tinted foundation

tips for treating yoself

body:

  • Exfoliate once or twice a week.
  • Let your vagina breathe - don’t wear underwear to bed unless you’re on your period.
  • Change your pad/tampon/etc at least twice a day.
  • Don’t wash up inside your vagina (aka douching) it will tip the pH balance in your vagina and you will end up with an infection, you can wash around your thighs/pubic area but that’s it, same applies with perfumes and other body cosmetics.
  • Use coconut oil its good for so many things!!
  • Use body butters after getting out of the shower.
  • Use tea-tree oil for pimples.
  • Use sunscreen!!!
  • For people with oily skin - use blotting paper around your eyes and in your T - zone.
  • Don’t squeeze/pick at pimples - the bacteria on your hands will only make them worse and will create more redness.
  • Always use moisturiser before applying makeup
  • When washing your vagina, lift up the clitoral hood and softly rub your finger along the hood to wipe away dead skin cells. If you end up masturbating, fuck it.

Hair:

  • Wash your hair every 2-3 days. Don’t wash every day because it will make your head dry, try dry shampoos instead.
  • Use conditioning treatments weekly in the summer to prevent your hair from losing it’s colour.
  • Brush your curls with your fingers to create a more tousled look.
  • Before blow drying your hair use volumizing spray or gel on your roots for more definition in your hair.
  • Use shampoos that are sulfate free as sulfates dry and damage your hair quicker.
  • If your hair is greasy avoid conditioning the roots, just the ends.
  • Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks so you have healthy hair and no damaged ends.
  • Use avacado oil on your hair in the winter to stop your hair from drying out.
  • Dry shampoo is also very good for volumizing your hair.
  • The best way to get rid of ingrown hair is to exfoliate.
  • Avoid dry shaving your pubes, this will cause redness and spots which are easily treated with hydrocortisone cream or aloe vera.
  • If you are to shave, use conditioner instead of shaving cream - you will get a smoother result - that goes for anywhere you shave.
  • If you have a big ole mess in your pants try trimming your bush before you shave/wax it.
  • Waxing HURTS so if you’re dealing with the burns then place a cold towel in the sore area and leave it for about 15 minutes and then apply aloe.
  • If you experience chest/breast hair the best thing to do is pluck the hairs, it’s painful but rewarding.

Makeup:

  • Clean your makeup brushes, regularly along with any other makeup appliances (beauty blenders, makeup pads) in a mix of warm water and a little bit of soap.
  • Use a blotting tissue and then add a small amout of cream concealer onto your eye makeup to prevent smudging.
  • Matte lipstick goes best with a shimmer eye makeup.
  • Wearing white eyeliner counteracts the redness in your eyes.
  • To make your cheekbones appear higher, use bronzer under the cheekbone and highlighter on the actual cheekbone.
  • In summer if you want to avoid caking yourself with foundation - use tinted moisturiser or BB cream instead.
  • Always wash your makeup off before going to bed, don’t leave it on.
  • Always make sure you blend your foundation so your neck isn’t a different colour to your face.
  • Clean your makeup bag out every once in a while and get rid of any products you don’t use - its cleaner, tidier and more hygienic. 
  • Always make sure you have tape and q-tips handy. Tape is great for a perfect winged eyeliner and q-tips are great for cleaning and tidying up those hard to reach areas.
  • Concealer works great for a base for your eye makeup as the makeup will stick to it. 
  • Using highlighter and illuminators on your cheekbones, browbone and cupid’s bow for a “dewy look”.
  • When using cream products like eyeshadow or blush - use translucent powder to set it in place.
  • Kat Von-D lipstick is blow job proof :)
  • Replace mascara and eyeliners every 3 months or so.
  • Don’t share makeup/appliances for your eyes, it may cause infections like conjunctivitis and maybe a sty.
  • Blot your lips after applying lipstick to avoid getting lipstick teeth. 

General:

  • Change your bra every 5-11 days.
  • Always make sure your feet are dry before putting on socks and shoes to prevent fungal infections.
  • Wash blood stained clothes in cold water with 2 tablespoons of salt.
  • Try your own homemade beauty recipes.
  • If you peel/lick your lips it will damage them, don’t do that.
  • Applying eye cream on the cuticles of your nails will make them stronger and healthier.
  • Always carry tampons/pads even when you’re not on your period, someone else might need them.
  • Clean out your purse!! Get rid of all that junk and you will thank yourself next time you’re looking for something.
  • Masturbate. Whenever you can, it’s rewarding and good for you. (yes girls masturbate too).
  • Always pee after sex/masturbation to help avoid getting a UTI.
  • Bio-oil is good for stretch marks (as well as loving them).
  • Save some nice underwear for yourself and just wear your dead old pants when you’re on your period.
  • Buy yourself some nice underwear/lingerie whenever you can. Make sure it’s 100% cotton though otherwise you can get a yeast infection.
  • Test yourself every once in a while for STDs. It’s necessary.
  • Carry a condom on you, it’s not just the guy’s responsibility.
  • Apply a damp tissue to blotchy, red skin after crying, it will make you look as if you haven’t been crying at all.
  • Don’t let boys ruin your day.
  • Use a paperclip to clip the back of your bra straps together to create a racerback bra.
  • Wrap a maxi pad or pantyliner around any poking underwires in your bra.
  • Wash your pillow case every 1-2 weeks to help prevent acne. 
  • Cucumbers are good for dark circles and puffy eyes just place a slice over your eyes and leave for about 15 minutes.

treat and love yourself and your body will reward you!!! 

Yuuri has always had a nice voice.

It wasn’t something that Viktor would mention constantly, but it was something that nearly shook him to his very core. During a rainy evening, when both of them were flopped over on their King Sized Bed and his face was buried in Yuuri’s collarbone, the sweet whispers of a lost Japanese song danced with the tinkling of the rain.

Cutesy metaphors aside, Viktor pleads asks if Yuuri could do it again.

“Do what?” Yuuri asks with a cute little eyebrow quirk. Viktor pouts and smudges his fiancee’s squishy face as he exclaims you know what. And Yuuri belts out every word from Bohemian Rhapsody with a crystal clear voice.

Viktor is very, very, much in love.

And Viktor would be in awe, even as the years go by, even as the gold medals get strewn around their necks repeatedly. He’d never fail to sigh at Yuuri’s voice, whether he was singing something straight out of a John Green book or something that could rival Roxxxy’s Read U Wrote U verse.

“The day we met,

Frozen, I held my breath.

Right from the start, I knew that I found a home for my heart.”

And god, it’s been years and now Yuuri is finally standing across from him right in front of the altar, where they’ve been waiting, preparing, to be. Yuuri was wearing that tuxedo Viktor picked out himself because no husband of mine will be wearing anything that’s not remotely bougie. 

But Yuuri was saying his vows and Viktor was trying really hard not to break down and cry, right then and there, when Chris bet him his Chanel glasses whether Viktor would turn into a sputtering mess or not on his wedding day. Viktor knew he could fail miserably, but the glasses were diamond crested- 

Until Yuuri, by the end of his speech, starts singing and the piano by the back accompanies him, Viktor unravels into the hot mess that he is.

Fuck those Chanel glasses.

Yuuri doesn’t take his brown eyes off him, tints of foundation and eyeliner tracing his skin, hair gel slicking his silky locks back and how dare they think Yuuri wouldn’t be anything more beautiful than who he already is. Yuuri’s sweet voice echoes from his soul, out his mouth, through the microphone and stabbing Viktor straight in the heart and goddamn it-

Viktor doesn’t fucking wait for the priest to drone on about some ‘you’re now pronounced as husbands’ or some shit like that. He tackles Yuuri, then and there.

2

Skin Care-
Cleansers and moisturizers, were created with animal fat and rosewater. This was used to keep the skin soft and clear. Home recipes were popular, often involving cucumbers, strawberries or milk.
Additionally, women were encouraged to avoid sunburn or tan, but to take exercise outdoors to achieve a healthy and rosy-cheeked appearance.

Foundations-
During the 18th century, wealthy women commonly wore white faced makeup. This was created from lead and fats.
By the 19th century, this fell out of fashion. Tinted foundations were available, but were not popular, particularly among women of good reputation. Powder was commonly made from rice flour.

Blush or Rouge-
Rosy cheeks were valued as a sign of good health. Women frequently used blush or rouge to add color to their cheeks. This was the most popular cosmetic of the 19th century.
Blushes were available in liquids, powders, creams and even in soaked sheets of crepe fabric.

Eyes and Lips-
Eye makeup and lipstick were some of the less common cosmetics during the 19th century. Lamp black, or soot, were sometimes mixed with oil and water to form a black product that could be used as eyeliner, shadow or mascara. however, the effect was unnatural and not commonly used.

Since we’re halfway through 2017 I thought I’d make a list of my top picks of new products I’ve used this year! (Not sure if most of them were released this year but they’re all new to me.)

Skincare:

Garnier Moisture Bomb
This shit literally cured my very dry skin. I no longer have issues since I started it. I do occasionally get dehydrated skin but that’s usually my own fault. This has a nice gel consistency and melts like butter into the skin and makes it feel plump and ready for makeup application.

Garnier Moisture Rescue
I use this on very hot days or when my skin feels oily and I don’t feel I need as much moisture as Moisture Bomb gives.

L'Oreal Eye Defense
This is a gel eye cream that preps the skin for makeup since it melts in quickly and doesn’t sit on top. It has caffeine in it which plumps the under eye area so giiirl you need this if you’re missing out on sleep.

Foundations:

Hard Candy Color Correct Primer
Not a foundation, but had to be added! All of Hard Candy’s color correcting collection is great. These primers go on like a moisturizer and dry down to a slightly sticky finish that foundation adheres to so well.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir
This foundation is amazing! It has a healthy demi-matte finish, lasts all day, and looks better the longer it’s on. Very high coverage and buildable.

L.A. Girl PRO.coverage foundation and white mixer
This is a great every day foundation especially if you have dry skin. I mainly use the foundation and the mixer to adjust the tints of other foundations and to lighten thick/matte foundations.

NYX Total Control
I feel like at first there was a learning curve with this foundation but once I figured it out, I loved it. It can be very sheer or very full coverage and can also be mixed with other foundations. I usually apply this in sections by dropping a few drops directly on my face and then quickly blending out with a beauty blender. This has a fairly matte finish but doesn’t look flat.

Wet N’ Wild photofocus foundation + powder
This foundation is beautiful in photographs and feels super lightweight on the skin. It has a matte finish but it also gives a soft focus to the skin and blurs out any problematic areas. The powder helps melt everything into the skin.

Concealer:

Tarte Shape Tape
Perfect. Full coverage. Do you even need to hear about this one anymore?


Physicians Formula #instaready
This is a veryyyy lightweight concealer with a ton of pigment. One pump covers both under eyes and you can use the rest on the t-zone.

Milani Retouch+Erase
This is a great concealer for dark circles. It doesn’t crease or budge if you set it.

Extras:
Hard Candy color correcting creams-this is very pigmented and very cheap. It’s better than most high end color correctors I’ve used.

Maybelline Shine Shot-omg so glittery and iridescent.

Lash Paradise-so much better than Better Than Sex. Way more length and volume and doesn’t flake. Doesn’t smudge either. First mascara that’s ever impressed me.

Hope this helps and you guys can always message me with other beauty questions. 💗💗

UNDER HYPED: theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer

I love a good tinted moisturiser for days when I don’t feel like wearing foundation or want to embrace my natural skin and that’s where theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer comes in. This super lightweight, hydrating tinted moisturizer does just about everything it can to help make skin look more alive and healthy. The finish is exactly what I like in a tinted moisturiser, it’s got a gorgeous demi-matte finish meaning it gives radiance to the skin, but isn’t matte and dry looking, but not heavy and greasy either. If you have oily skin you will most likely find that because of the finish and hydrating qualities this product is not for you. I’d say this product is best suited towards normal and drier skin types. However, it is important to note that this product can have a tendency to accentuate and “cling” onto dry patches so it is essential to exfoliate regularly when using this product. The coverage is ideal for a tinted moisturiser, it has just the right amount of pigment to help even out the skin and neutralize redness, but still lets your natural skin show through. What really attracted me to this product was the amazing shade range, unlike most tinted moisturisers which often have a universal “one shade fits all” philosophy or simply two shades “light” and “dark” this product comes in seven shades and I was able to find a perfect match for my super fair skin  (the lightest shade is almost too light for me!) Overall I really like this tinted moisturiser and I’m really glad I decided to try it, it’s great for everyday wear and I’ve finally found a match for my skin!

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THE TIP-OFF: HIGHLIGHTING FOR DEEP SKINTONES

Celebrity Makeup Artist Nick Barose sheds light on strobing.

Lately, you may feel like everywhere you go, there’s a twinkle in your eye—and maybe a little bit of envy—from seeing everyone’s on-point highlight in action. Lancôme’s celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose shares his top tips and tricks for creating a luminous look on deeper skintones. JESSICA VELEZ

Why do you think highlighters are having such a moment?

“Highlighters are the easiest way to add dimension to the face on days you don’t feel like contouring. When placed on the high points of the face, highlighters catch the light in those areas, and the features become more defined in a neutral and subtle way. Not to mention that, with the right formula, highlighters are 100 percent effortless to apply and look beautiful in all types of light. The right highlighter will also look beautiful in photos.”

What are your thoughts on the strobing trend?

“It’s basically a new word for highlighting. With strobing, or highlighting, the goal is to look radiant and lit from within. The key is to start sparingly and build until you create a beautiful, natural highlight. A heavy application will result in a harsh glare, and that is never pretty!”

How are the Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighters different from any other?

“I love the creamy yet powdery texture, so it’s truly the best of both worlds. The fact that it’s creamy to the touch makes it easier to blend—but then once it touches the skin it has a luminous, velvety finish, and it’s never greasy. It provides just the right amount of versatile sheen for a variety of looks, beginning with a soft-focus glow. It can be layered for a more vibrant and intense look, which would be perfect for a nighttime look.”

What are the general highlighter shade rules for those with deeper skintones?

“Always pick the shade according to your skintone like you would a base color, such as foundation or concealer. It’s important to ensure the highlighter has the right undertone so that it blends seamlessly into the skin. This is where a lot of people go wrong, and often the highlight ends up looking too metallic or silvery with a white cast. In general, rose gold and bronzy tones are best for those with deeper skintones, like Rosegold Lights and Amber Lights. Gold Lights is also great for medium complexions.”

Let’s talk more about the Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter’s rose gold and bronze shades. Why do you think those shades are important to include, and what skintones and undertones work best with them?

“Highlighters are not one shade fits all. All of the different subtle undertones can either look fresh if the shade is correct, or fake if you have the wrong tones. The rose gold highlighter has coppery tones to it, so it works well on deep, dark skintones. Amber Lights is great for medium-deep to truly deep skintones; it adds a soft golden glow for a beautiful, fresh finish.”

What should those with deeper skintones stay away from, highlighter-wise?

“Stay away from a formula that is too silvery, frosty, or pearlized. It will always look harsh and very unnatural on dark skin.”

How do you build a glow from a subtle sheen to a more intense radiance?

“For a soft and subtle effect, I place the highlighter underneath the tinted moisturizer or foundation, so it shines through. I sometimes also dampen a beautyblender or brush with the highlighter and dab it onto the skin for a sheer, veil-like effect. For a more dramatic look, I use a small brush and lightly tap it on top of base makeup and layer from there for more intense shine.”

What are your go-to application techniques?

“On deeper tones, the skin naturally appears to reflect more light. So I tend to control the application more than I would for someone with a lighter skintone. I use a smaller brush or mini beautyblender to dab the highlighter on top of the cheekbones, and usually that’s enough for a daytime look. But for more drama in the evening, or for an event taking place with dim light, I add highlighter onto the bridge of the nose, chin, and temples and then blend well. For nighttime, it is important to always start with foundation and then powder before layering highlighter on top.”

What makes the Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter and Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation the perfect pair?

“The Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation is more matte, so it’s a perfect way to control the shine on your face when adding highlighter. This ensures that the finished look looks fresh and not overly shiny, or even sweaty.”

What’s the most innovative way you’ve used a highlighter before?

“I’ve brushed highlighter over brows to add golden highlight and to soften darker brows. I also sometimes dab it on the center of dark lipstick to bring a bit of light and dimension to a dark lipstick look.”

SHOP LANCÔME >

idk if any of y’all care about makeup/beauty but i got really into it this past year and i’ve been trying to come up with a “no makeup makeup look” for the longest time ever because my skin is suuuuuuper oily and pretty much any foundation/tinted moisturizer oils up within an hour. i’ve tried every moisturizer, primer, powdered the shit out of my face and NOTHING keeps my face from oiling up. i recently discovered an orange/peachy shade in the nars radiant creamy concealer collection and i’ve been wearing it with no foundation and it genuinely has changed my life Y’ALL. i put it under my eyes (dark circles) and on my eyelids and bring it down to my cheeks a little bit and my entire face has an airbrushed feel to it. it’s the weirdest thing because it’s a straight up orange shade that you would mainly use under a yellow based foundation or concealer to correct dark spots but .. wearing it by itself has given me the look ive been searching for the longest time !!! i haven’t seen any beauty bloggers do it and i’m genuinely amazed so aksdnakfa

5 MODEL BEAUTY TIPS AND TRICKS

Hi everyone,

As requested by a lovely follower, listed below will be some of the beauty tips and tricks that models use.

TINTED MOISTURISER:
Numerous models within the industry wear tinted moisturiser as it is a healthier alternative for your skin in comparison to foundation. Tinted moisturisers are lightweight, and don’t cause as much damage to the skin. However, I am aware that some of us don’t have flawless skin and probably wouldn’t be comfortable wearing the product alone. Therefore using concealer to cover problematic areas that the tinted moisturiser fails to hide is a great option. The best tinted moisturiser in my opinion (and the one that Karlie Kloss uses) is by the brand called Laura Mercier, but since that is quite pricey the ELF version is a nice and cheap alternative.

NATURAL PRODUCTS:
Natural and organic products are the BEST for your skin. Between makeup, pollution and other bad things that our skin is faced with all the time, natural products are an easy way to achieve healthy skin. Sometimes expensive skin care isn’t always the best due to harsh chemicals, but by using natural products you are ultimately improving your skin due to the elimination of any bad chemicals. If you have sensitive skin I highly recommend that you make the transition immediately. Invest in natural face washes, moisturisers, and hair products (shampoo and conditioner). PS: Candice Swanepoel uses natural products. 

DIET:
Eating healthy and drinking well influences your skin. Fresh juices are an excellent way to stay on top of being healthy without the dreaded feeling of needing to shovel down fruit after fruit. Adriana Lima loves adding acai and coconut water to her juices, plus Alessandra Ambrosio is also a big fan of coconut water.

OILS FOR YOUR HAIR:
Jasmine Tookes is a major advocate of using Moroccan oil on her hair. And to speak from a personal experience, I definitely recommend this tip too. My hair used to be quite dry and frizzy, however when I started to use the Macadamia Natural Oil “Deep Repair Masque,” my hair literally ended up feeling super soft and looked a lot healthier. Furthermore, I don’t use the masque anymore as I haven’t needed to due to the positive long-term results that I was left with. The brand Morrocan Oil also has a repair masque and other oil products that Jasmine uses. Another tip is to use organic shampoo and conditioner once you have finished with using the oils/masques in order to keep your hair up to standard.

SUNSCREEN, MOISTURISERS, AND SERUMS:
Moisturising your skin keeps it hydrated, and taking care of your skin in general makes it healthier and helps to prevent signs of early aging. If you have oily skin, try finding a light moisturiser. Because if you don’t moisturise at all your skin will overproduce oils, therefore making your skin even oilier. Also if you aren’t wearing any make-up, make sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin, regardless of how gloomy the day may be. This will help to prevent premature wrinkles.

Hopefully this article was helpful.

Much love,
Sharnae. x

“i never ever wear makeup pls send help”

do not worry friend I am here with advice for extreme makeup beginners

-WASH YOUR FACE. wash your face. take your makeup off before you sleep. NEVER SLEEP WITH MAKEUP ON. take care of your skin

-if you have nobody to teach you how to do your makeup, you can go to a department store makeup counter and ask for help. as they put products from their brand on your face to show you how they look, they will tell you what they are doing and how to copy what they’ve done. you’re under no obligation to buy anything. (but if you aren’t planning to buy anything try to go when you know they won’t be busy so you don’t kill their commission)

-even if you don’t spend much money on anything else it’s worth investing in a high quality foundation or tinted moisturizer, otherwise your skin will not be happy with you

-otherwise cheap is usually fine when you are just starting out. don’t spend $30 on eyeshadow. e.l.f. makes some great stuff for not much money. ULTA has its own brand of makeup that is reasonable and they have good sales

-PRACTICE. put makeup on when you don’t have somewhere to be so you can try stuff out and not worry about looking bad or rushing

-NEUTRAL COLORS are your friend. don’t wear anything else when leaving the house until you’re more confident. pls no blue eyeshadow just don’t.

-your eyeliner does not have to be winged to look nice. do not mess around with liquid eyeliner when you are just learning. those roll up crayon-like eyeliners are much easier to use than the pencils you have to sharpen

-different colors of lipstick look different on different people. do not be fooled by the color in the tube. do not blame yourself when you think something will be nice and you look like a clown with it on your lips. it happens

-less is more. don’t think you have to do every single thing every time you wear makeup. if you just want to do lips and eyeliner that’s fine. if you want to even out your skin with some tinted moisturizer just do that you’re good. you are under no obligation to wear a full face of makeup, it doesn’t look unfinished or unpolished if you aren’t wearing everything you possibly could do.

-literally don’t even worry about concealer at first, start with the basics and work up to that. but concealer goes under your foundation and a little color correcting concealer goes 1000% further than trying to cake on something the same color as your skin

-when you blend your makeup make sure you move down your neck a bit so you don’t have a stark LINE at your jawline

-bathroom lighting is way different from natural light, your makeup will look different when you step outside

PLEASE don’t be afraid to ask questions I am here for you

anonymous asked:

I've finally got around to starting my makeup kit and realized I'm totally stumped on which foundations I should stock up on first. I don't have a large clientele but it's decent. Can you give me some good foundations from drugstore to high end? Can you also give me some suggestions on other things I should put in my kit? I didn't realize how hard it would be since I can get serious anxiety from looking at all these products! Lol thanks so much in advance.

Hi there!

When it comes to building up your freelance kit with face products, keep in mind that everyone has different skin types, skin tones, preferences. You’ll want to have foundations that will work with dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, people with acne, people who want full coverage, people who want really light, dewy coverage. 

If you can’t afford to build up a huge face product collection just yet, mix and match products to fit your client’s need! If you only have a matte foundation add a little bit of liquid highlighter into a foundation to make it more luminous, add a hydrating setting spray, use a luminous base/primer. There are ways to make one foundation work for a variety of looks and skin types. 

Also try to have a wide range of shades for a variety of skin tones. I’d recommend buying a lightest shade and a darkest shade and a few medium shades that you can mix together to create the perfect shade for each client. You can even mix foundations for a unique look/finish!

Try to have

  • A full coverage, matte/satin foundation. This will work for weddings, photoshoots, heavy glam looks. Try foundations like Loreal Infallible Pro Matte (their setting spray is great, too!), Estee Lauder Double Wear, Dermablend Cover Creme, MAC Studio Fix, Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, Giorgio Armani Luminous SIlk and/or Lasting Silk. 
  • A light weight foundation. BB creams, tinted moisturizers, light weight foundations. NARS Sheer Glow, MAC Face and Body, Makeup Forever Face and Body, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, Loreal True Match Foundation.
  • A moisturizing foundation. Loreal Magic Lumi Foundation, Too Faced Born This Way, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation.

Face product add ons

  • Primers/moisturizers for all skin types. Try to have a light-weight gel or oil controlling moisturizer for oily/combination skin types and more hydrating moisturizing bases for more dry skin types. The foundation won’t look good if the base is melting off or looking dry and flakey!
  • Liquid illuminators. These can be mixed with foundation, moisturizers, used alone, under powder highlight for a more intense shine. 
  • Setting sprays that are hydrating and long wearing. One for oily/combination skin and one for dry skin. For oily skin check out ones like Loreal Infallible Setting Spray, Urban Decay All Nighter. For dry skin check out Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist, rose water, MAC Fix Plus. Setting sprays will also help any foundation/powder look less cakey/dry.
  • Translucent powder. Translucent powders will work on most skin types and skin tones making them a great universal powder. I recommend ones slightly tinted to avoid a white flash back in photos. Try ones from Ben Nye or the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (best one!)

SEPHORA PRO ARTIST PICKS: POST-GRADUATION BEAUTY

Crossing the stage soon? Sephora PRO artist Chris Sams selects his favorite picks to graduate your beauty bag.

THE PRO

How would you describe your personal beauty style?

“I describe my personal beauty style as ‘Modern Dapper Dandy.’ I’m obsessed with vintage everything and always try to incorporate some element from bygone eras into my style. To keep my look fun and fresh, I love to experiment with color in my hair and makeup. Whether it’s lavender locks, a bold blue liner, or both, I always want to present myself in a way that feels unique…and maybe even a little rebellious.”

What was your beauty style like as an adolescent, and how did you elevate it into adulthood?

“It was all over the place. Like most people, I was trying to figure out who I was and where I fit into the world at that age. I very much felt like an outsider in my small southern town and my style reflected that. Crazy ever-changing colorful hair, poorly applied liquid liner, and baggy skater threads were my signatures, until sophomore year of high school, when I boldly declared to my mom that my new style would be blazers and bow ties. The more comfortable I became in my own skin as an adult, the more I solidified my aesthetic. You’ll still find me in blazers and bow ties. But now, the liquid liner is the bee’s knees!”

What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

“I have always been an artist. I studied drawing, painting, and sculpture all through school. My focus was always portraiture. I will forever have a fascination with the human form. I was inspired to choose makeup as my medium when a friend asked me to paint her face for a formal. I had no idea what I was doing, really, but the way she lit up when I was finished really touched me. From then on I have been obsessed with the transformational aspect of makeup.”

THE PICKS

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

“Let’s start with the skin! The hydrating formula blurs imperfections and evens out the skintone with a natural finish, and can be applied quickly with a beautyblender, brush, or fingers. The formula also contains peptides and vitamins to give long-lasting results as well as instant gratification. The shade range is great for all skintones, and it’s perfect for grads because it’s so simple, fast, and effective!”

tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette 

“For eyes, I have a couple of must-haves, and they’re both from tarte. The Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette has 12 matte shadows, which can be used on the lids, on the crease, or even as liner. Matte shadows give a softer, more natural-looking finish to the eyes, and these work for any look—from the interview to your first fancy dinner meeting. It’s perfect for any grad because it is truly an investment that will last for years to come.”

tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara 

“No eye look is complete without mascara, which brings me to my other must-have from tarte. The new Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara is one of the blackest mascaras I have ever used. The wand is also amazing. Its uniquely molded bristles are designed to grab every eyelash and deposit just the right about of pigment to create maximum impact with minimal effort. Any time-saver helps me tremendously on set or backstage, and that’s exactly what the grad clients I have worked with look for too.”

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Balm SPF 20

“This is the perfect product to enhance your pout while providing hydration and protection. The new gel formula is really comfortable on the lips and easy to apply. Swipe on for full color payoff with a satin finish or tap on and pat with a finger for a sheer wash. The best work-appropriate shades are Enchanting Blush 03 and Bashful Beige 07, because they both bring out the most of your natural lip tone.”

NEST Citrine Eau de Parfum

“Your sense of scent is strongly tied to memory, so you’ll want a special fragrance to mark this exciting time in your life. You could even treat yourself to one as a reward for your first job offer. Citrine by NEST is a beautiful bright, fresh perfume that just smells happy. With notes of lotus flower, lemon blossom, and precious woods, I find this well-balanced fragrance to be perfect for everyone. Since it launched, I have been layering it on top of my typically deeper, more masculine colognes to create a fresh new summer scent that is totally unique to me.”

THE GRAD TIPS

What’s a sophisticated look for a job interview or an important business meeting, and how do you create it?

“When it comes to makeup looks for a job interview, less is more! Focus on defining and enhancing your features in the most natural way possible. With that said, start with the skin. Create an even, clean base using your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer, applying it only where coverage is necessary. If there are any spots or breakouts, correct by layering on a concealer with a small, precise brush and tapping out the edges with a beautyblender or finger. This is also when you want to conceal any darkness under the eyes. Set everything in place with light layer of powder using a loose, fluffy powder brush (SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Powder Brush #59 is my favorite) using a press-and-roll motion.

“Now it’s time for eyes! Apply an eyeshadow primer all over the lids and along the bottom lash line with your ring finger. This will create a smooth, even canvas for your eyeshadows. Sweep a matte neutral shadow that’s similar to, or slightly lighter than, your skin tone all over the lid from lash line to browbone. This will neutralize any discoloration on the eye area and ensure a smooth, even blend with the rest of your shadows. Next, sweep a medium matte shadow two to three shades deeper than your skintone through the crease and along the bottom lash line to enhance your eye shape. Make sure that the shadow is blended and seamless. No harsh lines! To define the lash line, apply a deep brown or black matte shadow right into the roots of the lashes. Tap the edges of the dark shadow to soften. Finish the eyes with one to two coats of mascara.

"Add a little life back into the skin with a neutral blush applied to the apples of the cheeks and blend back and upward along the cheekbone to lift. Pro tip: Once your blush is applied, go back over it using the tool you used for your foundation with a gentle patting motion. This will not only seamlessly blend the blush, it will actually make it look like it’s coming from under the skin instead of sitting on top.

"Pop a satin lipstick or tinted balm in a color similar to your natural lip tone all over the lip. The lips should be perfected and plump without being distracting. Avoid goopy, pigmented glosses that have a tendency to migrate, since you will be doing a lot of talking in your interview. You don’t want to have to worry about touch-ups.

"To finish the look, spritz yourself with a setting spray to lock in all of your hard work. This will also help remove any powdery texture that may still be sitting on top of the skin.”

How do you incorporate fun colors and trends in your look in a professional setting?

“A pop of colorful liner is a perfect way to add some fun color to a look for a professional setting. Blue liner is universally flattering, so opt for a navy, cobalt, or indigo instead of black. SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye 12hr Wear Waterproof pencil in Surfer Babe is one of my favorites. Fun fact: blue liner makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter and more awake!”

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Get great skin on your first day back!

Of course you want to start the first day of term looking and feeling great, with healthy clear skin. But often the reality is your skin feels more sensitive than usual and nowhere near as clear as you’d like. This might well be because you’ve been doing things differently during the holidays. .Travelling, erratic mealtimes or staying over with friends can all affect how your skin looks and feels. But once term starts its important to get back into your regular life and habits. Your skin will appreciate the attention of daily cleansing and moisturising, and this will return your skin to tip top condition. Minimising sensitivity and bringing it back into balance. For top-of-the-class skin, you could use a moisturising illuminator cream like Simple® Kind to Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream. It’s full of multivitamins and light reflecting minerals, plus an SPF15 to give skin protection when you’re outdoors. You can use it alone and then add a little concealer on any redness and under eyes, or you can mix it with your foundation or tinted moisturiser for a radiant base.


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    Kind to Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream SPF15  
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