Summer Skincare & Makeup Tips

Below are skincare and makeup tips for Summer, straight from celebrity makeup artist, Troy Edwards. Troy has been a national and international artist for companies such as, Bobbi Brown and Chanel, and educates makeup artists in Moscow and Montreal.

 

SKINCARE

 

Using the right skincare for your skin type can BE makeup.  Smooth, even glowing skin is always fabulous on the Beach.  Here are some pointers to help you get there.

1.  Use a “Foaming Cleanser” that helps to cleanse your skin without it feeling dried out or too moisturized.

 

2.  The sun can cause your skin to feel dry and flaky.  Remove dead skin with a granule exfoliate, or use an “enzyme based one. (I personally use ones that are made of fruit acids, because they are much more gentle on my skin!) Make sure that you are using Sunscreen, as your skin is more sensitive to the effects of the sun, after exfoliation.

 

3.  Using a Tonic or a Toner (Tonic for a dry skin, Toner for oily skin) is a great way to get rid of excess dirt and oil after being on the Beach. Put some on a cotton ball and apply with a circular motion, after cleansing the skin.  You will be amazed at how much residue is on the cotton ball!  Your skin will feel so clean and refreshed afterwards.

 

4.  Using a “lightweight” moisturizer with an SPF is perfect. Moisturize and protect is the way to go when you are focused on having fun! Leave your more nourishing moisturizer for at night. For those of you who have an “oily” skin type, try using your serum as your day moisturizer, but make sure you put on your SPF!!!

 

5.  Makeup remover is one of those steps that women try to skip, and it can be one of the most important!  Try using an oil-based remover to take off ALL of your makeup and then use your foaming cleanser to to wash your face.  Double cleansing is a technique that is used in Japan and trust me, IT WORKS!

 

MAKEUP: KEEP IT SIMPLE!

 

1. Foundation:  If your skin looks FABULOUS who really needs foundation?  Every foundation is going to melt, because your gonna sweat. Sweating is your body’s way of “air-conditioning” your face and body.  Since your gonna get a tan, skip the foundation. For the women who just can’t do without it, try using a “touch-up” stick on your problem areas, or blemishes.  My advice…..skip the foundation and use a “self tanner”.  You’re not going to expose your face to the sun, so why not make your face and neck match the rest of your tan skin?  There are numerous self tanners on the market that are AMAZING, and won’t leave you looking orange.  Exfoliate your skin, and then apply evenly. Having a tan looking face gives the illusion of your skin appearing more even, hence skipping the foundation all together.  If you feel it is too messy, then just use a powder bronzer or a “shimmer bronzer” instead.

 

2.  Blush:   With a tan, using a “Pop” color on the cheeks (bright pink, coral, or bright orange), can give you a ” healthy looking glow”, which can make you look natural and fresh!

 

3.  Lips:  Using “Chapstick” can actually dry out your lips! (That is why you feel the need to reapply so many times!) The sun can dry out your lips, also.  What do you do?  Use a sheer lip product that protects while giving you a little color. Look for products that have Vitamins A,C, and E in them.  These help to protect and moisturize your lips.

 

4.  Eyes:  Why bother using shadow and liner when it’s just gonna sweat off anyway?  Use a waterproof mascara.  That way, you can get in and out of the water and still have fabulous eyes.  Many women hate waterproof mascara because it is a pain to get off. Here is the best way to remove it, and save your eyes!  Apply “oil-based” remover on a cotton pad.  With your eyes closed, press and hold the pad on your eyes and count to 10, then swipe across your eye.  The oil helps to break down the mascara so removal is much easier.  Not to mention the oil helps to condition your lashes!

Now go out and enjoy the beach and your life!!!

White Haute Nails

White Haute Nails
Are you dreaming of this graphic looking nail for yourself? The secret is in the application. 

 

With a perfect white nail polish, Zoya Purity, in hand we reached out to celebrity, editorial manicurist Sunshine Outing for her insider application secrets.

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To start, Outing prefers a perfectly smooth surface created by using a ridge filling base coat with a milk base such as, Zoya Get Even… “Let it dry completely” before starting your color application. When it comes to white or pastel full coverage color, the biggest secret is to be patient and not to “go back in and overwork it”.

Start with a thin first coat and don’t worry about streaks, “just get it on”. The second coat should be slightly thicker and cover the entire nail. Once the second coat is on, if any streaks or imperfections are showing, a “very, very thin” final layer of polish can be added.

Allow color to briefly dry and then follow immediately with a protective top coat. The top coat will not only apply a glossy finish but also assist in bonding the layers of nail polish together for that professionally manicured nail look.

After the initial application, Outing recommends a lightly applied daily dose of topcoat for chip-free, glossy perfection.

INSIDER PRO MANICURE TIP: For a slender looking nail, manicurist Sunshine Outing suggests not covering all the way to the sides as way to create nails that look slender and sleek.

 

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Two Simple Hair Styles For Prom


Looking for a simple updo for a prom or wedding?  Sam Villa and Geneva Cowentop Redken stylists, provided us with step-by-steps for two looks perfect for a high school beauty queen, a blushing bride or a maid of honor.

 

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(Credits: Geneva Cowen for Sam Villa – Hair and Color, Shalem Mathew – Photographer

 

Heiress Updo:
·       Apply Redken iron shape 11 (to protect, lock in thermal styling and preserve color) and directionally blow dry hair in the direction of desired volume with a Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush.
·       Working in sections, tap the Sam Villa Signature Series Textur iron down each section to texturize the entire head – it expands the hair, alters the texture and creates a solid foundation for updos.
·       Put hair into a high ponytail.
·       Fishtail braid the hair in the ponytail with large sections and then gently pull hair to loosen the braid.
·       Flip fishtail forward and secure with pins.
·       Finish with Redken control addict 28 high-control hairspray.


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(Credits: Sam Villa – Hair, Shalem Mathew – Photographer)

 

Textured Twist
·       Working in sections, apply Redken iron shape 11 (to protect, lock in thermal styling and preserve color) and tap the Sam Villa Signature Series Textur iron down each section to texturize the entire head – it expands the hair and creates a solid foundation for updos.
·       Directionally blow dry hair back and away from the face with a Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush.
·       Isolate the top and crown area.
·       Pull the remaining hair into a ponytail.
·       Section the top and crown area into two ponytails 4” apart.
·       Hold the ponytail ends in one hand and push the elastic up with the opposite hand to create bubbles.  Hold bubbles in place and secure.
·       Finish with Redken control addict 28 high-control hairspray.

 

Living Proof Shows Us How To Achieve The Perfect Hairstyle For Spring

We got some great tips and techniques from Living Proof Hairstylists Chris McMillan and Tim Rogers, on how to achieve the perfect hairstyle for this image009 season. Check them out below to get a step by step guide to the must-have hair-do’s of the spring.

 

TREND #1: SHORT CUTS

HAIR BY: CHRIS McMILLAN, LIVING PROOF CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST


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INSPIRATION: “My short hair inspiration is everyone from Twiggy and Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby to Jean Seberg. I’m also always inspired by fashion and I love it when models chop off their hair – they create this whole new trend every time they do it. Just look at Arizona Muse, Linda Evangelista, and Agyness Deyn. There is nothing chicer.”

“When your hair is short, you can stand to wear clothes that are a little more over the top because your hair is so chic and minimal. And you can experiment with hair accessories. I love a good headband or a pretty barrette. My friend Jen Meyer makes these gorgeous hair pins that feel really feminine, elegant, and modern.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “First, I washed the hair with Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner. I then applied Prime Style Extender to wet hair and massaged it evenly through to give her through to give her lasting style, softness, and smoothness. Starting with the sides of her hair, I used a blowdryer working with just my fingers, then I switched to a round brush to give her fullness and shape at the crown. I rubbed a pea-sized amount of Amp through my hands and then applied it throughout her hair to give it shape, volume, and a lived-in texture that is very modern. At the very end, I slipped on two of Jen Meyers new hair pins – I think using two, rather than one, is a little unexpected.”

“Short hair is really easy to care for but you do need to get it cuts every four to six weeks. You don’t need to shampoo as often though – I recommend my clients wash every other day rather than every day.”

PRODUCTS: LIVING PROOF FULL SHAMPOO ($24), FULL CONDITIONER ($24), PRIME STYLE EXTENDER ($20), AMP ($24)

 

 

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TREND #2: SIDE PART, LOW PONYTAIL

HAIR BY: CHRIS McMILLAN, LIVING PROOF CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST

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INSPIRATION: “French Vogue is really 80s-inspired these days and they’re giving their girls a very deep side part. It’s a nice change from the center part that we’ve been seeing for so long. A ponytail is really my go-to style – even for the red carpet. You can really make it feel elevated and special with a good hair accessory.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE:

“We started with Full Shampoo and Conditioner then I added Prime to her damp hair so that her style would last longer. On top of that, I put Full Mousse to give her volume, thickness, and grip. I then blew her hair dry using a round brush and gave her a deep side part, which is so current right now. A lot of the designers were doing it for their spring shows. To give her hair that great texture, I did a combination of teasing and applying a pea-sized amount of Amp at her crown to give her more of a lived-in, full look. I secured her ponytail with a basic hair elastic, then added on one of these great barrettes that I buy at Colette in Paris. At the very end, I teased the bottom of her ponytail some more for some extra volume and pulled out some small tendrils around her face so that it didn’t look to precious and perfect.”

PRODUCTS: LIVING PROOF FULL SHAMPOO ($24), FULL CONDITIONER ($24), PRIME STYLE EXTENDER ($20), FULL MOUSSE ($26), AMP ($24)

 

 

 

 

LIVING PROOF SPRING HAIR TRENDS 2013

 

TREND #3: ROCK & ROLL WAVES

HAIR BY: CHRIS McMILLAN, LIVING PROOF CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST

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INSPIRATION: “I love when a hairstyle looks like something girls can actually do to themselves. When it comes to hair, the less precious the better.”

“I cut very soft layers down the side of her face – I call them invisible layers because they’re just barely there, but they frame her face really nicely. Bangs with long layers are really in right now, and I’m into a 1960s kind of bang. They’re a little shorter in the middle and long on the sides.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE:  “First I washed her hair with Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner, then I added a quarter-sized amount of Prime so that her blowout would last longer and she could get a second day out of it. On top of that, I applied a quarter-sized amount of Full Thickening Cream to give her fullness at the bottom of her hair. I then took a blow dryer and a round brush, starting at the root and twisting the brush as you get toward the end of the hair to give it a subtle curl. With a simple twist of the wrist you’re able to get a really beautiful curl without having to use a curling iron – it’s prettier and more natural looking. And it curls the bottom of the hair rather than the top, which I think is so modern right now. I used a round brush to smooth out her bangs, too.”

PRODUCTS: LIVING PROOF FULL SHAMPOO ($24), FULL CONDITIONER ($24), PRIME STYLE EXTENDER ($20), FULL THICKENING CREAM ($26), HOLD FLEXIBLE HAIRSPRAY ($24)

 

 

 

 

 

LIVING PROOF SPRING HAIR TRENDS 2013

 

TREND #4: THE TOPKNOT

HAIR BY: TIM ROGERS, LIVING PROOF CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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INSPIRATION: “The spring runways were all about split personalities – architectural, masculine clothing versus more of a loose, bohemian feel. When it came to the hair, knots were huge and you can create this one in 15 minutes or less.”

 

“This is a tough, masculine take on the traditional ballerina bun. There is something quite rough about it, which I think is a great contrast to some of the more feminine spring fashion.”

 

TIPS/TECHNIQUE:

“I first washed her hair with Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner and Prime Style Extender. Then, because her hair is quite thick, I added a quarter-sized amount of No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream to give her a smooth, tamed style. I blew her out with a basic round brush. I like to create buns in two sections so you don’t get that sagging hair at the back of your neck. For the first one, section off the top half of your hair into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic hair tie. Take the bottom half of the hair and make it into a ponytail, twisting once to incorporate it into the first ponytail. Secure both ponytails together with another elastic hair tie. Tease the ponytail to give it some height and texture, then twist and coil it around the base. Secure with bobby pins.

 

PRODUCTS: LIVING PROOF NO FRIZZ SHAMPOO ($24), NO FRIZZ CONDITIONER ($24), PRIME STYLE EXTENDER ($20), NO FRIZZ NOURISHING STYLING CREAM ($24)

 

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Makeup Looks From The Marchesa’s Spring/Summer ’14 Bridal Show

WHORevlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, backstage at Marchesa Spring/Summer 2014 bridal collection runway show, during New York Bridal Week.

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WHAT: Backstage at the Marchesa bridal show, Westman gave models an ethereal, luminous look to complement their magical gowns. To prep the skin, Westman used Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting and Perfecting Primers to even out skin tone but also allow the model’s natural skin to show through.  Cheeks were given a subtle pop of color with the Limited Edition Revlon Baby Sticks for Lips & Cheeks in Pink Passion and skin was perfected with Nearly Naked Powder.  To add dimension to eyes, Westman used a mix of grey and brown shadows on the lid and added a bright white shade as highlighter around the eye, from the Colorstay 16H Eye Shadow collection (Bombshell and Adventurous).  She then worked a very thin coat of black liquid liner into the lash line and gave lashes spell-binding length and volume using the NEW Lash Potion mascara.

To complete the look Westman gave models a soft shine on the lips with ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Crystal Water.

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

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FACE:

Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting and Perfecting Primers, $12.99

Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in various shades, $9.99

Revlon LIMITED EDITION Baby Stick for Lips & Cheeks in Pink Passion, $8.99

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EYES:

Revlon ColorStay 16H Eye Shadow Quad in Bombshell (grey) and Adventurous (dark brown), $7.49

Revlon ColorStay 16H Eye Shadow Quad in Bombshell (white used as a highlighter), $7.49

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black, $7.39

Revlon NEW Lash Potion Mascara in Blackest Black, $7.99

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LIPS:

ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Crystal Water, $7.49

 

NAIL:

Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal (one coat), $4.99

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, $5.75

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITYwww.revlon.com

PHOTO CREDITAmanda Schwab/StarPix