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How to maximize your mascara's life

by Alice Labaton | August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mascara tip

Today's Tip Tuesday teaches us about this one mistake that is ruining your mascara. Nobody wants clumpy lashes and while there are so many hacks and tricks on how to fix clumpy lashes, we're here to teach you the hack that fixes it before it happens!

One of the biggest misconceptions in makeup and something we see all of our moms doing, is pumping the mascara wand into the tube thinking that somehow MORE mascara will be on the brush. We're here to tell you, THIS IS FALSE! Pumping the mascara wand into the tube actually pushes air into the tube (which creates bacteria) causing the mascara to dry out, clump and flake; now we know, nobody likes a flake. Instead, give the mascara wand a nice twirl, like you'd see a ballerina do, while it's still inside the tube to pick up some more product.

Another best practice is to dab off the extra product found on the tip of your mascara wand upon removal from the tube before applying to your lashes. This will help avoid any clumps to be transferred to your lashes. 

When choosing a mascara, it's always best to use more than 1 since they have so many different purposes. Sticking to 2 or 3 is the way to go and you always want to build on the previous mascara. Also, choosing a waterproof mascara to seal the deal is the way to go!

Some of our favorite mascara's include:

Too Faced, Better Than Sex - best for volume & fullness

Lancome, Grandiose - best for lift & volume

Benefit, They're Real! - best for lengthening & volume

Lancome, Hypnose Waterproof - best for volume & thickness 

Makeup Brushes 101: What you need to know to pick the right brushes

by Alice Labaton | August 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

makeup brush anatomy

Today's Tip Tuesday teaches us all about the anatomy of Makeup Brushes. I know most of you (myself included) slept through anatomy class but this is totally different. Last week went through How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes & seems that many of you requested a more in depth look at what makes up a makeup brush. 

Makeup Brushes can be made using 2 types of bristles - Natural (animal) or synthetic (nylon, taklon or other manmade fibers) hairs. Natural bristles are best with powder products-- gives a more natural and flawless finish. Synthetic bristles are best with liquid & cream products. 

The aluminium part that connects the handle & the bristles is called the Ferrule. The glue inside is what holds the makeup brush together, so be sure to handle with care. 

The handle of the brush can come in many different materials including wood, plastic & acrylic. My Makeup Brushes are all made using wood handles as they are the best material which provide the best grip for use when applying products. 

How to clean makeup brushes

by Alice Labaton | August 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

How to clean brushes

Woohoo! You finally took the plunge and bought yourself some gorgeous, quality makeup brushes; now what? You’ve been reading our Beauty Tips & Tricks, having a little fun but look at all of that built up dirt left behind in your makeup brushes. That can’t be healthy!

Well, look no further because we’re here to help and luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. On a daily basis, I like to do a shallow quick cleanse of my brushes using Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner. Once is week is where it’s at. Set some time aside one day a week for that deep cleaning, disinfecting, conditioning your brushes are craving.

Step #1: Rinse off any makeup left on your brushes using lukewarm water.

PROTIP: MAKE SURE TO ALWAYS TIP THE BRUSHES FACING DOWN SO THE FERRULE (METAL AREA) DOESN’T GET WET AND LOOSEN THE GLUE.

Step #2: In the palm of your hand put a little dollop of either shampoo, soap or brush cleanser and swirl the brush around to work it into a nice lather.

Step #3: Cleanse the brush under the lukewarm water and keep rinsing until the brush is free from soap.

Step #4: Reshape the brush so it’s back to its original state. Either lay the brush flat on a towel to dry or hang it upside down.

PROTIP: DO NOT ALLOW THE BRUSH TO DRY STANDING UP AS THE WATER WILL DRIP INTO THE FERRULE (METAL AREA) AND LOOSEN THE GLUE.

You did it! Your brushes are as clean as a whistle and like new! As you know there are many cleansers out there specially designed for makeup brushes. A clean, clarifying soap or baby shampoo will also do the trick. My personal fav is the original Orange Dial Liquid Soap. For other recommendations, see below!

Best Makeup Brush Cleaner
For inexpensive brush cleaners:
Johnson's Baby Shampoo
Dial Liquid Soap
More professional brush cleaners:
Japonesque Makeup Brush Cleanser
Brush Cleaning Eggs

Beginners guide on how to apply fake lashes (strip)

by Alice Labaton | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

False Lash ApplicationToday's Tip Tuesday is all about applying false lash strips like a pro! 

STEP 1: APPLY MASCARA - Curl natural lashes and comb on a coat of mascara, creating a shelf to support the weight of your falsies. 
STEP 2: CUT TO FIT - Cut the lash band to fit your eye shape. 
STEP 3: ADD ADHESIVE - Trace lash band, with a laser-thin line of Duo and wait a few moments for the adhesive to dry a bit. 
STEP 4: PUT 'EM ON - Using your fingers, not tweezers, place your extension on the outer corner first, hugging that lash line tight. 
STEP 5: APPLY MASCARA - Always finish with a coat of mascara to marry the falsies with your own lashes, so nobody can tell the difference!

My favorite items to create this look include:

Step 1: Kevin Aucoin Lash Curler, followed by the Kevin Aucoin Volume Mascara

Step 2: For drama & fullness MAC Lash #36, for volume & length MAC Lash #21 along with Tweezerman Scissors 

Step 3: DUO Lash Adhesive, Clear

Step 5: Dior, Diorshow Original Mascara, Black

how to keep zits covered for hours

by Alice Labaton | July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cover Pimples
Today's Tip Tuesday is all about those red, ugly welts that we all get from time to time otherwise known as zits. 
While this post may not seem all that glamorous, trust me, once you're finished following that oh so amazing chart up there, you will definitely look and feel more glamorous! 
To cancel out that obnoxious, horrible, redness grab some green primer or color correcting stick and apply it directly to the dry blemish. 
Apply your regular foundation, preferably yellow-based to conceal the area and the make the rest of your skin tone even. 
Apply some loose powder with your finger as you do not want to apply too much. Applying too much may cause cakiness (is that even a word) & can cause your zit to look gross and irritated. 

Products to create this look:

How to Properly Remove False Lashes

by Alice Labaton | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

False lashes are like a push-up bra for your eyes. Sometimes your volumizing mascara just isn't enough and we understand. 

The only downside to false lashes are the removal of them and making sure to keep your lashes intact. We all know there are 2 types of false lashes -- cluster or individual lashes & strip lashes. Both are generally applied using a temporary glue or lash adhesive. 

First trick is to resist the urge to rip them off once the night is over. Best way to remove them is to soak a cotton pad in an oil-based makeup remover or coconut, baby or olive oil. Massage the oil and let is sit for 20-30 seconds to loosen and soften the adhesive. 

Now you can easily peel & store your lashes for another wearing! 

How to use a beauty blender

by Alice Labaton | June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

beauty blender how to

Today's Tip Tuesday is all about the Beauty Blender!
Whether you're applying foundation, cream blush, even a tinted moisturizer ALWAYS make sure to wet the beauty blender first and squeeze out the excess water. Dab it in your makeup & then bounce it along your skin, pressing lightly on the surface. 

How to get flawless lashes using mascara

by Alice Labaton | June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

mascara hack

Today's Tip Tuesday is all about getting those flawless lashes.
I love starting off with my SmashBox lash primer! If you've never used a lash primer, I highly recommend, it's conditioner for your lashes- makes them thicker, longer and stronger. 
I love pairing the conditioner with Smashbox's Full Exposure mascara to get my desired volume and then follow it up with YSL Baby Doll mascara for length and definition. 

How to properly color correct your skin

by Alice Labaton | June 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Color correcting
I've been getting a lot of requests for this Tip Tuesday about color correcting, so here goes:
▫️Green: Neutralizes redness, best when used under foundation. It will counteract acne, sunburn, rosacea & broken blood vessels. The darker your skin tone, the darker green you should use.
▫️Pink: Brightens dullness & discoloration on light skin. Whereas purple dulls yellow undertone on medium skin.
▫️Caramel/Orange: Counteracts dark circles, brown spots & ashiness on medium and dark skin.
▫️Blue: Neutralizes hyperpigmentation on fair skin as well as adds radiance & brightens porcelain & fair skin. 

How to get long-lasting lips

by Alice Labaton | June 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

long-lasting lips

Loving this Tip Tuesday- step by step guide to getting velvety soft lips along with long lasting lipstick! 
Translucent powder ALWAYS does the trick 😘 

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