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Makeup now is about being a minimalist. It’s easier, more natural, simple and all around “lower maintenance”. It does not mean no makeup it means looking fresh, sporty yet luminous at the same time. What’s great about a more natural style is that it’s not chasing youth (that shouldn’t be the goal anyway); it just allows you to look like a well pulled together version of yourself. Fashion is influenced by the times, and we live in a very health and fitness-oriented society right now. That’s why we are seeing so much athletic-inspired clothing. And, of course, when we wear more casual clothes, the face has to match. It will transform you into the best version of yourself while still making you completely recognizable. I have a service called “The 5 minute face”. It is 5 products in 5 minutes making you look 5 minutes younger.
Here they are:

1. CONCEALER- Go with a colour that goes with your skin tone. Put it on the lids, under the eyes, side to nose and on and under the lip area. This high lights these areas that usually go darker with age.

2. BROW TINT- Go with a colour with is little lighter than your hair colour. Apply on lightly using the brush to gently glide the hair strands. It darkens the brows and covers the grey if you have any.

3. CURL LASHES AND USE BLACK MASCARA- This opens up the face, brings out the natural eye colour and gives a natural appearance the face.

5. USE A SOFT BRONZER OR BLUSH COLOUR- Keep it light and fresh by putting it on with a small fan brush. Remember, to put it on the cheek bones and into the hair line. This gives you a soft glow that makes you look “sun-kissed”.

6. LIPGLOSS- This is the most fun!! You can not gave enough fresh, light, fun glosses. Try any colour that goes with your personality, skin, and hair colour. A lot of glosses now have vitamins in them to keep your lips moist and soft.

Now go do this!! Try it on. Keep it fresh.


165Want to tweeze like a pro? Here are some tips to help you get perfect brow.

Avoid the angry brow. – Plucking your eyebrows the wrong way can create an “angry brow” effect.  To avoid this, begin tweezing close to the top of your eyebrow arch.  Next, carefully remove the thickness out of the inner corners by trimming just the longest hairs.    Then  trim the extra -long brow hairs by brushing eyebrows up and cutting to ¼ inch above the brow line.

Steer clear of the tadpole brow.  This outdated brow is thick in front then flows to an immediate thin arch and end of the brow.  Avoid this by not raising your eyebrows when you pluck them which can cause you to over tweeze the arch and tail.  Then allow your brow to grow the hair from the beginning of the brow to the arch to fill it in.

Make brows look fuller.  – Give your brows a thicker look by plucking the fine hairs just above the brow line.  Also take time to remove any peach fuzz from upper part of your brow and eyelid.  This will provide more definition to your look.

Don’t make eyebrows too thin. – Avoid over-plucking because it can completely change the look of your face.  As a guide, check to make sure your brows are as wide as three brow-pencil strokes. If your brows are too thin they won’t properly frame your face.Never shave brows and pencil them in.  Unless you are a professional make-up artist this is a huge mistake. It’s very difficult to draw on brows and make it look natural.

Creating the perfect arch is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1)     The inside of your brow should line up with the outside of your nose.  Hold a brow pencil to see where this line lies.  When you have found the correct starting point, draw a mark with your brow pencil.

2)      Then find the highest part of your brow by lining up your pencil with the corner of your nostril to the center of where your pupil is.

3)      Lastly, the outer edge of your brow should form a line from the outside of your nose to the outer edge of your eye.

Ready to get the perfect brow for you?  Let Visions for the Art of Hair shape your brows to get the look you desire.  Call us at 630-673-0052 to setup and appointment today!

25 Tricks for Being Photogenic

This time of year can be a minefield of potentially awkward family photos, unflattering party pics and more snaps that just want to make you hit “untag.” Even if you love the way you look in person, it takes practice to make sure your in-the-flesh beauty translates on camera. The good news? Being photogenic is a skill you can totally master. Here are a few of our favorite tips that will help you bring out your inner Gisele.

1. If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks. No more half-closed eyes!

2. To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It might feel awkward, but it will look great — promise.

3. Make sure your makeup is a perfect match, says mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles, who’s prepped everyone from Halle Berry to Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks for the red carpet. “When a foundation is too pale for your skin tone, it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin.” She advises, “Match your skin to your chest and add a thin layer to your neck if your neck is paler (as is the case for most people).”

4. Curled lashes and mascara are musts, Stiles insists (she swears by mark Scanda-Lash Mascara). “Both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. You want to draw people into a picture, so you want to maximize the impact of the eyes. They more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle!”

5. Take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? When you smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken.

6. Try this old school red carpet trick: Put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid a goofy, too-wide grin.

7. Fill in your brows. Not only do your eyebrows convey character and emotion, they often mean all the difference between looking wide awake and washed out on camera. You may even consider using a slightly darker brow pencil if you know you’ll be photographed, since features tend to look lighter in pictures.

8. Make sure your hair is shiny. “Spray-on shine is great for a last minute add-on shine,” says hair stylist Serge Normant, who’s worked with Julia RobertsReese WitherspoonJulianne Moore and Sarah Jessica Parkerthroughout his years in the biz. He recommends misting hair with his Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($24, for maximum gloss.

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9. A photo can highlight flyaways, so make sure your style is sleek. “A good pomade or dry oil will help, but use lightly,” Normant advises. “If you are afraid to use too much, spray on your hands and then lightly try to control fizz.”

10. Look toward a light right before someone snaps your photo. Doing so will shrink your pupils and help you avoid red eye.

11. Surprise photo op? Try this five-second prep: Blot your face with a tissue or single-ply cocktail napkin, then pinch your cheeks to create a rosy glow (yep, it’s old school, but it works).

12. A couple drops of Visine will help your eyes look brighter and more awake.

13. Blush is a must! Without some color on your cheeks, your face can look two dimensional in photos. Use a medium pink shade on the apples of your cheeks to help shape your face.

14. Think about angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth.

15. Try the “red carpet” pose: put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it really does work to help you look slimmer.

via Getty Images

via Getty Images

16. Avoid serious sparkle on your face. “Anything too shimmery on the skin can just be too much in a photo,” Stiles says. “A soft glow is nice, but if you have oily skin it can really exaggerate shimmer and make you look very shiny. If you are a shimmer addict and just can’t help yourself, keep the face matte or semi-matte (a velvety finish). Add a little highlighter to just the tips of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with a powder highlighter that has a very soft sheen.”

17. On the other hand, a bit of sparkle below the neck can give your skin a pretty sheen. Dust your collarbone and shoulders with a shimmering powder such as Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in Moonlight ($52,, which has the perfect finish for playing up assets.

18. Stand in front of a white wall. A light-colored backdrop will help brighten your face. Using a white background also helps a camera’s automatic settings find the right color balance, so your skin tone doesn’t end up looking too pink or yellow.

19. Wear bright lipstick. “Dark lipstick can have a minimizing effect on lips,” says Stiles. “Steer clear of a dark matte lip color. It can look aging and unflattering. Stick with brighter colors.”

20. Be in more pictures! People who think they’re unphotogenic tend to pose for fewer photos overall, but photography is a game of averages. Even Kate Moss doesn’t nail it on the first frame. The more shots you let your photographer take, the more likely you’ll be happy with one or two of them.

21. A photo shot from just above you is way more flattering than one shot from below. If you’re taller than the person holding the camera, grab a seat.

22. Avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.

23. Grab a prop — preferably not a red Solo cup. Holding onto an object such as a flower or decoration can help you relax your posture and add personality to a picture.

24. To make your eyes sparkle, look at a light source. A lamp or brightly lit Christmas tree will create a flattering gleam in your pupils.

25. Forget saying “cheese,” and instead think of something funny. Better yet, joke with the photographer. A natural smile trumps a fake one every time.

How to Prepare for Holiday Travel – What Beauty Products to Pack

Appropriately, the second installment of this two-part travel series is being written on a plane! Catch up with part one here.

So you’ve packed your clothes and accessories and now the question is, what should you include in your toiletries bag? Besides the obvious, we’ve compiled a list of five beauty must-haves that are great to travel with. Hey, the holidays are hectic enough without having to stress out about restocking your beauty bag.

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip: Hair Masque

Pureology Hydra Whip


This deep conditioner will nourish your strands and protect it from dry winter conditions — apply to clean, damp hair, leave in for two to five minutes, comb through, and rinse out for healthy, touchable, enviable hair all season long. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Colour Fanatic

New Colour Fanatic spray by Pureology

This new product from Pureology is a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that will detangle your locks and help calm frizz. For more about this must-have, please visit our previous post. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Purify Shampoo

Purify Shampoo by Pureology

If you’re a frequent swimmer, this is an excellent product to remove chlorine from colour-treated hair. If not, Purify Shampoo will also gently remove styling residue. For excessive buildup or badly damaged greenness from chlorine, shampoo the hair a second time, but do not rinse. Place a cap over the hair and place under dryer for 20 minutes before rinsing out. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

NARS The Multiple

NARS The Multiple makeup stick


Available in an impressive variety of neutral and rosy shades, this one makeup stick is a travel favorite. Use it as an illuminator for the cheeks to add a glow to your face, or even use it as lip or eye colour (even on body!). This one stick alone is TSA friendly (it’s solid, not liquid), small enough to toss in your purse, and replaces so many other makeup so you can travel light. (For FAQs and information, go here.)

BB cream



These products only made a huge splash in the beauty industry here in the United States recently, but it isn’t just hoopla. The right BB (or CC) cream for your skin can triple as moisturizer, sunscreen, and even foundation (they’re usually tinted). Remember, keep it light, both on your face and in your suitcase.

What are your travel must-haves?

3 Makeup Tips for Everyday Beauty, Part 2

We’re back with three more makeup tricks to add to your daily arsenal! Sometimes changing up your look is hard to do, but give these blunders a thought — they may help you look more youthful, vibrant, and all-around gorge! Review part one here.


1. Overdoing eyebrow maintenance.


Eyebrows are such an important part of the face, and some of us were not naturally gifted with the perfect brows. Often women will overpluck and/or fill their brows in too dark, which ends up looking very strange and unnatural.

When shaping your eyebrows, have a professional do the job to reveal your natural and best arch. As we age, our eyebrows start to become more sparse, so if you overpluck, the hair may not grow back in the way it used to.

Using a brush, smooth your brow hairs upward in a 45-degree angle and set with a brow gel. If you’re brunette, opt for a filler eyeshadow (not liner!) that matches your haircolor. Shadow will look more natural rather than painted on. With the eyeshadow, apply with a stiff, angled brush that is very thin and apply small strokes at a time. If you’re very attached to using a pencil, stick with using one that’s a shade lighter than your haircolour. Keep quick, short strokes (just as with the shadow) and don’t line too heavily. Soften the pencil with a brush. You can fill in sparseness (which, as mentioned, can age you) by concentrating on the back ends: from arch to tail.

2. Outlining your lips incorrectly.

Many women try to fake a fuller pout by outlining their lips with liner — which ends up looking superfake and almost doll-like. Outlining them too far out of the natural lip line will make lipcolour feather, which will also emphasize fine lines.

Instead, take lipliner that matches the shade of your lipstick (or the natural colour of your lips), line the outer rims of your lips, and fill them in, too. That way, if and when your lipstick begins to fade, you won’t look cartoonish.

 3. Going too far with the eyeshadow or liner.


When it comes to your eyeshadow, bright blue shadows date you and aren’t flattering on most skintones. Blue-tinted mascara is very teen-friendly and not the best choice for an adult professional. Navy, however, is a much more universally flattering shade that will work for most skincolours.

Note that anything too bold (even black eyeliner) on the eyes often does more damage than good. Too much of a good thing will either appear clownish, too heavy for daytime, or just altogether not right. Keep it easy and stick to softer shades like brown, grey, navy, and use any brights sparingly.

[Event] A Wonder-Filled Life Holiday Open House

Christmas lightsOnly 72 days left till Christmas! Luckily, we’ve got a great holiday event lined up to help you get ready!

When: Thursday, November 7th, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm
Where: Visions for the Art of Hair (4N229 Glen Ellyn Rd in Bloomingdale)

Guests will receive:

  • Twinkle Toes peppermint foot scrub treatments
  • Joy & Wonder makeup/brow shaping services
  • Tea by Tea motions, wine, and cookies will be served
  • the Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice Signature-scented candles experience
  • A wonder-filled shopping experience for you and your friends

The More the Merrier! Bring a Friend and receive a free gift.

Space is limited! Call or email Lauren Cassidy at
630.673.0052 to RSVP.


3 Makeup Tips for Everyday Beauty, Part 1

makeup at Visions for the Art of HairWhen it comes to everyday makeup, less is certainly more. Today we will address a basic beauty trifecta: foundation, mascara, and concealer! Here are some common makeup blunders and how to fix them. (More to come on lips in part two.)

1. The wrong shade foundation

faceTry before you buy. We’re all familiar with the dreadful “mask” look, where the face is obviously a different colour from the neck. Avoid this by testing the shade on your jawline (rather than the back of your hand or wrist) and choose the shade that disappears. Note that your foundation colour may change with the season, as your skincolour may. A foundation with light-reflecting particles will help illuminate and add dimension to your skin.

Foundation that is too pale will draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. (If your foundation does end up “settling” into crow’s feet or wrinkles, don’t fill them in with more makeup. Prevent settle by keeping these areas well moisturized, and apply less foundation to them.) Also, don’t make the blunder of brushing powder on fine lines. It’s best kept to your T-zone.

 2. Too much coverup

happyWe all have those less-than-perfect skin days. For some of us, it’s everyday undereye circles. Don’t lay the concealer on too thick! As we age, the skin under our eyes thins. Accordingly, keep concealer thin — and only to applicable areas — and apply with a brush, which will more evenly distribute the product. A yellow-based concealer shade also helps most skin tones. This is something whose shade you can afford to go lighter on than your actual skincolour.

applying mascara

from our fall makeup event

3. Not using mascara properly

First, be sure to use the darkest black shade of mascara you can find, as this will brighten your eyes and make them look larger. Don’t use a formula that is too thick; our lashes thin too as we mature, so this will likely come out clumpy. Skip the bottom lashes, as they will draw more attention to crow’s feet, dark circles, or just smudge throughout the day.

Have you been guilty of some of these common mistakes? Don’t fret — just give these tips a try! You’re sure to look — and feel — great! Stay tuned for part two, where we’ll introduce three more tricks to looking young, vibrant, and beautiful.