues and pumped for fall than to think about all of the cool makeup trends we'll be trying this year! Before we talk makeup, of course we must first talk skincare. Colder windier months means dryer skin. Even if you have oily skin, you want to be sure to include a hydrating mask (at least in the areas where you get dry) along with your clarifying mask when doing your weekly or twice weekly facial. Here are a few masks to try:
Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask ($26)- This intense moisture replacement mask with avocado and apricot kernel oil deeply and instantly quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Best for dry skin types, Japanese seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Sleeping Gel Mask ($25)- Not only is this drugstore option affordable, but it feels surprisingly luxurious, too. This super-hydrating gel-based mask is made with vitamin B3, mulberry extract, and humectants to help fade dark spots and create a naturally luminous complexion by morning.
DIY Mask- If you're wanting to make a mask at home. You can either simply use the Manuka Honey I recommended in my skin care blog or take it up a notch and smash up 1/4 cup honey, half an avocado, and 1/2 cup plain yogurt to make a super hydrating mask. Apply for 15-20 minutes while you're catching up on your favorite show.
Now for the fun part!
Much like fashion, trends for the seasons are set by what we see on the runway. So, it's a good reminder that trends should be used as inspiration to try something new. Ultimately, fashion and makeup should be a reflection of who YOU are and you should only try looks out of curiosity or because it makes you feel fab. As much as I'm excited to try new looks, there are also some looks that I just know won't ever make it on my visage (like bleached brows). So here's what's up for Fall--take it or leave it, but most importantly, have fun with it!
Dark and smokey eyes are in yet again. But it's not just a traditional smokey eye, the runway brought us looks with all kinds of variations on black liner. From funky graphic shapes, to liner just in the water line, to black liner that is smudged out until it's grey--you can pretty much do anything on your eyes with black liner and you'll be on trend.
Say it with me now, G.L.I.T.T.E.R! I'm most excited for this trend because I just love glitter. What's there not to love!?! It's shiny and makes you look like a beautiful fairy princess from Fabulousa-land! You can do just a hint of glitter by applying it to your tear duct or over your eyeliner, or you can go more bold like in the photos. If you see a woman out at night covered in head to toe glitter, stop that creature to say "hi"...it might just be me!
Normally we see pastel colors in the Spring/Summer, but makeup artists really went for it this Fall and decided to break from the norm. There were lots of artistic looks on the runway, from funky shapes, to color all over the lids, to unique patterns--it is really a call for us to just have fun with makeup and breakout of our typical cat eye and plum lips this Fall.
Vampy lips are in most Fall/Winter, but this season we're venturing into gothic territory with shades as dark as black! This is the one trend that has me biting my nails and thinking, "but will I look like a chola?" Nothing wrong with the chola look if that's your thing, but it's a look I left behind in the 90s. So of course, since it scares me, then I must try it! You'll be seeing me sport some sort of extreme dark lipstick once my skin turns from slightly tanned to milky white come October.
Welp, that's all folks...those are the primary trends we're seeing this year. I'd love to hear if there are any looks that intrigued or inspired you. How will you be stepping out of your comfort zone this fall?
I'd say the number one compliment I've been getting since I was in my 20s is how great my skin looks. Not my super blended eyeshadow or my wing liner that's so sharp you "better not meet me in a dark alley" cause you might get cut...no, no, not my makeup skills, but my skin. It's something I take pride in because I make a conscious effort to really care for my skin. Mind you, I'm no expert, and I acknowledge that there are those of us who also work hard at maintaining your skin and still struggle with acne, pigmentation, eczema, and other countless skin complications. Skin care isn't as easy as giving you a regimen and list of products and bam, you're shining bright like a diamond. Everyone is different and all of our needs are different. So what I present to you are recommendations and what's worked for ME (a gal in my late 30s with oily/combo skin that hasn't really battled with major skin concerns). So read on, perhaps you'll learn a thing or two...or maybe you'll pick up some tips to share with a friend.
You are what you eat
I know, I know, you're probably thinking, "Gah, I've been hearing that line since I was a kid." But it's TRUE! How many times have you eaten something extra greasy, extra sweet, etc. etc. and the next day you have a new little friend bust up on your face? It's happened to me many a time and I'm reminded my body...my skin...loves greens, fruit, and water. The times when I eat the cleanest is when my skin is the clearest, most radiant, and well balanced. I'd say a majority of folks are especially not consuming enough water and it shows up on our skin. Dehydration affects so much, and when it comes to our skin a lack of water can really be aging, leads to oily skin or dry skin, and so much more. We should be drinking at least half a gallon of water a day. Yes you'll be visiting the little girls/boys room more often than you'd like, but you gotta do it for that glow!
Look in my closet and you won't see much designer anything aside from things gifted to me. My husband likes to tease me for being cheap, because I don't like to spend a lot on material things. But the one thing I will spend on is my skin care products and monthly facials. When I tell clients I get facials once a month, they're almost always shocked. "Really, I've never had a facial" or "wow, isn't that expensive?" is often the response. I've been lucky enough to have found an awesome esthetician who has a monthly member program so it comes out to $50 a month for a facial (check my FAQ page for Jennifer's info and deals). Mind you, most of us are on a budget, so that means I don't splurge on things like mani/pedis that often...all because the way I see it, we only have one face, it's how we make our first impression, and it's worth taking good care of.
Aside from my monthly facials, I also do an at home facial once or twice a week. I wash my face with my favorite gentle cleanser (Cetaphil $6.30) and then I use the Glam Glow ($43-$69) mask and apply it for 15-20 minutes. Every few days I also apply Manuka Honey ($19.85) to my face. Manuka Honey is from New Zealand and has so many benefits! It helps with breakouts, acne scarring, helps diminish fine lines and more (to read more about this magical honey, go here).
I often host workshops for young people, and the first thing I emphasize is the importance of a regimen. I start with the basics--the two most important takeaways being 1) wash your face at night and 2) sunscreen! Below are a list of products I use from morning to night in the order in which I use them:
1) Cetaphil Cleanser- such a gentle and effective cleanser. You don't want your cleanser to be too harsh because it can lead to more oil production or dry out your skin.
2) Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera ($9.14)- I use this magical product as my toner and apply it with a cotton pad. It helps ensure your skin is totally cleansed and balance the Ph in your skin.
3) Alina Skin Care Hyaluronic-Moisturizer (Vitmain C Serum $27)- In any form, vitamin C provides potent antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals—those pesky rogue molecules that promote premature aging. It also brightens the skin and helps with acne.
4) Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($12)-This brings me to what I mentioned was one of my two gems of advice, applying sunscreen on the daily. I can't tell you how many times I've heard clients who worshipped the sun with little regard for protecting their skin regret that choice once they hit their mid 30s and the sun damage starts to show. Even if you have oily skin, you want to add some moisture and protection for your skin.
I pretty much use the same cleanser and toner and then add my night time cream by Yonka. I use their Phyto 58 ($42). Not only does the cream smell like a spa, but it also has so many benefits. Refined and fast-absorbing, this cream rich in phyto-stimulating rosemary extracts is supreme in revitalizing the skin. It erases the signs of fatigue, refines skin texture, evens tone, and brightens the complexion.
Last tid bit to add, I don't wear much makeup on a daily basis. I don't wear foundation majority of the time, just concealer under my eyes and on blemishes. I like to let my skin breath...plus, makeup contains chemicals that just can't be great for our skin. So, if you're going to wear foundation, use a BB cream or mineral based foundation for some skin benefits...and the lighter the application the better.
That's all she wrote folks! This is pretty much how I care for my skin! I'm curious to hear if the info shared is helpful. Like I said before, I'm no expert and I'd love to hear what products you use that have been working for you. Better yet, do you have a skin care practice you'd like to share? We're all learning from each other, so don't be shy! Thanks for reading and sharing. <
Oh how I love summer! The long days, outdoor concerts, pool/beach time...it's such a leisurely and relaxed time. As much as we enjoy all of the fun in the sun, the heat can definitely take a toll on your makeup routine. Do you find that your makeup melts off by the end of the day? Well, here are a few tips to help secure your makeup so that you stay looking fresh and fleekish all day long.
The key to an all-day makeup look begins with a fresh face. Use a primer that helps balance your skin and smooth out any imperfections. Smashbox Primer Water ($32) is perfect for a barely-there look. If you need to hide some pores, Benefit’s POREfessional ($20) is your fail-proof option. Wait a few minutes to really let it set before dipping your Beautyblender ($20) or Real Techniques Sponge ($5) in a long-lasting foundation like cult favorite Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation ($37). With an array of colors to choose from, there’s practically a shade for everyone. Follow with a light concealer only if you need a little extra coverage here and there. My fave is Maybelline New York’s Fit Me Concealer ($7). Finally, dust on a no-fuss setting powder to keep everything in place, like the Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana ($12).
Once you have your foundation routine down, you'll want to add some cream based products on the eyes and cheeks. My current go to cream shadow is the Maybelline Eyestudio Colortattoo Concentrated Crayon in the color Bronze Truffle. ($6). I also love Maybelline's brow gel ($7) to define and set my brows. You can use any waterproof mascara if you find that your mascara runs. For blush, I suggest using a cream blush as a base and then go over it with a light dusting of a complementary powder brush for more staying power. Then just add your fave bright lip or a little gloss and you're ready to rock it out!
If you're looking for more tips to help with your foundation's staying power, I suggest watching Wayne Goss' tutorial for more indepth info! Enjoy your summer, have fun, and stay beautiful. <3
Staying fresh and fab is every bride's goal on her wedding day. A bridal survival kit is just what you need to stay looking your best. It should contain everything you need for your wedding day from pre aisle butterflies to runny mascara and stained dresses. Spread the items among your bridesmaids so you'll never be without your tools in a clutch.
Makeup Touch Ups:
Blotting papers to battle shiny skin in your photos
Makeup remover pads if you get misty-eyed
The lipstick color you've chosen and/or lip gloss to keep you looking polished
Q-tips for smudges
Eye drops to quell redness
Facial tissues to wipe away what needs to be wiped away
Powder foundation to apply over any makeup that's whipped away
Blush to add color to your cheeks should it fade throughout the day
Hair spray for quick pickups (and clingy dresses)
Extra hairpins for updos (but ensure the style passes a jump test, too)
Compact mirror for periodic dance floor checkups
Travel comb and brush
Dressed to Impress:
Clear nail polish (if you're wearing stockings) to fix runs
An emery board, to prevent snags in case you get a jagged nail
White chalk to cover any stains or scuffs
Dry shampoo to keep sweat at bay under the arms and down the bride's back
Feminine hygiene items
Band-Aids for blisters and cuts
Krazy Glue for heel fixes and veil tears
Double-sided tape and safety pins to hold whatever needs to be held together together
A travel toothbrush and toothpaste
Floss and mints
A sample size of your favorite fragrance
Antacid, aspirin, and Pepto-Bismol to banish prewedding nerves and aches
Most important...a positive attitude! Remember to not sweat the small stuff, slow down, breath, and enjoy the sacred union you're about to enter with your best friend! It's truly a magical day.